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Sour In The Rye - The Bruery

Sour In The RyeSour In The Rye

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Ratings: 1376
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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Photo of Hopdaemon39

New York

4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Awesome offering from the Bruery- pours a slightly hazy golden orange color with no head,retention. Nice color.

Smells lovely- tart and spicy. Definitely some funk, a little grapefruit, a little bready/rye.

Tastes very strong nice- acutely tart and spicy from the rye. They clearly used a lot of it in the mash. Some sweetness in the mix as well- a little like banana bread but that's in the background.

Mouthfeel is nice- medium body with moderate carbonation. Killer sour beer, especially if you're like me and love rye.

Serving type: on-tap

04-17-2014 16:52:06 | More by Hopdaemon39
Photo of papat444

Quebec (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed at EBF 2014.

Another case of a beer not being on my radar (in this case, was looking for Bottleworks XII but alas). Mouth puckeringly tart with lots of oak and strong white wine presence. Very tannic with an acidity that feels right at home. Quite the surprise.

Serving type: on-tap

03-24-2014 17:04:45 | More by papat444
Photo of rekall


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.

"It's complicated."

Serving type: on-tap

02-28-2014 01:32:26 | More by rekall
Photo of brianmandell

New York

3.86/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

On draft at Bondurants.

Hazy golden pour with no head. Some tart lemon and fruit on the nose, maybe a touch of bready malt. Bright, lemony acidic from front to finish. Rich vinous fruit mid-palate. Some spiciness. Quite sour. There is some oak on the back end but the finish dies short of being memorable. Great mouthfeel with lively, effervescent carbonation.

A reasonably well executed and interesting beer for the sour lover that falls a bit short. This beer is short on depth and the flavors do not support the level of acidity. Glad I tried it but I will not return.

Serving type: on-tap

02-28-2014 00:05:54 | More by brianmandell
Photo of Beerswag


3.94/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap por into tulip
Appearance is copper like/wild ale looking..smell is funky with alittle sweetness, somewhat subued, not complex aromas. Taste is strickingly sour all the way through, (what i expect from a sour) nice citrus and like rind flavor, woth the barrel pulling this through..mouthfeel is light..carbonation is medium..leaves a nice feeling on the toungue from the dry fruity flavor and sour appeal..not sweet at all. Overall a well executed beer with enough sour notes and barrel influence. Nice for a sipper on a hot summer day/night. Refreshing for a sour..pair with dried fruit, stinky cheeses, watermelon/fruity salads..

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2014 17:24:26 | More by Beerswag
Photo of reebtaerG


4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Lures on 2/21/14 in a wide mouth short glass 8oz pour

A-Hazed orange amber with a good sized off white head.

S-Nose is bitter fruit, tangy orange, soured apricots, musty twang, damp straw.

T-Taste carries a light acid tinge, bitter orange, light smoke, dank straw, musty, funky, tangy fruit.

M-Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying tarte finale, dank wood tones evident.

O-Overall is great beer. First time having something from Bruery

Serving type: on-tap

02-22-2014 22:37:38 | More by reebtaerG
Photo of joeseppy


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

Pours a pinkish hue, cloudy and white foamy head that dissipates quickly.

Funk aroma rises with some wood. Rye and vanilla also can be picked out.

Onrush of sweetness ensued by sour. Liquid candy.

Lower end carbonation and a nice dryness to it and some puckering.

Pulverize Sweetart candy add a light bodied brew and bingo. You pick the flavours, cherry, lime, lemon, grape--it's all there. Nicely layered and complete. A wild ale not to be passed on.

Serving type: on-tap

02-09-2014 03:38:25 | More by joeseppy
Photo of artoolemomo


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

Appearance- Was received with very little head. If I had to guess, the head was a pure cotton white. The body is a hazy, medium amber that has an odd tint of purple to it. Minimal amounts of lacing are left behind.

Nose- A little more subtle than the Apricot au Poivre and this is unexpected. Sour cherry dominates the nose with lemon following behind. A good amount of earth and muskiness make this a little more interesting than the Apricot. Somehow the cherry in this seems deeper and fleshier. It recalls a kriek to some degree.

Taste- Lemon and sour cherry hit you immediately on the front. This is a tart beer but it is more than manageable. Strawberry shows up as well. The rye character (which mutes the tartness) starts to show itself with some cereal (very present) and slight spice. The rye really lingers on the finish and gives the beer a slightly dry finish. The aspect makes this beer profoundly more interesting.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with some syrup and somewhat of a vinous texture. Very light carbonation but still has enough zip to match up with the spice and tartness of the flavor profile.

Drinkability- Reasonably tart with a beneficial dry finish. I think this goes for about 10-15 dollars. 10 seems reasonable but 15 might be pushing it.

Overall- This is pretty much a basic expression of what the Bruery does. If you don't like it, you probably won't like many of their beers (or at least their beers you can just buy on the shelf of your local bottleshop). Really good beer that flirts at the edge of greatness.

