Sour In The Rye - The Bruery
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Reviews by ThisWangsChung:
4.14/5 rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
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!
Serving type: bottle
06-22-2013 00:07:01 | More by ThisWangsChung
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4.35/5 rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
A-orange amber with a nice off-white head and decent lacing
S-sour grapes, oak, lemon, grain, yeasty
T-lemon, green apple, oak, little vinous, rye grain, yeast, quite tart
F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and puckering
O-really enjoyed this sour beer, good flavors and nice puckering sourness
Serving type: bottle
03-04-2014 01:24:04 | More by MDDMD
4.5/5 rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a 25 oz bottle into a Bruery tulip glass. Thanks tbryan5 for hooking me up with this gem!
A- Pours a very hazy pumpkin orange body with a generous, gushing 3 finger off white head that reduces at a medium rate.. leaves spotty lacing.
S- Potent aromas of fermented apples, ripe fruit, and a distinct strong funkyness are present as soon as I cracked it open.. upon further evaluation I get sour apple, lemon juice, some vanilla, and leather.
T- The first sip packs a pretty potent punch of sourness - citric acid, sour apple, distilled vinegar, tart fruit. I get some rye on the follow through, mixed with a slight caramel-vanilla note presumably from the oak. The finish is sweet and sour, like unripe berries.
M- Medium body, medium-low carbonation. An easy drinker.
The Bruery never disappoints my cravings for a mouth-puckeringly sour beer. This isn't tart, this is downright sour but in a very good way - very complex and balanced. Highly recommendable.
Serving type: bottle
03-03-2014 03:38:14 | More by gcamparone
District of Columbia
4.51/5 rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
750 mL bottle purchased at Connecticut Ave. Wine & Liquors in NW D.C., "11-29-12"/Lot 55, poured into my The Bruery "Rue the Day" tulip glass and drank over 30 minutes
A: 3/3 - mahogany color, impressive clarity (able to see and read), initial 1 finger creamy white head persists through the drinking session as a 1/2 finger head, high carbonation with tight white bubbles just pouring off the bottom of the glass, moderate alcohol legs
S: 10/12 - interesting mix of rye and sour - horse blanket and other barnyard - notes; some oak and vanilla aroma shines through; no detectable hops or flaws
T: 18/20 - on first sip, there 's a funky barynard note that slaps you up front but quickly dries out as the rye starts to shine through in the middle of the mouth; on the back end, the oak barrel character pops - vanilla especially; some alcohol shines through as well; finishes super dry from the rye
M: 4/5 - very high carbonation, moderate body; some barrelish alcohols and malt fullness
T: 9/10 - ...and another winning Bruery's sour, which further solidifies their standing as the best American sour program; the rye and the funk just dance the waltz here, and can't wait to try some of the Reserve Society offshoots; like the Rueze also reviewed tonight, for $22.99 for a bottle in the greater Washington D.C. area, this is definitely worth your investment if you have the disposable income
TOTAL - 44/50
Serving type: bottle
03-03-2014 01:49:26 | More by MNishCT77
4.58/5 rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
(on tap at Memphis Taproom phila, pa)
a lot going on, here! very fine carbonation, a wonderfully tart flavour, ever more sour in the finish... a little bit of spice up front.
you should definitely give this a go if you're a fan of sour beers.
Serving type: on-tap
02-28-2014 01:32:26 | More by rekall
Sour In The Rye from The Bruery
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