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 TreyIsWilson
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2012 Vintage

A - Pours a dark orange with a two-finger dense white head. The head recedes fairly quickly leaving a thin soapy lacing.

S - Aroma of vinegar, sour fruits, and heavy oak.

T - The taste is green apple, sour peach, and lemon with some vinegar and lactic sourness. The finish has some strong oakiness.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Very smooth mouthfeel with a nice dry finish.

O - This is a phenomenal sour. Definetly a must try for sour/wild beer fans.

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Photo of KevChiTown
4.51/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2015 version. The front end is so sour it makes my mouth water instantly. The back end finishes crazy smooth and clean. I get very little spice however, still fantastic. Fun beer to share.

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Photo of tigerhawk
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours beautiful blood orange and amber hue. Nose is lacking. Mouthfeel is full and nice. Enjoyed the settle sour with a rye finish. Excellent beer overall.

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

10oz serving on tap during San Jose beer week. Pours a dirty gold/orange with little head and a touch of lacing. Nose is sour fruits, a touch of vinegar, and very last title Brett funk. Flavor is very straightforward...lactic sour, not much Brett, and some vinous character from the oak. Overall, a bit disappointing based on the good reputation of this beer. I expected more complexity/depth and more on the nose. Overall, merely good.

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Photo of Ri0
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

poured 750 ml bottle poured into a teku. 2015 vintage.

A- Dark orange/amber color with a 2.5 finger off white head. Fades into a thin ring and only leaves traces of lacing.

S - A nice brown sour ale with aromas of sour fruits. Hints of rye emerge along with some woody notes.

T - The sour brown ale is flavored with sour green plum and sour peaches. It is more sour than tart, not much in the way of funk, bit has some woody notes. The spiced rye finish makes it unique.

M - A lighter feel to it with prickly carbonation. Makes you pucker and finishes dry.

O - My first Bruery sour style beer and worth the price once a year. Its impressive that this is a shelf beer available in many states around the county.

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Photo of breadwinner
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I am, admittedly, a bit of a cynic when it comes to The Bruery, but there are time when they absolutely hit it out of the park, and this is one of those times. Great oak notes that mesh with the strength of the rye notes and a tartness that matches in intensity. Surprisingly drinkable too, it sort of reminds of the best New Belgium sour beers, which is a high compliment in my book.

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Photo of CochonKing
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light amber with a two inch fading head. Smells of a typical sour with some lemon peel and a brett like aroma with a strong backing of malt. The taste is incredible. A beautiful sour with a many of the peppery notes I associate with rye. The mouthfeel is great as well, the beer is medium bodied and refreshing on the palate.

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Photo of Roguer
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Darkly reddish amber brew, hazy and translucent. Head retention is decent, leaving a thin film atop the brew.

Very sour aroma, reminiscent of a Flanders Red Ale: vinegar, oak, and grapes. Slight touch of funk.

Flavor follows: sour, fruity, and some more sour. What it lacks in complexity it more than makes up with a strong sourness that somehow retains delicacy and tact. Strong oak notes, and the rye barely manages to make its presence known.

Puckeringly sour, of course; smooth and silky; medium-light bodied with a thick, wet finish.

This is a fantastic sour, and should definitely be a home run with Flanders Red Ale fans (even if it's technically an American Wild Ale).

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

look: hazy orange amber with a full off white head on the pour. Messy lacing that recedes quickly.
smell: Tart and Sour. As it warms i'm getting clove and pepper. Lots happening. Tart cherry and a nice complimenting vanilla.
taste: Quite tart and funky up front. That gives way to many of the flavors in the nose, but reasserts itself in a lingering finish.
Overall: Delicious.

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Photo of uvachief
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft. Little to no head. Orange brown color. Smells of grapefruit and lemons with an orange overtone. Tastes much the same. Makes your mouth pucker and is very tart and dry. Not really my glass of beer. To each his own.

