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RATINGS: 162   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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3.8
p1meatloaf (256) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - SEP 10, 2011
In taster at urge gastro pub. Looks cherry red with off red head. Smells of sour. Tastes of sour at first then some berry complexions. Overall 7.5 of 10. I am getting more and more used to the sour style.

3.5
Terminus (3683) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 26, 2011
tap at homebrew location-pours almost purple with a fizzy pink head-nose is sour berries, very tart. Lots of tart berry flavors but a bit on the husky side. Its a pretty cool beer and i have never had anything like it. lite sourness on the finish but mostly tart berries-really cool! pretty well put together. finish fades into long grain notes. Pretty decent!~

3.7
wchesser (2076) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 26, 2011
No lacing, pretty but cloudy purple. Very brambly fruit and clean, quite sour at first and full bodied. Nice.

3.9
arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 12, 2011
I had this sometime during RBSG in SoCal a couple-few years ago. Intense nettle-y sour on the first sip, with lingering berry skins, nettles, lemon seed, and spinach in the finish. The blackberries are wonderfully full in the middle, rich and bursting like you crushed an actual berry in your mouth after taking a sip of beer. The finish also had some kriek-ish, yeasty things going on. The smell was dominated by dark berries with a note of cherries in milk; it reminded me of Kasteel Kriek. Head is big and foamy pink, just like Todd "daSilky1", who wrote on this page of my notes, "I Love pre-pubescent girls." I didn’t notice that annotation until I got home, so I could never ask him if he was speaking for himself, or immitating me. And now we’ll never know . . .

4.3
gorditoabd (636) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 7, 2011
Growler from the Home Brew Mart. Pours a beautiful raspberry hue, almost like liquid ruby joy. No foam but lots of bubbles racing up the side of the glass. Aroma is all dark musky berries, rasp, black, cran... it’s like they’re all in here, along with a pleasantly musty, just the edge of sour, scent. Super sour initial taste, like cranberry juice with tart apple infusion, sweet kiwi mixture, and a blast of blackberries at the end. Whew! Worth the trip and the wait. Great, great stuff. Unlike a lot of sours, one I could keep on drinking. The only knock on it is that the finish seems a little muddled... Not really, just not what it could be. Still, top, top-notch stuff.

3.6
dnstone (3418) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 19, 2010
Sour and berry fruity aroma. Amber-purple in color. Sour, but not overly so, with blackberry notes. Just "ehh".

2.8
JoeMcPhee (9427) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 28, 2010
Tap at Neighborhood. Very odd fatty, fruity nose. A bit of light lactic character along with a bit of doughiness. Musty with notes of black currant and plum as well. A little bit of light spiciness on the finish but it’s a pretty odd duck. I get the sense this will age into something quite different, but it’s still a work in progress here. Tartness picks up as it begins to warm, but I still can’t say I’m a fan.

3
elihapa (1553) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - AUG 16, 2010
8/14/10 notes: Pours cough syrup red-magenta, with brown hues and a pinkish head. Ominous. Aroma of ripe pomegranate, cranberry, blackberry, sugar, lactic acid. Palate is light. Flavor follows aroma, but starts with a sour hit and moves sweeter as it goes. Aftertaste is blackberry seeds and cranberry.

3.6
Lagunitasfan (1323) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 6, 2010
On tap at Sourfest 2010. Ruby rose colored pour with a nice head. Nose is blackberries and yeasty hay. Clean fruity crisp taste. Good, but unremarkable.

3.7
daknole (11049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 2, 2010
Tap at Stone!!! Reddish pour. Tart berries, red wine, light yeast. Flavor huts with a nice sour, prickly bite. Unripe blackberries, red wine, light oak. Nice.


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