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Sour In The Rye | The Bruery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States
thebruery.com

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.

Added by womencantsail on 08-09-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#486
Reviews:
305
Ratings:
2,484
pDev:
8.82%
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -13%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of jaydoc
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.66/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap for Churchill's Renaissance at Churchill's Pub & Grille in San Marcos, CA.

Pours a murky dark gold with a beige head that fades to nothing. Thin streaks of lace drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is all kinds of funky, sour, and tart with a nice fruity presence as well. Taste is outstanding and is a perfect translation of the smell made better. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is an excellent sour that is just super tasty and super easy to drink.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.67/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brown-carmel color with orange tones.

Great mouthfeel with big bold flavors, body and mouthfeel.

Carmel, cherry, brown sugar, tart cooked citrus and wine vinegar. A big cocoa tart character that rocks. I don't know how you pull off a big "cocoa" sour but it works, with that big cherry undertone. Big rye character comes through in all respects.

Nice pucker factor and an over all wonderful drink.

Patrick, Tyler et al continue to produce some of the tastiest stuff around.

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4.04/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

this one is really really sour, and I like it a lot. the pour is cloudy and orange, looking more like funky soda than beer, with its huge bubbles rushing to the surface and fizzy white head. the nose is pungently sour, holy cow! wow, I don't smell hardly any rye malt, or really anything much but lacto acidic sourness and tangerines, a funny combo for a beer I expected to be far more woody. the taste is also sour all the way through, but there is a dab of rye spice right in the middle, which makes for a unique sensation in the mouth. my roommate jeff described it as a mega sour warhead candy, which isnt that far off. there is also a ton of fruit to the finish of this, not sweet at all, but almost like if sour patch kids were made from real fruit like cranberries and oranges. tart and sour at the same time, not as bretty or oaky as it might have been, but the sour lingers on long after the beer is swallowed. this one came across a little sloppy to me compared to say the white oak or the smoking wood, which to me are calculated masterfully. this is a bit more hodgepodged, but it ends up being a pretty tasty final product. dry in feel, medium in body, excessively carbonated. all up this is something very unconventional, and if you like sours give it a shot. price point is brutal though, being over 20 bucks.

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4/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.31/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This poured out as a hazy amber color with a thin white head on top. The retention and lacing fade completely. The smell of the beer has a heavy amount of funk and tart fruity aromas. The taste is very big, lots of sour fruity flavors followed up with a malty rye finish. The mouthfeel is slightly creamy and dry, nicely carbonated. Smooth and drinkable. Overall this beer is very good. There is a light medicinal taste I'm getting the more it sits on my tongue, regardless still worthy of trying.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.16/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is clear amber orange in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that died down, leaving a patch of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of sourness and oak are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has some faint hints of cherries and spices towards the finish.
M: It feels a little more than light-bodied and rather tart on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is quite easy to drink for a sour beer but is pleasant to sip.

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4.24/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very few beers strike the palate with the perfect complement of sour, earth, fruit and spice. But its good news that one such beer is made in California and I'm fortunate enough to taste a sip from now and then.

Its turbulent pour leads to a quick separation of hazt golden-orange beer to anchor and a frothy and airy eggshell-white foam.Its retention is strong as is its intricate lacing patterns.

Piercing sharpness reaches the nose with lime, white wine vinegar, sour grapes and crab apples. As its mere scent locks up the jowls, other musty wood, cork, sweaty, cellar and sea air scents waft about to deliver savory and earhty impressions heading into taste.

Its raw earthiness is spicy and rustic as the rye grains complement a dry, lighlty toasted crouton taste, but with all that acidity building above. Just into the taste, the lime, apple skin and sour grape flavor takes hold and easily topples its early malt complement. Quickly developing into dries lemons, limes, apple and spiced pear, its the sourness of apple cider vinegar and light must that stems from the clean lactic sourness that finishes its taste.

Only a whisper of attic wood and lime extend, even though the ale starts out light and obviously acidic. As the malt support fades, the ale prances on with wine-like balances and textures, until a quick finish is mineral-rich and with earthen spice.

The taste of rye and sour is a challenging attempt as both types are highly polarizing and not widespread just yet. But its added complexity is undeniable taste that's salty, briney and deeply earthen.

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4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle, the final veritable Yankee (in an overall sense, don't put that Civil War era shit on me!) offering for me tonight, in deference to the celebrations going on south of the border today and tonight.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium rusty brick amber colour, with two fingers of tightly foamy, wanly creamy dirty white head, which leaves a few instances of pencil-drawn mountain range lace around the glass as things sink away.

