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Sour In The Rye - The Bruery

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Ratings: 1362
Reviews: 224
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.6%

Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
We brewed this ale with around 40% rye as a base malt and let our sour yeast and bacteria eat away at it in oak barrels for over a year creating a sour ale with a complex character of rye spice, oak and a subtle funk.

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Photo of Kjanisch7

New Jersey

4.99/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2013 19:23:43 | More by Kjanisch7
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4.98/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I purchased a 2011 bottle of the Bruery's Sour in the Rye at the Craft Beer Cellar in Belmont, MA on the advice of one of the store's owners. And thank God I took their advice. Served in my Rodenbach Grand Cru glass.

Appearance (4.5/5): Sour in the Rye pours a translucent orange/copper and is topped by a bubbly off-white head. Reddish highlights. Visible carbonation and is apparently effervescent. Very nice looking sour, indeed. I also love the Bruery's labels.

Smell (5/5): Rising from the glass are some flat out outrageous sour tones–vinous, a touch of cherry, apricot, and vinegar. The barrel-aging also comes through, with some wood and a hint of rye spice added to the aroma. This one is QUITE complex in the aroma, as you might expect from such a wild creation–a sour rye beer inoculated with some funky yeast strains.

Taste (5/5): The taste is no letdown. Extremely tart vinous, apricot, vinegar. Rye spiciness is there but not very intense. It takes a back seat to the sour yeasty flavors, which are really the stars of this show. The rye does compliment the sourness well. Citrus flavors of lemon and grapefruit lurk in this complex brew as well. Some toasty grain comes on late, but it's submerged shortly thereafter by the immense, Warhead candy-like sourness that lingers on and on. Divine flavor.

Mouthfeel (5/5): One word: puckering! Good medium-high carbonation. Medium-light body. Wonderful champagne-like effervescence. The sourness of the beer really coats the mouth and lays the smackdown on your palate.

Overall (5/5): This is undoubtedly one of the best sour ales I have ever had. Perhaps only bested by the Bruery's Oude Tart, it is a beer to seek out if you're into the sour stuff.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2013 22:26:30 | More by hagbergl
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New Jersey

4.93/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

I'm a sucker for sour beers, and this may be the best one i have ever had. I am currently enjoying a 750ml bottle, but i have also had thison tap at the porter in atlanta.

Ruby/rust in color with little head.

Tart in the best way, sort of like unripe fruit. Lots of wood, vinegar, berry aftertaste.

I use this site often but rarely review beers, i love this beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2013 05:15:14 | More by hansblitz
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South Carolina

4.86/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A - pours a golden straw hazy amberish color with a finger of light tan head decent retention and good lacing

S - Lots of sour fasntasticness! Citrus lemon and reminiscent of vinegar. Mild woody/oaky aromas

T - Amazing sour puckering and citrusy punch. Lingers and lingers. Absolutely fantastic

M - lightish bodied and perfectly carbonated

O - absolutely amazing, pick it up. Top 3 sours for me personally.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2013 01:26:32 | More by MacQ32
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4.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pour: Poured into a tulip glass. Appearance is deep glowing amber in color with half an inch of head.

Aroma: Extremely oaky with notes of tart berry, spice rack and sour citrus. This beer smells wild, sour, and also has crispness on the nose.

Taste: Upfront sour taste. There is green apple, sour grapes and the tartness of lemon-lime. I taste a flavor reminiscent of an extremely fruit-forward Pinot Noir. The middle is dominated with a sharp rye and oak flavor. The finish is deliciously tangy and sour without being overstated. It is a beautiful melding of flavors.

Mouthfeel: Heavy carbonation and extremely crisp.

Overall: One of the most delicious sour beers I have ever tasted. The smell is delightfully crisp and the sourness is intense, but not over powering. The aroma is the perfect spoiler-free trailer for this blockbuster of a beer. I recommend this beer to anyone who enjoys sours and will definitely be buying several more.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2014 05:58:48 | More by SeatsTaken
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4.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

I am the guy who has ONE beer a night.

It'd better be good.

This was...'nuff said.

$10 10oz snifter @ MAXBURGER Longmeadow, MA


Especially think the Cider Bandwagon should venture this way.
I'm sure it's not the healthiest beer, but, I hit the gym today.
The best beer for my dollar at this establishment? Maybe not, but I don't budget my pleasures that way.
This was today, this was my beer, this was a good choice.

