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RATINGS: 165   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Sour Wench was a Home Brew Mart recipe that we made every year for the Southern California Home brewers Fest in Temecula. This Blackberry Ale was originally developed by Ballast Point’s original Master Brewer Peter A’Hearn and Colby Chandler. While interning in Germany, Peter fell in love with the Berliner Weiss style of beer. A beer made with a procedure in which the mash was soured. The tartness of the Oregon State Marion Blackberries, at one pound per gallon, was a perfect addition for this sour style. Sour Wench is not aged in oak barrels. In the end, it’s a great bridge beer into the Sour Style’s.

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3.7
FontleroyJenkins (1) - - SEP 21, 2017 does not count
description needs to be updated. 9/21/2017. berliner weiss STYLE. not true berliner weiss, but more a sour blackberry ale. it's 7% NOT 5.4. good blackberry sour. blackberry on the nose, medium to over medium tartness up front and on tongue. finishes with a "beer" finish, tartness does not really linger. overall a tasty sour.

3.8
aleksander9 (1821) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 27, 2017
-On tap GMF 2017- Blackberry, yoghurt and berry pure. Fruity and not to sour finish. Gopd!

3.4
Bacchus66 (772) - South Carolina, USA - AUG 25, 2017
On tap at ADT. Pours clear reddish purple with a thin pinkish head. Tart blackberry fruit with sour notes, yeast, bread. Light bodied. Flavors scale back for a mildly sour, dry finish. Refreshing.

3.3
matthewjk (1108) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 18, 2017
I do like things over-the-top, but damn Ballast! Heavy, serious, tart--little sweetness detected for some semblance of balance. I do like this, but fatigue sets in pretty quickly. 12oz bottle

4
ehaak26 (638) - - JUL 16, 2017
On draft at Captain Jack’s. Aroma of blackberry. Nice tart flavor. Pours a dark red/purple.

3.5
RobertDale (6650) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JUN 26, 2017
Sampled at Boulevardia 2017. Comes a somewhat hazy reddish purple with an average off-white head. Aroma of fruit and malt. Taste is blackberries, citrus, malt, and grain. Refreshing.

3.4
Dogbrick (13389) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 31, 2017
Sample at Bobs Bar during the Taste of the Coast with Maine Beer Company event on 05/17/2017. Clear dark burgundy-red color with a medium off-white head that recedes quickly to a wispy film. Short strings of lacing. Aroma of tart berry, yeast and malt. Light-bodied with flavors of blackberry, herbal yeast and doughy malt. The finish is sweet-tart berries. Decent overall.

3.7
Palme (4812) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAY 24, 2017
On tap @ Rattle N Hum. This one’s a crystal clear blood/beet red one with a small scattered pinkish head. Smells really good and sour. Soft raspberries, blackberries, sour blackcurrants and some red currants. Really fruity and nice this aroma. Tastes really good and fruity also. It’s soft thin oily on the texture and just above average on the carbonation. Really refreshing without being too sour this. Loaded with fruity blueberries, red currants and blackberries. Mmhhh.. A lovely tartness and a hefty Berry presence. Nice! 11.06.2015

3.5
Travlr (25528) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - APR 30, 2017
Draft. Hazy pinkish purple color. Blackberry and lemon aroma. Taste is lightly tart berries. Decent.

3.7
jefcon (1906) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAR 11, 2017
Draft. Lightly sour with a clean, refreshing finish. Plenty of fruit. Only souring toward the midpalate and finish. Gentle and nicely oaked.


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