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Sour Bitch - Mikkeller ApS

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Reviews: 38
Hads: 139
Avg: 3.85
pDev: 12.73%
Wants: 44
Gots: 65 | FT: 2
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Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: bark on 07-18-2011

Spontanale with lychee fruit.

Brewed at De Proef Brouverij.
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Photo of AleWatcher
2.66/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This was shared by joey5cents at a tasting.

Looks like a gueuze... Golden body, white head... Spotty lace.
Smells... Like a spiced wheat beer... With green apple and white grape.
The flavor needs time to develop. It isn't ready yet, but it could get much better. It is dry. Very dry. Like a dry malty vibe. Not really sour at all-- only slightly tart.

Feels thin and a bit overcarbonated.

Overall-- eh. This is unimpressive. It isn't bad, but it isn't great. I certainly hope it will get better, but as is, it isn't worth the $30 pricetag.

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Photo of bobhits
2.91/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy golden color with some white head. More or less what one would expect from this beer.

The smell of citrus fruits (lime). spoiled milk, and perhaps some odd flower herbal notes. This isn't going to impress too many people.

Lemon, lime, funk, just out there...this is one funky and complex sour.

.Well carbonated, drinkable, nice.

This is a unique sour with a LOT going on it. Still the net result is interesting, complex,. but not for me.

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Photo of Treebs
2.96/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750 ml C&C bottle served in a Deschutes tulip. Shared in line at DLD.

A: Pours a clear golden amber color with a frothy and bubbly pure white head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thick ring and leaves some splotchy lace on the glass.

S: Some sweet fruits, light tart green apple and some grassy flavors.

T: Very light in the taste. It's like there's nothing here. I have to struggle to find anything besides some sweet lychee fruit and some grassy/wheat flavors on the finish.

M: Clean and light bodied. It is refreshing and not drying at all.

O: There's nothing sour about this beer, it drinks like a grassy wheat beer with smidge of fruit added. Not worth half of the $28 price tag. It doesn't taste bad by any means, but please give me a sour lambic or at least something with some puckering tartness if you're going to call your beer "Sour Bitch."

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Photo of Spider889
3.18/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I was really excited when this was shared with me last year, as I love lychee fruit. I have even homebrewed with it myself so am very familiar with the taste and had very high expectations...

Aroma was of pineapple and was actually quite hoppy for a "lambic/wild."

Not sweet at all (I expected at least some), and extremely dry. Biting hard carbonation.

Not terrible, but nothing outstanding. Sadly I detected no appreciable lychee flavor or aroma - so disappointing in this regard.

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Photo of rudzud
3.24/5  rDev -15.8%
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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Photo of BucketBoy
3.29/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Live review - Bottle gratiously shared by ShadesOfGray by way of MasterSki after my last law school final of my first semester - Contracts. Poured into a Fantome tulip.

Look - Nice sticky, bursting frothy foam head capping a hazy, burnt cornmeal colored beer.

Smell - Faint, almost non-existent. Strawberry and mimosa, touch of sweet apple cider vinegar, over-ripe lemon. Maybe lychee in the background, but I wouldn't say that if I didn't know it was in there.

Taste - Like a nice, fruity gueuze. Strawberry, lime sherbert, hint of mushroomy funk, touch of lychee in the finish (again, I wouldn't say it if I hadn't been told, but thinking about it it does come through in the finish). Nice balance of lactic and malic sourness, and a pleasant dry, almost vegetal finish with perhaps a touch of minerality too.

Mouthfeel - Sharp, assertive bristle of bubbles on the tip of the tongue. Smoothes into a properly full and nicely astringent and tannic midpalate that ends dry, dry, dry. The sweetness in the finish offsets the dryness refreshingly.

Overall - Quite nice, I really enjoyed the dryness of the mouthfeel most of all. Really more of a solid gueuze with some lovely fruit aspects (light strawberry) than a lychee sour, but as the bottle goes along I found myself enjoying this more and more

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Photo of redblacks75
3.47/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type: 750ml bottle to a Perennial snifter.

