Sweet & Sour

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Wild Ale
Ranked #1,474
Ranked #30,294
3.78 | pDev: 18.78%
Very Good
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GuzzLah from Illinois

3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a hazy light orange with a white head, some lace and plenty of bubbles. Chunks of yeast on the first pour with half a bottle left.

S - green apples and high quality skunk bud, but don't confuse this with the aroma of a dank IPA.

T - tastes like a semi sweet Gueuze with green apples and a mild, pleasant skunky-ness in the flavor, but it's not like drinking a Heineken.

M - medium body with a lively carbonation. Moderately tart and slightly sweet.

O - it didn't taste like I had anticipated, but I was pleasantly surprised with what it is. A semi sweet Gueuze that swapped the barnyard for some skunk bud. Not a good value, but it was a pleasure to try. The bottle is 2+ years old and I think the age helped this one.

Mar 19, 2013
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laituegonflable from Australia

3.29/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a golden champagne colour, light bead feeding a fairly stagnant head. White, with decent lacing. Standard.

Smell tart. Belgiany. Sharp vinegary acidity, touch of lemon and some Barnyard funk as well. More than tart and more than spice, the essence of weirdness itself. Nice, though. Subtly sweet.

Taste is...ummm... smokey? Where the hell did that come from? Tart, balsamic and grapefuit upfront; touch of pearl barley in the middle then weird, woody smoked bacony goodness at the back. Not really a perfect mesh, and what's exciting and novel at first soon becomes quite incongrous. Odd.

Sharp tartness upfront on the feel, levels off towards the end. Not bad.

An experimental brew, it would appear. Doesn't really work for me, I'm afraid.

Mar 19, 2013
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Evil_Pidde from Sweden

1.33/5  rDev -64.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1

A: Pours hazy pale orange with a medium off-white compact head. Rather rich lacings.

S: Brett!!! But sadly enough also an acetone-like smell overpowers almost everything else. Citric notes way in the back.

T: Still "acetonic". Very acidic, it feels alomst like a funky wine. I can't find anything besides the acetone.

M: Aftertaste is sour and quite short (thank God!). Body is medium and carbonation mild.

O: I have my doubts about this bottle; either this is a crappy beer or else they didn't rinse the bottle after cleaning it...

Jan 25, 2013
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lacqueredmouse from Australia

4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased for me by @LaitueGonflable, so I thought it was only fair to crack it open with him, and the freeloading @tobeerornottobe.

Pours a rather gloomy burnt orange hue, with a fine but insubstantial white head. Lacing is patchy, but solid where the loops stick. Body looks pretty solid and the carbonation is nigh-on static. Not bad at all.

Nose is clean, and tart with some green apple coming through along with a weird fudgey sweetness. Oddly rounded, with a slightly meaty hint like honey-soy chicken. Oh my, this is an odd and disturbing beer—and that's just how I like them.

Taste starts with a peppery astringency and a hint of limey acidity. Then, whack-bang out of nowhere comes a smoked character that ensures that all bets are off. Did I say this was odd and disturbing before? I didn't even know what an odd and disturbing beer tastes like then. The smoke tingles on the back, but the green-apple acidity still manages to stalk through the haze, leaving a really rather unsettling combination. Whoa, indeed.

Feel is light and spritzy, which is just so weird and off the wall—so I guess it fits in with the rest of the beer.

Bloody hell but Haand do some fascinating things with beers. What's astonishing is how well they seem to work. This is weird, abrasive and makes me want to have a little confused cry in the corner.

And yet I love it.

Nov 11, 2012
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dgilks from Australia

3.05/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy dark golden colour with no head. Okay but nothing special.

Pineapple and light balsamic vinegar. Quite acid but one-dimensional.

Sweet on the palate with a lactic and acetic tartness that sort of cuts through. Some berry fruits. Okay but it is not great.

Medium body with moderately-high carbonation.

It's just not that good. The fruit, sweetness and acid lack interest, complexity and punch.

