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The best American Sour/Wild Ales?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by Thevanpelt, Jan 7, 2013.

  1. Thevanpelt

    Thevanpelt Zealot (90) Sweden Sep 6, 2012

    I wanna know what you think is the best American Sour and Wild ales?
  2. dsal89

    dsal89 Advocate (505) Indiana Jul 6, 2008

    Havent had many, sadly. I have had consecration and supplication and while both are awesome i absolutely love consecration.
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  3. RR Sours. I may be in the minority here but I thought New Belgium's Tart Lychee was great. Haven't tried too many other sour beers. Have some Jester King sours that I've yet to try. I heard Cascade sours are real good as well
  4. gtermi

    gtermi Champion (790) Texas Apr 21, 2010

    Any of the Russian River
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  5. moonknight31

    moonknight31 Advocate (515) California Aug 23, 2009 Beer Trader

    russian river sours, cascade sours and crooked stave
  6. islandboi8204

    islandboi8204 Savant (425) New York Jul 28, 2011 Beer Trader

    For easy to get wilds, can't go wrong with Cascades or the Russian River 'tions. Supplication is probably my favorite of their standard line up. DDG, Cable Car, Mimosa, Juicy are all great as well.
  7. StubFaceJoe

    StubFaceJoe Advocate (530) Colorado Nov 24, 2011

    Avery makes some great stuff. Crooked Stave as well.

    Avery's were the first sours I thought tasted anything other than sour and Crooked Stave is all about the brett.
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  8. moonknight31

    moonknight31 Advocate (515) California Aug 23, 2009 Beer Trader

    i almost forgot captain lawrence, avery and allagash
  9. The problem is most of us that like sours tend to like the ones that are more sour. However, you can go too far... i.e. Oude Tart. The best ones I have had are Consecration, Supplication, Sang Noir, Noyaux and Vera Mae. When I tried Cascade Blueberry, I was expecting it to be more sour. It almost gave me a feeling of disappointment. Then I thought about more sour doesn't mean better. It is a really well balanced light sour. That is the key is balance.
  10. hafa

    hafa Zealot (85) California Jan 7, 2013 Beer Trader

    taking notes on the sour thing...still a rookie on sours. thanks for the info
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  11. Hard to find, but New Belgium Love and the variants of it are probably the best American sour ales I've had, perhaps only equaled by Beatification. Lost Abbey can make some amazing stuff as well, and Captain Lawrence has done some amazing stuff too.
  12. flayedandskinned

    flayedandskinned Advocate (515) California Jan 1, 2011 Beer Trader

    Russian River.

    ROBSTARR Savant (425) Michigan Aug 31, 2009 Beer Trader

    Jolly Pumpkin can put out some interesting stuff sometimes too
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  14. Lutter

    Lutter Advocate (660) Texas Jun 30, 2010

    Jester King Boxer's Revenge (most of their sours are mind-blowing)
    New Belgium Love
    Real Ale Scots Gone Wild!

    Was very impressed with Crooked Stave's Cogniac Barrel-Aged Sentience that I had yesterday. That's a sour with all the freakin' bells and whistles in a good way. Cogniac barrel-aged wild quadrupel. Need to seek out more of their brews.
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  15. fehrminator

    fehrminator Advocate (570) North Carolina Jan 26, 2008 Beer Trader

  16. MPLSbrewer

    MPLSbrewer Savant (315) Minnesota Dec 7, 2010 Beer Trader

    Had freetail Porto callito recently and it blew me away. Worth seeking out for sure!
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  17. ChefBergo

    ChefBergo Initiate (0) Illinois Nov 9, 2011

    Cascade Sang Noir, can't wait to try the two I have coming in the mail: Apricot Ale and Blueberry.
  18. Nicolay3535

    Nicolay3535 Savant (290) Florida May 1, 2012 Beer Trader

    In no particular order although i do favor Cascade:

    Cascade (all of them)
    Jester King Boxers revenge
    Freetail Porto Callito
    RR Consecration
    Buery Strawberry Sour
    NB Tart Lychee
  19. MrRockstar

    MrRockstar Savant (380) Pennsylvania Sep 9, 2006 Beer Trader

    Throwing in another vote for Cascade & Russian River, always solid.
    Jolly Pumpkin & Bruery can be hit or miss for me.
    Weyerbacher Sour Black was great.
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  20. youbrewidrink

    youbrewidrink Advocate (720) Vermont Apr 9, 2009 Beer Trader

    Cascade, Crooked Stave, The Bruery, Russian River, Upright, Logsdon, Freetail, Allagash, some Lost Abbey, Ithaca, Captain Lawrence, New Belgium.

