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Sour phase...Top 10 Sour Beers

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by Nickqb7, Feb 1, 2014.

  1. OnryAndMean

    OnryAndMean Advocate (510) New York Jul 4, 2013 Beer Trader

    All of you Cantillon lovers, is HF fair trade bait? I didn't care for sour beers much 8 or so years ago when Cantillon was accessible, and now that I want to try them I don't see them anywhere
  2. patm1986

    patm1986 Savant (410) New Jersey Aug 11, 2010 Beer Trader

    i think so.
  3. Ri0

    Ri0 Poobah (1,155) Wisconsin Jul 1, 2012 Beer Trader

    Most of mine are from New Glarus
    Very Sour Blackberry
    Wild Sour Ale

    Prairie Gold
    Odell Friek
    Cuvee Des Jacobins Rogue
    Cascade Sang Noir
  4. ddedhed

    ddedhed Advocate (530) Ohio Dec 4, 2012 Beer Trader

    Yes. Yes it was. If you want some Uplands, I have two options for you:

    1) Enter their current lottery- http://www.eventbrite.com/e/upland-sour-lottery-pick-up-2-12-to-2-26-tickets-10153949737 . If you win, I will pick them up and ship to you.

    2) If you don't win, or don't want to enter the lottery, we can work something out. There are tons of Cali beers I would love to get my hands on.

    As for Cantillon, you can't go wrong. I had my first, tiny sip at Dark Lord Day last spring. It was the gueuze, and I thought it was good. I had not really been exposed to good sours at the time. Over that summer I started getting more and more into sours, and was really wanting to try Cantillon. I ended up going to Zwanze Day and drank Cantillon for 8 hours with my father in law (I got him hooked on sours too). Since then, it has been a long, dark, downward spiral of depravity and shamelessness for the sake of sours and specifically Cantillon. I now trade and wait in long lines to get some. Oh, the agony of addiction...........

    But seriously message me about the Uplands.
  5. Don't forget about Madame Rose I just had 2012 last night and it is a wonderful sour!
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  6. Keffa

    Keffa Advocate (615) Ohio Jan 8, 2009 Beer Trader

    I hold an odd beer in my top ten sours list: Birra Del Borgo Duchessic. It is pretty damned good, if you ever get to try it. Blend of an Italian saison and 1 year old Cantillon lambic.
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  7. WTKeene

    WTKeene Advocate (645) New Mexico Jul 13, 2013 Beer Trader

    I've had it, and yes it is definitely delicious.

    As far as my own Top 10, I'm surprised I haven't seen Jester King represented in anyone's list yet!

    For me, not necessarily in order:

    Jester King Atrial Rubicite
    Jester King Aurelian Lure
    Jester King Omniscience and Proselytism
    Cisco Lady of the Woods
    Rodenbach Caractere Rouge
    Anchorage Love Buzz
    Hill Farmstead Flora Satsuma Mandarin
    3F Golden Blend
    Hill Farmstead Anna
    Night Shift Art #14
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  8. PatrickInAustinTx

    PatrickInAustinTx Advocate (535) Texas Nov 16, 2013 Beer Trader

    Agreed, you guys need Atrial in your lives. It's the best I've had period.
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  9. Had about 400 sours so far. I would do more but it is not always the most common or cheapest beer style.

    3 Fonteinen Armand’4 Oude Geuze Lente
    Cantillon Kriek
    Cantillon Kriekenlambik (Chez Moeder Lambiek version)
    3 Fonteinen Armand’4 Oude Geuze Winter
    Hanssens Scarenbecca Kriek
    Struise Aardmonnik / Earthmonk 2007 Vintage
    Cantillon Fou’ Foune (fresh)
    Fond Gueuze Bierpallieters
    Cantillon Mamouche
    Lost Abbey Framboise de Amorosa
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  10. Oh yes you can. :p
  11. GolfingGq

