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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: 179 | FT: 31
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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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Photo of jlindros
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of mothman
3.8/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Apricot and peach flavored. Very acidic. Very sour and tart. A lot of fruit flavors.

Pale gold with an orange hue in color. White head.

Mouthfeel is tart and light bodied. Kind of refreshing. Ends clean.

Easy to drink. Very tasty. I like this one.

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Photo of rudzud
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Shared with JLindros poured into a Kate the Great tulip.

A - Poured a somewhat ugly duckling hue, murky dark amber/honey hue with a thin white head that leaves a light halo and faint wisps.

S - Aromas of kumquat galore, sweet malts, light rye, some odd fruit, light caramel, really weird fruit note...Can't quite place it. Quite pleasant though floral fruit.

T - Taste is not as sour as I thought it would be, delicious kumquat notes, super fruity and 'exotic' , light caramel, slight rye notes, light sour patch kid notes, not add sour as I figured it would be but still delicious.

M - Mouthfeel is very nice for the style, not too too acidic, very drinkable.

O - Overall I enjoyed this beer, not as sour as u thought it would be but still super fruity and deficits. Like this much more than the peach version.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml, June 2013 release
Bruery tulip

A: Pours a murky orange-like amber color. Thin layer turned collar of off white. Egg shell white. Leaves some lacing bits.

S: Smell the sour as soon as I cracked it. Pulling some almost Flanders style notes initially. Tart cherry? Then getting some spice. I do pull some citrus zest/peel character. More orange like. Definitely some funky notes.

T: Sour funk right away. Again, it's more on par with a Flanders than a Gueuze or Lambic style. Tickles the tip of the tongue. Mid palate you are met by the grain bill. The rye does at some body and slight touch if spice that lingers. I'd go as far as saying the Kumquats are fairly muted. Maybe some slight zest as it comes up. Confirmed, more citrus on the close as it warmed. pleasant. Finish is dry but not bone dry.

M: Certainly medium bodied. There is some fullness that comes from the oak aging. Rounds the mouthfeel.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.59/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of Rinkor16
4.46/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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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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Photo of jeonseh
4.31/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.74/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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Photo of IKR
4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.32/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.69/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.54/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Sour In The Rye With Kumquats from The Bruery
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