Blue Sunday Sour - New Holland Brewing Company

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Ratings: 528
Reviews: 118
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.37%
Wants: 38
Gots: 112 | FT: 12
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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Reviews by Frosty80:
Photo of Frosty80
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Color: pours medium golden-brown. sits clear amber with khaki, one finger head

Smell: first impressions are of Lacto and Brett, followed by oak, all in balance and with good intensity. in between these aromas are notes of white and red grapes, perhaps a little banana and cranberry.

Taste: aromas translate well to taste. mildly tart and slightly funky up front, and throughout, with obvious oak. light fruitiness reflecting above-mentioned varieties. finish is lightly tart with lightly sweet, bready malt

Mouthfeel: high-medium body with decent carbonation

Notes: great sour ale with good complexity and not too much intensity.

More User Reviews:
Photo of tigg924
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
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 shamsoftabriz
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on tap at Winos in Bowling Green, KY.

A: A mysterious shade of love potion #9 purple, a bit watery, without much heft or carbonation.

S: Some oak, a bit of sour grapes and alcohol.

T: Big sour apple and some pickle up front that stimulates a nice response from the salivary glands. Oak barrel flavors come to the fore as the beer warms up. A little bit of briny radish and booze. Delicious resinous nutty aftertaste that lingers for a long time.

M: Typical of the style, but nothing to write home about. More boozy than other sours like Monks Cafe Flemish Red or Rodenbach Grand Cru.

O: I really like this and plan to drink it regularly as long as it lasts on tap. If you are a fan of sours, seek this out. It's a complex, unique, and welcome addition to the style. It drinks like a light whiskey once it gets warm. Expensive, but one worthy of sipping and savoring.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly cloudy ruby color with a small, bubbly off-white head that has weak retention, quickly reducing to a ring of bubbles on top. Thin lacing forms on the glass.

S: Nice cherry aroma with a good bit of oak. Slightly funky and tart. There is a little bit of barnyard/horse blanket and a little tobacco as well.

T: Again, more cherries with a nice tartness. A little bit of dark fruit as well, some plum mixed in. The oak comes through with a touch of vanilla.

M: Light to medium bodied. Not overly tart, slightly dry finish.

O: Pretty good wild ale. Not overly sour or fruity, but in the middle for both.

Photo of SomethingClever
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
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 Sammy
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Spot on a sour style, with blue fruit, blueberry? Sour aroma that draws you in. Dark coloured body with geneorus soapy head. Complex, sourness malted away, and oak melowness. ken's bottle from recent Michigan trip. Highlight of a tasting. Very decent drinakbility for a sour. A little ageing helped.

Photo of zaphodchak
4.62/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2012. Deep ruby body. Faint soapy suds on the surface.

Beautiful Flemish red nose. Dripping with mellow oak, with some tartness.

Tart, quite so. Pretty funky, and some grape. A bit of oak character as well, it's well developed even for being young. Really quintessential oud bruin and for all the mellowness and richness, the finish is marvelously dry.

Mouthfeel is nice and smooth, supports the taste.

This would be a good one to get another and sit on for a year or so.

Photo of russpowell
3.47/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a purple/scarlet with minimal head. No head retention & lacing

S: Sourness & woody notes

T: Follows the nose, a little blueberry as well up front. More of the same, leafy & woody hops surface as well as this warms. Finishes tart, with a little blueberry, some dryness & little bit of leafy hops

MF: Medium body & minimal carbonation

Okay, nothing special. I get more hits than misses from these guys. I've drank a lot of good sours/wilds lately, this doesn't measure up. Not bad, but I won't buy it again either

Photo of beerhan
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into A Snifter. Very dark and opaque. Not much of a head with little carbonation.

Smells very funky. It has a bit of a blue raspberry red wine combo scent that seems to fade.

Tastes very tart and is pretty decent but not amazing. There is somr sour blueberryness that is there but rather subtle.

Mouthfeel is alright. This was a nice sour especially for the price and was real drinkable. Alcohol is hidden and I would not mind trying and aged bottle sometime.

Photo of heliosphann
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle provided by Christian, thanks man! 12th Anniversary blend, as opposed to the 11th which is pictured. Served in a tulip and split between some fellow BA's.

A: Two finger creamy head, heavily pitted. Pours a reddish brown. Lacing is average.

S: A lot of funky wood/barrel notes going on. Some heat and caramel malts round things off.

T: Prevalent oak tannin that is fairly astringent. Must be the bugs in the wood. Caramel malts are quite pronounced along with some dark fruit. Finish is a on the drier side, and a little sour. Complexity is a not a developed as I'd have liked, but I think it will improve with time.

M: Medium body. Carbonation is adequate and feels nice overall.

D: Not bad, but I think I'd be hard pressed to drink a whole 750ml by myself.

A decent offering from New Holland. I've had the 11th Anniversary Blue Sunday before and it's pretty similar. I wonder what the difference (if any) between the blends are. I still feel this beer (along with the 11th) could benefit greatly with some age. It just feels really young and all over the place. I'm looking forward to revisiting this in a few years, and hopefully it'll be drinking much better.