Appearance: A hazy, amber, orange color. It has a thin, fizzy head to it, that quickly dissipates. Very noticeable lacing.

Smell: Sour, grainy, earthy.

Taste: A light sour taste, with a long finish though. The sour on the finish really stays with you. There is a light to mild sweetness with this.

Mouthfeel: Very crisp, with a fizzy carbonation. Thin in general, with an abrupt finish. An interesting contrast between the taste, and the mouthfeel.

Overall: For what this cost, I would be hesitant to purchase it again. Is it a decent beer, yes. Are there better beers in this style for that cost, yes. Overall though, I am glad to of shared this one. It is an interesting take on a lambic.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Huhzubendah for sharing this bottle. Served in a SAVOR wine glass.

Pours a clear light peach color with a good white head and some nice lacing. The nose has a bit of cheese and some lychee. Flavor is relatively similar. Light sourness. Light body with spritzy carbonation. Pretty good but not fantastic.

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Photo of birchstick
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a pale, straw yellow without a head on it. Lemony citrus notes are all over the nose with some apples and other sweet fruits (perhaps lychee) in the mix as well. The palate is similar to the aroma - soft fruits open this one up with lemons and some apples sticking out. It ends a little musty with more lambic flavors taking over and dominating. Medium body with a nice mouthfeel. This is a pretty good lambic. I have never had lychee before so I wasn't able to really pick it out, however I assume it is a sweeter fruit. Worth a shot.

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Photo of phichifiji00
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: golden, slightly hazy, 1/2 finger of white head that fades quickly. Moderate lacing.

Smell: slightly tart, the lychee fruit is very prevalent, gummy bears, fruity, sulfur.

Taste: tart, gueuze like, lychee, hoppy, grapefruit, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: light bodied, tart, moderate carbonation.

Overall: Pretty tasty. Drinkability is fairly high. The balance is a bit off. The bitterness clashes with the sourness.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into snifter.

A: Pours a nice copper color with bit of haze. A ring of foam forms, no true head.

S: Sour musty aroma. Some fruitiness here that I can make into a lychee aroma if I really try.

T: Sour fruit flavor up front, fades a bit into a more flat, nondescript sour flavor. Not overly mouth-puckering. No overt lychee flavor that I get, however. It gets more vinous as it warms somewhat.

M: Good amount of carbonation with a nice dry finish.

O: A tasty beer, but I expected more.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with a tall white head. Some fruitiness on the nose, though nothing that overtly states lychee. Slight sweetness, some orange and grapefruit, and a bit of lemon. As it warms, a touch of lychee. Light straw and oak to the nose as well. The flavor is a blend of tartness and sweetness. Some mild funk notes of straw, grass, and must. Some lychee, grapefruit, and lemon peel tartness. Good, but not amazing.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Bruery snifter.

Gotta love it when you buy a beer from its namesake, right? Big props to Kristina at West Lakeview for holding down the fort at an awesome bottle shop. Her beer pours a hazy sunrise straw topped by about a finger or so of lightly cream-white foam. The nose comprises lemon zest, light lime, tart orange zest, light oak, and a light nuttiness that escapes further characterization. The taste takes the citrus-heavy notions of the smell and tweaks them a bit, sorta fading them out slightly in favor of more of the faint nuttiness, more oak, and a bit of soft cheese. I assume this is the lychee fruit's doing, though my never having heard of the damn thing before this beer really doesn't help me in this regard. This is an interesting fruit flavor, I must say. The body is a light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a sticky finish. Overall, a nice lambic, but I gotta figure it's this newfangled lychee fruit that's keeping things from being great. I can't call it bad, just odd, really...

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Photo of yourefragile
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle shared by Matt.

