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Sour In The Rye - The Bruery

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95
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1,721 Ratings
THE BROS
95
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Ratings: 1,721
Reviews: 238
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.32%
Wants: 233
Gots: 498 | FT: 56
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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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AgentMunky

California

4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-19-2013 05:53:24 | More by AgentMunky
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2013 03:14:26 | More by biegaman
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OUJayhawk1799

Oklahoma

4/5  rDev -6.8%

11-18-2013 04:08:20 | More by OUJayhawk1799
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northstar23

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

11-18-2013 02:38:59 | More by northstar23
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twloco

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

11-17-2013 22:11:07 | More by twloco
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Satchboogie

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

11-17-2013 22:05:48 | More by Satchboogie
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Kelp

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -6.8%

11-17-2013 05:17:01 | More by Kelp
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Scout11

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

11-16-2013 17:39:11 | More by Scout11
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rodemey2

New York

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

11-16-2013 02:17:15 | More by rodemey2
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Doogermeister

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

11-15-2013 21:41:20 | More by Doogermeister
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boxcar01

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

11-15-2013 21:20:32 | More by boxcar01
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HopHealth

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

11-15-2013 03:36:37 | More by HopHealth
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jkball01

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -6.8%

11-12-2013 04:56:52 | More by jkball01
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2013 06:55:20 | More by BEERchitect
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topdown

California

4/5  rDev -6.8%

11-11-2013 01:01:42 | More by topdown
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dogfishandi

New York

4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2013 18:45:44 | More by dogfishandi
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coriswrasse

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

11-09-2013 23:14:25 | More by coriswrasse
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Nolen12

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

11-09-2013 16:50:41 | More by Nolen12
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Acropora

California

4/5  rDev -6.8%

11-08-2013 23:30:02 | More by Acropora
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GJ40

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

11-08-2013 17:48:59 | More by GJ40
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stereosforgeeks

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

11-07-2013 15:26:57 | More by stereosforgeeks
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wesside89

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

11-07-2013 04:31:48 | More by wesside89
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drbenderdo

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

11-06-2013 01:25:59 | More by drbenderdo
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abeerdude

California

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

11-06-2013 00:37:23 | More by abeerdude
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valkyre65

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

11-05-2013 18:46:38 | More by valkyre65
Sour In The Rye from The Bruery
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