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Blue Sunday Sour - New Holland Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

489 Ratings
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Ratings: 489
Reviews: 110
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 41
Gots: 98 | 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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Ratings: 489 | Reviews: 110
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of mrfrancis
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
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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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.05/5  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.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Blue Sunday Sour from New Holland Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 489 ratings.