Pours a clear, light orange-peach color with a nice, dense white head; good retention and lacing. Aroma is oaky, cheesy, lemony and what I assume is lychee fruity. Flavor is similar, but mild. Effervescent light body with a mild sour and fruity body. Nice, but a little boring.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
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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Photo of drabmuh
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle opened by Huhzubendah, thanks! At the time of this review, this beer is currently the #29 beer on the "Top Beers - Lambic - Fruit" on beeradvocate.com. Served in a Stone IRS snifter.

Beer is yellow and hazy with a soft white head of small bubbles, no lacing, low retention, moderate carbonation.

Aroma is sweet, mildly fruity, mostly lactic, mild oak, mild acetic perhaps.

Beer is really light and airy on the palate, leaves almost no impression at first, the tartness of it creeps up on you, surprises me a little, the more I drink this the better it gets. I'm on the fence but I suppose I would have it again.

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Photo of mltobin
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a bottle with a couple of friends, poured into a wine glass.

Appearance is a bright yellow color with a finger of off-white head. It looks nice. The nose has apricots, yeast, hay and bananas. For the taste, there is sourness, citrus, some bitterness and grass. Mouthfeel was medium bodied, some carbonation and a nice, dry finish. Mikkeller seems to have quite a few misses (granted they make a lot of beers), but this is not one of them. Would recommend trying it if you are given the chance.

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Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of hooliganlife
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of emerge077
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
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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Photo of Khazadum
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This has the appearance I'm looking for. Decent stickiness, not too much.

Great sweetness. Lychee is there but very faint. The faintness of sweet fruits blends with a light bready power. It's just so light in fruit I'm dissappointef. Where's the freshness? Light light sulfur.

Flavors of light sulfur, some diapers. Mustard! Citric acid, fruit and malty sweetness. Finishes with a light dry character, tannic faint. Needs more barrel. Needs more fruit.

The body is right, the flavor and acidity is right for a fresh lambic. The sweetness doesn't match the fruit. It probably won't age well.

It's okay. Nothing special. Nothing great for 28 dollars.

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Photo of DovaliHops
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange color (almost clear), with a medium white head that disappears quickly. Scent is initially reminiscent of a gueuze...funky, stinky cheese, sulfur, slight mineral aroma, and sour. As the beer breathes a bit, there is a distinct fruit snack aroma...smells just like some delicious gummi fruit snacks. Fruity and nice amount of oak. Taste is not quite as good as the nose. Initially tart, but then immediately turns bitter. Oaky with hoppy bitterness. ..more like an ESB type bitterness than an IPA. Some white fruit with funk and sourness. Mouthfeel is dry and crisp. Drinkability is somewhat high. Overall, kinda disappointed by the taste. By no means does it taste bad, it's just that the bitterness is a little off-putting for this style. Glad I got to try this for sure!

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Photo of liamt07
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from MasterSki, thanks Alex! 750ml into a tulip.

Hazy orange, a couple fingers of white head. Sticky lace, with good retention. Nose is real funky, some lemon, a touch of citrus, wheat and a kiss of oak. More funk and tart citrus on the palate; also, having had lychee only once before I can still pick this out quite easily here. Some other light fleshed fruits may be in the mix here too. Fruity and lightly sour, but not as sour as I had anticipated. Still, a nice sour overall, the lychee was nice to have tried in a beer.

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Photo of HopHead84
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Bottle shared by Jason. Thank! Yellow orange body with a small white head. The aroma is of lychee, oak, and plum with a touch of vanilla. Earth blends with leather and mild tartness. Grainy malt in the flavor with earth, plum, pear, apple, and lychee. Light oak presence with restrained barnyard notes. The beer is light in body with lively carbonation

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is transparent and light orange hued with a thick white head that leaves ample lacing on the glass. The aroma is white wine, tart fruit, oak. The flavor brings a puckering sensation with what must be the lychee fruit. Tart and sour, but balanced by a delicate fruit sweetness and a hint of alcohol. Overall, interesting, intriguing, and enjoyable. That said, this is not in the upper echelon of lambics. Recommended.

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