Sour In The Rye - The Bruery

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Ratings: 2,101
Reviews: 250
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.07%
Wants: 297
Gots: 557 | FT: 63
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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.

(Beer added by: womencantsail on 08-09-2009)
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4/5  rDev -7%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Bruery in August 2009.

Pours a nice, light moderate orange color with a good head. The nose brings forward orange, cherry, rye, and a good dose of sourness. A bit vinous. The taste is mildly fruity with a bit of spice and some good sour notes.

Moderate body with a really nice amount of sourness. Overall, this drinks quite well and I was really thrilled to be able to try this. This trip was some of my first exposure to The Bruery's beers and I'm glad that they have nice experimental brews like this on.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of GRG1313
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Photo of metter98
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is clear amber orange in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that died down, leaving a patch of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of sourness and oak are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has some faint hints of cherries and spices towards the finish.
M: It feels a little more than light-bodied and rather tart on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is quite easy to drink for a sour beer but is pleasant to sip.

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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a cloudy apricot color with a nice head that fritters away, leaving a few splotchy lace patterns

Smell: Acetic lemon tartness, with an oaky aspect; stone fruit elements underneath

Taste: Aggressively tart, at the outset, with acetic lemon flavors scalding the tastebuds; in the middle, stone fruit flavors (peach and apricot) and a hint of vanilla round out the profile somewhat, with the oak adding some wood in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; somewhat creamy (the result of the rye) and very puckery

Overall: I would like to see something more in the middle with this beer to balance out the acetic tartness but I suspect many sour lovers would disagree as it certainly hit the hot buttons for a tongue assault

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4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -41.9%

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4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

big golden amber color and a huge head of white that reached a height of nearly three inches before settling down and coating the entire inside of the glass with sticky white lacing and a thick covering of white that remained on top all the way through. Got much cloudier the further into the bottle you went.

Aroma is loaded with fruit, pears are dominant, as much as you would say blueberries are in blabaer, this has the most pronounced pear aroma and flavor I have ever come across. Light tartness builds as it comes up to room temperature giving you that horse funk you are looking for but keeping it light with tons of light grain and bready notes back building the pear and now light sour apple. Each sip seems to get even more complex then the one before. Rich pear and apple flavors, light sour notes, hints of grass and liht bready malts, complex as hell. Perfect carbonation, light, bubbly, full enough to coat the tonue, perfectly done with the abv so well hidden I thought it was 8 percent.

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4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at The Bruery on Friday and again today at Blue Palms.

A: Very cloudy brownish-pink-orange color with a very small white head.

S: Excellent tartness, some funk, grapes and some sugar are the predominant aromas I'm getting. Maybe some sour cherries in there too.

T: First sensation I picked up on was the tartness (this beer has a lot of it). Grapes are the primary fruit characteristic with the sour cherries making an appearance and the rye adds a nice bit of spice and complexity.

M: Medium body with a very nice level of carbonation.

D: As with most sours, great drinkability. I'm glad to have been able to try this out a few times.

Photo of Knapp85
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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4/5  rDev -7%

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3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Enjoyed a couple glasses at the 2011 reserve society initiation celebration. 8.7% ABV.

Murky orange-amber, nearly opaque. The head fizzles away quickly. Interesting, complex nose. Rye is evident, lending a dry earthy note, but there's a more dominant fruity, vinous sourness that's both acetic and lactic. The palate shows a nice blend of cheesy lactic acidity, fruity acetic acid, earthy rye and oak. Balanced, but somewhat thin for nearly 9% ABV. Quite good overall, the rye contrasts nicely with the bugs and funk.

Photo of biboergosum
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle, the final veritable Yankee (in an overall sense, don't put that Civil War era shit on me!) offering for me tonight, in deference to the celebrations going on south of the border today and tonight.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium rusty brick amber colour, with two fingers of tightly foamy, wanly creamy dirty white head, which leaves a few instances of pencil-drawn mountain range lace around the glass as things sink away.

It smells of sour, tart, indistinct orchard fruit - maybe cherry, maybe some apricot - but it's all really just basic acetic acid to me, baby, with a mildly funky, kind of cheesy yeastiness, bready pale grainy malt, and battered leafy hoppiness straining to be seen and heard (or I guess, olfactorily relevant). The taste is a big ol' smack upside the palate - pungently sour, acidic 'fruit' esters, acetic acid overload, with some emerging cherry fruitiness (the kind with an actual sugar component, though still quite understated at that), some relatively mild lactic funk, a grainy maltiness that strains hard to show off the inherent spice rye character, and equally burdened leafy, grassy hops.

The carbonation is mildly peppy, nothing really worthy, heft-wise, of challenging that acerbic attack on the tongue, the body medium-light in weight, and not really all that smooth - see everything written here thus far for a clue. It finishes pretty dry, the emasculated fruity tartness, and (possibly) lingering hops really holding it over any malty aspirations.

If there is to be a new world challenger to the throne of Cantillon, then this may be it. It's a little too bad that they had to throw in a rye component here, because it sadly goes unloved, seeing as it doesn't prick the tongue as harshly as the yeast and acid so capably do. Once acclimated, a caveat hardly used this side of the pond, this is generally palatable, but methinks for the wrong reasons, at least a tad, I suppose.

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Sour In The Rye from The Bruery
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