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RATINGS: 185   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37/5   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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3.3
the_beergery (118) - - 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 (115) - - 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.

3.5
HuskerTan (2398) - Ravenna, Nebraska, USA - NOV 15, 2017
Bottle. A- Grapes, blackberries, fruity caramel. A- Purple color, dark liquid, off white head. T- Grape juice, berries, mild sweetness, mildly sour, mild caramel, subtle cocoa. P- Medium body, average texture, average carbonation, slightly malty finish. O- Not very sour or tart. In fact, there is even a caramel like maltiness to it. Really a decent beer by all means but not what I expect.

3.5
hershiser2 (3667) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - NOV 14, 2017
Bottle, Wine Warehouse. Pours purple with a soft pink head. Aroma is tart berry and green leaf. Flavor is tart raspberry that gets tarter as the beer goes on. Definite real raspberry, not some sort of artificial flavor. Stems and all. Tart and tasty. NOTE: I see this is blackberry, but it tastes more like raspberry to me.

3.7
wlajwl (7069) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - NOV 13, 2017
Aroma is blackberries and cinnamon bread. The flavor is blackberries, wheat, mild salt/minerals, a hint of cinnamon and a tart/slightly sour finish.

3.5
ZacM612 (804) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - NOV 11, 2017
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2017 Draft at Ballast Point. Cloudy reddish copper. Strong sour, fruity aroma. Tart, delicious finish.

3.5
ttoadee (1590) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 11, 2017
Clean medium berry pour, quick pink tinged head. Nose is blackberry. Middle is blackberry, sour yeast, light wheat, medium bodied malt. Finish is tangy and refreshing.

3.7
drowland (9078) - Georgia, USA - NOV 9, 2017
11/2/17. 12oz bottle from Publix. Hmm, a 7% fruited berliner? LET'S GET DRUNK! Cute purpley pour with a nice off-white/pinkish/purplish head, I suppose, at least if you have any sort of GD imagination. Get with it. Tart aroma, though mild, hint of lactic, blackberries. Good flavor, mild tartness, hint sour, lemon peel, citrus, doughy, blackberry, lactic. Tasty.

3.7
Scipio (1219) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2017
Pours purple with a medium pinkish/purple head that rapidly recedes. The aroma is tart, with blackberry, raspberry, grape, and yeast. The taste is sweet and has a good degree of tartness. That tartness is a quick punch that quickly evaporates. Its acidic, and the flavors are exactly identical to the nose. Heavy blackberry, with raspberry, grape and yeast. Maybe hints of cherry and spices also. An acidic, blackberry finish lasts for awhile. Medium in body and sticky in texture. I liked this, though I wish the tart was more extreme.

3.7
onceblind (10590) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 2, 2017
Deep plummy rosey amber hue under a sticky light pink head. Nice nose of tart fleshy fruity blackberry that’s gently sweet. Tart flavor with sweet blackberry jammy tones and a light fleshy undertone. Lingering light acidity.


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