Sour In The Rye - The Bruery

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Reviews: 276
Hads: 2,295
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.22%
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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 alpinebryant
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a relatively hazy copper brown with no head.

S: Smell of sour tart cherries, oude brune'ish in style almost. The rye flavors are quite mild, as this is still very sweet. Mostly lactic sourness, a bit of barrel along with some brett flavors and vinegar.

T: Very sweet, green apple, brown sugar, caramel, rye malt and spices. Balsamic vinegar. At the very end, I picked up a bit of rancidness, but really seems to just be the different flavors melding together in my mind. Overall the abundance of lacto seems to take away from some of the other qualities of this beer. It kicks my nose in a similar fashion to what a lot of horseradish will do. Slightly overpowering, and not true to other comparable American wilds.

M: Light and mildly carbonated.

O: Overall, slightly more lactic than I like in an American Wild, but very good otherwise. There is a good butterscotch presence as it warms, a good caramel and toffee presence and other than that, may finish slightly syrupy and a little sweet on the negative side. (1,030 characters)

Photo of Auracom
3.39/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 2012 RS allocation. 4-5 oz. poured into a FFF Teku on June 8th, 2012.

A - Beautiful burnt orange coloring with 1/2 finger of a white head. Quick reduction down to edge bubbles, okay lacing, lots of legs though.

S - Big apple cider vinegar, lemon, rye spiceyness, and a touch of oak.

T - Almost exactly the same as the arome. The blend is generally mellow. Not as balanced as Oude Tart. A bit of green tart apple, lime, and further rye which really comes through in the aftertaste.

M - Light-medium body, good carbonation, dry finish. Its weird but I get a lot of alcohol warming on the back end of this one.

D - Aroma was overall a bit better than the taste. Just not ambitious enough and a little too single note in the sourness. Worth a try though. (765 characters)

Photo of brystmar
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed many bottles of this 2012 version recently, finally getting around to reviewing.

Murky, gold/amber pour; plenty of white head with great retention & lace. Funky aroma really shows off their yeast strain well.

Tart fruit and grainy rye take the flavor reigns. Still tons of funk. Bitter and kind of dirty finish with some lingering tartness too.

Another nice sour from The Bruery, though I do prefer Mother Funker. (424 characters)

Photo of warnerry
3.91/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into a Bruery tulip

A - Pours a beautiful clear copper with one and a half fingers of white head. Head has pretty good retention before fading to a collar. Surprisingly high amount of lacing left behind. Slow but steady stream of rising carbonation.

S - Smell is somewhat subtle, but contains some tart lemon, mild funk and oak.

T - Initial tartness is quite mild, with a pretty high malt presence, though more tartness does eventually come out. Tartness is on the lemony end of the spectrum. There is a bit of earthiness and faint spice, but I am struggling to pick up much in the way of rye. Pretty good though.

M - Medium mouthfeel with some earthy dryness and a tart finish.

O - Definitely brings something different to the sour arena. While it isn't my favorite sour, or even favorite sour from the Bruery, I can appreciate that they were doing something a bit different with this one. (902 characters)

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.52/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 750mL bottle to CBS snifter on 5/12/12
*From notes

-- Thanks, Siege --

A: A hazy, cloudy cider color. A big, straight pour yields a white .5 finger head that fades quickly. Decent white collar rims the beer.

S: Tart, with creamy caramel in the no too distant background.

T: Not as sour as you'd expect. It's got a splash of funk up front, then it's a bit sweet on the mid, with a few grams of residual sugar lingering around. The finish showcases caraway, smoked toffee and a touch of dulce de leche.

M: Reasonably bubbly. Thre's enough weight here to make an impact, yet it doesn't drag down the flavor profile.

O: Not a half bad beer, really. I can't say it's all that memorable, and the sweetness on the mid-palate was off-putting. But I'd say in a few months, maybe a year even, this should be drinking well.

