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Dogpatch Sour - Almanac Beer Co.

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Ratings: 739
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 7.57%
Wants: 130
Gots: 180 | FT: 32
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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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.

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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.

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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!

Dogpatch Sour from Almanac Beer Co.
94 out of 100 based on 739 ratings.