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Sour In The Rye - The Bruery

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1,928 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,928
Reviews: 246
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.07%
Wants: 264
Gots: 532 | FT: 62
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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4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

tectactoe, Sep 22, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Poured a gorgeous translucent reddish orange body with a finger and a half of foamy pinkish head. Very nice looking. Scents of sour cherry, wild, barnyard funk, stone fruit, and sweet, tart red berries along with slight oak. Overall impression is of a nice sour aroma that is fruity and nicely funky. Very nice. Flavor begins moderately sour with notes of sour cherry, Brett funk and a bit of spicy rye, along with hints of oak. This moves into a still sour middle, with further notes of cherry, and a bit of spicy rye, with oak still present. Finish is dry and moderately high in sourness with notes of sour cherry and berries and oak. Aftertaste is sour, with notes of sour cherry, berries, especially raspberries, a bit of oak and a hint of spicy rye and grainy malt. Overall impression is of a nicely sour, dry and fruity beer with a nice oak presence and funk. Very nice and quite pleasant. Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation, and a drying, puckering feel. Quite nice and very drinkable. Overall this is a good sour ale. It has a wonderful aroma and flavor profile that is fruity, funky, oaky and slightly spicy with a nice mouthfeel that aids the drinkability. Highly recommended.

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Sour In The Rye from The Bruery
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