    GolfingGq Savant (355) California Apr 6, 2013 Beer Trader

    Just had Beatification at the brewery last night. AWESOME stuff!
  12. buckwheatsb

    buckwheatsb Aficionado (205) Indiana Feb 6, 2005 Beer Trader

    "check out BFM, Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien...seriously great beer."
    Apparently this flies under the radar, had this on tap at Local Option, but the 11% abv is killer.
  13. WTKeene

    WTKeene Advocate (645) New Mexico Jul 13, 2013 Beer Trader

    I personally preferred their Square Root 225. Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien was too vinegary for my tastes. Also too expensive.
  14. MCDub

    MCDub Savant (390) North Carolina Dec 17, 2009 Beer Trader

    Snozzberry was one of the worst beers Ive had all year. Slightly sour Kool Aid
  15. JayPeso

    JayPeso Savant (435) California Oct 25, 2013 Beer Trader

    Going to put a Cascade order in this week, but have never had any before. Would you recommend Sang Noir over Vlad the Imp Aler or Kriek?
  16. Seanniek91

    Seanniek91 Advocate (540) Rhode Island Jul 1, 2012 Beer Trader

    BFM beers are all expensive. Square Root 225 was awesome though!
  17. rxeight

    rxeight Savant (400) Illinois Feb 5, 2012

    not so much a top 10 list, but here are some of the more memorable ones

    Lost abbey framboise de amarosa (best sour out of the dozen or so I tried at FOBAB)
    Allagash Mervilleux
    Upland Strawberry Lambic
    Any new glarus fruit beer 750s
    Two brothers askew
  18. HawksBeerFan

    HawksBeerFan Aficionado (200) Texas Dec 24, 2011

    Atrial needs some love here, truly a fantastic beer
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  19. I would say Sang Noir and Vlad over Kriek
    Distribution of the Kriek is on the rise as well, so you might see it floating around.
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  20. No sour list could ever be complete without Struise Aardmonnik.
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  21. hctap00

    hctap00 Aficionado (205) Maryland Nov 2, 2012

    For me, this list begins and ends with BFM Abbaye de Saint Bon Chien. I am yet to find another sour quite like it. Perfect beer.
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  22. cjoc83

    cjoc83 Advocate (515) Pennsylvania Jul 31, 2010 Beer Trader

    Since you're a Bruery fan I would highly recommend Beauregarde and Otiose, both fantastic sours, especially Beau. Just tons of tart blueberry flavor up in there, crazy delicious. I cracked one for my 30th birthday party last August.

    It might be kind of hard to find at this point, and it defies categories (it does have a nice tart component to it though), but the Hair of the Dog/Deschutes collabo Conflux No. 1 Collage was pretty mind blowing. I forget everything that's in it, but I believe it has some Dissident, Stoic, Fred and Adam (maybe a couple others) that's thrown into various barrels. Pricey too, I paid $10 for a 12oz bottle, but I would do it again in a heartbeat.
    Last edited: Feb 2, 2014
  23. RichardMNixon

    RichardMNixon Advocate (590) Pennsylvania Jun 24, 2012 Beer Trader

    Any list of top sours that doesn't include Rodenbach Grand Cru is based on rarity rather than taste.
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  24. Rymar9

    Rymar9 Savant (370) South Carolina Jan 24, 2011 Beer Trader

    Have had a lot of good ones, but these are probably my favorites so far..

