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

Very frothy head, crests around one finger, almost entirely extra large bubbles so it’s gone like that, no meaningful lacing to speak of. Strong glow to the liquid, really captures light inside the glass, gauzy rust orange to yellow in color, filled with very fine, microscopic bubbles. The nose is laser like in its precision, tart lemon to orange citrus, moss, forest floor matter, white pepper, caraway seeds, mostly green apple and pear fruit, a little peach pit, needs to warm to get the most out of the rye but even then not getting much oak element, glimmer of caramel, its muscular nature keeps it loitering for some time. Medium-bodied, the sourness and overall bite activates the palate right off while here the oak brings some textural creaminess in addition to vanilla and butter notes. Even dill weed, as created by some American oak barrels. There is a certain volatility to it, like an anxious finger tapping. Again, loads of sour grapefruit, lemon, orange citrus. Rye bite, sourdough bread, dried yeast, nothing “doughy” or uncooked. Close to peaty at times, definitely earthy and evokes the “sous bois” character. Carbonation is delicate, does not distract from intentional sourness. Green apple, pear, cherry, apricot fruit, more snap and crackle than juiciness. Linear and angular finish, no soaking into the palate, zips across the tongue. Refreshingly easy to drink.

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Awesome offering from the Bruery- pours a slightly hazy golden orange color with no head,retention. Nice color.

Smells lovely- tart and spicy. Definitely some funk, a little grapefruit, a little bready/rye.

Tastes very strong nice- acutely tart and spicy from the rye. They clearly used a lot of it in the mash. Some sweetness in the mix as well- a little like banana bread but that's in the background.

Mouthfeel is nice- medium body with moderate carbonation. Killer sour beer, especially if you're like me and love rye.

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

Bottle from Tipples. Pours a nearly clear dark orange color with a one finger off white head. Sour lacto dominates the nose with some apricot, peach, and a little white vinegar. Not the peach version but still has some of those notes. Really nice. Flavor is a nice crisp sour green apple, with plenty of lacto and big acidity. Some light fruits and a hint of spice in there dancing around, and a clean dry finish. Light to medium mouthfeel with effervescent carbonation. Really awesome sour here.

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Photo of Thickfreakness
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a semi-clear-hazy burnt sienna color. A little tangerine tinted head that fades quickly and leaves no lacing. A decent amount of carbonation that lingers on.
Sour apples, grapes, notes of vanilla/oak, lemon zest, funky barnyard style yeastiness with a sweet and spicy feel. Touches of leather, sour citrus peel, light sour cherries and spiced cake.
Tangy barnyard funk, crispy sour apple, lemony citrus, sour grapes on the verge of vinegar, touches of toasted oak, hints of herbal spice and holiday spices. Nicely puckering!
Puckering, tart and funky with an underlying sweetness with a touch of spice and herbs. Nice carbonation, amazing acidity and finish.
An amazing blend of sour fruit, barnyard funk and spicy sweetness. If this wasn't $20, I could drink this all the time. Definately gotta grab a few more for the long haul. Intense and complex, but somehow simple and easy.

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Photo of ajmitch4
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2014 Edition poured into a tulip glass.
A caramel-colored pour and off-white head. Lighter look than a brown sour or Flanders.
Hints of oak, alcohol and acid flavors in the smell.
Tart up front followed quickly by the spicyness of the rye. Unique and intriguing for me to have the rye tastes in a sour - nice little twist.
Light-medium bodied and the tingly carbonation you look for to compliment a sour beer.
Wondering what one of these would taste like if aged for a year or two but satisfied nonetheless. Also hoping to get the chance at some point to try a sour in the rye with peaches or other fruit as that might be where it lacks in the taste.

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Photo of papat444
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed at EBF 2014.

Another case of a beer not being on my radar (in this case, was looking for Bottleworks XII but alas). Mouth puckeringly tart with lots of oak and strong white wine presence. Very tannic with an acidity that feels right at home. Quite the surprise.

