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Dogpatch Sour - Almanac Beer Co.

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Ratings: 808
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 7.57%
Wants: 135
Gots: 187 | FT: 31
Brewed by:
Almanac Beer Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Piddmeista on 07-25-2013

This barrel-aged wild ale is named for our San Francisco neighborhood and pays tribute to the Flanders Red style of beer. Aged in wine barrels, this lightly tart ale is brewed with California Rainier cherries using a house blend of wild yeasts, bacteria and SF sourdough yeast. Pair this complex ale with ripe figs & blue cheese or seafood bouillabaisse.
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Ratings: 808 | Reviews: 93
Photo of Shaler_Tate
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really delicious. It's extremely tart, but the cherries come through on the backend and this is very drinkable.

Photo of johnnnniee
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of a large number of samples I had at the Extreme Beer Fest in Boston 3/21/32014. Great sour and cherry flavors!

Photo of highdeserthophead
4.83/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Excellent mouth puckering sour with an awesome cherry aroma. Not picking up much of the wine barrel aging, just some hints of must in the nose. Delicious malty backbone and very subtle oak in the finish.

Photo of CHickman
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled October 2014 - Batch #3: Pours a completely cloudy reddish copper color with a 2-3 finger foamy light tan head that was full of bubbles that popped and dissipated over a minute, making a hissing sound like a shaken up soda as it went down. The brew left no lacing and the Cerise Sour Blond made the same sounds so this must be an Almanac thing and I think it’s pretty cool.

Smells of cherry, sour fruit, candy or fruity medicine like Tums, grains, white wine, earthy funk, woody oak notes and sour juice aromas. The nose has the hard to describe red wine thing going on that makes this seem 60/40 beer to wine since there are a lot of earthy notes that all seem to blend together. I detect some honey and flowers from a few inches away too, very interesting.

Tastes fruity up front with the cherry very present and mixing with grains as well as yeast, then the shift goes acidic and tart with sour fruit juice, berries, a mix of chilled red and white wine, a little cracker, pepper and some smoky oak notes. Less earthy and more fruity than the nose, this hides the ABV completely and is not too sour, not too tart but yet pretty complex with a backbone that feels slightly malty with a touch of dry hops or tea leaf. Would love to have this on a hot summer night with a spicy fish dish or a cheese platter as suggested on the bottle.

Mouthfeel is light bodied, smooth and thin feeling with very mild carbonation that is a little fizzy on the tongue and fades off sweet and sour. A really enjoyable beer overall and one I will definitely have again.

Photo of BcOneSeven
3.32/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Wow! Sooooouuuurrrrr!!!!?? I'm not sure how I feel!

Photo of macher0
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to dbannister for the trade.

A: Cloudy ruby red color with dark orange hues. Not much of a head to start and just a few bubbles as it settles. Kind of a flat beer, but I find that it works.

S: Tart sour yeast, sour bactieria, big fruity - mainly cherries with some raspberry and strawberry notes, good amount of funk. A stong and pleasant neutral oak barrel presense melds everything togather. Fairly simple inputs but the outputs are dymanic.

T: I want to do this justice b/c it is a damn fine beer. This has a high tart level. Lots of fruit and barrel. Notes of sour-ass cherries are the dominate flavor. Digging for minor notes you get berries: raspberries, cranberries, and strawberries (bright red flavore), and a strong neutral-oak finish. A little dusty and a little funky.

M: Low carb and a little thick. Smooth, highly tart, and moderate body.

O: This is a good example of how some US breweries are bring it now, very close to their Belgian fore-fathers. This is a top-notch Kriek, hands down. I'm big on this beer. It has a low-coarse carb feel, but the texture and flavors balance that out to create something very similar to GI Loloita. I will search this out again.

Photo of Stevedore
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle of batch 2. Presumably from 12/2014. Served in a stemmed glass 2/12/2015.

A- Medium copper orange body, half finger white head, not much retention, no lacing. Drops into a thin collar, and eventually not a whole lot.

S- That west coast AWA aroma- lactic acid mostly, but a bit of bright citrus. Red wine, cherries. There's a good bit going on here.

F- Lactic acid, red wine tartness, tannins, oak, tart cherries, more lactic acid, finishes with a mild citrus bite. Very nice tartness that provokes a bit of salivation, a mildly harsh, burning finish. Kind of like a Warhead, but with a mild red wine character- in some ways, the subtle dark fruit, tannic flavour reminds me of sherry or port.

M- Thinner-medium body, a bit lower in carbonation and not as fizzy and crisp as expected, but still very good. Cleans off the palate perfectly in between IPAs.

O- Pretty good wild, not one that ranks among the best but it's very tasty in its own right. It has that house yeast flavour, but at the same time it's a bit more complex than their usual offerings. It's a poor man's Consecration, I think- less complexity and more tartness.

Photo of i4ourgot
3.8/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful reddish hue not really much head to the beer. Kind of a funky aroma, maybe a little sulfur. Not the best of aromas, but as the head dissipates there is a tart red wine aroma with some subtle sweetness too it. Very lip puckering sour, tart cherry flavor. Nice and dry very light on the tongue. The puckering sour goes away and mellows out as glass becomes half empty but still just sour cherry on the flavor that's it. I don't get any of the wine barrel on the flavor just the aroma.