Hold your stash, as this is a reasonable way from peak. (880 characters)

Photo of jbuddle
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an absolutely beautiful clear deep amber with a bright white heads that slowly dissipates. Aroma is sour lactic acid, green apples, light oak, and a nice sweet and spicy grainy scent. Wow, a beautifully balanced wild ale. The flavor is just perfect - it starts a bit slow with a bit of funk and oak, but throughout the swallow the lactic sour washes through and finishes very nice and dry. This is really well done. The rye lends a very subtle touch of spice and stays in the background, but is a welcome addition. Mouthfeel is a bit full for a sour but certainly doesn't detract. Carbonation is spot on. Overall, this is a home run for me. Very nicely done. (664 characters)

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

thanks barf for the trade!

The beer pours a deep copper with a white head that fades fast. It looks very elegant and drinkable. The smell is a relatively sour acetone fruitiness, but not over the top and has a complementary sweetness. Tasting is no different with an outstanding balance between sour and sweet. There isn't a lot of noticeable spiciness from the rye.
The mouthfeel is incredible as well with initial sweetness and an intense dryness at the end. There is nothing gross or undrinkable about this beer, it's sightly more sour than a rouge would be. I'm also surprised how well the alcohol is hidden in comparison to most sours with abvs in the 4-5% range.
Overall this beer would be something I would drink often, but unfortunately it doesn't make it out to these areas. (785 characters)

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.26/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ipa247 for this one. Poured from a 750ml capped bottle into a Cigar City snifter. Shared with schen9303.

No head with spotty, minimal lace. Beer is a clear reddish bronze. A bit poor.

Nose is tart red fruit and vinegar. Nice and sharp but rather subtle.

Opens sweet. Tart vinegar, sour apple, cherries in the middle. More vinegar and some sweetness at the end. Strongly acidic. Finishes sour and rotting red fruit with more vinegar notes. Almost flanders-red like.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth in the mouth and puckering and prickly going down. Abrasive too. Decent. The rye smoothness actually works well here.

The addition of rye to this sour beer really imparts a new dimension. Smoothness in the feel helps bring out the flavors well. Still though, a bit over-the-top sour for me with a touch too much vinegar. A decent beer overall but a bit lacking in the balance/flavor department. (925 characters)

Photo of wagenvolks
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into a Brooklyn tulip.

Pours with a tawny, amber-golden body and a thin head of light khaki. Clear in appearance, and the body thins to a white wine color at its edge. Nice, bright nose full of funky oak and a delicate vinegar acidity. Lots of fruit, too, with suggestions of pear and strawberry. Malts smell bready in the background with a hint of spice from the rye and alcohol.

An initial sweetness greets the palate with juicy fruit notes of white grape rind and peach before quickly giving way to a lightly puckering tartness. Decadent and sour, but not enough to wear away at the palate. Instead, this drinks amazingly well for the style. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a gentle carbonation level. Finishes dry with notes of vinegar and fresh, oaky wood. I must admit, The Bruery is absolutely killing the Sour/Wild Ale category as of late. Chalk 'Sour in the Rye' up as another clear-cut winner. (918 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.54/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip.

3.0 A: This isn't any fun. Seems to be barely carbonated. I got a about one finger of foamy white head that fell almost instantly. Lightly hazed yellow orange color.

4.0 S: Never smelled anything quite like this. The rye does some great things in here. It gives a huge "grainy herbalness" that I can't help but love (almost like caraway seeds). Big lemony fruitiness. Not very sour though. A light tartness with little acidity. Oaky and herbal with lemon tartness.

3.5 T: Tastes similar to the nose. Herbal caraway seed graininess. Spicy earthiness. Tart lemon juice. Lightly acidic overall. Very minimal funkiness. Not very complex, but tastes good.

3.0 M: Medium body. Carbonation is a bit too low. Not particularly creamy or spritzy with a tangy lemony finish.

3.5 D: Tasty beer and nothing quite like it. I'll enjoy my other two bottles. (867 characters)

Photo of claspada
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of hoppymcgee in our most recent trade. ABV listed on the bottle as 7.8%; previous versions were in the mid-high 8 range.

