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Blue Sunday Sour - New Holland Brewing Company

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397 Ratings
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Ratings: 397
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 42
Gots: 64 | FT: 6
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 Wadsey
3.1/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Blue Sunday 2011

Served in New Belgium globe glass

A: Pours clear amber with two-inch tan head that lasts briefly but some foam rings stick to glass' interior. Vigorous effervescence. 

S: Malt vinegar is the dominant note in smell. Additional aromas include grapes, grape skin, wood, cherries, and a bit of vanilla. I get the impression that the beer will be a little sweet and salty. 

T: Yes, it is quite sweet, but not disproportionate to the sweetness found in a Flanders Red Ale like Rodenbach Grand Cru. Grape, cherry and vinegar notes follow next. The sourness in Blue Sunday is medium-light, so not as big of a player as I suspected. Wood and/or fruit pits join these elements for finish, which is astringent. 

M: Medium-heavy body and medium carbonation. Mouthfeel is smooth and paradoxically limp. 

O: I'm still amazed that New Holland was able to brew a decent, approachable American Wild Ale. It is definitely pedestrian and is therefore recommended mainly as an introduction to the style or as a relatively cheap sour fix ($12 for a 750 ml bottle). 

Wadsey, Aug 07, 2011
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 Pencible
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured a clear dark mahogany, with a little light tan head.
S: It smelled like sour cherry and tart cranberry and funky oak, with a little brown sugar and wild yeast and metallic hops.
T: It tasted like dark sour cherry and tart cranberry, with funky oak and and brown sugar and a little metallic hops. It had a clean and juicy sour aftertaste.
M: It was watery with moderate carbonation. Decent body.
D: This was a nice wild ale with a succulent sour scent and taste. Delicate but bold, with a bit of sweetness to balance the sour. This was a clean drink with fitting body, and the alcohol was well hidden also, so it was very easy to drink. May improve with age, but nice fresh. I'm surprised I had never heard of this before, but glad I got to try it. Not one of those wilds that'll blow your mind, but still recommended.

Pencible, Jun 30, 2011
Photo of nppeders
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's fathers day on Sunday so I thought I'd bust out this New Holland Blue Sunday Sour as a gift to myself.

appearance- nice brown color, almost blackish, when held upto the light you get ruby-brown colors. very nice.

smell - tart cherries, a bit of vinegar.

taste - starts out with balsamic vinegar and tart cherries as well as some oakyness..so good. The middle hits you on the sweet side and tastes like bing cherries, and then it finish's dry and tart. Perfect amount of oak that is present but not overpowering. Just a cherry bomb and I doubt they used any actual cherries in this beer.

mouthfeel - thin to medium mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

overall- Vinegar sourness, tart, oak, mixed with tart and sweet cherries. I think that this is pretty close to a Oud Bruin or a flemish brown ale. I'm totally digging this beer. Frickin fantastic work New Holland.

nppeders, Jun 20, 2011
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 EricCioe
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours dark brown with a one finger tan head that dies down leaving small hints of lace. On the nose there are tart cherries, general funk, and dry oak. It's a pretty weak nose with only the oak really jumping out. In the mouth there is a combination of sweet and tart, with the tart definitely winning out. The oak provides a dry backdrop for everything else, and there are tart cherries and blueberries perhaps present. It's complex but not especially well integrated. The body is medium with a long, long finish of dry oak and funk, a very smooth and present body and carbonation scheme.

Overall, this beer is a decent sour, worth trying for sure, but it just didn't integrate well enough for me.

EricCioe, Jun 13, 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 uno99
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2010 edition. Despite praise from a friend, I opened this beer with fairly low expectations. New Holland is not a brewery I'm too familar with, and certainly not one I associate with wild ales.

A: Gentle pour into 2 wine glasses. Head emerges a bright white foam which quickly dies off and leaves some spotty lacing. Beer is a clear red brown.

S: Lots of oak in the nose. quite tart but fairly controlled. fruit is really evident. Maybe its the bottle talking to me but I do smell blueberries.

T: really nicely balanced. Not overpoweringly tart and sour. lots of oak, raspberries, vanilla, pepper etc.

M: a little sweet for the style, but still fairly dry. Medium bodied with laid back carbonation.

Overall: Really drinkable, and not overpoweringly sour. would be a great one to introduce somone to sours with. Would probably hold up 5 years or more in the Cellar, and perhaps clear up some of the sweetness if thats what your into.

uno99, Apr 25, 2011
Photo of Phelps
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle traded by badnewsbeers into a snifter.

Dark caramel orange, with a half-finger head that fizzles away quickly to a medium frothy ring of light tan.

Very, very tart nose. Caramel, red and green apples, grapefruit peel, hints of dark raisin. I also pick up notes of red wine.

More malt emerges in the flavor. Caramel, burnt sugar, green apple, sweet apricot and hints of cola balanced by a perfect moderate tartness.