Oct 22, 2012
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bluejacket74 from Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle. Served in a Unibroue tulip, the beer pours a hazy golden/orange color with about an inch off-white head that stayed around a little while. There's a decent amount of lacing. The aroma is nice and tart, it smells like citrus and citrus peel, vinegar, peaches, yeast and oak. It tastes like citrus and citrus peel, apricots, oak, green apples and a bit of vinegar. Not as sour as I expected. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a little bit slick and is well carbonated. I think it's a solid, but not impressive brew. For the price, I'm not sure if I'd buy it again or not. $10.98 a bottle.

Oct 12, 2012
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brokensail from California

3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber in color with an off-white head. The nose is quite citric with lots of grapefruit notes. Some tart raisin character and a light lactic quality. The sweetness is a bit more pronounced than expected with some malt and sweet vanilla aromas. Just a touch of oak. The flavor is a bit on the sweet side up front, but the tartness does take over. Initially, caramel and vanilla along with oak. Light lactic and acetic tartness, lots of citric grapefruit notes, and a hint of stone fruit and grape.

Aug 13, 2012
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brentk56 from North Carolina

3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A bit of a gusher out of the bottle, but the pour fails to produce an impressive head; the liquid is a cloudy apricot color and there are floaties that settle on the bottom

Smell: Sweet stone fruit overwhelmed by lactic sourness; decent lacing

Taste: Stone fruit and lactic sourness, off the bat; by mid-palate, the sweetness underneath starts to appear but it is overwhelmed by acetic elements; oak and barnyard funk appear, after the swallow, but the finish has both sweet and sour aspects that linger

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: A nice tug of war between the sweet and sour elements

Aug 11, 2012
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peabody from Kentucky

4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out slightly tan with 1/2 finger of off-white suds. Some lacing around the Stange.
Smell is sour wood and malt sugars. Mostly a sour malt aroma with little to no alcohol present.
Taste is malty and slightly sour. Not a brett sour, just a wood type of sour. No alcohol here either.
Mouthfeel is very clean and only the bitterness remains for just a bit then vanishes.
\Overall this is a good sour and I will be buying this again.

Jul 19, 2012
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thagr81us from South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared this one during aasher’s wedding week celebration! Served from bottle into a Boulevard tulip. Poured a fluorescent orange with a two finger white head that subsided to a half finger slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, sour, tart, citrus, citrus rine, and wood. The flavor was of sweet malt, sour, citrus rine, citrus, fruit, wood, tart, and subtle funk. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. There was just something about this one that made it so easy to drink. Usually most brews like this don’t have a lot of complexity going on and are rather tart/sour to the point where they cover up a lot of the more modest flavors. However, this one allowed them to shine through while still carrying the tart/sour aspect. Definitely a must try if you have not done so already.

Jul 06, 2012
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AgentMunky from New York

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a half-litre bottle into a Koningshoeven chalice.

A: Foam bubbles from the bottle, but forms a rather anaemic head in the glass. Clearish hazy gold with some bubbles. Light lacing.

S: Some straight up Brett and not a lot else. Mayhap that was a bit hasty. Nice fruit, deep red wine (pinot noir).

T: Excellently positioned between repugnantly and intriguingly sour. Really funky. Really sour. Rather strong. Definitely wild. Aged in oak barrels, and I guess it shows. An almost wine-like influence, though I credit the yeast, not the barrels.

M: Puckery-dry, sort of refreshing.

O: Good beer! Not sure I'd have another one, but I'm glad I tried this. Tentatively recommended. A sipper.

Jul 04, 2012
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wethorseblanket from California

3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy yellowish orange with an initial 1-inch white head which fades to a thin cap and along the rim leaving trace lace.

N: Citrus orange, oak tannins, floral, and grassy with a whiff of must.

T: Phenolic, tannic bite, plastic notes. Mildly sour.

M: Medium carbonation and lite body. Tannic and mildly sour.

O: Almost no sweetness and not to sour. The plastic flavors were unpleasant. Not worth it.