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

Review from over a year after original straight 4.25 rating (6/2015):
Beer pours a fuzzy light copper, a bit darker than I expected. Fluffy white head rings the edges with decent thickness. Nose has a lime-like tartness to it, mainly. There's a somewhat unexpected Sprite-like feel I get from the nose as well, strangely. There's also a hint of what I get in some Oud Bruins; I want to say it's a tart plum scent, but there's some very light dark fruit note (*maybe* prune).

Taste is lemony tart to start with. This flavor lasts throughout. From a sour point of view, a bit of funk joins the party mid-taste, bringing with it a bit of chew to the feel as well. The overall feel, though, is fairly smooth, ignoring the draw on the palate caused by the sour notes. The sour pretty much dominates, but individual notes within it seem to me to be mainly citrus, but I also get some sour apple, and in some sips, maybe something more like unripe nectarine. At the end of the taste, I get a hint of that same unripe dark fruit I got in the smell.

A fine sour, but it definitely needs some warmth to brings out some of the nuances. I still wished there was a little more complexity or depth to the flavors to take this up to the next notch.

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Photo of babaracas
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear polished copper, thick offwhite head, big splotches of lace on the glass. Smell: acetic soured apricot, vinous, oak barrel, herbal brett. Taste: unripe green apple, acetic, apricot, white grape, faint vanilla note, dill-ish herbal note. Medium bodied, puckering, tasty.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-orange amber with a nice off-white head and decent lacing

S-sour grapes, oak, lemon, grain, yeasty

T-lemon, green apple, oak, little vinous, rye grain, yeast, quite tart

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and puckering

O-really enjoyed this sour beer, good flavors and nice puckering sourness

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

Poured from a 25 oz bottle into a Bruery tulip glass. Thanks tbryan5 for hooking me up with this gem!

A- Pours a very hazy pumpkin orange body with a generous, gushing 3 finger off white head that reduces at a medium rate.. leaves spotty lacing.

S- Potent aromas of fermented apples, ripe fruit, and a distinct strong funkyness are present as soon as I cracked it open.. upon further evaluation I get sour apple, lemon juice, some vanilla, and leather.

T- The first sip packs a pretty potent punch of sourness - citric acid, sour apple, distilled vinegar, tart fruit. I get some rye on the follow through, mixed with a slight caramel-vanilla note presumably from the oak. The finish is sweet and sour, like unripe berries.

M- Medium body, medium-low carbonation. An easy drinker.

The Bruery never disappoints my cravings for a mouth-puckeringly sour beer. This isn't tart, this is downright sour but in a very good way - very complex and balanced. Highly recommendable.

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Photo of MNishCT77
4.51/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle purchased at Connecticut Ave. Wine & Liquors in NW D.C., "11-29-12"/Lot 55, poured into my The Bruery "Rue the Day" tulip glass and drank over 30 minutes

A: 3/3 - mahogany color, impressive clarity (able to see and read), initial 1 finger creamy white head persists through the drinking session as a 1/2 finger head, high carbonation with tight white bubbles just pouring off the bottom of the glass, moderate alcohol legs

S: 10/12 - interesting mix of rye and sour - horse blanket and other barnyard - notes; some oak and vanilla aroma shines through; no detectable hops or flaws

T: 18/20 - on first sip, there 's a funky barynard note that slaps you up front but quickly dries out as the rye starts to shine through in the middle of the mouth; on the back end, the oak barrel character pops - vanilla especially; some alcohol shines through as well; finishes super dry from the rye

M: 4/5 - very high carbonation, moderate body; some barrelish alcohols and malt fullness

T: 9/10 - ...and another winning Bruery's sour, which further solidifies their standing as the best American sour program; the rye and the funk just dance the waltz here, and can't wait to try some of the Reserve Society offshoots; like the Rueze also reviewed tonight, for $22.99 for a bottle in the greater Washington D.C. area, this is definitely worth your investment if you have the disposable income

TOTAL - 44/50

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Photo of rekall
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

(on tap at Memphis Taproom phila, pa)

a lot going on, here! very fine carbonation, a wonderfully tart flavour, ever more sour in the finish... a little bit of spice up front.

you should definitely give this a go if you're a fan of sour beers.

