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Sour In The Rye - The Bruery

Sour In The RyeSour In The Rye

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

1,370 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1370
Reviews: 225
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.6%


Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
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.

(Beer added by: womencantsail on 08-09-2009)
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Gtreid

Florida

2.05/5  rDev -52%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

750 ml. bottle poured into my CCB tulip.

A: It really looks like rye whiskey in the glass. Very little head, no lace, and really just a flat quality.

A: Not only does it look like whiskey in the glass it smells like it too. I am getting very few sour notes. The rye is dominate.

T: This is not good. The rye is overbearing, and there is very little sourness. There is also a cloying sweetness that is not pleasant.

M: This is not carbonated, it is slick and oily, and the body is lighter than expected.

O: This is not a good beer. The lack of carbonation and the overpowering rye, did not make this drinkable at all. We had quite a few beers to get to, and I didn't want to waste my time or my palate on this train wreck. It went down the drain.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 14:29:17 | More by Gtreid
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kscaldef

Oregon

2.53/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Edit 5/17/2013 - I didn't take notes for a full review, but the 2013 vintage gets a 4/5 from me. Substantially better than either previous release.

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Epic Bruery sour/wild tasting, 3/4/2012

Side-by-side batch 1 & 2

Batch 1: light honey color. Vinegar, acetone, and sweet apple notes. Some cherry and peach.

Batch 2: slow gusher. Cloudy with floaties. Apricot aroma with a mustiness, bordering on moldy.

Batch 1 seems better than batch 2, but I wouldn't particular seek out either again.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2012 03:06:47 | More by kscaldef
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BearsOnAcid

Massachusetts

2.85/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Maroon body, very small (almost none) off white head.

Acetic cherry aroma up front. Sweet malt in the background. The rye was slightly noticeable with a slight spice blended into it.

Strong and funky sourness. Balsamic vinegar with light ketchup flavor. The acidity burns your throat. The rye was absent in the flavor. A sample is enough.

I guess the majority of BA must really like drinking salad dressing. Or it's the rarity. Hard to tell.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2011 04:21:59 | More by BearsOnAcid
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ktrillionaire

Florida

2.88/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to Blaine for the share

A - It pours a caramel-brown hue, and is somewhat murky; the head is tan and minimal.

S - The nose offers notes of red apple skin, and strong solventy acidity. Acetic notes are heavy. It has some traces of acetaldehyde but they are minor enough to be buried under the vinegar.

T - Big acetic notes, again, and there is a much stronger acetaldehyde presence here, to the point of suggesting acetone. This beer is just one-dimensionally sour. I also pick up on some apple sweetness, and some oak, as the brew airs out, but I really am not crazed about any part of the flavor.

M - Fairly light-bodied, with nice carbonation; quite good in this aspect.

O - Not fantastic nor horrible, but it is certainly not something I would seek out. Very similar to Cigar City's Vuja De.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2011 18:40:25 | More by ktrillionaire
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DefenCorps

Oregon

2.9/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from my Reserve Society shipment that I received thanks to Andrew.

Pouring a mildly hazy crimson with a thin, choppy off-white head that recedes to a thin disk leaving some frothy bubbles and not much lacing, this beer looks decent. The nose is pretty enjoyable. Right off the bat, there's red wine vinegar along with a bright fruitiness. Along with that , there's a blend of raw oak and vanilla, as well as a moderate grainy, rye character. The initial sniffs brought to mind some coconut, but that that seems to have disappeared. There is, however,a moderate berry character with cherries and maybe even a touch of raspberries? Solid stuff, this.

Like the label would have you believe, the palate here opens bracingly tart, with a bright, red wine vinegar sourness with a moderate acetone character. Again, the mid-palate has cherries and some raspberry/strawberry sourness, not unlike New Belgium's better offerings. The mid-palate brings out some of the rye, but it's most felt as a slick, mildly goopy (but not "sick" from pediococcus) along with a mild spiciness. Sour with vinegar on the finish, this beer is medium in body and has a low level of carbonation. Moderately vinous as well, especially before the lasting sourness of the finish takes over. The sourness hides a lot of the oak, revealing just a little bit of vanilla and wood. The alcohol is well hidden, which I guess is a plus, but given the high sourness here, I wouldn't be surprised if some the ethanol has been converted to acetic acid. While initially enjoyable, this very quickly (maybe 3oz in?) gets to be a huge chore.

