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Sour In The Rye - The Bruery

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1,365 Ratings

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Ratings: 1365
Reviews: 225
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.6%

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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.

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

Poured into a snifter, rich and dense color of honey/apricot with a bubbly soda like carbonated head that fades quickly.
Very fruity on the nose, sour, citric and inviting.
Taste is very sour, green apple like, with some rye spiciness in the background.
Very drinkable, very refreshing.
My first American Wild Ale, highly influenced by the Belgians, apparently.
Would recommend!

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2013 00:23:02 | More by leokbelo
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4.98/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I purchased a 2011 bottle of the Bruery's Sour in the Rye at the Craft Beer Cellar in Belmont, MA on the advice of one of the store's owners. And thank God I took their advice. Served in my Rodenbach Grand Cru glass.

Appearance (4.5/5): Sour in the Rye pours a translucent orange/copper and is topped by a bubbly off-white head. Reddish highlights. Visible carbonation and is apparently effervescent. Very nice looking sour, indeed. I also love the Bruery's labels.

Smell (5/5): Rising from the glass are some flat out outrageous sour tones–vinous, a touch of cherry, apricot, and vinegar. The barrel-aging also comes through, with some wood and a hint of rye spice added to the aroma. This one is QUITE complex in the aroma, as you might expect from such a wild creation–a sour rye beer inoculated with some funky yeast strains.

Taste (5/5): The taste is no letdown. Extremely tart vinous, apricot, vinegar. Rye spiciness is there but not very intense. It takes a back seat to the sour yeasty flavors, which are really the stars of this show. The rye does compliment the sourness well. Citrus flavors of lemon and grapefruit lurk in this complex brew as well. Some toasty grain comes on late, but it's submerged shortly thereafter by the immense, Warhead candy-like sourness that lingers on and on. Divine flavor.

Mouthfeel (5/5): One word: puckering! Good medium-high carbonation. Medium-light body. Wonderful champagne-like effervescence. The sourness of the beer really coats the mouth and lays the smackdown on your palate.

Overall (5/5): This is undoubtedly one of the best sour ales I have ever had. Perhaps only bested by the Bruery's Oude Tart, it is a beer to seek out if you're into the sour stuff.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2013 22:26:30 | More by hagbergl
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4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle to ommegang flute wine glass

A:burnt orange colored with hints of amber in there too. There is lots of bubbles but almost no head or lacing. It is a little bit cloudy but basically transparent.

S: surprisingly there isn't much funk in here but on the other hand the rye comes out here in a spicy way but not a powerfully one. There are fruity notes in there too and faint hints of oak.

T:upfront it is pretty sour in a few ways: it has a nice tart acidity too it but not overwhelming, it also has a sweeter more fruity sour taste and the two blend together very well. Outside of the sour flavor there is some fruity juiciness and some spicy rye notes along with some oak flavor in the finish that balance the beer out while letting the sour flavor be the show case.

M: the feel is smooth and despite being really sour not overwhelmingly puckering so it is easy to drink. The sour flavor does stick to your mouth throughout the finish. It is also juicy in the feel that adds to its drinkability which is impressive considering its high abv and power flavors.

O: this probably the second most sour beer I have ever had (behind motherfunker) but that is a good thing. It is also extremely easy to drink as it has a sweetness to balance the sour to make it like candy and rye to make those flavors all balance out plus the feel adds to it. Overall I'm very impressed and highly recommend despite the high price tag in some markets

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2013 23:33:23 | More by Pinknuggets
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4.54/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Russet color. Astounding head in size and in retention. Looks so damn gratifying.

Rye spiciness and warmth, fermented sourness, tart stone fruits, French oak, currant, vinous berry, and a kiss of vanilla. Wonderful.

Excellently soft sourness, brawny rye malt spiciness, sweet oak wood, tart currant, unripe berry, lemon rind, white vinegar, and some fruity vanilla. Has a Flemish twist to it. Absolutely elegant, yet bold. Incredibly enjoyable. One of the best tasting beers I've had this year.

Slick and just biting enough. Nice mellow tartness extends deep into the finish. No sour burn. Agreeable in the stomach. No noticeable alcohol. Brighter still with a medium-level effervescence.

Unreal good. Like a sour rock and rye. Killer beer. I need a solid Bruery connection because of beers like this.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2013 15:07:03 | More by thecheapies
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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
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4.44/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy amber-red with a finger of frothy white head. Fades fairly quickly.

S - Tart green fruits, spicy rye, oak, red wine, vanilla, sour cherries, caramel malts, funky Brett and other yeasts, lactic acid.

T - Tart green and pitted fruits, sour cherries, red wine, oak, vanilla, spicy rye, caramel malts, funky Brett, lactic acid, a touch of booze.

M - Medium-full bodied, moderate carbonation. Smooth with a tart, sour, and spicy finish.

D - Great rye and sour beer. Great complexity and balance.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2013 21:55:24 | More by ngeunit1
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North Carolina

4.79/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 11/12. Drank from a Kuhnhenn snifter

A-Deep hazy orange with an amber tint. Two finger head that left a small amount of lacing.

