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Dogpatch Sour - Almanac Beer Co.

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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
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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 Beaver13
2.76/5  rDev -33.7%
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.

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Photo of charlzm
3.05/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Consumed on August 2nd, 2014 from a bottle labeled "Batch No. 2". Poured into a tulip.

Beer is a murky dark peach color. A two-finger head dissipates completely and almost immediately.

Aroma - Woody sour cherries and fresh mushrooms. Pretty simple as compared to most Flanders red ales..

Flavor - tart, all right! Like wincing, sucking on a lemon sour. After the initial shock and awe, some sharp cherry flavor emerges along with very subtle wood notes. The label mentions that the beer was aged in wine barrels but doesn't mention what kind. I'm going to guess it's a white wine of some kind but, since I don't drink wine (surprise! I drink beer!), I'm terrible at this guessing game. No bitterness, lingering acidic aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is still (as in, no carbonation) and medium bodied.

Overall, this is a SOUR BEER! You must like SOUR BEERS to like this beer. This is like what might happen if RockStar or Monster or Red Bull decided to brew a Flanders red ale. EXTREME!!!!

Okay, it's not that bad, but it may be the most sour beer I have ever had. Since Almanac is saying this a Flanders Red, I have to say ti does not stack up favorably in either flavor or price to the reigning kings of the style.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.41/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle purchased for $10.99 which was a little pricey for a brewery I'm not familiar with. Light orange color, no head really. Aroma is the mildest hint of strawberries, nothing like an oudbeitje, touch of malt and and brett. Flavor was easily identified as a wild ale but the strawberries just were not there for me. Overall it felt overpriced for the quality and not much better than the farmer's reserve blackberry.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour is a murky deep orange with a thin white head. Nose has a bit of wood, dusty with a hint of mushroom and a light cherry. Very sour, a bit acetic, strong carbonation and a light body. Dusty brett and faint mushroom funk with some tart unripened cherry. Assertive sourness and some acetic acid in the finish but not much.

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Photo of mroberts1204
3.66/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light brown color with golden edges with an off white head. Smell is sour, tart wheat (sourdough?), a touch of cherry. Taste is more of the same but it seems a bit muted. Some caramel sweetness. The finish is short-lived. Not much complexity to keep me interested. The more I drink the less I think of this beer. This is a good beer but really falls short of my expectations. Tried this along with Red Poppy and Supplication. The Dogpatch Sour was the unanimous loser in the tasting. Again...its a good beer but there are many better options out there.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.71/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Craving a good sour. 7.50% ABV confirmed. 375ml brown glass label with attractive printed-on label art and branded pressure cap acquired at a SoCal bottle shop for $10.99 and served into a flared stem-snifter in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are fairly high; I really liked their Farmers Reserve No. 3 sour.

"Ale brewed with cherries and aged in wine barrels." Label identifies it as a Flanders style Red; reviewed as such. Batch No. 1. "Bottled Autumn 2013" (yet I bought it in July...).

Served cold - straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a half finger wide head of beige-khaki colour. Thin and weak, with poor (~30 second) retention. No creaminess or frothiness. Zero lacing.

Body colour is a dull murky orange-brown; not real attractive. Semitranslucent but nontransparent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Not looking great so far, but I'll give it the benefit of the doubt.

Sm: Fermented cherry, light tart sourness, a dab of lactobacillus yeast, and spritzy red wine. Quite clean and clinical for a sour; it's not alive or spontaneous. Some oak tannins, but the wood itself isn't real pronounced. Light sourdough. Some funkiness from the yeast. Acidic yet tame in classic Flanders Red fashion. It doesn't have the sour/sweet balance of something like Rodenbach, but it's largely to style. I don't know that the wine and sourdough elements are really working for it, but I'll find out when I taste it. A mild strength aroma.

T: It's got a nice tart fruit (cherry) presence, which is definitely the highlight of the flavour profile overall. Some clean indistinct malts lend it a bit of needed sweetness, taming the mild acidity. It's got a light oak undertone replete with oak tannins; it's not a "woody" taste per se, but the oak lends it a refined veneer. Any red wine si quite subtle and adds little. I'm liking the yeast notes; a bit of lacto, some funkiness, a kiss of biscuity character. I imagine all the sourness comes from the lactobacillus and the doughy notes come from some other yeast strain. Sourness and acidity increases from the open to the climax, eventually shrugging off the tartness for a moment on the climax to expose a bit of an acetic edge. Overall, while it's a bit empty on the open in terms of flavour, the balance is pretty good. Complexity is respectable, but far from ideal for the style. Some nice subtlety at play here. I'm liking it. Refreshing and pleasant to drink. Its reticence makes it more approachable but does limit depth of flavour. Intensity and duration of flavour are both above average. Pretty good amplitude.