Ultimately, this beer is just overdone like nobody's business. Drinking a whole bottle is nigh on impossible, I'm going to have to make a salad dressing or something with this. I would not age this any longer as at this point, my bottle is already a lot more sourer than an of the C&C La Folie's I've had. This seems like a recent development as some of the early reviews mention balance, low sourness, neither of which are evident from this sample.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 03:11:07 | More by DefenCorps
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.08/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark ruby red color with a thin off white head that immediately disappears. Some visible carbonation bubbling up but no lacing.

Slightly funky aroma with a decent barrel presence and lots of sweet rye, dark fruit and malt. Earthy with subtle barnyard character, funky bugs and toasted oak. Subtle acetone presence but nose is dominated by funk and spicy rye.

Medium bodied but a bit thinner than expected with a balance of oak, funk, spice, rye, dark fruit and sweet malt. Slightly tart and puckering but more funky than sour. There's more acetone than the nose suggests but it isn't too overpowering or vinegar-y. Dry, toasted oak and lots rye flavor. This beer would probably be terrible if it wasn't for the rye but it counters the funk and acetone with a nice sweet and spicy character. This is complimented by some dark fruit and sweet malt. Finishes dry and tart with a touch more acetone. Overall, well balanced and flavorful but the acetone turns a beer that could be amazing into slightly above average.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 05:40:29 | More by corby112
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mactrail

California

3.08/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I tasted several sours recently since Local Habit had quite a few on tap for several days. This was my least favorite out of the bunch, but I'm apparently in the minority on this one.

Nearly clear amber in the glass with some decent foam to start. Smells of bread, rubber, and old socks. Quite sour from the first sip. A wee hint of fruity, malty sweetness that is soon overtaken by the vinegar. this one sets my teeth on edge.

An interesting ghost flavor of the malt brew this used to be, before the bacteria were turned loose. Just plain sour, but it has a lingering grainy and faintly hoppy taste. Not much for drinkability.

Serving type: on-tap

05-03-2013 05:19:02 | More by mactrail
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craytonic

District of Columbia

3.18/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Cloudy, murky brown with a small white head

Smell: Light tart and funkiness with some dark fruits and a touch of sweetness. Touches of vanilla

Taste: The rye plays an odd role here, it doesn't really fit in. It is sour and odd, but lacking in depth.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low carbonation

Overall: I wasn't very impressed with this one, it is very one dimensional and I find the rye to be odd.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2011 15:20:28 | More by craytonic
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SpeedwayJim

New York

3.25/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ipa247 for this one. Poured from a 750ml capped bottle into a Cigar City snifter. Shared with schen9303.

No head with spotty, minimal lace. Beer is a clear reddish bronze. A bit poor.

Nose is tart red fruit and vinegar. Nice and sharp but rather subtle.

Opens sweet. Tart vinegar, sour apple, cherries in the middle. More vinegar and some sweetness at the end. Strongly acidic. Finishes sour and rotting red fruit with more vinegar notes. Almost flanders-red like.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth in the mouth and puckering and prickly going down. Abrasive too. Decent. The rye smoothness actually works well here.

The addition of rye to this sour beer really imparts a new dimension. Smoothness in the feel helps bring out the flavors well. Still though, a bit over-the-top sour for me with a touch too much vinegar. A decent beer overall but a bit lacking in the balance/flavor department.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2012 00:02:57 | More by SpeedwayJim
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Auracom

Illinois

3.35/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 2012 RS allocation. 4-5 oz. poured into a FFF Teku on June 8th, 2012.

A - Beautiful burnt orange coloring with 1/2 finger of a white head. Quick reduction down to edge bubbles, okay lacing, lots of legs though.

S - Big apple cider vinegar, lemon, rye spiceyness, and a touch of oak.

T - Almost exactly the same as the arome. The blend is generally mellow. Not as balanced as Oude Tart. A bit of green tart apple, lime, and further rye which really comes through in the aftertaste.

M - Light-medium body, good carbonation, dry finish. Its weird but I get a lot of alcohol warming on the back end of this one.

