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Blue Sunday Sour - New Holland Brewing Company

Blue Sunday SourBlue Sunday Sour

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342 Ratings
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Ratings: 342
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.99%

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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4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-16-2014 13:40:50 | More by KYGunner
Photo of Badger6


4.11/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2014 13:44:41 | More by Badger6
Photo of jasonguard


4.51/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-25-2014 06:12:48 | More by jasonguard
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3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a purplish brown, if such color combo could exist, with fizzy head and minor lace. For the most part, I am getting nothing but sour fruit patches in the aroma and not much in terms of funk or sweetness, nor are the fruits that noticeable (mostly just sour). The beer seems to be the same as it goes down easy, light bodied, a little yeast in there, and while there is a tinge of sweetness coming from somewhere (fruity or just sugary) it is mostly sour fruit flavors. Not puckering or sickening sour so I easily finished the beer and had no problems but nothing complex - just some light sour fruits (mostly I will take cherry and blueberry, maybe black cherry). An alright beer that I am glad to have tried but nothing spectacular in my opinion.

Serving type: on-tap

01-22-2014 14:41:54 | More by clayrock81
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South Carolina

3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2013 16:31:41 | More by thagr81us
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4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-03-2013 17:26:40 | More by shamsoftabriz
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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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2012 16:50:23 | More by TMoney2591
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3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This pours with a ruby caramel color. Great coloration. It looks wonderful in the glass.

The aroma comes in layers: some cherries, some sour berries. It’s flavor is tonguecurlingly sour at first sip, but opens up to a mélange of dark cherries, currants and a peculiar malt sweetness of some sorts that becomes more prominent as it warms. The beer itself is light bodied and the flavor finishes thin, with the tartness hanging around. It could use more time on oak, or more of an oak profile, as I enjoyed that aspect immensely, but the beer as a whole didn’t come together for my liking.

Serving type: on-tap

04-11-2012 19:57:58 | More by elNopalero
Photo of Jack_Malts


3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very decent sour, nice for an American brewery. It is well balanced with flavors of red wine vinegar and blueberries. Also has a nice underlying malty sweetness. My only complaint would be that it's a bit watery on the finish. If there was a category for price point, this would get a 5 in it. Definitely try.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2014 02:35:10 | More by Jack_Malts
Photo of Beerlover


4.76/5  rDev +23.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2014 04:46:33 | More by Beerlover
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4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear, dark amber with a creamy, thick khaki head.

S: Aromas of funky, lactic yeast, oak, caramel, unripened vine fruits, cider vinegar, sea salt, and toast are present on the nose.

T: Notes of charred oak, minerals, sea salt, unripened grapes, spiced pear, pomegranate, cherry pits, unripened blackberry, cider vinegar, caramel, biscuit, toast, and lactic yeast funk swirl across the palate. The finish is tart and fruity with cider vinegar, toast, oak, and lactic yeast notes underscored by dark fruits and red wine.

M: Moderately full in body and somewhat dry. Carbonation is initially prickly, but soon mellows. Superbly balanced and incredibly drinkable for such a complex brew.

O: A really excellent sour that I feel has been underrated to this point. It reminds me of many of the more traditional English old ales. I recommend it highly, but definitely buy a bottle to try now and another to put back for at least a year or two.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2014 15:54:33 | More by mrfrancis
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4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 17:04:53 | More by ToddHolder
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4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A browned cherry color with great clarity. I didn't find any yeast cake at the bottom of the bottle, so there was no fear of pouring out any bottle-conditioning. A ring of foam is the 'head' of the beer.

Semi-sweet syrupy malts and bright acidic sour in the nose; reminiscent of red currant, tart raspberry, sour cherry, and berries. Lots of oakiness and a hint of vanilla. Makes it seem like it could be a Flemish Red, but it's got a different character/level of sourness. The sour is a bit more rigid, intense, and almost chemical.

Bright sourness with some nose-clearing effect, but not without a tannic fruitiness and split oakiness. A good smattering of malty flavors with some red apple and cooked cherries. Lots of convoluted tart fruit notes that come across darker-skinned varietals. Oak levels are higher, but work nearly perfectly. A little bit hard-watered, and there is a minerality that follows with that. Carbonation is quite happening, perhaps, thanks to the fresh bottle. The body is great; it has a slight slickness, but remains on the fuller side. An excellent wild ale.

New Holland... I'm impressed. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2014 23:02:50 | More by thecheapies
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3.85/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2014 05:54:52 | More by mfnmbvp
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North Carolina

3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2014 bottle into a tulip

dark brown pour , big head. smell is of sour tart cherries. taste is meh..cherries but very malty. way too malty. just an okay taste but not great by any means.ok feel. good carbonation.

overall just okay. not really recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2014 02:01:44 | More by Axnjxn
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3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured clear mahogany brown body with an average sized foamy beige head. Aroma of light sour notes, chalky, dusty, cherry, some light chocolate and acidity. Medium body that is rather acidic, average to stronger carbonation with strong acidity on the end. Flavor is nicely sour, berries, cherry, lemons, touch of grains.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2014 13:08:47 | More by jbaker67
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3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2014 05:57:03 | More by buschbeer
Photo of weeare138


4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 00:45:36 | More by weeare138
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New Hampshire