Serving type: on-tap

01-26-2014 22:15:53 | More by artoolemomo
Photo of RaulMondesi


4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

There was once this lil minx in Jr. high that would make Raul shrivel up in adolescent angst as he walked by her everyday. (She was a freak and Raul was well justified in doing so.) Well, Sour in the Rye reminds me of that; Raul's lil heart would just twist up in sour, tart angst as he saw her. And you know what? I still like it.

Tart, sour, delicate... Yep!

Give Raul another!

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2014 00:38:55 | More by RaulMondesi
Photo of AgentMunky


4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tasting glass at Buzz in LA. From notes. Reviewed 23 February 2013.

A: Hazy clear.

S: Wonderfully tart. Brett and wild yeast. Raspberries and lemon peel. Acidic.

T: Delicious. Like Rodenbach Grand Cru with more fresh cherry and raspberry.

M: Dry and puckery. Great yeast. Sour and lightly spicy.

O: I love it. Highly recommended. Will have again. Very competent and enjoyable example of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

11-19-2013 05:53:24 | More by AgentMunky
Photo of rand


4.56/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From tap to Duvel tulip glass

Copied from my Sour in the Rye with Cumquats, with relative edits

A: Orange-mahogany in color, its effervescent head quickly dissipates.

S: Tart, vinegary aspects anchor the bouquet. Notes of unripe cherry linger. The brew is sour enough to tighten your glands before it hits your palate.

T: Puckering sour at the front, refreshing with lemony vinegar notes. Oak and unripe berries pop up mid sip, with a touch of lingering sweetness toward a short, clean finish. Alcohol is almost completely masked.

M: Light bodied and effervescent, especially considering the ABV.

Almost identical to the Sour with Cumquats, without the citrusy twist. No discernible difference between tap and bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

11-03-2013 02:42:31 | More by rand
Photo of dwren89


4.61/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: orangey amber with thin off white head and cloudy

Aroma: sour, lactic notes and spicy rye character evident, cherry, vanilla

Taste: vanilla and oaky at first but then cherry flavor comes thru and finishes pleasantly bitter finish

Mouthfeel: thick and full but the sourness cuts the mouth feel to make it a little more drinkable

Overall: great beer! Just like how they do it in Belgium. Great cherry and sour notes that are made more complex by the oaky/vanilla notes. Spicy rye malt kicks up the flavor more than wheat does in many Belgian sours.

Serving type: on-tap

09-28-2013 13:51:54 | More by dwren89
Photo of clayrock81


4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured an almost light brown with one finger tan head that died quick without much lace on top of an aroma that has a touch of sweet or tropicalesque fruit but also a large sour and tartness to it (want to say cherry b/c that's first thing that comes to mind). Medium bodied, not chewey but a little filling, the rye helps smooth out as well, this beer has a crisp feel and dry finish that perfectly complements and balance the sourness of the beer, and the spiciness and very mild sweetness of the beer helps round it out. A complex brew that I can't really get a handle on but know I like and a great beer for all to try.

Serving type: on-tap

09-12-2013 14:54:28 | More by clayrock81
Photo of philbe311


4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A finger's worth of ultra smooth and crisp bone white colored head... Limited retention give way to a inviting yet slightly lopsided lacing and thin to moderate collar... The color is a light to medium copper with a slight ambient glow... A slight bit of carbonation within...

S - Tart cherries... A bit dank and a bit musky... Some light woody notes... A bit of a tinge of vinegar... Pleasant and not overpowering...

T - Light bing cherries... Some faint strawberry notes as well... Sweet red grapes... The spiciness of the rye appears on the finish in a very subtle fashion... The finish has a slight lactic character that lingers and packs an enjoyable punch on the finish...

M - Medium bodied... Clean and crisp... Even and consistent... Surprisingly smooth... Limited carbonation... Sleek... A bit chalky on the finish... Slightly depth... The finish has a bit of a bite to it...

D - This is arguably the most well balanced and smoothest American Wild Ale or Sour Ale that I have ever encountered... It's smooth, sophisticated and deeply complex... I can't say a single made thing or make any suggestions for improvement... Probably the single best beer I have had from the Bruery... I highly recommend and suggest any BA to seek out and enjoy...

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2013 23:46:38 | More by philbe311
Photo of dar482

New York

4.14/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The color is amber/peach with a big head.

The aroma is very tart and vinous qualities. That hits you first and then citrus and berries. Then there is also a slight bready rye. There’s some funkiness too.

The taste follows with tons of vinegar and citric sourness in the front. The fruits are in there, but are quite hard to pick out. The sourness really does smack you. There’s a good malt rye backbone. There is a Flanders style in there too because it reminds me of a less sweet Cuvee de Jacobin.

There is a super clean finish, which makes it refreshing. It also reminds me of a very sour Berliner weisse because of the drinkability.

This beer is really delicious, but it really did not blow me away as it lacks some complexity. It has issues with its value. I paid $12 for 12 oz. on draft and it’s about the same with $1 per oz. if you buy in the bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

06-16-2013 05:21:31 | More by dar482
Photo of Slatetank


4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I had this on tap at John J Jeffries in lancaster served chilled in a tulip.