Photo of thagr81us
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This particular sampling was from Barrel #22 and was unfiltered! Served from tap into a Raleigh Rare & Vintage Beer Tasting snifter. Poured a deep red-orange brown with a minimal off-white head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, fruit, sour, tart, wood, and strawberry. The flavor was of sweet malt, sour, tart, earth, fruit, strawberry, butter, and wood. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. I went into this one with some idea on what to expect based on some of the past reviews. However, most of them were from the bottled version which I'm guessing was filtered at least some. With this one basically being straight out of the barrel, I can honestly say that there was quite a bit more wood intensity going on here that mixed really well with all the other aspects I came across. The sour and tart in the name was definitely there and kept your palate on its toes as you would hope for/expect. Definitely glad I got the chance to sample this one.

Photo of alleykatking
3.37/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle.

A- Pours a brownish color with light red hues in the beer when held up to the light. One finger off white head shows poor retention. Light streak of lace here and there on the glass.

S- There is a mixed berry aroma in the front of the beer which leads to a strong lactic acid whiff. I pick up some light red wine notes in this along with oak. Alcohol doesn't really show and once the beer starts to warm the fruits really start to bring forth more ummph.

T- Light sour fruits seem to come out first in the flavor. This turns to more of just a juicy fruit (not the gum) flavor down the line with the beer. Small sour funks toward the middle of the beer really put a quick zing on the tastebuds but only a quick zing sadly. Some light oak notes toward the ending of the beer along with hints of tartness from the fruit and moderate alcohol flavor.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation was good for the beer. Tart fruit, light oak, and funk left on the palate. Aftetaste was alcohol, tart fruit, and some sourness overall. Flavors were put together a little too well for the style if that makes any sense. No off flavors were detected while drinking. High alcohol drying on the palate after each sip.

D- This beer was drinkable even though it should have been a little less so. The ABV was hidden for the most part but the sourness needed to come out more I thought. A nice try at this sour but something or somethings were missing.

Photo of KYGunner
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
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 emerge077
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Leftover bottle from a local beer dinner. Label was different that the one pictured, indicating New Holland's 12th anniversary, with the number 12 juxtaposed over an oak barrel.

Into a small stemmed flute this poured a burnished orange, visible streams of micro bubbles rapidly pulsed through it. The retention was good, and left arcs of lace inside the glass.

Wet wood, possibly an old bourbon barrel in use here. Very mild amount of wild funk, and I do stress mild. Pretty tame.

Effervescent feel with slight astringency, remnants of bitter oak tannin in the drying finish. Some tobacco and medicinal Brett flavors peek through the murky fog. Carbonation is good, but the astringency kills it a bit for me. It may be splitting hairs, but this isn't truly sour. Overall it has some interesting barrel character, but is too dialed back and muddled to really stand out.

Shared this bottle, which is probably the ideal way to enjoy it, in a smaller serving.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle, vintage 2010. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a dark brown/reddish color with about a half inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. Aroma is tart apples, grapes, and some oak. The aroma was strong right out of the bottle, but it got weaker pretty quick. The brew tastes like tart apples and cherries, grapes, oak and some blueberries. It's mostly tart, but the sweet fruity flavors show up a bit more as the beer warms. Mouthfeel/body is medium, with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, the alcohol isn't very noticable at all which helps makes this brew easy to drink. I think this is a good overall beer, I think it's worth trying.

Photo of BierFan
3.37/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a cervoise.

Appearance: Big light tan head, lots of carbonation. Seriously the carbonation in this beer is Duvel-esque, perhaps even more carbonated than Duvel. The body is a really dark ruby red, almost black.

Smell: The smell is alot of oak. Kind of smells a little oxidized.

Taste: The taste is fairly sour, but not overly so for me. Unlike the smell, in the taste the oak is in the background and not upfront. I was expecting this to be more complex, but not a whole lot is going on in the taste besides sourness.

Mouthfeel: Thin with a lot of carbonation.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.39/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle split and poured into a Duvel tulip. No date or info. next-to impossible to remove cork too.

Thank you Sweemzander for sharing this beer!

A - Dark ruby and clear, the pour shows it's immense carbonation as the light khaki head rises to four-fingers almost instantly. Moderate retention and patches of sticky lacing around the glass.

S - The aroma is very thin but the main components are sour cherry and light malts with a grassy nose and a not-so-good sour funk. A bit of barnyard but not a very good aroma. It's more of an old muskiness than a good wild ale aroma.

T - Strong oak flavors abound with a backup of tart cherries and a sour finish. A bit of biscuity malts in the background and no hops. Fairly one-dimensional and it's very oak-flavored.

M - Soda-like carbonation spritzes across the palate which gives it a lighter-bodied feel. Has a tart, sour finish with a lingering dryness.

D - Not bad but this beer would be much better when it's fresh I think. A better New Holland beer than most of their offerings because it doesn't feature a ton of sugar. A good stab at a wild ale that's pretty drinkable for what it is.

