Sour In The Rye | The Bruery

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Sour In The RyeSour In The Rye

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
We brewed this ale with around 40% rye as a base malt and let our sour yeast and bacteria eat away at it in oak barrels for over a year creating a sour ale with a complex character of rye spice, oak and a subtle funk.

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Photo of JPond4
5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer was phenomenal. I was fortunate enough to get a bottle last night, and wasn't sure what to expect, but it was amazing. Do yourself a favor, and if you see it pick up a bottle.

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Photo of bnes09
5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Special beer here. Pours a brilliant caramel color with off white head and plenty of lacing. Aroma of dark fruit, hint of rye spice, oak, vanilla and malt vinegar. As it warms, aromas of small batch rye whiskey hit the nose. Assertive acidic bite hits the tongue right away. Vinegar and lactic tartness. Caramel and dates sweeten and balance. Minimal hop presence as expected. Smooth yet mildly spicy rye whiskey oak tones mellow, add complexity and blend the flavors together. Finishes with a candy like quality: molasses? As it warms finish adds sea salt characteristics tasting like salted caramel. Medium to full body. Perfect carbonation brings all the flavors to the palate one at a time then blends them all together in the finish. Slightly dry yet sticky from all the malt. Overall, not much else I can say but a flawlessly executed barrel aged sour. Would love to see what a few years of cellaring would do to this blessing from the beer gods.

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Photo of Beerlover
5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got this one on the last Wisconsin beer run.

A: pours a hazy apricot orange color with a slight brownish tinge, thin off white khaki head, quickly dissipating.
S: Wow. the aroma's of sourness in this beer are so strong I can almost taste it!! It makes my nostrils pucker if that is even possible. All sour fruit here.
T: Most. sour. beer...EVER! To me with sours, the more sour the better, Cuvee Jacobins being my favorite up until now, this is EXTREAMLY SOUR! As much as I love the sour in this beer I wish the rye was more pronounced but I still rate it a perfect five because of how incredible the sour is. After the first sip I waited a while, after 20 to 30 seconds this mellow sweet/sour fruit aftertaste covers your palate...then fades away, then intensifies again after about 45 seconds...this is glorious!!
M: perfect a slight tangy carbonation but not more than a low/medium. full bodied and awesome.
O.A. definitely worth ever dollar, with I had a few more bottle for the cellar and wanting to seek out more by these guys, a bit spendy but sure beats many other sours I've had for the same price or more!

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Photo of Kjanisch7
4.99/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

MIND-BLOWING. I've drank around 10 bottles of this beer, and each time I have it, it's the same reaction; brilliant.

A: Striking orange-gold combo.

S: Vinegar-citrus awesomeness. Super tarty smell that sets you up for what you're about to drink.

T: BOOM. Huge hits of tarty goodness and citrus. So well rounded and beautiful your head may explode.

M: Perfection in the carbonation department. Well-balanced all the way through. Each sip gets better and better. When the end of the bottle comes, you want to cry.

D: Usually too many sours in one day will upset my stomach, but if I had a large supply of this beer, I could probably clean it all out. Soured perfection.

If you haven't had it, GET IT NOW.

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Photo of hagbergl
4.97/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I purchased a 2011 bottle of the Bruery's Sour in the Rye at the Craft Beer Cellar in Belmont, MA on the advice of one of the store's owners. And thank God I took their advice. Served in my Rodenbach Grand Cru glass.

Appearance (4.5/5): Sour in the Rye pours a translucent orange/copper and is topped by a bubbly off-white head. Reddish highlights. Visible carbonation and is apparently effervescent. Very nice looking sour, indeed. I also love the Bruery's labels.

Smell (5/5): Rising from the glass are some flat out outrageous sour tones–vinous, a touch of cherry, apricot, and vinegar. The barrel-aging also comes through, with some wood and a hint of rye spice added to the aroma. This one is QUITE complex in the aroma, as you might expect from such a wild creation–a sour rye beer inoculated with some funky yeast strains.

Taste (5/5): The taste is no letdown. Extremely tart vinous, apricot, vinegar. Rye spiciness is there but not very intense. It takes a back seat to the sour yeasty flavors, which are really the stars of this show. The rye does compliment the sourness well. Citrus flavors of lemon and grapefruit lurk in this complex brew as well. Some toasty grain comes on late, but it's submerged shortly thereafter by the immense, Warhead candy-like sourness that lingers on and on. Divine flavor.