Pours a hazy dark amber color with a large fluffy off-white head that recedes surprisingly rapidly considering how large it was initially and leaves some soapy lacing.

Aromas begin with light tartness, vinegar, oak and a little spicy rye. All are fairly balanced and seem well integrated together. As it warms I get a little more Brett induced lemon/lime sourness.

The tastes directly follow the nose with light vinegar and rye spice leading off. Then I on the back-end I get a medium size kick of lemon sourness, some mild caramel maltiness and a drying oak. It is exactly how you would expect this beer to taste. Rye is not overbearing and is well balanced with the citrusy sourness and lactic/vinegar flavors.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a medium-high amount of carbonation. Finish is dry, moderately sour and tart; slightly acidic. Not too much of any of the above.

Overall I have nothing bad to say about this beer. The sourness is middle of the road, the rye is also not overdone but definitely makes its presence know. All the key flavor components are perfectly in balance and make for a super solid American Wild Ale. (1,277 characters)

Photo of jmarsh123
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark red with a 3 finger sticky white head.

Some sour fruit and spicy rye on the nose.

Flavor features tart cherry on the front end with a lingering sourness along with the spicy rye component.

Good carb and mouthfeel.

I enjoyed this beer, but as my sparse words show, there wasn't a whole lot to say about it. Solid sour with a good contrast from the rye. Not bad, but not exceptional either. (403 characters)

Photo of axeman9182
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle sent out by my trustee JRSD. This one was poured into my petite Duvel tulip.

Sour in the Rye pours a relatively hazy amber, with prominent burnt orange highlights. The bone colored foam pillows up to three fingers in height, before displaying a surprising amount of head retention and lacing for a Wild Ale. The nose is reminiscent of a flanders red. There's plenty of cherry led dark fruits, oak, and acidic tartness. No real contribution from the rye here. The flavor profile does make room for some spicy earthy rye notes to emerge in the background, complementing the woodiness from the barrels. The sour aspect of the beer is a little more overpowering here, not leaving as much room for some of the fruit flavors to shine through. The body is a little creamier than normal for the style, while still being fairly dry. The carbonation is nice and bubbly, creating an interesting contrast with the body. While I wish the rye used for Sour in the Rye stood out some more at times, it still helps the Bruery make a very good wild ale with a bit of a unique twist. (1,080 characters)

Photo of stakem
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into a matching Bruery snifter. The brew appears a clouded amber brown color with more than a finger of off-white head. When held to the light, there is some lighter orange coloration around the edges. A constant stream of bubbles slowly rises through the solution in support of the cap. Some patchy strings of lace stick to the glassware.

The smell of this brew is tart with a lemony lactic note that seems almost zested with lemon/lime. Quite a tart character going on in this with some funk that is almost cheesy and some mild raw oakiness running throughout. As it warms up, it gets a tropical fruit quality to it that is very appealing. When the glass is swirled, it almost has a spiced aspect about it that takes this brew off in a total different, enjoyable direction.

The taste is pleasantly tart with the previously described lemony and lime aspects that are quite bright and fruity. There is a solid funk appeal to this that mingles with some oak flavoring that at times if very geuze-like. There are fruity notes present beyond the initial lemon that makes this brew very enjoyable. I can faintly detect the rye inclusion towards the backend of the finish.

This is a medium bodied brew with a slight viscous feel to it from the rye inclusion. The alcohol is felt with a slight warmth and accenting fruity ester that is very well balanced. You can actually see how this brew is "thicker" than the norm with how the rising bubbles of carbonation have a hard time rising to the surface and do so very slowly. I will admit that I took a peek at the previous scores to this brew prior to trying it. I was pleasantly taken back at how much I enjoyed this. Anyone who was disappointed in this can gladly forward me any bottles that they purchased that they now regret having. I think this is fantastic. (1,816 characters)

Photo of kscaldef
2.52/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Edit 5/17/2013 - I didn't take notes for a full review, but the 2013 vintage gets a 4/5 from me. Substantially better than either previous release.

