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Sour In The Rye - The Bruery

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Reviews: 292
Hads: 2,389
Avg: 4.24
pDev: 9.2%
Wants: 351
Gots: 684 | FT: 72
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The Bruery
California, United States | website

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 rekall
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

(on tap at Memphis Taproom phila, pa)

a lot going on, here! very fine carbonation, a wonderfully tart flavour, ever more sour in the finish... a little bit of spice up front.

you should definitely give this a go if you're a fan of sour beers.

"It's complicated."

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Photo of brianmandell
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

On draft at Bondurants.

Hazy golden pour with no head. Some tart lemon and fruit on the nose, maybe a touch of bready malt. Bright, lemony acidic from front to finish. Rich vinous fruit mid-palate. Some spiciness. Quite sour. There is some oak on the back end but the finish dies short of being memorable. Great mouthfeel with lively, effervescent carbonation.

A reasonably well executed and interesting beer for the sour lover that falls a bit short. This beer is short on depth and the flavors do not support the level of acidity. Glad I tried it but I will not return.

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Photo of Beerswag
3.92/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap por into tulip
Appearance is copper like/wild ale looking..smell is funky with alittle sweetness, somewhat subued, not complex aromas. Taste is strickingly sour all the way through, (what i expect from a sour) nice citrus and like rind flavor, woth the barrel pulling this through..mouthfeel is light..carbonation is medium..leaves a nice feeling on the toungue from the dry fruity flavor and sour appeal..not sweet at all. Overall a well executed beer with enough sour notes and barrel influence. Nice for a sipper on a hot summer day/night. Refreshing for a sour..pair with dried fruit, stinky cheeses, watermelon/fruity salads..

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Photo of vfgccp
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A - Red almond body with a creamy off-white head. Nice retention and low lace.

S - Mouth puckering sour lemon, tangerine, buckwheat, and tamarind.

T - Jaw-lockingly sour and surprisingly complex. Bright key lime sourness, blood orange, bread crust, tamarind, cumquats, honey, apricot, and lemon rind.

M - Bracingly sour and a medium-full frame with a perfect level of carbonation.

O - An outstanding American Wild Ale; one of the best examples of the style that you can find.

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Lures on 2/21/14 in a wide mouth short glass 8oz pour

A-Hazed orange amber with a good sized off white head.

S-Nose is bitter fruit, tangy orange, soured apricots, musty twang, damp straw.

T-Taste carries a light acid tinge, bitter orange, light smoke, dank straw, musty, funky, tangy fruit.

M-Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying tarte finale, dank wood tones evident.

O-Overall is great beer. First time having something from Bruery

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Photo of gabrielsyme
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle in a tulip. Pours a nice dark honey amber color. Nicely carbonated. Smell is not very strong, but tangy. Taste is sour, tart, with just a little bit of earthy funk. Mouthfeel is nice, bright and crisp. It's sour, but not acidic, and is quite drinkable. Very, very good.

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Photo of joeseppy
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pinkish hue, cloudy and white foamy head that dissipates quickly.

Funk aroma rises with some wood. Rye and vanilla also can be picked out.

Onrush of sweetness ensued by sour. Liquid candy.

Lower end carbonation and a nice dryness to it and some puckering.

Pulverize Sweetart candy add a light bodied brew and bingo. You pick the flavours, cherry, lime, lemon, grape--it's all there. Nicely layered and complete. A wild ale not to be passed on.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.73/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The Bruery Sour in the Rye 2013 Edition has a medium, soapy, off-white head, a milky, quite bubbly, orange appearance, and some lacing left on the glass, but not a whole lot of it. The aroma is of sourness, sour fruit, white bread, old wooden furniture, and dust on old furniture. Taste is of Sweet-Tarts candy, duck sauce, white bread, citrus, old wood, stomach acid, vanilla, and a background bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy and slick, and Sour in the Rye (2013) finishes semi-dry, easy drinking, sour, and interesting. Exquisite!


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Photo of bmwats
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 ml bottle, into a snifter.

A: Orange/amber hue. Pours a 1 finger, bubbly, white head. Dissipates quickly. Effervescence continues to rise throughout. Very slight lacing quickly retreats.

