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Dogpatch Sour - Almanac Beer Co.

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Reviews: 91
Hads: 926
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 7.95%
Wants: 150
Gots: 234 | FT: 31
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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 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)

Photo of Furlinator
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy brick red with a 1/2 inch off-white head that quickly disappears completely and leaves almost no lace.

The smell is of cherry skin, grapes, faint lemon and a hint of vinegar.

The taste is of very tart, unripe cherries, grapes and a sour citrus finish.

The texture is medium bodied with high carbonation. Effervescent and refreshing.

Once you get past the initial lip-puckering tartness, this becomes a refreshing and tasty American wild ale. (462 characters)

Photo of notchucknorris
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a murky brownish orange color with a slight hint of red to it. A half finger tan head quickly settles in the glass.

S: Tart and a touch acetic. Red cherry skin, a bit of bready malt, lemon, white wine and some dusty barnyard notes. Very nice.

T: Opens tart with lemon, white wine and rolling waves of tart red cherry over the palate. Slight bit of oak, lemon seed and pink grapefruit. A long lingering tartness lasts forever. I like this a lot. (455 characters)

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

My second Almanac is as many days. They really make some tasty sours.

This one pours hazy orange with a slight reddish tint from the cherries I assume. Not much head or lacing.

Aroma is a bright, slightly tart funk. Apple cider vinegar. Subtle cherry notes.

Taste is sour apples, tart cherry and wine barrel. Just a delicious sour.

Lighter mouthfeel. Dry finish. Low carbonation. (385 characters)

Photo of paul_db
3.86/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a snifter.

I gotta say, the smell through me off a bit. i'm not sure if it was an off bottle or not since most people i'm seeing are saying it smelled like cherries… all i smelled was funk and maybe some oak… this made me a bit nervous for this.

Taste had tart cherries up front with some sweetness and funk after. The flavor was nothing like the smell. Very good sour, very alike to the other recent releases. (435 characters)

Photo of denommenator
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As much as I love sour ales, this one may be a little too tart. The cherry flavors are lovely and the subtle apple tones come out if you slurp it. it is a perfectly dry beer. The smell is very enticing. This is a bold and interesting American sour ale. (252 characters)

Photo of macrosmatic
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to eyebereej for sending this one! Reviewed from notes. Poured from 375 mL bottle into a Cigar City snifter.

A: Pours a burnished reddish copper, hazy, with a thin white head that fades quickly. There are some floaters amidst medium level of visible carbonation.

S: Sour cherries, tart underripe berries, oak, some funk, and a tad vinous. Nice.

T: Tart cherries, funk, oak tannins, sour, tart blackberries, pink wine character, and lactic tartness on the finish, which remains fairly dry. Some acetic character, which increases as the beer warms.

M: Medium body, adequate carbonation sensation, and a bit of alcohol burn but not at all hot.

O: Tasty, and definitely nails the mark with big tart cherry flavor. I was a little surprised that the wine barrel character was only a bit player in this show. But still, very tasty. Recommended. (849 characters)

Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured into a snifter to a deep amber with a small white head that quickly fades to nothingness
S: smells of sour cherries, vanilla, oak, and funk
T: taste brings a huge smack of sourness on the palate with some cherry flavors, hints of oak and vanilla and a slight funkyness. swallow is more sourness with some vanilla, oak and some sweetness
M: Medium in the mouth with good effervescent carbonation that keeps things lively and a drying finish
O: Overall, this beer is exceptional. It's hellactiously sour but the flavors of the beer do manage to poke through. (566 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-Clear reddish orange, not much carbonation, or head.

S-Good deal of funk, oak and cherries, some grassy notes as well.

T-Starts with semi-sweet cherries then in the finish good balance with the oak notes and a nice fruity sourness.

M-Lighter in body, not much carbonation, definitely some sour notes.

O-The balance was rather good, a solid sour. It could have used more complexity but the flavors that were there were good and balanced together. (451 characters)

Photo of rudzud
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Received in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a slightly hazy reddish golden hue with an absolutely EXPLOSIVE head. Talking a full 4+ fingers here. Does leave nice sticky side lacing though and a good creamy blanket.

S - Aromas of quite funky horse blanket, super saison like. I do get very nice vinous notes, however, the cherries are super faint...probably due to the fact that they used Rainier cherries (which are rather subtle flavoured).