S-Tart aroma upfront with notes of cherries, oak, and a little funk.

T-Nice vinegary tartness upfront that fades nicely into a subtle spiciness from the rye. Also picking up a mild cherry and caramel sweetness with hints of funk and oak. That tartness comes back at the end of the taste and leaves a bone dry finish.

M-Moderate body and carbonation levels. Extremely dry almost champagne like mouthfeel.

O-Excellent AWA. Great balance of flavor and tartness. Probably pick up a few more of these to see what a little age does to them.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2013 20:53:38 | More by Wolfpack2005
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4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2012 bottle enjoyed in early 2013

A: Crystal clear orange pour with a finger or so of fizzy white head. The head doesn't last that long at all or lace. Bubbles race up to the top of the liquid, which basically sparkles it's so clear. 4

S: Tart and oaky with some rye shining through. A fruitiness lays underneath, but I can't peg it to anything specific. Acidic and inviting. 4

T: The taste isn't nearly as tart as I expected it would be, but wow is it balanced. The taste begins fruity and features a nice amount of rye. The acidity attacks the palate after that, but is only short lived as some oak, cherries, and lemon. The finish is clean and fruity. Really a very pleasant taste that isn't lacking, but also won't rip your tastebuds apart. 4

MF: The body is light and crisp. Carbonation tingles the mouth. Phenomenally drinkable, this beer really keeps you coming back for more. 4.5

O: This was a great beer. It doesn't blow away any of the other beers the Bruery puts out in this category, but that doesn't make it top notch. Really glad I grabbed this one, you should too! 4

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2013 01:03:32 | More by russwbeck
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4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy cider colored orange-brown with a dense white head.

Vinegar aroma, oak, and vinous.

It's mouth puckering sour and acidic. Good flavor from the oak, almost like an oaked Chardonnay. Light vanilla and cherry flavors. Funky. I didn't detect any rye but for a light bready support.

Medium body with prickly carbonation.

I flat out loved this beer. It's really sour and mouth watering with great flavor.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2013 23:43:26 | More by Vonerichs
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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
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4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a deep orange with a half inch of dense white head that fades to a small mat and collar in an oversize wine glass
S: smells of sourness and bretty barnyard with some funk and fruitiness
T: nice sourness mostly acetic but slightly lactic all around, a bit of spicy rye with hints of bretty funk and slight band aid flavor along with a bit of fruity sour flavor as well. swallow brings more sourness with a slight hint of sweetness followed a bit of chalky brett, a slight seltzery character and more funk
M: somewhat light but not overly so with slightly prickly carb a bit drying on the finish but not overly so
O: It's quite good. it's not overly sour but it has a nice pucker to it, good flavors and a solid complexity.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2013 03:13:57 | More by SHODriver
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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a fairly hazy, darkish wooden brown with an orange tint, nice orange-tinted head too.

Smells of oaky vanilla, funk, tartness, cherries and some other fruit.

And wow that's way more sour than it smells! Opens very sour, fades into some raspberry/cherry fruit flavor, some apple too, develops some sweet oak character after a few seconds in the mouth. Touch of yeast and funk, finishes fairly dry too. I get some rye notes in the aftertaste.

Good carbonation, feels nice in the mouth despite the level of acidity. Whatever booze their might be is covered up by acidity.

I like this plenty, although really I'd probably like it even better without the oak character.


Serving type: bottle

03-29-2013 01:05:25 | More by AlexFields
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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
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4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle poured into a tulip

A- A bright orange with a three finger white head.

S- Sour, fruity, oak, some funk, getting some rye.

T- Sour, some lactic acid, peach/apricot, lemons, oak, getting a little bit of rye but not much.

M- Smooth, medium body, creamy in the middle with a crisp finish.

O- A solid sour that is worth the price. I was hoping for more of the rye in the flavor. I feel this is as good as the sours I have had from The Bruery.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 23:33:25 | More by larryi86
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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
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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
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4.09/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 750 ml (date is blurred, but it is something in 2012) into a tulip.

A-The brew is an interesting orange-copper-rust color. It is fairly murky, with visible carbonation that supports a tall two finger head of tan foam. The foam recedes to a cap, but never disappears completely.

S-I smell tartness right away, as well as some lactic, oaky funk. Fruits include sour apples, some citrus, and lots of sour grape. A little bit of cereal grain in there.

T-Taste is also quite tart and a bit vinous and oaky. There is the same mixture of fruit on the tongue as in the nose, but I get just a touch of rye-like spice at the end that I did not pick up on the nose. Tastes are mostly integrated and layer well with one another.

M-The feel is medium bodied with a prickly, sort-of assertive carbonation. Pairs well with the flavors.

