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Dogpatch Sour - Almanac Beer Co.

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Dogpatch SourDogpatch Sour

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104 Reviews
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Reviews: 104
Hads: 1,011
Avg: 4.16
pDev: 24.28%
Wants: 150
Gots: 244 | 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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Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25


A: Moderate sweet and slightly tart cherry aroma upfront, followed by some vinous and oak character.

A: Deep red, almost brown color and totally opaque. The beer has a decent amount of slightly off-white head with adequate retention.

T: Fleshy sweet and slightly tart Rainer cherries are well mixed with complex vinous and oak flavors – all of
which come together well.

M: Light bodied with low carbonation. The beer is moderately acidic on the palate, isn’t overly sharp.

O: A great twist on a Flemish Red, the tart cherry presence really help to elevate the aroma and flavors this beer, however the appearance is a little intimidating.

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Photo of Stolenface1
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly murky tan/pink color with quickly disappearing head. Smell of tart cherries, lactic and acetic, slight slight sourdough aroma. Flavor is very nicely tart with cherries popping through all the way to the finish. Wine and fruit skin tannins come into play also. nice balance of all of these characteristics. Very good. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side with somewhat high carbonation that looks like champagne in the glass. Overall I would drink this beer again and again. Keep them coming Almanac.

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Photo of ptykozoon
3.71/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours somewhere between mahogany and auburn. Light thin head.

Dry and sweet. Dark fruits, oak.

Strong sour pang. Lacto, light vinegar, a lot of sweetness coming through. Some vanilla and cherries.

Spritzy mouthfeel, ABV feels around 8ish.

Not bad. A bit cloyingly sweet but decently complex.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Blend 4. Bottle dated 05/2015 served in a wine glass.

Appearance: still love the bottles from Almanac. Beer was crown capped and hissed a bit when opened. Poured a orangy brown ruddy muddles color but settled into a nice dark pumpkin color. Some white head formed but sank to a rim around the glass. Fairly clear but has some haze that is normal.

Nose: cherries, sour in the nose, funky and complex

Taste: initially very tart and sour, once I acclimated to the acidity it is a very nice brew. Very balanced. The acetic acid is not too strong but very present, there is no sweetness, sour candy like tartness makes me want more. Cherry, spice, cherry pie, raspberries, no barrel character, lingering tart finish.

Overall: lovely beer. This is obviously brewed to the Flanders Red Ale style but with an American twist. I didn't get the sourdough at all. I think it was taken over by the acidity. Very nice brew. Not quite as good as Rodenbach Grand Cru but it is very nice. Pricy though at around $11 for a 375ml bottle.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

thanks to tenderbranson69 for sharing this with my, feel very lucky to get to try this wild ale.

The color is golden with thick hazed look and orange hue with fine bead spots of lace stick. The smell has the fragrance of tangy fruit with sourness evident in the smell and lactic lemony odor with mellow woody notes but predominantly pie-like cherry smell with slight funky spice. The feel has the intensity of sour right away with medium high carbonation and dry woody tannic texture with astrinent but not to the extreme of acetic let's say with wild yeast tangy/puckering quality in the dry finish.

The flavor almost knocked me taste buds out like an awakening or intense energy burst with sour cherry juiciness and mild fruity lactic acid with lemony sour element with lots of tart cherry skin and juice acidic fruit intensity with a dry taste almost a singular type of flash and long residual sour flavor which is borderline harsh but not to the point of displeasure like an acetic more like biting ripe sour cherries. This was a Wow! beer for me, none of the medicinal or candy-like cherry flavor you might expect just a rush of tart fresh sour cherry intensity!

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Photo of whatthehull
4.78/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a wine glass from a 11.9 oz bottle

A - A mostly opaque blood orange/brown, little to no off white head and little to no lacing

S - Sour, vibrant tart fruit, heavy on the oak, cherries sweet and tart, wild yeast, has a fresh sourdough bread note, slight earthy hop, chewy grains and sweet malts

T - Lovely sour, tart fruits, cherries, red wine blend barrels, oak, bread yeast, chewy malts and grains, sourdough starter, lots of earth (green/brown) and a slight earthy hop

M - Medium plus body, nice balance, nice complexity, huge acidity (in the best of ways), medium plus carbonation and a tart, to sweet, to tart cherry from beginning to end.

