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Blue Sunday Sour - New Holland Brewing Company

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87
very good

503 Ratings
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Ratings: 503
Reviews: 110
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 41
Gots: 103 | FT: 13
Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: lackenhauser on 07-13-2008

This unique anniversary libation, heritage-blended from our library of barrel-soured beers, exhibits deeply layered flavors of malt and oak, with a tart finish.
Pairings: wild game,poultry & charcuterie.

17.1° Plato 8.7% abv
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Ratings: 503 | Reviews: 110
Photo of cvm4
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2015 Vintage

L - Pours a dark brown body with laces of red mahogany and it has a one finger light tan head. Not much retention to the head or lacing on the glass.

S - Sour fruit (cherries/blueberries) mixed in with a nice oak backbone. There's some acidity on the nose too.

T - Light to medium on the sour scale. Dark soured fruits of plums or blackberries that meld well with the oak barrels.

F - Medium body and medium carbonation. Smooth, creamy body.

O - Such a well balanced beer that doesn't lean overly sour or overly oaky. It's just a great pairing that come together as one.

Photo of RCLOHR267
3.06/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

This was way too sour for me.

Photo of ZebraCakez
4.16/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz. bomber into snifter.

A: Pours pretty dark, a deep brown with cherry red hints. Almost no head, save for a few small foamy bubbles.

S: The aroma is slightly acidic, sour fruit and bitterness. The oak notes are very present as well. 

T: Very interesting. The sour, acidic taste is ever present, and behind it hides a very prominent yet well balanced aged oak taste. These two flavors are about it for me, but they play together in a surprisingly nice union, something I was unsure of reading this beer's description. 

F: Smooth and creamy, medium body and just enough carbonation. Nice.

O: This beer was significant to me in one way: it proved to me that I truly do love sour beers. There is technically nothing about this brew that I would necessarily like had it not been for the funky sour nature of it. I'm honestly not the biggest fan of barrel aged beer, but this was delicious. Would possibly buy again, thoroughly enjoyed the bomber.

Photo of 10Crumra
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 2015 Vintage 22 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Appears dark amber to almost cherry red in the light. Very little head.

Oaky aromas with some nice fruit tones. Only mildly sour, the barrel aging must have tempered the sour flavors.

Definitely more sourness in the taste. Lots of oak flavors layered in with dark fruits. Finishes with quite the tart aftertaste. Velvety mouthfeel with very light carbonation.

Overall this is a nice sour beer with some complexity. The oak from the barrels is certainly present.

Photo of brother_kenneth
3.07/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This beer has a vinegary quality to it that I cannot get into. Pours a dark reddish brown and has a nose of malt and vinegar. Taste is also malty and vinegary with some funk in there as well. The finish is very short, which made it easier for me to drink.

Photo of SomethingClever
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured on tap into a tulip 

A: nice creamy looking tight head, brownish clear color 

S: vinegar slight oak smells sweet

T: not as sweet as the nose implies has an ok bite to it vinegar maybe oak

O: this category does not seem to have much depth to me but it isn't bad standard color standard smell standard taste.

Photo of FaradayUncaged
4.09/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark red to brown with light head as expected from a barrel aged beer. What head is present is soapy and quickly disipates with zero lacing.

Smells of fermented berry... Maybe blueberry but very faint. Sourness is present. Little to no alcohol on the nose.

Taste is fruity without sweetness. Like a heightened lambic with a crisp, tart finish.

Medium to light moutheel.

Overall pleasantly surprised. Drank better as it warmed towards room temperature. Would buy and enjoy again.

Photo of smakawhat
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass, vintage 2015.

Deep crimson, hints of brown but just a bright dark red with mahogany hues all around. Very clear, with some nice forming middle column carbonation, a hint of one finger tan head, but manages to settle to a simple puck and creamy collar. Very neat looking body color I must say.