Serving type: on-tap

03-08-2013 02:21:34 | More by joesmithrealname
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4.83/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from my RS initiation allocation poured into a Bruery tulip glass. What else would I pour this into?

A=Little head and carbonation to speak of, lest you swirl vigorously. Color is a caramel orange and pale yellow on the borders.

S= Mostly vinegar or white wine sour notes up front. The overall nose is weighed heavily by sweet honey and brown sugar covered cherries with oak undertones. It smells so freakin' yummy!

T= Dry sour lemon juice hits the tongue first. A mildly spicy vinegar tinge coats the tongue in the middle and lasts throughout. The sweetness in the nose does not stand up in the taste very much, but there is a sense of fresh cherries or sour grapes present.

M= Lighter than expected considering the absence of effervescence. Possibly due to the overall super-dryness. Puckering sourness leaves you thirsting for more. And that's why we like these sours, right?

O= I could drink this beer all the time. So sour, so pleasantly sweet on the nose, and just right in the ABV realm. One of the best Bruery creations yet.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2011 04:32:33 | More by nycwinter
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New Jersey

4.81/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The Sour that started it all!!!! For me at least. This is the beer that opened my eyes and has made me want to try all the sours in the world. I have travel the sour world around and still have no problem paying through the nose for this one. It's always a good night with one of these guys.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2013 22:02:02 | More by Gsantollo
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North Carolina

4.79/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 11/12. Drank from a Kuhnhenn snifter

A-Deep hazy orange with an amber tint. Two finger head that left a small amount of lacing.

S-Tart aroma upfront with notes of cherries, oak, and a little funk.

T-Nice vinegary tartness upfront that fades nicely into a subtle spiciness from the rye. Also picking up a mild cherry and caramel sweetness with hints of funk and oak. That tartness comes back at the end of the taste and leaves a bone dry finish.

M-Moderate body and carbonation levels. Extremely dry almost champagne like mouthfeel.

O-Excellent AWA. Great balance of flavor and tartness. Probably pick up a few more of these to see what a little age does to them.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2013 20:53:38 | More by Wolfpack2005
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4.78/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-dark orange with a nice cream colored head

S-wow this tingles the nose! Really sour smelling! There are also some caramels, biscuity scents, and lemon. Quite mouth watering! Some oak flavoring

T-comes in with a super tart flavor of aged peppercorn and biscuits, light on the pepper. This tingles the mouth. It's a super strong and creamy flavor. The end has quite a quality flavor of dark fruits. This is a fantastic beer!!

M-medium creamy carbonation with a nice tart and creamy finish

O-one of the best wild ales I've ever had. The quality in this sort of ale does not get higher. Tying new Bruery beers is such a joy, and beers like this remind me why it's one of my favorite breweries. I was craving a wild ale, and this beer will keep me satisfied for a long time.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2013 02:47:14 | More by AdamBear
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Enjoyed this bottled brew out a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a cloudy orangish hue with a thin white head that quickly dissipates into a wispy lace leaving a decent trail.

S: Extremely sour and tart aroma.

T: Similar to the smell there is an extremely tart and sour flavor.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Amazing sour brew!

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2013 15:53:01 | More by ckollias
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4.73/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a rustic deep burnt amber color with a healthy finger and a half of white head. Ok retention with a half a finger remaining till the end. Some spotty lacing.

S- lots of acidic tartness in the nose with a touch of sugar. It's a lot like a sour patch kid. Funk, soft oak and horse blanket/barnyard blend in beautifully! Some cinnamon rye spiciness on the back end with some apple vinegar on the finish.

T- big acidic tartness with notes of apple vinegar and lemon peel. Some powdered sugar and gummy candy like a sour patch kid in the middle with notes of rye spice and cinnamon. Soft oak tones and lingering refreshing dry funky finish with a round tartness that lingers into the aftertaste.

MF- slick prickly mouthfeel with a light medium body. Awesome fine carbonation.

D- super refreshing and incredibly drinkable.

Overall an incredible wild ale. Get many if you can!