O-This is another enjoyable Bruery sour beer. It is not as complex or impressive as Oude Tart, but it provides a nice punch of sour with a reasonably complex and integrated flavor. I also find it to be a good looking beer. I don't know if it is worth $22, but I would drink this again for the right price.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2013 21:01:13 | More by spoony
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4.78/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-dark orange with a nice cream colored head

S-wow this tingles the nose! Really sour smelling! There are also some caramels, biscuity scents, and lemon. Quite mouth watering! Some oak flavoring

T-comes in with a super tart flavor of aged peppercorn and biscuits, light on the pepper. This tingles the mouth. It's a super strong and creamy flavor. The end has quite a quality flavor of dark fruits. This is a fantastic beer!!

M-medium creamy carbonation with a nice tart and creamy finish

O-one of the best wild ales I've ever had. The quality in this sort of ale does not get higher. Tying new Bruery beers is such a joy, and beers like this remind me why it's one of my favorite breweries. I was craving a wild ale, and this beer will keep me satisfied for a long time.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2013 02:47:14 | More by AdamBear
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4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A- pours a cloudy shade of orange with a one finger white head that quickly fades. Very murky looking

S- a little bit of rye, some citrus as well. Pretty nice

T- starts off very tart, and the finish is extremely sweet. The flavor is very citrus-based, and it's incredible. The rye is an excellent complement, doesn't overwhelm the beer at all

M- medium bodied, on the lighter side. Amazing for a beer with this ABV

O- I love this. If only it weren't so damn expensive at 20.99 a bottle

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 23:48:29 | More by bigfnjoe
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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
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4.04/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

this one is really really sour, and I like it a lot. the pour is cloudy and orange, looking more like funky soda than beer, with its huge bubbles rushing to the surface and fizzy white head. the nose is pungently sour, holy cow! wow, I don't smell hardly any rye malt, or really anything much but lacto acidic sourness and tangerines, a funny combo for a beer I expected to be far more woody. the taste is also sour all the way through, but there is a dab of rye spice right in the middle, which makes for a unique sensation in the mouth. my roommate jeff described it as a mega sour warhead candy, which isnt that far off. there is also a ton of fruit to the finish of this, not sweet at all, but almost like if sour patch kids were made from real fruit like cranberries and oranges. tart and sour at the same time, not as bretty or oaky as it might have been, but the sour lingers on long after the beer is swallowed. this one came across a little sloppy to me compared to say the white oak or the smoking wood, which to me are calculated masterfully. this is a bit more hodgepodged, but it ends up being a pretty tasty final product. dry in feel, medium in body, excessively carbonated. all up this is something very unconventional, and if you like sours give it a shot. price point is brutal though, being over 20 bucks.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2013 20:08:56 | More by StonedTrippin
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4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from EHammond1, you're the best.

Pours a bright orange with slightly ruby tones. Aggressive pour creates one finger of tight white head that dissipates to a thin ring.

Smell has tons of lactic goodness up front. Behind that I get some oaky-sweet vanilla aromas with some cinnamon like spice behind it.

Taste follows the aroma with a strong hit of lactic sourness. This is assertively sour but at the same time I get a little bit of sweetness. Not quite the bone-dry brett sour, but also not the cloying flemish red, a good balance right between the two.

Mouthfeel is very nice, working my way through the 750 very comfortably.

Overall this is a top notch American wild. I am usually a fan of funky sours but this does a good job balancing the sourness with other flavors like oak and vanilla. If you like sours this is definitely one to pick up.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2013 04:05:58 | More by quirkzoo
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4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a cloudy orange/amber color with about an inch off-white head that stayed around for a while. There's also a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is nice and tart, the brew smells like lemon, peaches, oak, some funk and an overall tart fruity aroma. The brew tastes like lemon, sour cherries, peaches, apricots, and some vinegar, vanilla and oak. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and has a good amount of carbonation. I don't pick up any rye in this beer, but maybe it's overpowered by the tart/sourness that's in it. I think it's a good sour brew, I'd like to try this again. It's pricey at $19.99 a bottle, but I'd buy it again. Definitely worth trying!

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2013 00:21:29 | More by bluejacket74
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New Jersey

4.09/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottled 11/23/12. Served in a Russian River stemmed glass

Appearance: Rusty orange in color. Fairly hazy. A white collar forms around the edges of the glass but there's no head to speak of.

Smell: Acidic lemon tartness, peach/apricot, some lactic sourness. Not picking up anything from the rye.

Taste: Hits you with a nice acidic tartness upfront that carries through to the finish. The flavor profile follows the nose but with some additional complexities. I'm getting apricots, lemon, a bit of rye spiciness, and hints of sour cherries. Sourness lingers a bit in the aftertaste with a bready character as well. A bit like sourdough bread actually.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a slightly creamy mouthfeel. Medium carbonation. Tart, dry finish.

Overall: Good sour from the Bruery, though as is the case with a lot of their beers, the price tag ($21.99) will make it difficult to justify a repeat purchase.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2013 18:36:41 | More by Jonada
Sour In The Rye from The Bruery
95 out of 100 based on 1,365 ratings.