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Sour Bitch - Mikkeller ApS

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88
very good

130 Ratings
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Ratings: 130
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.76%
Wants: 49
Gots: 66 | 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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2012 13:30:26 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

10-29-2012 01:51:30 | More by t0rin0
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2%

01-31-2012 18:51:11 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2011 22:38:14 | More by Thorpe429
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

05-17-2014 17:22:45 | More by nmann08
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Mikkeller's sour ales have been a little hit-or-miss for me so I go into this session with a bit of apprehension. With absolutely no knowledge of lychee fruit that was added to the brewing process, I'm excited about unique flavors that this ingredient provides.

With no surprises to the eye, the beer pours with a cloudy gold color that seems more straw when held to the light. Light yet creamy, the beer's somewhat dainty head is an even skirt early but reduces to pocketed islands later. With its void of lace, the beer succumbs to its acidity and throws its carbonation to the wayside hardly midway through the session.

Sourness has to wait a bit as the first whiff of the beer strikes the nose with pungent aromas of dried lime, Limburger cheese, sour milk, pepper, wet hay, and yogurt. Sure, it sounds off but remember that many stinky cheeses turn out beautiful after they are tasted...

Its taste couldn't differentiated more from taste as the soured milk notes are evaded and the clean lactic taste of dried limes, grapefruit, passion fruit, salt brine, and earthy tastes that remind the senses of shellfish, leather, mushroom, and damp oak. Its a complex taste that's sharp, acidic, and very clean. Its really fun to taste its delightful potpourri although describing it with such unpleasantries. Perhaps I never knew that about myself.

The beer's dry character is captured early and only accelerates late. Short-lived cracker-like bread texture is largely attributed to light carbonated creaminess and doughy residual sweetness. But the beer quickly sheds its malts and makes the powdery-dry textures of yeast, age, and acids the story thereafter. Finishing bitter with citrus peels, there's a mild grape seed astringency that accompanies the late texture; just before light warmth, racy tartness, and tannin-rich airiness closes the taste.

After that goaty, sour milk scent; the beer's taste is spot on for any legitimate lambic taste. It is authentic, farmhouse, and strongly pungent. Any appreciator of fermented foods, canned goods, and overall sour taste will find a high level of accompaniment with a glass of this highly artistically ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2013 08:30:51 | More by BEERchitect
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womencantsail

California

3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2012 20:51:29 | More by womencantsail
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spycow

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

03-09-2013 22:42:24 | More by spycow
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GRG1313

California

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

12-12-2011 04:02:26 | More by GRG1313
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
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...

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 18:42:48 | More by TMoney2591
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emerge077

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2013 14:39:19 | More by emerge077
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +2%

01-29-2012 20:43:37 | More by JAHMUR
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2011 02:54:49 | More by drabmuh
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oline73

Maryland

4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this at Jackie O's during the bottle share on the bottle release day. Poured into a sample glass.

Appearance: Pours a golden amber with a layer of fluffy white head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Quite funky with a strong acidic nots. Very sour with some herbal and hay like notes.

Taste: Citrus tartness with some herbal notes and a high level of sourness. Mildly fruity with a sour finish. This is a really delicate sour beer.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the lighter side with sharp carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is a great light sour beer. Crisp, dry and delicate. I would gladly have it again given the chance.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2011 02:55:01 | More by oline73
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imperialking

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

01-17-2012 04:47:35 | More by imperialking
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2011 01:22:02 | More by yourefragile
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

07-06-2014 12:59:04 | More by BARFLYB
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2011 22:42:55 | More by Huhzubendah
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2%

04-20-2013 23:26:31 | More by Gonzoillini
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afsdan

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

03-21-2014 04:15:24 | More by afsdan
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HopHead84

California

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

7/6/2012

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

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2012 22:22:08 | More by HopHead84
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2012 22:20:05 | More by liamt07
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drummermattie02

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

05-21-2013 20:15:35 | More by drummermattie02
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

12-27-2012 13:34:00 | More by xnicknj
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jrallen34

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

bottle... dark gold body with an almost peach hue, bright white head, great lacing with a solid ring, one of the better lambic's I've seen... the aroma is quite nice and complex, the front is very fruity with light citrus and distint lychee bitter but a sweet note, the middle provides some great spider web musk, hay, farmy finish, quite good and complex, only wish the fruit was a bit stronger and less of an accent only... the taste loses almost all of the fruit but what is left is very good musky spider web gueze that's very easy drink, as it warms the finish brings about a bitter fruit taste that breaks up the musk and adds great complexity... not an in your face fruit lambic which I like, but a refined subtle beer that is very enjoyable

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 04:09:44 | More by jrallen34
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Sour Bitch from Mikkeller ApS
88 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.