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Sour In The Rye - The Bruery

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Ratings: 1,782
Reviews: 241
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 240
Gots: 510 | FT: 60
Brewed by:
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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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4.51/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Shared with Rudzud as usual.

Big creamy fizzy 1 finger head fades semi quickly but keeps getting fed by streaming bubbles, some lacing, weird looking murky grayish brownish orange red colored thing. Color is ugly but the streaming bubbles are nice.

Nose starts with tart fruit and plenty of it, some wild funk like Brett, light sweet candy gummy like some fruit maybe peach like, light bready malt thing from the funk, faint spiciness from the rye, faint dusty wood barrel and touch vanilla, a juicy fleshy strawberry banana fruit like, little sweet reddish malt and candy.

Taste starts quite sour, very sour, long tart fruit and straight lambic like sour, nice tart fruit with hints if strawberry and stone fruit, a tannic strawberry seed maybe stem, and faint light peach like fruit, juicy. Then funk, just a bit of Brett funk and bready malt. Some light sweet candy reddish malts, very light spicy fruity rye. Plenty acidic with tart acetic acid, most likely Brett lambicus, and faint touch of dusty wood barrel. Finish is drier but very sticky flemmy and sour, more tart fruit, little lambic like, acidic bite, touch bready yeast, more peach and strawberry like sour fruit, some vanilla coming through quite late.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, quite sour and tart, decent fluffy carb.

Overall very nice, very little rye, but great lambic like sour fruit and tartness, good funk overall, juicy fruit, light barrel notes, very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2013 14:30:08 | More by jlindros
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4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The Beers of California


Bottled Date: None

A: Orange to amber with creamy white head of foam which settles to a thin island with a corresponding ring on the glass.

S: Big sour tartness with a significant dose of fruity sweetness and lemony zest.

T: A swift, sour tartness shocks the palate. This is followed by some funk and mold. The sweetness is minimal but notes of lemon, banana, and peach bring contrast to the puckering opening. The wood comes out intermittently in the middle which, along with grain, crackers, and honey sweetness, brings smoothness to the palate. The finishing is puckering dry with notes of earthy spice.

M: Syrupy linger but manages to keep nice and light with good supporting carbonation.

O: A great sour brewed without the addition of fruit. I am partial to the sours with added fruit, but Sour in the Rye manages to impress me with the breadth and harmony of its nuances.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2013 03:34:25 | More by ElSid
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

04-10-2013 01:13:53 | More by FlussigkeitMut
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev -6.8%

04-08-2013 17:08:14 | More by yeahitsRUST
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

04-08-2013 07:03:24 | More by drtth
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

04-08-2013 02:26:22 | More by rolltide8425
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New York

4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

04-08-2013 00:47:24 | More by civicm87
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4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I like vinegar forward intensely sour beers so I openly admit to bias here.

Poured into a chimay glass, this pours a murky brown color with a thin white head. A light foam has lasted through half the glass already.

The nose is sharp acidic notes with light fruit and malt aromas faintly in the back ground.

Vinegar forward as hell with very little else going on. There is a certain amount of malt flavor perhaps some oak and maybe a buttery or vanilla mixed in with a slightly less acidic fruit, but lets be honest. This is a beer for those who LOVE sour, intense sour.

There could be more carbonation and to be honest it is a bit heavier than perhaps needed. still I'm rather pleased and I love the acid bite to it.

A really really good sour beer though not as complex or nuanced as many nor priced economically (I paid 19.99). I still like this one a lot but after half a bottle, I've convinced myself to not get another bottle anytime soon.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2013 23:48:35 | More by bobhits
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

04-07-2013 23:22:50 | More by SpdKilz
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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

04-07-2013 17:36:16 | More by Sarmartay
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

04-07-2013 15:20:36 | More by roostor07
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

04-07-2013 14:04:35 | More by garuda
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3.89/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle acquired for $21.00 at my local SoCal beer store. 7.8% ABV confirmed. 750ml brown glass bottle with standard unbranded gold pressure cap served into a Mitchell's of Lancaster flared stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high; I usually like the sours that The Bruery makes.