D - Aroma was overall a bit better than the taste. Just not ambitious enough and a little too single note in the sourness. Worth a try though.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2012 15:41:27 | More by Auracom
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Jmoore50

Nevada

3.48/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

With one of the best names to come across the beer scene in a while, it was really too bad that the beer was just alright.

It pours a very golden rust color that is really beautiful looking. The problem lies with the amount of carbonation that this bottle had. We popped the cap off of it and just a faint hiss sounded. I knew when I poured it into my glass that this was going to need a lot more carbonation.

The smell was of caramel and biscuit malts, spicy rye and pepper. It had a distinct sourness to it as well, like a grapefruit thats sat in the son too long. Either way, it smells very interesting because there is spice from the rye and the sourness'. Very interesting.

So with the lack of carbonation and the lower level of actual sourness, this thing was a unique brew. It has a heavy mouthfeel, so the whole experience is interesting. There is a sharp sourness first with the beer, then the rye and accompanied malts all follow. Its fairly complex, with an array of tart and spicy flavors meddling on the palate.

Overall I would like to have this on draft and see what the differences are. I would of also liked to try the first batch of this, since the reviews are higher from the 2009 run.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2011 00:52:47 | More by Jmoore50
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maximum12

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to the generous lurchingbeast, who sent this bottle along as an extra in a BIF. Big 750 ML bottle split with my wife.

Pour is cloudy dark orange with ample carbonation. Nose is an oversize kick to the post of sour...there might be a touch of rye, but that might be my imagination. Or that is said "rye" on the label. In big font.

Sour in the Rye suffers from the shortcoming of most sours - where's the variety? Big lemony bite in the forefront wrapped around an acidic edge; pretty standard issue stuff. There's a tiny edge of spiciness, & a nice splinter of oak on the end. Not as mouth-wringing as some sours, pretty easy to take down.

Fairly standard issue stuff, & a pretty good brew. I'd have liked the rye to see its shadow more than it does. Can a brewery please make sours with some other tastes in them? That would great. 'Kthxbye.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2012 04:24:07 | More by maximum12
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srandycarter

California

3.53/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden, bright amber. Tight bubbled white head that reduces to a risk in a few minutes. Tight bubbled lace.

S - Some rye, grapefruit tart and herbal attributes.

T - Tart with some malt sweetness.

M - Light bodied, good carbonation and balance.

D - A little too tart for my taste.

Serving type: on-tap

01-23-2010 18:03:56 | More by srandycarter
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.53/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip.

3.0 A: This isn't any fun. Seems to be barely carbonated. I got a about one finger of foamy white head that fell almost instantly. Lightly hazed yellow orange color.

4.0 S: Never smelled anything quite like this. The rye does some great things in here. It gives a huge "grainy herbalness" that I can't help but love (almost like caraway seeds). Big lemony fruitiness. Not very sour though. A light tartness with little acidity. Oaky and herbal with lemon tartness.

3.5 T: Tastes similar to the nose. Herbal caraway seed graininess. Spicy earthiness. Tart lemon juice. Lightly acidic overall. Very minimal funkiness. Not very complex, but tastes good.

3.0 M: Medium body. Carbonation is a bit too low. Not particularly creamy or spritzy with a tangy lemony finish.

3.5 D: Tasty beer and nothing quite like it. I'll enjoy my other two bottles.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2012 02:07:26 | More by DavoleBomb
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

3.53/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 750mL bottle to CBS snifter on 5/12/12
*From notes

-- Thanks, Siege --

A: A hazy, cloudy cider color. A big, straight pour yields a white .5 finger head that fades quickly. Decent white collar rims the beer.

S: Tart, with creamy caramel in the no too distant background.

T: Not as sour as you'd expect. It's got a splash of funk up front, then it's a bit sweet on the mid, with a few grams of residual sugar lingering around. The finish showcases caraway, smoked toffee and a touch of dulce de leche.

M: Reasonably bubbly. Thre's enough weight here to make an impact, yet it doesn't drag down the flavor profile.

O: Not a half bad beer, really. I can't say it's all that memorable, and the sweetness on the mid-palate was off-putting. But I'd say in a few months, maybe a year even, this should be drinking well.

