Blue Sunday Sour - New Holland Brewing Company

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Reviews: 112
Hads: 532
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.67%
Wants: 37
Gots: 111 | FT: 11
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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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Photo of jbaker67
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (320 characters)

Photo of jasonguard
4.49/5  rDev +19.1%
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. (617 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (753 characters)

Photo of buschbeer
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (390 characters)

Photo of weeare138
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
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. (516 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.77/5  rDev 0%
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. (870 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
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. (1,475 characters)

Photo of champ103
3.47/5  rDev -8%
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. (813 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (1,061 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.62/5  rDev -4%
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. (2,155 characters)

Photo of Etan
3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (710 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
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. (485 characters)

Photo of match1112
3.13/5  rDev -17%
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. (377 characters)

Photo of shamsoftabriz
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
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. (880 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 1/6/2012. Pours slightly cloudy ruby red color with a 1 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of sour cherry, apple, cranberry, pepper, oak, clove, earth, leather, hay, grass, funk, red wine vinegar, and earthy yeast spiciness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/funky notes. Taste of tart cherry, apple, cranberry, clove, pepper, oak, leather, hay, grass, earth, red wine vinegar, and earthy yeast spiciness. Fair amount of earthy fruit tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of tart fruits, clove, oak, pepper, leather, hay, grass, earth, red wine vinegar, funk, and earthy yeast spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of flavors; with a nicely moderate acidity balance; and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly slick, acidic, and fairly crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice sour red ale! Very nice flavor complexity and balance of acidity; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering. (1,263 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
2.73/5  rDev -27.6%
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. (762 characters)

Photo of chanokokoro
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2012 vintage 22 oz. bottle poured into a New Holland Brewing High Gravity Series branded cervoise glass

Pours amber with deep burgundy hues topped with a fizzy beige head that quickly dissipates. Balsamic vinegar, tart black cherry, overripe blueberries, and a touch of oak on the nose. Opens with black cherry and tart blueberry, joined midpalate by malty balsamic vinegar notes. Finishes with continued sour but juicy fruit notes. Moderate to lighter end of medium bodied thanks to a significant malt bill. Light but present fizzy, cola-like carbonation. Fairly smooth. Solid beer that has some characterisics of a Flanders Red. At times a bit too sweet for me, however there was more to like than to not like. (713 characters)

Photo of cfrances33
2.95/5  rDev -21.8%
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. (372 characters)

Photo of trxxpaxxs
2.68/5  rDev -28.9%
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. (786 characters)

Photo of billab914
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2010 vintage poured from a 22oz bottle into my Russian River tulip. It looked brown at first but it gets a real nice mahogany red color as the light hits it. A thin off-white head barely covers the top of the beer.

The aroma is tart and acidic with some sour dark fruits to it as well. It's a little sharp with some vinegar to it, but the sour dark fruits are good.

The taste follows through with more sour dark fruits throughout. It's got a bit of a sour wine like character to it. The oak definitely shows up in the finish as well. It's moderately acidic, but not too bad.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side of the style with carbonation being moderate. Overall, it was a pretty decent beer but not a standout in the style. It just seemed to lack complexity to the sourness to me. Not bad overall though. (813 characters)

Photo of BeerImmediately
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2012 Vintage into tulip.

Pours with a short 1cm off-white head over a pretty cherry colored body with light carbonation flowing up.

Aromas are somewhat dull, but grew on me w/time. Red wine vinegar, dark malt, molasses, sweet cherry. Very Flanders Red Ale.

Flavors replicate the aromas, with a rich, dark quality throughout. Rich red wine, vinegar, lots of oak, slight tartness - like a cherry skin.

Mouthfeel is pretty soft - not much carbonation. Lingering smoke-from-the-oak finish/film on the palate.

If you're expecting a traditional American Wild Ale, you may be disappointed... but if you think Flanders Red, you will likely enjoy more. I choose to enjoy. (672 characters)

Photo of MeowTom
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Vintage 2012

A- Dark, dark redish amber in color with a slight off white head that goes down to a rings and slight film over the top.

S- Crisp cherry/apple smell and other fruity smells. A very slight yeast smell included.

T- Sour and tart fruit flavor. There is a wild yeast taste left over.

M- Nice and clean carbonation with a dry finish.

O- Pretty darn good sour ale that has a lot good things going for it. I would love to try a big beer version of this someday. (476 characters)

Photo of crossovert
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz purple foiled bomber. 2012 vintage.

It pours a deep black cherry red adn struggles to form a head. Eventually I got it to about 1 cm, rising to the rim of the glass. It recedes quickly with a few specks of lacing.

I like the smell on this one. Smells in many ways like a nice flanders red. It has a bit more of bluntness with some sugary sweetness due to the gravity. It has nice vinegar, berries, cherries, funky almost medicinal qualities.The oak is huge here providing a huge but mellow vanilla and wood scent. Medium sourness in the smell.

The flavor is definitely sweet but nice. The oak is again just pounding in this one. Medium to low sourness but it is pleasant. It isn't as light and zippy as it should be but it is nice. The funkiness in the aroma doesn't make it as much into the taste. The vinegar is mild and the fruit flavors are decently mellow.

The mouthfeel feels about right.

It is complex but the sweetness ruins it, they nee to dial down the gravity. (982 characters)

Photo of DersOne
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a small wine glass.

A-No head or carbonation, pours a cloudy cherry wood color.

S-Sour cherry, with a fair bit of vinegar.

T-Big sour/tart cherry flavors that blend into sweet malt flavors, clean crisp and dry, low acidity. Not much vinegar flavor, which was a bit refreshing given the smell.

M-Light, clean, low bitterness, minimal tartness.

O-Above average sour, the tartness and cherry flavors are well-balanced with the malt and oak flavors to make for an easy drinker. (510 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly cloudy ruby color with a small, bubbly off-white head that has weak retention, quickly reducing to a ring of bubbles on top. Thin lacing forms on the glass.

S: Nice cherry aroma with a good bit of oak. Slightly funky and tart. There is a little bit of barnyard/horse blanket and a little tobacco as well.

T: Again, more cherries with a nice tartness. A little bit of dark fruit as well, some plum mixed in. The oak comes through with a touch of vanilla.

M: Light to medium bodied. Not overly tart, slightly dry finish.

O: Pretty good wild ale. Not overly sour or fruity, but in the middle for both. (626 characters)

Blue Sunday Sour from New Holland Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.