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Arbor Brewing Sodibo Barrel Aged Blond Ale (Sour Series)Arbor Brewing Sodibo Barrel Aged Blond Ale (Sour Series)

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Arbor Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of StoutHunter
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I picked up a bottle of Arbor Brewing's Sodibo Wild Roots 2016 at Boyne Country Provisions. I've always wasnted to try this beer but up in till now I've never seen it, so as soon as I saw it I new I had to get one to try, so lets see how it goes. 2016 Vintage. Poured from a brown 750ml bottle into a Teku.

A- The label looks good, it had a nice design to it and it's a little eye catching. It poured a hazy and slightly muddy amber orange color that took on more of a nice muddy bright orange hue and it had half a fingers worth of very bubbly off white head that died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away and it left a little bit of spotty lacing behind. This is a pretty nice looking, i have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with a big fruit, sweet tart and sour candy like aroma being the first to show up with some apricot, berries and tropical fruit like aromas coming through. Up next comes a slightly bit of funky yeast which is just a little noticeable and towards the end comes the malts which impart a sweet malt, pale malt, biscuit and grainy like aromas. This beer has a very nice aroma, but I wish the funky yeast showed up a little more.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with that some fruit and candy flavors being the first to show up and it imparts all the same aspects that it did in the aroma, but this time it's just a little lighter. Up next come a lower amount of high sourness which is followed by the barrel which is pretty noticeable and it imparts some nice funky oak and wood flavors and it's slightly butter and it goes in the funky yeast which is pretty light and it blends into the barrel. Towards the end comes the malts which impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma. On the finish there's some lingering sourness with a sour, fruity and woody aftertaste. This is a very nice tasting beer, the barrel gives it some nice complexity and all the different flavors work well together.

M- Fairly smooth, not too acidic, mouth puckering, not too crisp, on the slightly thicker side of being medium bodied with a lower amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is good and it works well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a very nice beer and I thought it was a very nice example of the style, it had all the aspects that I was looking for and that barrel gave this beer that really nice complexity that reminds me of some of the best Belgian made sours. This bee had nice drinkability, one glass would be the perfect amount for me, but I was able to drink the full bottle. What I like the most about this beer is the complexity, it's just where I want it. What I like the least about this beer is the appearance, it's not bad, but I wish the head was better and it wasn't a little muddy looking. I wold for sure buy this beer again if I see it again and it would be nice to put one in the cellar to see how it changes with age. I would recommend trying this beer if you like the classic sours and wild ales. All in all I was very happy with this beer and a little impressed, I've tried a couple sours from this brewery, but this is hands down on another level than those. It's now one of my favorite Arbor beers and it's a really nice example of the style especially for being made in America. Great job guys, this is one tasty and well executed beer, keep it up.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, 2013 vintage. Pours lightly hazy light orange amber color with a 2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clingsaround the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big sour apple, cherry, lemon, pear, grape, clove, pepper, hay, straw, vinegar, oak, leather, musty funk, white wine, herbal, light honey, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of oak, malt, and wild yeast esters; with good strength. Taste of sour apple, cherry, lemon, pear, grape, hay, straw, vinegar, clove, oak, leather, musty funk, white wine, herbal, light honey, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy/fruity acidity on the finish; with lingering notes of sour apple, cherry, grape, pear, lemon, hay, straw, vinegar, oak, clove, pepper, leather, funk, white wine, light honey, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity and balance of oak, wild yeast, and malt flavors; with a great acidity/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and moderately acidic mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent sour blonde ale style. All around great complexity and balance of oak and wild yeast flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on with moderate acidity. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of biegaman
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sodibo went into the barrel a blonde but came out orange-amber. It has plenty of visual flare but is far from clear. Its bubbles aren't hearty enough to sustain a head but have enough life to produce a continuous fizz that's sound echoes in the glass like a crackling fire.

The beer smells just like a Gueuze (which makes sense since it's been aged in oak barrels inoculated with Gueuze). American Wild Ales typically get every bit as funky and tart (if not more than) any authentic Belgian Lambic, but few have characteristics that are identical to them - this one is a dead ringer for something from the Senne Valley.

Like all great barrel-aged beers, Sodibo has distinct features that combine farmhouse earthiness, cellar mustiness and citrus acidity. It has flavours of sour-peach candy, mildewy wood, buttery pears, hay, and a tremendous amount of granny smith apple. The influence of the oak makes it rather reminiscent of a barrel-fermented Chardonnay.

Wine drinkers might enjoy the oaky Chardonnay flavour or perhaps the delicate, Moscato-like effervescence and sweetness. Either way, they'll be surprised it's beer (so, it's worth noting, will most beer drinkers). But those familiar with Lambic will be enthralled; the cider vinegar tartness dries out the palate, practically stripping the mucous membrane from your throat.

