Blue Sunday Sour - New Holland Brewing Company
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Reviews by Wadsey:
3.1/5 rDev -19.5%
Blue Sunday 2011
Served in New Belgium globe glass
A: Pours clear amber with two-inch tan head that lasts briefly but some foam rings stick to glass' interior. Vigorous effervescence.
S: Malt vinegar is the dominant note in smell. Additional aromas include grapes, grape skin, wood, cherries, and a bit of vanilla. I get the impression that the beer will be a little sweet and salty.
T: Yes, it is quite sweet, but not disproportionate to the sweetness found in a Flanders Red Ale like Rodenbach Grand Cru. Grape, cherry and vinegar notes follow next. The sourness in Blue Sunday is medium-light, so not as big of a player as I suspected. Wood and/or fruit pits join these elements for finish, which is astringent.
M: Medium-heavy body and medium carbonation. Mouthfeel is smooth and paradoxically limp.
O: I'm still amazed that New Holland was able to brew a decent, approachable American Wild Ale. It is definitely pedestrian and is therefore recommended mainly as an introduction to the style or as a relatively cheap sour fix ($12 for a 750 ml bottle).
08-07-2011 22:27:02 | More by Wadsey
More User Reviews:
4.18/5 rDev +8.6%
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.
07-25-2014 13:49:01 | More by tigg924
4.14/5 rDev +7.5%
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.
02-03-2013 17:26:40 | More by shamsoftabriz
3.9/5 rDev +1.3%
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.
05-02-2012 01:02:07 | More by mdaschaf
3.93/5 rDev +2.1%
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.
08-02-2011 02:16:41 | More by Sammy
4.65/5 rDev +20.8%
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.
04-29-2012 01:00:48 | More by zaphodchak
Blue Sunday Sour from New Holland Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 391 ratings.