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2012 05:15:17 | More by Viciousknishs
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4.73/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The Bruery Sour in the Rye 2013 Edition has a medium, soapy, off-white head, a milky, quite bubbly, orange appearance, and some lacing left on the glass, but not a whole lot of it. The aroma is of sourness, sour fruit, white bread, old wooden furniture, and dust on old furniture. Taste is of Sweet-Tarts candy, duck sauce, white bread, citrus, old wood, stomach acid, vanilla, and a background bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy and slick, and Sour in the Rye (2013) finishes semi-dry, easy drinking, sour, and interesting. Exquisite!


Serving type: bottle

02-06-2014 17:52:13 | More by RonaldTheriot
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North Carolina

4.71/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Oh My! The Bruery has knock it out of the park. This beer gets started from its sexy looks, then draws you near with its insanely amazing odors. Then you actually get to drinking it, and I have never tasted a beer that so completely encompasses your entire mouth. From front to back this little bad boy reels you in. I have never tasted a mid-section so complete and mind blowing. From its parts that are amiable and tender like a cider, to that last little note of twangieness flexing that tiny muscle under your jaw bone; this bitch comes through like clutch free throw shooter being giving the ball in the last seconds of the game. You know they are going to foul, but you know those points are as good as already on the board.

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2013 04:39:07 | More by Hopstuff
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4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brown-carmel color with orange tones.

Great mouthfeel with big bold flavors, body and mouthfeel.

Carmel, cherry, brown sugar, tart cooked citrus and wine vinegar. A big cocoa tart character that rocks. I don't know how you pull off a big "cocoa" sour but it works, with that big cherry undertone. Big rye character comes through in all respects.

Nice pucker factor and an over all wonderful drink.

Patrick, Tyler et al continue to produce some of the tastiest stuff around.

Serving type: on-tap

03-21-2011 00:01:22 | More by GRG1313
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4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap for Churchill's Renaissance at Churchill's Pub & Grille in San Marcos, CA.

Pours a murky dark gold with a beige head that fades to nothing. Thin streaks of lace drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is all kinds of funky, sour, and tart with a nice fruity presence as well. Taste is outstanding and is a perfect translation of the smell made better. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is an excellent sour that is just super tasty and super easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

03-05-2012 22:29:23 | More by UCLABrewN84
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4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 bottle

Appearance - Slight haze on an otherwise brilliant golden body. Quickly receding white head, leaves continuous spotty lacing.

Aroma - Vanilla, brett, pear, cider, artificial sweetener

Taste - Sour acidity, oaky vanilla, slight rye spice, hint of leather

Mouthfeel - Puckering, drying, mouthcoating. Perfect carbonation. Enamel, and stomach lining ripping sourness. Light -> medium bodied.

Overall - Sour, barrel aged perfection. Vicious, sour, in your face awesomeness! Not for the faint of heart.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2013 01:54:41 | More by KVNBGRY
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4.69/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to the couple with the bottle of this for the generous pour! Sometimes you gotta just love beer geeks!

This pours a hazy caramel-amber with thin foam. There’s a sharply tart and sour touch of funk, with a hint of wet hay backing it up. Tastes zesty, spicy and vibrant—I know that’s not a flavor description per se but that was what ran through my mind while sipping. This beer definitely lives up to its name as it finishes sour, tart, acidic with a dry end. Wow.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2013 18:44:53 | More by elNopalero
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4.69/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle, split

Really nice looking beer - apricot body, nice light carbonation. Extremely sour - prickly tartness, lemon zest, layers of citrus, funky yeast, nice barrel notes, peach, lime. A very impressive american wild ale - worth the high price tag unlike some of the other bruery disasters (tart of darkness - BLEH)

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 19:45:48 | More by dirtylou
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4.66/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750 ml poured into 10 ounce Kentucky Bourbon Stout snifter.

A: An orange/amber color with a foamy, off white, 2 finger head off following a moderate pour. Beer is slightly hazy and very attractive in the glass.

S: Acidic sour up front with underlying mango, peach, and apricot aromas. Picking up some rye spiciness, although it isn't prevalent. Mainly sour and the aforementioned fruits.

T: Mouth watering peaches meld beautifully with mouth puckering sweetness. I much prefer the level of acidity in this one relative to other Bruery sours (e.g. Tart of Darkness). The peach presence in this one is the star, which was an unexpected surprise. Being honest, this presents as more peach forward than Fantasia, which is hard to believe but welcome.

