Dogpatch Sour - Almanac Beer Co.

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Reviews: 86
Hads: 875
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 7.95%
Wants: 148
Gots: 214 | FT: 30
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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 MNishCT77
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 mL (12.68 fl. oz) bottle purchased online from CraftCity.com, 2014 vintage (Batch #2, bottled in 3/14), poured into my The Lost Abbey Teku glass, drank over an hour

A: 3/3 - rudy brownish coloration; low clarity (cannot see through); initial tannish head gives way to subtle glass lacing that reagitates on swirling; tight white bubbles pouring off the bottom of the glass; moderate alcohol legs

S: 9/12 - major vinous notes - tart cherries oak, slight funk/cheese - admixed with moderate sourness; some alcohol notes; no hop aroma

T: 15/20 - again, vinous flavors predominate and puckering tartness right up front that continues to evolve as the flavors dominate; a moderate cherry sweetness develops over time; some residual lingering qualities but finishes generally dry and inviting; moderate alcohol heat on the back-end; no hop bitterness/qualities

M: 4/5 - moderate carbonation for style; slight chewiness; alcohol coating provides the fullness

O: 8/10 - above average American wild ale that really hits with the vinous and sourness; don't think that it reaches a 94 on BA (would probably place in the mid-80s/low-90s for what it's worth); like Boulevard's Love Child #4, it reminds me of a lesser version of Russian River's Supplication or Weyerbacher's Riserva but preferred this one to Love Child #4 due to the cherry component

TOTAL - 39/50 (1,361 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%

Poured from 375mL bottle into my Val-Dieu goblet.

Appearance: medium amber hue with a moderate haze and a light effervescence. The thin layer of white foam dissipated pretty quickly. Not too unexpected for a sour.

Smell: moderately sour aroma with a nice, rich fruitiness and a big barrel-aged character. There's plenty of oak, vanilla and bourbon in this guy; I rather like it.

Taste: very sour up front, followed by a sweet malty flavor with just a subtle hint of cherries. I am a big fan of cherry beers usually, and I like the subtlety with which they're employed here. The finish is sweet and a little astringent, whether from sourness or from the wood. This is a damn fine beer.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a moderate carbonation and decent creaminess. There's a bit more body to this than I would normally expect from a sour; I dig it.

Overall: very drinkable and refreshing sour. Most of the elements are, if not subtle, then employed with a sophisticated restraint. Very nice. (1,003 characters)

Photo of mac31
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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. (484 characters)

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4/5  rDev -3.6%

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. (340 characters)

Photo of charlzm
3.05/5  rDev -26.5%
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. (1,212 characters)

Photo of Hopswagger
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

#400

Batch #2

P: Cloudy, gelatin almost, apricot body with a thin effervescent white cap.

S: Tart sourness with a dirty fart bubbling in the background.

T/M: Funky mouth puckering sourness. Aged granny apple cider and rotten wood. Brings tear jerkers to mind. Astringent and vivacious feel.

O: My teeth hurt from this sour monster. (339 characters)

Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.79/5  rDev -8.7%
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. (603 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
3.41/5  rDev -17.8%
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. (424 characters)

Photo of Seanniek91
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served from a batch 2 375ml bottle into a HF stemmed tulip.

A- Hazy pinkish/red with no head.

S- Fanders funk, tart cherries, lots of oak, plum, blackberry, cider vinegar.

T- Much of the same fruit from the aroma but showcases tart cherries beautifully. Tons of oak and cherry.

M- Hedium carbonation and body. Very sour. easy to drink.

Overall- Really nice Flanders style ale. Cherry is awesome in this beer. (414 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle into tulip. Batch 1, bottled Autumn 2013.

