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Dogpatch Sour - Almanac Beer Co.

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BA SCORE
94
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569 Ratings
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Ratings: 569
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 7.57%
Wants: 120
Gots: 132 | FT: 24
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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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Sammy, Jan 20, 2014
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3.85/5  rDev -9%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Aug 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

djrn2, Sep 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Thorpe429, Nov 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

zestar, Oct 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

nmann08, Oct 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

acurtis, Sep 22, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Texasfan549, Jun 20, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

kjkinsey, Jun 20, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

GRG1313, Aug 31, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

ygtbsm94, Aug 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jul 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

largadeer, Jul 31, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

JAHMUR, Oct 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

SocalKicks, Jul 25, 2013
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4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 2

Pours a cloudy brown hued amber. Nose is a biting funky thing. The flavor on this is superb! I started going for a sip, which turned into more. And then some more. Very easy to drink and refreshing. Yet it has the earthy funk, mild old fruits, and lactic on the back - and no short supply of it either. This is well done. Carbonation is a bit high as some of the others of this series have been, but who cares. I could drink a gallon of this.

RblWthACoz, May 13, 2014
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4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Batch 02, thanks to FosterJM, shared with threelions

Decent fizzy head that fades fairly quickly, typical wild, hazy orange peach red hue.

Nose nice cherry, sweet cherry like, fruity, juicy cherry flesh, very faint hint of barrel and vinous notes, like a little wine. Mild tartness but no real funk, big lactic acid.

Taste starts very sour, tart cherry, fresh sweet cherry, cherry flesh and juice, then acidic bite, malic acid up front, big lactic acid and acetic acid. Mouth watering gland blasting sour. Very faint toasted barrel note, no vinous or wine though. Finish is flemmy, acidic bite that fades bit leaves some heat, more tart cherry and lingering sour.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, lighter carb, huge acidic bite.

Overall crazy, but great. So much acidity with different acids, great cherry, but very very little wine barrel. Gotta remember to take my tums. I do wish the barrel notes were a bit bigger.

jlindros, Jun 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

oline73, Jul 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

mendvicdog, Aug 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Rochefort10nh, May 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

MarkyMOD, Sep 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

XmnwildX12, Nov 22, 2013
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3.71/5  rDev -12.3%
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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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

beernads, Oct 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

GClarkage, Jul 16, 2014
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Dogpatch Sour from Almanac Beer Co.
94 out of 100 based on 569 ratings.