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Dogpatch Sour - Almanac Beer Co.

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Reviews: 97
Hads: 969
Avg: 4.16
pDev: 7.93%
Wants: 147
Gots: 246 | FT: 34
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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 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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Photo of macher0
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.2/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of i4ourgot
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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Photo of humuloner22
4.46/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of Catracho5
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
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

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Photo of antott0523
4.59/5  rDev +10.3%
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!

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Dogpatch Sour from Almanac Beer Co.
92 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.