S: Rye, strong raspberry, and a hint of wood.

T: Fermented raspberry is prominent. A nice dose of wood from the barrel age balances it out.

M: Sour with a little sweet. The balance of the wood and fruit gives it rustic character. Sour throughout, but not a heavy finish.

D: Sip and savor.

Atmosphere is pretty nice. Light head, plenty of effervescence, very little lacing. Nose is pungent rye, and sweet fermented fruit, with a nice kick of wood. Fermented raspberry, balanced with a rustic woody character. Overall, this is a great quaff.

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Photo of artoolemomo
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- Was received with very little head. If I had to guess, the head was a pure cotton white. The body is a hazy, medium amber that has an odd tint of purple to it. Minimal amounts of lacing are left behind.

Nose- A little more subtle than the Apricot au Poivre and this is unexpected. Sour cherry dominates the nose with lemon following behind. A good amount of earth and muskiness make this a little more interesting than the Apricot. Somehow the cherry in this seems deeper and fleshier. It recalls a kriek to some degree.

Taste- Lemon and sour cherry hit you immediately on the front. This is a tart beer but it is more than manageable. Strawberry shows up as well. The rye character (which mutes the tartness) starts to show itself with some cereal (very present) and slight spice. The rye really lingers on the finish and gives the beer a slightly dry finish. The aspect makes this beer profoundly more interesting.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with some syrup and somewhat of a vinous texture. Very light carbonation but still has enough zip to match up with the spice and tartness of the flavor profile.

Drinkability- Reasonably tart with a beneficial dry finish. I think this goes for about 10-15 dollars. 10 seems reasonable but 15 might be pushing it.

Overall- This is pretty much a basic expression of what the Bruery does. If you don't like it, you probably won't like many of their beers (or at least their beers you can just buy on the shelf of your local bottleshop). Really good beer that flirts at the edge of greatness.

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Photo of Gambelli
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

25 oz. champagne styled bottle. Received from Craftshack. Only way we can get new beers in my neck of the woods. Poured into a Russian River "Tion" goblet.

A- Orange/apricot in color, slightly cloudy. Pour yields a 1/2" head which completely vanishes in just a minute or two.

S- Acidic/tart/sourness right away, with a hint of oak woodiness behind that. Yeast, earthy funk and a slight wine like aroma in it as well. A tiny bit of spicy rye there too.

T- Puckering sourness, green apple skins, sour grape, lime and brett funk all swirling around the hyped up taste buds. A bit of oak on the palate as well. I get no malt body at all what with the intense sour fruits crushing everything in their path.

M- Tangy, with light-medium carbonation. Not a lot of body, but once again, the sourness dominates most aspects of this brew. After sampling about a half-dozen wild ales, this seems to be a characteristic of the style.

O-This is good for a change, though I couldn't make a steady diet of it. Like my malted grains too much. For the sours I've had this is an above average offering from the Bruery. Would try again during warm weather, and see if it drinks different then.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

There was once this lil minx in Jr. high that would make Raul shrivel up in adolescent angst as he walked by her everyday. (She was a freak and Raul was well justified in doing so.) Well, Sour in the Rye reminds me of that; Raul's lil heart would just twist up in sour, tart angst as he saw her. And you know what? I still like it.

Tart, sour, delicate... Yep!

Give Raul another!

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Photo of dgilks
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy orange colour with a slightly foamy light tab head. Fair head retention.

Complex aroma. Sour, tart aroma. Big lemony character. Goat.

Massive tart flavour. Lactic sourness pairs up with big berry flavour. Spicy rye. Acetic.

Medium body with moderately high carbonation. Refreshing.

Excellent beer. Complex flavour rounded out by oak. Nice.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Slightly ruddy copper with some dark burnt orange. Tiny white head drops to a miniscule bubbly collar. No lacing. Moderate carbonation.

Smell: Slight rye spiciness. Nicely tart with a lactic push. Some straight lemon Some fruity elements, serving akin to tart cherry. Malts are mild offering women slight sweetness. Lightly floral. Oak adds a nice woody earthy element to the whole thing. Warming gives the rye a bit more of an edge, keeping a nice soft spiciness.

