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Sour In The Rye - The Bruery

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286 Reviews
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Reviews: 286
Hads: 2,365
Avg: 4.24
pDev: 26.42%
Wants: 339
Gots: 670 | FT: 72
Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: womencantsail on 08-09-2009

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.
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Reviews: 286 | Hads: 2,365
Photo of snaotheus
3.92/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle split between a pair of snifters. Can't find a date on it, except the thing on the label that says "Famille Rue 2015". Bottle poured completely by my wife, but she says there wasn't all that much sediment.

Pours reddish amber, moderately hazy, with a medium sized head and nice, lazy carbonation. Smell is very tart, unripe apricots, not much else.

Taste is pleasantly tart (but not puckering) -- definitely apricot, maybe something green grapey, maybe a little wood, something bright and tropical in the background.

Mouthfeel is very dry, cottonmouthy. Overall, it's not the best, but it's a very good beer.

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Photo of JGuzzle
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2015 vintage. I love sours and this one is often regarded as one of the best. Finally got around to trying it. Splurged for the $20 for a bomber. The high price tag is probably the only drawback of this beer.

Tastes is awesome. A perfect sour with a perfect marriage of tart, funk, and oak. Zero "booziness" which is very impressive for a beer over 7%. An iconic brew and a must try.

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Photo of That_Turtle
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

2015 750ml bottle poured into tulip glass. Amber pour with one finger, quickly receding head leaving no trace. Vinegar and strong oak nose. Tart cherry, faint pepper, and oak flavor leaves the tongue tingling. Could have done with a bit more rye, a bit more funk. Overall, a terrific sour. Will be cellaring a few of these.

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Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L- A beautiful clear amber with a 3/4 centimeter white head. It recedes to a thick ring with minimal lacing.
S-an almost fruity lacto smell typical of alot of sours. Made my mouth water.
T- Taste and nose are similar. Pretty standard sour. Right in my wheelhouse in terms of sourness. Medium on that front.
F- Mouthfeel is medium. Carbonation is adequate.
O- I'd buy this again in a heartbeat when I start craving a good sour.

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Photo of Absolut
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden brown. On tap t blue palms in Hollywood.

Holden brown put with no head

Smells of sour fruit and rye

Taste is sour fruit with rye follow. Balanced and delicious.

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Photo of peensteen
4.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lightly hazed golden copper, one finger of white head with some lace. Smell is funky and oaky, vinous, wood and some vanilla and fruit, cherry and lemon as well. Taste is sour with tart fruit, cherry, oak and wine, funky lemon and green apple, quite dry. Medium high carbonation, medium body. Absolutely exceptional, a lovely sour beer that is incredibly drinkable, very nicely done.

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Photo of Bogart2930
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great sour. Darker in color but very drinkable. Enjoyed more slightly colder then recommended. Only disappointed that the bottle had to end at some point.

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Photo of dd43
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I poured the 750ml bottle into a handful of wine glasses to share with friends. Makes for a nice presentation, for what is in many ways a special beer. Wasn't sure what to expect in appearance, but the apple cider color/opacity and minimal head foreshadowed the flavor and aroma mix to come. Really interesting mix of tart green apple and a feta cheese like funk on the nose. Refreshing and easy drinking despite how puckering the tartness can be. I enjoyed the hell out of this beer and welcome my next opportunity to try it.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2012 Vintage

A - Pours a dark orange with a two-finger dense white head. The head recedes fairly quickly leaving a thin soapy lacing.

S - Aroma of vinegar, sour fruits, and heavy oak.

T - The taste is green apple, sour peach, and lemon with some vinegar and lactic sourness. The finish has some strong oakiness.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Very smooth mouthfeel with a nice dry finish.

O - This is a phenomenal sour. Definetly a must try for sour/wild beer fans.

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Photo of KevChiTown
4.51/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2015 version. The front end is so sour it makes my mouth water instantly. The back end finishes crazy smooth and clean. I get very little spice however, still fantastic. Fun beer to share.

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Photo of tigerhawk
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours beautiful blood orange and amber hue. Nose is lacking. Mouthfeel is full and nice. Enjoyed the settle sour with a rye finish. Excellent beer overall.

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.94/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

10oz serving on tap during San Jose beer week. Pours a dirty gold/orange with little head and a touch of lacing. Nose is sour fruits, a touch of vinegar, and very last title Brett funk. Flavor is very straightforward...lactic sour, not much Brett, and some vinous character from the oak. Overall, a bit disappointing based on the good reputation of this beer. I expected more complexity/depth and more on the nose. Overall, merely good.

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Photo of Ri0
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

poured 750 ml bottle poured into a teku. 2015 vintage.

A- Dark orange/amber color with a 2.5 finger off white head. Fades into a thin ring and only leaves traces of lacing.

S - A nice brown sour ale with aromas of sour fruits. Hints of rye emerge along with some woody notes.

T - The sour brown ale is flavored with sour green plum and sour peaches. It is more sour than tart, not much in the way of funk, bit has some woody notes. The spiced rye finish makes it unique.

M - A lighter feel to it with prickly carbonation. Makes you pucker and finishes dry.

O - My first Bruery sour style beer and worth the price once a year. Its impressive that this is a shelf beer available in many states around the county.

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Photo of breadwinner
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I am, admittedly, a bit of a cynic when it comes to The Bruery, but there are time when they absolutely hit it out of the park, and this is one of those times. Great oak notes that mesh with the strength of the rye notes and a tartness that matches in intensity. Surprisingly drinkable too, it sort of reminds of the best New Belgium sour beers, which is a high compliment in my book.

