Sour Bitch | Mikkeller ApS

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS
Denmark
mikkeller.dk

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Spontanale with lychee fruit.

Brewed at De Proef Brouverij.

Added by bark on 07-18-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
138
Reviews:
37
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
12.69%
 
 
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Photo of tectactoe
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Blake for bringing this one. The body on Sour Bitch lies somewhere in the middle of the playing field between amber and copper; something like rust. It's got good clarity and a fuzzy, white head that sinks to a mere ring before I have time to even appreciate it. I think it goes without saying that there was no sign of lacing to be found, which is pretty much par for the course of sours, it seems.

Some sharp, tart citric aromas stand out in the front lines, as do underripe pears and a hint of lemon zest. The pears seem to grow with time, eventually taking on some sweetness to match the tartness. My colleagues are picking up heavier notes of funk, but I am struggling to reach the same conclusion. Perhaps just a hint of musty funk lies in the periphery, but not as much as you might expect from a typical lambic.

As it turns out, Sour Bitch... well... isn't that sour. It's got an abrupt tartness that grazes the palate with the introductory sip, but it's not quite as elevating as the aroma made it seem like it would be. After a few sips, you've already been conditioned to the tartness and the beer starts flying on autopilot. Apple skins, juicy pears, and other fruity flavors. Apparently this beer was brewed with lychee. I've never tasted one before, so that's my explanation for the unexplainable fruit.

There's a bit more funk in the flavor than there was in the aroma, but we're still talking small scale when you consider the style of the brew. Hints of oak hit on the back end - I'm glad to see that, as the dry and rustic oak flavors tend to be some of my favorites in sour ales. A dying wisp of pear, fruit, oak, and mild must shine in the finale while leaving your palate dry and dusty. Carbonated well, medium bodied, slick and smooth.

I guess when I'm given a beer called Sour Bitch, I'm expecting ass puckering, face melting, palate shredding, enamel stripping levels of acidity, tartness, or lactic acid - none of which this Sour Bitch exhibits. It's tart, sure, and it may not be preposterous to call it "sour" even, but it's quite tame compared to what my body was expecting. Still a nice beer, and probably a good one for people trying to get into sours, as it wont bomb their mouth out with acid.

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Photo of Michigan
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of EastBay_Nick
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

Photo of emerge077
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Chris for sharing this recently! Quick review from written notes.

Pours into a small tulip a bright saturated orange color with lasting white foam on the surface. Body has a slight haze to it, and the occasional rising bubble or two.

Minerally aroma, lightly funky, traces of indistinct tart fruit.

Pleasantly tart and puckering, with a nebulous fruity taste. Finishes dry with light honey traces in the aftertaste. Acidic with a slight stomach acid impression.

We had some lychee fruit puree side by side (thanks Thomas), which was much more sweet and earthy in taste. Hard to pull out any identifiable lychee in the beer, but it's also aged two years or so. A nice lightly fruity sour ale that's worth trying.

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Photo of jklecko2
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of illidurit
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of mltobin
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a bottle with a couple of friends, poured into a wine glass.

Appearance is a bright yellow color with a finger of off-white head. It looks nice. The nose has apricots, yeast, hay and bananas. For the taste, there is sourness, citrus, some bitterness and grass. Mouthfeel was medium bodied, some carbonation and a nice, dry finish. Mikkeller seems to have quite a few misses (granted they make a lot of beers), but this is not one of them. Would recommend trying it if you are given the chance.

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Photo of adamdarcy
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of drummermattie02
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of ajzy
2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

Photo of yamar68
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to bstyle for this crazy brew!

Straw gold body capped with a healthy finger of white foam that recedes to a thin rim which retains right until the finish.

Musty dark fruits layered with a mild lemon lime astringency, pear and apricot... I can't say I've ever smelled a beer like this. Color me interested...

I wish I was more familiar with lychee... because there's a dominant sweet/sour fruit flavor that I can't seem to pinpoint. It's a little like apricot, a little rhubarb... it's tasty. There's a nice tart, slightly medicinal and dry finish. I'll have no problem finish this big ol' bottle. It takes some time to get acquainted with, but once you do it's a delicious and unique experience.

Very grateful to have the opportunity to try this one.

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Photo of bradfordjohnson
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of tsauce2
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Gonzoillini
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of YalovaIA
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of bobhits
2.91/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy golden color with some white head. More or less what one would expect from this beer.