3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2013 vintage Bottle from Food and Friends in Philly.
Pours a crystal clear reddish brown with a decent sized tan head that slowly dissipates to a cap on top. Funk and oak permeate from the glass as soon as the cap gets cracked. Vanilla, lemons, sour cherries, brown sugar, and a hint of balsamic round out the nose nicely. The flavor is tart lemony acid. There's a brief sugary sweetness up front that quickly gets swallowed by lemons tart cherries mouth puckering lactic and carbonic acid abounds. The finish is fairly dry with a sharp lingering tartness. Very little of the oak or brett funk survives into the flavor. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a tart sharp mouthfeel. This smells wonderful but the taste is bracingly tart. I enjoyed it like munching on sour patch kids, but on the plus side I forgot how hot it was while I was drinking this.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2013 22:56:55 | More by johnnnniee
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3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I hate to call a sour generic, because they are all so distinctly different from one another. this one though, takes me someplace ive already been. I like going there and all, but I like when this genre takes me away somewhere new. pours a bright copper new penny color, clear as day, with a few fingers of lazy white foam. the nose is fruity sour, like a mix of dried and fresh pitted fruits, and a whole lot of acid. the yeast flavor in this beer is more sour than funk, more bacterial than saison, and somehow the flavors are all warped into a strange sugary conglomeration. the alcohol feels wine-like, the fruits feel like candy, and the sour is concentrated heavily towards the front of my tongue. its would be dryness is compromised by the residual sugar, but there is a nice oaky prominence to the finish that is really lovely. its good, but lacking some of the complexity and mouthfeel dynamics that makes this style so fun. good carbonation but the sweetness makes it feel heavy just the same. one bottle of this is about all I can stomach, but I appreciate the effort from new Holland like I always do. you can score a better sour for your buck, but if you cant get enough, give this one a shot.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2013 20:08:31 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of champ103


3.46/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark ruby brown color. A finger and a half of white foam rises. Then recedes in a minute. Light lace left behind.
S: Vinegary, sour cherries up front. Not much else. Some toasted and caramel malt. That is about it.
T: Follows the nose with a nice tart/sour fruit flavor up front. Best I can tell, cherries. A bit on the vinegary side. Then the malts come in. Toasted, caramel, and sweet. Maybe just a bit of wood coming through as this warms?
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Not nearly as crisp or effervescent as I would like. A bit muddled and even a little thin. Not hard to drink. I will finish the bottle with ease.

A decent, run of the mild wild ale. Maybe a good starter starter wild for those that are not up to the intense funk/cheesy/sour that many can be. Still something I am enjoying.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2013 00:17:42 | More by champ103
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3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

New Holland's sour wood-aged program continues with Blue Sunday Sour- a fruit heavy sour ale that favors the funky-fresh dry taste over that of candied sweetness. It's a beautiful beer that's both inviting and challenged in its complexities.

With hues of deep ruby red and purplish tones, the beer starts its fruit crusade immediately upon the pour. A violent pop of the cork leads to a highly effervescent character to start. Champagne-like, the beer builds a excitable head that looses its fizz soon after but allows a collar of foam to wrap the edge of the glass and with no real lace to mention.

Sharply acidic, the fruit sourness is front and center with the scent of ripening blueberries, blackberries, black cherries, and sour grapes. Acetic vinegar-like acids, the musty funk of vine-dried fruit, and clean lactic sour notes all swirl about the nose with only a hint of oak, tobacco, and fruit sweetness in support.

Flavors fare similarly as the commingling of fruit juice sweetness and tart berries, apples, limes, salt water taffy and grapes alternate in the beer's early command. But as the beer transitions to middle palate, the sweetness fades and the sourness takes hold- red wine vinegar, dry tart cider, reisling and limes deliver a complex dry taste. Finishing woodish with weathered oak, cellar must, and leather; the beer is dusty dry and with a linger of sour fruit.

Medium-light on the palate- the early malt textures and slim residual sweetness is quickly sliced through by the beer's acidity and clean lactic character. Lightly astringent and powdery in finish, the beer has a long draw in between where the initial taste fades and the finish doesn't present itself and causes the beer to feel thin and watery until the closing bitterness, alcohol warmth, and wood tannin takes hold.

Where the beer exhibits all of what's good about Sour Ales, especially the fruited varieties; it still lacks the depth, complexity, and intensity than authentic Belgian versions can display. Though simplified and somewhat one-dimensional, its a very pleasant and characterful Sour Ale that will satisfy even the most serious fans of the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 19:00:47 | More by BEERchitect
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3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle into a tulip. 2013 vintage.

A: Pours a deep purplish-red with a decent off-white head.

S: Light lactic acid, lots of tannic oak, pineapple brett. The oak aroma has a bit of an odd (but not entirely unpleasant) egg-cream aspect to it that I've noticed in other New Holland barrel-aged beers. Caramel, light berry tartness, vanilla, coconut.

T: Moderate, lightly acetic tartness comes out first, joined by sweet caramel and vanilla notes from the tannins. Clearly a heavy portion of this is bourbon barrel-aged. A bit of toasted malt and very dry oak on the end.

M: Light-bodied with zesty carbonation.

O: A bit of an odd wild ale due to the barrel influence here, but certainly not unenjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2013 01:55:48 | More by Etan
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3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brilliant amber with minimal beige head that dissipates quickly to nearly nothing.

Lactic acid and a vinous, wine-like character dominate the aroma initially, with oak and a hint of acetone surfacing later.

Flavor is fairly tart throughout. There's an underlying caramel sweetness reminiscent of dark berries. Oak is somewhat light.

Body is fairly light and watery, with low carbonation and a moderate alcohol warmth.

I enjoyed this sour, but it lacks a little in backbone.

Serving type: growler

02-18-2013 02:39:03 | More by barczar
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3.11/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

2013 vintage 22oz bottle

a: clear garnet body with a half inch of tan head that quickly disappears.

s: very tart. more cherry than blueberries

t: lots of berries on the tongue, kinda like a bad flavored soda. very acidic and tart.

m: seems a little syrupy, good carbonation, mouth puckering dry finish

o: drinkable, makes a decent intro into sours, alochol is hidden well.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2013 00:50:28 | More by match1112
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Blue Sunday Sour from New Holland Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 342 ratings.