"It's complicated."

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Photo of brianmandell
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

On draft at Bondurants.

Hazy golden pour with no head. Some tart lemon and fruit on the nose, maybe a touch of bready malt. Bright, lemony acidic from front to finish. Rich vinous fruit mid-palate. Some spiciness. Quite sour. There is some oak on the back end but the finish dies short of being memorable. Great mouthfeel with lively, effervescent carbonation.

A reasonably well executed and interesting beer for the sour lover that falls a bit short. This beer is short on depth and the flavors do not support the level of acidity. Glad I tried it but I will not return.

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Photo of Beerswag
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap por into tulip
Appearance is copper like/wild ale looking..smell is funky with alittle sweetness, somewhat subued, not complex aromas. Taste is strickingly sour all the way through, (what i expect from a sour) nice citrus and like rind flavor, woth the barrel pulling this through..mouthfeel is light..carbonation is medium..leaves a nice feeling on the toungue from the dry fruity flavor and sour appeal..not sweet at all. Overall a well executed beer with enough sour notes and barrel influence. Nice for a sipper on a hot summer day/night. Refreshing for a sour..pair with dried fruit, stinky cheeses, watermelon/fruity salads..

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Photo of vfgccp
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A - Red almond body with a creamy off-white head. Nice retention and low lace.

S - Mouth puckering sour lemon, tangerine, buckwheat, and tamarind.

T - Jaw-lockingly sour and surprisingly complex. Bright key lime sourness, blood orange, bread crust, tamarind, cumquats, honey, apricot, and lemon rind.

M - Bracingly sour and a medium-full frame with a perfect level of carbonation.

O - An outstanding American Wild Ale; one of the best examples of the style that you can find.

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

Had on tap at Lures on 2/21/14 in a wide mouth short glass 8oz pour

A-Hazed orange amber with a good sized off white head.

S-Nose is bitter fruit, tangy orange, soured apricots, musty twang, damp straw.

T-Taste carries a light acid tinge, bitter orange, light smoke, dank straw, musty, funky, tangy fruit.

M-Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying tarte finale, dank wood tones evident.

O-Overall is great beer. First time having something from Bruery

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Photo of gabrielsyme
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle in a tulip. Pours a nice dark honey amber color. Nicely carbonated. Smell is not very strong, but tangy. Taste is sour, tart, with just a little bit of earthy funk. Mouthfeel is nice, bright and crisp. It's sour, but not acidic, and is quite drinkable. Very, very good.

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Photo of joeseppy
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pinkish hue, cloudy and white foamy head that dissipates quickly.

Funk aroma rises with some wood. Rye and vanilla also can be picked out.

Onrush of sweetness ensued by sour. Liquid candy.

Lower end carbonation and a nice dryness to it and some puckering.

Pulverize Sweetart candy add a light bodied brew and bingo. You pick the flavours, cherry, lime, lemon, grape--it's all there. Nicely layered and complete. A wild ale not to be passed on.

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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 bmwats
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 ml bottle, into a snifter.

A: Orange/amber hue. Pours a 1 finger, bubbly, white head. Dissipates quickly. Effervescence continues to rise throughout. Very slight lacing quickly retreats.

S: Rye, strong raspberry, and a hint of wood.

T: Fermented raspberry is prominent. A nice dose of wood from the barrel age balances it out.

M: Sour with a little sweet. The balance of the wood and fruit gives it rustic character. Sour throughout, but not a heavy finish.

D: Sip and savor.

Atmosphere is pretty nice. Light head, plenty of effervescence, very little lacing. Nose is pungent rye, and sweet fermented fruit, with a nice kick of wood. Fermented raspberry, balanced with a rustic woody character. Overall, this is a great quaff.

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

Appearance- Was received with very little head. If I had to guess, the head was a pure cotton white. The body is a hazy, medium amber that has an odd tint of purple to it. Minimal amounts of lacing are left behind.

