Sour In The Rye With Kumquats - The Bruery

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Ratings: 949
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 7.95%
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Gots: 178 | FT: 36
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California, United States

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American Wild Ale |  7.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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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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Photo of tectactoe
4.44/5  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.

Photo of ehammond1
4.69/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Photo of jeonseh
4.31/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

S - Kumquats and mango give it a nice tropical presence that I didn't expect up front. It also has the standard lemon and tartness you'd expect in a sour.

T - Tart lactic acid, white vinegar and lemon peel give it a tartness that is balanced with the tropical fruits of kumquats, mango, and pineapple to it

M - Tart mouthfeel with tons of carbonation. Dry finish

O - Good sour with lots of kumquat presence that provides a tropical fruit presence that is definitely unique in a wild.

Photo of CLCardinal84
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle served into a Prairie teku. Big thanks to my man Eric in Cali for letting me purchase some of his RS allocations.

A: Bright citrus orange, with a nice fizzy half inch head. Looks like a big dank IPA at first glance.

S: Wow, sour, funk and fresh squeezed orange & citrus fruits.

T: To date this is the best Bruery sour I've had and it's not even close. It's got the typical funky puckering sour that all Bruery sours have and then takes it up a notch with a delicious citrus blast that lingers in the aftertaste. The rye cuts the vinegary sourness that is usually present in Bruery sours and makes it pretty darn great. Could really drink more than 1 of these.

M: Good carbonation, fizzy and what a sour should be.

O: Very well done Bruery. I had only been moderately impressed with your sour offerings before, but this beer was fantastic and hopefully a sign of things to come. One of the better American wild ales I've had.

Photo of weonfire
4.41/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Amber, finger thick light frizzy white head, dissipates quickly, leaves small head around rim

S - Tart raspberry, cherry, kumquat, musty grapes

T - Sweet than immediately tart fruits. Oaky, rye, raspberry, kumquat, granny smith apple, cherry

M - Thick, frothy, fruits cover excellently, acidic, very nice carbonation

O - Tart - but not puckering tart, cant specifically pick out the kumquat. Was actually thicker than I was expecting. Beer is phenomenal. Oak & Rye are spectacular. Far too easy to drink. 7.6% is almost shocking.

Photo of SoCalBeerIdiot
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 vintage from a 750mL bottle

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.74/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Murky deep amber. No head.

Smell - Stone fruits. Very acetic. Malty. Smells a bit like honey.

Taste - Extremely sour. Masks any stone fruit. Citrus sourness. Malty.

Mouthfeel - Too sour for me. Minimal carbonation.

Overall - I remember liking the Peach Sour in the Rye better.

Photo of IKR
4.24/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 Vintage

Appearance: Slightly cloudy reddish-amber in color. The beer had a moderate white head that quickly dissipated.

Smell: Kumquats and slight funk. I also pick up notes of other citrus fruits.

Taste: Kumquats, mild musk and citrus notes. The kumquats feature upfront in both the nose and taste. Very mild acetic notes are present with the kumquats lingering in the finish.

Mouth-feel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: The kumquats are a nice addition to sour in the Rye. My favorite version is still Sour in the Rye with peaches but I'm really liking this beer. Picking up my allocations was perfect timing to help get me through the hot days of summer with bottles of a tasty sour.

Photo of cxr1037
4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Notes from a bottle share last weekend (thanks Luke!).

APPEARANCE: Medium amber, hazy pour. Strong head that settles quick.

AROMA: Tart, funky smell that I knew would be there when we opened the bottle, but I wasn't expecting based on the color (I've been drinking too many geuzes and other wild ales lately). The kumquat is front and center on this one, bringing lots of tropical fruity citrus. Strong rye character and a little bit of bubblegum.

TASTE: Quite tart. Lots of citrus and other tropical fruit. You could tell me they squeezed the kumquats into the bottle and I would believe it. Minimal rye - I was expecting a bit stronger presence of it. There's low levels of bitterness reminiscent of green apples. Also a tiny hint of plastic.