T - Taste is quite tart, nice cherry notes, strong wood/tannins. Lightly flemmy, lacto notes, the finish is mighty dry and almost enamel peeling. Still, would like to see more cherry. Nice vinegar notes too.

M - Mouthfeel is quite dry and very nicely carbonated for the style.

O - Overall, this was a solid wild ale. Quite sour, wish there was more sour cherry notes in this though. (849 characters)

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

Bottle from George. Thanks buddy! Pours a murky red-orange color with very little head that dissipates to a ring on the glass pretty quickly. Bit sour vinegar aroma with lots of sweet cherries and a hint of brown sugar. Nice nose on this. Flavor is a nice sweet and sour cherry, some yeast funk, lacto. Pretty expected for the style but with a bit more sharp tartness to go along that makes it nicely drinkable. Medium mouthfeel and a bit more body than other sours, and with carbonation on the lower side--just a little prickle. Overall this was enjoyable. (557 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on-tap, collins pub

from notes

In the vein of Supplication, but quite far from that level. I like Rainier cherries, but they are far from the most flavorful and seem like a poor choice to incorporate in a beer - so its no surprise that the cherry billing was a bit of a letdown. Moderate tartness - lots of vinous notes, wood, sugars. Good, but not great and not on the same level as the other wild ales I've had from Almanac (427 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
3.72/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Brewed and opened in 2013

A - Bright and effervescent. Peach and honey body with a soft cranberry hue. The vibrant carbonation is enough to support a thin halo of white head.

S - Soft, complex, and well integrated. White wood, black cherries, brown sugar, and a touch of bazooka bubble gum. A deep, round sour note slowly builds to balance the sweet fruit of the front end.

T - Dry apple, tart cherry, bright wood, and tannins. Super dry and oaky, especially through the finish. Almost too dry.

M - Light body. Par carbonation.

O - Nice but not great. Somewhat disappointing. If it was any other brewery I wouldn't be, but as one of my favorite breweries I hold Almanac to a higher standard. (696 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #1. Poured in to snifter.

A - Cloudy opaque bright orange/amber colour with a thin layer of white head.

S - Sour vinegar-like aroma up front with a big oak presence. Some lighter cherry notes and a bready sweetness also come through.

T - A dry sourness without being puckering. Sweet breadiness, oak, sour cherry and some grape notes. The cherry was very muted and definitely not as prevalent as I had hoped.

M - Medium body. Dry. Moderate carbonation. (464 characters)

Photo of ebin6
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The obvious comparison here is Supplication no matter how much you don't want to draw comparisons. I don't like it either, but if you're a sour drinker on the West Coast, I'm having a hard time seeing how you can avoid it. The good news: it's in the same stratosphere, which is praise enough. The uncomfortable news: it is somewhat frustrating to try and review it objectively. Supplication holds such a special place in my BA heart that this almost feels like beer-daultery considering how much sours cost. Anyway, now that the elephant has been acknowledged (and my BA guilt expressed), on to the review. Trying my best to be objective from here on out.

A- a nice ruby red appearance after the pouring was complete. Almost looked golden as it was coming out causing brief confusion, but it settled in nicely

S- wow, what a great nose. Really puts everything in place; the wine is evident and the cherries are in full force

T- just what you hope for when purchasing this style. The moment it hits your tongue there is a burst of cherry goodness. The residual flavors resonate for a good 15 seconds leaving you with a satisfying draught every time.

M- from the moment it hits your lips, the tingling begins. Just what you want from a beer as sour as this. A vigorous mouth swirl elicits an intense puckering that lasts for a while

D- I could easily have 2 or 3 of these. The abv is there, but superbly balanced. This ought to be on your sour radar. (1,455 characters)

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Paccamacca for this beer!

poured into tulip glass.

Bottled Autumn 2013; batch 1.

Appearance: slightly murky orange bodied beer with almost 2 full fingers of white head that drops down to a thin ring.

Smell: cherrys, oak barrel, and white wine; they all are prominent in the nose, but they are all well balanced not overpowering the other smells.

Taste: This Almanac sour has the wine notes leading the way with a hint of mildly tart cherries and lemons. Decent dose of oak and earth notes. Hint of yogerty funk. Finish tastes like a cherry jolly rancher.

