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Blue Sunday Sour - New Holland Brewing Company

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409 Ratings
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Ratings: 409
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 41
Gots: 64 | FT: 5
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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Photo of Sammy
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Sammy, Aug 02, 2011
Photo of t0rin0
2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

t0rin0, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of spycow
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

spycow, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

djrn2, Mar 01, 2013
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

zestar, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

acurtis, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Texasfan549, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of GRG1313
3/5  rDev -22.1%

GRG1313, Jul 17, 2013
Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

kjkinsey, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of BEERchitect
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.

BEERchitect, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%

jaydoc, Oct 11, 2014
Photo of mikesgroove
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A big thanks goes out to the kind trader who sent me this bottle. I had heard about it and really wanted to give this one a try seeing as it kind of flew under the radar. Received it yesterday and put it right in the fridge and popped the cork on the 750ml corked and caged bottle after dinner last night. Served at cellar temp and poured into an oversized wine glass, this one was consumed on 09/24/2008.

After I popped the corked I immediately let it flow into the glass as it looked as though it could be a gusher relatively soon. What ensued was a very nice pour actually. Rich dark tan colored liquid quickly hit the bottom of the glass. Cloudy and hazy with a ridiculously nice looking head on top of it. About three fingers of tan came up over the top and settled down still to about a fingers worth after a few moments. Rich side glass lacing just stuck and clung to the glass with every swirl, really just pushing the envelope on this one. No visible sedimentation that I could see.

The aroma was a little lighter then I had hoped. Still though, letting it warm up really started to pull all of the pieces together. Rich notes of tart cherries, some light spiciness and a decent touch of oak. I really wished this came across a little big fuller as if it did it could have been tremendously good. Even still though, lots of dark fruit, tart funkiness and a nice earthy, woodsy like smell blending together very nicely on this one. Before discussing the flavor, let's take a moment to reflect on the carbonation and feel of this one. I was damn close to giving it a five here, it really was just that good. Huge carbonation and a medium feel that combined in my mouth to froth up to an unbelievable level. Silk like smoothness, and the finest carbonation bubbles, really well done in that regard. The flavor for me was kind of mixed. First I expected it to be a bit more tart then it ended up being, that being said, it was a damn fine ale. Started out almost sweet with a oak or wood like flavor coming across the tongue, you could almost taste the brown sugar in this one. Rolling through some nice notes of cherry then came over me. Decent funkiness in through the middle and the finish, but it was actually almost blended out by a cherry like sweetness and more hints at a sugary touch. A nice sipper none the less and I tried to cherish every last drop of this one.

Overall I really did not think this was bad at all. Not a mind blower, but still a very solid effort. I am not sure if super tart wild ale was the way they were going on this one or not, but it turned out to be a more balanced, barrel aged ale then I would have thought. Very solid edition to their lineup and I am glad I got to try it.

mikesgroove, Sep 26, 2008
Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Derek for sending this one my way. I've been wanting to try it out for awhile now. I believe this is the 2008 release/vintage.

A: Good thing I wasn't pointing the bottle at anyone as the cork exploded out of the bottle as soon as I took the cage off. Pours a dark amber color with a couple finger's of khaki head.

S: An interesting aroma to this beer. Quite a strong vinegar presence along with a lot of oak which gives the beer a strong vanilla note. Some chocolate, strangely, and a bit of dark fruits. Some alcohol notes as well.

T: Dark fruits such as cherries and currants are prominent on the flavor and are really accentuated by the balsamic and red wine vinegar notes. A bit of a grape juice flavor and plenty of oak and vanilla. There is a minerally character to the beer, too.

M: Medium in body with a moderate to high level of carbonation.

D: This beer was really strange/interesting. I liked it for the most part, but it did have some slight harshness at points, particularly the alcohol on the nose.

womencantsail, Feb 28, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The sour ale pours out as a brown color with a quick dissolving tan head. Strong sour smellalong with some tart cherries or raspberry aromas. There are also some aromas of wood in there too. Tasted sour and just a little fruity as well. It was pretty light feeling and had minimal carbonation. Overall this beer is pretty good for someone who's into this style. It really takes a lot for me to get these under my belt but I try to anyway.

Knapp85, May 11, 2011
Photo of emerge077
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Leftover bottle from a local beer dinner. Label was different that the one pictured, indicating New Holland's 12th anniversary, with the number 12 juxtaposed over an oak barrel.

