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Sour In The Rye With Kumquats - The Bruery

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Reviews: 64
Hads: 970
Avg: 4.32
pDev: 8.33%
Wants: 283
Gots: 180 | FT: 31
Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  7.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: UCLABrewN84 on 03-18-2012

We've all come to know and love our 40% rye malt, barrel aged sour ale, Sour in the Rye. Now it's time to enjoy that very same beer, but with fresh kumquats added to the mix. This fruited sour reveals incredible notes of both bitterness from the citrus rind as well as an unmistakable tropical sweetness from macerating the entire fruit and adding it to barrels.
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4.19/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle, 2013 version. Thank you, Abraham.

Pouring a mildly hazy amber with a dense, beige head that falls off to a disk leaving patchy lacing, this looks great! The nose is bright with juicy, fruity, citrus present particularly strong, with the blend of pith, peel( minus astringency) and fruit, all really dominant. In other words, this is a kumquat beer. A moderate caramel/toffee base is present, along with earthy rye, a moderate vanilla note, and some sourness. The sourness is just whelmed by the perfumey citrus, it's incredibly fragrant. Really good.

If the nose had you believe this was a kumquat beer, the palate will have you think this is a kumquat soda. Big, juicy, fruity sweetness and flavor, deep, rich, complex and fragrant. The blend of peel, pith and fruit that makes kumquats so addictive is present by the boatload here. Behind it all is a blend of moderate lactic sourness, a buckwheat honey like sweetness, a little bit of burnt sugar and some toffee. Vanilla and oak are present on the finish, the vanilla in particular pairing well with the fruit. Medium light in body, the finish is just a hair watery. The finish is actually the least enjoyable aspect of this beer, it lacks depth. Carbonation is moderate, appropriately so. Excellent.

Much has been said about whether the AWA style is a poor man's lambic, but this beer shows that there's a time and a place for a sweet and sour beer. Very nicely done.

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Photo of tectactoe
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Chris for splitting his bottle. I've got one on the way, and now I know for sure what I'm gonna do with it. It pours out like tainted copper, very dingy and muddled; opaque for all intents and purposes. The off-white head fizzles and wisps away rather quickly, something that seems to be more and more commonplace with sour ales recently.

The nose on Sour in the Rye Kumquat is great, right from the start. Though kumquats are not the most common fruit, I have had them many times before, and I can definitely pick out kumquat in the aroma of this beer. Aside from that, it's very "citrusy" in character, giving off notes of lemon, orange, and light white grape skins. There's even a mild tropical essence that lies somewhere in the background.

Sourness and puckering tartness are evident from the nose alone; full of juicy, tart fruit skins and a solid helping of white wine vinegar that borders on the line of being vinous. There's a slight bit of oak in the finish as well, and it mixes very nicely with the superb line-up of citric and tropical fruity goodness. Let's hope this one tastes as good as it smells.

Sour in the Rye Kumquat is right in my wheelhouse of wild ales. Some people may think it's off-putting, but I love super-sour and cheek sucking vinegar flavors when done properly, and The Bruery has nailed it with this one. Extreme levels of tartness are injected into your senses as soon as the beer touches your lips. Vinegar, sharp acidity, and a huge inoculation of fruit.

Kumquats, both sweet and tart, lemons, orange, white grapes, and other tropical and citric nonsense gets flung across your palate like a war was going on. The oak provides a very nice, firm ground upon which the sour fruits can build, and it gives a nice, finishing dryness that is certainly aided by the rye as well. So citrusy and still so sour, even in the finish. Light-medium bodied with appropriate carbonation and a crisp, lively mouth feel.

Whew! I fell in love with this one right from the first whiff. Taking the first sip only made me fall even harder. I'll definitely be drinking the bottle I have coming to me, and I might even venture to seek out a few more. Twenty bucks a bottle? Ain't no thang - this beer is totally worth it. Straight liquid kumquat and citrus Shock Tarts dipped in a vinous, vinegar-y bath. Take it to the dome and tell me you don't love it.

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

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

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2013 bottle served in a tulip. Wow, am amazed at how present the kumquats are in this beer. There is a slight tartness to the beer, but the kumquats are the star.

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Sour In The Rye With Kumquats from The Bruery
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