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Sour In The Rye With Kumquats - The Bruery

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700 Ratings
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Ratings: 700
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.2%
Wants: 167
Gots: 169 | FT: 36
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  7.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev -8.9%

03-02-2013 04:10:38 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

On cask at the Bruery Reserve Society initiation party at The Phoenix Club in Anaheim, CA.

Pours a murky orange with no head and no lacing. Smell is incredible with sour, funky, and tart fruits especially the kumquats and tropical fruits. Taste is also the same with a very nice kumquat flavor that takes prominence. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very nice wild ale all around but it smells a bit better than it tastes in my opinion.

Serving type: cask

03-18-2012 23:26:56 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -8.9%

09-22-2013 02:23:27 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4/5  rDev -8.9%

12-19-2013 12:49:48 | More by Thorpe429
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

01-01-2014 21:22:02 | More by nmann08
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Exacerbating the already present citrusy character ,the addition of the highly fragrant kumquats gives this sour rye ale an even more highly citrus boost.

Its hazy burnt orange hue precedes the fruit additions with its own visual weight and haze. As the nose draws near, the tantalizing scent of sourness locks the jaws and evokes mouthwatering response. Its first sip is strikingly sour with the same sour white grape, lime, lemon, crabapple medley as the original Sour in the Rye.

Intensifying over the middle, its sharply acidic taste strips the palate and penetrates with utmost lactic sourness. Approaching dry chardonnay and apple cider vinegar at times, the dried citrus character turns lightly musty and earthen while peppery rye and its associated huskiness lurk in the shadows of taste.

Crisp, clean and utter refreshing, the thirst-stripping sourness leaves the palate dry and only moderately earthy as subtleties of cork, cellar-like must, weathered oak, tobacco and damp soil emerge in aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2014 14:48:00 | More by BEERchitect
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acurtis

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -8.9%

09-22-2013 02:58:43 | More by acurtis
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womencantsail

California

4.33/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cask at Reserve Society Party 2012

Hazy orange color with minimal head due to the cask pour. Starts out with a nice vanilla aroma. Tons of kumquat and a very citrusy aroma overall. A decent amount of wood with just a mild rye and vinegar note. A touch of grass along with the wood really the only funk. Restrained acetic qualities and a nice tartness overall. Plenty of kumquat flavor makes this really enjoyable.

Serving type: cask

07-16-2012 21:00:11 | More by womencantsail
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

12-09-2013 17:11:38 | More by ygtbsm94
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kjkinsey

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

10-10-2013 00:17:15 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

10-10-2013 00:15:25 | More by Texasfan549
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GRG1313

California

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

05-20-2013 02:31:37 | More by GRG1313
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -8.9%

09-29-2013 19:16:05 | More by Knapp85
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2013 01:12:46 | More by TMoney2591
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emerge077

Illinois

4.24/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 20:28:56 | More by emerge077
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4/5  rDev -8.9%

07-03-2013 05:24:52 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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largadeer

California

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

07-18-2013 05:45:19 | More by largadeer
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -8.9%

01-28-2014 17:57:30 | More by JAHMUR
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

03-01-2014 16:30:33 | More by Kegatron
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

09-15-2013 20:15:26 | More by drabmuh
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SocalKicks

California

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

06-23-2013 23:54:27 | More by SocalKicks
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.26/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 13:42:16 | More by jlindros
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 08:48:04 | More by Rifugium
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oline73

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

10-14-2013 16:23:42 | More by oline73
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mdfb79

New York

4.33/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Excited to crack into one of these tonight as I've been waiting for my RS boxes to arrive. 750ml bottle opened with my Bruery bottle opener and poured into my Bruery tulip....boom.

a - Pours a deep murky reddish-brown color with one to two inches of off white head that leaves quickly and moderate carbonation evident. Light lacing left on the glass.

s - Smells of oranges, citrus, sour dark fruits, vinegar, lactic notes, oak, rye, fruity malts, and some spice. Nice oranges and citrus up front, with lots of sourness coming through afterwards.

t - Taste follows the nose closely. Loads of oranges and citrus up front followed by lots of sour dark fruits. Also tastes of more oak and rye then the nose, some bready malts, musty and earthy notes, and vinegar. Fruity and not as vinegary as the normal SitR.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation, with a little bit of a acedic bite to it. Nice though, pretty easy to drink for a bigger sour.

o - Overall I liked this one quite a bit; I felt like this was a better version of SitR, as it was that with less vinegar to it and more citrus and oranges, and fruit in general. Plenty of sourness there too and no problem taking down the whole bottle, big fan of this one. Now I just need to get a bottle of the SitR with peaches.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2013 22:08:02 | More by mdfb79
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Sour In The Rye With Kumquats from The Bruery
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