MOUTHFEEL: Lots of carbonation and a little bit acidic, probably from all that citrus. It leaves a lingering bitterness but it's refreshing.

OVERALL: Another great Bruery sour. I'm more into the geueze flavor at the moment, but this was fantastic. I wouldn't mind drinking this on a warm evening. :D


Photo of KYGunner
4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


I had this back to back with Sour in the Rye and it seemed that this was a very different beer. Age and a batch from a different year may have made all the difference but it has a more pink grapefruit like color. The nose was sweet, sour and tart citrus fruit but there was more of a minerally acidic aroma. The flavor was more earthy, minerally and orangier than Sour in the Rye. It felt about the same. Very good beer but I liked the Sour a bit better.

Photo of BradfordStuckey
4.86/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The best Sour EVER. Very tart, makes you pucker face with every sip. The sweet citrus notes try to cut the sour but instead they compliment the tingling sour of the beer. If you see it, purcahse it.

Photo of emerge077
4.24/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Eric for sharing this one!
Quick review from written notes.

Dark orange color, lightly hazy, a frothy collar of cream colored foam around the edges of the glass.

Zesty aroma, some light fruity acidity, kumquat... sure?

Super tart and acidic flavors of unripe fruit, mainly crabapple and grape (the tiny green sour variety). Very dry and puckering, gets the old salivary glands working into overdrive. Can't say i've ever had a kumquat, but guessing it adds some acidity and sugars to fuel the wild yeasts' activity.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottled on 4/25/13. Poured in to Bruery tulip.

A - Very dark orange/amber colour that is just short of being completely opaque. Half a finger of cream coloured head formed and reduced to a thin layer.

S - Sourness with a big oak presence, a bready sweetness and fresh citrus.

T - Slightly puckering sourness up front that really tames down as I continue to drink the glass. Bright citrus notes come through, specifically some orange rind. Oak is present throughout along with a touch of spice. Citric finish with the kumquat really coming through.

M - Medium body. Dry. Light to moderate carbonation.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.74/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear dark golden.... nice white head... good lacing and retention.

Nose is pretty damn citrus sour.... kumquats are loud and proud.

Flavor has the same big kumquat presence... citric and pithy... lactic and unapologetic.. liquid sweet tarts... juicy citrus .... for my humble palate, the sour notes destroy any rye perceptions that I might have.

Light/medium body... good carbonation.... very puckery and sour, still pretty refreshing though a 750 is plenty between 5 dudes.

All 3.75's.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.27/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared by Curran at his tasting.

Pours a murky crimson orange, with no head, or lacing. Cool color here, but not much else to speak of.

The aroma just explodes with tart fruit flavors, hard to categorize them all. Kumquats for sure, some lemon, orange, and pineapple, with vinegar, lactic acid, and funk as well.

The taste is similar. Puckeringly sour, but in a good way, it lingers on your lips for a while. There is some great fresh fruit flavor here, the kumquats are up front, and their natural combination of tartness and sweetness is perfect for a beer like this. There is some vinegary and acidic sweetness that dominates the proceedings, but doesn't overwhelm.

Light to medium bodied, miraculously very drinkable. Finishes dry. The acidity lingers on the tongue and lips throughout the session.

I continue to become more and more impressed by sours, this is yet another really well made one.

Photo of SHODriver
4.75/5  rDev +8%

A: poured into an oversize wine glass to a deep brown with two fingers of dense off white head that fades quickly but leaves some lacing
S: smells of rye, wood, funk, lactic acid, and kumquats
T: taste is very tart with lactic and acetic sourness, very citrusy with some funk and kumquat, slight woodyness with a faint sweetness. swallow is a lingering sourness and kumquat with a little funk.
M: moderate amount of heft with soft carbonation and a drying finish from the acidity
O: An incredible beer. Great flavors and complexity that's a pleasure to drink. Truly an amazing beer.

Photo of rlee1390
4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Cloudy deep orange, one finger head that tries to leave behind some lacing.

S-Funk, oak, rye, grass, rather citrusy.

