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RATINGS: 155   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34/5   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 Points original Master Brewer Peter AHearn 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, its a great bridge beer into the Sour Styles.

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3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
djd07 (12575) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 17, 2017
On tap at the brewery. Pours a muddy purple with small off white head that diminishes to nothing. The aroma is berry, wheat, dough. Thin body, similar flavors to nose, light tart finish, good.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
oobawa (801) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 12, 2017
Decent Berlinner Weisse, thankfully on the dry side, accentuating the blackberry tartness without dipping into jelly sweetness. Finishes sour but mellow, yet the berries cling to the palate for a good long while.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Leafs93 (2205) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2017
Pours ruby red with a small beige head. Aroma is earthy, blackberry and cereal. Taste is tart and lightly sweet. Light bodied, thin with light carbonation.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (24433) - Malm, SWEDEN - JAN 1, 2017
Draft @ Ballast Point - Home Brew Mart, San Diego, CA. Pours a red color with a small white head. Has a fruity sour tart blackberry aroma. Fruity sour tart blackberry flavor. Has a fruity sour tart blackberry finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
glennmastrange (2743) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2016
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2016 Tap. Light grain and light bread for the malt, lemon for the hops, nothing discernable for the yeast, with dark berries in the background. Head is small fizzy/frothy, lavender, with no lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is purple. Flavor starts lightly to moderately acidic, then finishes moderately acidic and faintly bitter. Palate is light, watery with a lively carbonation and a lightly dry finish. Excellent Berliner Weie that?s full of flavors and is super easy drinking.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (10687) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 4, 2016
Sampled from the tap at All Pints North. Pours a clear reddish purple with a slightly pink head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a decent amount of blackberry supported by earthy wheat and yogurt. Flavor has earthy blackberry, earthy wheat and a slight note of yogurt underlying.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rlgk (18834) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 7, 2016
Draught at Ballast Point, Linda Vista Road, San Diego. Sour blackberry flavor, grapes, citrus, some bilberries. Blackberry flavor, grapes, metallic, some citrus. Ok.
Earlier Rating: 4/14/2014 Total Score: 3.7
Draught at Ballast Point Tasting Room. Clear deep red/ruby color, almost no head. Malty caramel aroma, blackberries, lingon berries, sourish, caramel, some citrus. Sour blackberry flavor, caramel, strawberries, lingon berries, citrus, floral, tart, lots of berries. Good beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
b3shine (8369) - Indiana, USA - SEP 3, 2016
Draft to taster at The Pint Room. Looks solid; a transparent pale watermelon with bubbly white head that steadily dissipates into lacing. Smells mildly tart with a nice blackberry presence up front followed by some mild wheat in the background. Tastes like it smells with a mildly tart medium light-bodied mouthfeel thst finishes clean. A solid example of the style.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
williamstome (1759) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 8, 2016
Dark purple pour. Aroma of raspberry and blackberry. Flavor follows, but thin. Okay, not great.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OldMrCrow (2427) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 15, 2016
Tap at the Beer Authority.

At 5.4%, shouldnt this be an imperial Berliner weisse? :)

In any case, dark red pour, lots of berries in a nose with some tartness. Reasonably dry, not overly sour, blackberry tannins, some authentic vomit notes. Easy to drink if not a standout.


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