The smell of citrus fruits (lime). spoiled milk, and perhaps some odd flower herbal notes. This isn't going to impress too many people.

Lemon, lime, funk, just out there...this is one funky and complex sour.

.Well carbonated, drinkable, nice.

This is a unique sour with a LOT going on it. Still the net result is interesting, complex,. but not for me.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Mikkeller's sour ales have been a little hit-or-miss for me so I go into this session with a bit of apprehension. With absolutely no knowledge of lychee fruit that was added to the brewing process, I'm excited about unique flavors that this ingredient provides.

With no surprises to the eye, the beer pours with a cloudy gold color that seems more straw when held to the light. Light yet creamy, the beer's somewhat dainty head is an even skirt early but reduces to pocketed islands later. With its void of lace, the beer succumbs to its acidity and throws its carbonation to the wayside hardly midway through the session.

Sourness has to wait a bit as the first whiff of the beer strikes the nose with pungent aromas of dried lime, Limburger cheese, sour milk, pepper, wet hay, and yogurt. Sure, it sounds off but remember that many stinky cheeses turn out beautiful after they are tasted...

Its taste couldn't differentiated more from taste as the soured milk notes are evaded and the clean lactic taste of dried limes, grapefruit, passion fruit, salt brine, and earthy tastes that remind the senses of shellfish, leather, mushroom, and damp oak. Its a complex taste that's sharp, acidic, and very clean. Its really fun to taste its delightful potpourri although describing it with such unpleasantries. Perhaps I never knew that about myself.

The beer's dry character is captured early and only accelerates late. Short-lived cracker-like bread texture is largely attributed to light carbonated creaminess and doughy residual sweetness. But the beer quickly sheds its malts and makes the powdery-dry textures of yeast, age, and acids the story thereafter. Finishing bitter with citrus peels, there's a mild grape seed astringency that accompanies the late texture; just before light warmth, racy tartness, and tannin-rich airiness closes the taste.

After that goaty, sour milk scent; the beer's taste is spot on for any legitimate lambic taste. It is authentic, farmhouse, and strongly pungent. Any appreciator of fermented foods, canned goods, and overall sour taste will find a high level of accompaniment with a glass of this highly artistically ale.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.26/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy golden-orange with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Funk, tartness, wheat, lychee, oak, vanilla, souness, oak, lemon zest, funky yeasts.

T - Wheat, tart green fruits and lemon zest, lychee, oak, vanilla, sourness, funky yeasts, acidity.

M - Medium bodied with moderate-plus carbonation. Smooth with a funky, tart, and slightly sweet finish.

D - Nice fruit lambic. Good funkiness and sourness and the lychee add some nice kick to it.

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Photo of DaBubs
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of xnicknj
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of chippo33
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of Kopfschuss
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of redblacks75
3.47/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type: 750ml bottle to a Perennial snifter.

Appearance: A hazy, amber, orange color. It has a thin, fizzy head to it, that quickly dissipates. Very noticeable lacing.

Smell: Sour, grainy, earthy.

Taste: A light sour taste, with a long finish though. The sour on the finish really stays with you. There is a light to mild sweetness with this.

Mouthfeel: Very crisp, with a fizzy carbonation. Thin in general, with an abrupt finish. An interesting contrast between the taste, and the mouthfeel.

Overall: For what this cost, I would be hesitant to purchase it again. Is it a decent beer, yes. Are there better beers in this style for that cost, yes. Overall though, I am glad to of shared this one. It is an interesting take on a lambic.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured almost translucent clear in color with golden yellow highlights and a thin head that left a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: most of the components were acidic sour notes, maybe some lychee character but not really. it did have a little funkiness to it, lemon citrus for sure and hints of oak barrel aging going on as well.

T: Not sure what lychee really taste like but I did get a little fruit flavor in it so I'm assuming it's lychee however it did have plenty of funk, lemon citrus twang, acidic notes all around, a bit of oakiness, and some musty barnyard character.

M: the brew was light to medium in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a citrusy, acidic, oaky, mildly fruity, sour, and slight dry finish.

O: pretty interesting beer I have to say but was solid all around and damn tasty as well.

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Sour Bitch from Mikkeller ApS
3.86 out of 5 based on 138 ratings.
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