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Epic Bruery sour/wild tasting, 3/4/2012

Side-by-side batch 1 & 2

Batch 1: light honey color. Vinegar, acetone, and sweet apple notes. Some cherry and peach.

Batch 2: slow gusher. Cloudy with floaties. Apricot aroma with a mustiness, bordering on moldy.

Batch 1 seems better than batch 2, but I wouldn't particular seek out either again. (494 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.66/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap for Churchill's Renaissance at Churchill's Pub & Grille in San Marcos, CA.

Pours a murky dark gold with a beige head that fades to nothing. Thin streaks of lace drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is all kinds of funky, sour, and tart with a nice fruity presence as well. Taste is outstanding and is a perfect translation of the smell made better. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is an excellent sour that is just super tasty and super easy to drink. (534 characters)

Photo of DovaliHops
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2012 Vintage. Pours an orangish-amber color that is very hazy and has a medium-large white head that diminishes rather quickly. Scent is quite lovely...smells like some fresh rye bread with some sour yeastiness. Spiciness perfectly blended with sour, wild yeast notes and barnyard funk. Some nice hoppiness in the nose as well. Taste is just as good as it smells. I was kinda nervous going into this one, due to the mixed reviews, but damn this is good. Perfect mix of rye bread and lacto flavors. Some white vinegar with fresh baked bread and bitter hops. The rye makes this beer have some spiciness after you get the tartness up front, but then it finishes sour. Very complex. Mouthfeel is very well-carbonated and medium bodied. Puckering. Drinkability is high. Overall, this is a fantastic sour that I wish I was allowed to purchase more of. I was only allowed three bottles, but would gladly purchase more. (911 characters)

Photo of Pencible
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: This poured a cloudy light mahogany with quickly dissipating white head.
S: It smelled like very sour apple cider and funky oak, with tart metallic vinegar.
T: It tasted like sour apple cider and very tart vinegar and funky oak, with some sweet brown sugar and metallic hops. It had a clean and powerfully sour aftertaste.
M: It was oily with lots of natural carbonation. Very nice big bubbly body.
D: This was a fantastic sour, with bold but delicate scent and taste. The body was great too, and the alcohol was well hidden. But the finish was really intense, so it must be sipped. Would age a very long time, but is already great fresh. Recommended. (654 characters)

Photo of GrumpyJunglist
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 bottled batch poured into a sniffer.

A: pours a murky/hazy dark golden brown. about 2 fingers worth of head that fades within 2 minutes of the pour. leaving behind a film of white head.

S: Aromas of major sourness, with some rye and oak qualities right behind the sour tones.

T: Initially there is a sour burst, but then it mellows down quickly into some lovely rye after tones, with oak notes.

M: Nice carbonation on this one, no big bite, and by no means flat either. The after taste on this one is mellow rye just lingering.

O: Not a bad offering, very curious to see how thing one progresses with age. (616 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.09/5  rDev -27%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark ruby red color with a thin off white head that immediately disappears. Some visible carbonation bubbling up but no lacing.

Slightly funky aroma with a decent barrel presence and lots of sweet rye, dark fruit and malt. Earthy with subtle barnyard character, funky bugs and toasted oak. Subtle acetone presence but nose is dominated by funk and spicy rye.

Medium bodied but a bit thinner than expected with a balance of oak, funk, spice, rye, dark fruit and sweet malt. Slightly tart and puckering but more funky than sour. There's more acetone than the nose suggests but it isn't too overpowering or vinegar-y. Dry, toasted oak and lots rye flavor. This beer would probably be terrible if it wasn't for the rye but it counters the funk and acetone with a nice sweet and spicy character. This is complimented by some dark fruit and sweet malt. Finishes dry and tart with a touch more acetone. Overall, well balanced and flavorful but the acetone turns a beer that could be amazing into slightly above average. (1,024 characters)

Photo of Gtreid
2.07/5  rDev -51.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

750 ml. bottle poured into my CCB tulip.

A: It really looks like rye whiskey in the glass. Very little head, no lace, and really just a flat quality.