Hold your stash, as this is a reasonable way from peak.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2012 18:56:19 | More by Rhettroactive
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OlieIPA

California

3.58/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

8 oz. pour at The Bruery on 8/10/09

A: Exhibited a nice glowing orange/tangerine hue with a somewhat sufficient head and lacing quality.

S: Nice mix of barrel aging, musky malt, and sour tartness....neither one standing out more than the other.

T: Prominent white zinfandel/green grape fruitiness, along with a slight tart bite. Sort of similar to a sour gummy worm, with a nice sweet finish to go along with it.

M: Much more full-bodied than expected with mild carbonation.

D: Very nice, kind of reminded me of New Belgium's La Folie in many ways; easy drinker and full flavored.

Overall: A try it beer. Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

08-10-2009 03:14:16 | More by OlieIPA
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nlmartin

Ohio

3.59/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer was served in a tulip and lightly chilled.

A- The body of the beer was a light orange coloration. The head quickly resolved and disappeared. The beer looks nice but where is the head?

S- The aroma of the beer is lemony tartness and a bit of funky herbal grain spiceyness. Vinous notes with sour apple or possibly apple cider vinegar.

T- The flavor of the beer has sour grapes and very tart apple fruityness. Combined in the flavor is a very acetic and lemony oak flavor. Nicely sour throughout the flavor.

M- The body of the beer is medium and very smooth very low carbonation. Nice dry finish and not a hint of alcohol. The beer needs about double the carbonation.

O- The aroma and the flavor are nice. The beer needs at least double the carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2013 05:27:34 | More by nlmartin
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Sean9689

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Mike (AgentZero) for this one. Been looking forward to trying this for some time now. Poured into Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a muddy brownish/red color, no head, lacing, or retention to speak of. Some random bubbles here and there, but that's about it.

S - Acetic and lactic sharp sourness is the main player in this one. Very very sharp sourness, not much tartness, with light vinegar note.

T - Much the same as the nose, very sharp acetic and lactic sourness, minimal tart, and a light vinegar note. Pretty one-dimensional for me here.

M - Light bodied, light carbonation, very dry finish.

O - One 4oz sample is enough for me here. This beer is (dare I say it) too acetic for me to enjoy all that much. It's not a bad beer, by any means, just a little over-the-top. Decent.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2011 17:00:19 | More by Sean9689
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ThickNStout

Georgia

3.61/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottled acquired through the Reserve Society. Bottled 11/22/12. Served in a Terrapin snifter.

Pours a musty orangey brown with a thick finger and a half head. A hazy film stays on top of the brew but doesn't lace very much.

Smells funky for sure. Sour lemons, vinegar, yeast, tart mustyness and faint sweet oak.

Now that's tart. None-too-subtle puckering crab apple, lemon, sour cherries and vinegar with lighter underlying notes of spicey rye, very subtle vanilla oak, funky yeast and some earthy character. My taste buds are too busy being pummeled by the tartness to detect any booze whatsoever. An interesting mixture of fruity sour and more subtle earthy sweetness.

Slick lightish medium body with a pretty strong dose of bubbly carbonation. The tart, puckering lemon/vinegar lingers on the tongue for a good long time.

I'm still just dabbling in these sours so while this isn't something that I'm going to necessarily crave it was an enjoyable departure from my typical big stout and IPA routine. I'll most likely buy this again sometime and I'm certainly looking forward to trying the kumquat variation in the near future.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2013 04:36:44 | More by ThickNStout
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seaoflament

California

3.63/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this one at the Beachwood BBQ Sour Fest during the New Belgium night. It's always exciting to try a new sour beer from The Bruery, or any new beer for that matter.

The beer was a hazy, fiery orange color with a very thin ring of the most miniscule sized bubbles.

Very fruity upfront with a noticeable amount of spicy rye, orange peel, grapes, and hints of cherries in the background.

Hmm, there's a slight grainy flavor initially that I wasn't too pleased with. After that grainy flavor there was a mixture of sour orange, grapes, and rye in the finish. Malty mid-palate with a sprite-like soda flavor and carbonated mineral water. Some apples, pears, and citrus flavors too.

Low to moderate carbonation, just a tad syrupy for my liking. Quite an interesting sour that's worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap

09-15-2009 19:04:51 | More by seaoflament
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AgentZero

Illinois

3.7/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of asianzero and shared with the Chicago Crew Rejects.

