Sour Ale (Nimble Lips, Noble Tongue Volume 2) - 3 Sheeps Brewing

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Sour Ale (Nimble Lips, Noble Tongue Volume 2)Sour Ale (Nimble Lips, Noble Tongue Volume 2)

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Ratings: 29
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 12.68%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: SkinniePost on 05-09-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Ale with natural flavors and aged on oak spirals. Crafted using a sour mash, Belgian yeast, Brettanomyces, raspberries and rye malt.
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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into a 3 Sheeps pint.
5% ABV

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.

Photo of Ri0
4.02/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Carb-Overlord
3.23/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.51/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to mrbubbler for sharing this one at his tasting.

2014 vintage. Volume Two.

Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Tiny particles of sediment are seen suspended in the beer after the pour. Smell is of malt, caramel, berry, Brett, and smoke aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour malt, smoke, berry, and Brett flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with an interesting mix of ingredients that come across a bit jumbled to me.

Serving type: bottle.

Photo of kkleu357
3.01/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

From notes on 6/18/14

Poured with almost no head. Body looks like unfiltered cider. Lots of chunks of something. Looks to thick to be yeast, but could be. Smell is sour and sort of like your grandma’s basement. Taste is ok. Not too sour. Slightly watery. Actually had some malty sweetness.

Photo of Satan70
2.23/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This is a disappointing sour beer

Sour Ale (Nimble Lips, Noble Tongue Volume 2) from 3 Sheeps Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.