Sour Golden Ale - Backacre Beermakers

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Sour Golden AleSour Golden Ale

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Ratings: 259
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 7.53%
Wants: 134
Gots: 45 | FT: 10
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Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: corby112 on 02-25-2013

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Photo of cavedave
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a just-a-bit cloudy white gold color, with a huge topper that relaxes to a scant ring in the course of ten minutes given it to "open up".

Luscious aroma, tart and rounded yeast notes, earthy and citrus from hops?, bugs? Don't know. but smells great. Just a hint of floral and a bit of vinegar too.

Taste outshines aroma in the best way, just a bright blast of goodness. Rounded tart and a hint of vinegar pick up touches of herbal, citrus, wine, and sour that never burns. It pushes the limit of how much lemon, how much vinegar, how full the yeast component gets, how dry the sip becomes, how much of a hint of sweet can remain to balance it. This one is in my sweet spot for wild ales, YMMV.

Very full bodied and dry on palate, a bit of lemon drop as it warms and I continue sipping, very fine finish.

Marvelous beer, slightest dings for the bit of lemon drop I got, super delicious and intense. Highly recommended.

Photo of olradetbalder
2.9/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Blend 2, shared with Jimski.

Pours Yellow.
Smell is tart, some off notes
Taste: Not at all what I waa expecting, some butter (diacetyl) in the taste that really makes is of. Part from that, there is not many notes of apricots. Sour and butter does not match at all.

Photo of dirtylou
4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, split

A very intriguing beer - a blender using wort from "local" breweries - not sure who these breweries are but Hill Farmstead seems like a decent guess? Nice golden body - pretty tame aroma and not particularly indicative of whats to come. The flavor profile is pretty crazy - not extremely sour but layers of fruit that imparts many different distinct flavor - apricot, peach, sugar, sweetness. Bright and complex - this was great.

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.14/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Pale yellow body. Clear. Brief white head. Then nothing.

Smell - Funky. Woody and lemony. Some estery notes. Slight vinegar aroma.

Taste - Sharp sourness. Lemony. Very oaky. Again a slight vinegar flavor. Grainy. Crisp.

Mouthfeel - Light and pleasantly sour. High carbonation.

Overall - Clean and really enjoyable sour.

Photo of Vonerichs
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazed gold body. Extra fizzy white head with decent retention, but once gone it's completely gone, leaving it looking like a cider.

Really nice aroma. Funky, cider, green apples, vinous.

Great flavor. It's sour but not to the point of puckering. Fresh green apples own the flavor. Cider vinegar. Some bready and funky accents.

Mouthfeel is light, prickly carbonation, and crisp.

This one wowed me. It's the perfect level of acidity and packed with flavor.

Photo of emerge077
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Batch #3, 7.1% abv.

Thanks to to Joe for sharing!

Hazy orange, minimal trace carbonation, some larger bubbles cluster loosely on the surface at first. Tiny bubbles visible rising from the meniscus of the glass.

Very nice aroma, musty wet oak, lemon, lychee, grapefruit, authentic lambic-esque funk.

Taste is very similar to an unblended lambic, though they respectfully don't call it as such. Tart puckering lemon and citrus, dry musty oak flavors linger in the aftertaste. Light wild yeast character adds an interesting layer of complexity. Light to medium bodied with low level carbonation. Very interesting beer and worth seeking out.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up a few weeks ago during our trip to Vermont. Pours clear golden with a nice, fairly-fizzy white head. A bit of lacing on the way down. The nose carries beautiful funk, lemon, hay, and moderate acidity. Dry and light. Faint backing oak. Just a bit of cheese rind. Excellent. One of the best American sours that I’ve ever had.

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.05/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Yellow bodied beer with thick cap of white head that stays around during entire drink. Smell is nice, nothing overly exciting or complex, but good none the less. Same with the taste. It tastes good, but it is not very sour. 3.5 out of 10 on the sour scale. Not much funk to speak of either. Bright and some citrusy character which is very solid. Mouthfeel is pretty nice; this is definitely the highlight of the beer. Light bodied beer with moderate almost high carbonation levels. Crisp, clean, refreshing with a semi-dry finish. Overall this is solid, but underwhelms based on the high reputation. Very glad to finally get to try this elusive Vermont sour beer. This is a pretty mellow sour ale. It reminds me of a very mellow RR Beat.