A - The lable is actually kind of a decent indicator of what this beer is going to look like. Murkey brown with an off-white head that didn't show much.

S - A lot of acetic and lactic sour notes, with some vinegar, fruit, and tartness. Smells pretty nice, but very sour.

T - A very acetically sour beer. Lots of lactic sour, along with some sweetness, slight vinegar notes and a little bit of tart quality. Fairly mouth puckering, and not bad.

M - A little creamy, medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

O - This is a pretty solid beer, although not spectacular. It's sour enough that it makes it hard to drink tons of, but it was pretty enjoyable and I could drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2011 16:07:10 | More by AgentZero
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alpinebryant

Connecticut

3.73/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a relatively hazy copper brown with no head.

S: Smell of sour tart cherries, oude brune'ish in style almost. The rye flavors are quite mild, as this is still very sweet. Mostly lactic sourness, a bit of barrel along with some brett flavors and vinegar.

T: Very sweet, green apple, brown sugar, caramel, rye malt and spices. Balsamic vinegar. At the very end, I picked up a bit of rancidness, but really seems to just be the different flavors melding together in my mind. Overall the abundance of lacto seems to take away from some of the other qualities of this beer. It kicks my nose in a similar fashion to what a lot of horseradish will do. Slightly overpowering, and not true to other comparable American wilds.

M: Light and mildly carbonated.

O: Overall, slightly more lactic than I like in an American Wild, but very good otherwise. There is a good butterscotch presence as it warms, a good caramel and toffee presence and other than that, may finish slightly syrupy and a little sweet on the negative side.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2012 21:13:10 | More by alpinebryant
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.74/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a goblet. No bottle date, but its the old bottles that say "For sale in CA only."

Appearance - Deep orange. Hazy. Nice white head. Chunky floaties.

Smell - Quite malty. A slight acetic acid aroma. Slight aroma of rye, but it's faint. Oak is more prominent.

Taste - More sour than the nose implies. Malty still, but a bit of acetic sourness mixes in. More oak up front and the rye is almost gone.

Mouthfeel - Heavy. Not all that sour. Medium carbonation.

Overall - It's a good beer, but simple. Clean sourness, although it's more acetic than anything else.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2013 20:39:55 | More by Alieniloquium
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AlexFields

Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a fairly hazy, darkish wooden brown with an orange tint, nice orange-tinted head too.

Smells of oaky vanilla, funk, tartness, cherries and some other fruit.

And wow that's way more sour than it smells! Opens very sour, fades into some raspberry/cherry fruit flavor, some apple too, develops some sweet oak character after a few seconds in the mouth. Touch of yeast and funk, finishes fairly dry too. I get some rye notes in the aftertaste.

Good carbonation, feels nice in the mouth despite the level of acidity. Whatever booze their might be is covered up by acidity.

I like this plenty, although really I'd probably like it even better without the oak character.

7.7/10

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2013 01:05:25 | More by AlexFields
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Treb0R

Oregon

3.79/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I did not enjoy this one as much as the Russian River and Cascade Brewing sours. The Bruery's Sour in the Rye lacked complexity, despite the enticing allure of promising complexity written on the bottle.

Served in an Ommegang Chalice, the color was a hazy burnt orange with very little head and lots of yeast sediment despite a careful pour.

Very low discernable smells of oak, vinegar, and fruit on the nose. It is mostly a muddled malty sourness.

Taste was decent. It has a funky sourness. It has that signature sour punch, but it's kind of one note. I didn't get much of the rye character. I am normally not a fan of sweetness, but this beer can afford to have some more caramel malts and head retention malts for further development of cohesive flavor and a nicer head.

Mouthfeel was nice and moderate to full. Carbonation was not over the top.

Overall, I want more complexity and a tad more sweetness to tame some of the sour. It should still be a prevalently sour beer, but this is bordering on severe heartburn/acid reflux.

The price of $19.99 is also way too high to pay for a beer of this quality. It has to be a solid 5.0 for that price. Cantillon is deserving of it; The Bruery is not.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2013 17:19:19 | More by Treb0R
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Sour In The Rye from The Bruery
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