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Sour In The Rye - The Bruery

Sour In The RyeSour In The Rye

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THE BROS
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Ratings: 1374
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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BMMillsy

Florida

4.44/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Tipples. Pours a nearly clear dark orange color with a one finger off white head. Sour lacto dominates the nose with some apricot, peach, and a little white vinegar. Not the peach version but still has some of those notes. Really nice. Flavor is a nice crisp sour green apple, with plenty of lacto and big acidity. Some light fruits and a hint of spice in there dancing around, and a clean dry finish. Light to medium mouthfeel with effervescent carbonation. Really awesome sour here.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 02:19:17 | More by BMMillsy
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Thickfreakness

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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ajmitch4

Colorado

4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2014 Edition poured into a tulip glass.
A caramel-colored pour and off-white head. Lighter look than a brown sour or Flanders.
Hints of oak, alcohol and acid flavors in the smell.
Tart up front followed quickly by the spicyness of the rye. Unique and intriguing for me to have the rye tastes in a sour - nice little twist.
Light-medium bodied and the tingly carbonation you look for to compliment a sour beer.
Wondering what one of these would taste like if aged for a year or two but satisfied nonetheless. Also hoping to get the chance at some point to try a sour in the rye with peaches or other fruit as that might be where it lacks in the taste.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2014 03:32:58 | More by ajmitch4
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babaracas

Florida

4.11/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear polished copper, thick offwhite head, big splotches of lace on the glass. Smell: acetic soured apricot, vinous, oak barrel, herbal brett. Taste: unripe green apple, acetic, apricot, white grape, faint vanilla note, dill-ish herbal note. Medium bodied, puckering, tasty.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2014 04:38:59 | More by babaracas
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MDDMD

Pennsylvania

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
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gcamparone

Rhode Island

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
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MNishCT77

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
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vfgccp

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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gabrielsyme

Virginia

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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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

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!

RJT

Serving type: bottle

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

Louisiana

4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 ml bottle, into a snifter.

A: Orange/amber hue. Pours a 1 finger, bubbly, white head. Dissipates quickly. Effervescence continues to rise throughout. Very slight lacing quickly retreats.

S: Rye, strong raspberry, and a hint of wood.

T: Fermented raspberry is prominent. A nice dose of wood from the barrel age balances it out.

M: Sour with a little sweet. The balance of the wood and fruit gives it rustic character. Sour throughout, but not a heavy finish.

D: Sip and savor.

Atmosphere is pretty nice. Light head, plenty of effervescence, very little lacing. Nose is pungent rye, and sweet fermented fruit, with a nice kick of wood. Fermented raspberry, balanced with a rustic woody character. Overall, this is a great quaff.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2014 04:26:06 | More by bmwats
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Gambelli

Nevada

4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

25 oz. champagne styled bottle. Received from Craftshack. Only way we can get new beers in my neck of the woods. Poured into a Russian River "Tion" goblet.

A- Orange/apricot in color, slightly cloudy. Pour yields a 1/2" head which completely vanishes in just a minute or two.

S- Acidic/tart/sourness right away, with a hint of oak woodiness behind that. Yeast, earthy funk and a slight wine like aroma in it as well. A tiny bit of spicy rye there too.

T- Puckering sourness, green apple skins, sour grape, lime and brett funk all swirling around the hyped up taste buds. A bit of oak on the palate as well. I get no malt body at all what with the intense sour fruits crushing everything in their path.

M- Tangy, with light-medium carbonation. Not a lot of body, but once again, the sourness dominates most aspects of this brew. After sampling about a half-dozen wild ales, this seems to be a characteristic of the style.

O-This is good for a change, though I couldn't make a steady diet of it. Like my malted grains too much. For the sours I've had this is an above average offering from the Bruery. Would try again during warm weather, and see if it drinks different then.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2014 22:13:19 | More by Gambelli
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dgilks

Australia

4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy orange colour with a slightly foamy light tab head. Fair head retention.

Complex aroma. Sour, tart aroma. Big lemony character. Goat.

Massive tart flavour. Lactic sourness pairs up with big berry flavour. Spicy rye. Acetic.

Medium body with moderately high carbonation. Refreshing.

Excellent beer. Complex flavour rounded out by oak. Nice.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 03:20:21 | More by dgilks
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Slightly ruddy copper with some dark burnt orange. Tiny white head drops to a miniscule bubbly collar. No lacing. Moderate carbonation.

Smell: Slight rye spiciness. Nicely tart with a lactic push. Some straight lemon Some fruity elements, serving akin to tart cherry. Malts are mild offering women slight sweetness. Lightly floral. Oak adds a nice woody earthy element to the whole thing. Warming gives the rye a bit more of an edge, keeping a nice soft spiciness.

