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Blue Sunday Sour - New Holland Brewing Company

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413 Ratings
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Ratings: 413
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 40
Gots: 65 | 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 mrebeka
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of TasteTester
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of camil1mj
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured at slightly below cellar temp.

A: Nice reddish brown. Very little amount of white head. Minimal lacing.

S: Funky vinegar nose with some fruity undertones.

T: This is the best aspect. Great sour taste. Notes of apple cider vinegar.

M: Light body and carbonation.

O: This was surprisingly good. I will be buying another bottle or two.

Photo of tbeq00
5/5  rDev +29.9%

Photo of Holland
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of brandoman63
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of Another6Pack
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of tclapper
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of london1o1
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of monkeysort
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of bauermj
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of nanobrew
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of xnicknj
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into tulip - i cant recall who sent this, but thanks!

Pours a mostly clear burnt cherry color with some auburn hues. A thin head fades into filmy retention, with a few spots of lacing on the glass.

Decent smack or tartness in the nose with oak and berries. Dark cherry skin and white wine with some acidity. Hints of caramel malt too.

Starts off with a mild sourness, fairly tempered and round on the tongue. Oak and berry notes with cranberry-like acidity. Some cherry notes with more tartness. Hints of caramel and malt towards the finish, which is a little dry and warm.

Medium body, higher carbonation, tingly and dry on the tongue. A drinkable, fairly refreshing brew, but not especially sour.

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.

Photo of liamt07
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Ken, 750ml into some tulips. 2010 vintage, civic day tasting.

Poured a mahogany brown, with a tan head. Mild retention and a thick collar stick around. Nose has some sour blueberry, acetic notes, mild funkiness and some sour greenery. Taste is more balanced, some sourness and blueberry notes again. Some lemon, acetic acid, oak, and adequate sweet malts to restrain the sourness. Medium mouthfeel, with a fullness to it. Some pucker in the finish, solid flavour and quite enjoyable.

Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip. 2010 vintage. Thanks to bauermj for bringing this over.

Appearance: Slightly hazy cherry brown color with a rocky off white head that fades quickly and leaves nothing on the glass.

Smell: Slightly tart and vinegary aroma. Tart cherries, oak, some currants, and a little vinegar.

Taste: Not much sweetness, just a little bit of residual balsamic sweetness. Some tart cherries, currants, and oak. A little bit of lactic sweetness as the sip finishes.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium carbonation, lightly vinegary puckering, and a light to medium body. Slightly dry.

Overall: This is ok, but there is just not the complexity or strong flavors to really turn this into a winner.

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). 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

Blue Sunday Sour from New Holland Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 413 ratings.