Excellent bouquet on the nose. Hints of Flander style oud bruin character, light toasty wood notes, moderate acid and caramel. Not much hinting fruit aromas though, but still very nice quite impressed here.

Palate is real slick and seems buttery flavored as well. Diacetyl in a wild brew? Hard to say really didn't seem like that was coming from the nose, but boy does this come off odd. Good round full body from oak hinted aging but with a moderate malt backbone. Good soild mouthfeel, a hint of mixed mild cream and simple acidity that is easily cut through a decent to thick malt body. Not much fruit character, perhaps some mild hints of steely grapefruit a bit, but also not slick too much on the finish either. Time wares off more of the butter character interestingly.

Overall comes off like a pretty neutral Oud Bruin, with much more depth taken from oak aging. Not sure if this is faulty, but it's still very well done, but boy if this had some decent red fruit flavors and quality it could be really special.

Photo of StoutHunter
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of New Holland's Blue Sunday Sour last week for $7.99 at The Lager Mill. I think I may have tried this once at a beer festival a few years ago, but I can't fully remember, so I thought I should give the latest release a try, so lets see how it goes. 2015 Vintage. Poured from a foiled 22oz bottle in a teku.

A- The label looks good, it's got a classy look to it and it's eye catching. It poured a dark ruby red color that took on more of a brighter ruby color when held to the light with almost two fingers worth of creamy tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left a little bit of patchy lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with a nice cherry and berry like aroma being the first to stick out and it makes for a nice blend of berry and fruity aromas with no single one sticking out the most and it's followed by the yeast which imparts a somewhat lighter funky aroma with just a slight vinegar like aroma. Towards the end comes the oak which imparts a nice and noticeable woody oak aroma with just a slight bit of vanilla coming through. This beer had a good aroma, it's just what I would expect from the style.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness being the first to show up and it's followed by the sour berry and cherry aspects that i got in the aroma and they show up nicely and the sourness is on the higher side of medium. UP next comes the yeast and oak which seem to show up at the same time and impart a funky oak flavor with malts showing up towards the end and lingering into the aftertaste taste along with a little bit of sourness and some berry and cherry flavors. This is a good tasting beer, it has pretty much everything that I look for in the style and it doesn't have any off flavors.

M- Pretty smooth, a little refreshing, slightly acidic, crisp, on the lighter side of being medium bodied with a slightly higher amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was pretty good and it worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a good beer and I thought it was a good example of the style, it had everything that I look for in the style and while it isn't a favorite of the style, it pretty good in every aspect and when it comes down to it I enjoyed drinking it. This beer had nice drinkability, it was pretty smooth, a little refreshing, slightly acidic, crisp, not too filling and the taste does a nice job at holding my attention, half the bottle is the perfect amount for me, but because it isn't too acidic I wouldn't rule out drinking the full bottle. What I like the most about this beer was that it was just a tasty and good example of the style. What I liked the least about this beer was that it didn't have a little more complexity, I think the separates it from some of the better sours. I would buy this beer again, I already got one for the cellar and I wouldn't mind getting another one. I would recommend this beer, especially if you like sours. All in all I was happy with this beer and I was a little impressed that New Holland could make a beer like this and keep it under $10 a bottle, there's hardly any breweries that can do that and I respect them for that. It's one of the better New Holland beers I've had and I would say it'a above average for the style. Good job guys, this was one tasty and affordable sour, keep up the good work.

Photo of Zach136
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Clear brown

Aroma/Flavor: Heavy oak over complex tartness and hints of blueberries and toast.

Mouthfeel: Medium + bodied.

Photo of cubs943
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I thought this was a pretty good beer.

Photo of IowaBiertrinker
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap. Nice fruit and sour balance with a little complexity.

Photo of bnes09
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Tart fruit, cider like flavor. Smooth oak. Nice ruby, amber color. Well balanced.