It smells of sour, tart, indistinct orchard fruit - maybe cherry, maybe some apricot - but it's all really just basic acetic acid to me, baby, with a mildly funky, kind of cheesy yeastiness, bready pale grainy malt, and battered leafy hoppiness straining to be seen and heard (or I guess, olfactorily relevant). The taste is a big ol' smack upside the palate - pungently sour, acidic 'fruit' esters, acetic acid overload, with some emerging cherry fruitiness (the kind with an actual sugar component, though still quite understated at that), some relatively mild lactic funk, a grainy maltiness that strains hard to show off the inherent spice rye character, and equally burdened leafy, grassy hops.

The carbonation is mildly peppy, nothing really worthy, heft-wise, of challenging that acerbic attack on the tongue, the body medium-light in weight, and not really all that smooth - see everything written here thus far for a clue. It finishes pretty dry, the emasculated fruity tartness, and (possibly) lingering hops really holding it over any malty aspirations.

If there is to be a new world challenger to the throne of Cantillon, then this may be it. It's a little too bad that they had to throw in a rye component here, because it sadly goes unloved, seeing as it doesn't prick the tongue as harshly as the yeast and acid so capably do. Once acclimated, a caveat hardly used this side of the pond, this is generally palatable, but methinks for the wrong reasons, at least a tad, I suppose.

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3.88/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle acquired for $21.00 at my local SoCal beer store. 7.8% ABV confirmed. 750ml brown glass bottle with standard unbranded gold pressure cap served into a Mitchell's of Lancaster flared stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high; I usually like the sours that The Bruery makes.

Served cold, straight from the fridge per the label's instructions (45 F). Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger beige-light khaki colour head of nice cream, good thickness, and good (~4-5+ minute) retention. Light even lacing as the head recedes. Body colour is a vibrant glowing yellow-orange. Nontransparent. Translucent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Generally appealing for what I assume is essentially a sour blonde. No overt flaws are noticeable. It's appealing; I'm excited to try it.

Sm: Spicy rye. Pale malts. Bright fruit esters - maybe peach? Lemon/orange citrus acidity. Light lacto yeast notes provide most of the sourness. A bit of white grapeskin. Some green apple and apricot. I struggle to find any oak or wood notes. A nicely subtle, inviting aroma of moderate strength. No alcohol is detectable.

T: Lacto sourness fills it out nicely. Pale malts and rye malt comprise the body, with a subtle hint of spice. Lovely fruity notes, including apricot, white grapeskin, green sour apple, and lemon. Love the acidity. A bit of oak on the finish, but it's largely uninteresting. A bit of crystal malt. Lovely balance and build, but it doesn't bring a whole lot of complexity to the table. It's nicely subtle, however. I'm really enjoying it. Some bready grains enter in the late second act; I didn't notice this initially but picked it up when it warmed. It truly is a better beer cold. Not pucker-worthy, but sour enough to repel newcomers. It's all lacto - and that's fine by me. The rye doesn't seem to add much by itself, a bit of spice and some ragged malts but little else. All around a tasty if shallow brew with an impressive balance. Very good stuff.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with a near perfect body. Nicely soft. Lovely acidity. Carbonation is ideal. Complements the flavour profile very well; I'm impressed. Doesn't get in the way. Luscious and approachable, easing the drinking experience. Great plump presence on the palate.

Dr: Quite drinkable, especially for the high ABV. I really love this stuff, but it's not without its flaws. Another solid albeit overpriced sour from The Bruery. I'd try it at a better price on draught, but it's a bit steep as is. Still, this is quality stuff and I love the experimentation with rye. Really well done.

Serve cold; this falls off as it warms.

B+

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4/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.16/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy tawny brownish orange color, compact head of off white foam leaves behind some spotty lace in the glass. Trails of tiny carbonation feeding into the head around the sides, decent retention.

Sharp acidic aroma, sour fruit, namely grapes.

Lots of tannic grapeskin in the taste, bracing acidity that gets the salivary glands into overdrive. Fruity and sour with some acetic acid and malt character in the middle. Dry and puckering, medium bodied with balance carbonation. Overall nice to try, though not overly complex, it supplies the sour fix.

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4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a cloudy apricot color with a nice head that fritters away, leaving a few splotchy lace patterns

Smell: Acetic lemon tartness, with an oaky aspect; stone fruit elements underneath

Taste: Aggressively tart, at the outset, with acetic lemon flavors scalding the tastebuds; in the middle, stone fruit flavors (peach and apricot) and a hint of vanilla round out the profile somewhat, with the oak adding some wood in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; somewhat creamy (the result of the rye) and very puckery

Overall: I would like to see something more in the middle with this beer to balance out the acetic tartness but I suspect many sour lovers would disagree as it certainly hit the hot buttons for a tongue assault

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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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4/5  rDev -7.2%

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