Taste: Tart and more tart. Slightly acetic, but pushes heavy on the lactic acid. Some lemon and generic tart fruit. Oak barrel influence adds some woody elements that work to balance the tart edge. Slightly floral with a fruity element as well. A mild powdery element. Rye adds a backing soft spiciness. Delightful. Some mildly sweet pale malts.

Mouthfeel: Slickish medium to light body. Astringent yet juicy. Moderate carbonation.

Overall: Salinger's greatest work.

Another Bruery sour worth drinking.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2014 01:24:46 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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angrybabboon

Rhode Island

4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this beer

Consumed 1/14/13

Note: 2011 bottle

Appearance: Medium amber, with some copper and orange tones when held to the light - lightly hazy - pours with a medium, beige head, leaves some nice streaks of lacing

Smell: Nicely, nicely sour - some rye, but the most interesting aroma here is really the funk - tart, acidic sour, with some lemons - a touch of lactic sourness, but mostly it's straight-up acid - some other sour fruits as well (I realize there are no cherries in here, but it kind of smells like there are) - some wood and some pale malts

Taste: Sour, sour, sour, and some rye - really nice sourness, very acidic, with some serious tartness - some lactic sourness - lemons and some sour cherry-like sourness (again, no cherries) - some nice rye flavor - some general spiciness - tartness, and then more tartness - some nice oak as well

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nice carbonation, smooth, finishes tart

Overall: Sour in the Tart

This is an exceptional sour from The Bruery. It's unexpectedly sour, extremely tart, with some genuinely interesting fruit flavors. Arguably, unlike some other Bruery offerings, this is legitimately worth the price of admission.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2014 04:57:15 | More by angrybabboon
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SeatsTaken

Oregon

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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tmzl

Slovenia

4.51/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

2013 bottle

Look: Pours with 1 thumb off-white foam, big bubbles, very fast retention. There is some carbonation. Color is deep amber, red, slightly cloudy. Looks good, promising.

Smell: Sour hits you first. then goes into fruity, wine, sweetness. Then comes the brilliant balance with funk, leathery, cellar, musty notes. Also some spice and woody character. You just have to taste it, some interesting shit.

Taste: The sour part explodes in your mouth, but isn't overwhelming. Sour apples, lemon, lime, some forest fruits, berries. Also spicy at start. There is a hint of sweet, malty character in the middle but the musty, funky, earthy part kicks in very soon after. Some very subtle oak there too. In the aftertaste the sour and funk linger with a hint of sweetness. But they don't get annoying or overblown with progressive drinking, stays fresh and interesting.

Mouthfeel: Dry. Carbonation surprisingly alive, makes it a quite refreshing and fun beer to drink. There is no alcohol warming. The body is medium and leaves a creamy feeling.

Overall: Surprised by the refreshing yet very complex nature of this beer. The balance of funk and sour is superb and very fun to observe. Superb job. Fck ye.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2013 16:21:26 | More by tmzl
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mtomlins

Ontario (Canada)

4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle (2013 vintage) into a stemmed tulip glass and shared with a coupe friends.

A golden body with a beautiful reddish hue, massive lacing. A massive nose that is dry, spicy with lots of acidic citrus and a massive tart/sour aroma, slightly sweet. The palate is sour and acidic; a bit salty. The rye keeps the malt dry and spicy, the sweetness in the nose is absent on the palate. Not much oak. It finishes long and tart. Medium body and carbonation. Wow, a really nice brew; super tight.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2013 12:59:24 | More by mtomlins
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KVNBGRY

Florida

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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dirtylou

Washington

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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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Sour in the Rye might just as well be called 'Cloudy in the Rye'; oak aging alters a beer's appearance as well as its flavour, stripping the complexion of much its luster and leaving it muddied, flat, and, in the case of this honey-coloured ale, rather drab.

A year in the barrel is bound to make any ale smell a little musty, but the oak surprisingly doesn't contribute any glaringly obvious qualities. The aroma has somewhat of woody, vanillin tinge but it's awfully difficult to appreciate amidst such a sour, dank, fruity lactic funk.

The flavour is a tangy, prickly, pleasantly puckering blend of citrus fruits, cherries in balsamic vinegar, and apricot or pear compote. There's the presence of heartier whole grains but little malty flavour can be appreciated due to the abundance of vinegar-like lactic tang.

