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RATINGS: 193   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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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3.5
willisread (3695) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 8, 2017
Bottle from Craft Brewed. Pours a purplish red with a finger of foam that lingers. Honey and bread on the nose. Strawberry jam aromas. Tart palate, blackberry and lingering blackberry skin. Not bad, but not particularly interesting. Pretty tart on the palate.

3.6
AndyW68 (1632) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 3, 2017
Muddy reddish pour with light pink head. Aroma is over ripe berry. Taste is sweet and sour fruit. Don't really catch the blackberry that much, but fairly nice. Not overly sour.

3.4
chucklemation (1772) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - NOV 29, 2017
Pours a dark red with a white foam head. Aroma is lactic acid and fruit. Flavor is sour fruit, some lactic acid. Has some carbonation and a light body. Pretty good, though not anything to stand apart from the pack of other Berliner weisse beers.

3.6
tmoreau (4670) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - NOV 29, 2017
Shared 12 oz. bottle poured to snifters displaying a clear, copper color, a decent layer of soft white froth that showed a bit of pink tint, with foamy dots & dashes of lacing. The nose was tart & tangy, with pronounced cherry/berry notes, and a slight, vinous nature. Medium bodied, with decent carbonation, the taste was tangy blackberries, with lemon juice-like tartness, dryness, and a touch of tannic astringency, even though barrel aging wasn't a factor. Wishful thinking?

3.8
jbruner (5401) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - NOV 25, 2017
Pours a deep purple red from the bottle with bubbly pink white head that dissipates to leave moderate lace. Aroma of big fresh fruit notes, a hint of sweetness, and nice mild lactic acidity. Taste follows, even fruitier, even more acidic, still slightly sweet. Very tasty.

3
bpreo (2978) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - NOV 25, 2017
Nice and sour, that's for sure. The blackberry isn't overpowering either. I would love a sour and spicy beer, and this would be the beer to do that with.

3.7
pintbypint (3872) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 24, 2017
12oz brown bottle. The colour is cherry red, white head fades away quickly. Berry nose with sweetness. Taste - mouth puckering tangy berries, lemon, sourness, winey and some dryness. A sweet and sour blackberry berliner weise, pretty well done.

3.5
ajnepple (7172) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 24, 2017
12 oz single bottle from Hy Vee Wine & Spirits - Muscatine. Clear reddish colored appearance with minimal head. Fruity aroma of blackberries, light vanilla and a hint of earthiness. Similar flavor, fruity, lightly tart and mild to moderately sweet with a pleasant finish. Kind of refreshing overall.

3.3
the_beergery (147) - - NOV 19, 2017
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2017 Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a witbier glass. Appearance is a deep amber, more reddish than purple, topped with thin white froth. Aroma is mild and fruity, berries mainly, with no citrus or florals, but some subtle caramel malt there too! Taste is very much a fruit beer, sweet berries, blackberries and raspberries, with a little sourness. Not really tart or sour as you'd expect from a Berliner Weisse.

3.2
MavDunk (121) - - NOV 17, 2017
Pours deep amber with scant white head. Scent is sour berries: blackberry, cranberry, raspberry. Taste is similar. Fruity up front with a sour finish. Light body. Almost like a carbonated alcoholic cranberry juice. Meh.


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