Taste: Tart and more tart. Slightly acetic, but pushes heavy on the lactic acid. Some lemon and generic tart fruit. Oak barrel influence adds some woody elements that work to balance the tart edge. Slightly floral with a fruity element as well. A mild powdery element. Rye adds a backing soft spiciness. Delightful. Some mildly sweet pale malts.

Mouthfeel: Slickish medium to light body. Astringent yet juicy. Moderate carbonation.

Overall: Salinger's greatest work.

Another Bruery sour worth drinking.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this beer

Consumed 1/14/13

Note: 2011 bottle

Appearance: Medium amber, with some copper and orange tones when held to the light - lightly hazy - pours with a medium, beige head, leaves some nice streaks of lacing

Smell: Nicely, nicely sour - some rye, but the most interesting aroma here is really the funk - tart, acidic sour, with some lemons - a touch of lactic sourness, but mostly it's straight-up acid - some other sour fruits as well (I realize there are no cherries in here, but it kind of smells like there are) - some wood and some pale malts

Taste: Sour, sour, sour, and some rye - really nice sourness, very acidic, with some serious tartness - some lactic sourness - lemons and some sour cherry-like sourness (again, no cherries) - some nice rye flavor - some general spiciness - tartness, and then more tartness - some nice oak as well

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nice carbonation, smooth, finishes tart

Overall: Sour in the Tart

This is an exceptional sour from The Bruery. It's unexpectedly sour, extremely tart, with some genuinely interesting fruit flavors. Arguably, unlike some other Bruery offerings, this is legitimately worth the price of admission.

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Photo of SeatsTaken
4.84/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pour: Poured into a tulip glass. Appearance is deep glowing amber in color with half an inch of head.

Aroma: Extremely oaky with notes of tart berry, spice rack and sour citrus. This beer smells wild, sour, and also has crispness on the nose.

Taste: Upfront sour taste. There is green apple, sour grapes and the tartness of lemon-lime. I taste a flavor reminiscent of an extremely fruit-forward Pinot Noir. The middle is dominated with a sharp rye and oak flavor. The finish is deliciously tangy and sour without being overstated. It is a beautiful melding of flavors.

Mouthfeel: Heavy carbonation and extremely crisp.

Overall: One of the most delicious sour beers I have ever tasted. The smell is delightfully crisp and the sourness is intense, but not over powering. The aroma is the perfect spoiler-free trailer for this blockbuster of a beer. I recommend this beer to anyone who enjoys sours and will definitely be buying several more.

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Photo of tmzl
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

2013 bottle

Look: Pours with 1 thumb off-white foam, big bubbles, very fast retention. There is some carbonation. Color is deep amber, red, slightly cloudy. Looks good, promising.

Smell: Sour hits you first. then goes into fruity, wine, sweetness. Then comes the brilliant balance with funk, leathery, cellar, musty notes. Also some spice and woody character. You just have to taste it, some interesting shit.

Taste: The sour part explodes in your mouth, but isn't overwhelming. Sour apples, lemon, lime, some forest fruits, berries. Also spicy at start. There is a hint of sweet, malty character in the middle but the musty, funky, earthy part kicks in very soon after. Some very subtle oak there too. In the aftertaste the sour and funk linger with a hint of sweetness. But they don't get annoying or overblown with progressive drinking, stays fresh and interesting.

Mouthfeel: Dry. Carbonation surprisingly alive, makes it a quite refreshing and fun beer to drink. There is no alcohol warming. The body is medium and leaves a creamy feeling.

Overall: Surprised by the refreshing yet very complex nature of this beer. The balance of funk and sour is superb and very fun to observe. Superb job. Fck ye.

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Photo of mtomlins
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle (2013 vintage) into a stemmed tulip glass and shared with a coupe friends.

A golden body with a beautiful reddish hue, massive lacing. A massive nose that is dry, spicy with lots of acidic citrus and a massive tart/sour aroma, slightly sweet. The palate is sour and acidic; a bit salty. The rye keeps the malt dry and spicy, the sweetness in the nose is absent on the palate. Not much oak. It finishes long and tart. Medium body and carbonation. Wow, a really nice brew; super tight.

