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Blue Sunday Sour - New Holland Brewing Company

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Blue Sunday SourBlue Sunday Sour

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very good

459 Ratings
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Ratings: 459
Reviews: 106
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 42
Gots: 91 | FT: 8
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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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of DersOne
3.63/5  rDev -6%
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.

Photo of Kaydogg
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of mdaschaf
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of jaidenjb
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of zaphodchak
4.62/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2012. Deep ruby body. Faint soapy suds on the surface.

Beautiful Flemish red nose. Dripping with mellow oak, with some tartness.

Tart, quite so. Pretty funky, and some grape. A bit of oak character as well, it's well developed even for being young. Really quintessential oud bruin and for all the mellowness and richness, the finish is marvelously dry.

Mouthfeel is nice and smooth, supports the taste.

This would be a good one to get another and sit on for a year or so.

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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of Daniellobo
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice and compact sour with a marked oak touch.

Presentation: 22 oz brown foiled and capped bottle. Simple label in faded purple, with a en embroidery frame and a few barrels highlighting this series. Back offers a small note pointing to intent and characteristics. Shows vintage 2012, and 8.4% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Deep amber/crimson pour, soft creamy head, medium retention, fair surface memory and some touches of lacing.

S - Sour nose, malty notes, oak…

T - Tart range, very compact and rounded, fruity notes, cherries, plum, remote apple, dash of wooded malt.. gives way to a noticeable sense of oak, sour vanilla...

M - Medium body with medium/full carbonation, rather spritzy at first with a shy dry touch under the sour finish.

O - Very well rounded. Quite a nice sour…

Notes: Quality offering, given the hype in some circles for sours I sure think this one deserves more traction. Maybe a touch too hefty in the Alc. but the way it is finished it actually works rather well. Nice one to try in any case, and I sure look forward to next years release.

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of elNopalero
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The vintage 2012 was poured into a tulip glass. In appearance it resembled the color of blended dark fruit juices and gave only a slight amount of head. A sour aroma was noted that is typical of the style. The initial taste was a shot of sour blackberry, as if a berry was eaten prematurely from the bush. The taste was very tart but gave hints of milder fruits. As the beer connects with the sides of the mouth, the slight oak flavor is noted in a modest degree. The tart flavor continues into the aftertaste, losing little intensity. A mild level of carbonation helps to cleanse the mouth after each swallow. A modest level of sweetnees is all that kept this from being a exceptional beer. Though very good, the taste is rather one-sided.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of AleWatcher
2.28/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

After being fooled into buying 4 bottles of 'Envious,' I decided I just wasn't going to buy any Blue Sunday... Well surlytheduff must have read my mind and decidedto toss one in as an extra in our most recent trade.

Served in a tulip and shared with my wife and brother in law.

Dark, prune-colored purple brown body with a small fuzzy head. Weak retention, no lacing.
Smells of oak, some dark fruits, and a bunch of malt.
The flavor adds a chalky tartness on the finish. Not really sour at all, and not really very good in my opinion... Too malty and too sweet-- i prefer dry sours, but the sweetness is too much because it cuts into the sourness too much and makes the finish remind me of sweet-tarts.

Feels medium-full with low carbonation.

Overall-- this just doesn't work for me. I was hoping for more... I like the brewery, but I have now decided to avoid their fruit beers and sours from now on.

Photo of bbeane
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured into a chalice... Starts with a light head that disappears quickly leaving behind some lacing. Beer is ruby in color

S- Nice funky tart aroma with a hint of cinnamon

T- Was hoping for better based on the aroma... Not bad, but the nice tart pluckiness that hits your mouth first is eventually joined by a malty cherry sweetness

M- Light carbonation with a light/medium body

O- Not a bad beer by any means, but the malty sweetness was a little more present than I prefer for the style


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3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of CharlieMurphy
3.41/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3


A: Like an apple juice/grape juice blend. Dark but completely translucent. Very frothy, albeit small head that stays clung to the sides.

S: Almost smells like gummy bears/worms in its sugar content. Barnyard sour upfront, quickly overpowered by oak that almost smells of bourbon.

T: Less tart than the smell. Oak is also more subdued. Almost has a wine like fruit taste and flatness.

M: Carbonation is low but still there. This beer doesn't contribute much to the mouthfeel which is good for being a sour imo. I wish the carbonation was more lively though. As I drink more I get the distinct burps that remind me of drinking too much brandy, gross.

O: Atypical beer, atypical for the style too. Not really toward my fancies though.

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Blue Sunday Sour from New Holland Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 459 ratings.