Mouthfeel: low end of a medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation levels. Crisp clean sour that has really nice carbonation. Tart without being overly sour adds to the drinkability of the beer! Nice dryness that builds as you drink the beer.

Overall: After having 3 different Almanac sours, it seems like Almanac's calling card in sour beers is a subtle wine barrel notes with fantastic balance of the fruits used in the sour. It has been unmistakable in all three of the Almanac sours that I have sampled thus far. I enjoy the uniqueness of the Almanac brand sour beers. They may not be as high end as Cantillion or Drie Fontenien, but they are biting at the heels of these breweries. (1,263 characters)

Photo of seand
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy reddish brown, with not much head, and a fair amount of sediment I could probably have been more careful with. A ring of white head retains around the edge of the glass, leaving a little lacing.

S: Tart cherries, with a sweetness that's musty and a bit yeasty.

T: Sweet and tart fruit in a nice balance; the tartness comes through more towards the finish, which is dry and a little astringent.

M: Medium body, light to medium carbonation.

Overall, really nice; the individual elements don't stick out so much as combine to something well constructed. It's an enjoyable beer in a less common style, that's very drinkable and doesn't go over the top. (670 characters)

Photo of Swongler
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Fantastic sour beer. Poured from a bottle into a flute. Bottle reads: "Bottled Autumn 2013" enjoyed about 1 month after purchase.

A - Amber with small bubbles. Color reminds me of an ale I'm not particularly fond of: Anchor Steam. Slightly foggy with 3/4 inch of white head in a flute, but overall a beautiful pour.

S - Smell of sticky salt water taffy, young grapes, beer-soaked bar wood (only thing bringing it down), devils share of a wine barrel.

T - Beautiful. Slightly flowery. Makes my tongue curl a little. Nice and sour, but I would like to taste this a little higher on the sour-intensity. Hard, unripened green apples. Yeast; I can definitely taste the sourdough that they sought to add to the beer. Aftertaste of ripe lemon juice.

M - Puckered up nicely. A little more heavy on the tongue than I expected - actually a really nice feeling. Extremely refreshing on a warm, sunny San Francisco fall Sunday. Leaves a slight coat behind, enhancing the aftertaste.

O - A really good sour. Easy to drink. Not sure if I would want to pay $11 for a 12oz bottle again, when I can buy a fantastic 22oz stout or IPA at $7-$9, but if I can find it under $10, I will definitely pick up more. Highly recommend you give it a try. (1,230 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer appears orange and hazy with a quarter inch or so of off-white head. My wife's is significantly redder and darker. The aroma brings wine barrels, oak, cherries, yeast, farmhouse funk. Lovely flavor with wine character leading the way. Prominent cherries with cherry juice and oak. Light to medium in body with a mild puckering finish. Terrific. I would really like to have this again. (393 characters)

Photo of jdhowe
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes on a few-day-old bottle that had been recapped. Enjoyed 13 August 2013.

A: Pours a hazy (almost cloudy) brownish-red/amber/ruby with minimal head of color I could not discern properly. Looks pretty good, though.

S: Smell is dominated by soured cherries -- this smells really tart! A little earthy funk from the brett is evident, but mostly this is wood and cherry and it smells delicious.

T/M: Mouth-puckeringly sour cherries, as expected. This beer is earthy with a little earthy funk, but so full of cherries. Pretty delicious, really. Mouthfeel is medium with a light carbonation (although I expect it was a bit more carbed a few days ago) that comes off just a little oily in a good way, leaving a nice coating tartness lingering alongside a sweet cherry finish.

O: I am quite impressed. This is a lot like a slightly muted Supplication to me; I'd be interested to have the two side-by-side. (919 characters)

Photo of SammyJaxxxx
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Hazy (in a good way) golden hue, very light head that dissipates quickly. Lots of carbonation
S- Cherry, plum, currants
T- Slightly sweet and fruity but lingering sour dough flavor. There is also a wine flavor that is battling to be tasted as well. Leaves a lingering sourpatch kids flavor
M- The right amount of carbonation that allows the full flavor range to be tasted.
0- Outstanding beer. Would have no problem drinking this regularly if it was available in my neck of the woods. (487 characters)

Dogpatch Sour from Almanac Beer Co.
92 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.