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Sour In The Rye - The Bruery

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1,882 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,882
Reviews: 245
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.07%
Wants: 252
Gots: 519 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

04-02-2013 09:25:12 | More by AlexChillton
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4.31/5  rDev +0.2%

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

04-01-2013 23:33:23 | More by Pinknuggets
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4.54/5  rDev +5.6%

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.

04-01-2013 15:07:03 | More by thecheapies
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

04-01-2013 05:04:34 | More by derkfromwi
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North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev -9.3%

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.

03-31-2013 23:45:49 | More by n2185
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3.25/5  rDev -24.4%

03-31-2013 23:16:51 | More by DelicateDelirium
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

03-31-2013 22:11:49 | More by ddeck85
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4.44/5  rDev +3.3%

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.

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

4.79/5  rDev +11.4%

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.

03-31-2013 20:53:38 | More by Wolfpack2005
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

03-31-2013 20:11:04 | More by PalatePilot
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4.05/5  rDev -5.8%

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

03-31-2013 01:03:32 | More by russwbeck
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

03-30-2013 23:45:10 | More by JasonSiedman
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4.38/5  rDev +1.9%

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.

03-30-2013 23:43:26 | More by Vonerichs
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

03-30-2013 21:33:39 | More by brandoman63
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New York

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

03-30-2013 17:32:30 | More by RandyKemka
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New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

03-30-2013 02:35:03 | More by st9647v3
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

03-29-2013 22:57:56 | More by DaveHack
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4.33/5  rDev +0.7%

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.

03-29-2013 22:49:42 | More by Knapp85
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

03-29-2013 12:21:16 | More by waddellc2
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4.46/5  rDev +3.7%

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.

03-29-2013 03:13:57 | More by SHODriver
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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

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.


03-29-2013 01:05:25 | More by AlexFields
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2.5/5  rDev -41.9%

03-28-2013 11:35:19 | More by DoomVM
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New York

4/5  rDev -7%

03-28-2013 02:43:41 | More by vonnegut21
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

03-28-2013 02:24:42 | More by TribeBeerDrinker
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Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev -2.3%

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.

03-28-2013 01:07:50 | More by jrenihan
Sour In The Rye from The Bruery
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