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Blue Sunday Sour - New Holland Brewing Company

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Blue Sunday SourBlue Sunday Sour

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very good

114 Reviews
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Reviews: 114
Hads: 545
Avg: 3.79
pDev: 11.87%
Wants: 39
Gots: 110 | FT: 10
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: 114 | Hads: 545
Photo of Beerlover
4.72/5  rDev +24.5%
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!

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Photo of zaphodchak
4.62/5  rDev +21.9%
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.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
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.

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Photo of jasonguard
4.49/5  rDev +18.5%
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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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.42/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours an orange caramel color with a pronounced manila head.

Smells of cranberry and plumb skin with a pear and mandarin orange sweetness and a lighter aromatic prune. There's a Sprite CO2 zip to this too.

Tastes of old brown sugar, sweet tobacco and molasses. The edges of my tongue pick up rhubarb and cranberry with a little green grape skin. Nice.

Feels thin and glassy with a little tickle of CO2 that sneaks out and rests on my palate.

A delightful brew. Thanks to Gilgemesh for sharing.

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Photo of DCon
4.42/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 1 PINT 6 FL. OZ. bottle from Friar Tuck's in Fenton, MO for $13.49. Poured from the Purple labeled/foiled bottle w/ "15", The Cellar Series, & Ale Aged in Oak on the front into a 12oz Schlafly Tulip Glass. Has only 2012 Vintage on the front of the bottle, no bottled date.

This is Review #700 for me and I picked this beer because I haven't had anything from New Holland classified under a Sour/American Wild Ale style! I purchased this with the Founder's Better Half. Went this one first because I was so curious. Lets see what it presents to us!

Aroma- Tons of barnyard and oak from the beginning. Light cherries/sour fruits hit the nose too. Very sweet and very similar to a Gueuze. Enjoyed this aroma big time!

Appearance- Pours almost no head at all. Has a dark copper/light brown colored body with semi-clarity. Leaves tons of suds behind.

Flavor- The beginning of the drink is very sweet and has a nice oak feel to it. Almost has a cherry taste towards the middle or some type of sour fruit. No hops present and has a light bitterness level. Finishes semi-dry.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, Medium-High Carbonation, Tart, and puckers the palate big time at the finish!

Overall Impression- While NEVER having anything close to this style from New Holland, enjoyed greatly! Will be buying another one and aging for years to come. I would definitely classify this one as a Gueuze style though. The sour attributes and barnyard notes hit home, being one of my top 5 styles. Took a leap of faith on this one and without a doubt, made my night! Thanks New Holland! Keep up the good work.

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Photo of nppeders
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's fathers day on Sunday so I thought I'd bust out this New Holland Blue Sunday Sour as a gift to myself.

appearance- nice brown color, almost blackish, when held upto the light you get ruby-brown colors. very nice.

smell - tart cherries, a bit of vinegar.

taste - starts out with balsamic vinegar and tart cherries as well as some oakyness..so good. The middle hits you on the sweet side and tastes like bing cherries, and then it finish's dry and tart. Perfect amount of oak that is present but not overpowering. Just a cherry bomb and I doubt they used any actual cherries in this beer.

mouthfeel - thin to medium mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

overall- Vinegar sourness, tart, oak, mixed with tart and sweet cherries. I think that this is pretty close to a Oud Bruin or a flemish brown ale. I'm totally digging this beer. Frickin fantastic work New Holland.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clean deep amber color with a light tan head. In the aroma, well, it smells of a package of Sweet Tarts. In the flavor, fruity, mostly of a white grape and like a just chewed a package of Sweet Tarts. A sour bite and medium to a lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry sour and white grape like aftertaste. Nice sour, enjoyed the mix of sweet to sour that was not over barring at all, and hides the ABV very well.

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Photo of roadhouse
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

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Photo of Zach136
4.23/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Clear brown, little head.

Aroma/Flavor: Heavy oak over a medium+ complex tartness with hints of blueberries and toast.

Mouthfeel: Medium + bodied.

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Photo of brentk56
4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a mahogany color with a modest head; squiggly lacing hangs around

Smell: Oak, blueberry, black raspberry, rhubarb and cherry tones with a hint of caramel underneath

Taste: The fruit tones appear, up front, bringing both sweet and tart flavors, while hints of caramel and tea provide a base underneath; the lactic tartness lingers throughout though the oak and sweeter, fruity elements are more assertive in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; slightly puckery

Overall: Not as tart as I was expecting, this is a nicely balanced beer that is very enjoyable; I like the range of fruit flavors as well as the candy caramel tones underneath; this would be a great beer to use to introduce a neophyte to the world of sour beers

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Photo of cooch69
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a deep rich reddish brown with barely a head but some lacing around the edges.

Nose is juicy malts, bretty, and blueberries.

Taste is like a Gueuze crossed with a Flanders. It has that barn yard funk to it, cheese and all. The slight vingar and nice level of sourness come followed by a unique blueberry taste. I wonder if they're actually in it since it has the name blue in the title.

Creamy medium mouthfeel. Good elegent beer that I'm happy I grabbed though quite expensive.

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Photo of 10Crumra
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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Photo of tigg924
4.17/5  rDev +10%
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.

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Photo of camil1mj
4.17/5  rDev +10%
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.

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Photo of ZebraCakez
4.16/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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Photo of weeare138
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a murky dark amber with a fluffy head of off-white that slowly fades into a gentle cap. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of pedioccocus up front with hints of cilantro, vanilla, mixed berries, and lemongrass.
Taste is of the aromas with a citrusy key lime standout atop tart berries, yogurt, and vanilla custard.
Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with a sweet tart pucker that is sweet up front and a tart, dry finish. Pretty balanced for a sour. Nothing out of control in this one.

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Photo of uno99
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2010 edition. Despite praise from a friend, I opened this beer with fairly low expectations. New Holland is not a brewery I'm too familar with, and certainly not one I associate with wild ales.

A: Gentle pour into 2 wine glasses. Head emerges a bright white foam which quickly dies off and leaves some spotty lacing. Beer is a clear red brown.

S: Lots of oak in the nose. quite tart but fairly controlled. fruit is really evident. Maybe its the bottle talking to me but I do smell blueberries.

T: really nicely balanced. Not overpoweringly tart and sour. lots of oak, raspberries, vanilla, pepper etc.

M: a little sweet for the style, but still fairly dry. Medium bodied with laid back carbonation.

Overall: Really drinkable, and not overpoweringly sour. would be a great one to introduce somone to sours with. Would probably hold up 5 years or more in the Cellar, and perhaps clear up some of the sweetness if thats what your into.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.13/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of Frosty80
4.13/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of t8dd
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of shamsoftabriz
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of Badger6
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of FaradayUncaged
4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of peabody
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Blue Sunday Sour from New Holland Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.