Blue Sunday Sour - New Holland Brewing Company

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Blue Sunday SourBlue Sunday Sour

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BA SCORE
85
very good

112 Reviews
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Reviews: 112
Hads: 532
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.67%
Wants: 37
Gots: 111 | FT: 11
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: 112 | Hads: 532
Reviews by roadhouse:
Photo of roadhouse
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am reviewing this from memory so it's a bit more brief than usual, but I found this to be a really great beer, much more so than the average suggests.

I had it in a 22 oz bomber into a pint glass. The appearance was dark reddish brown with a decent head that went away.

Aroma was nicely tart with some sour lactic notes and a hint of oak and something like red wine. Some tart cherry and dark fruit as well.

Taste was excellent as well, being almost exactly what I expected from the aroma. Nice tartness in it, a good balance that makes it very drinkable especially given the ABV. Some tannic notes and again a fruitiness that blends very well.

Mouthfeel was unremarkable, but certainly nothing I would think to complain about. Typical for most sours it was fairly light with a nice creamy carbonation.

This was a really nice and unexpected one from New Holland that I picked up on a whim as it was the only one on the shelf available so I figured why not? Glad I did, this one's a really nice American interpretation of the sour that isn't Russian River. Nice to see something of this caliber is being brewed in my general region of availability. (1,157 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of don1481
3.84/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of MaybeSoMaybeNot
3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tigg924
4.17/5  rDev +10.6%
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. (476 characters)

Photo of fenlop54
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of alienlifeforcecube
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the Pig & Fiddle. Pours hazy amber under a thin, white foam collar. Tart malt aromas. Tart on the palate with a touch of mustiness balanced by malt and alcohol. (174 characters)

Photo of Mantooth
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of digitalmavrik
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KirkFrancis
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of mtpHokie
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of goast8127
5/5  rDev +32.6%

Photo of JIMTRK16
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of cynical1027
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of Shawner
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of shamsoftabriz
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
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. (880 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (626 characters)

Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of brother_rebus
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of seavercm
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of LeeW
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of SomethingClever
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (319 characters)

Photo of ShawneeIrish
3/5  rDev -20.4%

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Blue Sunday Sour from New Holland Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.