Sour Ale (Nimble Lips, Noble Tongue Volume 2) - 3 Sheeps Brewing
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Reviews by BeerFMAndy:
3.66/5 rDev -1.9%
22 oz bottle poured into a 3 Sheeps pint.
A - Murky pond water amber in color, this cloudy beer pours with a fleeting off-white head that leaves no lace behind.
S - Tart raspberry pulls through the beer quite effectively, spiced with a pinch of rye and spiked with immediately apparent sourness. The oak spirals add earthy undertones as the Brett brings funky barnyard characteristics through the sour dough bread maltiness. On a side note, the aroma is incredibly similar, almost identical to Central Waters' latest batch of Exodus.
T - Toasty bread and sour dough (from the sour mash, presumably) conjure up an amber base while rye adds a touch of spiciness to the brew beneath. The twist on what's likely 3 Sheeps' Rebel Kent is the addition of raspberries which give the flavor a fresh tartness and the funky undertones of the Brett yeast as well as it's time on earthy oak spirals.
M - Smooth and lightly carbonated, this medium bodied beer has a soft tart finish from the raspberries with next to no real sourness poking through, though a nice introduction to those new to sours.
O - 3 Sheeps' second of the Nimble Lips, Noble Tongue small batch series introduces us to their first release of a sour beer, what seems like their Rebel Kent amber run through a sour mash while also incorporating Brettanomyces, raspberries, and oak spirals. The use of what I presume is Rebel Kent as a base is smooth and works well with the rye and raspberry flavor combination while the sour mash and Brett funk leave something to be desired. Lightly funky and very mildly sour, this beer is like looking through a keyhole at what sours can be; a great entry level brew to open the door into a world of craziness most people never look back from. I applaud this small brewery for making the leap into really hard to produce (and not screw up your other beers) style and I can't wait to see where they take this type of experimentation but I'm not overly excited about this particular incarnation.
06-19-2014 01:39:14 | More by BeerFMAndy
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4.04/5 rDev +8.3%
poured 22oz bottle into snifter.
A - dark burnt orange with a 1.5 finger fizzy off white head. Fades fast as most sour ales seem to do . No lacing, which seems to be typical for this style.
S - The aroma is interesting because you certainly have the pungent sour notes. Sour apples and plums, and a bit of vinegar and tart rasberry. There is an interesting burnt caramel aspect to it. It is not sweet, but that is what I think of and it may be from the rye malts and oak spirals.
T - Starts out fairly sour, but not as intense as others I have had. Along the lines of New Glarus WSA. Notes of tart apple, plum, and raspberry along with some vinegar. The finish turns less sour and brings about the rye malt that has the burnt caramel aspect. Reminds me a bit of a Flanders Oud Bruin without the cherry.
M - Very light and with decent carbonation for the style.
O - A satisfying and quite good offering from 3Sheeps. I enjoyed it and recommend it if you are into sours. I may pick up another and let it rest a bit.
06-07-2014 16:32:52 | More by Ri0
3.2/5 rDev -14.2%
First off, I am a complete novice when it comes to "sours." Please take this into account with this review; I can merely state subjectively what I find favorable in a beer... and I really don't like sours. With that said...
A: This poured an amber/orange color with a thin head that settled to almost nothing after a few seconds. The color was very appetizing, the beer appeared a little hazy, which I am assuming ate yeasts.
S: Very nice smell; could detect fruit under a pungent sour odor, almost as if there was a splash of apple cider vinegar in raspberries. Interesting, the sour smell actually caused my mouth to water.
T: Here it goes down hill for me...I think I just don't like sour beer. For me, it tasted like some kind of strange health remedy "two tablespoons vinegar with a 1/4 cup of sparkling water with a sweet yeasty aftertaste." This is probably an excellent beer that is simply wasted on me because I can't understand it...
M: The beer physically felt alive in the mouth; very effervescent with a crisp sharp feel.
O: I tried this beer because it sounded interesting and I enjoy experiencing new flavors in drink and food. I have only had sours a couple other times quite a long time ago; this is not an everyday sort of beer (at least not for me), but I would certainly share this with a friend who is also a novice to sours.
05-16-2014 02:34:32 | More by Carb-Overlord
Sour Ale (Nimble Lips, Noble Tongue Volume 2) from 3 Sheeps Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.