Jun 24, 2012
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ADZA from Australia

3.57/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Been wanting to try this for a while and now finally get to and when i crack open the cap it wants to gush out a little bit and with a gentle pour its a murky apricot hue with a frothy three finger head that settles down and leaves lacing everywhere,the smell is the usual suspects with aromas of sweaty socks,wet hay,barnhouse funk with also a touch of sweet mango underneath it all,the mouthfeel is really thin and abit too light and the taste is like the name says its sour while still having that underlying sweetness it starts with hints of vinegar,barnhouse funk,sour cherries,floral zest,a touch of that mango i smelled earlier and finished quite bitter and sour and overall i dont know about this one its definately not something you would sit down and drink more than one of but its not that bad either i think im still abit on fence with this one.

Jun 22, 2012
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Jugs_McGhee from Louisiana

3.15/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

1 pint .9 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the style - which I'm in the perfect mood for - and the brewery. No best before or bottle on date.

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Not paired with food.

A: Pours a two finger head of biege colour, nice cream, pretty good thickness, and great retention for the high ABV. Colour is a somewhat vibrant nontransparent copper. No yeast particles are visible, though that can be explained by the nontransparency. Non-opaque. No bubble show.

Sm: Oak, heavy wild yeast, some funkiness, clean malts, berry, cream, and hints of bacteria. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Nicely sour, but the oak doesn't sit nicely alongside the wild yeast notes. Indeed, they clash. Some cream and berry. The oak is just too damned overbearing, ruining the balance. Clean malts support the sourness nicely. Any subtlety is destroyed by the oak. Complex enough. Structurally imbalanced, with oak dominant in the first half and sourness fighting it in the second.

Mf: Coarse and wet, with some nice cream. Overcarbonated and sharp. Too thick and coarse. Doesn't suit the style or the flavours at all.

Dr: This would probably be far better without the oak aging. Maybe even cherrywood would be better. It's a nice little brew, but suffers from its balance problems. I might get it again with some serious age on it, but as is it's overpriced. Other better beers can be had in this style and price range. A decent offering from the brewery.


Jun 19, 2012
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benbazi from California

4.85/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a tulip glass.

Nice hazy orange color, small head that vanished quickly. Lacing is ok.

Sweet aroma, light fruit nice n sour.

Taste of light fruit, tart and some vinegar.

Full bodied mouthfull which was ok, nice carbonation crsip finish.

I really like this beer, definetly try if your into sour beer.

Jun 16, 2012
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ArrogantB from Colorado

2.38/5  rDev -37%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

500ml bottle $12.99 (ouch). Dull orange, slight haze, flakes at the bottom of my wine glass (the fuck?), good bubbly head. Smells like it might be good, sweet but almost has a dusty lambic character, then sweet tarts, smarties, I like the aroma. Flavor is just foul like rancid band-aids, so phenolic, like chewing on an old band-aid, almost intolerable but there is a hint of fruit at the back. AS it warms up it gets a little better with hints of pineapple and brett but ehhh. This tastes sort of bad and given the price point I am feeling pretty foolish right now. I may have to drainpour this and grab a gueuze from the cellar.

Jun 16, 2012
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ccrida from Oregon

3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

50cl bottle poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, Sweet & Sour is a hazy dull gold with a small off-white head that leaves light, foamy lace.

Smell is sweet, sweet tarts candy, and a quinine like minerality.

Taste is starts out pleasantly sweet candy esters but then there is a fairly soapy, bitter sourness with an acrid aftertaste. The drama masks on the label accurately reflect my emotions!

Mouthfeel is dry and light bodied.

Drinkability is pretty good. I like the sweet tarts flavor, and my palate grew accustomed to the acridness. Glad to have tried, but will probably not revisit.

Jun 16, 2012
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mrandypandy from Georgia

3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle received from JP (pullen). Many thanks.

A - Pours a hazy orange, nice white head that hangs around.
S - Sour. Lactic acidity mixed with barnyard funk. Citric.
T - Not as sour as the nose. Tart, earthy, hay, with a citrus finish. Oranges and grapefruit zest.
M - Medium body, good carbonation. Prickly on the tongue.
O - Hadn't really heard much about this brew but I was pleasantly surprised. Granted, there are better sours out there but I would not hesitate to drink this again.

