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The Bruery Sour in the Rye with Kumquats

Formerly brewed at The Bruery
Style: Sour/Wild Ale
Placentia, California USA
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler


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RATINGS: 127   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 261   ABV: 8.7%
Originally cask only at the 2012 Reserve Society Initiation Party. Later Bottled.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlacoAlto (3900) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 29, 2013
A steady pour into my Bruery tulip produces a fat-finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is a rich amber hue that shows a hazed, pale amber color that is quite viscous, as the carbonation struggles to come up through the body of the brew. The aroma smells quite fruit laden, but has a backdrop of toasted grain character as well as some caramelized maltiness. As the beer warms up, a more floral, kumquat skin, bright citrus note becomes noticeable, but it is still somewhat subtle, but is noticeable, and boosts the complexity of the nose; perhaps a touch of alcohol adds some warmth to the aroma as well when the beer warms up.

The beer is quite sour up front, it isdefinitelya bit thick and viscous at all; my first sip is completely dominated by the sourness. My second sip has me noticing more of the toasted, brown grain, rye character that provides a note of heavily soured brown bread. After a few sips I can start to distinguish the sour components from each other; there is a definite lactic acid character that dominates up front, but the finish seems to have more of a citric acidity to it. There seems to be a touch of pithy bitterness to the finish, and as the beer warms up some rounded citrusy character starts to come through more (kumquat zest notes). The viscous texture is quite interesting, itdefinitelyhas a palate presence, yet it is still quite quaffable and light some how.

Kumquats can be very floral and citrusy, but it is only their skins that have this quality, the pulp is quite sour and more one dimensional; unfortunately it seems that most of the kumquat flavor comes through from the pulp, rather than from the vibrant skins. This is still quite good though, and if you let it warm up a bit (I started out around 50°F) the kumquat skin notes start to come out a bit more. As usual these sours are a bit on the simplistic side, but this is still quite nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jesterdeal (1985) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - SEP 26, 2013
Bottle shared by Bruce. Aroma is very bizarre. Notes of marmalade, celery, V8 tomato splash, citrus rind, and white raisins. Pours deep yellow with good carbonation but no real head. Taste is more citrus with overripe pineapple, orange peel, sour grape, and celery. Very interesting and truly like nothing I’ve ever had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SudsMcDuff (6950) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - SEP 26, 2013
Really enjoyed this one .. . Pours out a fizzy orange amber .. Solid foam .. . Kumquats, that white stuff on orange peels, yeast, and hay .. . Refreshing, a nice tartness too .. . . If you ever feel like you’re having a bad day, just remember some adults have braces.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Scopey (9420) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 21, 2013
Bottle at Bruce’s, big thanks to Kenny. It pours deep orange-amber with a medium off-white head. The nose is orange, tangerine, kumquat, citrus rind, marmalade, fresh orange juice, some acidity and barnyard. The taste is crisp, sour sherbet, big sourness, kumquat, orange, tangerine, candy, tangy, decent acidity, wood and pickled onion Monster Munch with a dry, tangy finish. Medium body and fine, prickly carbonation. Crisp and sour. Very tasty, one of the Bruery’s best sours.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
deekyn (1371) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 20, 2013
A - pours hazy light amber with 1 finger quickly dissipating head. S - aromas of strong caramel malts, kumquats (the peel and juice), rye, and candied sugar. M - tart medium body with a slightly thicker slipper feel. Lingering malty sweet tart end. T - nice tart/sweet citrusy mess up front, sweet juice, tart juice, peel, and citric acid. palate becomes tang(the powdered orange drink mix) and kumquat. End is lingering caramel malts and citrus peel. O - a nice step above regular SitR. 3.9

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jbeatty (1211) - New York, USA - SEP 20, 2013
Bottle, 09/20/2013. Pours dark brown orange, thin head fades to a haze on the surface, thin ring of lacing. Aroma is very fruity, kumquat and citrus, apricot, pulpy, definite lactic sourness, touch of vinegar, vanilla yogurt and wood on the finish. Taste mostly follows suit - bright kumquat, citrus tartness, acidic juicy tropical sweetness with lactic sour notes, fruity vanilla in the finish. Medium body, refreshing, not overly sharp or sour so fairly drinkable. Liked this much more than the base version, very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (14431) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 19, 2013
Bottle shared at Bruce’s in London - many thanks to Kenneth. Pours hazy amber with a frothy, off-white head. The aroma is lightly funky, some tangy lemon, some berries. Light to medium sweet flavor, lots of fruity tones, peach, kumquat, lemon, balanced tang. Light to medium bodied with fine to average, massaging carbonation. Nice tang on the finish, further citric fruit notes, lemon, kumquat, some mandarin orange, grapefruit and peach. Very drinkable. Solid stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
vtafro (4954) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - SEP 8, 2013
Draft. Dark orange pour with white head. Fruitier aroma than the normal. Fruit accents the tartness very well, nice tart but fruity sour.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DesertDevil (655) - Arizona, USA - SEP 5, 2013
750-ml bottle. Dark amber in color with a bubbly, uneven head. Amazing sweet-and-sour aroma of even-keeled lactic funk, lemon zest, a slight floral tone with a big burst of kumquat at the end. The taste closely follows the nose with a graceful acidic tartness and a hint of spiced rye, then the fruity kumquat sourness obliterates all other flavors. One of the most pleasant aspects is a tangy, lingering finish carries on forever. A nice fruit sour that showcases kumquats’ tartness, but the sour-on-sour characteristic is a bit much at times as it completely dominates the other flavors normally present in Sour in the Rye.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
UDBeernut (2191) - Between JAX and SGJ, Florida, USA - AUG 30, 2013
Ba bottle share, you jealous yet? Big tartness followed by stone fruits. Body is solid and acidic.

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