Single Barrel Sour | Santa Fe Brewing Company

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Single Barrel SourSingle Barrel Sour

Brewed by:
Santa Fe Brewing Company
New Mexico, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Sour ale aged in bourbon barrels.

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Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 52
Photo of leroybrown10
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy orange in color with no head. Heavy lacto aroma with oak. Mild citrus and hints of bourbon as it warms. Taste much like the aroma, bourbon really coming on as it warms. Medium body with crisp carbonation. Quite sour with strong lingering lacto notes. Overall, very nice beer. Big difference as it warms and bourbon appears on nose and tongue.

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Photo of spoony
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a 750 ml swing-top bottle (2015 vintage) to a goblet glass. Reviewed from notes dated June 7, 2015.

A-The beer is murky and light honey in color. The head is nothing more than a short, white film of foam that fades quickly to nothing and leaves no lacing. A few fine bubbles crawl up the glass.

S-The aroma is pretty sour with some white wine, peach, white grape, and vinegar flavors. Mildly funky and a bit sulphuric.

T-The taste is fresher and more fruit forward than smell. Some tart peach and apricot flavors come to mind. There is still some white grape and a vinegar flavors going. The finish dries out a bit. A touch of oak and funk too.

M-The feel is a little watery with a lower level of carbonation.

O-This is a decent sour beer with some nice fruit action. I don't know that I would hunt this one down, but I could easily see drinking this with some creamy camabert or similar cheese and enjoying it. Also, contrary to the description, this beer is NOT aged in bourbon barrels, but in oak barrels intended for Chardonnay wine according to Santa Fe Brewing.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.26/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a clear gold with a foamy bone head that fades to nothing. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour with malt, funk, and vinegar aromas. Taste is much the same with sour malt, vinegar, fruit, and funk flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable but I am getting vinegar qualities in both the smell and taste.

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Photo of Tone
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy, copper color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of liquor, wood, alcohol, tartness, hint of hop, and slight sweet malt, Fits the style of an American Wild Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is also a strong tartness and slight dryness. Tastes of tartness, hint of hops, slight liquor, slight wood, strong alcohol, and slight sweet malt. Overall, weak appearance, but good aroma, feel, body, and blend. Not quite as complex as I would have liked, but still well blended.

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Photo of mverity
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy light gold color, very thin off white head, thin collar. Aroma is tart, dry, grassy some diacetyl that presents itself as green apple. Taste is very similar: grassy, tart, dry and a touch of sour funk. Very light body, tartness is enjoyable on the tongue, light-medium carbonation.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.2/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

an interesting beer, highly hyped after the reception of their kriek. from what i understand this is one of their first forays into wild ales, so some flaws are excusable, but this is brutally overpriced at over 20 bucks a bottle. at that price its a real letdown. blonde in color, clear for the most part, and only showing a half inch of white head that fades fast. a peculiar nose that is both tart and sweet, sweetness from the bourbon barrels i gather, but i don't get anything else from the barrel in nose or taste. first sip the huge body jumps out at me, its tough to swallow, being acidic and sweet at the end, its a strange mouthfeel, a little sloppy really, and just not that sour. all in all, i found this beer to be devoid of much real flavor. an introductory sour maybe, for those that don't like all the dry acidity, but you can't make an introductory sour cost so much, people won't go for that, as least i don't think they will, or should, i don't know, but i was unimpressed for the most part. exposed alcohol too, this may do well with a little age, but as it a stands now it is utterly forgettable. frustratingly costly and unremarkable.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.89/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 25.3 ounce bottle with the swing top cap into a Belgian tulip glass.

The pour produces very little head and only after I more aggressively pour does it leave a half finger thick head that is fizzy and champagne-like and immediately dissipates. The liquid is copper orange and shows slight carbonation, golden hues and some transparency.

The nose is very sour and tart and there are some fruity notes I get immediately. The fruity smells remind me of apricot and peach and other orchard-like gems. There is also slight yeastiness.

Very little variation emerges on the tongue, but what I do get, I like. There's still some peachiness, but of the tart variety like when the fruit isn't entirely ripe. I do get hints of sweet berry in there as well.

I really enjoy the way this beer drinks. It's slightly creamy, alternately tart and bittersweet, and there is some airy effervescence in there as well.

This is a good beer and I could certainly enjoy it again, however, I have reservations about such a pricey beer that doesn't necessarily offer the complexity you'd expect given the price tag.

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Single Barrel Sour from Santa Fe Brewing Company
3.76 out of 5 based on 52 ratings.
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