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Sour In The Rye - The Bruery

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Reviews: 287
Hads: 2,366
Avg: 4.24
pDev: 26.42%
Wants: 339
Gots: 672 | 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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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A- Medium amber body, foamy off-white head that stays around as a thin layer of bubbles. Body is mostly transparent with lots of light coming through.

S- Lots of tart, sour aromas, some fruitiness including white grapes, a dash of earthy, bready rye.

T- Lots of tart flavors, lots of fruit. I get some white grapes and ever some unripened strawberry. There is a noticeable rye presence that adds a bit of earthy spice. This goes nicely with the plucking tartness. The thing that is most surprising is the juicy fruit flavors that come through.

M- Tart, lingering sour on the palate, medium carbonation, with a slight tingle.

O- A very nice sour that has a lot of tartness, a lot of juiciness and big flavor.

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Photo of mudbug
4.66/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From the dated 2014 edition 750 Into a Samuel Smith's perfect pint glass results in a hazy orange body with a quickly disappearing head, a few small bubbles rise and die in agony on the quiet surface. This is what I imagine battery acid to look like after its corroded itself through the center of a blood orange.
Carefully I place my proboscis near the surface and inhale, I get lemon rind, vinegar, and a faint mushroom note.
First taste causes my salivary glands to erupt in terror nearly doubling the amount of liquid in my mouth, my tongue lays flat and whimpers for mercy as the sour taste buds rise up in a jihad of conquest over the other basic taste buds . the overall effect on my morphology creates a shudder that starts at the top of my head and dislocates several vertebra. In short, something deep inside that holds all self loathing is having an orgasm of pleasure. I can do nothing but ride along and observe the conundrum of pain as pleasure.
This is what sour tastes like.
It lingers long and powerfully. No one will forget this beer-- ever.
There is rye in this? What did rye ever do to you?
A wonderful trip of a beer, worth the admission, but I think more than 750 of this in one day would lead to excruciating death by acid reflux.

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Photo of yesforbeer
4.56/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours crystal brown. Moderate carbonation. Good for this style beer. Aromas of slightly fermented red fruits, aged malts and sourdough. After the first sip I couldn't say anything for about a minute because of how much saliva the acidity drew out. The taste started with super high acidity but gradually gave way to nice integrated malt with an amazing long finish.

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Photo of Beerlover
5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got this one on the last Wisconsin beer run.

A: pours a hazy apricot orange color with a slight brownish tinge, thin off white khaki head, quickly dissipating.
S: Wow. the aroma's of sourness in this beer are so strong I can almost taste it!! It makes my nostrils pucker if that is even possible. All sour fruit here.
T: Most. sour. beer...EVER! To me with sours, the more sour the better, Cuvee Jacobins being my favorite up until now, this is EXTREAMLY SOUR! As much as I love the sour in this beer I wish the rye was more pronounced but I still rate it a perfect five because of how incredible the sour is. After the first sip I waited a while, after 20 to 30 seconds this mellow sweet/sour fruit aftertaste covers your palate...then fades away, then intensifies again after about 45 seconds...this is glorious!!
M: perfect a slight tangy carbonation but not more than a low/medium. full bodied and awesome.
O.A. definitely worth ever dollar, with I had a few more bottle for the cellar and wanting to seek out more by these guys, a bit spendy but sure beats many other sours I've had for the same price or more!

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

750ml bottle poured into a snifter. 10/31/2013 etched into the bottle. 2014 vintage.

A: Pours a bright copper red with a fizzy white head on top. Not very much visible carbonation

S: Great souring aroma right off the bat. Can tell this is going to be a tart one. Fruits like cherry, strawberry and raspberry all come to mind.

T: Fantastic sour. Really hits you with a great tartness that lingers well into the aftertaste. Lots of fruit tones in this beer. Oak comes through on the finish complimenting the touch of rye spice.

M: Very puckering on first sip. Mild carbonation. Real nice dry finish. Something you sip on even though the alcohol is undetectable.

Overall this is an incredible sour with a great level of tartness. Hard to believe there isnt any fruit in here with how much flavor there is. Good job yeasties.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on draft at Bruery Pint night at Columbia Ale House. Similar to style there was very little head to speak of. Excellent smell but not quite the bang of some. Then the taste, wow, excellent. Made me pucker which was awesome and enjoyable. One of the top Sours I have had and one I would love to have again. The sour was very comparable to the Tart of Darkness which I had last night. Great beer and a must try if you like sours.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

Pours a nice deep and rich golden color with some orange hues. The brew is very clear and there is a nice half-inch white head.

Aroma starts off with nice vinegary and fruity sourness. Notes of fruit juice sweetness with mild lemon rind. There is a nice underlying sweetness that balances out some of the tartness. Nice earthy notes with some good dry wood notes.

