1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Dogpatch Sour - Almanac Beer Co.

Not Rated.
Dogpatch SourDogpatch Sour

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

530 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 530
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 7.82%
Wants: 113
Gots: 136 | FT: 29
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 530 | Reviews: 59 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Sammy
Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

01-20-2014 05:04:34 | More by Sammy
Photo of UCLABrewN84
UCLABrewN84

California

3.85/5  rDev -8.8%

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.

08-19-2013 20:38:32 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of djrn2
djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -5.2%

09-22-2013 02:02:23 | More by djrn2
Photo of Thorpe429
Thorpe429

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5.2%

11-06-2013 21:17:20 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of nmann08
nmann08

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

10-14-2013 16:44:54 | More by nmann08
Photo of zestar
zestar

California

4/5  rDev -5.2%

10-27-2013 02:39:53 | More by zestar
Photo of acurtis
acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

09-22-2013 02:01:19 | More by acurtis
Photo of kjkinsey
kjkinsey

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

06-20-2014 02:08:51 | More by kjkinsey
Photo of Texasfan549
Texasfan549

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

06-20-2014 02:08:48 | More by Texasfan549
Photo of ygtbsm94
ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

08-24-2013 22:49:29 | More by ygtbsm94
Photo of GRG1313
GRG1313

California

3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

08-31-2013 04:31:13 | More by GRG1313
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
westcoastbeerlvr

California

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

07-27-2013 06:22:56 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
Photo of JAHMUR
JAHMUR

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -5.2%

10-20-2013 21:02:45 | More by JAHMUR
Photo of largadeer
largadeer

California

4/5  rDev -5.2%

07-31-2013 00:08:56 | More by largadeer
Photo of SocalKicks
SocalKicks

California

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

07-25-2013 12:06:35 | More by SocalKicks
Photo of RblWthACoz
RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.26/5  rDev +0.9%

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.

05-13-2014 01:44:44 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of jlindros
jlindros

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +2.6%

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.

06-16-2014 02:59:46 | More by jlindros
Photo of oline73
oline73

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

07-07-2014 02:30:15 | More by oline73
Photo of mendvicdog
mendvicdog

Maryland

4/5  rDev -5.2%

08-14-2013 14:29:52 | More by mendvicdog
Photo of Rochefort10nh
Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

05-23-2014 22:18:17 | More by Rochefort10nh
Photo of XmnwildX12
XmnwildX12

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -5.2%

11-22-2013 01:32:55 | More by XmnwildX12
Photo of MarkyMOD
MarkyMOD

Colorado

4/5  rDev -5.2%

09-26-2013 07:54:22 | More by MarkyMOD
Photo of beernads
beernads

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

10-18-2013 08:22:23 | More by beernads
Photo of GClarkage
GClarkage

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

07-16-2014 15:43:12 | More by GClarkage
Photo of kojevergas
kojevergas

Texas

3.71/5  rDev -12.1%

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.

07-27-2013 04:46:15 | More by kojevergas
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Dogpatch Sour from Almanac Beer Co.
94 out of 100 based on 530 ratings.