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RATINGS: 591   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89/5   IBU: 5   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Sour in the Rye is an American wild ale. A challenging beer to brew due to the substantial amount of rye malt, but you’ll be glad we took the time. The character of the rye asserts itself with clove and pepper in the aroma and flavor, and contributes a full body not generally found in sour beers. Pleasantly sour with notes of tart cherry, rustic earth and vanilla notes from a year-plus of barrel aging.

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3.9
czar (9066) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 21, 2014
pours hazy golden orange with a nice off-white cap, some retention, nice lacing. nice and complex fruity-nutty-spicy maltiness, spices, moderate funk and light woodsiness, coffee beans, cider qualities, grass, bitter herbs, touch of earth. average to moderate carbonation, light to medium body - oily, lightly tart, astringent and grassy-spicy finish. balanced and very tasty. much enjoyed!

3.8
mathieuc (3990) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 20, 2014
Pours a cloudy brown with no head/lacing. Aroma is fruity and acidic, lightly spicy too. Taste is acid but not over the top acetic like some The Bruery beers can be. Peppery rye finish. Body is light, carbonation medium and mouthfeel somewhat juicy. This is a quality sour.

3.9
JBPortland (1543) - Hampton Roads, Virginia, USA - JAN 18, 2014
750ml bottle thanks to matboz! Pours cloudy toasted orange with medium head. Nose is dank tart citrus and earthy grain. Taste is sour fruity grains and earthy wood, citrus, lacto, some subtle spices and peppery notes. Finish is sour lacto fruit and rustic grain. Enjoyed it.

4.1
ClarkVV (6708) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 15, 2014
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2014 2013 bottle drunk 1/15/14
Golden-amber body shows a high clarity and a cream colored head that recedes quickly.
WOW, that’s the best sour nose I’ve smelled on an American beer in a long while. Big horsey brett and pedio-influenced aroma has all sorts of tart acids, lime, nectarine, grapefruit rind, yogurt, and then a wash of fresh oakiness and plenty of it. Really well-balanced. I let it breath for about 10 minutes before trying a sip and when I first did, it was probably about 47-48 degrees. Tons of raw sourness, but immediately a balancing malt backbone, probably lots of the rye, is felt, leading to a solid medium body and an actual sour beer that isnt over attenuated, thin or lacking of character. Upon warming to the 55 degree range, tannins and a fair amount of sweetness begin to chip at the palate. Still, a wonderfully tight carbonation and full-on sour and tartness keeps me coming back for sip after sip in very quick succession. Rye and other grainy/chewy malts arrive on the finish, with extended warming, and actually provide yet another interesting aspect. Can’t help but thinking along the lines of Cantillon, aroma-wise, but the flavor needs a little bit more work. I don’t know how 3F and Cantillon achieve the flavor, body and balance they do at 5 to 6% abv. A bit more alcohol here, than I would prefer, but when you’re evoking parallels of the best of the best, you’re definitely doing a lot of things at the very highest level.

3.6
tastybeer (1853) - Indiana, USA - JAN 10, 2014
Bottle, 2013 Ed. Pours murky orange, off white head. Decent retention/some lace. Aroma of orange sherbet, funk, red wine, lemon, rye, light acetic. Taste is tart, lemon, citrus, red wine, barrel, dust. Palate is drier, average carbonation, lightly warming, tart finish.

4.9
nromagnola (5) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 8, 2014 does not count
My favorite sour to date. Love that I can get this locally now. Nothing bad to say, it's all I want in a sour. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
symmetric (71) - - JAN 6, 2014
Rich aroma with hints of cola and cream soda. Opaque light amber colour. Full body, with a strong lactic burst, and a nice spicy malty finish from the rye.

3.9
sitzds (318) - - JAN 2, 2014
On tap at The Bruery poured into taster. Appearance is cloudy golden-orange with a thin white head that leaves spots on the drink down. Aroma is sour grapes, white wine vinegar, cherries, funky, tart, oaky and spicy as well thanks to the barrels and rye. Lots going on. Taste delivers on the sourness from the nose, with a forceful blast of initial tartness - citrus, cherry, grape - followed by a mellow vanilla sweetness, rye spice on the swallow, and a touch of oak bitterness in the finish. Medium body, a little creamy, moderate carbonation, long puckering dry finish.

4.3
tmzl (318) - SLOVENIA - DEC 28, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2014
2013 bottle

Look: Pours with 1 thumb off-white foam, big bubbles, very fast retention. There is some carbonation. Color is deep amber, red, slightly cloudy. Looks good, promising.

Smell: Sour hits you first. then goes into fruity, wine, sweetness. Then comes the brilliant balance with funk, leathery, cellar, musty notes. Also some spice and woody character. You just have to taste it, some interesting shit.

Taste: The sour part explodes in your mouth, but isn’t overwhelming. Sour apples, lemon, lime, some forest fruits, berries. Also spicy at start. There is a hint of sweet, malty character in the middle but the musty, funky, earthy part kicks in very soon after. Some very subtle oak there too. In the aftertaste the sour and funk linger with a hint of sweetness. But they don’t get annoying or overblown with progressive drinking, stays fresh and interesting.

Mouthfeel: Dry. Carbonation surprisingly alive, makes it a quite refreshing and fun beer to drink. There is no alcohol warming. The body is medium and leaves a creamy feeling.

Overall: Surprised by the refreshing yet very complex nature of this beer. The balance of funk and sour is superb and very fun to observe. Superb job. Fck ye.

4.3
ModeEngage (152) - Lowell, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 27, 2013
Pours hazy orange with thin white head. Citrus and vinegar on the nose. Drinks smoothly with huge, lingering sour bite. Tastes of huge citrus with accentuating funk.


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