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Sour In The Rye - The Bruery

Sour In The RyeSour In The Rye

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Ratings: 1368
Reviews: 225
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.6%

Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
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.

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Photo of Etan


4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml into a tulip.

A: Pours a burnt orange/caramel color with a large off-white head.

S: Clean lactic tartness, a bit of lively and fruity acetic acid, some pineapple and mushroom notes from the brett. Lightly sweet rye malt underneath.

T: Sharp yet peasant lactic and acetic sourness (reminiscent of raspberries), a bit of wet hay and musk, caramel and green apple, apricot, grape, mild tannic vanilla.

M: Light-bodied with slightly frothy carbonation. Dry on the end.

O: This is a pretty nice AWA, very fruity despite the lack of fruit. Would definitely drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2013 01:53:12 | More by Etan
Photo of prototypic


4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sour in the Rye pours an interesting amber color. Looks like a collision of garnet and orange. It’s a tad hazy. Backlighting gives it a stronger orange look. Carbonation looks to be somewhat active. It yields a white head that stands nearly two fingers tall. Retention was on the shorter side. It dissipated quickly and left a lighter lacing behind. Looks pretty good.

The nose is good, but is lacking a little in strength. Up front, it does have a mix of earthy, funky, and fruity notes. The funky notes smell subtle. I like that. Earthy and fruity notes are definitely stronger. Fruit scents of cherry and berries smell nice. Oak has a strong presence. It smells really nice with the other elements and adds a lot of character. Vanilla is also noted. Spicy rye also has a nice presence, but has trouble competing for aromatic space. Alcohol is a little noticeable. Not too strong. Smells good. A little more strength (and separation) would improve it a tad.

The flavor is simply excellent! This stuff is delicious. It kicks off with a mix of cherry and berry flavors. It’s a little tart, but isn’t mouth puckering. I like that. It is earthy, a little grainy, and a very little funky. The funk blends well with the fruit notes and complements the flavor nicely. Oak is really the x-factor that drives the flavor. It adds a ton of depth and character and adds a really tasty vanilla flavor in the process. Rye has a much better presence here. It’s stronger and its spiciness works very well with the other flavors. This is a very deep, complex flavor profile. Alcohol is there, but isn’t all that strong. Finishes spicy, fruity, a little funky, and a little tart. Excellent!

The body is medium. Carbonation is active, but feels very soft and smooth. Mouthfeel is really nice. Goes down sinfully easy too. Wow.

Sour in the Rye is very, very impressive beer! It delivers. It’s not too sour, not too funky…just right. It features a rockin’ flavor profile that’s deep and very tasty. Find a bottle. Definitely worth seeking out!

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 03:46:49 | More by prototypic
Photo of Maxwell


4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours an amber orange with syrupy colors and a nice finger-width head of creamy tiny bubbles. The beer’s body is clear and practically crystal clean with just a slight haze from the malt and yeast. The beer’s head leaves a lacing sticky dots and strings. On the nose the beer smells like a light gueuze, with beautiful funk and cherry leather notes and a faint tinge of spice. The smell is not as strong as a gueuze, but it is still beautiful and funky. Leather is definitely the dominant smell in the nose, but it is paired with a sweeter funk and some light spicy rye. On the tongue, the beer tastes funky sweet with a light underlying rye spice and some nice acidity. In flavor, the beer begins as sweet, fruity funk that moves into distinguished leather notes that stick to the tongue and only give light hints of cherry. There is an underlying spice from the rye which is light and bready, but I honestly can’t say if I would have noticed it unless the beer specifically had “Rye” in the name. The funk does hit almost cloying notes as it builds, touching citric lemon and some slight pineapple notes in the start of the taste. The finish is sweet lemon citrus with a touch of leather and then a final burp of spicy rye with a faint touch of bread and chocolate. In the mouth, the beer is medium plus in body with a creamy carbonation and a great citric pucker at the end without the citric bite. This beer feels really nice in the mouth. Overall this beer is a terrific sour with a great mouthfeel that doesn’t bite the hell out of your mouth with acid. This is a very balanced and tasty sour. Try this beer, but share it. It is worth the money.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2013 00:00:30 | More by Maxwell
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Yukon (Canada)

4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a La Chouffe tulip.

