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The best American Sour/Wild Ales?

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

  1. PittBeerGirl

    PittBeerGirl Advocate (695) Ohio Feb 27, 2007

    My top 5
    1. RR Beatification
    2. New Belgium Bottleworks X
    3. Allagash Vagabond
    4. Ommegang Rouge (retired) and tied with Lost Abbey Red Poppy
    5. 3 way tie between Southampton Berliner Weisse, RR Deviation, and Captain Lawrence Barrel Select Batch 1
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  2. sukwonee

    sukwonee Advocate (665) Washington Dec 13, 2011 Beer Trader

    I really liked Beatification batch 2 (although it tasted pretty much like Cantillon - which is awesome too).
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  3. HopHead84

    HopHead84 Poobah (1,040) California Nov 29, 2006 Beer Trader

    Veritas 005, Veritas 004, Yellow Bus a few years back, and Cable Car Kriek
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  4. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poobah (1,420) Wyoming Sep 14, 2002 Beer Trader

    I like all of Cascade's and Russian River's, Brute, The Dissident, Friek, the old La Folie, Brux(yeah, it's domesticated), The Meddler, more that I can't pull out of my hat..
  5. For a nice sour I like Russian River but I love Stillwater for thier wild ales.
  6. Supplication and Beatification are my two favorites.
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  7. Veritas 004 is one of my all time favorites
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  8. jzeilinger

    jzeilinger Poobah (1,260) Pennsylvania Dec 4, 2004 Beer Trader

    Not bashing Russian River by any means, they make great sours (and marginal IPA's - ;)); had a Bullfrog Oud 15 over the weekend and it rivals anything I've ever had in the sour category, hands down.
  9. Crooked Stave and Avery
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  10. KevinMc79

    KevinMc79 Savant (310) Illinois Oct 29, 2008 Beer Trader

    My favorite so far has been Two Brothers Askew. It was great. I hope they brew it again
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  11. MagicJeff

    MagicJeff Savant (370) Georgia Mar 21, 2012

    Try some Jolly Pumpkin if you have the opportunity
  12. There's a few Jolly Pumpkin beers available. Gonna try a few
  13. Tie between Avery, Russian River, and New Belgium, yes, New Belgium.

    I love New Belgiums sours: Le Terrior, Eric's Ale, La Folie, Tart Lychee, ect... always winning golds too.

    Crooked Stave is gaining steam and is quickly becoming great...
  14. Southampton Black Raspberry Lambic hands down.
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  15. AxesandAnchors

    AxesandAnchors Savant (300) Oregon Nov 21, 2012

    The only one you forgot is the best of the whole bunch, Cascade!
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  16. Beatification and Cable Car Kriek are the 2 best I have had, with Allagash Ghoulschip rounding out my top 3.
  17. kempshark

    kempshark Aficionado (200) Florida Jul 22, 2009

    Which Jolly Pumpkin brews do you recommend? I'm in west Florida, and I rarely see any of the sours you guys mention the most......such as New Belgium, Russian River, Cascade, Allagash, etc....
  18. sirsteve42

    sirsteve42 Advocate (640) New York Jan 15, 2009 Beer Trader

    Ithaca Brute and RR supplication!
  19. For my money Upland makes some great beers. Gilgamesh in particular is phenominal
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  20. MarcatGSB

    MarcatGSB Advocate (670) Michigan Jan 8, 2011

    I personally wouldn't call any of JP beers "sour". They have nice funky, barnyard profiles. I'd say La Roja, Oro de Calabaza and Madragruda Obscura are the best beers for starters.
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  21. MagicJeff

    MagicJeff Savant (370) Georgia Mar 21, 2012

    Yeah you're right a couple I've come across have been on the sour side, but for the most part they are farm houses
  22. mollydodd13

    mollydodd13 Zealot (75) California Aug 13, 2008

    Bockor Cuvee de Jacobins Rouge, New Belgium La Folie & La Terrior, BFM Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien 2007, Liefmans Goudenband, Surly 5, Russian River Concecration, Boulevard Love Child #2, Petrus Oud Bruin/Aged Pale
  23. Mark_Graves