Sodibo is a complete, masterfully executed sour ale. Great success! Michigan residents are spoiled to find this on the shelf next to Cantillons that are twice the price - it's just as good. Those constantly seeking out rare, sour offerings from the Bruery and the likes really aught to focus some attention on Ann Arbor Brewing; they continue to impress.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Consumed 8/30/13

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this

Appearance: Medium amber / dark caramel, aggressive pour yields a small, eggshell white head, fades to a borderline nonexistent head, leaves some streaks of lacing

Smell: Sour and funky - lots of wood, acidic and lactic sourness - some big tartness and vinegar - funky and musty - some barnyard weirdness - some pale grains in the back, hay, and light fruits

Taste: Sour and interesting - lactic and acidic sourness, borderline mouth puckering - very tart - some barnyard and musty basement funk - a very strong vinegar component - lots of oak - some apple and pear, with a ton of lemon - pale and caramel malts at its base - very wet overall

Mouthfeel: On the heavy side of medium, especially for a sour, nice carbonation, wet finish

Overall: Obidos?

This is a nice sour. There's a lot going on here. Not the most refined, a little too wet for my taste, but worth a try.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Jas45678 for the bottle.

Appearance: Hazed burnt orange with some lighter honey-brown when held to light. Aggressive pour yields a quickly dissipating dirty-white head. Leaves a small bubbly collar. Moderate carbonation with no lacing.

Smell: Oak and ripe cheese. Funky with a big citric bite. Some acetic sweetness as well. Floral with a bright fruitiness. Some apple and grape skin. Loaded with fresh oak barrel. Musty basement with some damp yeast. Very light malt base with a little sweetness.

Taste: Heavy on the oak. Dipped an oak stave in a very light blonde. Malts are incredibly light and almost disappear. Huge citric bite with some acetic sour-sweetness as well. Layered sour and funk, but the oak dominates. Fruity with some funky cheese layered in the back. Damp earthiness. Hay and apple skin. Some.grape skin. Oak never quits.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with a moderate carbonation. Astringent like whoa. Women lingering citric elements.

Overall: Soneedmo.

A nice owned American wild. The oak is a but much in the long run, but some age will help temper that. Not the most complex fake on the style, but it has charm.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: brown with a hint of orange in it. slightly hazy but mostly clear. no head to speak of but some bubbly spots

Smell: citrus, tart fruit. wood. funk.

Taste: opens up with a nice dose of citrus that quickly becomes tart fruit. gives way to a woody earthy taste. finishes earthy with a good kick of funk

Mouthfeel: sticky and tart.

Overall: Arbor Brewing makes some decent sours. nothing to blow you away but definitely a good place to start if you are in the area. Another solid beer by arbor.

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Photo of chugalug06
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Very little white soapy head grows from a gnarly murky orange-yellow brew.

Farmy, funky, lactic, tons of orange and lemon, grassy, weird.

A bit thin, WAY tart, heavy carbonation, tons of tart lemon viniger... This one is sourpatchkid sour, warhead sour. Cheek pinching sour. Dare I say the most sour brew I've ever had?

Highly recommended is you like WAY tart brews, which I do.. First experience with Arbor and will seek out others.

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Photo of oline73
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tasting snifter.

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy golden amber color with a small amount of white carbonation that doesn't stick around very long.

Smell: Tart and funky. I'm getting some vinegar and a strong lemon juice note. There is a mild sweetness as well.

Taste: Tart but there is enough sweetness to control the sour. Lemon and just enough funk. Good sourness level. Overall I would call this beer light.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium with lots of carbonation and a finish that is quite dry.

Overall: I liked the lemon juice notes and thought this was a good light sour. I'd have more.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed blind, thanks to abraxel...

A: Pours a cloudy apricot orange/yellow with about a half finger of off white head. The foam fades pretty quickly, but still leaves a nice frothy ring around the edges of the glass.

S: Mmm. This beer smells delicious. It's sour, but I get a really nice whiff of tangy fruits and sweetness right up front. It smells like apricots or peaches that have been dipped in sour patch kid residue.

T: This beer starts out sweet with a good amount of fruit packed in there, The sour comes on strong in the middle as it mixes with some saltiness. The back end gets much more sour. The fruit presence that I get in this beer reminds me of apricots, but I'm not 100% on that guess.

M: Medium bodied beer. It's sweet to start, sours up in the middle, and finishes dry and puckering.

O: Awesome. I'd drink this beer all the time if I could. The play between sweet and sour is perfect.

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Photo of Holland
3.05/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: cloudy orange to golden color, minimal carbonation that stays on the top, but there is some bubbling up.

S: tart, malty sweetness, some light lemon

T: slightly astringent at first, but it gives a delicious sour taste that stays for a long time. It's light and lemony.

M: undercarbonated and lacking in body makes this watery

O: enjoyable, but I will never pay $16 for a 750 ml bottle of this again. If given some, I'll enjoy it. The beer has great sour flavor but no depth and it's too watery.