A: Pours a clear iced tea color with a finger of fizzy light tan head that quickly bubbled away into a fuzzy collar.
S: Tart and lightly acidic notes of vinous wine barrel and musty cherries. I get a hint of something tropical or berry-like as well.
T: Buttery oak, vinous wine barrel, and lighty sweet cherries. The finish has a musty quality alongside notes of barrel spice, a kiss of caramel, and slight raisin. The aftertaste is lightly tart with hints of lemon and grape juice, acid, and slight berry. There's also a rock candy-like sweetness overall.
M: Medium body, good balance between greasy/drying oak and sweet/drying cherry tannins. Soft and frothy carbonation.
O: Very clean and easy drinking. Just the right amount of sour and sweet. Not the most complex, but extremely enjoyable. (850 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 4.15.14
Batch No. 2

A - Pours a hazy reddish-orange with a fizzy off-white head that is gone fast.

S - Tart cherry, red wine, oak.

T - Very tart and acidic, not much cherry, a touch of red wine.

D - Good carbonation with a light body.

O - Very acidic and oaky. Light on the fruit. (303 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle, batch 2, Mar 2014. Thanks, Chris!

A mildly hazy red with a dense off white head that falls off quickly leaving no lacing, this looks solid. The nose is awesome. Brought alive by the combination of cherries and red wine, there's a blend of stone fruit, buckwheat honey, lactic acid and a mild but appropriate vinegar note. A little vanilla is present as well, along with a little bit of raspberry. The cherry character is just outstanding.

As great as the nose is, the palate is better. Bursting with juice, fleshy sweet and sour cherries, cherry skin tannins and a wonderfully complementary red wine vinegar note, this is brilliant stuff. The mid palate brings in flavors of honey, a little sugar, vanilla and oak. The funk is moderate and similar in character to the other Almanac sours I've had - earthy, damp hay - but this time around, the fruit character dominates it easily. There is also that characteristic malt flavor, rustic, earthy, mildly oxidized even, but it is not particularly intrusive on the palate. Medium light in body with moderate carbonation, this beer finishes long, juicy, tart and refreshing. Highly recommended. (1,150 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (923 characters)

Photo of ThreeLions
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle split with JLindros.
7.5% abv.

A: Pours a yellowy orange red hue into my treehouse tulip with a 1/4 finger head. Nice yeast and bacterial suspension hanging around in a nice cloud in my glass.

S: Nice lacto aroma with a good sour cherry presence. Slight barrel notes in the background. Not necessarily vanilla but the barrel is there. Perhaps vinous from the type of barrel.

T: Wow, what a surprise. The aroma led me to believe that is was going to be all lactic acid but upon drinking I think this is malic acid all the way. Very tart apple flavor, like a nice hard cider. Slight acetic acid and lactic acid in the background. Great mixture of bacteria here creating a wonderful, refreshing and surprising flavor profile. Ah, there are the cherries. Great taste. This is so tart but in no way overly done. This is pretty amazing but I honestly feel like I'm drinking a cider than a beer. Very fine line. I'm assuming we are getting the malic acid flavor profile from the sourdough yeast.

M: Acidic, not overly impressive in carbonation.

O: Wow, not at all what I was expecting but in a good way. Poured very nicely, looked great. Smelled very strongly of lactic acid with cherry and hints of barrel and then the taste comes through with this impressive wave of apple cider. Great flavor profile. So much going on here. Not unbalanced. Can't really find the barrel in the flavor because the combination of yeasts and bacterium develop so many individual flavors. This is impressive. Great brew. Thanks for sharing! (1,534 characters)

Photo of GJ40
3.81/5  rDev -8.2%
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. (397 characters)

Photo of Samuel906
4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, hazy golden amber with lots of effervescing but only traces of a white head. Smell is tart and crisp, grapes, lemon, cherries, funk, brett. Taste is very much the same, very sour. A bit earthier and less sweet than a lot of hard hitting sours, tons of cherry and green apple. Feel is astringent, bright carbonation, medium to light bodied.

Overall an amazing beer, one of my new favorite sours. (409 characters)

Photo of StaveHooks
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - pours a hazy honey amber, a timid head vanishes quickly.

S - funky and acidic, pickles, funky cheese, white vinegar, sharp woody cherry aroma

T - lemon and tart cherry sourness right off the top. Sharp vinegar sourness, a good bit of funky salty cheese, tart cherries are a strong component of the sourness. Finishes dry and puckering.

