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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: 149
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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Reviews: 104 | Hads: 1,013
Photo of ArrogantB
3.41/5  rDev -18%
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.

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Photo of Seanniek91
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of ThreeLions
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
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!

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Photo of GJ40
3.81/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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Photo of Samuel906
4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of StaveHooks
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of abeeronthebeach
4.01/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of d5001986
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
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!

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Photo of draheim
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of HellSludge
4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

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Photo of shleepy
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of Furlinator
3.91/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of Powderhornphil
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of paul_db
3.86/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of denommenator
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.41/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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