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Sour Bitch - Mikkeller ApS

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BA SCORE
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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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2%

01-31-2012 18:51:11 | More by djrn2
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jh1982

Nevada

4/5  rDev +2%

01-30-2012 00:31:50 | More by jh1982
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +2%

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

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -36.2%

01-28-2012 12:46:13 | More by Soonami
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cosmicevan

New York

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

01-28-2012 11:41:31 | More by cosmicevan
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DovaliHops

California

3.88/5  rDev -1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2012 06:31:43 | More by DovaliHops
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seeswo

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

01-22-2012 23:38:21 | More by seeswo
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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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actone2001

California

4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle sent to me from my awesome trading partner RC0032! I was excited about this brew when I heard about it, and he was gracious enough to grab me a few bottles! I've never had lychee fruit, so this should be interesting.

A - nice pale golden hue. Chill haze. Starts with a billowing head, then fades to a lacy lingering film.

S - The first thing that hit me was the wild funk, hay, banyard, etc. As I get past that I get lemon and sour apple notes. White wine-ish.

T - Lemony lactic acid that doesn't last. Im not sure if its the lychee fruit, but i can taste a tart almost sour strawberry like fruitiness in there. There's the ghost of sweetness too. funk like the nose, and a Chardonnay finish. Easy drinking, and slight wheat in the background. The acetic acid hits last, and lingers slightly as the beer goes down.

M - Great carbonation, sharp on the tongue, but not over carbonated. Helps accentuate the flavors. Body is light on the tongue, nice and thin.

Overall it's a very tasty, refreshing brew. Not over the top or exaggerated, but very solid as a fruit limbic with an unexpected fruit. I cant wait to see what this beer does over time. Highly enjoyable and not tongue/palate killing. Easy enough for me to drink a 750ml and want more.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 03:41:31 | More by actone2001
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seans86

Maryland

4/5  rDev +2%

01-16-2012 00:40:09 | More by seans86
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AleWatcher

Illinois

2.7/5  rDev -31.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 22:14:15 | More by AleWatcher
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rmalinowski4

Illinois

3/5  rDev -23.5%

01-15-2012 21:56:19 | More by rmalinowski4
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Mrpickles

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

01-14-2012 03:20:43 | More by Mrpickles
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birchstick

Colorado

3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2012 04:43:26 | More by birchstick
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bsuedekum

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

01-04-2012 04:10:21 | More by bsuedekum
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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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mconz

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2%

12-22-2011 20:45:12 | More by mconz
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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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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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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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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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mcc1654

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2%

12-17-2011 17:27:02 | More by mcc1654
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thetomG

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2%

12-16-2011 17:35:02 | More by thetomG
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ChrisPro

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2%

12-16-2011 05:03:16 | More by ChrisPro
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BucketBoy

Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev -15.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2011 19:35:16 | More by BucketBoy
Sour Bitch from Mikkeller ApS
88 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.