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Dogpatch Sour - Almanac Beer Co.

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104 Reviews
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Reviews: 104
Hads: 1,013
Avg: 4.16
pDev: 7.69%
Wants: 150
Gots: 244 | FT: 31
Brewed by:
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 macher0
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to dbannister for the trade.

A: Cloudy ruby red color with dark orange hues. Not much of a head to start and just a few bubbles as it settles. Kind of a flat beer, but I find that it works.

S: Tart sour yeast, sour bactieria, big fruity - mainly cherries with some raspberry and strawberry notes, good amount of funk. A stong and pleasant neutral oak barrel presense melds everything togather. Fairly simple inputs but the outputs are dymanic.

T: I want to do this justice b/c it is a damn fine beer. This has a high tart level. Lots of fruit and barrel. Notes of sour-ass cherries are the dominate flavor. Digging for minor notes you get berries: raspberries, cranberries, and strawberries (bright red flavore), and a strong neutral-oak finish. A little dusty and a little funky.

M: Low carb and a little thick. Smooth, highly tart, and moderate body.

O: This is a good example of how some US breweries are bring it now, very close to their Belgian fore-fathers. This is a top-notch Kriek, hands down. I'm big on this beer. It has a low-coarse carb feel, but the texture and flavors balance that out to create something very similar to GI Loloita. I will search this out again.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle of batch 2. Presumably from 12/2014. Served in a stemmed glass 2/12/2015.

A- Medium copper orange body, half finger white head, not much retention, no lacing. Drops into a thin collar, and eventually not a whole lot.

S- That west coast AWA aroma- lactic acid mostly, but a bit of bright citrus. Red wine, cherries. There's a good bit going on here.

F- Lactic acid, red wine tartness, tannins, oak, tart cherries, more lactic acid, finishes with a mild citrus bite. Very nice tartness that provokes a bit of salivation, a mildly harsh, burning finish. Kind of like a Warhead, but with a mild red wine character- in some ways, the subtle dark fruit, tannic flavour reminds me of sherry or port.

M- Thinner-medium body, a bit lower in carbonation and not as fizzy and crisp as expected, but still very good. Cleans off the palate perfectly in between IPAs.

O- Pretty good wild, not one that ranks among the best but it's very tasty in its own right. It has that house yeast flavour, but at the same time it's a bit more complex than their usual offerings. It's a poor man's Consecration, I think- less complexity and more tartness.

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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 humuloner22
4.46/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I received this awesome extra from a trade. Thanks man!

Appearance: Decent carbonation, but virtually no head once it settles. But carbonation is present. Otherwise a very attractive hazy golden amber color.

Aroma: Tartness not much funk, I don't really detect the cherries, but then again Rainier cherries are pretty mild compared to the standard red Bing cherry. Which is appeals to me.

Taste: Nice clean tart flavor, this is a great beer to clean the palate while eating or drinking heavier items. It states that it should be paired with richer foods, like blue cheese. Mouthfeel is clean and crisp and effervescent.

Overall: Very solid sour. I would definitely seek this on out in the future.

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Photo of Catracho5
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a Belgian style tulip

A: Very nice appearance, nice color, orange red, really bright, no head, some carbonation streaming off the bottom

A: Big sour, vinegar aroma, slight cherry aroma

T: Sour, some cherries, wine, fruity tart sourness, very dry, slight alcohol on the finish

O: Not bad, had a Belgian Flanders Red ale that was really good, this didn't measure up, I was expecting more cherries since they were added, did not pick them up, will try more Almanac sours in the future.

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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 antott0523
4.59/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Almanac Dogpatch Sour

On draft poured into a snifter at Clinton Hall NYC.

A: Pours a translucent caramel color dark enough to kill the light. Thick off white head that disappears as I drink the beer. No lacing and a minimal amount of visible carbonation. 4

N: The nose is buttery. Heavy cream with hints of oak. Raw sourdough. Sweeter notes of cherry, pear and a touch of vanilla lead to a faint tartness of meyer lemon zest. Stunningly complex. 5.

T: Sits in the medium high to high end of the sour. Detectable notes of wood and vanilla with dry white wine, tart fresh cherry, grape must leading to a delicate and clean sour finish. 4.5

M: Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation and round mouthfeel. 4.5

D: Very complex and pleasant drinking beer. One could argue this was a poor choice for kale salad with lemon juice dressing and wurst with sauerkraut due to the sour overload, but this beer has enough levels due to the complex yeast bill and wine barrel aging to be sour, but highly drinkable.

After this beer and Bourbon Sour Porter I am extremely impressed by the sour ales brewed by these guys. Delicious job!

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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 Fatehunter
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours almost no head on a hazy dark straw body.
The aroma is sour wood, in the best way.
The taste starts with a fruity sour that turns to a sharp tart flavor.
The texture is fizzy and fun.
This is a fun beer.

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Photo of Michelle_VillageMarketSF
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Got a chance to try this out of a snifter over at Stones Throw in SF's Russian Hill neighborhood.

Not a huge fan of sours but this wasn't overly sour and had just the right amount of effervescence.

Definitely could taste the cherries. Would definitely drink again!

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Photo of mdfb79
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%

From 12/10/14 notes. 12 oz. pour in a tulip type glass for $8 at RnH in NYC.