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Photo of utopiajane
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours the color of blush on an apricot. orangey but golden yellow deep inside. Graceful hues adorn the edges of the glass. Head is thin , close to tan and dissolves upon hitting the glass. Some shimmering sheeting lace to slide down the glass as you drink. Nose is fragrant with rye spice. and peaches. Pepper and airy oak. There is a touch of dry sugar scent too and a bit of bread. Taste is sour. It hits the tongue like an explosion of texture. A bright sour unripe peach. A mouthwatering acidity peaks on the palate just as the malts come to the forefront from the body of the beer like an undertow. It's a bit of a surprise actually. How deep the beer is because rye is so crisp and dry to the taste. The breaddiness on the nose develops more and more as the beer warms. The spice from the rye is quite strong and it blends with a light funk. I was expecting a lot more funk but I am glad there wasn't. Finishes with a bit of leather and a body that is surpising full yet crisp lots of fruit and a bit of pepper. carbonation is moderate but not fizzy .

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Photo of AJKing
3.16/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Looks great, clear amberish, with some red. Thin white head that fades. Smells vaguely acidic, but unremarkable. The taste is mostly sweet, with stone fruit overtones, but also features some flowery notes. I was overall unimpressed considering the massive reputation of the beer, but considering what it was I also firmly approved of the acid/sweet. If anything, I was looking for a drier finish and more sour, but that could just be personal bias.

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4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Head is off white, as is the norm for this style of beer. Body is a rich Amber haze. Nose is spectacular with great dynamics. Citrus rind and and passion fruit play big. There are some phelonic breadth notes as well. With first sip you get a tongue painting sour wave. Stone sour cherry skins and wonderful full sour notes throughout. This is a sour bomb in all the right ways.

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Photo of Catracho5
4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle poured into a Belgian tulip

A: Dark orange/amber color with a nice creamy bright white head, head faded after a five minutes, no lacing, not much carbonation, clear.

A: Rye spice, tart, green apples, toffee, green grapes, slight oak, smells really complex, lots of sour fruit aromas.

T: Rye spice, tart funkiness, slight oak, finishes dry, alcohol is barely noticeable, very drinkable, well balanced.

M: Medium mouthfeel with a strong dry finish

O: Very impressed, The Bruery brews really good beers and this one is no exception. If you love sours you must try this beer.

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

Bottle on June 27, 2016. Stored in my cellar between 55-65 degrees F with 30-50% humidity.

Pours a beautiful, hazy, straw-orange color with no head and no lacing.

Smells of lacto and nothing else. The nose is nullified, which is very characteristic of the style.

Tastes of tart malts, sour fruit, sour rye (in a good way! Rye can have characteristics of fruit in bread making and it's the same with beer, however this time it's SOUR and DELICIOUS!)

Feels prickly on the tongue, but viscous on the palate. Drys the mouth out in the finish with the rye.

Amazing rye sour....a fuckin' mazing. I reviewed this 2015 version and this was way better. I'll seek this one out always. Keep doing what you do at The Bruery and I'll keep drinking it!


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Photo of Neorebel
4.59/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This review is for the 2015 version, with new 'Bruery Terreux' branding. Sour in the Rye pours a beautiful auburn color with a thin head. The aroma is exciting, with cherry and apricot notes, as well as cider and vinegar. Myriad tart fruit flavors come through in the flavor, particularly a bit of pleasantly sour grapes. There is a 'flower petal' essence to it and a huge 'barnyard funk' presence. The rye grains are a unique and interesting addition that you can taste clearly. It's quite smooth and refreshing, despite it's fairly high ABV for the style. Overall, one of my favorite sours- a must try!

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Photo of TruePerception
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bruery's Sour in the Rye 2015, sour rye ale aged in oak. 7.6% ABV.

A: Head starts thin, but quickly rises to about half a finger, and then settles back to a thin ring. Slight brownish red-orange, fading to peach towards the outsides of the glass. Hazy yellow-white in the dimple. Decent sheeting, but it disappears quickly. Decent, yet thin and sluggish lacing. Thin, clear meniscus.