Light, massaging carbonation amidst a smooth medium body with very light fizziness. The tartness is nice and not abrasive. Alcohol is unnoticeable.

Not a bad beer overall, but I’m confused by the name choice. I know it’s probably referring to the song by The Doors, but in a sour beer called Blue Sunday, you’d expect some blue flavors, would you not? Some blueberries would add a lot to this beer, methinks.

This beer must, however, be thanked for the pretentious inclusion of "charcuterie" in the pairing suggestions, from which our tasting group found inspiration for its name. Long live the AZ Cooters!

Phelps, Apr 18, 2011
Photo of OWSLEY069
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clean deep amber color with a light tan head. In the aroma, well, it smells of a package of Sweet Tarts. In the flavor, fruity, mostly of a white grape and like a just chewed a package of Sweet Tarts. A sour bite and medium to a lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry sour and white grape like aftertaste. Nice sour, enjoyed the mix of sweet to sour that was not over barring at all, and hides the ABV very well.

OWSLEY069, Apr 13, 2011
Photo of roadhouse
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am reviewing this from memory so it's a bit more brief than usual, but I found this to be a really great beer, much more so than the average suggests.

I had it in a 22 oz bomber into a pint glass. The appearance was dark reddish brown with a decent head that went away.

Aroma was nicely tart with some sour lactic notes and a hint of oak and something like red wine. Some tart cherry and dark fruit as well.

Taste was excellent as well, being almost exactly what I expected from the aroma. Nice tartness in it, a good balance that makes it very drinkable especially given the ABV. Some tannic notes and again a fruitiness that blends very well.

Mouthfeel was unremarkable, but certainly nothing I would think to complain about. Typical for most sours it was fairly light with a nice creamy carbonation.

This was a really nice and unexpected one from New Holland that I picked up on a whim as it was the only one on the shelf available so I figured why not? Glad I did, this one's a really nice American interpretation of the sour that isn't Russian River. Nice to see something of this caliber is being brewed in my general region of availability.

roadhouse, Apr 10, 2011
Photo of mcallister
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A scarlet color with a crimson effect. Small off white head with lengthy retention.

Nice nose of sour cherry and berries. Earthy, funky brett aromas with hints of wood. Fruity, zesty eaters.

Nice beer. Lots of oaky notes and drying wood tannins on the finish. Fruity tart and full of earthy funk and brett notes. Hints of pedo and lacto on the middle and finish. Berry, sour cherry, barnyard, leather, nice light carbonation makes this even better.

mcallister, Mar 06, 2011
Photo of ColForbinBC
3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a stemmed flute

Appears a cloudy, ruby infused brownish body with a bubbly tan head that rose and fell rather quickly. Mild lacing left on the glass.

Tart with oak and cherries. A band-aid/medicinal funk mixed with a mild dose of horse blanket rounds out the aroma. Not an overly aggressive nose nor is it enticing.

Horse blanket comes to the front a little more on the palate with the band-aid quickly in tow. Tart cherries and plums and a touch of vanilla to help cut through the tartness. Some oak woodiness rounds out the flavor.

Medium-light body with a tart, dry finish. Relatively mellow all around.

The drinkability was average due to the overall fact that this falls short to most other in its style. A good try, but overall it falls short of expectations.

ColForbinBC, Mar 05, 2011
Photo of fear025
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma:Yum! There's the harsh sour smell, as well as blueberry pancakes with syrup or honey.

Appearance:Amber in color with lots of off-white head that dissipates quickly.

Taste:This is a nice mild sour, with good fruit flavors on the foretaste. There are blueberries as well as other mixed berries. The aftertaste is a little watery as the flavors get diluted and fade.

Mouthfeel:Slightly harsh, light to medium body, good carbonation.

Drinkability:This is an easy drinking sour. It would be very easy to put a lot of this away in one sitting.

fear025, Mar 02, 2011
Photo of cooch69
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a deep rich reddish brown with barely a head but some lacing around the edges.

Nose is juicy malts, bretty, and blueberries.

Taste is like a Gueuze crossed with a Flanders. It has that barn yard funk to it, cheese and all. The slight vingar and nice level of sourness come followed by a unique blueberry taste. I wonder if they're actually in it since it has the name blue in the title.

Creamy medium mouthfeel. Good elegent beer that I'm happy I grabbed though quite expensive.

cooch69, Mar 01, 2011
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 kellog
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours reddish brown with medium layer of foam that rapidly dissipated to leave lots of lacing on the glass. Sour cherry/blueberry on the initial smell. I got some metallic notes on this sample; however this is the second time I've had the beer and it was not present on the first bottle. The vanilla doesn't come out until you actually taste the beer--Berry fizzles on your tongue with vanilla taking charge to linger at the end with only the sensation of tartness left in the back of your throat. The beer changes once it warms to room temperature to bring out more of the tawny oak vanilla characteristics.

kellog, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of Gobzilla
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: poured an amber brown in color with reddish highlights and had a finger worth of frothy head leaving plenty of lacing sticking to the glass.