Pours a hazy bright orange-amber with one to two inches of bright white head and moderate carbonation evident. Sour strawberries and sour dark fruits, tart berries, vinegar, sour black cherry candy, spice, fruity malts, some earthy malts, and bready malts at the end. Some funk and sour wine in the taste as well. Acidic, big sour bite in the taste. Medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall a very good beer that is super sour; very good and very mouth puckering. More complexity and sourness in the taste; if you like big sours definitely worth checking out.

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Photo of stakem
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

375ml poured into a snifter. The brew appears a beautiful clear orange color with a white fizzy cap. The smell is mildly bretty and vinous with some oaky barrel and cherry skin/pits. The taste is all the same with some alcohol warmth and slight herbal bitterness. This is medium bodied, effervescent carbonation and overall real nice stuff.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle picked up locally batch 3 enjoyed from an almanac flute.

a - brew is a murky red with a thin fizzy head that fizzes away quick. Semi transparent when held to the light. Some visible carbonation

s - very tasteful blend of cherries. Not pungent or overly sour or cheesy...just right. Makes my myth water. Could smell this all damn day.

t/m/o - the sour slaps you in the face gives your mouth a quick tight pucker and then settles into that lush cherry found in the nose. super solid brew. Feel is a bit fizzy and prickly and there is a definite "I am gonna need tums" to the sourness, but dat cherry. Worth checking out for sure.

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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 TruePerception
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Almanac's Dogpatch Sour (Batch No. 3), ale brew with cherries and aged in wine barrels. 7.5% ABV. And, apparently they use a house blend of sourdough and wild brewer's yeasts. Should be interesting...

A: Roughly one and a half fingers of fluffy, active head. Fairly quickly dissipates to almost nothing. Orange, moving towards red in the center. Yellow in the dimple. Opaque enough that I can only seem the shadow of my hand through the glass.

S: Sour as soon as the cap is popped. That's a good sign! Funky Morello cherry, strawberry, faint lime acidity, tartaric. Very slight medicinal herbaceousness. Slight earth and funk.

T/MF: Big, lemony tartness up front! Funky back note, towards the roof of the mouth. Cherry pit. Slight spike of tartaric rising after the more citrusy sourness. Subtle black cherry. Citric acid kind of sinks into your lips.

Poured from a 375mL bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

Edit: Nice red color in lower light.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the 375mL bottle into a teku glass.

Pour produces a light and fluffy head that looks pretty but quickly recedes to become a lacy film over the cherry skin-colored body. It's brownish and red with blonde hues. Robust carbonation is visible. 4.5

Cherry's the name on the nose. Really smells like tart cherries and their pulp and skin. It's slightly funky and there's a malt aroma that's of faint chocolate, caramel and bread. 4.25

Damn that's good. Tart cherries just dominate the flavor here. Those and some funk and a bit of lemony acidity. Sweeter notes of vanilla and caramel along with faint breadiness swirl in and out to diversify the flavors. 4.25

It's pretty damn acidic and mouth-puckering, but this brew does a good job of not being vinegary. It's got a good creamy mouthfeel and medium carbonation. 4.25

More goodness from Almanac.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

i like this better than the other fruited variants of it. its gritty in texture, almost dirty earthy. dense and just a little pink. its sour beer first, fruity second, with the cherry putting in about as much as the red wine barrel, really cool. wild sourness lacto maturity and a lot of malt character in this, wheaty and a hint sweet. Cherry is just in the finish, and the red wine tannins exacerbate the dry pucker. Acidity is high, oak character is prominent, and the overall quality of this is enormous. Rad to have it on tap too. Thanks to hops and pie for that. More bubbles would make it feel perfect, but I like the light prickly and dry density. World class no doubt. amazing to me that this and the cerise sour are both cherries in red wine, but this is such a flavorful and honestly superior use of those ingredients comparatively. its really excellent.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Type: 375ml (12.68-oz.) bottle
Glass: Westvleteren XII Trappist glass
From: Windmill Farms in Allied Gardens (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $10.99 (I think)
Purchased: July 10, 2014
Consumed: Oct. 21, 2014
Misc.: Batch No. 2; Bottled March 2014

Poured a dark orange, caramel, hazy color with one finger of grayish lacing, that immediate dissipated. Small amount of bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. No lacing along the sides of the glass. Minimal retention on the top all the way down the glass. (Sight - 3.50)

Smelled sour cherries, raspberries, sweet red wine barrels, light bourbon, sour apple, sour purple grape, tart, Sweet Tarts and Smarties. (Smell - 4.00)

Tasted pretty damn good, even better than the nose. Got sour cherries, sour red apple, raspberries, sugary sweet red wine barrels, Sweet Tarts, Smarties, sour purple grape, sourdough bread and Fruity Pebbles cereal (Taste - 4.25)

Light-to-medium body. Oily-to-thin texture. Lively-to-fizzy carbonation. Long, fruity smooth finish.(Feel - 4.00)

A really good sour, but not as good as I’d hoped. A bit pricy as well. Was hoping for more, but I’ve have it again. (Overall - 4.00)

4.07 | 91 | A-

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Photo of MNishCT77
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
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

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Photo of flagmantho
4.2/5  rDev +1%

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.

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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 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 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 Hopswagger
4.46/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


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.

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