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Dogpatch Sour - Almanac Beer Co.

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Ratings: 600
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 7.58%
Wants: 127
Gots: 135 | FT: 22
Brewed by:
Almanac Beer Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: Piddmeista on 07-25-2013)
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2.75/5  rDev -34.8%

jaasen64, May 31, 2014
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3/5  rDev -28.9%

ThePaleRider, Apr 11, 2014
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3/5  rDev -28.9%

AlexFields, Oct 16, 2013
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3/5  rDev -28.9%

tommyguz, Nov 06, 2013
Photo of charlzm
3.04/5  rDev -28%
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.

charlzm, Aug 03, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -23%

weonfire, Apr 08, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -23%

Brew33, Apr 28, 2014
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3.4/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

ArrogantB, Jul 10, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

BobbysLiquors, Jul 27, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

switzer, Jul 31, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

PretzelCity, Sep 23, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

GRG1313, Aug 31, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

ibbjamin, Sep 26, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

ygtbsm94, Aug 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

drewone, Aug 21, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

HopsintheSack, Sep 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

cpetrone84, May 06, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

logicerror, Aug 23, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

chadwicktorres, Oct 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

kscaldef, Jan 16, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

dheldman, Sep 24, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

Jasonrm72, Jun 06, 2014
Photo of mroberts1204
3.64/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

mroberts1204, Aug 04, 2013
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3.69/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

vfgccp, Oct 27, 2013
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3.71/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

kojevergas, Jul 27, 2013
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Dogpatch Sour from Almanac Beer Co.
94 out of 100 based on 600 ratings.