    My favorite is still a C&C Lafolie from New Belgium.
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  21. TNGabe

    TNGabe Initiate (0) Tennessee Feb 6, 2012

    Jackie O's makes some fantastic sours.
  22. GRG1313

    GRG1313 Poobah (1,030) California Jan 15, 2009 Beer Trader

    I am perplexed by the number of responses from people who have limited experience with these styles. Those responses make no sense to me. However, as one who loves sours and wild ales and drinks and tastes them extensivley, I'd agree that the link above is the perfect place to go.
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  23. WagonCircler

    WagonCircler Savant (345) New York May 15, 2011 Beer Trader

    Ithaca Brute - personal fav...also ISO
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  24. BearsOnAcid

    BearsOnAcid Advocate (745) Massachusetts Mar 17, 2009 Beer Trader

    Ithaca Brute/Le Bleu
    Captain Lawrence CdC and Barrel Select
    RR Consecration
    Allagash Resurgam and Balaton Cerise
    Jolly Pumpkin Bambic
    HF Flora

    Im not big on over-the-top acid bombs from the Bruery and Lost Abbey.
  25. thegoon55

    thegoon55 Advocate (525) Massachusetts Oct 27, 2012 Beer Trader

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  26. dcloeren

    dcloeren Advocate (515) Texas Sep 15, 2010 Beer Trader

    Crooked Stave Brett D'or was one of the best I have had.
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  27. Personally, I like Cascade sours better than any of the Russian River ones.
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  28. Domingo

    Domingo Poobah (1,145) Colorado Apr 23, 2005 Subscriber Beer Trader

    Crooked Stave has a few killer ones. Brett D'or, WWBI, WWBY, and especially (although very hard to get) Persica.
    I still love Consecration and Supplication, too.
    Not sure what distribution will be like, but AC Golden's fruit sours are also quite good. Their 2013's should be hitting pretty soon.
  29. Dynamo Hum got me stuck on sours/wilds - the low bottle counts can make them touch to track down though
  30. hooliganlife

    hooliganlife Advocate (675) Missouri Apr 12, 2007 Beer Trader

    Russian river based off of always solid and not overly difficult to obtain. Also, released fairly often.
  31. Love Child #2 was pretty great
  32. ggfunk

    ggfunk Savant (300) Oregon Mar 29, 2010

    I'll throw in another vote for Cascade with RR a close second.
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  33. mikecharley

    mikecharley Advocate (555) Pennsylvania Nov 6, 2008 Beer Trader

    I've had a good amount of them, and for me nothing beats Beatification.
  34. Weyerbacher's Riserva (especially 2010) and Rapture were both awesome. Russian River is a standard. Captain Lawrence is good but I haven't had any of their greats. I haven't been graced with much else yet.
  35. jpfromb

    jpfromb Aficionado (185) Oregon Apr 9, 2010 Beer Trader

    Logsdon Farmhouse Ales
    Block 15
    Ale Apothecary
  36. TychoNDC

    TychoNDC Advocate (500) Colorado Jan 7, 2013 Beer Trader

    Supplication has got to be my favorite, though I enjoyed all of the Russian Rivers when I visited. Supplication just has that wonderful balance of acidity, sweetness, and tart cherry.
  37. tut2528

    tut2528 Advocate (510) Illinois Sep 26, 2008 Beer Trader

    maybe not the best, but still delicious...Goose Island's Juliet, Madame Rose and Lolita
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  38. For the price, Jolly Pumpkin's Oro de Calabaza. That said I've never had any of RRs.
  39. Russian Rover and Bruery have made two of my favorites (Supplication and Otiose), but if you want something you can pick up in a 4 pack, IMO Monks Cafe Flemish Sour Ale is the best bang for your buck

    Edit: Oh wait, Monks Cafe doesn't fall into the "American" category. Whoops.
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  40. llamabones

    llamabones Aspirant (30) Ohio Jul 9, 2011

    Bruery Oude Tart is so, so good.