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Sour Bitch - Mikkeller ApS

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88
very good

135 Ratings
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Ratings: 135
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 47
Gots: 65 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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Denmark

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Spontanale with lychee fruit.

Brewed at De Proef Brouverij.

(Beer added by: bark on 07-18-2011)
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look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Received this as an extra a long while ago. Never got around to drinking it. After a quick dusting poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice crystal clear light amber hue with a one finger white head that fades down to leave a thin blanket and very light lacing.

S - Aromas of some very, very light musty funk. Very, very faint lychee sweetness and tartness in the background.

T - Taste is slightly medicinal. There is lychee there, slightly cloy. Subtle tartness that does increase with time. Loads upon loads of mustiness here and light fruitiness. The medicinal quality though is very, very strong here.

M - Mouthfeel is pretty nice for the style, easy drinking and nicely carbonated.

O - Overall this beer had potential, and perhaps it was better fresh. Now though it is basically a medicinal mess. No way I'm getting through a 750mL of this.

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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.

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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.

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Sour Bitch from Mikkeller ApS
88 out of 100 based on 135 ratings.