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Sour In The Rye With KumquatsSour In The Rye With Kumquats

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The Bruery
California, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
We've all come to know and love our 40% rye malt, barrel aged sour ale, Sour in the Rye. Now it's time to enjoy that very same beer, but with fresh kumquats added to the mix. This fruited sour reveals incredible notes of both bitterness from the citrus rind as well as an unmistakable tropical sweetness from macerating the entire fruit and adding it to barrels.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

On cask at the Bruery Reserve Society initiation party at The Phoenix Club in Anaheim, CA.

Pours a murky orange with no head and no lacing. Smell is incredible with sour, funky, and tart fruits especially the kumquats and tropical fruits. Taste is also the same with a very nice kumquat flavor that takes prominence. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very nice wild ale all around but it smells a bit better than it tastes in my opinion.

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

Exacerbating the already present citrusy character ,the addition of the highly fragrant kumquats gives this sour rye ale an even more highly citrus boost.

Its hazy burnt orange hue precedes the fruit additions with its own visual weight and haze. As the nose draws near, the tantalizing scent of sourness locks the jaws and evokes mouthwatering response. Its first sip is strikingly sour with the same sour white grape, lime, lemon, crabapple medley as the original Sour in the Rye.

Intensifying over the middle, its sharply acidic taste strips the palate and penetrates with utmost lactic sourness. Approaching dry chardonnay and apple cider vinegar at times, the dried citrus character turns lightly musty and earthen while peppery rye and its associated huskiness lurk in the shadows of taste.

Crisp, clean and utter refreshing, the thirst-stripping sourness leaves the palate dry and only moderately earthy as subtleties of cork, cellar-like must, weathered oak, tobacco and damp soil emerge in aftertaste.

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Photo of emerge077
4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Eric for sharing this one!
Quick review from written notes.

Dark orange color, lightly hazy, a frothy collar of cream colored foam around the edges of the glass.

Zesty aroma, some light fruity acidity, kumquat... sure?

Super tart and acidic flavors of unripe fruit, mainly crabapple and grape (the tiny green sour variety). Very dry and puckering, gets the old salivary glands working into overdrive. Can't say i've ever had a kumquat, but guessing it adds some acidity and sugars to fuel the wild yeasts' activity.

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Photo of mothman
3.8/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Apricot and peach flavored. Very acidic. Very sour and tart. A lot of fruit flavors.

Pale gold with an orange hue in color. White head.

Mouthfeel is tart and light bodied. Kind of refreshing. Ends clean.

Easy to drink. Very tasty. I like this one.

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Photo of jlindros
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Another rudzud split.

Decent foamy slight creamy 1/2 finger head that fades pretty quickly, murky dark mahogany brownish honey red color.

Nose nice stone fruit and kumquat, cross between citrus and apricot like fruit, strange Brazilian like fruit, little sweet candy malt bit syrupy, bit of Jack fruit too, big kumquat juicy, some tartness and sour fruit like, juicy mild bitterness.

Taste stats with sour fruit, fairly tart but not overly, sweet candy malt base, juicy fruit again cross between citrus like Clementine and stone like apricot fruit, must be the kumquat, sour sweet candy sour patch kids flavor, little brown sugar candy, touch sticky sweet brown malt, and just a touch of barrel. Finish is sticky sweet, little flemmy sour malt, light acid, more of the kumquat fruit, light mango juice.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, decent carb, little sticky and flemmy.

Overall not bad but nothing too special, fruit is great but overpowers at the same time.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.67/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured a hazy/murky burnt orange color with a small off-white head that sank to a ringlet. Aroma of kumquats, apricot, citrus, acetic acid and lacto, with some yeasty funk. Lots of tartness/sourness in the taste, citrus mainly, acetic, more of the yeasty funk that was noted in the aroma, sour toasted grains. I never bothered trying the original version of the beer, so I really have no basis of comparison between the two. Medium body, a bit rough in the mouthfeel with a slightly metallic aftertaste. Decent.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cask at Reserve Society Party 2012

Hazy orange color with minimal head due to the cask pour. Starts out with a nice vanilla aroma. Tons of kumquat and a very citrusy aroma overall. A decent amount of wood with just a mild rye and vinegar note. A touch of grass along with the wood really the only funk. Restrained acetic qualities and a nice tartness overall. Plenty of kumquat flavor makes this really enjoyable.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Excited to crack into one of these tonight as I've been waiting for my RS boxes to arrive. 750ml bottle opened with my Bruery bottle opener and poured into my Bruery tulip....boom.

