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RATINGS: 154   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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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (10919) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
brokensail (16222) - Dublin, California, USA - JUL 21, 2010
A: The pour is a dark crimson looking color with a huge pink tinted head that just wont go away. S: The nose offers up some blackberry, tannic fruit skins, some mild notes of grass, and a bit of oak. T: The flavor is somewhat blunt. Certainly astringent and somewhat bitter, almost, with lots of fruit skin and seed flavor. A bit of blackberry and lemon juice tartness. M: The body is light to medium with a somewhat soft, but plentiful, carbonation. D: Of the sour Ballast Point beers, this is my least favorite. The fruit flavor is not really there and overall, its somewhat abrasive and harsh.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
KimJohansen (10434) - Frederiksberg C, Dnemark, DENMARK - JUL 19, 2010
Cloudy deep red with a medium to large pinkish creamy head. Aroma had blackberries, roasted malt, hay and wood. Flavour came out dry with berries, roasted malt, caramel, hay and wood. Finished semi sweet.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rusty (1546) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUL 4, 2010
Pours a reddish pink with a small white head. Aroma is berries some wheat and sourness. Flavor is light sourness wheat and fruity berries.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bhightow (24) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 2, 2010
red, sparkling, minimal head, medium sweetness, lightly sour, light body, thin feel, fizzy, floral,

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MartinT (9535) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 13, 2010
My Bottom Line:
Pomegranate-like fruitiness grows into blackberries before awkward lactic emanations fall into a dry and mildly tart finish.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-Sumptuous foam crowns the pink-laced luminous red haze.
-The aroma had strange yogurt-like funk coming from the sour mash (I suppose). Not the most appealing incarnation of lactobacillus, lets say...
-Lots of small bubbles help drinkability.
-The fruit character mostly comes off as juicy and simple.
-With a name like Sour Wench, I admit I was expecting more tartness (which I got in their wonderful Hout Black Currant though).

On tap at their Linda Vista brewery.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Em (102) - USA - MAY 22, 2010
Raspberry and cranberry flavors mixed in with the blackberry flavors. Drank on tap at the brewery. Red pink in color, very fizzy. An excellent beer.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - MAY 10, 2010
Appearance: Pours a clear maroon red with a white ring of head.

Aroma: Tart and sweet berry goodness.

Taste: Dark ripe blackberry with a tart finish.

Mouthfeel: Fizzy and refreshing.

Overall: Easy going, very easy on the sour to the point that I wouldnt consider it a sour at all. Great summer drinking.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Getbetter (1033) - East Palo Alto, California, USA - MAY 8, 2010
From tap,Redish white head,red color,cherry,raseberry,blackberry.This is a great beer ,Fizzy.


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