Mouthfeel (5/5): One word: puckering! Good medium-high carbonation. Medium-light body. Wonderful champagne-like effervescence. The sourness of the beer really coats the mouth and lays the smackdown on your palate.

Overall (5/5): This is undoubtedly one of the best sour ales I have ever had. Perhaps only bested by the Bruery's Oude Tart, it is a beer to seek out if you're into the sour stuff.

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Photo of hansblitz
4.93/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

I'm a sucker for sour beers, and this may be the best one i have ever had. I am currently enjoying a 750ml bottle, but i have also had thison tap at the porter in atlanta.

Ruby/rust in color with little head.

Tart in the best way, sort of like unripe fruit. Lots of wood, vinegar, berry aftertaste.

I use this site often but rarely review beers, i love this beer.

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Photo of psumjl269
4.9/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is my favorite sour beer and it's not even really close. The Bruery makes three of the best sours I've ever had: this, Tart of Darkness, and Oude Tart. What sets this beer apart from all the rest is just how sour it actually is. Think jowls watering sour. I had this fresh on tap and I've had it in bottles and there was no distinguishable difference for me.

The price is high, but to me, worth it and I'd put down $20 for a 750ml anytime.

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Photo of cbutova
4.85/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A- Fairly muddy appearance to the medium orange amber body. Fizzy and foamy head rises up to over a finger with pretty good retention. Small belt leaves spotty lacing.

S- One of the best non-fruit sour aromas out there. Holy hell it feels like the most underripe sour stone fruits were concentrated a thousand times and squeezed into a bottle. Apricot and sour plum with a huge punch of lactic acid. Hints of wine and wet oak.

T- The vinous sour pale grape tones come out quite a bit but the star of the show remains the lactic acid, funk and stone fruit goodness. Sour plums, apricots, apple, peaches and general underripe stone fruits. Oak tannins, vanilla degraded wood, tons of lactic and a slight bit of acetic acid.

MF- Medium bodied for the style with a very slick coating left all over the mouth. Low-medium carbonation with a silky foamy texture. Finishes very sour.

Oh boy. This beer only seems to grow into more of a masterpiece every time I drink it. Sublime sour plum, apricot and grapes coat the palate supported by wet oak and heavy acidity. Beats out a vast majority of the super limited sours out there without a doubt.

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Photo of MacQ32
4.85/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A - pours a golden straw hazy amberish color with a finger of light tan head decent retention and good lacing

S - Lots of sour fasntasticness! Citrus lemon and reminiscent of vinegar. Mild woody/oaky aromas

T - Amazing sour puckering and citrusy punch. Lingers and lingers. Absolutely fantastic

M - lightish bodied and perfectly carbonated

O - absolutely amazing, pick it up. Top 3 sours for me personally.

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Photo of joesmithrealname
4.85/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

I am the guy who has ONE beer a night.

It'd better be good.

This was...'nuff said.

$10 10oz snifter @ MAXBURGER Longmeadow, MA


Especially think the Cider Bandwagon should venture this way.
I'm sure it's not the healthiest beer, but, I hit the gym today.
The best beer for my dollar at this establishment? Maybe not, but I don't budget my pleasures that way.
This was today, this was my beer, this was a good choice.

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Photo of SeatsTaken
4.84/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pour: Poured into a tulip glass. Appearance is deep glowing amber in color with half an inch of head.

Aroma: Extremely oaky with notes of tart berry, spice rack and sour citrus. This beer smells wild, sour, and also has crispness on the nose.

Taste: Upfront sour taste. There is green apple, sour grapes and the tartness of lemon-lime. I taste a flavor reminiscent of an extremely fruit-forward Pinot Noir. The middle is dominated with a sharp rye and oak flavor. The finish is deliciously tangy and sour without being overstated. It is a beautiful melding of flavors.

Mouthfeel: Heavy carbonation and extremely crisp.

Overall: One of the most delicious sour beers I have ever tasted. The smell is delightfully crisp and the sourness is intense, but not over powering. The aroma is the perfect spoiler-free trailer for this blockbuster of a beer. I recommend this beer to anyone who enjoys sours and will definitely be buying several more.