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Photo of KVNBGRY
4.71/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 bottle

Appearance - Slight haze on an otherwise brilliant golden body. Quickly receding white head, leaves continuous spotty lacing.

Aroma - Vanilla, brett, pear, cider, artificial sweetener

Taste - Sour acidity, oaky vanilla, slight rye spice, hint of leather

Mouthfeel - Puckering, drying, mouthcoating. Perfect carbonation. Enamel, and stomach lining ripping sourness. Light -> medium bodied.

Overall - Sour, barrel aged perfection. Vicious, sour, in your face awesomeness! Not for the faint of heart.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle, split

Really nice looking beer - apricot body, nice light carbonation. Extremely sour - prickly tartness, lemon zest, layers of citrus, funky yeast, nice barrel notes, peach, lime. A very impressive american wild ale - worth the high price tag unlike some of the other bruery disasters (tart of darkness - BLEH)

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tasting glass at Buzz in LA. From notes. Reviewed 23 February 2013.

A: Hazy clear.

S: Wonderfully tart. Brett and wild yeast. Raspberries and lemon peel. Acidic.

T: Delicious. Like Rodenbach Grand Cru with more fresh cherry and raspberry.

M: Dry and puckery. Great yeast. Sour and lightly spicy.

O: I love it. Highly recommended. Will have again. Very competent and enjoyable example of the style.

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Photo of biegaman
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Sour in the Rye might just as well be called 'Cloudy in the Rye'; oak aging alters a beer's appearance as well as its flavour, stripping the complexion of much its luster and leaving it muddied, flat, and, in the case of this honey-coloured ale, rather drab.

A year in the barrel is bound to make any ale smell a little musty, but the oak surprisingly doesn't contribute any glaringly obvious qualities. The aroma has somewhat of woody, vanillin tinge but it's awfully difficult to appreciate amidst such a sour, dank, fruity lactic funk.

The flavour is a tangy, prickly, pleasantly puckering blend of citrus fruits, cherries in balsamic vinegar, and apricot or pear compote. There's the presence of heartier whole grains but little malty flavour can be appreciated due to the abundance of vinegar-like lactic tang.

The mouthfeel has the both the acidity and sourness of lemonade (without the sweetness of course) as well as an agreeable sour gummy-like characteristic - it's liquid candy for adults. And despite the 7.8% alcohol it drinks as easily as (soured, festering) fruit juice.

If you think about it, actual fruits are typically somewhat tart as well as sweet; this is true, to varying degrees, of apples, blackberries, blueberries, cherries, plums, currants, etc. American Wild Ales like Sour in the Rye simulate the fruits of Mother Nature's labours (pun intended) and, using another wonder of nature (wild yeast), simply amp up the tart part. What a treat!

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very few beers strike the palate with the perfect complement of sour, earth, fruit and spice. But its good news that one such beer is made in California and I'm fortunate enough to taste a sip from now and then.

Its turbulent pour leads to a quick separation of hazt golden-orange beer to anchor and a frothy and airy eggshell-white foam.Its retention is strong as is its intricate lacing patterns.

Piercing sharpness reaches the nose with lime, white wine vinegar, sour grapes and crab apples. As its mere scent locks up the jowls, other musty wood, cork, sweaty, cellar and sea air scents waft about to deliver savory and earhty impressions heading into taste.

Its raw earthiness is spicy and rustic as the rye grains complement a dry, lighlty toasted crouton taste, but with all that acidity building above. Just into the taste, the lime, apple skin and sour grape flavor takes hold and easily topples its early malt complement. Quickly developing into dries lemons, limes, apple and spiced pear, its the sourness of apple cider vinegar and light must that stems from the clean lactic sourness that finishes its taste.

Only a whisper of attic wood and lime extend, even though the ale starts out light and obviously acidic. As the malt support fades, the ale prances on with wine-like balances and textures, until a quick finish is mineral-rich and with earthen spice.

The taste of rye and sour is a challenging attempt as both types are highly polarizing and not widespread just yet. But its added complexity is undeniable taste that's salty, briney and deeply earthen.

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Photo of dogfishandi
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
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 +7.3%
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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Sour In The Rye from The Bruery
94 out of 100 based on 292 ratings.