Photo of tigg924
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, low carbonation, gold-brown in color, clear

Smell: sharp sour mix and fruit candy

Taste: light oak, sharp sour mix, touch of dark fruits--blueberry and cherry

Mouthfeel: super sour with a touch of sweetness, light in body, prickly medium carbonation

Overall: One of the better New Holland beers that I have had. Super complex. This one is a sipper and the fruit comes out towards the end as it warms. I would get this again if I found it on tap.

Photo of Jack_Malts
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very decent sour, nice for an American brewery. It is well balanced with flavors of red wine vinegar and blueberries. Also has a nice underlying malty sweetness. My only complaint would be that it's a bit watery on the finish. If there was a category for price point, this would get a 5 in it. Definitely try.

Photo of Beerlover
4.72/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I can't remember the last time I had anew Holland beer that I cared for or enough to ever want to buy again, lets see if they can change that with a stab of one of my favorite styles....
A: pours a silky looking clear amberish red/brown with a half inch light khaki head, has a good looking carbonation with a medium number of average sized bubbles
S:Smells like a good sour but not super sour smelling, hope its more sour that it smells, no hops aroma or maltyness to speak of some slight nuttiness perhaps from the oak.
T: wow! this is amazing, starts of mediumly sour, but after getting half way through the glass it gets more and more intense!! there is a good subtle nuttiness in the aftertaste as well
M: medium carbonation with a slightly silky mid palate and a bit of a dry aftertaste.
O.a: I would definitely buy this again, price point is great too!

Photo of KYGunner
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This poured with almost no head, probably to utilize the space since it seemed a touch expensive. The color was a light amber with a blueish hue that gave it a near wine like quality.

The nose is funky and full with a yeasty, lactose tone. The blueberries are noticeable in a dry, vegetative and wild sense. Tones of malt such as caramel and toffee can be found.

The flavor is sour with notes of balsamic vinegar, yeast and blueberries. The backbone is stabilized by a dark fruity malt like date and fig and then it ends with caramelized sweetness. All this and then ribbons of cream run through the taste as it gives off a bourbon and oak flavor.

The feel is subtlety tart but with no pucker factor. This glides down with heft and creaminess like a good barrel aged stout.

This ranks amongst the best sours I've had as you get tons of complexity and fruity tartness without the lip puckering pain.

Photo of mrfrancis
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear, dark amber with a creamy, thick khaki head.

S: Aromas of funky, lactic yeast, oak, caramel, unripened vine fruits, cider vinegar, sea salt, and toast are present on the nose.

T: Notes of charred oak, minerals, sea salt, unripened grapes, spiced pear, pomegranate, cherry pits, unripened blackberry, cider vinegar, caramel, biscuit, toast, and lactic yeast funk swirl across the palate. The finish is tart and fruity with cider vinegar, toast, oak, and lactic yeast notes underscored by dark fruits and red wine.

M: Moderately full in body and somewhat dry. Carbonation is initially prickly, but soon mellows. Superbly balanced and incredibly drinkable for such a complex brew.

O: A really excellent sour that I feel has been underrated to this point. It reminds me of many of the more traditional English old ales. I recommend it highly, but definitely buy a bottle to try now and another to put back for at least a year or two.

Photo of t8dd
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2014 Vintage. Bottle poured into a tulip. Notes of wood, dried cherries on the nose. Clear deep ruby red with no head and very minimal lacing. Taste is sour, dark jammy fruits, wood, slight funk, apples. Robust mouthfeel with a dry finish. Really good.

Photo of thecheapies
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A browned cherry color with great clarity. I didn't find any yeast cake at the bottom of the bottle, so there was no fear of pouring out any bottle-conditioning. A ring of foam is the 'head' of the beer.

Semi-sweet syrupy malts and bright acidic sour in the nose; reminiscent of red currant, tart raspberry, sour cherry, and berries. Lots of oakiness and a hint of vanilla. Makes it seem like it could be a Flemish Red, but it's got a different character/level of sourness. The sour is a bit more rigid, intense, and almost chemical.

