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RATINGS: 561   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89/5   IBU: 5   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
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Sour in the Rye is an American wild ale. A challenging beer to brew due to the substantial amount of rye malt, but youíll be glad we took the time. The character of the rye asserts itself with clove and pepper in the aroma and flavor, and contributes a full body not generally found in sour beers. Pleasantly sour with notes of tart cherry, rustic earth and vanilla notes from a year-plus of barrel aging.


4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mfischer2 (27) - Colorado, USA - JUL 1, 2013
Sour on the tip of your tongue with a tart aftertaste, aroma of sour cherries. Great lacing in the glass. This is a great beer to sip and enjoy.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JUN 30, 2013
750ml bottle into a pint glass. What better way to treat myself on my birthday? A: Pours a hazy reddish-orange color. Iím VERY impressed with the head this pours - itís about one fingers high (off-white shade) and superbly creamy. Granted, getting such head to form requires an aggressive pour, but even still, its retention is quite good. S: On the nose at least, the sourness is more acetic than lactic to me. Beneath this assertive tartness lies some nice fruit esters - cherry, peach, and apricot come to mind. Even if itís not really deep, I usually enjoy these vinegary sours a lot, especially when they have a level of balance to them. I donít pick up much rye, though. T: A good puckering bite starts this one off (in addendum, the sourness seems more lactic than acetic, unlike what the aroma suggested to me). The fruitiness reveals itself after the sourness leaves the palate, with some pleasant cherry notes to go along with tart crab apple and lemon juice qualities. Itís in the finish and aftertaste where I notice the rye malts; they both provide a subtle spiciness and a palate-scrubbing sensation. Itís actually fairly complex: some sips accentuate fruitiness, others accentuate the oak barrel (even providing a distant flavor of vanilla on occasion), while others bring out the rye notes. The only thing for me to really complain about is a slight lack of balance...as excellent as this is, itís perhaps a half step blow La Folie or Rodenbach Grand Cru in terms of delicacy. By the way, in the name of contrarianism, I decided to pour the yeast in about 2/3rds of the way in, and Iíd reckon itís made the beer a bit harder to drink. Keep the yeast in the bottle, trust me. M: For about a half second on the palate, itís fairly creamy...and then the oak tannins, rye malts, good carbonation, and sourness give it a slight roughness to it - which is nothing out of the ordinary for the style. Not the easiest drinking sour, but the moderately high ABV is hidden flawlessly. O: On these kind of occasions, I can totally justify spending $20+ on a bottle of sour ale (because YOLO íní shit) only for yours truly to consume solo. Thankfully this is good enough where I could easily justify doing such a thing again. Actually, itís pretty fantastic where Iíd purchase this somewhat commonly...goddamnit, Iíve been suckered in by another sour ale. STOP DRAINING MY WALLET DRY, DELICIOUS YET EXPENSIVE STYLE!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blipp (8030) - La Mesa, California, USA - JUN 30, 2013
Bottle, pours orange with a white head. Tart and fruity, hints of cherry sweetness, light woody notes, hints of vanilla, and a nice tart dry finish. Good stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 27, 2013
On tap at Ridgewood Wine & Beer, Raleigh. Super cloudy pour, sedimental pale orange. Bright, crisp carbonation. Super pronounced nose, massively tart but with definite undertones of wood, fruit, a trace of bitterness from the thoughtfully used rye. Massively acetic mouthfeel, just narrowly short of too much so. Complexity is there in the flavor, with tannins and rye well represented despite how sour the beer is. Well done.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DuffMan (9499) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 25, 2013
Bottle, shared with Parksy. Hazy dark orange colour, big golden head. Aroma is sweet with a lactic sourness, oaky vanilla undertones. Lactic sourness dominates the palate, quite acidic, some unripened berries, woody undertones. On the "sour scale", this scores quite highly for me, but offers a good balance. It helps that the finish is tart but smooth instead of acidic and puckeringly sour, as this lent to drinkability for me. Very enjoyable.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sperine (283) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 23, 2013
On tap at Toronado San Francisco. Recommended by the guy sitting at the bar next to me, this was a sour with incredible wood flavor coming through. Very balanced, very tasty.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ryanfolty (2382) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - JUN 23, 2013
June 23, 2013 - bottle at Bryceís. Orange pour with nice head. Aroma and taste of wood, spice and sour. Nicely balanced, smooth and medium body.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
QCBWarlock (44) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 23, 2013
I enjoy most everything from The Bruery, and I have been in sour mode for some time now, so Iím not surprised that I loved this beer. Iíd really like to try it side by side with Russian River Consecration and see which one I like better.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
podey (637) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 23, 2013
750ml bottle thanks to Victor at Brianís suprise birthday tasting. Pours slightly cloudy golden amber with a thick white head. Aroma of tart barnyard funkiness, stone fruits and citrus. Taste is clean and tart with citric funkiness with notes of lemons, cherries and lots of woodiness. Really nice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
vtafro (6554) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUN 22, 2013
Bottle. Hazy golden pour with white head. Some light tart fruit and Brett aromas. Tart fruit, similar to a sour brune/red.


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