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

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Ratings:
2,469
Reviews:
303
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
9.22%
 
 
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Photo of nawpnawp
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2013 bottle poured in 2016.

Pours a beautiful golden brown with half a finger of head. The smell is sweet and sour; hints of peach and farmhouse funk. It is very sour and the flavor dominates. On a hot day like today (90 F), it is perfect. There is a bit of spice in the background, but the sour yeast has completely taken over.

I would like to have one of these fresh to compare. It is definitely a solid brew, but be aware that with 3 years on it, it becomes over powering in its sourness.

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Photo of MikeM417
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of ZethOfTheNorth
3.25/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of 1levelabove247
4.07/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ChrisTota
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

2015 vintage
~1 year since bottling date

Appearance- Pours a copper color, burnt amber with some lighter orange hues. Transparent, some slow rising carbonation bubbles. Half finger thick, off white colored head, fizzy and soapy.

Aroma- Tart cherries, bright berry fruit notes, bit of lemon / lime acidity. Bready malts, subtle spice and dry oaky earthiness. Grass and funk, clove.

Taste- Tart black cherries, moderate puckering sourness, lemon lime. Red grapes, vinous quality. Malty sweetness w/ spicy, peppery, bready rye. Dry oak and vanilla, grassy earthiness, funky yeast.

Feel- Medium to full in terms of style, substantial body. Puckering sour at times, but eventually settles down, slight drying character. Moderate carbonation.

Overall- Very good sour with a lot of complexity behind it between the malts, rye, oak, and funkiness. Black cherries are in the forefront througout, and pair exceptionally well with the vanilla character on the finish.

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

Photo of Mtn
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 cuvtcuv
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AD17
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Beginner2
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Spoda1983
4.02/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MartyIU13
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of -Rick
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of bullywee
4.01/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerOps
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ajm5108
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep copper, very litte carbonation, no head. I frankly struggled to pick-up much on the aroma sans the lacto-funk you get in most sours. The oak is there if you strain but I found no rye. Taste wise it is a very clean and soft "sour"...no punch-in-the-face vinegar or lacto, just enough bite to give it some profile. tingly on the tongue, wood is there mostly at the end...it finishes very clean, which could be from the rye, though i discerned no actual rye flavor. I think it's just too similar to the oak and the two merge. It is very clean and accessible, which is certainly admirable in the sour game where lots of breweries take missteps, but it is also kinda boring and indestinct. Very good for sure but not a top-class sour.

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Photo of intransitive
2.9/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

look: Deep amber, with a frothy head that departs quickly.

smell: I don't get much of one

taste: Quite puckeringly sour, not entirely pleasant . Unripe fruit and grass. More odd than delicious.

feel: Astringent, with a burn that lingers in my throat.

overall: A strange thing. I'm someone who loves sour ales, but this one isn't doing much for me. Maybe the fruit varieties fare better? There's a chance that the novelty of this beer will become a taste that I adjust to over time... and I have another glass worth that I'll polish off while I think about that... but my initial response is mixed.

(edit: I poured that second glass, had a few sips, and poured it down the drain)

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Photo of sposter4
4.59/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Croft
4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

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

Sour In The Rye from The Bruery
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