The mouthfeel has the both the acidity and sourness of lemonade (without the sweetness of course) as well as an agreeable sour gummy-like characteristic - it's liquid candy for adults. And despite the 7.8% alcohol it drinks as easily as (soured, festering) fruit juice.

If you think about it, actual fruits are typically somewhat tart as well as sweet; this is true, to varying degrees, of apples, blackberries, blueberries, cherries, plums, currants, etc. American Wild Ales like Sour in the Rye simulate the fruits of Mother Nature's labours (pun intended) and, using another wonder of nature (wild yeast), simply amp up the tart part. What a treat!

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2013 03:14:26 | More by biegaman
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very few beers strike the palate with the perfect complement of sour, earth, fruit and spice. But its good news that one such beer is made in California and I'm fortunate enough to taste a sip from now and then.

Its turbulent pour leads to a quick separation of hazt golden-orange beer to anchor and a frothy and airy eggshell-white foam.Its retention is strong as is its intricate lacing patterns.

Piercing sharpness reaches the nose with lime, white wine vinegar, sour grapes and crab apples. As its mere scent locks up the jowls, other musty wood, cork, sweaty, cellar and sea air scents waft about to deliver savory and earhty impressions heading into taste.

Its raw earthiness is spicy and rustic as the rye grains complement a dry, lighlty toasted crouton taste, but with all that acidity building above. Just into the taste, the lime, apple skin and sour grape flavor takes hold and easily topples its early malt complement. Quickly developing into dries lemons, limes, apple and spiced pear, its the sourness of apple cider vinegar and light must that stems from the clean lactic sourness that finishes its taste.

Only a whisper of attic wood and lime extend, even though the ale starts out light and obviously acidic. As the malt support fades, the ale prances on with wine-like balances and textures, until a quick finish is mineral-rich and with earthen spice.

The taste of rye and sour is a challenging attempt as both types are highly polarizing and not widespread just yet. But its added complexity is undeniable taste that's salty, briney and deeply earthen.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2013 06:55:20 | More by BEERchitect
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dogfishandi

New York

4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter.

Pours out a really nice deep orange bordering on almost red, fairly clear body. Big 3-4 fingers of fizzy off white head off of the pour quickly receeds to a thick ring and eventually nothing.

Nice musty funk aroma, but a bit one dimensional in that aspect. Also shows some lemon citrus and sour cherry as it warms.

Musty basement, big lemon citrus sourness, sour pie cherry. Some wine like flavors, maybe a result of the barrel it was aged in or just the higher ABV that I'm tasting. Just a tinge of sweet malty, almost meaty character like you would find in a Flanders red, but I'd say this has way more in common with a gueze or lambic. Little to no rye found here.

A very sour beer, mouth puckering sour, really lingers on the palate. Medium to light in body with a somewhat aggressive carbonation.

Somewhat of a one dimensional sour, has everything you would expect in a good sour, but lacks any extra complexity. Still top notch and worthy of a bottle for the cellar, still another well made beer from the bruery.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2013 18:45:44 | More by dogfishandi
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Jmamay22

New York

4.01/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Purchased this as a birthday treat for myself. Finally getting around to it. Beer pours a dark gold amber with a lively white head that fades to a full collar. Strong notes of vanilla in the nose. Plenty of sour acid as well. A touch of sour apples too.

Tastes very fruity with plenty of apples and pear. The sourness is very apparent and strong with acetic acid. Very little if any rye impact. A touch of sweetness on the end with maybe some sour cherry. Mouthfeel is on the lighter sid of medium with lively carbonation that seems to increase the impact of the sourness. A truly wild sour ale with the acid overtaking some of the subtleties.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 20:15:54 | More by Jmamay22
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superspak

Michigan

4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled in 2013. Pours lightly hazy orange amber color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big sour cherry, green apple, pear, clove, pepper, oak, vinegar, hay, straw, funk, red wine, leather, bread, and yeast earthiness. Incredible aromas with great complexity and balance of tart fruity/spicy/funky lacto with wine barrel notes; and great strength. Taste of big sour cherry, green apple, pear, clove, pepper, oak, hay, straw, vinegar, red wine, leather, bread, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of fruity sourness on the finish; with lingering notes of sour cherry, green apple, pear, clove, pepper, oak, vinegar, hay, straw, red wine, leather, bread, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity and balance of sour fruity/funky lacto, wine barrel, and malt flavors; with a great malt/acidity balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a crisp, smooth, and moderately acidic mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an insane wild ale! All around fantastic complexity and balance of sour fruity/funky lacto with balanced malt and wine barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on with the balanced acidity. An amazing offering.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 05:55:48 | More by superspak
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Sour In The Rye from The Bruery
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