D/O - Wow, this sour is spectacular. An all around lovely ale. Refreshing, fresh, lots of taste without being over the top or over complex, pairs well with rich foods and desserts. There is a problem however, after one, you will immediately want another, no kidding! I want this one with a thanksgiving feast. Hopefully I can find one before then.

Final thought - Not sure on the price as it was a gift -- though knowing where she purchased it and who makes the ale between $10-20 a bottle. The abv is perfect at 7.5 and would age perfectly. Don't know you'll be able to wait.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rusty red orange with a decent amount of red hued active carbonation.

Vinegar, cherries, prickly acidity, and subtle oak undertones.

Great cherry flavor, wine-like character with a pleasant tart acidity, and subtle barrel notes.

Light-bodied, high carbonation, prickly tartness, dry, refreshing.

Overall, a fantastic wild ale with excellent cherry flavor and aroma with acidity that doesn't singe the palate.

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Photo of AllDayIPA23
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Friend of mine got 1 bottle for me in Denver. Wanted to try some Almanac offerings for a while, but could never find any in Atlanta.

Pours a dark red (scarlet) color. Half finger of foamy head.

Very tart nose that compliments the cherry well. Can pick up on the oak barrel scent. Butteriness of wine comes through.

Taste is mostly the same as the nose. GREAT tart cherry flavor. Hint of oak and wine. Funkiness fits right in. Really enjoyed the flavor.

Light bodied with strong carbonation. The sour feel is very strong.

Enjoyed this beer. Will definitely buy again. Made me want to try other Almanac offerings even more.

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Photo of Zach136
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Brownish blush body, white collar.

Aroma: Pie crust brettanomyces, tart cherry.

Flavor: Pungent acidity with notes of cherry.

Mouthfeel: Bone dry with eye twitching, mouth watering acidity.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.68 fl oz bottle, no bottled on date present. Almanac just started distributing to my area, so I'm confident this is fresh. My second sour from Almanac Beer Co.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - It pours a nice strawberry red colored body. Just under a finger of thin off-white head that falls to a ring rather quickly. Looks very juicy & delicious.

S - Not terribly powerful in the aroma, but what's here is good. The tart juicy ripe cherry flavors blend nicely with the red wine flavors. Notes of oak wood, barrel, and wine tannins are there, with subtle alcohol fumes.

T - Good solid flavor - sour and tart, with a mildly yeasty / bacterial finish. Fruity, but I might not guess that it was cherry based on the taste alone. Notes of oak wood, barrel, vanilla, & red wine intermingle with mild alcohol content. The authentic tart cherry juice emerges more as it drinks on and the beer approaches room temperature.

M - Feel is smooth, crisp, & tart. Good amount of lip puckering sour on this one. Slightly yeasty / bacterial finish. Crisply carbonated.

Overall, a fine sour ale from Almanac. Recommend this one, and I look forward to trying many more.

Almanac Beer Co. Dogpatch Sour -----4/5.

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Photo of laketang
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured caramel with very little head

smell of sour cherries and yeast

could taste sour from cherries and wine barrels, but also some sweet from cherries

sour almost vinegar finish

very good sour, will buy and try again!

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Photo of crob3888
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured at Draught's in Thousand Oaks into a tulip. Pours a hazy yellow-gold with a small white head. Immediate smelling notes of lemons and citrus fruit. Taste is mouth puckeringly sour, with huge flavors of lemon and citrus rinds, lemonade, acidic vinegar, and tart candy. Overall, an excellent and very sour beer.

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Photo of stortore
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375 ml bottle into a flute glass.

Pours a medium amber, a bit hazy. Not much head, little cling or lacing. Smell is very acetic in the sense of sourness, not vinegar. Kind of a sourdough aroma, a little red wine. Mostly just sour. Taste is also very acetic, as in, pucker up time. Sour cherries roll in midway and through the back end. For me, a very definite cherry flavor. Again, a little red wine, some oak, maybe a hint of vanilla. Really good. Lighter bodied, good level of carbonation, taste lingers on the tongue.

First beer from Almanac, thought this was really good. Pretty high level of sourness, but the cherries and barrel really enhance the flavor. Well worth a purchase. Look forward to more of their sours.