A- pours a bright copper with a 2" white head. Random small bubbles and narrow trails of lacing remain on the glass.

S- huge cherry notes with some citrus, vinegar, sourdough, and you actually get some spice from the rye.

T- sweet and tart cherries, bread, vinegar not as apparent as in the nose, light oak, not getting much spice from the rye.

M- medium body and carbonation. Nice creamy feel and not real acidic or effervescent which makes it pretty easy to drink.

O- 6/10 sourness. very tasty sour with big cherry notes. Sit was as sour as I thought it would be from the first whiff of the beer, but very smooth. I just wish this beer was about $5 cheaper.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2013 23:26:26 | More by kawilliams81
Photo of homebrew311


4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into Bruery snifter. Appearance is a reddish orange with nice clarity and significant head upon pour. Head dissipates to a collar and leaves some lacing. The nose is complex and oaky with heavy tart fruit, notes of peach and cherries along with a touch of rye malt on the finish. The taste is super tart from start to finish with nice underlying fruit and oak character. The rye is subtle but adds a nice complexity to the sour profile. Mouthfeel is effervescent with medium body. This is a deliciously sour ale and definitely worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2013 07:00:24 | More by homebrew311
Photo of BarryMFBurton


4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

What a beautiful day for a sour beer: the sun is out, the wind is low, and the temperature is just right. Cheers!

Lot 55, released just a few months before the date of this tasting.

A: Pours a burnt orange, totally translucent, with a fizzy, off-white head. Appears very bubbly and light, just right for the style.

S: Brisk vinegar and ripe cherry scents fill the room as soon as I uncap the bottle, foreshadowing an intensely sour experience. Closer inspection reveals a more cherry pie filling scent, accompanied by tones of lemon meringue and buttery crust; no rye yet. Hints of Concord grape at the finish, like a jam.

T: Without a doubt the sourest beer I’ve ever had – I could feel my eyes inadvertently widen as I took that first sip. The ferocity of this beer is instant, tasting like one of those cherry Warhead candies as it hits the tongue. My palate’s getting one hell of a lashing, and I’m enjoying it to no end. Picking apart the powerful flavor is difficult, but tastes of blueberry, pineapple, and underripe cherry can be identified; a bit of creamy vanilla appears, leading the palate to an overall flavor of tart Greek yogurt with fruit. Interestingly, that vanilla is one of the only hints in here that this beer was aged in oak. Another is the finish, which consists mainly of a sawdust-like woodiness that appears to quell a green olive flavor that would otherwise dominate the aftertaste. Mild spice of poppy seed and pumpernickel on the end, as well.

M: Smooth as can be without being filling. Carbonation is soft, not crisp and overpowering like many in this style, while the body is just barely heavier than a session beer.

O: All in all, this is a sour beer at heart; the oak and rye simply smooth out the rough edges and wrap it all up in a neat little package. Its darkness reminds me of an Oud Bruin – one of my favorite styles – but with a punch that will leave you reeling. Be warned: this one is addictively sour.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2013 16:19:19 | More by BarryMFBurton
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4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Deep orange, extremely cloudy one finger head with some lacing left behind.

S-Oak, grapes, funk, some rye, just great smelling.

T-Oak, grapes, some rye. Very nice sour and funk notes. Not as good as the nose though, but still good. Good balance.

M-Medium bodied and nicely carbonation.

O-Another stellar sour from The Bruery, expensive but worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2013 01:44:07 | More by rlee1390
Photo of mactrail


3.08/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I tasted several sours recently since Local Habit had quite a few on tap for several days. This was my least favorite out of the bunch, but I'm apparently in the minority on this one.

Nearly clear amber in the glass with some decent foam to start. Smells of bread, rubber, and old socks. Quite sour from the first sip. A wee hint of fruity, malty sweetness that is soon overtaken by the vinegar. this one sets my teeth on edge.

An interesting ghost flavor of the malt brew this used to be, before the bacteria were turned loose. Just plain sour, but it has a lingering grainy and faintly hoppy taste. Not much for drinkability.