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Photo of nycwinter
4.82/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from my RS initiation allocation poured into a Bruery tulip glass. What else would I pour this into?

A=Little head and carbonation to speak of, lest you swirl vigorously. Color is a caramel orange and pale yellow on the borders.

S= Mostly vinegar or white wine sour notes up front. The overall nose is weighed heavily by sweet honey and brown sugar covered cherries with oak undertones. It smells so freakin' yummy!

T= Dry sour lemon juice hits the tongue first. A mildly spicy vinegar tinge coats the tongue in the middle and lasts throughout. The sweetness in the nose does not stand up in the taste very much, but there is a sense of fresh cherries or sour grapes present.

M= Lighter than expected considering the absence of effervescence. Possibly due to the overall super-dryness. Puckering sourness leaves you thirsting for more. And that's why we like these sours, right?

O= I could drink this beer all the time. So sour, so pleasantly sweet on the nose, and just right in the ABV realm. One of the best Bruery creations yet.

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Photo of Gsantollo
4.79/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The Sour that started it all!!!! For me at least. This is the beer that opened my eyes and has made me want to try all the sours in the world. I have travel the sour world around and still have no problem paying through the nose for this one. It's always a good night with one of these guys.

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Photo of AdamBear
4.77/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-dark orange with a nice cream colored head

S-wow this tingles the nose! Really sour smelling! There are also some caramels, biscuity scents, and lemon. Quite mouth watering! Some oak flavoring

T-comes in with a super tart flavor of aged peppercorn and biscuits, light on the pepper. This tingles the mouth. It's a super strong and creamy flavor. The end has quite a quality flavor of dark fruits. This is a fantastic beer!!

M-medium creamy carbonation with a nice tart and creamy finish

O-one of the best wild ales I've ever had. The quality in this sort of ale does not get higher. Tying new Bruery beers is such a joy, and beers like this remind me why it's one of my favorite breweries. I was craving a wild ale, and this beer will keep me satisfied for a long time.

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Photo of Wolfpack2005
4.76/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 11/12. Drank from a Kuhnhenn snifter

A-Deep hazy orange with an amber tint. Two finger head that left a small amount of lacing.

S-Tart aroma upfront with notes of cherries, oak, and a little funk.

T-Nice vinegary tartness upfront that fades nicely into a subtle spiciness from the rye. Also picking up a mild cherry and caramel sweetness with hints of funk and oak. That tartness comes back at the end of the taste and leaves a bone dry finish.

M-Moderate body and carbonation levels. Extremely dry almost champagne like mouthfeel.

O-Excellent AWA. Great balance of flavor and tartness. Probably pick up a few more of these to see what a little age does to them.

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Photo of ckollias
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Enjoyed this bottled brew out a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a cloudy orangish hue with a thin white head that quickly dissipates into a wispy lace leaving a decent trail.

S: Extremely sour and tart aroma.

T: Similar to the smell there is an extremely tart and sour flavor.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Amazing sour brew!

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Photo of winningwes91
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a nice hazy yellowish orangish color. Aromas are already flying out of the bottle. Smells of tart apples, white wine, vinegar, and grapes. Taste is mouth puckering! Opens up the palate with green apple and wine. Dry, champagne-like aftertaste. Excellent stuff.

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Photo of JGuzzle
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2015 vintage. I love sours and this one is often regarded as one of the best. Finally got around to trying it. Splurged for the $20 for a bomber. The high price tag is probably the only drawback of this beer.

Tastes is awesome. A perfect sour with a perfect marriage of tart, funk, and oak. Zero "booziness" which is very impressive for a beer over 7%. An iconic brew and a must try.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.73/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The Bruery Sour in the Rye 2013 Edition has a medium, soapy, off-white head, a milky, quite bubbly, orange appearance, and some lacing left on the glass, but not a whole lot of it. The aroma is of sourness, sour fruit, white bread, old wooden furniture, and dust on old furniture. Taste is of Sweet-Tarts candy, duck sauce, white bread, citrus, old wood, stomach acid, vanilla, and a background bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy and slick, and Sour in the Rye (2013) finishes semi-dry, easy drinking, sour, and interesting. Exquisite!