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Photo of utopiajane
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy off orange color with a quickly falling head. Golden hues, effervescing and with a reddish tint from the cherries. Nose is slightly floral and has the fullness of cherries on it. A malty edge accents the sourdough yeast and you can't miss that! makes it smell like sourdough bread with cherries on top. A hint of wood but nothing too much and a light little vanilla. Taste is lively, acidic and sour. Not vinegary at all. The cherries seem to blossom on the tongue as I actually envisioned cherry blossoms. The sourdough yeast has an openness to it that shines a spotlight on that fruit. Just enough malt to present some kind of mouthfeel while a good little sweetness from it peeks out right before the finish to contrast that sour and linger in the after taste.

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours slightly hazy brown in color. Smell has slightly acidic malt aromas with oak and some cherry sweetness in the background. Taste has a great acidic tart lacto vinegar sour flavor upfront with a mild malt and cherry sweetness. Light dry oak and wine flavors in the finish. Nice heavily acidic sour.

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Photo of cherche
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

l: ruby hue, not much head, what is there is white with little retention
s: the first thing that hits you is the tartness, you can tell this is a sour beer right off the bat. after the tartness is dark cherries and other dark fruity notes
t: pucker up, even more sour than it tastes. tart and fruity on the front end but rolls into a smack you in the back of the mouth sourness
m: pretty light in texture, not a ton of carbonation but light and tart enough that it leaves the tongue dancing a bit
o: very good beer. definitely a sour first and everything else is background noise so if you like slightly tart beers this one might underwhelm...if you like something that makes you pucker this will be a treat.

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Photo of iTunesUpdates
4.83/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

One of the finest sours I have ever had.

I am a nut for everything this beer embodies. latterly. I love cherries, red wine, barrel aged beers, sour dough, and sours.

The only thing wrong with this beer is it looks murky. Absolutely amazing puckery taste. Full bodied beer with notes of red wine, sour yeast and cherries.

Smell is of a typical sour but this beer shines with it's taste.

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Photo of mothman
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pink peach color. No head.

Flavor is very sour and tart. Tart cherries. Fairly fresh. Decent amount of acidity. Lemon juice. Has a grapefruit flavor to.

Overall, a surprisingly good sour. Unexpected. I like it.

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Photo of Absolut
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Good looking beer. Smells of wine and cherry. Nothing exceptional until you taste it. Sour, wine, oak taste with a cherry finish. Really tremendous. Almanac sours are great.

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Photo of Celtics17
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The taste is great. You get a pucker bomb. Overall this sour is a brilliant sour, but it lacks the flavor profile that Almanac suggests. I get little cherry, if any cherry with this sour. I get some wine lack qualities from the wine barrels. But more than anything I get a bread like character, with a vinegar like taste that strives.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale gold with white film. 3.75
Tart, lactic nose with a hint of strawberry. 3.75
Thin malts, some acetic bite, a sweet balsamic hit, cherry stones, tannins, and a Dispirin end. 3.75
Lean, dry, lactic fizz. 4

This is claiming to be a Flanders Red but I get no red fruit, herbs, mustiness, sweet hit on the finish or anything else - and where’s the barrel? There are some winey tannins and the cherries come through, but the underlying beer seems to be just about tartness. Lacto over Brett, at least, which I always prefer. Maybe I'm just spoiled by Rodenbach, but this is without, for me.

Good notes but lacking in overall depth. 4

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.36/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Hazy reddish orange with minimal head and no retention. It looks flat after the head dies down but a nice vibrant color.

Smells like vinegar and tart cherries.

Really tart. The cherries are obvious and as they state, pays tribute to flanders red. There's a faint sweet offset of brown sugar. Apple cider vinegar. Acidic.

Puckering, tart mouthfeel. Despite the flat appearance there's a pleasant prickly carbonation.

A very nice wild ale. Refreshing and light, yet punishing.

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Photo of coriswrasse
4.77/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Batch #3

looks really good. pours a large amount of head that settles into a thin layer. fine for a sour. color is golden with orange amber hue. smell is barnyard and horse. some tarty nose feel even. taste is subtle sweet then apple, tart, and then funky. Mouthfeel is light but not a tart crispy finish. The sour hits you more in the nose and face! A excellent beer. Don't know what it cost but I definitely recommend this.

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Photo of highdeserthophead
4.83/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

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Photo of CHickman
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Dogpatch Sour from Almanac Beer Co.
92 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.