Photo of smakawhat
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
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 peabody
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a filtered amber color with 1/2 finger of tan suds. Slight lacing.
Smell is malty sour green apples and black currant/cherries.
Taste is sour apples and slight grape sourness. Malt is strong here but still can't detect the 8.4% abv.
Mouthfeel is very sticky but a welcome stickiness. There is sugar in this sourness that permeates the palate. This is probably where the alcohol comes in but still can't detect any.
Drinkability is good for sure. This is a great try from New Holland. Not known for big beers, this one is a gem.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A big thanks goes out to the kind trader who sent me this bottle. I had heard about it and really wanted to give this one a try seeing as it kind of flew under the radar. Received it yesterday and put it right in the fridge and popped the cork on the 750ml corked and caged bottle after dinner last night. Served at cellar temp and poured into an oversized wine glass, this one was consumed on 09/24/2008.

After I popped the corked I immediately let it flow into the glass as it looked as though it could be a gusher relatively soon. What ensued was a very nice pour actually. Rich dark tan colored liquid quickly hit the bottom of the glass. Cloudy and hazy with a ridiculously nice looking head on top of it. About three fingers of tan came up over the top and settled down still to about a fingers worth after a few moments. Rich side glass lacing just stuck and clung to the glass with every swirl, really just pushing the envelope on this one. No visible sedimentation that I could see.

The aroma was a little lighter then I had hoped. Still though, letting it warm up really started to pull all of the pieces together. Rich notes of tart cherries, some light spiciness and a decent touch of oak. I really wished this came across a little big fuller as if it did it could have been tremendously good. Even still though, lots of dark fruit, tart funkiness and a nice earthy, woodsy like smell blending together very nicely on this one. Before discussing the flavor, let's take a moment to reflect on the carbonation and feel of this one. I was damn close to giving it a five here, it really was just that good. Huge carbonation and a medium feel that combined in my mouth to froth up to an unbelievable level. Silk like smoothness, and the finest carbonation bubbles, really well done in that regard. The flavor for me was kind of mixed. First I expected it to be a bit more tart then it ended up being, that being said, it was a damn fine ale. Started out almost sweet with a oak or wood like flavor coming across the tongue, you could almost taste the brown sugar in this one. Rolling through some nice notes of cherry then came over me. Decent funkiness in through the middle and the finish, but it was actually almost blended out by a cherry like sweetness and more hints at a sugary touch. A nice sipper none the less and I tried to cherish every last drop of this one.

Overall I really did not think this was bad at all. Not a mind blower, but still a very solid effort. I am not sure if super tart wild ale was the way they were going on this one or not, but it turned out to be a more balanced, barrel aged ale then I would have thought. Very solid edition to their lineup and I am glad I got to try it.

Photo of buschbeer
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

1 PINT 6 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a beer flute
Vintage 2013

A - This beer pours rust colored with amber highlights. It is topped with one inch of tan head.

S - It smells tart. There are some light fruit notes.

T - The taste is sour and acidic. It reminds me of sour cider with a dry finish.

M - Medium

O - It is a lot more sour than I expected from New Holland. It is not bad at all.

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.83/5  rDev -1%
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 Badger6
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
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 camil1mj
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured at slightly below cellar temp.

A: Nice reddish brown. Very little amount of white head. Minimal lacing.

S: Funky vinegar nose with some fruity undertones.

T: This is the best aspect. Great sour taste. Notes of apple cider vinegar.

M: Light body and carbonation.

O: This was surprisingly good. I will be buying another bottle or two.

Photo of StormKing47
2.53/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle shared with cmurren25, Jwiss22, JayW73 and Lane23 at a little tasting, was expecting much from this and here's why...

A- An awkward brown color with a mix of tangerine and ruby hues. A good amount of carb leading to an off-white head. This is the best part of this one, trust me.

S- What a muttled mess of aromas. A burst of spoiled grapes that give off that sugary sweet and sharp acidic aroma. It's almost as if they left this out in the sun like a traditional lambic, but it was a complete accident. Seriously sharp acidic aromas with some warming and I would say a sweet, boozy bum wine aroma that is just awful.

T- Nothing, seriously nothing. It's like tasting seltzer water. As cmurren25 stated "maybe they were short on the batch and 50/50 blended the base beer with water". Is there even such a thing as a gueze with water? I get none of the aromas in the taste, no wood, no mustiness, no grapes, not anything.

M- Seriosuly thin bodies, virtually no tingle, no coating, no pucker not anything. What the hell is going on? I sam shocked and confused by this.

D- Yea it you enjoy awkwardly colored seltzer water. This one is just a mess in a bottle. It's not that it tastes awful there's just nothing there. No taste, no tart, no sour, no wood notes, NOTHING!

New Holland needs to just stop and actually try once in awhile. Just because you sour a beer does not mean that it is going to be the best thing in the world.

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Blue Sunday Sour from New Holland Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 528 ratings.