The color is peachy with lots of haze and thin white cream cap with fine bead. The smell is very tropical with lactic sour odor and light citrus zest with nice amount of wild yeast esters. The feel is extremely sour almost enamel degrading with a mild sweet accent and medium carbonation with subtle spice and dry finish.

The taste is very lactic acid infused with a saliva starting taste up front with some lemon and greek yogurt like tangy flavors with a slight citurs juiciness and mild grain tinge in the back with interesting spice quality and dry finish. Overall this is a super sour wild beer which is not for the timid - it is pretty easy to drink considering how sour it is though.

Serving type: on-tap

06-05-2013 13:54:43 | More by Slatetank
Photo of mactrail


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
Photo of TMoney2591


4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a snifter at Firkin.

Didn't think I was gonna get such an easy second chance with this beer, much less on tap, but here we are. It pours a hazy amber topped by a couple fingers of cream foam. The nose comprises soft cheese, tart berries, light wine grapes, and a bit of biscuit. The taste brings in more of the same, with a strong semi-lactic sourness pervading quite nicely. It's strong, but you get to keep some of your enamel if you do things right. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry, sticky finish. Overall, a very nice sour, though I'm unsure whether or not the coriander ahd much impact, if any. Just sayin'. Good times, though.

Serving type: on-tap

04-04-2013 19:29:27 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of n2185

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: pours orange with a finger of white bead that fades into a thin ring with no lacing.

S:lots of tart and sour aromas. Cherries, lemons, limes, and a sweet Belgian candy sugar undertone.

T: quite tart and acidic. Tart cherries, raspberries, lemons, and dry, sour cider flavors. The finish is tart and dry with some sweeter Belgian notes.

M: medium-light body with low carbonation, this beer is almost watery and could use a bit more carbonation overall.

O: a good wild ale overall. A bit overpriced and not terribly complex, but still very enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

03-31-2013 23:45:49 | More by n2185
Photo of Knapp85


4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This poured out as a hazy amber color with a thin white head on top. The retention and lacing fade completely. The smell of the beer has a heavy amount of funk and tart fruity aromas. The taste is very big, lots of sour fruity flavors followed up with a malty rye finish. The mouthfeel is slightly creamy and dry, nicely carbonated. Smooth and drinkable. Overall this beer is very good. There is a light medicinal taste I'm getting the more it sits on my tongue, regardless still worthy of trying.

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2013 22:49:42 | More by Knapp85
Photo of jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Ginger Man.

Amber coloured, with a smallish white head that fades quickly. A bit of lace

Nose is very tart. Cherry, balsamic vinegar. Smells like a potent Flanders red.

Taste is very tart. Spicy rye flavours are strong, along with a large dose of acetic, vinergary sourness. Cherry and other rich berry flavours. Nice.

Medium bodied, moderately carbonated. Tart. Dries the mouth.

Overall, very good. The rye adds a dimension to the base sourness that works well. Not overly complex, but quite enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2013 01:07:50 | More by jrenihan
Photo of VelvetExtract


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

A-Pours a vibrant orange with a thin lining of fuzz. Barely any lacing. Body is slightly cloudy. The body really glows.

S-Pleasantly tart with a grainy rye underbelly. A bit of fruit and plenty of funky yeast. Rotten fruitiness. The tartness jumps out of the glass and shoots up my nostrils.

T-I don't know which part I enjoyed more the palate-penetrating tartness or the blatant dirty/grainy rye finish. They nailed the rye here. Once the tartness finally settles, the rye really shines. I also love how the tartness depicts some fleshy fruits too.

M-Excellent drinkability. The tartness clings to my lips and when I lick them I get another dose of sourness.

O/D-Really tasty. Happy to get this on tap for about $6 then a 750ml for about $23. Really good but too pricey outside of a glass.

Serving type: on-tap

03-21-2013 00:52:20 | More by VelvetExtract
Photo of fdig23


4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Local 44

Appearance: Cloudy bright orange with a medium sized white head.

Nose: Big sour lemons, peppery spice, grapefruit, and vanilla oak. Very nice.

Taste: Intensely, mouth-ruiningly sour. Tons of sour cherry, bitter grapefruit, and black pepper. Finishes with a bit of vanilla oak but the abrasive sourness really dulls down everything else. Leaves your mouth tasting like you just ate a pack of Warheads.

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated which seems to distribute the harshness all over your mouth.

Overall: Smells amazing and has a nice flavor and complexity in there somewhere underneath the sourness but it was tough to finish a 10oz pour and now my stomach lining is being eaten away.

Serving type: on-tap

03-17-2013 00:54:00 | More by fdig23
Photo of joesmithrealname


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
Photo of wedge

North Carolina

4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

@ Tasty Beverage

Murky auburn capped with some patchy white foam that dissolves to pretty much nothing. Tart, dusty fruit aroma...berries, sweet cherries, vinous notes, ripe fruit, light citrus. More floral as it warms. Super sour, acidic tartness, lactic notes, fruit, mild lemon, and cherry juice. No rye anywhere, as far as I can tell. Very dry and tart. Not the most complex sour, but quite enjoyable. Kind of Flanders sour-ish.

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2013 03:26:37 | More by wedge
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