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Sour In The Rye | The Bruery

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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.

Added by womencantsail on 08-09-2009

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Photo of SLeffler27
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured clear amber, with a big long lasting head that deposited a coating of fine lace on a snifter glass.

Pungently sour, with lime and earthy oak.

Sourness is powerful at first, but in a mellow way, allowing tangerine and oak flavors to flower, before a long dry tart finish. Warms nicely, but lacks progression.

Surprisingly little carbonation, must have blown off in the head. The body is medium weight, with a velvety texture. It is dry, but short of leaving cotton mouth behind. Alcohol is imperceptible.

Tasted alongside several other sours, this was one of the most enjoyable, for its mellow, yet powerful sourness. One could easily consume this in a session over the course of a few hours.

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Photo of zachthelaxer93
4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of 30helens
4.14/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of helpingphriendlybook
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of target88
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AMarkle6524
4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rodmanfor3
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of myblais
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TomMorris
4.24/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MatthewWalters
4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hozersr
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Vylo
4.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of scottfrie
3.08/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottle into snifter. Either 2011 or 2012 vintage I think. No bottle date.

A: Pours a deep dark burnt amber color with minimal carbonation. Looks a bit like iced-tea, but with a few more bubbles. A fuzzy collar lasted most of the beer through.
S: Heavily oxidized notes dominate. This just smells old and tired. I get notes of sherry, cardboard, and caramel mixed with apple cider vinegar, figs, musty wood, and raisin. Hints of acetic acid mix with the lacto.
T: Rye spice hits first followed by notes of port wine, raisin, apple juice/vinegar, caramel and dates. There is a musty barrel quality throughout, along with a kiss of tart lactic acid. Unfortunately, there is also a bit of harsh acetic acid. Flavors overall are no longer bright, and this mostly just tastes like a caramely apple cider. It’s not an off-putting flavor necessarily, just way different than the fresh beer.
M: Medium-full body, fairly sweet overall with a touch of stickiness, low acidity but what is there is sharp, low tartness that is no longer drying. Carbonation does bubble up on my tongue, but overall it’s fairly low.
O: I’ll have to re-review with a fresher bottle, but this was definitely past its prime. Not necessary bad, just old, muddled, and rough around the edges.

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Photo of stonermouse
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Emoney1975
4.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ludachris
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 bottle.

Its gorgeous amber orange hue is highlighted when held to the light. Streams of carbonation move upwards fast and relentlessly. An inch of frothy, tightly knit cream coloured head retains itself very well.

A lively, tart, saliva-inducing sourness jumps from the glass. Sour cherries dominate with green grape skins also in the forefront. As it warms I get more and more of a zingy spiciness, undoubtedly coming from the large portion of rye malt. Its oaky center is soft and rounded with little sweetness mixed in. Its level of tartness and sour cherry quality brings Rodenbach's Grand Cru to mind.

Its defining sourness becomes more vinous in character. Pinchy green grape skins bring plenty of acidity and a touch of astringency. Sour cherries are layered underneath with just a kiss of sweetness. Soft, creamy oak is a thin, all encompassing veil. Lemon juice takes over the finish with a bit of spicy rye that fleshes things out.

Its medium body is sharp, pinchy and dry; all traits that are imparted by its sourness and really help to elevate it.

This is my first offering from the Bruery I've been able to get my hands on and holy Toledo, what a beer it is. Its intense sourness is nothing like anything I've had before. I'm sure the two years it's spent in my cellar had some influence on this. With that being said, it's still able to maintain a sense of balance and roundness from beginning to end. Exceptional.

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Photo of jophish17
3.43/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of beerthulhu
4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

-2015 vintage. Duvel glass. Warmed to recommended 45F.

A: Dense, vibrant glowing sunset orange coloring is vibrant in the glass with a minimal capping that was light barley in color. Retention was short, as with most per style, with a soft mesmerizing rise of effervesce when backlighted. Clean vessel after consumption.

S: Faint sour fruitiness of cherries, musky grains with some sour green apples. The scent is lighter then expected.

T: High level of sourness for flavor, grapey-cherry is best way to describe this, but very soothing and refined. Acidic nature, very wine like, with a good sting of sourness on the swallow. Bready malts make up the body, with some sour green apple and oaky hints rounding things out. The rye contribution was very minimal at best.

M: Good mouthful, oily, slippery good depth.

O: Very smooth sourness, though a bomber may be a struggle for the novice and intermediate sour drinker. The drink itself was very refined and polished. As with most sours this comes with a hefty price tag, but worth it for the dedicated sour drinker with a good level of intensity and abv% that seems masked behind the sour nature of the drink. Acidic by nature, a bomber is still best shared for enjoyments sake. Only complaint was the rye character seemed very subtle to me which contributed little to the overall factor.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.36/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Kind of a dark color auburn. Tan head, thin. Impressive lace, especially for a wild ale. Nice tart aroma obscures any rye.

Taste, great base first of all, its hearty, almost thick. Lots of sourness, has a mild dark cherry and wet wood vibe to it. Nice warmth. Pretty solid stuff year to year.

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Photo of hop_junkie
4.46/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Parmesan
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Copper color that is a little hazy, large white carbonated head. Nice lacing on glass.

Smell: Sourness, a little bit of funk, some sour fruit

Taste: Starts with a nice tartness, some fruit, including green grapes and a little green apple. Nice sourness in the finish.

Feel: Good sourness, with high carbonation.

Overall: A really awesome sour

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

Photo of Hayes86
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of snaotheus
3.92/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle split between a pair of snifters. Can't find a date on it, except the thing on the label that says "Famille Rue 2015". Bottle poured completely by my wife, but she says there wasn't all that much sediment.

Pours reddish amber, moderately hazy, with a medium sized head and nice, lazy carbonation. Smell is very tart, unripe apricots, not much else.

Taste is pleasantly tart (but not puckering) -- definitely apricot, maybe something green grapey, maybe a little wood, something bright and tropical in the background.

Mouthfeel is very dry, cottonmouthy. Overall, it's not the best, but it's a very good beer.

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Photo of 7Sport
4.57/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sour In The Rye from The Bruery
Beer rating: 4.31 out of 5 with 2,484 ratings
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