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RATINGS: 171   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36/5   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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3.4
rumproasts (5544) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 14, 2017
Bottle. Deep reddish purple with small head. Lightly tart with big blackberry flavor. Someday one dimensional, but they choose a good dimension to feature.

3.4
MattH (908) - California, USA - OCT 8, 2017
Bottle. Medium purple pour. Aroma is caramel and alcohol. Flavor is acidic sour, sweet caramel malt, raisin and alcohol. Level of carbonation is high. Medium body. A little too sweet for my tastes.

3.4
ffaoe (874) - Moorestown, New Jersey, USA - OCT 7, 2017
moderate sour and berry aromas. red and clear in color with nice long lasting pink head. tastes is moderate to high level of tartness. strong blackberry flavor. finishes clean

3.4
PorterPounder (8226) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 7, 2017
Tallahassee, Fl. - Lucky's Market - 12 oz bottle. Hazy, dark pink pour, no real head after the initial bubbly froth. Aroma has some burnt accents, some dried fruit sourness. Excellent sour flavor, light vinegar, some dried apricots, back end of blackberry sourness- excellent tartness. Nice spritz to the mouthfeel.

3.8
superspak (5871) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - OCT 6, 2017
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 9/8/2017. Pours slightly hazy ruby red, light pink/purple color with a 1-2 finger dense light pink head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of fairly sour/tart/tangy blackberries, cherry, plum, lemon, green apple, red grape, hay, straw, grass, wheat, cracker, biscuit, light lacto funk, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of blackberries, fruity/acidic yeast, and bready malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of fairly sour/tart/tangy blackberries, cherry, plum, lemon, green apple, red grape, hay, straw, grass, wheat, cracker, biscuit, light lacto funk, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate fruity/lactic tartness and berry tang on the finish. Lingering notes of tart/tangy blackberries, cherry, plum, lemon, green apple, red grape, hay, straw, grass, wheat, cracker, biscuit, light lacto funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of blackberries, fruity/acidic yeast, and bready malt flavors; with a great malt/tart/tangy fruit balance, and zero puckering flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from tartness and fruit tang. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderate creamy/bready/grainy, fairly acidic, and lightly tangy/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol for 7%. Overall this is a very good fruited Berliner weisse. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of blackberries, fruity/acidic yeast, and bready malt flavors; very smooth, easy, and refreshing to drink with the mellowly lactic/tangy/drying finish. Quite a bit on the malty side, but acceptable given the ABV; not overdone. Nice levels of Lacto complexity and fruit presence. A very enjoyable offering and well made style example.

3.7
rougeau13 (3156) - Richmond, Texas, USA - SEP 22, 2017
Bottle. Clear purple-red-amber with a pinkish white head. Aroma of blackberry and sour wheat. Tastes like lightly sweet and lightly tart berries. Medium bodied and dry.

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 (1870) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 27, 2017
-On tap GMF 2017- Blackberry, yoghurt and berry pure. Fruity and not to sour finish. Gopd!

3.4
Bacchus66 (875) - 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 (1125) - 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


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