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Blue Sunday Sour - New Holland Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

405 Ratings
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Ratings: 405
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 42
Gots: 65 | FT: 4
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:
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

(Beer added by: lackenhauser on 07-13-2008)
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2/5  rDev -48.1%

rudy0908, May 18, 2012
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2/5  rDev -48.1%

volta, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
2.08/5  rDev -46%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Reviewed on 7/26/08. Bottle shared by notalush. Pours a mahogany brown with a HUGE tan head. Flavor is oaky and bourbony. Flavor of some sourness and LOTS of barrel (bourbon). Not a fan.
Aroma: 5/10
Appearance: 4/5
Flavor: 4/10
Palate: 2/5
Overall: 10/20
(2.5/5)

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 22, 2008
Photo of AleWatcher
2.25/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

After being fooled into buying 4 bottles of 'Envious,' I decided I just wasn't going to buy any Blue Sunday... Well surlytheduff must have read my mind and decidedto toss one in as an extra in our most recent trade.
Thanks!

Served in a tulip and shared with my wife and brother in law.

Dark, prune-colored purple brown body with a small fuzzy head. Weak retention, no lacing.
Smells of oak, some dark fruits, and a bunch of malt.
The flavor adds a chalky tartness on the finish. Not really sour at all, and not really very good in my opinion... Too malty and too sweet-- i prefer dry sours, but the sweetness is too much because it cuts into the sourness too much and makes the finish remind me of sweet-tarts.

Feels medium-full with low carbonation.

Overall-- this just doesn't work for me. I was hoping for more... I like the brewery, but I have now decided to avoid their fruit beers and sours from now on.

AleWatcher, Mar 10, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -41.6%

Brew33, Jan 22, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

ama, Feb 20, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

whartontallboy, Jan 16, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

t0rin0, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of StormKing47
2.53/5  rDev -34.3%
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.

StormKing47, Jan 12, 2011
Photo of trxxpaxxs
2.65/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

2012 vintage...

A: Pours a translucent red color with about one full finger of off-white head. The foam settles quickly, leaving solid lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is cherries, spoiled fruit, sour funk, and bourbon-esque alcohol. There is more funk and rotten fruit than anything else.

T: Starts out tart and acidic. It's off. Way off. There are tons of spoiled cherry and plum notes. I get hints of old vegetation. It's pretty sour and just plain nasty.

M: Medium bodied beer. It's sweet with the sour coming on strong right after. It's a total mess and I don't think it's infected. I just think that is how it is. There is lingering sour and alcohol in the finish.

O: Not a good beer at all. Skip it at all costs. I don;t want to drink this ever again. It's just plain gross.

trxxpaxxs, Jul 19, 2012
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2.7/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in a snifter at SmallBar - Fullerton.

Seeing this on-tap, I had to try it. It pours a clear ruby-garnet topped by a finger of cream-tan foam. The nose comprises funky berries, green apple, sour grape, and what may or may not be toffee in the background. The taste follows closely, with each of the sour/tart components competing with each other for dominance, though it's all in vain, as they just end up bleeding each other out, creating a melange of odd tastes on my tongue. It's hard to explain, beyond me just saying it's unpleasant. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a somewhat oily feel. Overall, a sad little sour, one that doesn't know what it wants to be, so it just drops out of society and fails at panhandling.

TMoney2591, Oct 31, 2012
Photo of Michigan
2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

Michigan, Jun 30, 2013
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2.9/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2012 bottle served on 7/10/12 poured into a tulip.

Pour: Half finger light tan head and a deep ruby brownish body. No notice of sediment.

Smell: Tart blueberries and cherries.

Taste: Completely follows the nose. Too much blueberry for me. Maybe some brown sugar in there. Meh.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and juicy, but too much so. Almost like a puree.

Overall: Forgettable.

cfrances33, Jul 26, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.1%

ShawneeIrish, Mar 03, 2013
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3/5  rDev -22.1%

beergorrilla, Feb 05, 2013
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3/5  rDev -22.1%

Acuity, Feb 20, 2013
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3/5  rDev -22.1%

GRG1313, Jul 17, 2013
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3/5  rDev -22.1%

monkeysort, Nov 15, 2011
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3/5  rDev -22.1%

Blanco, Feb 19, 2013
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3/5  rDev -22.1%

TasteTester, Dec 17, 2011
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3/5  rDev -22.1%

thereal_adam, Aug 07, 2014
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3/5  rDev -22.1%

Beerdudenumberone, May 30, 2013
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3/5  rDev -22.1%

thewimperoo, Apr 09, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.1%

drewski87, Feb 21, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.1%

antoines15, Sep 23, 2014
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Blue Sunday Sour from New Holland Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 405 ratings.