No alcohol comes through. No hop presence. I don't notice any off flavours.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Acidic. Good thickness. Full bodied for a sour. Good presence on the palate. Complements the flavour profile well. Good execution overall.

Dr: A likable little Flanders Red which could use more oak presence, complexity, and subtlety. Worth trying once at its $10.99 pricetag, but as good as it is I wouldn't get it again when Rodenbach can be had for less than $2.00. It's certainly a tasty sour and I'll continue to pick up the stuff Almanac's putting out. Drinkable and enjoyable. I might recommend it to friends. Hides its ABV well. Refreshing. If you like the style and you can accommodate the price, this is a worthwhile brew to pick up.

High B

Might develop favorably with age, but I doubt it'd get substantially better and I wouldn't let it sit more than 2 years maximum.

A tulip is ideal.

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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 vfgccp
3.72/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Brewed and opened in 2013

A - Bright and effervescent. Peach and honey body with a soft cranberry hue. The vibrant carbonation is enough to support a thin halo of white head.

S - Soft, complex, and well integrated. White wood, black cherries, brown sugar, and a touch of bazooka bubble gum. A deep, round sour note slowly builds to balance the sweet fruit of the front end.

T - Dry apple, tart cherry, bright wood, and tannins. Super dry and oaky, especially through the finish. Almost too dry.

M - Light body. Par carbonation.

O - Nice but not great. Somewhat disappointing. If it was any other brewery I wouldn't be, but as one of my favorite breweries I hold Almanac to a higher standard.

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Photo of emerge077
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Thanks Skye for this one!

Poured a copper orange color, lasting foam and lacing, good clarity.

Aroma was sharply acidic, fairly one dimensional and not overtly of cherry.

Taste was also puckeringly sour, maybe an 8/10 on my sourness scale. Indistinct fruit in the background, very citric and sour upfront, short lived in the finish. Spritzy and medium bodied. It was pretty good though not something i'd probably get again. Needs more nuance and fruit character.

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Photo of mac31
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Very tart and sour upfront. Once you get past that some sweet cheery and bready yeasty flavors come through. There are some red wine properties just shy of and in the finish. I get a slight vinegar backbone that is present throughout, from start to finish. I've had few sours such as Consecration by RR (on tap), but definitely not a sour expert. Looking for that one that will convert me to the sour side. Unfortunately, this isn't it. Good brew. Complex. Respect. Just not for me.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.79/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a tarnished copper color with a dense population of floating particulates and no head after settling. The nose is funky cherries carried by some syrupy sweetness, grain, and a hint of ethanol. The taste is aggressively tart cherries upfront followed by chewy yeast and lingering malt and cherries in the finish. This is a potent sour that finishes with bone dry cherry-lime acidity, minimal acetone, modest complexity, chewy yeast, negligible carbonation, and a distinct cherry presence throughout. Although this is not my favorite almanac it's still a great sour that doesn't disappoint.

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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 GJ40
3.81/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Purchased during a business trip in the Bay Area and taken home to enjoy.

Copper color with little head but a steady stream of bubbles. Nice inviting aroma with notes of lemon, lime and wild flowers. A firm bite of sour dominates the flavor. Good but not of the complexities, depth, character or subtleties of a Belgian sour. This one is all about the bite.

Good but not one I'd have regularly.

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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 paul_db
3.86/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a snifter.

I gotta say, the smell through me off a bit. i'm not sure if it was an off bottle or not since most people i'm seeing are saying it smelled like cherries… all i smelled was funk and maybe some oak… this made me a bit nervous for this.

Taste had tart cherries up front with some sweetness and funk after. The flavor was nothing like the smell. Very good sour, very alike to the other recent releases.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.87/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to analogchainsaw for sharing this one at Wowcoolman's tasting.

Batch 1. Bottled Autumn 2013.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour and tart with grain, red wine, wood, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with earthy sour cherry and grain flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but has a better sour fruit smell in the aroma in my opinion.

