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RATINGS: 160   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35/5   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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3.7
TimE (5788) - Tokyo, - OCT 24, 2012
awesome under notes of black berries. Mildly sour. Light refreshing. Excellent


3.4
Dogbrick (12912) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 31, 2017
Sample at Bobs Bar during the Taste of the Coast with Maine Beer Company event on 05/17/2017. Clear dark burgundy-red color with a medium off-white head that recedes quickly to a wispy film. Short strings of lacing. Aroma of tart berry, yeast and malt. Light-bodied with flavors of blackberry, herbal yeast and doughy malt. The finish is sweet-tart berries. Decent overall.

3.7
Palme (4780) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAY 24, 2017
On tap @ Rattle N Hum. This one’s a crystal clear blood/beet red one with a small scattered pinkish head. Smells really good and sour. Soft raspberries, blackberries, sour blackcurrants and some red currants. Really fruity and nice this aroma. Tastes really good and fruity also. It’s soft thin oily on the texture and just above average on the carbonation. Really refreshing without being too sour this. Loaded with fruity blueberries, red currants and blackberries. Mmhhh.. A lovely tartness and a hefty Berry presence. Nice! 11.06.2015

3.5
Travlr (24286) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - APR 30, 2017
Draft. Hazy pinkish purple color. Blackberry and lemon aroma. Taste is lightly tart berries. Decent.

3.7
jefcon (1830) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAR 11, 2017
Draft. Lightly sour with a clean, refreshing finish. Plenty of fruit. Only souring toward the midpalate and finish. Gentle and nicely oaked.

3.8
mcberko (17178) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 11, 2017
On tap at Ballast Point - Scripps Ranch, pours a cloudy pinkish amber with a small white head. Aroma brings out deep tart blackberry pie, light wild character and jam. Flavour is very jammy, with tart blackberry jam, some fruit pie and a bone dry pithy quality. Wonderfully constructed, with a lingering jammy character. Really nice.

3.3
djd07 (14361) - 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
oobawa (1301) - 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
Leafs93 (2292) - 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
anders37 (26156) - Malmö, 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
glennmastrange (2855) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2016
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2017 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 Weiße that’s full of flavors and is super easy drinking.


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