Into a small stemmed flute this poured a burnished orange, visible streams of micro bubbles rapidly pulsed through it. The retention was good, and left arcs of lace inside the glass.

Wet wood, possibly an old bourbon barrel in use here. Very mild amount of wild funk, and I do stress mild. Pretty tame.

Effervescent feel with slight astringency, remnants of bitter oak tannin in the drying finish. Some tobacco and medicinal Brett flavors peek through the murky fog. Carbonation is good, but the astringency kills it a bit for me. It may be splitting hairs, but this isn't truly sour. Overall it has some interesting barrel character, but is too dialed back and muddled to really stand out.

Shared this bottle, which is probably the ideal way to enjoy it, in a smaller serving.

emerge077, Sep 14, 2009
Photo of TMoney2591
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 JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

JAHMUR, Dec 06, 2012
Photo of zeff80
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a dark burgundy color with a one-finger, tan head of foam. It left sudsy sheets of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of sour black cherries.

T - Great sour taste. Great black cherry taste with a hint of spices.

M - It was crisp and had a puckering bite. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This was a surprisingly good sour ale. I had avoided this because the label looked a little cheesy but it delivered on taste.

zeff80, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

edit: the 2014 edition is far superior to earlier releases, a bit darker in color, and a more refined sour finish. fruity but far dryer. definitely worth revisiting this vintage if you were similarly uninspired by earlier ones. bumbling up a few marks for this years.

StonedTrippin, May 02, 2013
Photo of XmnwildX12
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

XmnwildX12, Dec 11, 2013
Photo of oline73
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy dark amber with a mild off white head that fades to a ring around the glass.

Smell: Sweet malt with strong blueberry notes. There is a tart vinegar note as well.

Taste: A bit sour with some sweet malt and blueberry. The blueberry isn't nearly as prevalent as it was in the smell. The finish is tart.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: A nice sour, but not earth shattering. It was nice to be able to taste the blueberry. The sourness was good but not too strong. I would have it again.

oline73, Sep 10, 2011
Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

mendvicdog, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of beernads
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

beernads, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

InspectorBob, Nov 01, 2014
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The cork excitedly flies off into my open palm just before I got the chance to remove it, luckily the beer doesn't foam over. A very careful pour into my 25cl tulip though produces a five-finger thick, dingy tan colored head the quickly rises two more fingers in height and over-flows my glass. The beer is a very dark, cherry color that shows a lightly hazed, red color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of tart cherry skins, a slightly moldy-wood note, some mustiness and a touch of warming alcohol notes in the finish. As the beer sits for a while some light lacquer notes become noticeable in the nose as do some caramelized malt notes. There is not a whole lot going on in the nose for a sour beer, though it is not bland.

Somewhat sweet tasting with only a light, though noticeable tartness. Flavors of cherry up front are offset by light oak notes of soft buttery oak, woody spice that even gets a bit hot in the finish. The second pour of this is a duplicate of the first except that this time I eat the foam before it can overflow my glass. The head tastes of spicy oak. Very fizzy tasting because of the excessive carbonation; the excess is quickly swirled away though and this leaves the beer still effervescent with a light body that has just a bit of malt heft to it. Despite being quite light, the oak seems to intrude just a bit on the funky sour flavors; this is more because the funky notes of this beer are so soft and subtle than because the oak is overbearing. The sourness here is soft and definitely lactic in focus, but it does nicely offset a touch of cherry-like fruitiness as well as just a hint of sweetness and malt character. The malt actually contributes a significant toasty, biscuit character at times along with a bit of caramel.

It wasn't a great sign when my first pour of this bottle was knocked over by me after getting a bit too enthusiastic with my dogs; they enjoyed licking the beer off the floor but I only laughed because I knew I had way more of this beer than I needed. Now this beer is certainly not bad, so don't let me leave you with that impression, 750ml is just a whole lot of beer of something that is not truly exciting. There aren't any off flavors and nothing is overbearing. I will admit though that this is much more well integrated and tasty than Moxie; so they are moving in the right direction at least and I will certainly continue to try and procure these interesting beers. This just isn't funky and sour enough for my particular taste, but I think it is a great introduction to the malty Flemish type of sour beer because it is so tame.

Gueuzedude, Aug 03, 2008
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Blue Sunday Sour from New Holland Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 409 ratings.