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Photo of liamt07
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Steve, 750ml corked and caged into a tulip. 2012 vintage.

Red in colour with a white ring of head. Light retention. Nose has a weird apricot/peach/dill funk, sweet malty character and light acetic acidity. Upfront acetic tartness on the palate, less fruit character although the qualities are still present. Minimal sweetness to balance, tart well into the finish. Medium feel, medium high carbonation. An interesting beer, something I dwelled on for quite some time.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a blonde ale? Really? Funny...looks rather brown to me. But who cares about the color. We're worried about the flava here. Let's see what's up...

This one is pretty acidic and tart on the mouth. Hits you and makes you pucker. It doesn't really go anywhere on the flavor characteristic, as it's a hit you in the mouth with the sour kind of thing and that's about it. As a sour, it works though. Even a one-dimensional sour is good enough for me. If you're a fan of the style, you will appreciate this I am sure.

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Photo of KDawg
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 into a tulip. Pours a medium gold color with a foamy head.

Very good depth and complex aromas of funk, sour cherries, sour citrus notes, and some tart green apples.

Really good medium body feel with good depth and notes of green apples, sour cherries and sour citrus'

This was a great beer. Got this from a friend and am very glad I got it. Really good depth across the board with a real nice tartness to it.

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Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yellow-orange coloured body with some head. Just delightful summer day beer, with some oak, spice, almost cherry tartness.Lemon, pear, tad of apple. Full mouthfeel. Suitably carbonated, a little aging helped. Thanks WomanCan'tSail. Very good drinkability.
Had a second bottle of Stephen Rich, and t was straight out big sour not as drinkable. Using the former bottle as the review.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma has a lot of sour apple and cherry notes, as well as some biscuit and funk qualities. The flavor is similar. I get some very nice sour fruit (apples, cherries, grapes), as well as some light funk, light leather and a high level of tartness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Very refreshing and easy to drink.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Derek for this one.

The pour is a golden orange color with a a tall white head. There’s a light tartness to the aroma that is quite nice. A good fruitiness to it as well as a bit of malt flavor and sweetness. There is a light flavor of Sweet Tarts to the beer as well as some tart pears, lemons, and apples. A little bit of sweetness and a hint of straw and oak. Light to medium bodied with medium carbonation.

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Photo of decadance
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Inch head with an orangish hue. Yeast looks significantly lively.

S - A bit medicinal, but with a sweet fruit background. Peaches dominate the nose.

T - Not so much vinegar as the nose would lead one to believe. Sour peaches and pears really is what come through. Finishes pretty dry, I am assuming from brett.

M - It has a bubbly feel, but drys out on the finish. Not much lingering on the tongue.

O - Not so tart as to limit drinkability, but also, not very complex. A bit of one note, not my favorite Arbor sour, but a good effort.

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Photo of SpdKilz
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A big thanks to Erik (erikkoppin) for this great beer. Cheers friend!

Appearance – Pours into a tulip with a tawny orange color. About a half finger of head is achieved with a moderate pour that dissipates quickly leaving little head.

Smell – Heavy green grannysmith apple, wet hay, barnyard funk, slight oaky aromas.

Taste – Another beer that tastes quite similar to the aroma. A nice puckering green apple flavor up front which then lends itself to some acidic characteristics. The barnyard funk is definitely prevalent and lends itself to some earthiness. Somewhat one sided.

Mouthfeel – Lighter bodied, decent carbonation, a crisp finish.

Overall – A pretty good sour. I brought this up to Michigan while I am on vacation and coincidentally I found another bottle of this in a local Traverse City beer store. Needless to say I picked up another to sit on for a couple years. Very curious to see how this ages.

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Photo of jale
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy amber with 2 quarters of white head.

S: Sour funkiness, green apple and some oak.

T: Big sour apple, barnyard funk, oak and some earthiness. Not a complex sour.

M: Light body. Slightly grainy. Good carbonation.

O: Solid sour that I will drink again.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ditmier pulled this newbie out at a badass tasting in SLC.. Very cool Eric... this one was on nobody's radar!!

Pours with a lite tannish head.. good lacing and retention.. the brew is pretty hazed lite orange.

Only lightly funky.. descent lemon reminiscent of traditional sours and even some tangerine zest.. Sammy says some Oak is there, but I am having a hard time.

Pretty descent sour backbone that is less than many American sours, but still nice.. the funk is mild and dusty, but definitely present.. sorta heavy fruity... apricot sweetness and something that I describe as grape skin.. good lingering tartness.. with late pours, I get some nice oak.. but it seemed really tame when warmer.

Body is a tad more than I like... I think it lended too much toward the sweetness to really make the bugs come out.. still a pretty descent carbonation... I would buy this or even trade for it just to forget about it for a couple years.

Thanks again Eric.. I appreciate you hanging on to this one.

All 3.5

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Arbor Brewing Sodibo Barrel Aged Blond Ale (Sour Series) from Arbor Brewing Company
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