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Sour In The RyeSour In The Rye

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States | website

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

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.

Added by womencantsail on 08-09-2009

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Photo of dogfishandi
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of rand
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of Jmamay22
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of superspak
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of deschutes_fan
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2012 Bottle

- Pours a hazy harvest orange/brown.

- Smell is really strong sour tart with some dry wheat/grain aromas.

- Taste is monster lemon sour warhead in your face followed by even more sour with the vinegar acidity. Decent complexity with the subtle oak and spicy rye notes on the finish that leave a dry palate.

- Overall an insane beer. Way over the top sour, I would say most sour beer I've had and I've had many (still waiting to try Tart of Darkness). But also a fun beer to drink, not muddled or confused, straight to the point. I could see aging potential here, maybe several years to allow the sourness to integrate into the rye and oak.

Definitely a beer to share with a friend or 2, trying to guzzle down 25.7oz of this may seriously lower your body's pH level ;-)

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Photo of dwren89
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Slight white head over deep amber liquid, almost brown.

S: Lacto, pears, citrus and grass.

T: Apples, lacto, pears, lemon, spice, and oak.

M: Medium viscosity and a medium level of carbonation. Very tart.

O: Beautiful. A great sour that I would drink again in a heartbeat.

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Photo of tectactoe
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Jeff for splitting his bottle. Now that this is available in Michigan, I can decide whether or not it's worth dropping 17-18$ on a few bottles for myself. Super clear and clean amber body with a fuzzy and fizzling, off-white cap. The head sparks up like foam from a soda and is gone in just a few moments. I've gotta say... I wasn't expecting this kind of clarity from a wild ale, but it looks really nice.

Whew... crazy tart aroma. The kind of aroma that stings your nostrils and gets jettisoned into your brain cells, sending your saliva glands into sprinkler mode. Lots and lots of vinegar, lactic acid and wet oak, accompanied by lighter fruit reminders like lemon flesh, peels, and wet cherry skins. Tannins abound with some woody dryness at the end. This is going to be tart... I just know it.

First sip causes immediate puckering of the lips, cheeks touching, glands sweating, etc... Super tart up-front, no holds barred type of shit here. Wincing white wine vinegar, soaked oak, acidic and lactic acid, prompt stone fruit skins, a touch of lemon juice, and the most faint appearance of dry rye in the finish. Perhaps my senses are tricking me with the rye dryness... it could be a quality of the oak-aging as well.

Sour in the Rye is a sourheads dream, but be warned - while there is plentiful vinous presence here, white grapes, oak, and the like, the vinegar aspect outweighs it by quite a bit. I know many sour fans who aren't too keen on the heavy "vinegar" flavors, but luckily - I am, and so Sour in the Rye floats almost every boat that I have. Thin, wet, crispy and sharp mouth feel with a gum line receding dryness in the finish.

Very awesome stuff, if you're into puckeringly sour and vinegar-laden wild ales. This brew isn't for everyone, but it's certainly for me. Although it's sometimes hard to justify spending nearly 20$ for a bottle of beer, I think I can easily make a case in my mind to keep a few bottles of Sour in the Rye stocked at all times, when I'm in the mood for something white wine-y and sour.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Opaque amber. Not much head. Minimal lacing.

S: Citrus, lemons

T: Tart, sour, sweet. Light malts with a backdrop of Belgian yeast. A dry finish. Lemons come through with a flourish. A dandy Sweet/Tart confection treat.

M: Light to medium with medium carbonation.

T: The perfect summer treat. Sip and be soured.

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Photo of KajII
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

[Suggested Glassware: Tulip Glass]

The pour was a hazy brownish orange with a small (1-2 finger) off white fizzy head that receded down to a very small collar with super light spotty lacing.

The aroma was of grain and bread malts and a funky cheesy yeast with a note of fruit (apple, cherry and apricot), a light spiciness, a mild vinous scent, a hint of oak and a definite tartness.

The taste started off sour and acetic with a light wine presence which lasted throughout with the finish mellowing slightly, having a mildly sweet fruity taste along with a light spiciness towards the end. The flavor lasted a good long time following the swallow, with the bold sourness giving way to a mildly sweet-tart fruity taste that lingered on the taste buds for a while longer.