T-Amazing balance. Starts rather sour with oak and grass notes. Then some rye. And finally waves of citrus finish it out.

M-Medium bodied, well carbonated, crisp dry finish.

O-SitR was a great beer already, adding the kumquats gave it a nice citrus finish, allowing for perfect balance. An amazing beer. Huge thanks for offing up unused allocations.

Photo of ThickNStout
4.13/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle acquired through the Reserve Society. Bottled 4/25/13. Served in a Bruery snifter.

Pours deep hazy orange, almost brown with a finger and a half pale head. Head recedes but laces fairly well.

Smells sweet and tart with semi-sour citrus, oak, and faint natural malty sugars.

The sour, bittersweet kumquats burst on the scene as the initial flavor. Plenty of moderately puckering tartness. Orange and lemon rinds, marmalade, vinegar, smooth oak barrel sweetness, rye malts, natural cane sugar, caramel and subtle tart cherry. No alcohol presense at all. The unique kumquat citrus really shines as it warms up. A nice balance of tart with sweetness.

Medium full feel with moderate carbonation. Sweet tart kumquats, sour rye and some vinegar in the crisp, clean finish.

I found this much more to my liking that the base Sour in the Rye. The sweet citrus notes add so much. I may have to get another bottle if it's still available.

Photo of Benish
3.68/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 4/25/13 and opened 12/1/13. Poured into snifter glass.

Appearance: very minimal head while pouring. Dissipated quickly. Dark peach in color and slightly opaque with sediment floating around.

Smell: has a lactic sour, bready and almost dank smell. There's also plenty of citrus and tart fruits.

Taste: starts very sour and tart, eventually becomes more dry and finishes with a touch of bitter citrus bite as well as tartness remaining around the mouth. Can't really pick up much oak or wood from the barrels.

Mouthfeel: very citric around the mouth. Light bodied mouthfeel.

Overall: this was a solid beer but I think I was expecting too much. Clearly it would have been best to try this fresh but I did not have the chance. Still enjoyed this very much; pleasant experience!

Photo of rand
4.51/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

From 750 mL bottle to Bruery tulip glass

A: Orange-mahogany in color, an aggressive pour forms a wispy, effervescent head that quickly dissipates.

S: Tart, vinegary aspects anchor the bouquet, while the pithy, zest notes of the kumquats are distinct. Notes of unripe cherry linger. The brew is sour enough to tighten your glands before it hits your palate.

T: Puckering sour at the front, refreshing with lemony vinegar notes. The added kumquats bend the flavors more citrusy and you can taste their zest and pith. Oak and unripe berries pop up mid sip, with a touch of lingering sweetness toward a short, clean finish. Alcohol is almost completely masked.

M: Light bodied and effervescent, especially considering the ABV.

It's nice how the added fruit just accents the brew, leaving the delicious flavors of Sour in the Rye in tact.

Photo of jlindros
4.27/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Another rudzud split.

Decent foamy slight creamy 1/2 finger head that fades pretty quickly, murky dark mahogany brownish honey red color.

Nose nice stone fruit and kumquat, cross between citrus and apricot like fruit, strange Brazilian like fruit, little sweet candy malt bit syrupy, bit of Jack fruit too, big kumquat juicy, some tartness and sour fruit like, juicy mild bitterness.

Taste stats with sour fruit, fairly tart but not overly, sweet candy malt base, juicy fruit again cross between citrus like Clementine and stone like apricot fruit, must be the kumquat, sour sweet candy sour patch kids flavor, little brown sugar candy, touch sticky sweet brown malt, and just a touch of barrel. Finish is sticky sweet, little flemmy sour malt, light acid, more of the kumquat fruit, light mango juice.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, decent carb, little sticky and flemmy.

Overall not bad but nothing too special, fruit is great but overpowers at the same time.