a - Pours a deep murky reddish-brown color with one to two inches of off white head that leaves quickly and moderate carbonation evident. Light lacing left on the glass.

s - Smells of oranges, citrus, sour dark fruits, vinegar, lactic notes, oak, rye, fruity malts, and some spice. Nice oranges and citrus up front, with lots of sourness coming through afterwards.

t - Taste follows the nose closely. Loads of oranges and citrus up front followed by lots of sour dark fruits. Also tastes of more oak and rye then the nose, some bready malts, musty and earthy notes, and vinegar. Fruity and not as vinegary as the normal SitR.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation, with a little bit of a acedic bite to it. Nice though, pretty easy to drink for a bigger sour.

o - Overall I liked this one quite a bit; I felt like this was a better version of SitR, as it was that with less vinegar to it and more citrus and oranges, and fruit in general. Plenty of sourness there too and no problem taking down the whole bottle, big fan of this one. Now I just need to get a bottle of the SitR with peaches.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tumbler.

It's funny, every time I think of kumquats, my mind goes back to that skit from Sesame Street back in the day about the picky girl who didn't like kumquats (mostly because she'd never had them before and was skeptical of new things) until she'd tried them. How odd the brain works sometimes, amiright? Anyway, this stuff pours a hazy sunset ruby-amber topped by a short finger of cream foam. The nose comprises apple vinegar, cherry-flavored ShockTarts, light balsa, mild toffee, light sour plum, and a wash of sour citrus juices (potentially including the kumquat, but I have no earthly idea what that smells or tastes like, so...). The taste brings in more of the same, plenty of vinegar and straight sourness mixing with the fruit and an undercurrent of toffee-imbued sweetness that serves mostly to buoy and support the sour rather than combat it. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry, sticky-ish finish. Overall, a damn fine bit of sour, and, brother, does it ever bring the sour! Still, it's not overwhelming, but rather delicious and complex, not unlike Cuvee des Jacobins Rouge with a sharper acidity and highe3r fruitiness. Good times, indeed.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle split with my better half on the deck this evening.

The beer is dark orange, actually darker than I expected. Small head that fades after a few moments.

The kumquat is there in the nose, and emerges more and more as the beer is allowed to warm. Limes, lime juice, oak, bread, rye.

The beer is sufficiently tart and sour, with a nice pucker in the finish, though not as piquant as Beauregard, which I had a few days ago. A nice showcase of the kumquat fruit. Balanced by a prominent rye malt body.

Medium bodied and tangy. Acidic and vibrant on the palate.

Overall, this is another solid brew from The Bruery. I enjoyed this one, but the Sour in the Rye w/ peaches is certainly the best variant to date. Glad to be a member of the Hoarder's Society and have more of these for the future.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%

April 2013 bottle, opened September 2014

A - Glowing, opaque orange ice tea. Thin fine off-white head with nice retention and ok lace.

S - Almost a golden ale base. Citrus zest, pineapple, kumquat, honey, bright wood, honeydew melon, strawberry jam, strawberry lemonade.

T - Huge, smooth, complex, woody sour center with a massive tart kumquat body. Acidic citrus sweetness with a waxy, tart citrus rind edge. Sharp wood. Agave syrup. Soft lemonade and fresh strawberry back end.

M - Medium body. Smooth, and a little slick. The slickness works as a nice foil for the sourness.

O - Outstanding as a kumquat fruit beer in and of itself, and even better as a flavored sour.

4.40 Sour in the Rye with Kumquat
--- -Jay- -Jon- -Ath- -Vin- -Pt- -Grg- -Avg- Weight Adj
A - 3.75 4.25 4.00 4.25 3.75 4.00 4.00 10% 0.40
S - 4.25 4.00 4.50 3.75 4.00 4.25 4.13 20% 0.83
T - 4.75 4.50 4.75 4.50 4.50 4.75 4.63 40% 1.85
M - 4.25 4.50 4.50 3.50 4.50 4.50 4.29 10% 0.43
O - 4.60 4.50 4.50 4.30 4.50 4.50 4.48 20% 0.90

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.74/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Murky deep amber. No head.

Smell - Stone fruits. Very acetic. Malty. Smells a bit like honey.

Taste - Extremely sour. Masks any stone fruit. Citrus sourness. Malty.

Mouthfeel - Too sour for me. Minimal carbonation.

Overall - I remember liking the Peach Sour in the Rye better.

