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Sour In The Rye - The Bruery

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286 Reviews
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Reviews: 286
Hads: 2,365
Avg: 4.24
pDev: 26.42%
Wants: 339
Gots: 668 | FT: 72
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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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Reviews: 286 | Hads: 2,365
Photo of monkeymagic72
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter.
Pours a really attractive deep gold. Frothy head that disappears pretty quickly leaving little to no lacing or head. The initial smell is of apricots and sour mash. The apricot smell weakens as it warms. Tastes exactly as it smells; slightly funky with a bit of apricot. I can barely detect the oak. The rye is also faint. Mouthfeel is medium. I really enjoyed this sour and look forward to getting more.

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Photo of Scotchboy
4.07/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle graciously extra'ed by leschkies (thanks so much man!) poured into wine glasses with the wife...

A: Murky dark apricot appearance...off-white head recedes at a moderate pace, which is actually pretty good for a sour. No lacing.

S: Moderate sour and lacto upfront, with a touch more malt presence underneath than I was expecting to find...though its not sweet or bready. Lemon and a hint of tart berry, stone fruit, apricot and virgin oak.

T: Really follows the nose, there is a malty base but it isn't necessarily identifiable as 'rye' to me as its buried under a decent layer of sour...lemon...lactic bite...apricot again, and oak underneath it all. Nice and refreshing and not overdone.

MF: Lighter medium body with some puckering sourness...creamy tones, with proper carbonation.

O: A pleasant, enjoyable and balanced sour - something I would call an 'everyday' sour. Boy the wife loved it too. Good beer!

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Photo of maximum12
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to the generous lurchingbeast, who sent this bottle along as an extra in a BIF. Big 750 ML bottle split with my wife.

Pour is cloudy dark orange with ample carbonation. Nose is an oversize kick to the post of sour...there might be a touch of rye, but that might be my imagination. Or that is said "rye" on the label. In big font.

Sour in the Rye suffers from the shortcoming of most sours - where's the variety? Big lemony bite in the forefront wrapped around an acidic edge; pretty standard issue stuff. There's a tiny edge of spiciness, & a nice splinter of oak on the end. Not as mouth-wringing as some sours, pretty easy to take down.

Fairly standard issue stuff, & a pretty good brew. I'd have liked the rye to see its shadow more than it does. Can a brewery please make sours with some other tastes in them? That would great. 'Kthxbye.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes.

A: Poured a hazy orange with a small off-white head on top. Minimal head retention, leaving a small cap on top. Small wisps of lacing.

S: Nice tartness, some vinegar and light fruit. The rye comes through in the middle a little bit, but it is sort of drowned out by the tart aroma. Some lemon and a little bit of cherry.

T: The flavor profile is similar to the aroma with a touch more of the rye coming through. nice, strong lemon flavor and a little bit of oak.

M: Medium bodied with medium to high carbonation with a nice level of sourness.

O: Another solid wild ale from the Bruery.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks Shane!

(A)- Pours a hazy amber-sienna color. Some tan froth.

(S)- A deep oaky spice (carraway seed?) rye aroma.

(T)- A hefty dose of oak and rye spice. A nice acidity in the middle mingling with the spice component. Finishes dry and oaky.

(M)- A good carbonation level. A good balance too, but again, very hefty rye and oak-like spice.

(O)- One of the more unique wild ales I have had recently. Almost reminds me of a flanders, but cleaner and far spicier minus the deeper fruits you can get. Very fun and unique.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tulip glass

A: Pours a deep amber orange color. Only about a ring of white for head. Some lacing bits.

S: Smells nice and sour. But that the spice and oak character really come into play.

T: Nice sourness on the tip of the tongue. I like the rye character, adds some nice spicy complexity. Really pull the barrel character, hints of smooth soft vanilla. The finish is fairly dry and leaves your mouth watering.

M: Medium bodied. Nice coating of sourness.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 8.10.12.

A - Pours a hazy medium orange with a small off-white head that fades but the last bit lingers around.

S - Subtle rye and slight sour nose.

T - Sour rye, oaky, woody, all very nice and subtle.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body.

O - Sour, subtle wood and rye bread. Very nice.

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Photo of ptykozoon
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cherry color, thin head, little caramel action going on, light lacing.

Apricot, peach, light funk.

Tastes how it smells albeit more subtle and subdued. Bits of spice and lemon. Very tasty.

Very carbonated, ABV seems like what it is.

Fairly simple beer. Very good though, the light fruit element works well

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Photo of jsanford
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber with a very thin white head. Nice aromas of brown sugar and toffee. balsamic vinegar, cherries. rye malt, and oak. Similar to the nose, lots of sweet and spicy rye, red wine vinegar, oak, currants, and cranberries. Kinda reminds me of Oude Tart, but with rye. Mouthfeel is smooth and slick, with a medium body and fairly low carbonation. Another nice Bruery sour, the rye addition is quite nice.

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Photo of Viciousknishs
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a rustic deep burnt amber color with a healthy finger and a half of white head. Ok retention with a half a finger remaining till the end. Some spotty lacing.

S- lots of acidic tartness in the nose with a touch of sugar. It's a lot like a sour patch kid. Funk, soft oak and horse blanket/barnyard blend in beautifully! Some cinnamon rye spiciness on the back end with some apple vinegar on the finish.

T- big acidic tartness with notes of apple vinegar and lemon peel. Some powdered sugar and gummy candy like a sour patch kid in the middle with notes of rye spice and cinnamon. Soft oak tones and lingering refreshing dry funky finish with a round tartness that lingers into the aftertaste.

MF- slick prickly mouthfeel with a light medium body. Awesome fine carbonation.

D- super refreshing and incredibly drinkable.

Overall an incredible wild ale. Get many if you can!

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Photo of alpinebryant
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

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Photo of Auracom
3.39/5  rDev -20%
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.

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Photo of brystmar
4.03/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of warnerry
3.91/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.52/5  rDev -17%
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.

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Photo of jbuddle
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.26/5  rDev -23.1%
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.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.54/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

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Photo of claspada
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.03/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of axeman9182
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of stakem
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of kscaldef
2.52/5  rDev -40.6%
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.


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.

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Sour In The Rye from The Bruery
94 out of 100 based on 286 ratings.