    Mark_Graves Disciple (70) Georgia Apr 21, 2012

    Funk Metal blew my mind wide open. Thin, good carb, EXTREMELY SOUR. Excellent Sour.
  24. OneBeertoRTA

    OneBeertoRTA Advocate (660) California Jan 2, 2010 Subscriber Beer Trader

    Beatification is fucking magic
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  25. kpodolanko

    kpodolanko Aficionado (120) Texas Dec 7, 2012

    In my opinion, there is no such thing as a good sour. I perceive it the same way I perceive sour milk. At the end of the day, if you like it, you like it. It doesn't hurt my feelings at all.
  26. BMoldy

    BMoldy Aficionado (230) New York Aug 22, 2010

    Haven't had enough to call a clear winner, but Bear Republic Tartare is an amazing Berliner Weisse. Jolly Pumpkin Weizen Bam isn't half bad either.
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  27. mulder1010

    mulder1010 Advocate (615) Australia Aug 29, 2008

  28. Overlord

    Overlord Advocate (665) California Jun 28, 2007

    Veritas 004, Yellow Bus, Isabelle Proximus, Flaming Fury, Duck Duck Gooze, Gargamel, Cable Car, Deviation, Beatification, Gargamel, Oude Tart with Cherries.
  29. alanc

    alanc Aficionado (105) California Aug 13, 2009

    Agreed, funky south paw and dynamo hum were remarkable. I also put in a vote for a brewery more know for their IPAs:

    Bear Republic Tartare and Cuvée de Bubba are on par with any Amercian sour creation.
  30. alanc

    alanc Aficionado (105) California Aug 13, 2009

    Compunction would strongly disagree
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  31. TotallyHosed

    TotallyHosed Savant (375) Illinois Jun 20, 2009 Beer Trader

    These are the most memorable:

    New Glarus R&D Sour Ale
    Jester King Boxer's Revenge, Uberkind, Funk Metal
    Upland Sour Reserve, Blackberry Lambic
    Russian River Consecration, Supplication, Beatification
    Crooked Stave WWBG
    Goose Island Madame Rose, Juliet
    Surly Five
  32. lokieman

    lokieman Savant (475) Oklahoma Jan 20, 2011

    Dissident from Deschutes and Funk Metal from Jester King get my vote(s). Not a huge fan of sours or wilds but I can drink either of these any day of the week.
  33. ncaudle

    ncaudle Advocate (700) Virginia May 28, 2010 Beer Trader

    lots of great American wild/sours that have been mentioned.

    was talking with a friend the other day about some of our favorite brews over the last year and we both said that Arbor Brewing Brasserie Greff Brune may be thee best beer we had last year
  34. mhksuccess

    mhksuccess Advocate (630) California Jul 7, 2012 Beer Trader

    i loved boxer's revenge brought it to a tasting
    has a lot more jester king at home waiting to try funk metal and uberkind
    i really liked that collaboration earlier this year that Flander's fred hair of the dog
    and rr consecration can never go wrong
    also the bruery make some pretty nice sours
    still all in all I will vote for JESTER KING
  35. OneBeertoRTA

    OneBeertoRTA Advocate (660) California Jan 2, 2010 Subscriber Beer Trader

    Lets not forget Cascade. Their kriek is so underappreciated... Lets keep it that way
  36. axeman9182

    axeman9182 Advocate (580) New Jersey Aug 5, 2009 Beer Trader

    If I had to pick a single favorite beer it would definitely be Southampton Black Raspberry Lambic. Beatification and Cuvee de Castleton are up there for me as well.
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  37. That's an excellent brew.
  38. A good amount from Jolly Pumkin and Russian River brews are the best I've had. Then again I don't run into a lot of sours in my town. La Foile by New Belgium is quite good too.
  39. Agree. Tartare was insanely good.
  40. Keyportnick

    Keyportnick Aficionado (230) Wisconsin Sep 29, 2012 Beer Trader

    New Glarus

    Raspberry tart

    Belgian red