Jun 10, 2012
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msarver16 from Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle (3 times) into a sample 4oz glass.

Light, translucent golden color.

Smells like a funky complex lamic. Decent belgiian yeast and fruity malt notes with funky brett.

Taste is crazy good...this is so incredible. The perfect balance between slighty sour and malty lambic profiles.

A must buy, and (as of now) a really cheap beer when you consider the quality. This beer belongs in my 'best beer ever' conversation.

Jun 08, 2012
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rudzud from Massachusetts

2.71/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked up a bottle of this at the Hill Farmstead retail shop up in Greensboro, VT. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Immediate gusher. Due to this, alot of sediment on the bottom of the tulip the pour is a slightly hazy orange with what had been a massive white creamy head faded into a nice almost full finger dense blanket. Lots of sticky side lacing.

S - Lots of horse blanket barnyard funk on this. No real hops on this, which is to be expected as well. The fruits for me are indiscernible. Almost geueze like.

T - Ugh, not liking this at all. The sourness is there, in spades, which I'm okay with. Its just, tastes incredibly chalky. Theres some faint cherries resulting in an almost cherry tums like flavour. Not quite sure what happened to this bottle but its an absolute nightmare for me. I keep going back to try and find some redeeming qualities to the flavour but...I got nothin. This is is chalky train wreck.

M - Mouthfeel is nice for this style, its got good carbonation. Reaaaally wish it didnt taste like this.

O - Overall, yeah..I feel horrible giving this beer such a low mark. HAS to have been a bad bottle, has to have been. But I have to grade it. This stuff seriously was like chalky tums. I had to drain pour this.

Jun 07, 2012
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MisterClean from California

3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from Craft beer & Wine in Reno. Thanks Ty!

A - Pours golden with an appropriate chill haze and about 2 fingers of frothy white head. Dissipates slow down into a one finger ring. Looks appetizing, but wishing they would have dropped the chill haze out.

S - Horse blanket and white stone cherry aromas. Some pineapple aromas as well, little to minimal hop aromas.

T - Horse blanket and white cherries. IBUs are not very detectable. Some pineapple sweetness/esters coats the tongue in the finish.

M - Light to medium feel and malt dominant. Probably fermented at warmer temperatures as the wild ale yeast leaves a real tangy sourness like a ripe pineapple and horse blanket sour (last summer?)

D - Really good. Assuming haandbryggeriet added some malt extract back in and let the yesat just have its way with the beer from the pineapple and horse blanket esters. I think that is what they ended up wanting to accomplished, so overall pretty good.

May 28, 2012
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avalon07 from South Carolina

4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had an orange color and a cloudy consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. OK lacing.

S: The sweetness permeated the aroma - mostly light, tropical fruits, but also a sour element as well.

T: Tasted of light fruits (a very sweet addition), some yeast, a little malt, and a bit of vinegar. Generally a well-balanced, flavorful beer. Reminded me a little of a gueuze.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth, crisp finish. Surprisingly thick and full-bodied.

O: Kind of an oddball beer, but sweet and enjoyable. Drinkable.

May 24, 2012
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bigfnjoe from Pennsylvania

3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Duvel tulip. Assuming this is a wild, it's just listed as "sour ale" on the bottle. OK then.

A- pours an extremely cloudy shade of orange. Head is about three fingers and white, fades at a decent speed. Sediment everywhere in the beer itself. Very...interesting looking beer

S- very bretty aroma, with some hints of citrus in there. Not bad at all

T- reminds me a little bit of Le Terroir from New Belgium. Nice burst of tropical fruit in the beginning, with some slight tartness at the back-end. A little bit of vinegar as well

M- very thick body for a sour...can't recall a sour with this much mouthfeel.

O- I've had some good stuff from Haand before, and gave this a shot without even seeing a review. It's not necessarily bad, but just a really weird sour...I can't find any information on the beer anywhere, and I'm really wondering just what the hell is in this.

May 22, 2012
Sweet & Sour from HaandBryggeriet
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 45 ratings