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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 nataku00
3.91/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a hazy reddish orange with minimal head and lacing. Not much visible through the haze.

Nose is sour cherry, red wine vinegar, oak, generic sweet red berry.

Red wine vinegar and light cherry tartness hits the tongue first, with some sweeter cherry and red berry flavors. A touch of oak and brown sugar sweetness. Finishes dry without much of an aftertaste.

Light body with some decent carbonation tickling the tongue. A decent beer, but the flavor on the tongue was a bit lighter than I expected.

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Photo of rudzud
3.91/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Received in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a slightly hazy reddish golden hue with an absolutely EXPLOSIVE head. Talking a full 4+ fingers here. Does leave nice sticky side lacing though and a good creamy blanket.

S - Aromas of quite funky horse blanket, super saison like. I do get very nice vinous notes, however, the cherries are super faint...probably due to the fact that they used Rainier cherries (which are rather subtle flavoured).

T - Taste is quite tart, nice cherry notes, strong wood/tannins. Lightly flemmy, lacto notes, the finish is mighty dry and almost enamel peeling. Still, would like to see more cherry. Nice vinegar notes too.

M - Mouthfeel is quite dry and very nicely carbonated for the style.

O - Overall, this was a solid wild ale. Quite sour, wish there was more sour cherry notes in this though.

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Photo of Furlinator
3.91/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy brick red with a 1/2 inch off-white head that quickly disappears completely and leaves almost no lace.

The smell is of cherry skin, grapes, faint lemon and a hint of vinegar.

The taste is of very tart, unripe cherries, grapes and a sour citrus finish.

The texture is medium bodied with high carbonation. Effervescent and refreshing.

Once you get past the initial lip-puckering tartness, this becomes a refreshing and tasty American wild ale.

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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 dirtylou
3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on-tap, collins pub

from notes

In the vein of Supplication, but quite far from that level. I like Rainier cherries, but they are far from the most flavorful and seem like a poor choice to incorporate in a beer - so its no surprise that the cherry billing was a bit of a letdown. Moderate tartness - lots of vinous notes, wood, sugars. Good, but not great and not on the same level as the other wild ales I've had from Almanac

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Photo of magictacosinus
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at the Albany Taproom in a mini sized 8oz chalice.

Pours (just like Farmer's Reserve #3), a pale amber color complete with a minimal amount of bubbles or head to speak of. Cloudy in color, even on tap, and definitely slightly vinous and viscous in presentation. Looks pretty rustic (as it should), but definitely not remarkable by any means. However, I'm honestly these days not very concerned about a beer's appearance unless it's either abysmal looking or heavenly looking.

Smells of tart and soured flavors no doubt from the cherry skins and oak, but interestingly enough, there's nothing here that quite resembles cherries to begin with. White raisins, apricots, peaches, vanilla, and malty toasty flavors, as well as a musty, dank soured texture underneath. Smells a lot like every great wild beer I've had from Belgium, and it's awesome that they were able to replicate the musty, soured lactic formula so well, especially with the addition of cherries. Not an oude kriek by any means, but definitely special stuff, even here.

The flavor immediately pelts you with a rush of musty, farmhouse characteristics, as well as its fruity, tart profile. Again, no cherries come in, but rather strong notes apricots, peaches, pears, plums, and earthy notes from the wine wood tannins. A little bit of white grape must seeps through, and makes it extra pucker inducing. The wood balances things out so that the initial lactic acidic feel becomes drowned out by a creamy, well achieved sensation. The malts show particularly a lot of restraint here, which helps. What I found most interesting, however, is how around 15 minutes from consuming this did the cherry flavors start to come through in a slight sulfurous manner. Very, very interesting stuff from that point of view.

I will continue to keep my eye out for these sour releases from Almanac. These have the potential to get better and better, and these recent wild ales from them that I've had have been really delightful. Even though there's less cherries than desired, the sour flavors of this beer are good enough to merit a visit.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4/5  rDev -3.8%

A big thanks to Jeff for this one. Into Hill Farmstead stemware.

A clear copper brew. Nose is subtle but the flavor is incredibly tart, acidic and delicious. Notes of tart cherry, oak, plastic and vinegar. The sour never really lets up. Feel carries the flavor perfectly. Aggressive, crisp and finishes puckering. Certainly worth having.

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