Mouthfeel was a few steps above light in body and dry in texture with a solid medium carbonation.

Overall this was a very tasty and enjoyable brew that possessed a nice tart flavor which blended so well with the fruity spicy taste, that it allowed for a smooth and easy drinkability. I have to say that there is no surprise here, just another exceptional beer from this brewer...

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Photo of Gsantollo
4.79/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The Sour that started it all!!!! For me at least. This is the beer that opened my eyes and has made me want to try all the sours in the world. I have travel the sour world around and still have no problem paying through the nose for this one. It's always a good night with one of these guys.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of mattbk
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Cloudy, just on the border between amber and brown, slow moving bubbles.
S: An amazing aroma. Sour yes, but there's tons of fruit and complexity, pear, golden raisin, pineapple, wonderful. Maybe the slightest vinegar, but I'm very much looking for that and it may be a figment.
T: Certainly puckering, but again, some very nice complexity. There's some dark fruit here, very subtle, and even some pineapple . No vinegar I can detect. Cherries. The rye flavor is very subtle, just an underlying spiciness that you might not know was there if it didn't say so on the bottle. Slight amount of oak character as well. It is very high on the acidity scale, and that makes it less sessionable. This beer, with the high amount of sour and the overwhelming complexity, is not a beer you can drink many of. Still, I love this beer. It's wonderful.
M: I very much like the mouthfeel on this beer, it is certainly dry, but a bit of protein-y fullness. It is quite carbonated.
O: I wish this beer turned down the acidity just a tad - to let all the subtle notes come out a bit more. I think there could even be some malt sweetness underlying, but that's hard to get as well. But, it is very good. Give this to someone that appreciates good beer and wine for that matter. They will enjoy it.

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Photo of DaveBlack
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Beautiful, clear dark copper beer. Very little head with zero retention.

S: Very sour smelling, a little bit earthy with a nice hit of the spicy rye. A nice smelling beer.

T: Sour and acidic to be sure. The sourness hits right up front, with cherry and lemon pith. Some earthy funk behind it. The rye doesn't really come through until the finish, where it really breaks the sourness and adds a spiciness.

M: Moderate body, really heavy on the carbonation.

O: Not the type of beer I would want to drink every day, but damn tasty. The sourness is up front and potent. The rye is awesome as a balance to the sourness, it adds a spice that cuts right through.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.69/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to the couple with the bottle of this for the generous pour! Sometimes you gotta just love beer geeks!

This pours a hazy caramel-amber with thin foam. There’s a sharply tart and sour touch of funk, with a hint of wet hay backing it up. Tastes zesty, spicy and vibrant—I know that’s not a flavor description per se but that was what ran through my mind while sipping. This beer definitely lives up to its name as it finishes sour, tart, acidic with a dry end. Wow.

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Photo of ckollias
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Enjoyed this bottled brew out a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a cloudy orangish hue with a thin white head that quickly dissipates into a wispy lace leaving a decent trail.

S: Extremely sour and tart aroma.

T: Similar to the smell there is an extremely tart and sour flavor.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Amazing sour brew!

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured a burnt orange color with good carbonation yielding a dirty cap. A good amount of bubbles, some light lacing presents itself.

S: Not really funky per se but the rye really pops on this. A nice little booze sting on the nose with some acidity, wood

T: Pretty tart upfront, a nice like lacto lockjaw feel, lots of rye follows providing a unique contrast of sour and spice. The heat picks up, wood and vanilla provide yet another contrast as it becomes a little sweet for a moment.

M: Medium bodied, carbonated well for the style. Plenty of flavor and tartness.

O: Very nice.

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Photo of ADZA
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear mandarin hue with one finger head and some subtle lacing here and there,the smell is mandarins,spicy rye,slight oak,tangerine and an ever present woodiness usually only smelt in fine wines,the mouthfeel is light bodied and a touch spritzy but spot on and the tastes are mouth puckering sour with hints of tangerine,mandarin,a slight hit of spicy rye,cheddar and finished with a nice hit of oak and sour citrus and overall it's a beauty of a beer that I would definitely drink again and be nice to age to bring out more of the oak quality and this delicately tasted quite fresh cheers.