    Lou pepe kriek
    Sang Noir

    Have some Atrial coming my way in a trade..looking forward to it!
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  25. MarkyMOD

    MarkyMOD Advocate (715) Colorado Apr 5, 2012 Beer Trader

    Or people haven't had it... Never seen that on shelves around here, would like to try it someday though.
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  26. Nickqb7

    Nickqb7 Aficionado (115) California Mar 27, 2013

    Yea ive had both of those and they are good but id take the ones on my list over thm still, yea that collage was bomb for sure.
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  27. nicks6217

    nicks6217 Savant (430) California Jan 15, 2010 Beer Trader

    Favorite/notable sours I've had a chance to drink

    Harder to find stuff

    Veritas 4
    Persica batch 1
    South Hampton black raspberry
    Crooked stave batch 1
    Ddg 09
    South Hampton Berlin Weisse

    Easier stuff

    Fou foune
    West Ashley
    Cascade apricot
    saison Bernice
    Sour reserve 4
    La cabra pedophile
    Vlad the impaler
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  28. MarkyMOD

    MarkyMOD Advocate (715) Colorado Apr 5, 2012 Beer Trader

    Someone named a beer Pedophile? That might be taking shock value a little too far... Arrogant Bastard or Raging Bitch are pretty good cut-off points...
  29. nicks6217

    nicks6217 Savant (430) California Jan 15, 2010 Beer Trader

  30. nicks6217

    nicks6217 Savant (430) California Jan 15, 2010 Beer Trader

    Sorry wrong name, brettophile is more like it. Got my wild yeast strain confused.
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  31. Ones that come to mind:

    Russian River Supplication
    Russian River Temptation
    Cantillon Classic Gueuze
    Cantillon Kriek
    Cantillon Fou Foune
    Rodenbach Grand Cru
    Drie Fonteinen Geuze Golden Blend
    Cascade Apricot Ale
    Girardian Black Label 1882 Gueuze
    Lost Abbey Duck Duck Gooze
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  32. MarkyMOD

    MarkyMOD Advocate (715) Colorado Apr 5, 2012 Beer Trader

    Haha that makes more sense, was about to email that brewery's name and a recommendation not to host school field trips there to Mother's Against Pedophiles.
  33. just had this yesterday. made my eyes water and my mouth guessing. phenominal.
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  34. Spiral517

    Spiral517 Savant (340) Maryland Sep 17, 2013

    The only sour I've had is Rodenbach grand cru. I didn't dislike it but it tasted and felt more like a dark champagne than a beer. If you blindfolded me, gave me a glass and told me it was champagne I would have believed you. Are sours in general like this?
  35. jessegrn

    jessegrn Aficionado (100) Oregon Apr 14, 2013

    I would say Sang Noir only because i've had Vlad on many occasions. You can't lose with either of those. The Kriek is great as well, but not in the same league as the former two.
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  36. BigMike

    BigMike Champion (865) Pennsylvania May 8, 2008 Verified

    Haven't had a ton of sours due to the fact they're not easy to come by. The ones I have had are mostly Russian River and they've all been amazing! Possibly my favorite style and I hardly get to drink it.
  37. BigMike

    BigMike Champion (865) Pennsylvania May 8, 2008 Verified

    Best east coast sour I've had in Weyerbacher's Riserva. Phenominal!
  38. vinny21bal

    vinny21bal Savant (420) Illinois Feb 24, 2011 Beer Trader

    Bottle works
    Red poppy
    Boxers revenge
    Cantillon rose
    Cantillon f.f.
    Oude tart cherry
    Upland raspberry
  39. bishopdc0

    bishopdc0 Savant (490) Maine Jan 23, 2010 Beer Trader

    My Favorites

    Allagash PNC Broken Elevator (Collab with Monks Cafe, Falling Rock, Toronado and Brouwer's)
    Allagash Ghoulschip
    Allagash Red
    Allagash Resurgam
    Allagash Mattina Rossa
    Cantillon Mamouche
    Cantillion Fou Foune
    Cantillion Lou Pepe Kriek
    Cantillion Zwanze 2008/2012
    3F Golden

    Great Shelf Options:
    Any 3F
    Hanssens<- most under appreciated gueuze IMO

  40. BrettHead

    BrettHead Advocate (660) Nebraska Sep 18, 2010

    Phase? Sour is a way of life :)

    I just wish my GI tract liked them as much as my mouth :oops:
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