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Brewed by Moa Brewing Company
Style: Sour/Wild Ale
Marlborough, New Zealand
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler

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RATINGS: 19   MEAN: 3.6/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 192   ABV: 6.4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
With a wheat beer base, Moa Sour Blanc is a throwback to how the very first beers were produced. Fermented and aged in oak barrels using natural wild yeast and selected bacterium, this beer carefully balances phenolic and complex acidity with dryness and funk. A sour beer in the traditional Belgian Lambic style with a complexity best described as a riot of flavours.

Vintage 2012 - 6%
Vintage 2013 - 6.4%


Jimthechap's rating

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, - JUL 16, 2014
Bright yellow with a good finger of active, bright white head, plenty of carbonation and some turbidity. The aroma was quite pronounced: sour lemon all over. It is perfumy and enticing and the flavour is similarly strong. It was clean, sour and refreshing and I drifted off to sleep a happy man.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (9349) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 24, 2015
Bottle big thanks to Kenny. It pours cloudy golden with a small white head. The nose is fresh, funky, white wine, gooseberry, lactic acidity, white wine vinegar and tang. The taste is crisp, tart, minerals, lemon rind, some acidity, white wine vinegar, white grape, gooseberry, creaminess and a decent lactic bite with a dry finish. Medium body and moderate, foamy carbonation. Well rounded and quaffable. Rather nice.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mR_fr0g (5777) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 24, 2015
Bottle shared at bottle shop. Many thanks to Kenny. Aroma is white wine, grape, funk and sour, light vinegar. Translucent hazy white yellow coloured pour with a thin white head. Flavour is composed of tangy onion, white wine, grape, funky, tangy. Palate is light sweet, sour, highish carbonation. Really good stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (18660) - , Essex, ENGLAND - AUG 23, 2015
22nd August 2015
Bottle share at the Bottleshop. Hazy paleish gold beer, small white head. Minerally crisp palate. Nice light sourness, touch of lemon. Good white wine vibe, mildly sweet. A light crisp finish brings a touch of white wine vinegar. Refreshing and nicely mildly sour, no bloody lactic nonsense.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
teorn88 (3630) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 22, 2015
375cl bottle at The Bottle Shop, major thanks to Kenny for sharing this one! It pours a slightly hazy pale straw color with small white head. Aroma is funky sour citrusy tart white wine and light vinegar. Taste is mildly sweet medium sour lightly vinegary with more notes of funk horse blanket white wine and wood. Light bodied with good carbonation. Overall out standing

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Davros (2408) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 11, 2015
Pours yellow with a fading head. Nose shows funky wild yeast and soft custard and vanilla notes along with elderflower and lemon. Flavours are similar. Gentle acidity, funk and woody notes. Carbonation is too high.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Earplay (44) - NEW ZEALAND - JUL 11, 2015
Really enjoyed this as one of the first sours I’ve tried. Aroma is like green apple with some "funk", maybe from the oak. Taste is complex, sour, similar to a homebrew cider in some ways with a wheat base. Light bodied with moderate carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hawthorne00 (2872) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 4, 2015
Bottle. Pale straw gold with a white head that’s soon gone. Damp wheaty aroma with old lemons, lime, apricot stones. Husky and grainy sweetness, some nectarines, lime, mouldering lemons, mellow apples, hint of hard spice. Moderate sourness, damp laundry funk. No bitterness. The minerally feel that works well in some other Moa beers doesn’t work so well here and maybe there’s a little too much sweetness, but this is pretty good and not entirely unlike a gueuze.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
waiake (461) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 17, 2015
2013 bottle poured murky yellow with a fast fading bubbly head the aroma is mild yet full of citrus fruit herbs & yeast this is like cider with a predictably sour lemon tarty taste with wheat & spicy flavours coming thru & sort of creamy with a dry finish

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GenDV138 (3516) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAR 30, 2015
Bottle (2013) at the Charlottesville Tasting shared by nate2g, thanks! Clear golden yellow with off-white head. Aromas of vinegar, tart citrus, funk. Tastes of vinegar, lemon citrus, funk, floral notes. Medium-light body with a dry finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Drake (10689) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - MAR 29, 2015
Bottle shared by nate2g at the CVille Foxy Knoxy tasting. Clear golden, thin fizzy off-white head, decent retention. Aroma of white grape, wood, spice, wheat. The taste is wheat, white grape, spice. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, mild lingering tartness.


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