M - Medium body with nice carbonation for a sour. Dry finish with plenty of sour.

This will knock the enamel off your teeth. Great cherry fruit with a solid sour aspect. Worth seeking out. (536 characters)

Photo of DovaliHops
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Batch 2. Pours a hazy, golden color. Medium white head that sticks around for a bit. Scent is probably the most funky of all of the Almanac Farm to Barrel beers. Lots of funk, with sour cherry skin on the nose. A hint of vinegar, but mostly some musky, funky, cherry aromas. Great nose on this one. Taste is just as good. The funk lives on through the flavor. Barnyard wheat and hay with sour wine-like flavors. Lots of sour cherry. Mouthfeel is somewhat juicy, with a bit of dryness in the finish. Drinkability is very high. Overall, this batch is better than I remembered from batch 1. The cherries seem to be more complementary to the beer, and it seems to be a bit more sour. Glad I bought a few of these. (709 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
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. (451 characters)

Photo of abeeronthebeach
4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Weirdly orange considering it's a flanders red brewed with cherries. Head dissipates very quickly. For a moment I thought it was going to vanish completely as in a barleywine, but an uneven oval of foam lingers.

S - Smells sour and a little funky.

T - Much cleaner and more refreshing that the Oude Kriek Vieille I had just before, but with much less depth and complexity. Cherry is not easily discernible, nor is funk.

M - Starts off a little fizzy, but improves as it warms and sits.

O - Very sour, and refreshing, yet lacks the wood character, complexity and funk which make for a more interesting brew. (617 characters)

Photo of d5001986
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle poured into Spiegelau tulip.
Batch no. 2

A: Pours a hazy copper with 2 fingers of fizzy, light-tan head.

S: Much of red wine. Dark fruit, funky, somewhat vinegary, and slight alcohol.

T: Sour apple and cherry and red-wine vinegar. A nice light funkiness with no perceptible alcohol. I also notice a slight graininess in the aftertaste.

M: Light body, moderate carbonation. Very crisp and puckering.

O: Good level of sourness, enjoyed quite a bit. Could definitely go for more! (496 characters)

Photo of draheim
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375mL into a tulip. Pours a hazy amber w/ a 1-finger off-white head that settles fairly quickly.

Aroma is tart and acidic; oaky.

Taste follows nose. Sour and oaky, w/ a dry lactic acidity that brings a pucker.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied w/ a dry finish.

Overall a solid, straightforward sour ale, similar to a Flanders oud bruin. (333 characters)

Photo of HellSludge
4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dogpatch Sour is my second sour I have tried. It spoke to me as a true sour and opened up a whole new world for me in the craft beer industry. The first gulp grabbed my tongue and wrenched it in a pleasureful and tasteful bend. The top of my mouth to under my tongue tingled with a new found, interestingly sought after joy. Half way through the bottle the sour mellowed out, bringing a big array of flavors unto my pallet. By the end, I was thoroughly pleased with this sour. A true sour in my eyes.

A - Hazy. Orange-gold in middle with a transparent gold outline.

S - Tickled the nose with a sour smell. Grapefruit-ish and big back-rounds of a bread like funk.

T - First half of bottle was tart, sour, and funky. Once the pallet is used to that, it brings out cherrie, sourdough, and a less funkier taste.

M - Tickles the tongue. Brings a pleasureful, fun bubbly feel to the pallet.

Overall, I really liked this beer as a whole. It was a new experience that left me wanting more. (988 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
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. (324 characters)

Photo of shleepy
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into Duvel glass.

Amber color, medium head.

Fairly sour (but certainly not the most acidic beer I've ever tasted), but seems to have a touch of residual sugar, based on the slightly sticky mouthfeel. I could be wrong.

Very prominent and enjoyable stonefruit notes (e.g., plum). Maybe just a bit of brett funk on the nose, but not much, if any, in the taste. Easy to drink. Not overly complex for a sour beer, but quite nice. (446 characters)

Dogpatch Sour from Almanac Beer Co.
92 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.