Photo of Morey
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A fantastic beer that toes the line between Sour & Saison. Pillowy mouthfeel with a head that stays around until you take your last sip. It's tart, not sour. Super refreshing with hints of apricots and tangerine.

Photo of Phillyz
4.24/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Friend who knows nothing about beer, but that I love sours picked this up on a random trip to vermont.

750 mL bottle, poured into a wine glass

Pours a hazy golden color, thin, 3 finger bubbly head that disappears within 5 seconds of pouring.

Tastes very tart, with a definite brett presence. Lemon, hay, straw, and sweet fruits in the back.

I'm pleasantly surprised with this random bottle, and would love to taste it with some age on it. I've never heard of this brewery or beer, so I'm glad I had the opportunity to try it.

Photo of beercatmatt
5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fantastic! Common to find on a shelf in southern vt too! Easily one of my favorite beers.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.62/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to mhksuccess for sharing this one at Acropora's tasting.

Pours a hazy gold with a foamy white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour with malt, grain, funk, acid, cider, and slight vinegar aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour malt, acidic, and vinegar 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 and somewhat medium bodied mouthfeel mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is drinkable but has a much better smell in my opinion.

Photo of Jwale73
4.31/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle served in a pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy golden-orange with a three inch bright white cap that sizzles and pops and quickly collapses into a broken skim. Nose is bright with tangerine notes and a hint of rind. Taste consistent with nose with the addition of a buttery character - the oak really comes out nicely and complements the citrus. Mouthfeel is light and lively with a bright, crisp carbonation and a pleasant acidity. Overall, this is a top notch sour - it's not funky and comes off fairly clean, but it's oh so drinkable. A well kept Vermont secret.

Photo of jbertsch
3.37/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden hay color. Fizzy head dissapears quickly, not unexpected.

Aroma: not an enormous aroma. I get notes of green apple, lemongrass, very slight funk. Fairly subdued overall.

Taste: certainly tart and sour but pleasantly so. Problem is, there's not much else. I get some lemon, lime, touch of apple, but there's no underlying complexity. Not much in the way of barnyard, funk, or much else.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin but that's ok for the style. Carbonation is light. Finishes crisp whichis nice.

Overall the tartness is at a nice level but this beer lacks the complexities that I expected it to have given other reviews and scores. Nice to try but not worth the price for me to purchase again.

Photo of Stevedore
4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. Served in a stemmed glass.

Pours a darker golden orange body, one finger offwhite head with good retention, nice lacing. Smells of lemon, earth, wheat, mild funk. Not too complicated, but smells good. Flavour is a bit muted, primarily lemon, earth, citrus, wheat, white wine, mild vinegar, floral notes, stone fruit. It just seems to be a passive beer with a fair amount of flavour and complexity, but I would have liked the flavours to be a bit sharper and brighter. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, good carbonation, fairly drinkable. Overall, I had higher expectations although it's a very good beer and certainly above average; I think it has a ways to go.

Photo of corby112
3.82/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to koopa for sharing.

Pours a very hazy, dark golden yellow color with a one finger, frothy white head that quickly settles into a lasting ring.  Streaks of spotty lacing left behind.

Musty, earthy aroma with subtle brine and lactic funk character along with earthy barrel notes and sweet stone fruits.  Decent barnyard/funky bug presence with lacto, citrus acidity and dry oak along with some peach and light vinous notes.  

Medium bodied with a stronger barrel presnce than expected.  Slightly briny with some lactic funk, musty cobweb and a decent amount of acetic acid yet never becomes harsh or solvent like.  Sour and acidic but not overwhelmingly so with puckering funk and subtle salty flavors.  Somewhat like a saison/farmhouse and wild ale hybrid with subtle spice and musty funk followed by toasted oak, wild bugs, citrus acidity and a lingering acetic, slight vinegar-like presence in the finish.  Fortunately, there is nice balance and the farmhouse characteristics aren't completely overpowered.  Tart and puckering but not harsh at all, remaining delicate and easy to drink.  This beer didn't completely blow me away but it's a solid first offering from these guys.