S: had a crazy variation of aromas going on consisting of plum, butterscotch, vanilla, oak, peaches, and some mild bretty funkiness.

T: the tart, plum, and dark fruit flavors were more prominent on the palate with vanilla oaky accents and a touch of peachy notes in the background.

M: the brew was light to medium in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a sweet, mild dark fruity, oaky, and tart finish.

D: it was drinking pretty ggod and was a decent wild ale but was lacking on the sour bite that I usually look for in the style.

Gobzilla, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of alleykatking
3.35/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle.

A- Pours a brownish color with light red hues in the beer when held up to the light. One finger off white head shows poor retention. Light streak of lace here and there on the glass.

S- There is a mixed berry aroma in the front of the beer which leads to a strong lactic acid whiff. I pick up some light red wine notes in this along with oak. Alcohol doesn't really show and once the beer starts to warm the fruits really start to bring forth more ummph.

T- Light sour fruits seem to come out first in the flavor. This turns to more of just a juicy fruit (not the gum) flavor down the line with the beer. Small sour funks toward the middle of the beer really put a quick zing on the tastebuds but only a quick zing sadly. Some light oak notes toward the ending of the beer along with hints of tartness from the fruit and moderate alcohol flavor.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation was good for the beer. Tart fruit, light oak, and funk left on the palate. Aftetaste was alcohol, tart fruit, and some sourness overall. Flavors were put together a little too well for the style if that makes any sense. No off flavors were detected while drinking. High alcohol drying on the palate after each sip.

D- This beer was drinkable even though it should have been a little less so. The ABV was hidden for the most part but the sourness needed to come out more I thought. A nice try at this sour but something or somethings were missing.

alleykatking, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of homebrew311
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: brownish red, not much head, some lacing

S: tart mixed berries up front, considerable amount of lactic acid character, hints of oak

T: as the beer hits the tongue, the sourness is puckering, it quickly mellows out by mid palate and sweetness overtakes, the finish is a bit sharp and leaves a lingering tartness

MF: light body, high carbonation

D: alcohol is well hidden, over all this beer offers a nice tartness but the finish is a little disappointing. Worth giving a try.

homebrew311, Feb 14, 2011
Photo of beerhan
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into A Snifter. Very dark and opaque. Not much of a head with little carbonation.

Smells very funky. It has a bit of a blue raspberry red wine combo scent that seems to fade.

Tastes very tart and is pretty decent but not amazing. There is somr sour blueberryness that is there but rather subtle.

Mouthfeel is alright. This was a nice sour especially for the price and was real drinkable. Alcohol is hidden and I would not mind trying and aged bottle sometime.

beerhan, Jan 31, 2011
Photo of bluejacket74
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle, vintage 2010. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a dark brown/reddish color with about a half inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. Aroma is tart apples, grapes, and some oak. The aroma was strong right out of the bottle, but it got weaker pretty quick. The brew tastes like tart apples and cherries, grapes, oak and some blueberries. It's mostly tart, but the sweet fruity flavors show up a bit more as the beer warms. Mouthfeel/body is medium, with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, the alcohol isn't very noticable at all which helps makes this brew easy to drink. I think this is a good overall beer, I think it's worth trying.

bluejacket74, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of LanceW
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer beer a couple of days ago in a sour beer tasting. I thought it was a great selection and was overall the favorite of the group.

A: It poured out in a dark amber color.

S: The beer held good carbonation and had great notes of being barrel aged. It reminded me of almost a barrel aged white wine (Smell only)

T: I feel that this beer has captured a good combination of sweet and sour. It is most definitely a sour beer but it is not overwhelming.

Mouthfeel: Mouth feel was average. It is difficult to compare sour because their is such a limited selection.

Drinkablity: Good tasting beer if you are in the mood for a sour but overall I feel that would rank just above average for me.

LanceW, Jan 13, 2011
Photo of Onenote81
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to browna71 for this bonus bottle in a recent trade!

22oz bottle, vintage '10, poured into a chalice. Pours a dark ruby-tinted mahogany with a thin beige head on top. The nose is full of sour pale fruits, apple, white grape, musty wood. Very nice nose. Begs me to sip. Moderate carbonation; mellow finish. At first sip this reminds me distinctly of New Glarus Unpl. Enigma. Seriously. This could be a clone. Mushy old apples, slight funk, sour grapes, hints of oak. Lots of flavor on this one. The finish is short and somewhat of a disappointment. What tartness is there, disappears quickly. This is so easy to sip, dare I say gulp, that the alcohol sneaks up on you. Beware. This is my first of the style, and not sure how true-to-form it is, but I enjoyed it. I liked Enigma, and I like this. Good beer. Thanks, Alex.

Onenote81, Jan 12, 2011
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
Blue Sunday Sour from New Holland Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 397 ratings.