Nose- A little more subtle than the Apricot au Poivre and this is unexpected. Sour cherry dominates the nose with lemon following behind. A good amount of earth and muskiness make this a little more interesting than the Apricot. Somehow the cherry in this seems deeper and fleshier. It recalls a kriek to some degree.

Taste- Lemon and sour cherry hit you immediately on the front. This is a tart beer but it is more than manageable. Strawberry shows up as well. The rye character (which mutes the tartness) starts to show itself with some cereal (very present) and slight spice. The rye really lingers on the finish and gives the beer a slightly dry finish. The aspect makes this beer profoundly more interesting.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with some syrup and somewhat of a vinous texture. Very light carbonation but still has enough zip to match up with the spice and tartness of the flavor profile.

Drinkability- Reasonably tart with a beneficial dry finish. I think this goes for about 10-15 dollars. 10 seems reasonable but 15 might be pushing it.

Overall- This is pretty much a basic expression of what the Bruery does. If you don't like it, you probably won't like many of their beers (or at least their beers you can just buy on the shelf of your local bottleshop). Really good beer that flirts at the edge of greatness.

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

25 oz. champagne styled bottle. Received from Craftshack. Only way we can get new beers in my neck of the woods. Poured into a Russian River "Tion" goblet.

A- Orange/apricot in color, slightly cloudy. Pour yields a 1/2" head which completely vanishes in just a minute or two.

S- Acidic/tart/sourness right away, with a hint of oak woodiness behind that. Yeast, earthy funk and a slight wine like aroma in it as well. A tiny bit of spicy rye there too.

T- Puckering sourness, green apple skins, sour grape, lime and brett funk all swirling around the hyped up taste buds. A bit of oak on the palate as well. I get no malt body at all what with the intense sour fruits crushing everything in their path.

M- Tangy, with light-medium carbonation. Not a lot of body, but once again, the sourness dominates most aspects of this brew. After sampling about a half-dozen wild ales, this seems to be a characteristic of the style.

O-This is good for a change, though I couldn't make a steady diet of it. Like my malted grains too much. For the sours I've had this is an above average offering from the Bruery. Would try again during warm weather, and see if it drinks different then.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

There was once this lil minx in Jr. high that would make Raul shrivel up in adolescent angst as he walked by her everyday. (She was a freak and Raul was well justified in doing so.) Well, Sour in the Rye reminds me of that; Raul's lil heart would just twist up in sour, tart angst as he saw her. And you know what? I still like it.

Tart, sour, delicate... Yep!

Give Raul another!

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Photo of dgilks
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy orange colour with a slightly foamy light tab head. Fair head retention.

Complex aroma. Sour, tart aroma. Big lemony character. Goat.

Massive tart flavour. Lactic sourness pairs up with big berry flavour. Spicy rye. Acetic.

Medium body with moderately high carbonation. Refreshing.

Excellent beer. Complex flavour rounded out by oak. Nice.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Slightly ruddy copper with some dark burnt orange. Tiny white head drops to a miniscule bubbly collar. No lacing. Moderate carbonation.

Smell: Slight rye spiciness. Nicely tart with a lactic push. Some straight lemon Some fruity elements, serving akin to tart cherry. Malts are mild offering women slight sweetness. Lightly floral. Oak adds a nice woody earthy element to the whole thing. Warming gives the rye a bit more of an edge, keeping a nice soft spiciness.

Taste: Tart and more tart. Slightly acetic, but pushes heavy on the lactic acid. Some lemon and generic tart fruit. Oak barrel influence adds some woody elements that work to balance the tart edge. Slightly floral with a fruity element as well. A mild powdery element. Rye adds a backing soft spiciness. Delightful. Some mildly sweet pale malts.

Mouthfeel: Slickish medium to light body. Astringent yet juicy. Moderate carbonation.

Overall: Salinger's greatest work.

Another Bruery sour worth drinking.

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Sour In The Rye from The Bruery
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