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Sour Bitch - Mikkeller ApS

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BA SCORE
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:
Mikkeller ApS visit their website
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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Photo of drummermattie02
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

drummermattie02, May 21, 2013
Photo of ajzy
2.75/5  rDev -29.8%

ajzy, May 21, 2013
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
Photo of bradfordjohnson
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

bradfordjohnson, May 05, 2013
Photo of tsauce2
4/5  rDev +2%

tsauce2, May 04, 2013
Photo of Gonzoillini
4/5  rDev +2%

Gonzoillini, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of YalovaIA
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

YalovaIA, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

spycow, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of bobhits
2.95/5  rDev -24.7%
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.

bobhits, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
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.

BEERchitect, Feb 16, 2013
Photo of ngeunit1
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy golden-orange with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Funk, tartness, wheat, lychee, oak, vanilla, souness, oak, lemon zest, funky yeasts.

T - Wheat, tart green fruits and lemon zest, lychee, oak, vanilla, sourness, funky yeasts, acidity.

M - Medium bodied with moderate-plus carbonation. Smooth with a funky, tart, and slightly sweet finish.

D - Nice fruit lambic. Good funkiness and sourness and the lychee add some nice kick to it.

ngeunit1, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of DaBubs
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

DaBubs, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of xnicknj
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

xnicknj, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of chippo33
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

chippo33, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of Kopfschuss
4/5  rDev +2%

Kopfschuss, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of redblacks75
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

redblacks75, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of Gobzilla
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured almost translucent clear in color with golden yellow highlights and a thin head that left a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: most of the components were acidic sour notes, maybe some lychee character but not really. it did have a little funkiness to it, lemon citrus for sure and hints of oak barrel aging going on as well.

T: Not sure what lychee really taste like but I did get a little fruit flavor in it so I'm assuming it's lychee however it did have plenty of funk, lemon citrus twang, acidic notes all around, a bit of oakiness, and some musty barnyard character.

M: the brew was light to medium in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a citrusy, acidic, oaky, mildly fruity, sour, and slight dry finish.

O: pretty interesting beer I have to say but was solid all around and damn tasty as well.

Gobzilla, Nov 06, 2012
Photo of funkel81
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

funkel81, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

t0rin0, Oct 29, 2012
Photo of MrRockstar
4/5  rDev +2%

MrRockstar, Oct 22, 2012
Photo of SamuelJackson45
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

SamuelJackson45, Sep 23, 2012
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
Photo of womencantsail
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.

womencantsail, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of GJ40
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 750ml bottle purchased at West Lakeview Liquors in Chicago.

A - Gold and very clear with a small white head.

S - Fruity with some tropical fruits and a bit funky. Very nice.

T - Funky with a mild sourness and a tartness that I assume comes from the lychee fruit. Complex and interesting.

M - A low carbonation with a silky smooth feel.

O - A very interesting beer. I've never had lychee fruit but it seems to add something nice to this brew.

GJ40, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of HopHead84
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

HopHead84, Jul 29, 2012
Sour Bitch from Mikkeller ApS
88 out of 100 based on 131 ratings.