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Photo of Hopstuff
4.71/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Oh My! The Bruery has knock it out of the park. This beer gets started from its sexy looks, then draws you near with its insanely amazing odors. Then you actually get to drinking it, and I have never tasted a beer that so completely encompasses your entire mouth. From front to back this little bad boy reels you in. I have never tasted a mid-section so complete and mind blowing. From its parts that are amiable and tender like a cider, to that last little note of twangieness flexing that tiny muscle under your jaw bone; this bitch comes through like clutch free throw shooter being giving the ball in the last seconds of the game. You know they are going to foul, but you know those points are as good as already on the board.

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Photo of Damian
4.71/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Drink from a 1 pint 9.4 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Craft Beer Cellar, Belmont, MA
2014 edition
Served in a tulip

The beer poured a brilliant, crystal clear, orangey-amber color and was topped by an inch tall, foamy, off white crown. Odd shaped patches of lacing trickled along the glass. The head faded to a thick, lasting ring.

The aroma was amazingly tart and complex. Almost lambic-like. Super oaky and musty with loads of funk. There was an intense dry yeasty quality as well. Notes of brett were apparent. Some fruitiness came through as well. Cherries were detectible.

The flavor profile was very similar to the nose, except perhaps a bit fruitier. Sour, funky and slightly musty with intense sour cherry notes. Touch of raspberry perhaps. Loads of brett-like tartness and oak/barrel character. The beer was anchored by a bready malt backbone which lent the beer a subtle sweetness. Lemon notes came through in the center. Crisp with a touch of vinegar-like acidity. The beer finished quite dry with notes of oak and tannins. All in all, really interesting and balanced.

The mouthfeel was impressive. Medium bodied for the style. Creamy, slick and smooth. A super fine, moderate effervescence gave the liquid a plush suppleness.

While some reviewers felt that Sour in the Rye is an overwhelmingly sour and acidic wild ale, I found it to be remarkably complex and amazingly well balanced. In fact, this is definitely one of the best wilds I have tried in quite some time. I would love to lay down a bottle or two and see how the beer ages, but my guess is that it peaks after only a year of cellaring.

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Photo of BenwayPHD
4.71/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a hazy light brown red with a thin eggshell white head. The smell is really complex. The first two aromas are a funky sour and wood. There are various unripe fruits. Cherry, apricot, peach. The flavor follows the nose pretty closely, except the barrel is very present. This thing has wood like a french champagne. The mouthfeel is very lively and enjoyable. This is a world class beer.

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Photo of KVNBGRY
4.71/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 bottle

Appearance - Slight haze on an otherwise brilliant golden body. Quickly receding white head, leaves continuous spotty lacing.

Aroma - Vanilla, brett, pear, cider, artificial sweetener

Taste - Sour acidity, oaky vanilla, slight rye spice, hint of leather

Mouthfeel - Puckering, drying, mouthcoating. Perfect carbonation. Enamel, and stomach lining ripping sourness. Light -> medium bodied.

Overall - Sour, barrel aged perfection. Vicious, sour, in your face awesomeness! Not for the faint of heart.

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Photo of Viciousknishs
4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a rustic deep burnt amber color with a healthy finger and a half of white head. Ok retention with a half a finger remaining till the end. Some spotty lacing.

S- lots of acidic tartness in the nose with a touch of sugar. It's a lot like a sour patch kid. Funk, soft oak and horse blanket/barnyard blend in beautifully! Some cinnamon rye spiciness on the back end with some apple vinegar on the finish.

T- big acidic tartness with notes of apple vinegar and lemon peel. Some powdered sugar and gummy candy like a sour patch kid in the middle with notes of rye spice and cinnamon. Soft oak tones and lingering refreshing dry funky finish with a round tartness that lingers into the aftertaste.

MF- slick prickly mouthfeel with a light medium body. Awesome fine carbonation.

D- super refreshing and incredibly drinkable.

Overall an incredible wild ale. Get many if you can!

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Photo of elNopalero
4.69/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to the couple with the bottle of this for the generous pour! Sometimes you gotta just love beer geeks!

This pours a hazy caramel-amber with thin foam. There’s a sharply tart and sour touch of funk, with a hint of wet hay backing it up. Tastes zesty, spicy and vibrant—I know that’s not a flavor description per se but that was what ran through my mind while sipping. This beer definitely lives up to its name as it finishes sour, tart, acidic with a dry end. Wow.

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