Photo of AgentMunky
4.07/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange-brown translucent. Really nice nose. Tart fruit, soft, acidic finish. Really pleasant finish. Nice overall.

Photo of TrackcoachLVPA
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great nose, weird color but you can taste the cherries

Photo of humuloner22
4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I received this awesome extra from a trade. Thanks man!

Appearance: Decent carbonation, but virtually no head once it settles. But carbonation is present. Otherwise a very attractive hazy golden amber color.

Aroma: Tartness not much funk, I don't really detect the cherries, but then again Rainier cherries are pretty mild compared to the standard red Bing cherry. Which is appeals to me.

Taste: Nice clean tart flavor, this is a great beer to clean the palate while eating or drinking heavier items. It states that it should be paired with richer foods, like blue cheese. Mouthfeel is clean and crisp and effervescent.

Overall: Very solid sour. I would definitely seek this on out in the future.

Photo of Catracho5
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a Belgian style tulip

A: Very nice appearance, nice color, orange red, really bright, no head, some carbonation streaming off the bottom

A: Big sour, vinegar aroma, slight cherry aroma

T: Sour, some cherries, wine, fruity tart sourness, very dry, slight alcohol on the finish

O: Not bad, had a Belgian Flanders Red ale that was really good, this didn't measure up, I was expecting more cherries since they were added, did not pick them up, will try more Almanac sours in the future.

Photo of Spreetaper
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch No 3 - Another great sour from Almanac.

Photo of brentk56
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Batch 1

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy amber color; the soda-like head fritters away quickly; a few dots of lace linger

Smell: Acetic cherry, oak and vinous red wine

Taste: Dry, acetic cherry flavor, up front, with some oak and vinous aspects developing; increasingly sour in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low carbonation

Overall: A decent, but fairly one dimensional sour; not among the best Almanacs I have sampled

Photo of Filabee
2.99/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

The taste of this beer missed for me...Seemed a bit flat and not very sour.

Photo of metsfan1
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Really good sour, in the RR consecration mold (only slightly less tasty).

Photo of JGam115
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Rusted gold, outer lining of fine white head. Tart cherries, no funk, muted vanilla. Smooth malty sourness. Very approachable.

Photo of antott0523
4.59/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Almanac Dogpatch Sour

On draft poured into a snifter at Clinton Hall NYC.

A: Pours a translucent caramel color dark enough to kill the light. Thick off white head that disappears as I drink the beer. No lacing and a minimal amount of visible carbonation. 4

N: The nose is buttery. Heavy cream with hints of oak. Raw sourdough. Sweeter notes of cherry, pear and a touch of vanilla lead to a faint tartness of meyer lemon zest. Stunningly complex. 5.

T: Sits in the medium high to high end of the sour. Detectable notes of wood and vanilla with dry white wine, tart fresh cherry, grape must leading to a delicate and clean sour finish. 4.5

M: Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation and round mouthfeel. 4.5

D: Very complex and pleasant drinking beer. One could argue this was a poor choice for kale salad with lemon juice dressing and wurst with sauerkraut due to the sour overload, but this beer has enough levels due to the complex yeast bill and wine barrel aging to be sour, but highly drinkable.

After this beer and Bourbon Sour Porter I am extremely impressed by the sour ales brewed by these guys. Delicious job!

Photo of Beaver13
2.76/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12.7 oz bottle, batch 2. Pours slightly hazy copper orange with a medium fizzy white head that quickly goes to a thin film.

The aroma is subdued - medicinal cherry with a little butyric acid.

The flavor is super tart and acidic cherries with a little off bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, very tart and acidic cherry sour. Not as good as I remember from on tap.

Photo of paulish
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

8 oz. draft. Fine wild ale!

Photo of Fatehunter
4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours almost no head on a hazy dark straw body.
The aroma is sour wood, in the best way.
The taste starts with a fruity sour that turns to a sharp tart flavor.
The texture is fizzy and fun.
This is a fun beer.

Photo of JustIPAs
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Quite assertively sour, cherries are present but don't become overwhelming. Really nice American sour.

Photo of Michelle_VillageMarketSF
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Got a chance to try this out of a snifter over at Stones Throw in SF's Russian Hill neighborhood.

Not a huge fan of sours but this wasn't overly sour and had just the right amount of effervescence.

Definitely could taste the cherries. Would definitely drink again!

Photo of mdfb79
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%

From 12/10/14 notes. 12 oz. pour in a tulip type glass for $8 at RnH in NYC.

Pours a hazy bright orange-amber with one to two inches of bright white head and moderate carbonation evident. Sour strawberries and sour dark fruits, tart berries, vinegar, sour black cherry candy, spice, fruity malts, some earthy malts, and bready malts at the end. Some funk and sour wine in the taste as well. Acidic, big sour bite in the taste. Medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall a very good beer that is super sour; very good and very mouth puckering. More complexity and sourness in the taste; if you like big sours definitely worth checking out.

Photo of stakem
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

375ml poured into a snifter. The brew appears a beautiful clear orange color with a white fizzy cap. The smell is mildly bretty and vinous with some oaky barrel and cherry skin/pits. The taste is all the same with some alcohol warmth and slight herbal bitterness. This is medium bodied, effervescent carbonation and overall real nice stuff.

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Dogpatch Sour from Almanac Beer Co.
94 out of 100 based on 808 ratings.