Served cold, straight from the fridge per the label's instructions (45 F). Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger beige-light khaki colour head of nice cream, good thickness, and good (~4-5+ minute) retention. Light even lacing as the head recedes. Body colour is a vibrant glowing yellow-orange. Nontransparent. Translucent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Generally appealing for what I assume is essentially a sour blonde. No overt flaws are noticeable. It's appealing; I'm excited to try it.

Sm: Spicy rye. Pale malts. Bright fruit esters - maybe peach? Lemon/orange citrus acidity. Light lacto yeast notes provide most of the sourness. A bit of white grapeskin. Some green apple and apricot. I struggle to find any oak or wood notes. A nicely subtle, inviting aroma of moderate strength. No alcohol is detectable.

T: Lacto sourness fills it out nicely. Pale malts and rye malt comprise the body, with a subtle hint of spice. Lovely fruity notes, including apricot, white grapeskin, green sour apple, and lemon. Love the acidity. A bit of oak on the finish, but it's largely uninteresting. A bit of crystal malt. Lovely balance and build, but it doesn't bring a whole lot of complexity to the table. It's nicely subtle, however. I'm really enjoying it. Some bready grains enter in the late second act; I didn't notice this initially but picked it up when it warmed. It truly is a better beer cold. Not pucker-worthy, but sour enough to repel newcomers. It's all lacto - and that's fine by me. The rye doesn't seem to add much by itself, a bit of spice and some ragged malts but little else. All around a tasty if shallow brew with an impressive balance. Very good stuff.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with a near perfect body. Nicely soft. Lovely acidity. Carbonation is ideal. Complements the flavour profile very well; I'm impressed. Doesn't get in the way. Luscious and approachable, easing the drinking experience. Great plump presence on the palate.

Dr: Quite drinkable, especially for the high ABV. I really love this stuff, but it's not without its flaws. Another solid albeit overpriced sour from The Bruery. I'd try it at a better price on draught, but it's a bit steep as is. Still, this is quality stuff and I love the experimentation with rye. Really well done.

Serve cold; this falls off as it warms.


Serving type: bottle

04-07-2013 01:15:48 | More by kojevergas
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

04-07-2013 01:10:52 | More by HopLuva
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District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured the glass and the dogs immediately ran through the room like bats out of hell and knocked my first glass over. Good think it was only a small champagne glass. FYI: Both Beagles and Pugs LOVE this stuff!

Served in a champagne glass.

A: Poured about as murky as you can get, with quite an off-white head to boot. Again, I can't believe how cloudy this sucker is.

S: I got the vinegar right away, or perhaps that's because I'm sitting in it at the moment. A bit of oak tampers it down, but not much.

T: To be honest, I didn't get much rye, but maybe that's a good thing.... or maybe that was what kept the sourness in check perhaps. I got some sourness, but it wasn't exactly jaw-locking. Good.

M: I think the oak did you peeps who don't like your beers too sour or vinegary and great service. Nice and spritzy, with the acidic character still in the mix.

O: Still, Oude Tarte is the one to beat. This was quite good and worth the price tag over. Not sure I was age a bunch of bottles though.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 02:58:04 | More by Chaney
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4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed with my 2 brothers and sister-in-law.

A: Pours a very nice orange with a little head around the edge.

S: It definitely smells sour with some citrus.

T: Tart fruits with some nice oakey back bone. A very smooth and balanced taste.

M: Medium bodied with the right amount of carbonation.

O: I like this beer a lot. I didn't have very high expectations for it, but it was really good. I'm definitely glad that I picked up more than 1 bottle.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2013 18:17:18 | More by Rinkor16
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

04-05-2013 16:47:02 | More by Nightrain87
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev -6.8%

04-05-2013 00:59:38 | More by G_Rod
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

04-04-2013 23:51:22 | More by RobertColianni
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4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
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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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

04-04-2013 13:45:03 | More by Brew33
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4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
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 +16.1%
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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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

04-02-2013 20:13:03 | More by Affini7y
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

04-02-2013 10:32:56 | More by BourbonDork
Sour In The Rye from The Bruery
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