RATINGS: 585   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89/5   IBU: 5   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
Sour in the Rye is an American wild ale. A challenging beer to brew due to the substantial amount of rye malt, but youll 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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JUN 30, 2013
750ml bottle into a pint glass. What better way to treat myself on my birthday? A: Pours a hazy reddish-orange color. Im VERY impressed with the head this pours - its about one fingers high (off-white shade) and superbly creamy. Granted, getting such head to form requires an aggressive pour, but even still, its retention is quite good. S: On the nose at least, the sourness is more acetic than lactic to me. Beneath this assertive tartness lies some nice fruit esters - cherry, peach, and apricot come to mind. Even if its not really deep, I usually enjoy these vinegary sours a lot, especially when they have a level of balance to them. I dont pick up much rye, though. T: A good puckering bite starts this one off (in addendum, the sourness seems more lactic than acetic, unlike what the aroma suggested to me). The fruitiness reveals itself after the sourness leaves the palate, with some pleasant cherry notes to go along with tart crab apple and lemon juice qualities. Its in the finish and aftertaste where I notice the rye malts; they both provide a subtle spiciness and a palate-scrubbing sensation. Its actually fairly complex: some sips accentuate fruitiness, others accentuate the oak barrel (even providing a distant flavor of vanilla on occasion), while others bring out the rye notes. The only thing for me to really complain about is a slight lack of balance...as excellent as this is, its perhaps a half step blow La Folie or Rodenbach Grand Cru in terms of delicacy. By the way, in the name of contrarianism, I decided to pour the yeast in about 2/3rds of the way in, and Id reckon its made the beer a bit harder to drink. Keep the yeast in the bottle, trust me. M: For about a half second on the palate, its fairly creamy...and then the oak tannins, rye malts, good carbonation, and sourness give it a slight roughness to it - which is nothing out of the ordinary for the style. Not the easiest drinking sour, but the moderately high ABV is hidden flawlessly. O: On these kind of occasions, I can totally justify spending $20+ on a bottle of sour ale (because YOLO n shit) only for yours truly to consume solo. Thankfully this is good enough where I could easily justify doing such a thing again. Actually, its pretty fantastic where Id purchase this somewhat commonly...goddamnit, Ive been suckered in by another sour ale. STOP DRAINING MY WALLET DRY, DELICIOUS YET EXPENSIVE STYLE!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Estebanik (1040) - Lublin, POLAND - APR 24, 2017
Bottle sharing w Multi Qlti. Piany właściwie brak. Intensywność aromatu rozkurwia sufit. Stajnia, fura owocw, skra. W smaku ostro kwaśne, kwas wżyna się w gardło i nie odpuszcza aż do finiszu. Lekkie pieczenie od żyta przy finiszu fajnie się komponuje. Dalej bardzo owocowe, przez chwilę mignął mi nawet arbuz. Ofc alkohol kompletnie niewyczuwalny. Tyłek urwany.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Muggus69 (2363) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - APR 17, 2017
750mL capped Champagne bottle. 2016 vintage Pours a hazy apricot gold body, small head. Aroma rather intense - grapefruit, unripe pineapple, grainy malts, hay, spice touch of acetic acid & ethyl acetate, cheesy/horsey funk, oaken vanilla. Palate is tremendous - stacks of grippy acidity, ropey tannin, sort of like a Gueuze without the lively carbonation. Flavours a full-on, lingering, very complex & unique - candied grapefruit, fermented pineapple, leather, cheese, odd leafy sort of funk, hay, theres some peppery grainy rye notes that linger, oak too - that candied sort of peel character keeps coming back - very interesting and unique. Very intense, complex and different; love it!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hawthorne00 (3811) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAR 26, 2017
Bottle. Clear golden amber with no head to speak of.Aroma of cherries grainy bread, light spices, a little sweet liquor (if I say butterscotch schnapps it sounds bad, but I dont mind it) buried underneath. Very close to flat, slightly slippery. A balance of sweet and sour, with some vinegary notes. Cherry is less obvious, grainy and spices perhaps more so. A bit salty as well as sour at the end I wouldnt really have guessed rye. Little intrigue, but tasty with nice balance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nocturne (1951) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 3, 2017
750ml bottle. Burnt amber shade. Decent head initially. Nose is green apple, spices, plasticky. Same kind of taste, orchard fruits leaning towards citrus, puckering sourness. Pretty tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AdmiralVernon (1140) - SWEDEN - FEB 10, 2017
A: Brown coloured with a rhin white head N: Apple, oak, orange T: Orange zest, kiwi, lemon, green apples O: Very tart, but refreshing and nice flavours!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
melush (3774) - SPAIN - JAN 22, 2017
75cl Bottle @ 32GreatPower, Seville, Spain. Clear copper colour with a thin white head. Aroma is tart, cherries, apricot, spices. Taste is sour, cherries, oak, toasted malt, pepper. Medium body, average to strong carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Listigovers (1086) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 15, 2017
Copper coloured beer without a head. Smells really funky and bacterial, also some rye. Flavour is quite sour and I get some pears, rye, pickles, a bit of sweetness to round it out but overall very sour. Huge beer that is fun to drink.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tightslice (1184) - Redwood City, California, USA - JAN 11, 2017
On tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt in Redwood City, CA. Aroma is slightly fruity (maybe peach, stone fruit), a mild earthy funkiness. Taste is tart, dry (but a good amount of wet fruit notes in there), malty body, some earthy funk. A well-rounded sour (tart, fruity, funky) with great style / character. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sdaniel90 (1076) - Mexico City, MEXICO - DEC 30, 2016
Bottle. Sparkling, hazy orange, minimal head. Fruity tart aromas. Medium bodied, fizzy soft carbonation. Highly sour. Smooth and tart. Simple and beautiful.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sokuzs1 (1140) - POLAND - DEC 29, 2016
Aroma: green bell pepper, light vinegar, vanilla, oak, hay Taste: medium sour, hay, vinegar, fruity, oak

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