Photo of Rifugium
3.67/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured a hazy/murky burnt orange color with a small off-white head that sank to a ringlet. Aroma of kumquats, apricot, citrus, acetic acid and lacto, with some yeasty funk. Lots of tartness/sourness in the taste, citrus mainly, acetic, more of the yeasty funk that was noted in the aroma, sour toasted grains. I never bothered trying the original version of the beer, so I really have no basis of comparison between the two. Medium body, a bit rough in the mouthfeel with a slightly metallic aftertaste. Decent.

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.22/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

thanks to duffy for sharing this brew!

poured into tulip.

Appearance: hazy and opaque orangeish bodied beer with thin white cap.

Smell: juicy melons, tropical fruits, spicy rye!

Taste: A mild lime / lime sour note. Melons. Juicy tropical fruits. a touch of saltiness. Hint of spicy rye.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with almost but not quite moderate carbonation. Semi dry finish that makes your mouth water!

Overall: I have no clue what I Kumquat is, but... it really work nicely in a sour beer! I would be very receptive to more wild ales brewed with kumquat. Almost reminds me of Upland Persimmon fruit lambic. Yeah, true story!

Photo of LambicPentameter
4.18/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Received this beauty as part of a trade with BA Black_Rider. Enjoyed out of a brown 750 mL bottle with "2013 edition" marked clearly on the label. Poured into a large New Belgium tulip glass.

Appearance (4.0) - Pours a dark ruddy orangish-brown hue that makes light passage difficult. Some haze is present, but I'd hesitate to call it murky. Atop the body sits a finger of off-white head, with a bit of a frothy look to it. Retention is fleeting, and it quickly fades away to reveal a healthy ringlet of foam around the edge of the glass and a bit of film intermittently placed across the surface of the liquid. No lacing is left behind to speak of.

Smell (4.0) - Smell is that of apple cider vinegar as well as some acidic citrus notes. Make no mistake, the story of this beer--like it's un-fruited cousin--is more about the Sour than it is the Rye. However, the addition of the kumquats makes for a nice juicy fruit overtone that wasn't present in the much drier-smelling standard SitR. In many ways, it reminds me more of stone fruit than it does of it's citrus brethren, at least in the aroma. There is still a recognizable amount of funk and some woody qualities from the barrel.

Taste (4.25) - It's hard not to again draw comparisons to regular Sour In The Rye. In this case, it retains the same acidic sour apple punch presents itself in the original, as well as a subtle spiciness from the rye malt. The funk that came through in the aroma is pushed aside by much more straightforward sour characteristics, but again, the kumquat comes to the rescue and provides some softer, juicier tones to play against the biting sourness of the bacteria. There is also some bitterness in the aftertaste that reminds me a bit of a dry-hopped sour.

Mouthfeel (4.25) - Medium-bodied and moderate carbonation, with a mostly dry finish and a slight pucker on the tastebuds.

Overall (4.25), the addition of the tiny citrus fruit does marvels for this beer, and makes it quite refreshing and a bit easier to drink more of than the non-fruited SitR. It certainly makes me curious to try more beers that utilize kumquat in the future.

Photo of TMoney2591
4.27/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tumbler.

It's funny, every time I think of kumquats, my mind goes back to that skit from Sesame Street back in the day about the picky girl who didn't like kumquats (mostly because she'd never had them before and was skeptical of new things) until she'd tried them. How odd the brain works sometimes, amiright? Anyway, this stuff pours a hazy sunset ruby-amber topped by a short finger of cream foam. The nose comprises apple vinegar, cherry-flavored ShockTarts, light balsa, mild toffee, light sour plum, and a wash of sour citrus juices (potentially including the kumquat, but I have no earthly idea what that smells or tastes like, so...). The taste brings in more of the same, plenty of vinegar and straight sourness mixing with the fruit and an undercurrent of toffee-imbued sweetness that serves mostly to buoy and support the sour rather than combat it. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry, sticky-ish finish. Overall, a damn fine bit of sour, and, brother, does it ever bring the sour! Still, it's not overwhelming, but rather delicious and complex, not unlike Cuvee des Jacobins Rouge with a sharper acidity and highe3r fruitiness. Good times, indeed.

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Sour In The Rye With Kumquats from The Bruery
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