Serving type: on-tap

05-03-2013 05:19:02 | More by mactrail
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear toffee to amber in color with some light to moderate amounts of gentle carbonation and some golden yellow highlights. The beer has a half finger tall off-white head that quickly reduces to a small patch of very thin film and a very thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of sourness/tartness with some lighter notes of oak, apricot, and sour cherry.

T: The primary flavor I get from this beer is the tartness/sourness which is moderate to strong in strength. There is a great amount of lacto-sour flavors with some moderate notes of oak and just a hint of vanilla. There are also some hints of white grape, apricot, and sour cherry. Delicious .

M: Just heavier than light bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Heavy amounts of acidic prickliness. Light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: This one definitely makes you pucker up a little bit from the tartness/sourness but yet this remains one of the most drinkable sour beers I have had - and I am a fan of sour beers. There is a great complexity of the flavors in the sourness. I found this one real easy to drink but I needed to sip it.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2013 23:13:53 | More by dbrauneis
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New York

4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is clear amber orange in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that died down, leaving a patch of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of sourness and oak are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has some faint hints of cherries and spices towards the finish.
M: It feels a little more than light-bodied and rather tart on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is quite easy to drink for a sour beer but is pleasant to sip.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2013 23:06:38 | More by metter98
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4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - pours a hazy amber with a short ephemeral head. No lace. No bubbles.

S - lacto sour, oak, apricot, bubblegum and soft rye.

T - is similar to the aroma. The rye isn't a big part of the flavor, but it adds a little spiciness to the finish.

M - light-medium body. Mouth watering sourness. Creamy carbonation. Dry finish.

O - another great sour from The Bruery. Not super complex, but quite tasty with a very pleasant aroma.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2013 19:01:49 | More by GuzzLah
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New Jersey

4.93/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

I'm a sucker for sour beers, and this may be the best one i have ever had. I am currently enjoying a 750ml bottle, but i have also had thison tap at the porter in atlanta.

Ruby/rust in color with little head.

Tart in the best way, sort of like unripe fruit. Lots of wood, vinegar, berry aftertaste.

I use this site often but rarely review beers, i love this beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2013 05:15:14 | More by hansblitz
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.11/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance. Pours a nice amber-gold with a little haze and a finger of off white head.

Smell. Sour and fruity! Strawberry and peach, some nice oaky vanilla, fresh barrel, and sweet funk. A little caramel in there too, but not getting much from the rye.

Taste. Nice and sour! Peach and cherry jump out at me, there's a little rye and caramel as well but all of this is kept in check by the big sourness and that's okay with this guy.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, maybe on the lower side, medium carbonation, also on the lower side.

Overall. A really nice sour, better than I was expecting for some reason. Probably because the rye wasn't so pronounced and there was a ton of fruit flavour.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2013 03:26:32 | More by Rutager
Photo of haazer


4.54/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured into my tulip a big, condensed head with an orange hue forms. Some really huge bubbles form at the top as it starts to break down. The beer is equally as bubbly, and well filtered. The color is very pretty. I can only describe it as a mix of orange and pink.

S - Quite a strong nose here. Sour fruits, and a definite rye spice presence. I detect some cherries, and grape. Oak is there from the barrel to. Smell is wonderful.

T - The description on the bottle sums this up. Deliciously sour? check. Spicy rye? check. Hints of oak? check. The rye and oak are extremely necessary to add balance to this. The sour/tartness of this beer is right up there with RR Supplication. Theres a bit of stone fruit in the flavor also.

M - The body is light to medium with high carbonation, just as a wild ale normally is. No alcohol felt, but the sour punch this packs demands this a sipper.

O - I'm quite mad at myself. I picked this up at the Blue Dog in Chalfont, and this has been on their tap list for some time. It's probably done now. Had I known I'd of stopped every day after work and had 2 or more. One of the best sours I've had, and I will certainly be ordering this whenever and wherever I can.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2013 00:30:29 | More by haazer
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4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Been waiting six months to drink this bad boy. Hope it's worth it. Bottle poured into tulip.

A: Pours a copper/bronze color with an orange tint. The beer looks relatively hazy but without visible sediment. Decent head with big bubbles that (unfortunately) disappates within 30 seconds after pouring. Good lacing around the glass, however. Overall, it looks like how you expect a brown sour ale to look.

