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Sour In The Rye - The Bruery

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2,133 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,133
Reviews: 254
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.07%
Wants: 301
Gots: 568 | FT: 62
Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
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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Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of wedge
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

@ Tasty Beverage

Murky auburn capped with some patchy white foam that dissolves to pretty much nothing. Tart, dusty fruit aroma...berries, sweet cherries, vinous notes, ripe fruit, light citrus. More floral as it warms. Super sour, acidic tartness, lactic notes, fruit, mild lemon, and cherry juice. No rye anywhere, as far as I can tell. Very dry and tart. Not the most complex sour, but quite enjoyable. Kind of Flanders sour-ish.

Photo of Pdrufo
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of smakawhat
4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A real nice muted peach orange, with some hints of red. Fairly opaque. Head forms with a faint light brown cream color, and leaves a simple good puck, and a pretty big bubbled collar around the edges. There's lots of carbonation and it rises all over some fast and small, with lots of occasional large cola bubbles pinhead and white in size also. Very nice looking.

A real nice smelling brew, hits with a good solid funk and sense of fruit peach. Nice wild heat to this and even a sense of caramel sweetness hiding in the back. Biscuity fruitcake quality to this also, very sweet bakery dough. Real nice.

Palate hints with lots of acid. Quick rushing orange and peach sour fruit, with a classic peppery finish. Strangely for oak aging quite wet bodied, Strangely for oak aging quite wet bodied, but does manage to capture the flavors nicely. There is a bit of wet tannic aftertaste in the mid palate though while drinking.

Overall It's not particularly complex brew, but a solid fruit bodied "sour" beer. I wish I could say more about it, but unfortunately that's about all there is.

Photo of Hopstuff
4.71/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Oh My! The Bruery has knock it out of the park. This beer gets started from its sexy looks, then draws you near with its insanely amazing odors. Then you actually get to drinking it, and I have never tasted a beer that so completely encompasses your entire mouth. From front to back this little bad boy reels you in. I have never tasted a mid-section so complete and mind blowing. From its parts that are amiable and tender like a cider, to that last little note of twangieness flexing that tiny muscle under your jaw bone; this bitch comes through like clutch free throw shooter being giving the ball in the last seconds of the game. You know they are going to foul, but you know those points are as good as already on the board.

Photo of dannyhead
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a dark amber color, thin beige head on the top of it. Beige or off white? Leaves a happy amount of lace down the side of the glass despite the lack of head initially, commonplace when dealing with sour/wild ales. Nice tart aroma, can't pull any rye qualities out of the nose, but there's so much sourness, its probably tough to compete in that realm.

Taste wise, this pulls down lots of depth and has a consistency that is thicker than the vast majority of any wild ales out there. Gritty at times. Its like a much better flanders oud bruin. Much more sour, much more viscosity, earthiness. Nothing like the usual rye ipas I have, this one is thicker, less 'spice' notes to take note of. Any fruit leanings would be lemon and dark cherry, but those aren't as if they are in full force like in a kriek or full fledged fruit beer or anything. Lactic. Oakiness is just right. Good alcohol warmth that isn't a distraction, but hearty enough to do some damage.

Have had this in multiple variations, year to year, on tap etc. . . and they've always been good and consistent. Very good. One of my favorites, can't wait to try the peaches version!

Photo of Treb0R
3.74/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I did not enjoy this one as much as the Russian River and Cascade Brewing sours. The Bruery's Sour in the Rye lacked complexity, despite the enticing allure of promising complexity written on the bottle.

Served in an Ommegang Chalice, the color was a hazy burnt orange with very little head and lots of yeast sediment despite a careful pour.

Very low discernable smells of oak, vinegar, and fruit on the nose. It is mostly a muddled malty sourness.

Taste was decent. It has a funky sourness. It has that signature sour punch, but it's kind of one note. I didn't get much of the rye character. I am normally not a fan of sweetness, but this beer can afford to have some more caramel malts and head retention malts for further development of cohesive flavor and a nicer head.

Mouthfeel was nice and moderate to full. Carbonation was not over the top.

Overall, I want more complexity and a tad more sweetness to tame some of the sour. It should still be a prevalently sour beer, but this is bordering on severe heartburn/acid reflux.

The price of $19.99 is also way too high to pay for a beer of this quality. It has to be a solid 5.0 for that price. Cantillon is deserving of it; The Bruery is not.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Adamostella
4/5  rDev -7%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of duff247
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of brez8791
5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried on tap at the Bruery itself. A great place to visit.

Pours a nice dark orange color with a flurry of bubbles rising to the nice ample ring of frothy white head, leaving some great lacing on the glass.

The smell is small but contains some great fruity berry tart notes and oak, with some obvious yeast overtones, clean water obviously used. The taste is very nice, lots of sour up front, some fruit in the mid palate with a cereal barley malt lingering flavor with a touch of the wood. A composed complex flavor, a strong sour offering. Some vinegar overtones with some warm vanilla to even it out.

The feel is pretty well bodied for a wild and has a very good carbonation level for my palate, a little stiller than most sours of this style which personally I like.

A great beer and one of the better sours they produce in my humble opinion.

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of WillCarrera
4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, bottled on 11/27/12, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a hazy rust/copper color, topped with a white head, leaves spotty lacing.

S- Tart aroma with lots of acetic and lactic tartness, fruity notes of grape and cherry, a bit of oak.

T- Similar to the aroma, very tart with nice fruitiness and some musty funk towards the finish. The rye is pretty mild but works well.

M- Medium-bodied, moderate to low carbonation with a dry finish.

O- A nice sour overall, has great fruity and tart flavors and is very drinkable, I finished the bottle with little difficulty, this is definitely worth picking up.

Sour In The Rye from The Bruery
96 out of 100 based on 2,133 ratings.