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Sour In The Rye With Kumquats - The Bruery

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Reviews: 64
Hads: 964
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 8.37%
Wants: 286
Gots: 180 | FT: 32
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Style | ABV
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 Cdulay1
4.93/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark golden haze, low carb. Beautiful citrus nose. Thin to medium bodied. Perfect balance of sour and citrusy flavor. None of that vinegar either. I can crush a bomber of this alone. (190 characters)

Photo of BradfordStuckey
4.86/5  rDev +13%
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. (198 characters)

Photo of SHODriver
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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. (590 characters)

Photo of Beerenauslese
4.74/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Beige foamy head forms over a hazy copper body, dissipating moderately fast to a ring, while leaving moderate lacing on the glass. Good head and appearance for a sour. Darker than regular sour in the rye.

Smells of fresh kumquats with some citrus notes, a little wild funk, rye malt, and some spice.

Kumquats are known for their sweet and sour taste and they shine in this beer. The kumquats go with the sour rye base beer amazingly well, producing a taste that is tart yet well balanced. There is a nice sour start to the palate along with rye, followed by a wave of sweetish kumquat flesh, and the wet finish is both sweet and sour, followed by a lingering bitterness mainly from the oils of the kumquat skins. It has a fruity tartness that lightly coats the entire palate, but it is never too tart.

For a sour beer, this has a somewhat thicker body than the norm (perhaps from the fruit addition) and together with the light carbonation, it has a satisfying, creamy mouthfeel.

This is really an excellent sour beer--one of the best I have had from The Bruery. It is very drinkable, with moderate alcohol level, and the taste of fresh kumquats is just amazing for a bottled beer. One might say it is so fresh fruit dominant, that it doesn't really taste like a beer. I don't consider that a problem. It is not a fruit lambic and should not be compared to one. I'd suggest you drink this one quite fresh to retain the citrus outburst. (1,443 characters)

Photo of tclipse
4.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Unbelievable sour. The kumquats are VERY present, you get citrus peel from beginning to end along with a bit of understated oak. Definitely a lemon note along with the kumquat as well. (184 characters)

Photo of ehammond1
4.69/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Cask

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. (742 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.66/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in a deep orange gold color.

The aroma is very much Sour in the Rye, yet with huge citrus kumquats in the front. It really gives it a gorgeous brightness. Lemon, citrus sourness, rye, some breadiness.

The flavor follows with that lemon, rye, citrus sourness, and also that pop of kumquat. A good amount of tartness, rye spice, bready sweetness.

Of beers with additions, this really does the beer well. I'm really impressed and truly do like it more than the original. That exotic tropical kumquat really pushes this beer to another level. (557 characters)

Photo of vinny21bal
4.64/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is a very very good beer. I have traded for a bunch of this after having it for the first time. The Kumquats actually pull through on this beer and makes a big difference from the regular Sour in the Rye which is also a great beer. However the regular Sour in the Rye is not as good as this beer. Perfect amount of sour and fruit. You do still get some of the wood finish as well which is a must for me and a sour. (419 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
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. (607 characters)

Photo of jjdc
4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Hazy, golden brown. Nose is fragrant and pungent like an orange tree orchard. Starts with a tart pucker, opens to bitter kumquat rind and finishes with a sweet juiciness, not that far from a glass of OJ. The fruit is really forward in this. Nice to have a beer aged on Kumquats. Different, but really nice. (306 characters)

Photo of shangwang
4.61/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Extremely sour. Wish I had had it side by side with the other Sour in the Rye variations, but as far as I can remember I preferred the Kumquat version. Added a lot more sour with some tropical resiny citrus character. Very nice. (228 characters)

Photo of notchucknorris
4.59/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours a slightly murky copper color with a glowing orange center. A fizzing, off white head disappears fairly quickly. Really not much of a looker, but looks weren't really what I was excited about for this beer.

S: And there we go. Amazing fresh kumquat smell. Smells like kumquat zest was grated over my glass right before I took a sniff. The spiciness of the kumquat works really well with a slight rye spice in the aroma. Faint lemon and tangerine zest, vanilla and oak. I could smell this forever.

T: Opens with a drawling sour note across the palate. Faint lacto, lemon and unripe green grape hit with a touch of underripe tangerine towards the finish. The kumquats don't really hit the taste until the finish and they leave a sour and slightly bitter citrus flavor, less like kumquat flesh and more like the skin and oily residue of the fruit itself. I don't think The Bruery could have picked a better fruit to add to Sour in the Rye than kumquats. Fantastic stuff. (978 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
4.54/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

3/17/2012. Cask at The Reserve Society Initiation Celebration.

A: Pours near flat with a few bubbles that are gone in an instant. The body is hazy bright orange.

S: Pungent kumquat aroma. Wow. Sweet and sour oranges as well. Lactic with a touch of oak. The focus is on the fruit and it's stunning.

T: Huge kumquat flavor that's sour with just a little sweetness. Deliciously tart. Tastes like an orange sour patch kid. Lactic throughout with a light citric acidity. The finish is a bit acetic.

M: Lower medium body with very little carbonation.

Overall: Very good. The fruit is fantastic. (594 characters)

Photo of rand
4.51/5  rDev +4.9%
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. (838 characters)

Photo of CLCardinal84
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (944 characters)

Photo of artoolemomo
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pours up a good amount of head that seems to have similar retention. The head is an off-white with yellow hints while the body is a deep amber with slight hints of maroon which appears as a medium to dark amber when held up to the light. Some lacing has been left behind. Minor sheeting neer the surface of the beer.