A: Not only does it look like whiskey in the glass it smells like it too. I am getting very few sour notes. The rye is dominate.

T: This is not good. The rye is overbearing, and there is very little sourness. There is also a cloying sweetness that is not pleasant.

M: This is not carbonated, it is slick and oily, and the body is lighter than expected.

O: This is not a good beer. The lack of carbonation and the overpowering rye, did not make this drinkable at all. We had quite a few beers to get to, and I didn't want to waste my time or my palate on this train wreck. It went down the drain. (750 characters)

Photo of craytonic
3.18/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Cloudy, murky brown with a small white head

Smell: Light tart and funkiness with some dark fruits and a touch of sweetness. Touches of vanilla

Taste: The rye plays an odd role here, it doesn't really fit in. It is sour and odd, but lacking in depth.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low carbonation

Overall: I wasn't very impressed with this one, it is very one dimensional and I find the rye to be odd. (414 characters)

Photo of schmoopsbeer
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured in to Bruery Tulip
Big Thanks to EricMc513 for this big want

Color: This beer pours a golden brown with little to no head. A thin white color ring forms on the edge of the top of the beer. Light to minimal lacing is left around the glass after you give this beer a twirl in your glass.

Nose: I love it! Quickly the scent of the rye hits your nostrils, after that you get the funk from this beer and a nice woody aroma comes out as it warms. Hints of vanilla also rise from from your glass. This beer offers great complexity here.

Palate: The mouthfeel of this beer is so wonderfully layered and delicious its makes this American wild ale extremely drinkable. The Carbonation is not as good as it can be, but that doesn't really hurt the overall quality of the brew. The rye coats the tongue giving this beer a sweet beginning just to be washed away by the wonderful sourness of the beer. Sour in the Rye is multi-dimensional, making this beer a total experience.

Finish: Dry, yet very drinkable. Sour,sweet, and complete. The Bruery scores with this one. The addition of rye makes this take on the wild ale style refreshing and new.

Rating: 95 out of 100 (1,173 characters)

Photo of mltobin
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle shared amongst friends, poured into a tulip glass.
Appearance is a cloudy orange tone with a short white head, kind of like part of some sunsets. Its` nose has cherry, sour apples and yeast present. There is tartness there, no question about it. It tastes of oak, spice, more of those fruits, and more of that tart aspect to it. Mouthfeel is at a medium level, fair carbonation level. An interesting sour from The Bruery and a pretty damn good one. (461 characters)

Photo of Phelps
4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Bruery made this ale with a base malt of 40 percent rye, then let their sour yeast and bacteria eat away at it in oak barrels for a year. Poured into a tulip.

Since I finished this whole bottle myself, I can attest to the changes as it warms and gets deeper. At first, a vigorous pour isn’t able to summon any head at all — just a glassful of shiny mahogany brew. The final pour is the murkiest, muddy dark and the color of rust. But, it has half a finger of cream-colored, dense head that becomes a thick and retentive ring.

Sweet toffee leads the way, backed by a hefty balsamic tartness, dark cherries and lemon peel. Vinous oak, blasts of vanilla and hints of cocoa provide a base. Hot damn.

Tons of lactic sourness in the flavor. White grape, orange, cherry, rye, and a good dose of sourness. Also butterscotch, with more butter than scotch, and vanilla ice cream. Crazy complex.

A soft touch of tingly carbonation is all I can get out of this guy, but the funny thing is, it works. Heavy lactic sourness and rye spice provide enough tongue action that any major carbonation would be too much. Alcohol is unnoticeable, hidden behind pounds and pounds of flavor.

I’m going to throw this out there, and I don’t say this lightly: Sour in the Rye is my favorite Bruery beer. The balance of spicy rye malt, tart bacteria and oak is just perfect. Like I said, I finished the whole bottle myself, and I’d do it again in a heartbeat. Glorious stuff. (1,465 characters)

Sour In The Rye from The Bruery
94 out of 100 based on 276 ratings.