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Photo of CochonKing
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light amber with a two inch fading head. Smells of a typical sour with some lemon peel and a brett like aroma with a strong backing of malt. The taste is incredible. A beautiful sour with a many of the peppery notes I associate with rye. The mouthfeel is great as well, the beer is medium bodied and refreshing on the palate.

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Photo of Roguer
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Darkly reddish amber brew, hazy and translucent. Head retention is decent, leaving a thin film atop the brew.

Very sour aroma, reminiscent of a Flanders Red Ale: vinegar, oak, and grapes. Slight touch of funk.

Flavor follows: sour, fruity, and some more sour. What it lacks in complexity it more than makes up with a strong sourness that somehow retains delicacy and tact. Strong oak notes, and the rye barely manages to make its presence known.

Puckeringly sour, of course; smooth and silky; medium-light bodied with a thick, wet finish.

This is a fantastic sour, and should definitely be a home run with Flanders Red Ale fans (even if it's technically an American Wild Ale).

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

look: hazy orange amber with a full off white head on the pour. Messy lacing that recedes quickly.
smell: Tart and Sour. As it warms i'm getting clove and pepper. Lots happening. Tart cherry and a nice complimenting vanilla.
taste: Quite tart and funky up front. That gives way to many of the flavors in the nose, but reasserts itself in a lingering finish.
Overall: Delicious.

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Photo of uvachief
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft. Little to no head. Orange brown color. Smells of grapefruit and lemons with an orange overtone. Tastes much the same. Makes your mouth pucker and is very tart and dry. Not really my glass of beer. To each his own.

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Photo of utopiajane
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours the color of blush on an apricot. orangey but golden yellow deep inside. Graceful hues adorn the edges of the glass. Head is thin , close to tan and dissolves upon hitting the glass. Some shimmering sheeting lace to slide down the glass as you drink. Nose is fragrant with rye spice. and peaches. Pepper and airy oak. There is a touch of dry sugar scent too and a bit of bread. Taste is sour. It hits the tongue like an explosion of texture. A bright sour unripe peach. A mouthwatering acidity peaks on the palate just as the malts come to the forefront from the body of the beer like an undertow. It's a bit of a surprise actually. How deep the beer is because rye is so crisp and dry to the taste. The breaddiness on the nose develops more and more as the beer warms. The spice from the rye is quite strong and it blends with a light funk. I was expecting a lot more funk but I am glad there wasn't. Finishes with a bit of leather and a body that is surpising full yet crisp lots of fruit and a bit of pepper. carbonation is moderate but not fizzy .

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Photo of AJKing
3.16/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Looks great, clear amberish, with some red. Thin white head that fades. Smells vaguely acidic, but unremarkable. The taste is mostly sweet, with stone fruit overtones, but also features some flowery notes. I was overall unimpressed considering the massive reputation of the beer, but considering what it was I also firmly approved of the acid/sweet. If anything, I was looking for a drier finish and more sour, but that could just be personal bias.

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4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Head is off white, as is the norm for this style of beer. Body is a rich Amber haze. Nose is spectacular with great dynamics. Citrus rind and and passion fruit play big. There are some phelonic breadth notes as well. With first sip you get a tongue painting sour wave. Stone sour cherry skins and wonderful full sour notes throughout. This is a sour bomb in all the right ways.

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Photo of Catracho5
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle poured into a Belgian tulip

A: Dark orange/amber color with a nice creamy bright white head, head faded after a five minutes, no lacing, not much carbonation, clear.

A: Rye spice, tart, green apples, toffee, green grapes, slight oak, smells really complex, lots of sour fruit aromas.

T: Rye spice, tart funkiness, slight oak, finishes dry, alcohol is barely noticeable, very drinkable, well balanced.

M: Medium mouthfeel with a strong dry finish

O: Very impressed, The Bruery brews really good beers and this one is no exception. If you love sours you must try this beer.

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Photo of Budinetz
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 4-15-15. Very young as far as tart flavor goes as it should be. An amazing sour over all as one of the best transitional sours if I may be so hold. Find this beer and buy two. Drink one and age one. You're Welcome.


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Photo of Neorebel
4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This review is for the 2015 version, with new 'Bruery Terreux' branding. Sour in the Rye pours a beautiful auburn color with a thin head. The aroma is exciting, with cherry and apricot notes, as well as cider and vinegar. Myriad tart fruit flavors come through in the flavor, particularly a bit of pleasantly sour grapes. There is a 'flower petal' essence to it and a huge 'barnyard funk' presence. The rye grains are a unique and interesting addition that you can taste clearly. It's quite smooth and refreshing, despite it's fairly high ABV for the style. Overall, one of my favorite sours- a must try!

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Photo of TruePerception
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bruery's Sour in the Rye 2015, sour rye ale aged in oak. 7.6% ABV.

A: Head starts thin, but quickly rises to about half a finger, and then settles back to a thin ring. Slight brownish red-orange, fading to peach towards the outsides of the glass. Hazy yellow-white in the dimple. Decent sheeting, but it disappears quickly. Decent, yet thin and sluggish lacing. Thin, clear meniscus.

S: Nice multi-tonal sourness. Earthy funk, a bit of lemon, and some tartaric. Slight leather. Very light rye. Slight oak.

T/MF: Mmm. Not super aggressive. There is a sharp, warheads-like sourness up front, but it doesn't bite, and settles down to a whisper quickly enough. There's a definite peach fuzz/peach pit thing going on. Green apple and pear as it settles around the middle of the tongue. Very approachable, and yet, very sophisticated. Not the best sour I've had, but a strong showing none the less.

Poured from a 750mL bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

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Sour In The Rye from The Bruery
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