M: A dry, tart, and crisp finish, which is exactly how I like my sours. Pleasant, moderate carbonation.

O: One of the more impressive sours I have had recently. Still trying to wrap my head around the peach aromas and flavors I am picking up in this one. Fantastic beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2013 02:31:50 | More by dbc5
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4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Been waiting six months to drink this bad boy. Hope it's worth it. Bottle poured into tulip.

A: Pours a copper/bronze color with an orange tint. The beer looks relatively hazy but without visible sediment. Decent head with big bubbles that (unfortunately) disappates within 30 seconds after pouring. Good lacing around the glass, however. Overall, it looks like how you expect a brown sour ale to look.

S: This beer has a powerful nose that you an easily smell from a good 6 inches away. Initial smells primarily of stone fruit - apricot and cherries mostly. There is a good background of citrus fruit with some earthiness/funkiness one would expect from a sour. Not an overpoweringly sour nose though. I dont get any rye and very little oak, but I expect that to come through in the taste. Overall, the beer has a fruitier nose than expected.

T: I always find sours hard to give an accurate taste profile to since the tartness seems to overwhelm some of the more nuanced tastes. However, I can tell you that this is one exceptional tasting sour. Initial taste is what you would expect: sour apple, citrus fruit, etc. Subsequent sampling reveals the more nuanced profile of the beer: cherries, chardonnay grapes, a definite rye background, and a tinge of oak (like the smell though, not much oak). I'm most impressed with the malt background of this beer: big and robust, it holds up well against the sour Brett. I attribute that to the rye.

M: Dry in the beginning, but surprisingly robust the more you drink the beer. Some sours are like drinking fermented fruit juice - they have no body. Not this beer. It has a robust mouthfeel that really holds up well during drinking and lingers nicely on the tongue.

O: This is one of my new favorite sours. It holds up really well against the more well-known sours from producers like Crooked Stave and NB. It has a unique, fruity flavor profile that is propped up by an excellent malt base. Great job Bruery - I'll be purchasing more if I see it again.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2013 00:42:07 | More by MighHighBrewer
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.64/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Slight white head over deep amber liquid, almost brown.

S: Lacto, pears, citrus and grass.

T: Apples, lacto, pears, lemon, spice, and oak.

M: Medium viscosity and a medium level of carbonation. Very tart.

O: Beautiful. A great sour that I would drink again in a heartbeat.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2013 02:26:48 | More by DaftCaskBC
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4.64/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle in a tulip. Pours a nice dark honey amber color. Nicely carbonated. Smell is not very strong, but tangy. Taste is sour, tart, with just a little bit of earthy funk. Mouthfeel is nice, bright and crisp. It's sour, but not acidic, and is quite drinkable. Very, very good.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 00:57:59 | More by gabrielsyme
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New York

4.64/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A - Red almond body with a creamy off-white head. Nice retention and low lace.

S - Mouth puckering sour lemon, tangerine, buckwheat, and tamarind.

T - Jaw-lockingly sour and surprisingly complex. Bright key lime sourness, blood orange, bread crust, tamarind, cumquats, honey, apricot, and lemon rind.

M - Bracingly sour and a medium-full frame with a perfect level of carbonation.

O - An outstanding American Wild Ale; one of the best examples of the style that you can find.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 03:04:37 | More by vfgccp
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New York

4.64/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a semi-clear-hazy burnt sienna color. A little tangerine tinted head that fades quickly and leaves no lacing. A decent amount of carbonation that lingers on.
Sour apples, grapes, notes of vanilla/oak, lemon zest, funky barnyard style yeastiness with a sweet and spicy feel. Touches of leather, sour citrus peel, light sour cherries and spiced cake.
Tangy barnyard funk, crispy sour apple, lemony citrus, sour grapes on the verge of vinegar, touches of toasted oak, hints of herbal spice and holiday spices. Nicely puckering!
Puckering, tart and funky with an underlying sweetness with a touch of spice and herbs. Nice carbonation, amazing acidity and finish.
An amazing blend of sour fruit, barnyard funk and spicy sweetness. If this wasn't $20, I could drink this all the time. Definately gotta grab a few more for the long haul. Intense and complex, but somehow simple and easy.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2014 04:25:55 | More by Thickfreakness
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Sour In The Rye from The Bruery
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