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RATINGS: 566   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89/5   IBU: 5   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
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.

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   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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerGod (6028) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - OCT 1, 2016
Bottle - 750mL crowned. Bottled on 4/14/15. Hazy amber with a short white head. Spicy and sour up front with big tart fruits and wood. Taste is BOLD sour fruit, sour yogurt, wet wood, light spicy rye and earthy notes. Body is medium with a dense, prickly carbonation and strong acidic feel on the palate. Dry finish as well. Ends with more bold sour fruit notes, lemon juice, funky fruit, oak earthy notes, faint vanilla and light spicy rye. VERY SOUR!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mateuszk (2156) - Poznań, POLAND - SEP 27, 2016
Bottle. Pours amber in colour with white head. Tart and citric aroma with spicy note. In taste malty, tart, funky and fruity with some rye spiciness. Medium body, smooth with moderate carbonation, finish is tart and dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
kermis (11226) - Where the wild whales are, NETHERLANDS - SEP 26, 2016
Bottle shared thanks to mariuspoenari. Very hazy amber brown with an off white head. Aroma of citrus, lemon, big lactic notes and rye. Flavour is light to moderate sweet and heavy sour. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MarcoDL (4221) - NETHERLANDS - SEP 19, 2016
Draft at the Bruery. Aroma of tart, pineapple, oak and mango. Taste has soft sour, tart, mango, citrus, pineapple, hops and oak. Long Finish. Very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GTAEgeek (1966) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 6, 2016
On tap at the Brick Store Pub. Pours a hazy orange color, with a medium, beige head. The nose is butterscotch, cloves, lemon peel, and black pepper. Aggressively sour flavor, with a smooth sweetness. Medium to heavy body, syrupy, creamy and thick. This is a heavy, assertive, and focused sour. Quite tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VDuquerroux (1271) - Airvault, FRANCE - AUG 28, 2016
Bottle, 75cL. @Naintrť. Shared with my dad and my mom. A brown-orange opaque beer with a medium white head ; poor retention. Wood, vinegar, light caramel, cereal, vanilla, pancake. Light sweet, medium to heavy dry sour ; thirst-quencher. Medium body, thin texture, average to soft carbonation, woody vanilla acid finish. Overall, a great one !

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Andrew196 (1469) - Katy, Texas, USA - AUG 16, 2016
Amber in color, white head with a nice cascading lace. Aroma of sour barnyard, hay, peaches, lemon. Very big and dry on the tongue with more peach, lemon and white grape. Big yet pleasant tartness throughout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zlotta (2257) - Hagen, GERMANY - JUL 27, 2016
Sampled from 0.75 l bottle, shared by mariuspoenari, thanks! Hazy, golden amber with an off-white head. Sweetish, sourish-fruity and moderately funky aroma of peach, lemon, rhubarb, oak and some barnyard. Quite sour, very fruity and moderately funky taste of lemon, peach, rhubarb, oak and barnyard, followed by a medium long, rather tart, woody-dry finish. Thin to medium body, quite astringent mouthfeel, soft carbonation. Very nice, but also very sour!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sjogro (2848) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUL 27, 2016
Bottle courtesy of mariuspunari. Hazy amber. Minimal head. Sour grain, rye, hay, grapes, lactic, spices. Strong sour, light minerallike saltiness. Medium body, soft carbonation, minerallike texture, heavy tannins, lactic response.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Maakun (4064) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUL 27, 2016
Bottle shared thanks to MariusPoenari. Cloudy dark golden with fizzy off white head. Lemon juice, quite some rye, lots of herbs, soft Indian spices, funk, hay, lots of lactic sournes with overripe apricots. Very sour, and light spicy bitterness. Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Pretty good.

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