Starts off with sharp sour notes. Citric and lemony sourness keep things interesting as a nice slight fruit juice sweetness balances things off with nice tartness. There is some nice chalky yeast notes mixed in with some mild moldy funk. Nice notes of wood compliment the funkiness. This is a surprisingly balanced sour. It is sharp and acidic but the underlying sweetness and spice balances it out. Very yummy. Mouthfeel is nice with a lower carbonation. Slightly oily and viscous with a nice smooth and dry finish.

Great sour. Not for the uninitiated but definitely not one dimensional.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great sour- nice and puckery, with lots of citrus and tart flavors, but with a slightly soft finish with a touch of creaminess- so it doesn't feel as if it's taking the enamel off of your teeth. Good long finish with just a touch of sweet citrus at the end. The most intriguing part of the beer, though, is the touch of spicy rye that intermingles with the sourness- it's definitely there as an undercurrent to the more pronounced sour flavors. The rye really adds something here and rounds the whole thing out. Very enjoyable beer from a great brewery.

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Photo of psumjl269
4.9/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is my favorite sour beer and it's not even really close. The Bruery makes three of the best sours I've ever had: this, Tart of Darkness, and Oude Tart. What sets this beer apart from all the rest is just how sour it actually is. Think jowls watering sour. I had this fresh on tap and I've had it in bottles and there was no distinguishable difference for me.

The price is high, but to me, worth it and I'd put down $20 for a 750ml anytime.

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

Very frothy head, crests around one finger, almost entirely extra large bubbles so it’s gone like that, no meaningful lacing to speak of. Strong glow to the liquid, really captures light inside the glass, gauzy rust orange to yellow in color, filled with very fine, microscopic bubbles. The nose is laser like in its precision, tart lemon to orange citrus, moss, forest floor matter, white pepper, caraway seeds, mostly green apple and pear fruit, a little peach pit, needs to warm to get the most out of the rye but even then not getting much oak element, glimmer of caramel, its muscular nature keeps it loitering for some time. Medium-bodied, the sourness and overall bite activates the palate right off while here the oak brings some textural creaminess in addition to vanilla and butter notes. Even dill weed, as created by some American oak barrels. There is a certain volatility to it, like an anxious finger tapping. Again, loads of sour grapefruit, lemon, orange citrus. Rye bite, sourdough bread, dried yeast, nothing “doughy” or uncooked. Close to peaty at times, definitely earthy and evokes the “sous bois” character. Carbonation is delicate, does not distract from intentional sourness. Green apple, pear, cherry, apricot fruit, more snap and crackle than juiciness. Linear and angular finish, no soaking into the palate, zips across the tongue. Refreshingly easy to drink.

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Awesome offering from the Bruery- pours a slightly hazy golden orange color with no head,retention. Nice color.

Smells lovely- tart and spicy. Definitely some funk, a little grapefruit, a little bready/rye.

Tastes very strong nice- acutely tart and spicy from the rye. They clearly used a lot of it in the mash. Some sweetness in the mix as well- a little like banana bread but that's in the background.

Mouthfeel is nice- medium body with moderate carbonation. Killer sour beer, especially if you're like me and love rye.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Tipples. Pours a nearly clear dark orange color with a one finger off white head. Sour lacto dominates the nose with some apricot, peach, and a little white vinegar. Not the peach version but still has some of those notes. Really nice. Flavor is a nice crisp sour green apple, with plenty of lacto and big acidity. Some light fruits and a hint of spice in there dancing around, and a clean dry finish. Light to medium mouthfeel with effervescent carbonation. Really awesome sour here.

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Photo of Thickfreakness
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a semi-clear-hazy burnt sienna color. A little tangerine tinted head that fades quickly and leaves no lacing. A decent amount of carbonation that lingers on.
Sour apples, grapes, notes of vanilla/oak, lemon zest, funky barnyard style yeastiness with a sweet and spicy feel. Touches of leather, sour citrus peel, light sour cherries and spiced cake.
Tangy barnyard funk, crispy sour apple, lemony citrus, sour grapes on the verge of vinegar, touches of toasted oak, hints of herbal spice and holiday spices. Nicely puckering!
Puckering, tart and funky with an underlying sweetness with a touch of spice and herbs. Nice carbonation, amazing acidity and finish.
An amazing blend of sour fruit, barnyard funk and spicy sweetness. If this wasn't $20, I could drink this all the time. Definately gotta grab a few more for the long haul. Intense and complex, but somehow simple and easy.

