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Sour Bitch - Mikkeller ApS

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88
very good

131 Ratings
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Ratings: 131
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.76%
Wants: 49
Gots: 65 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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Denmark

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Spontanale with lychee fruit.

Brewed at De Proef Brouverij.

(Beer added by: bark on 07-18-2011)
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4/5  rDev +2%

mikereaser, Feb 05, 2012
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Photo of tectactoe
3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Blake for bringing this one. The body on Sour Bitch lies somewhere in the middle of the playing field between amber and copper; something like rust. It's got good clarity and a fuzzy, white head that sinks to a mere ring before I have time to even appreciate it. I think it goes without saying that there was no sign of lacing to be found, which is pretty much par for the course of sours, it seems.

Some sharp, tart citric aromas stand out in the front lines, as do underripe pears and a hint of lemon zest. The pears seem to grow with time, eventually taking on some sweetness to match the tartness. My colleagues are picking up heavier notes of funk, but I am struggling to reach the same conclusion. Perhaps just a hint of musty funk lies in the periphery, but not as much as you might expect from a typical lambic.

As it turns out, Sour Bitch... well... isn't that sour. It's got an abrupt tartness that grazes the palate with the introductory sip, but it's not quite as elevating as the aroma made it seem like it would be. After a few sips, you've already been conditioned to the tartness and the beer starts flying on autopilot. Apple skins, juicy pears, and other fruity flavors. Apparently this beer was brewed with lychee. I've never tasted one before, so that's my explanation for the unexplainable fruit.

There's a bit more funk in the flavor than there was in the aroma, but we're still talking small scale when you consider the style of the brew. Hints of oak hit on the back end - I'm glad to see that, as the dry and rustic oak flavors tend to be some of my favorites in sour ales. A dying wisp of pear, fruit, oak, and mild must shine in the finale while leaving your palate dry and dusty. Carbonated well, medium bodied, slick and smooth.

I guess when I'm given a beer called Sour Bitch, I'm expecting ass puckering, face melting, palate shredding, enamel stripping levels of acidity, tartness, or lactic acid - none of which this Sour Bitch exhibits. It's tart, sure, and it may not be preposterous to call it "sour" even, but it's quite tame compared to what my body was expecting. Still a nice beer, and probably a good one for people trying to get into sours, as it wont bomb their mouth out with acid.

tectactoe, Aug 05, 2013
Photo of EastBay_Nick
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

EastBay_Nick, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of ehammond1
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (2011)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, whartontallboy!

(Aged for 6+ months)

Golden in color with a quickly forming near-white head that recedes quickly, eventually leaving small streaks of lace down the glass. Pretty and appropriate.

Definite fruit/citrus forward aroma, with some white wine, oak, and a very mild funk character. If given this blind, I'd have guessed that mango was the fruit used, not lychee.

The fruit again plays the dominant role, along with a moderate level of sourness, an earthy, barnyard funk, some wood, and white wine. Finishes very dry.

Medium bodied with high carbonation. Easy to drink.

Very nice treat from Mikkeller, and easily, one of my favorite offerings from them to date.

ehammond1, Jul 06, 2012
Photo of Soonami
2.5/5  rDev -36.2%

Soonami, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of weonfire
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

weonfire, Oct 01, 2013
Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange with a bubbly head. Above average mouthfeel. Funky aroma which is fine for the style. A good drinker, smooth and a nice sour peach, apricot, lemon and lime, not expected from such sweet fruit,i.e. the lychee.Very good sour,and interesting, thanks Jason.

Sammy, Jun 01, 2012
Photo of jh1982
4/5  rDev +2%

jh1982, Jan 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2%

Gonzoillini, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of adamdarcy
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

adamdarcy, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of hooliganlife
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pour is a golden yellow with about an inch of light airy head. some lacing and nice retention.

light oak and sour lychee. some grape and apple

fairly complex through out, nice lychee and and a fairly prominent oak flavor. i was picking up some concord grape which was quite enjoyable.

mild to moderate carbonation, light and easy. some dryness.

pretty decent overall but the $30 price tag suuucks.

hooliganlife, Sep 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2%

FalconA, Feb 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2%

thanmad, Nov 20, 2011
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5/5  rDev +27.6%

osusullins, Dec 04, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

GRG1313, Dec 12, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

SamuelJackson45, Sep 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2%

SpdKilz, Nov 21, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

wesley14, Jun 26, 2012
Photo of emerge077
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Chris for sharing this recently! Quick review from written notes.

Pours into a small tulip a bright saturated orange color with lasting white foam on the surface. Body has a slight haze to it, and the occasional rising bubble or two.

Minerally aroma, lightly funky, traces of indistinct tart fruit.

Pleasantly tart and puckering, with a nebulous fruity taste. Finishes dry with light honey traces in the aftertaste. Acidic with a slight stomach acid impression.

We had some lychee fruit puree side by side (thanks Thomas), which was much more sweet and earthy in taste. Hard to pull out any identifiable lychee in the beer, but it's also aged two years or so. A nice lightly fruity sour ale that's worth trying.

emerge077, Jul 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

hoppymcgee, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of jmarsh123
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy gold with a little orange hue and a couple fingers of foamy off-white head.

Smells sour with hints of some sweet fruits and a good dose of oak.

Lightly sweet almost red grape like fruit sweetness hits the tongue for a second before getting overtaken by the sourness. It's more of a musty bitter sour and isn't overly intense, but the focal point nonetheless. Finishes dry with a wonderful oak component. While very different beers otherwise, the oak component in isolation reminds me a lot of Batch 23 Damnation.

Fairly light bodied with high carbonation levels.

Wonderful surprise from Mikkeller who I'm usually hit or miss on. Very well balanced with some complexity. My only slight complaint is I wish the lychee were featured a bit more prominently, but otherwise close to perfect.

jmarsh123, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of yamar68
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to bstyle for this crazy brew!

Straw gold body capped with a healthy finger of white foam that recedes to a thin rim which retains right until the finish.

Musty dark fruits layered with a mild lemon lime astringency, pear and apricot... I can't say I've ever smelled a beer like this. Color me interested...

I wish I was more familiar with lychee... because there's a dominant sweet/sour fruit flavor that I can't seem to pinpoint. It's a little like apricot, a little rhubarb... it's tasty. There's a nice tart, slightly medicinal and dry finish. I'll have no problem finish this big ol' bottle. It takes some time to get acquainted with, but once you do it's a delicious and unique experience.

Very grateful to have the opportunity to try this one.

yamar68, May 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Mike, May 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

huadog, Dec 14, 2011
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Sour Bitch from Mikkeller ApS
88 out of 100 based on 131 ratings.