Patientia Sour | Arctic Craft Brewery

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Arctic Craft Brewery
Colorado, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Summer

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Added by rye726 on 05-16-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 3 |  Reviews: 3
Reviews by rye726:
Photo of rye726
4/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was really suprised to find this at Artic Craft.

It is an orangish brown color with a tan head that soon disappears.

The nose is of sour fruits, earthy hops and musky soil or manure.

The flavor profile has lots of sour fruit up front then melds into an earthy, spicy, and funky body and has another tart kick throught the finish. Not the most complex or best balance, but quite good for a young sour ale.

The body is full yet crisp. With a little more time in the casks this will be a superb brew. As with all AC beers, where's the head?

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.3/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer has a light tan colored head with a lightly hazy, copper-amber color. The aroma is tart up front with a phenolic plastic like finish that is not unpleasant. Brettanomyces-like funk provides aromas of stale sweat, cured leather, musty - lightly moldy blanket and a musky goat like note. There are some solid fruity notes underneath the more expressive funk that produces aromas of cherry, expressive - tart plum, and a very floral, fruit aromatic note that seems a mix of orange blossom and honey-suckle.

The beer is sour tasting, but in addition to the typical lactic acid notes there is a solid acetic character to this beer. The acidity accentuates some fruit flavors that almost provide a ghostly sweetness to this definitely dry beer; flavors of tamarind, sour raisin, chewy cherry vinegar, a touch of strawberry and even a touch of fruity balsamic are all noticeable. This is quite quaffable and while light bodied, it does have enough viscous heft to stand up to the sourness.

I had rumours that the bugs for this beer were taken from inoculating swabs of vegetable-produce, something that makes this beer a bit more interesting. This is surprisingly balanced in its funkiness. The aroma started out a bit slow but really picked up steam and become more complex and interesting. I am quite amazed how well integrated the flavor is, this must have picked up a nice balance of bugs. I am definitely enjoying the acetic acid component, it adds extra complexity and brings out an expressive, aromatic fruit character.

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Photo of Oxymoron
1.73/5  rDev -48.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

I have to wonder if this is really what this was suppose to taste like or if it's an oops. Pours a very cloudy brownish grey color with no real head. What little foam there is quickly dies and no lacing to speak of.

The nose is more of an infection smell than a sour note. Mostly acidic with a slight hint of brett. Some hints of caramel malt, Some light butyric and drains smell. No real barn yard funk that I association with sours.

The taste is similar. The malt comes out a bit but is over powered by of acid sour that is not quite right. Some grainy, husky notes up front with a somewhat sweeter flavor that is quickly over powered with a tart acid flavor. Again with the butyric and drain like flavors. No real distinctive yeast or Belgian characteristics at all.

The body is more moderate with under attenuated feel. Sound be dry but is lacking. No carbonation but ok. Overall to me this is infected beer, not a sour. Where is the Belgian malt flavors? Where is the barnyard? Where is the complexity? Where is the yeasty notes/esters/spices? But eh, what do I know.

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Patientia Sour from Arctic Craft Brewery
3.34 out of 5 based on 3 ratings.
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