Nose- Very interesting. There's the obvious sour but it builds from there. Citrus, mostly orange, which moves into stone fruit with a little bit of their fleshy bitterness. This echoes perfume and bug spray, almost a little bit of formic acid. This mellows out and shows an aroma redolent of orange sherbet. Nice and creamy- I wonder if this is the kumquat? Really evens out the acetic acid. Swirling reveals even more creaminess. Maybe a little bit of vanilla from the oak? I think so.

Taste- Very evocative of the nose- starts off with bright citrus compounded with stone fruits while the tartness is mitigated by the orange sherbert notes. Many times I have problems with the sour nature of wild ales but this beer is a dream. Maybe I've become more used to them but this beer is extremely accessible and shows a bit more complexity from a sour than I'm used to detecting. Sort of like a tart version of Creamsicle. Other red fruits start to show- strawberry and cherry. There's a little bit of grass and straw floating around. Also a slight funk. I think the oak aging really adds another dimension to this by adding a subtle vanilla which really smooths this beer out. Really good to great beer and I'm mostly leaning to great beer at the moment. It's hard to think of a flaw. It maybe could use more funk but this really more of a desire on my part than a flaw. Peach syrup, nectarines. So slinky. Some Sweet Tarts in the background with a slight bitterness- orange peel, green stone fruit.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with lots of syrup and lots of juiciness to the texture. Ample carbonation really agrees with this beer. Such strong orange juice notes (with a little chewiness) that my brain thinks this is a little pulpy. It isn't but it's still nice to think so.

Drinkability- This may be the easiest drinking sour I've ever had. Incredible balance and integration matched by outstanding complexity and presence. And it's so incredibly smooth. Not sure if I would ever buy it again but it's worth the 25-30 bucks you would spend.

Overall- Just a great beer. So approachable but also a bright star among many good sours. Very accessible for a non-beer drinker. Without a doubt, a must try. Even if you don't like sours. It's that good. (2,581 characters)

Photo of Rinkor16
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is why I joined the Reserve Society. Enjoyed with some fellows BA's.

A: Hazy orange with a little head that hung around the edge.

S: I don't know if I can pick out the kumquats. Mostly because I've only eaten them once. Lots of citrus and funk.

T: Oh damn. That's good. I really enjoyed the normal Sour in the Rye, but the kumquats brings it to a new level. Very sour with lemon and other citrus. Little bit of oak and the kumquats brings a very sharp sour taste.

M: Medium bodied with the right amount of carbonation.

O: I am very pleased that I maxed out my allocation. Definitely a sour ale that is worth seeking out. (630 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared at the Swamp Head Bottle Drop. Pours slightly murky orange colored with a fluffy white to off white head on top. Beautiful aroma of sour vinegar, tropical fruit, and the light spice I get from the regular SitR. Flavor follows with light sourness that is sweetened up by the semisweet and tart kumquats, clean crisp finish with a lingering fruity flavor left on the palate. My wife, not being a fan of most beers, actually even really enjoyed this one. The fruit balances the sour perfectly here and creates a new beer that retains the beautiful sour flare that I love in the regular version. A little more heft than the regular version, creamy yet crisp, sweet and tart, with medium plus carbonation. I would have this one again and again. (753 characters)

Photo of aquazr1
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (162 characters)

Photo of cxr1037
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
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

90/100 (1,062 characters)

Photo of stakem
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle into a matching Bruery snifter. The brew appears a hazey brown color with a khaki cap that holds across the top. Some yellowish orange to yellow clarity is seen around the edges when held to the light.

The smell is that of straight up keyl ime juice. Quite a zesty and fruity lime or lemony punch that amplifies the tropical feel that can be found in the base brew. Soft funk and mild barrel presence is also felt as it warms up.

The taste is tart and very citrus forward like lemon or lime with an underlying wild yeast funk and soft raw oakiness. Sour in the rye is already a tropical and fruited feeling brew but actually adding kumquats really takes it up another level of brightness and enjoyability.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. It is very tart yet easy drinking and enjoyable. It had a noticeable difference and enjoyable factor from the base. Dare I say, I enjoyed this even more than the peach version. Sour in the rye remains my favorite bruery sour and this fruited version is just fantastic. It brings the kumquat character and a whole lot more. (1,109 characters)

Photo of tectactoe
4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (2,384 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
4.43/5  rDev +3%
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. (472 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into tulip. Bottled 4/25/13.

A: Body pours a deep iced-tea but with a little more mahogany to it. Head this large, frothy, thick and off-white in color. The head slowly collapsed into a greasy bubbly film leaving a network of heavy lacing down the glass.
S: Perfumey and bright nose definitely has dominate notes of kumquats and tart citrus pith. I get a touch of spicy rye and maybe a hint of drying oak barrel.
T: Follows the nose with huge, juicy kumquat notes which lend flavors of tropical fruits, oranges, lemon zest, tangerine juice and juicy fruit gum. Rye, oak barrel, gritty oak tannins and slight vanilla come through in the finish, and the aftertaste is musty, earthy and tart. I get a leafy sort of minty bubble gum taste in there as well. The after-aftertaste is buttery from the oak. Hints of leafy tobacco emerge as it warms.
M: Greasy, oily, slick body but luckily the drying oak finish comes through as I swallow. Modest and even carbonation makes this beer go down smooth. Medium-full body.
O: Drinks very well. Great unique flavors is more than just a citrus sour. Well integrated and smooth. Oak works nicely with the ‘quats. One of the best Bruery sours I’ve had. (1,207 characters)

Photo of weonfire
4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (537 characters)

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Sour In The Rye With Kumquats from The Bruery
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