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.7/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A-Pours a hazy tainted straw hue. Head is a quickly evaporating cluster of tight, tiny bubbles. Head pops and cracks off to a thin slice of lightly dirty white fuzz. Head leaves soft lacing. The body is supremely murky but it glows with an attractive flare.

S-When quite chilly, the nose really exhibits a beautiful tartness. Tart apples and pears with light grassiness. Wet hay and barnyard funk elements are prevalent; especially as the beer warms. At its proper temperature, the tartness still shines but it is accompanied by a medley of sweeter, riper fruits. Notes of honey, flowers and woody basement begin to arise. The nose is incredibly complex.

T-The flavor matches the aroma's excellence. The tartness is not overpowering but it is rich and it lasts well beyond each sip. The wild yeasts buzz along the palate in a whimsical and playful fashion. Noble hop grassiness is light but noticeable. Champagne! I even get some flaky bakery offerings during some sips. Funky but sweet, earthy but clean. The fruits morph and change over the session. A beer with a seemingly limitless amount of possible descriptors.

M-The alcohol is masked perfectly. The bubbles are remarkably tight and energetic. Finishes dry and tart. Crisp. Incredibly drinkable.

O/D-I actually tried this next to a bottle of Ruinart Champagne. Backacre was preferred by both my peers and I. An excellent Sour. I highly recommend this brew. Easily stands toe-to-toe with its Belgian forefathers.

Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden body with a small white head that sticks around and sticks on the glass.

First whiff makes me think of lambic. Musty, earth, wood, lemon, stone fruit. Not quite the depth of a lambic beer but really nice.

Musty and fruity on the palate like the nose showed off. Medium bodied with a light tartness and mild carbonation.

A really great beer that almost crosses the line into exceptional territory. Wish I could get this regularly.

Photo of yourefragile
4.21/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle, thanks Thorpe!

Pours a hazed pale straw golden color with a fizzy white head that fades to a thin collar. Mild funky brett aroma, tart apple, clean yeast and other indeterminate fruit. Flavor is a little sweeter than preferred with a slightly watery finish. Soft brett funk and apple tartness in finish. Medium thick body, light carbonation and thin finish. Nice balance of fruit and funk, looking forward to revisiting.

Photo of Gatch
4.54/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: It is what it says it is!

S: Fresh, hard apple cider. Super sour and slightly funky and yeasty.

T: Yeasty, dry, grassy, barny, and overall delicious.

M: Massive carbonation but so effervescent and even refreshing.

O: Everything you expect it to be and more. Very unique. Very Vermont. This is exactly what it says it is. A sour, tart, but light, farmhouse style ale. Awesome!

Photo of davewlfpckfan29
4.31/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Yet another Vermont gem.
This one wasn't even on my map, until my friend Dio from Vermont brought this one down.

Smells so wonderful, nice fruity orange, lactobacillus smell.

Dry taste, initial sourness.

Drinks like a berlinerweise almost.
8.5% abv? No way. Drinks like a 5 or 6%

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.18/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared by yourefragile. Thanks Michael.

The beer is golden hued with a small white head. The aroma brings a light funk, stone fruit, earth, yeast. The flavor is a notch up from the aroma. Sour but not intense. Similar in a way to a lambic. Easy drinking with some mild acidity in the finish. Bright and zesty on the palate. A tasty beer.

Photo of GonzoHomebrewer
4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle served at 3 penny

A- light golden, almost cider like color with a frothy white head

S- wonderful funky nose, lemon, apricot, stone fruit, some cheese funk, really impressive.

T- some light bready malt followed up with apricot, pear, green apple, with a bit of rough white wine tannin/alcohol heat

M- light, crisp spot on carbonation

O- a surprising offering, great american sour that can really keep company with any geuze

Photo of MDDMD
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-golden color with a nice white head and decent lacing

S-lemon, apple, funk, light malt, white wine

T-light malt, apricot, tart apple, lemon, funky, vinous, very complex layers of flavor

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, tart and crisp

O-a lot of fruit flavor, not as sour as some, but very complex and enjoyable

Sour Golden Ale from Backacre Beermakers
97 out of 100 based on 259 ratings.