Sour In The Rye - The Bruery
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Reviews by ThisWangsChung:
4.14/5 rDev -3.7%
750ml bottle into a pint glass. What better way to treat myself on my birthday?
A: Pours a hazy reddish-orange color. I'm VERY impressed with the head this pours - it's about one fingers high (off-white shade) and superbly creamy. Granted, getting such head to form requires an aggressive pour, but even still, its retention is quite good.
S: On the nose at least, the sourness is more acetic than lactic to me. Beneath this assertive tartness lies some nice fruit esters - cherry, peach, and apricot come to mind. Even if it's not really deep, I usually enjoy these vinegary sours a lot, especially when they have a level of balance to them. I don't pick up much rye, though.
T: A good puckering bite starts this one off (in addendum, the sourness seems more lactic than acetic, unlike what the aroma suggested to me). The fruitiness reveals itself after the sourness leaves the palate, with some pleasant cherry notes to go along with tart crab apple and lemon juice qualities. It's in the finish and aftertaste where I notice the rye malts; they both provide a subtle spiciness and a palate-scrubbing sensation. It's actually fairly complex: some sips accentuate fruitiness, others accentuate the oak barrel (even providing a distant flavor of vanilla on occasion), while others bring out the rye notes. The only thing for me to really complain about is a slight lack of balance...as excellent as this is, it's perhaps a half step blow La Folie or Rodenbach Grand Cru in terms of delicacy.
By the way, in the name of contrarianism, I decided to pour the yeast in about 2/3rds of the way in, and I'd reckon it's made the beer a bit harder to drink. Keep the yeast in the bottle, trust me.
M: For about a half second on the palate, it's fairly creamy...and then the oak tannins, rye malts, good carbonation, and sourness give it a slight roughness to it - which is nothing out of the ordinary for the style. Not the easiest drinking sour, but the moderately high ABV is hidden flawlessly.
O: On these kind of occasions, I can totally justify spending $20+ on a bottle of sour ale (because YOLO 'n' shit) only for yours truly to consume solo. Thankfully this is good enough where I could easily justify doing such a thing again. Actually, it's pretty fantastic where I'd purchase this somewhat commonly...goddamnit, I've been suckered in by another sour ale. STOP DRAINING MY WALLET DRY, DELICIOUS YET EXPENSIVE STYLE!
06-22-2013 00:07:01 | More by ThisWangsChung
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4.29/5 rDev -0.2%
Thanks to Jeff for splitting his bottle. Now that this is available in Michigan, I can decide whether or not it's worth dropping 17-18$ on a few bottles for myself. Super clear and clean amber body with a fuzzy and fizzling, off-white cap. The head sparks up like foam from a soda and is gone in just a few moments. I've gotta say... I wasn't expecting this kind of clarity from a wild ale, but it looks really nice.
Whew... crazy tart aroma. The kind of aroma that stings your nostrils and gets jettisoned into your brain cells, sending your saliva glands into sprinkler mode. Lots and lots of vinegar, lactic acid and wet oak, accompanied by lighter fruit reminders like lemon flesh, peels, and wet cherry skins. Tannins abound with some woody dryness at the end. This is going to be tart... I just know it.
First sip causes immediate puckering of the lips, cheeks touching, glands sweating, etc... Super tart up-front, no holds barred type of shit here. Wincing white wine vinegar, soaked oak, acidic and lactic acid, prompt stone fruit skins, a touch of lemon juice, and the most faint appearance of dry rye in the finish. Perhaps my senses are tricking me with the rye dryness... it could be a quality of the oak-aging as well.
Sour in the Rye is a sourheads dream, but be warned - while there is plentiful vinous presence here, white grapes, oak, and the like, the vinegar aspect outweighs it by quite a bit. I know many sour fans who aren't too keen on the heavy "vinegar" flavors, but luckily - I am, and so Sour in the Rye floats almost every boat that I have. Thin, wet, crispy and sharp mouth feel with a gum line receding dryness in the finish.
Very awesome stuff, if you're into puckeringly sour and vinegar-laden wild ales. This brew isn't for everyone, but it's certainly for me. Although it's sometimes hard to justify spending nearly 20$ for a bottle of beer, I think I can easily make a case in my mind to keep a few bottles of Sour in the Rye stocked at all times, when I'm in the mood for something white wine-y and sour.
09-22-2013 18:58:05 | More by tectactoe
4.99/5 rDev +16%
MIND-BLOWING. I've drank around 10 bottles of this beer, and each time I have it, it's the same reaction; brilliant.
A: Striking orange-gold combo.
S: Vinegar-citrus awesomeness. Super tarty smell that sets you up for what you're about to drink.
T: BOOM. Huge hits of tarty goodness and citrus. So well rounded and beautiful your head may explode.
M: Perfection in the carbonation department. Well-balanced all the way through. Each sip gets better and better. When the end of the bottle comes, you want to cry.
D: Usually too many sours in one day will upset my stomach, but if I had a large supply of this beer, I could probably clean it all out. Soured perfection.
If you haven't had it, GET IT NOW.
07-08-2013 19:23:43 | More by Kjanisch7
3.93/5 rDev -8.6%
Bottle into a Bruery tulip
A - Pours a beautiful clear copper with one and a half fingers of white head. Head has pretty good retention before fading to a collar. Surprisingly high amount of lacing left behind. Slow but steady stream of rising carbonation.
S - Smell is somewhat subtle, but contains some tart lemon, mild funk and oak.
T - Initial tartness is quite mild, with a pretty high malt presence, though more tartness does eventually come out. Tartness is on the lemony end of the spectrum. There is a bit of earthiness and faint spice, but I am struggling to pick up much in the way of rye. Pretty good though.
M - Medium mouthfeel with some earthy dryness and a tart finish.
O - Definitely brings something different to the sour arena. While it isn't my favorite sour, or even favorite sour from the Bruery, I can appreciate that they were doing something a bit different with this one.
05-17-2012 04:09:07 | More by warnerry
3.94/5 rDev -8.4%
On tap por into tulip
Appearance is copper like/wild ale looking..smell is funky with alittle sweetness, somewhat subued, not complex aromas. Taste is strickingly sour all the way through, (what i expect from a sour) nice citrus and like rind flavor, woth the barrel pulling this through..mouthfeel is light..carbonation is medium..leaves a nice feeling on the toungue from the dry fruity flavor and sour appeal..not sweet at all. Overall a well executed beer with enough sour notes and barrel influence. Nice for a sipper on a hot summer day/night. Refreshing for a sour..pair with dried fruit, stinky cheeses, watermelon/fruity salads..
02-26-2014 17:24:26 | More by Beerswag
4.2/5 rDev -2.3%
The Beers of California
Bottled Date: None
A: Orange to amber with creamy white head of foam which settles to a thin island with a corresponding ring on the glass.
S: Big sour tartness with a significant dose of fruity sweetness and lemony zest.
T: A swift, sour tartness shocks the palate. This is followed by some funk and mold. The sweetness is minimal but notes of lemon, banana, and peach bring contrast to the puckering opening. The wood comes out intermittently in the middle which, along with grain, crackers, and honey sweetness, brings smoothness to the palate. The finishing is puckering dry with notes of earthy spice.
M: Syrupy linger but manages to keep nice and light with good supporting carbonation.
O: A great sour brewed without the addition of fruit. I am partial to the sours with added fruit, but Sour in the Rye manages to impress me with the breadth and harmony of its nuances.
04-10-2013 03:34:25 | More by ElSid
Sour In The Rye from The Bruery
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