Bright sourness with some nose-clearing effect, but not without a tannic fruitiness and split oakiness. A good smattering of malty flavors with some red apple and cooked cherries. Lots of convoluted tart fruit notes that come across darker-skinned varietals. Oak levels are higher, but work nearly perfectly. A little bit hard-watered, and there is a minerality that follows with that. Carbonation is quite happening, perhaps, thanks to the fresh bottle. The body is great; it has a slight slickness, but remains on the fuller side. An excellent wild ale.

New Holland... I'm impressed. Recommended.

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, vintage 2014. Acquired this bottle at the local Binny's for something like $7.99. After eyeing the 2012 vintage for two years, I'm glad to finally have this. This year's vintage lists a 6.60% abv on the back label.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a nice dark coppery ruby color with some purple hues in there. One finger of thick bubbly tan head that falls quickly. Some thin lacing. Looks good.

S - The smell is comprised of fruity sour acidity, oak wood, leather, brown sugar, bready malt, and some yeastiness. Very mild alcohol presence. Indistinct fruitiness like grape / fig / plum / prunes.

T - The taste does seem to have some sort of a thin graininess that I was expecting in there somewhere, but it is very pleasant, layered, and complex. Grain, oak wood, acidic sour, cream, hints of vanilla, cherry / grapes / raisins, and some yeast / bacterial funkiness.

M - Feel is medium bodied with okay carbonation; probably a bit too high, but it is passable and certainly very easy to drink. Smooth, with a dry finish.

Overall, I could see some room for improvement, but it definitely scratches that sour itch, and I think I can surely say this beer is underrated. Probably the most interesting, layered, and complex beer I've had from New Holland, and I would have it again. Recommended.

New Holland Blue Sunday Sour ---4/5.

Photo of Axnjxn
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2014 bottle into a tulip

dark brown pour , big head. smell is of sour tart cherries. taste is meh..cherries but very malty. way too malty. just an okay taste but not great by any means.ok feel. good carbonation.

overall just okay. not really recommended.

Photo of Badger6
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft into a tulip, poured at the DoG Street Pub in Williamsburg, VA on 7 Feb 2014.

A: Deep reddish-amber color, head receded by the time I got the beer, but still a significant ring at glass edge. Some lacing.

S: Sour cherries, tart young raisins. Some malt notes are present as well. Smelled very clean.

T: Followed the nose. Tart cherries right in the front. Has an acidic tone, slightly towards vinegar. Malts follow in the middle, some toasted caramel perhaps. A little bit of woodiness, but not much. There is an earthy tone towards the end.

M: Light body and gently carbonated. Sourness makes the beer feel dry. Finishes nicely, with a bit of sweetness at the end, but not much.

O: This is a good example of a Belgian sour from a quality American craft brewer. This is an easy drinking sour, and a good starting point for someone looking to try this style.

Photo of jbaker67
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured clear mahogany brown body with an average sized foamy beige head. Aroma of light sour notes, chalky, dusty, cherry, some light chocolate and acidity. Medium body that is rather acidic, average to stronger carbonation with strong acidity on the end. Flavor is nicely sour, berries, cherry, lemons, touch of grains.

Photo of jasonguard
4.49/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

10oz snifter poured at The Cask Cafe in Richmond. At first, I wasn't keen on the flavor. Cold it was dry like a dry wine. The sour was strong and I had to wait for the finish to get the fruit. Still, it hung out in my mouth for a while, dry and wine-like.

As the glass warmed up, flavors of cocoa and fig come through. Maybe a touch of prune juice. The bubbles remain, making the roasty dark brew pretty light. Lots more sweetness and juiciness come though for the remainder of the glass. The dry feeling is long gone. This one packs a soothing punch. A sipper, at least until it gets warm. Then it's all delicious.

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Blue Sunday Sour from New Holland Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 503 ratings.