S: Nice multi-tonal sourness. Earthy funk, a bit of lemon, and some tartaric. Slight leather. Very light rye. Slight oak.

T/MF: Mmm. Not super aggressive. There is a sharp, warheads-like sourness up front, but it doesn't bite, and settles down to a whisper quickly enough. There's a definite peach fuzz/peach pit thing going on. Green apple and pear as it settles around the middle of the tongue. Very approachable, and yet, very sophisticated. Not the best sour I've had, but a strong showing none the less.

Poured from a 750mL bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

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Photo of MUTINY
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml into a wine glass.

A: Absolutely breathtaking. Hazy amber near the rim to bright copper by the stem. 1/2" white head recedes to nothing immediately. Zero retention & lacing.

S: Sour grapes, general major tartness, cedar, figs, white pepper, clementine (actually a surprising amount of overall citrus), baking spices. The rye is present, but really limited here to a slightly herbaceous spiciness. However, holy moly this brew has a nose.

T: Cedar & oak, sugar, a bit of sour apple & lemon/lime. Dimetapp (in a good way), more of the rye - here as more of a grassy, almost chewy element. Fig again. Honey oat bread.

M: Moderate carb & a generally light body. Fits the style quite well.

O: Monster sour. Really like it. The rye element is a fun & fitting addition.

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Photo of do_ob
4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle dated 11/05/2013. Served in a snifter. Pours a rustic orange, and settles into a murky amber once in the glass. About 1/2 a finger of bubbly white foam sits on top. Strong sour notes of rye on the nose, along with subtle hints of flowers and lemon peel. I got a bit of a malt and bread aroma in addition as it warmed. Light, carbonated mouthfeel that's a bit like a champaign/wine hybrid. There's definitely a dominating sour characteristic, along with strong notes of rye and other spice. A funky tartness sets in middleways with lemon and orange peel flavoring. A little abrasive on the finish with a lingering lemon-tart aftertaste.

Overall, quite enjoyable. This is my first sour, and what a dandy. The first couple sips made me pucker a little. Tons of flavor, though, and undeniably well-made. For the price-point, I'm not sure I'll pick this up all that often, but it's definitely worth trying at least once. Very good.

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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 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 J-Rye
4.01/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Seriously a novelty beer. The level of sourness is unparalleled in my experience, which I find to be very unbalanced, but amazingly delicious nonetheless.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured of a25.4 fl oz bottle into one of my tulip glasses, this beer pours a mostly clear, but slightly cloudy/hazy medium amber color with lots of streams of little bubbles rapidly and continuously rising to the beer's surface. Has a white head that is about 1/3 of an inch when first poured that settles to a nice thick ring lining the inside of the glass along with a lot of big swirls of surface foam. Aromas of rye and oak are certainly present along with some cherry, a nice yeasty funk , hints of apricot and peach. Has a nice funky, somewhat sour tart taste upfront that gives way to oak tannins, hints of rye and vanilla, the cherry, apricot, and peach fruitiness. Also has just a slight salty hint rounding out the taste. The different flavors blend so seamlessly together in an absolutely perfect manner! Superb! My only compliant is that I wish the sour aspect was a little more pronounced. Has a crisp, yet also smooth and creamy, slightly prickly, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Has a clan and dry finish. Quite easy to drink actually, more so than I expected. Worth the fairly steep price tag in my opinion. I must get another bottle of this to age in my cellar for awhile.


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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 blockdude
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Another great beer from the bruery, and probably my favorite wild ale by them. This was remarkably complex, with oak, cherries, rye, and a noticeable kiwi/strawberry flavor in the finish. There are so many changing flavors with this beer, and I've had this twice after a year of aging and without a doubt this gets much better with age. I got really bad heartburn after a few glasses but I probably just need to show some restraint.

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Sour In The Rye from The Bruery
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