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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle poured into a 3 Fonteinen Wine glass

A- Pours a nice dark copper color, very clear, lots of bubbles coming up from the bottom almost champaign like. 2 Finger white head that dissipates to a nice white ring around the glass. Lots of Lacing as well.
S- The aroma is sour acidity right away, sour lemon, sour apple, funky.
T- Taste is very nice, allot more in your face then the aroma. Nice and puckering right away. The acidity is there but not overpowering, slight sweetness as well, sour lemon, apple, nice fruity notes, sweet and sour love it.
M- Light mouthfeel, really easy drinkability, clean finish, well carbonated.
O- Really impressed with this sour. Haven't had too many of The Bruery's sour beers, this one did everything i was hoping it would. Refreshing, sour, cant taste the alcohol at all. Glad i have this bottle to myself.

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Photo of alaimoa
4.52/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

First time trying SiTR and poured into a Teku
A: copper color, with inch of quickly dissipating head leaving some lace behind in thick lines but not too much
S: Smell is a bit faint but still nice. Tart/sour notes come through like grapefruit, apple pineapple
T: Awesome, puckering sour and slight sweetness in the front. Cherry, grapefruit notes
M: Rolling small bubbles and a nice sour coating that lingers for a few seconds

Overall one of the best sours I've ever had with phenomenal citrus notes coming through. Can't wait to try the Kumquat one

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Photo of Stevedore
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

75cl bottle generously shared by Benish on 15 August. Poured into a Bell's snifter glass.

Pours a cloudy orange-straw coloured body, reminding me of peach skin. Thin white head that disappears fairly quickly. Thin white collar remains on this beer throughout. Not much lacing to speak of.

Smells very sour, in a lactic way. A little bit of lemon and citrus zest to add onto the lactic nose. But yes, this beer is very sour smelling.

Tastes very acidic, too. Lactic acid straight up. Lemon and citrus zest adds a small bit of sour fruitiness to it, but it is very much dominated by the sour lactic acidosis here. In the end, there is a bit of a spicy finish as well. Not boozy, very tasty and sour.

Medium to light bodied brew, well carbonated. Very sour but not wincingly so. Mouthpuckering with a spicy finish. Very easy to drink, dangerously so, despite the high sour quotient.

One of the more sour beers out there. Not particularly complex at all, but very good at what it does bring to the table. Don't know if this is worth $22 a bottle but this is a very good American wild. If you like sours, it's worth trying at least once.. if you don't like sours, please do not buy this beer.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the big bottle into a perfect pint glass. My first taste of a Bruery product.

Pours dark copper with 1/8 inch white foam. Oaky notes, woody. Powerful sour flavor, from the very start. Puckering tart. Hints of the advertised rye. Profoundly sour from start to finish. Full of flavor. The oak really lends a great balance. Fantastic.

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Photo of philbe311
4.44/5  rDev +5%
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...

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Photo of stewart124
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle shared during a brewing session.

Dark Copper on color and the cloudiness picked up as we reached the bottom of the bottle.

Sour cherry in the nose. Some slight floral notes.

Whoa! Huge tartness. Really amazing. More tart cherries, grapes and some bit of spice that I am guessing the rye adds.

Very drinkable but I am glad this was sampled amongst a group. It may have been too much for one person. Alcohol was hidden well but after awhile my jaw started to hurt. Still a great beer.

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a copper pour with 2 fingers of fluffy head which dissipated quickly. the scent is of souring bacteria (hooray lactobacillus!), some brett notes as well, a funky/boozy smell somewhat reminiscent of nail polish but not in a bad way at all. OH HEL YEAH ! the taste is a very sharp acid/sourness just like battery acid.. lemon like tartness, flavors of cherries, oak, grapes/wine. this is exactly what i needed after a day of sweating my butt off at work - a very refreshing sourness that can only be found in pure lemon juice. medium in body but high carbonation and high acid content make it a very easy to drink light beer.

i know this one is often passed up on due to the high price, but holy hell am i glad i paid it.

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Sour In The Rye from The Bruery
94 out of 100 based on 294 ratings.