S: This beer has a powerful nose that you an easily smell from a good 6 inches away. Initial smells primarily of stone fruit - apricot and cherries mostly. There is a good background of citrus fruit with some earthiness/funkiness one would expect from a sour. Not an overpoweringly sour nose though. I dont get any rye and very little oak, but I expect that to come through in the taste. Overall, the beer has a fruitier nose than expected.

T: I always find sours hard to give an accurate taste profile to since the tartness seems to overwhelm some of the more nuanced tastes. However, I can tell you that this is one exceptional tasting sour. Initial taste is what you would expect: sour apple, citrus fruit, etc. Subsequent sampling reveals the more nuanced profile of the beer: cherries, chardonnay grapes, a definite rye background, and a tinge of oak (like the smell though, not much oak). I'm most impressed with the malt background of this beer: big and robust, it holds up well against the sour Brett. I attribute that to the rye.

M: Dry in the beginning, but surprisingly robust the more you drink the beer. Some sours are like drinking fermented fruit juice - they have no body. Not this beer. It has a robust mouthfeel that really holds up well during drinking and lingers nicely on the tongue.

O: This is one of my new favorite sours. It holds up really well against the more well-known sours from producers like Crooked Stave and NB. It has a unique, fruity flavor profile that is propped up by an excellent malt base. Great job Bruery - I'll be purchasing more if I see it again.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2013 00:42:07 | More by MighHighBrewer
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4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy tawny brownish orange color, compact head of off white foam leaves behind some spotty lace in the glass. Trails of tiny carbonation feeding into the head around the sides, decent retention.

Sharp acidic aroma, sour fruit, namely grapes.

Lots of tannic grapeskin in the taste, bracing acidity that gets the salivary glands into overdrive. Fruity and sour with some acetic acid and malt character in the middle. Dry and puckering, medium bodied with balance carbonation. Overall nice to try, though not overly complex, it fills the sour fix.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2013 22:06:47 | More by emerge077
Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne


4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From notes:
Copper penny with a 1/4 inch of head. Pretty nice lace. 4.5

Oak, pale malts, sour grape and a hint of rye. Lactic sour in the finish. 4.25

Pale malts and the sour lactic and grape taste blend well right up front. Very slight, tiny hint of rye. 4very sour, but still slides down the throat very easily. 3.5

Don't get me wrong, this is a super solid sour beer, just don't expect very much in the rye department. If you like sour beer, it is still very worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2013 21:54:22 | More by OBeerMeGreatOne
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4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful pour... copper orange buddy, lively and loud with a fizzing finger of off-white head. A paper thin cap retains well.

Smells inviting - sweet and sour with a bit of peach, juicy citrus.

Massively sour with tart cherry and lemon rind... almost sour patch kid steez. Even on the finish, the sourness persists. A bit vinous, acidic. This is great. Intense, but great.

Thanks Wisconsin!

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 22:20:21 | More by yamar68
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New Hampshire

4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Presentation: 750 mL bottle chilled and poured into my Hill Farmstead stemware.

Appearance: Medium to dark orange in color and bit cloudy. Small head settles into a very light lacing.

Aroma: Ripe peaches, a touch of oak, and some light cherry notes. A bit of light vanilla round out the nice fruit characteristics. The ABV is definitely hidden pretty well.

Taste: Bright peaches, light cherry and a touch of strawberry sweetness. Lots of fruit notes pair well with the tart lactic tones. A touch of oak and barely any contribution from the rye, but it really isn't missed. Really drinkable.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied. The carbonation level is not markedly high but it works well enough for the beer and certainly doesn't detract at all.

Overall, a really enjoyable and tasty sour ale from the Bruery. It is really nicely balanced and the fruit notes given off are really enjoyable. The sourness is not overdone at all. The rye doesn't really give off much in the way of rye spiciness, but I don't really miss that type of character in this beer. A bit on the pricey side, but really tasty.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 21:26:47 | More by Gosox8787
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4.51/5  rDev +5.6%
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 -1.6%
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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4.1/5  rDev -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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3.89/5  rDev -8.9%
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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District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -6.3%
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 +1.6%
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
Sour In The Rye from The Bruery
95 out of 100 based on 1,368 ratings.