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Sour In The Rye With Kumquats - The Bruery

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Ratings: 854
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 7.94%
Wants: 215
Gots: 182 | FT: 34
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  7.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: UCLABrewN84 on 03-18-2012)
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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

portia99, Jan 04, 2014
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4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

tectactoe, Jul 30, 2013
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4.73/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5


The Bruery RS Initiation Party 2012

Hazy though glowing, bright orange with very little visible carbonation. This leaves very little stick on the glass.

The aroma is powerfully delightful. The huge combination of tropical fruits (kumquats), sour acidity, mild funk, and a bit of oak is just stunning. I wish my breakfast smoothie smelled this good.

The flavor is both complex and accessible at the same time--though, most importantly, it's absolutely delicious. The authentic, juicy, ripe kumquat flavor is powerful from sip to swallow, complemented incredibly nicely by bright, acidic, tart sourness, along with hints of oak and mild funk. Delightful.

Light to medium bodied with low carbonation.

Superb. The best beer of the day.

ehammond1, Mar 26, 2012
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Sour In The Rye With Kumquats from The Bruery
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