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Photo of ajmitch4
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2014 Edition poured into a tulip glass.
A caramel-colored pour and off-white head. Lighter look than a brown sour or Flanders.
Hints of oak, alcohol and acid flavors in the smell.
Tart up front followed quickly by the spicyness of the rye. Unique and intriguing for me to have the rye tastes in a sour - nice little twist.
Light-medium bodied and the tingly carbonation you look for to compliment a sour beer.
Wondering what one of these would taste like if aged for a year or two but satisfied nonetheless. Also hoping to get the chance at some point to try a sour in the rye with peaches or other fruit as that might be where it lacks in the taste.

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Photo of papat444
4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed at EBF 2014.

Another case of a beer not being on my radar (in this case, was looking for Bottleworks XII but alas). Mouth puckeringly tart with lots of oak and strong white wine presence. Very tannic with an acidity that feels right at home. Quite the surprise.

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

Review from over a year after original straight 4.25 rating (6/2015):
Beer pours a fuzzy light copper, a bit darker than I expected. Fluffy white head rings the edges with decent thickness. Nose has a lime-like tartness to it, mainly. There's a somewhat unexpected Sprite-like feel I get from the nose as well, strangely. There's also a hint of what I get in some Oud Bruins; I want to say it's a tart plum scent, but there's some very light dark fruit note (*maybe* prune).

Taste is lemony tart to start with. This flavor lasts throughout. From a sour point of view, a bit of funk joins the party mid-taste, bringing with it a bit of chew to the feel as well. The overall feel, though, is fairly smooth, ignoring the draw on the palate caused by the sour notes. The sour pretty much dominates, but individual notes within it seem to me to be mainly citrus, but I also get some sour apple, and in some sips, maybe something more like unripe nectarine. At the end of the taste, I get a hint of that same unripe dark fruit I got in the smell.

A fine sour, but it definitely needs some warmth to brings out some of the nuances. I still wished there was a little more complexity or depth to the flavors to take this up to the next notch.

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Photo of babaracas
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear polished copper, thick offwhite head, big splotches of lace on the glass. Smell: acetic soured apricot, vinous, oak barrel, herbal brett. Taste: unripe green apple, acetic, apricot, white grape, faint vanilla note, dill-ish herbal note. Medium bodied, puckering, tasty.

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

A-orange amber with a nice off-white head and decent lacing

S-sour grapes, oak, lemon, grain, yeasty

T-lemon, green apple, oak, little vinous, rye grain, yeast, quite tart

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and puckering

O-really enjoyed this sour beer, good flavors and nice puckering sourness

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

Poured from a 25 oz bottle into a Bruery tulip glass. Thanks tbryan5 for hooking me up with this gem!

A- Pours a very hazy pumpkin orange body with a generous, gushing 3 finger off white head that reduces at a medium rate.. leaves spotty lacing.

S- Potent aromas of fermented apples, ripe fruit, and a distinct strong funkyness are present as soon as I cracked it open.. upon further evaluation I get sour apple, lemon juice, some vanilla, and leather.

T- The first sip packs a pretty potent punch of sourness - citric acid, sour apple, distilled vinegar, tart fruit. I get some rye on the follow through, mixed with a slight caramel-vanilla note presumably from the oak. The finish is sweet and sour, like unripe berries.

M- Medium body, medium-low carbonation. An easy drinker.

The Bruery never disappoints my cravings for a mouth-puckeringly sour beer. This isn't tart, this is downright sour but in a very good way - very complex and balanced. Highly recommendable.

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Photo of MNishCT77
4.51/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle purchased at Connecticut Ave. Wine & Liquors in NW D.C., "11-29-12"/Lot 55, poured into my The Bruery "Rue the Day" tulip glass and drank over 30 minutes

A: 3/3 - mahogany color, impressive clarity (able to see and read), initial 1 finger creamy white head persists through the drinking session as a 1/2 finger head, high carbonation with tight white bubbles just pouring off the bottom of the glass, moderate alcohol legs

S: 10/12 - interesting mix of rye and sour - horse blanket and other barnyard - notes; some oak and vanilla aroma shines through; no detectable hops or flaws

T: 18/20 - on first sip, there 's a funky barynard note that slaps you up front but quickly dries out as the rye starts to shine through in the middle of the mouth; on the back end, the oak barrel character pops - vanilla especially; some alcohol shines through as well; finishes super dry from the rye

M: 4/5 - very high carbonation, moderate body; some barrelish alcohols and malt fullness

T: 9/10 - ...and another winning Bruery's sour, which further solidifies their standing as the best American sour program; the rye and the funk just dance the waltz here, and can't wait to try some of the Reserve Society offshoots; like the Rueze also reviewed tonight, for $22.99 for a bottle in the greater Washington D.C. area, this is definitely worth your investment if you have the disposable income

TOTAL - 44/50

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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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Sour In The Rye from The Bruery
94 out of 100 based on 287 ratings.