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Photo of stakem
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle into a matching Bruery snifter. The brew appears a hazey brown color with a khaki cap that holds across the top. Some yellowish orange to yellow clarity is seen around the edges when held to the light.

The smell is that of straight up keyl ime juice. Quite a zesty and fruity lime or lemony punch that amplifies the tropical feel that can be found in the base brew. Soft funk and mild barrel presence is also felt as it warms up.

The taste is tart and very citrus forward like lemon or lime with an underlying wild yeast funk and soft raw oakiness. Sour in the rye is already a tropical and fruited feeling brew but actually adding kumquats really takes it up another level of brightness and enjoyability.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. It is very tart yet easy drinking and enjoyable. It had a noticeable difference and enjoyable factor from the base. Dare I say, I enjoyed this even more than the peach version. Sour in the rye remains my favorite bruery sour and this fruited version is just fantastic. It brings the kumquat character and a whole lot more.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared by Curran at his tasting.

Pours a murky crimson orange, with no head, or lacing. Cool color here, but not much else to speak of.

The aroma just explodes with tart fruit flavors, hard to categorize them all. Kumquats for sure, some lemon, orange, and pineapple, with vinegar, lactic acid, and funk as well.

The taste is similar. Puckeringly sour, but in a good way, it lingers on your lips for a while. There is some great fresh fruit flavor here, the kumquats are up front, and their natural combination of tartness and sweetness is perfect for a beer like this. There is some vinegary and acidic sweetness that dominates the proceedings, but doesn't overwhelm.

Light to medium bodied, miraculously very drinkable. Finishes dry. The acidity lingers on the tongue and lips throughout the session.

I continue to become more and more impressed by sours, this is yet another really well made one.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.63/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottled on 4/25/13. Poured in to Bruery tulip.

A - Very dark orange/amber colour that is just short of being completely opaque. Half a finger of cream coloured head formed and reduced to a thin layer.

S - Sourness with a big oak presence, a bready sweetness and fresh citrus.

T - Slightly puckering sourness up front that really tames down as I continue to drink the glass. Bright citrus notes come through, specifically some orange rind. Oak is present throughout along with a touch of spice. Citric finish with the kumquat really coming through.

M - Medium body. Dry. Light to moderate carbonation.

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Photo of dar482
4.66/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in a deep orange gold color.

The aroma is very much Sour in the Rye, yet with huge citrus kumquats in the front. It really gives it a gorgeous brightness. Lemon, citrus sourness, rye, some breadiness.

The flavor follows with that lemon, rye, citrus sourness, and also that pop of kumquat. A good amount of tartness, rye spice, bready sweetness.

Of beers with additions, this really does the beer well. I'm really impressed and truly do like it more than the original. That exotic tropical kumquat really pushes this beer to another level.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.74/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear dark golden.... nice white head... good lacing and retention.

Nose is pretty damn citrus sour.... kumquats are loud and proud.

Flavor has the same big kumquat presence... citric and pithy... lactic and unapologetic.. liquid sweet tarts... juicy citrus .... for my humble palate, the sour notes destroy any rye perceptions that I might have.

Light/medium body... good carbonation.... very puckery and sour, still pretty refreshing though a 750 is plenty between 5 dudes.

All 3.75's.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.54/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

3/17/2012. CaskĀ at The Reserve Society Initiation Celebration.

A: Pours near flat with a few bubbles that are gone in an instant. The body is hazy bright orange.

S: Pungent kumquat aroma. Wow. Sweet and sour oranges as well. Lactic with a touch of oak. The focus is on the fruit and it's stunning.

T: Huge kumquat flavor that's sour with just a little sweetness. Deliciously tart. Tastes like an orange sour patch kid. Lactic throughout with a light citric acidity. The finish is a bit acetic.

M: Lower medium body with very little carbonation.

Overall: Very good. The fruit is fantastic.

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Photo of rudzud
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Shared with JLindros poured into a Kate the Great tulip.

A - Poured a somewhat ugly duckling hue, murky dark amber/honey hue with a thin white head that leaves a light halo and faint wisps.

S - Aromas of kumquat galore, sweet malts, light rye, some odd fruit, light caramel, really weird fruit note...Can't quite place it. Quite pleasant though floral fruit.

T - Taste is not as sour as I thought it would be, delicious kumquat notes, super fruity and 'exotic' , light caramel, slight rye notes, light sour patch kid notes, not add sour as I figured it would be but still delicious.

M - Mouthfeel is very nice for the style, not too too acidic, very drinkable.

O - Overall I enjoyed this beer, not as sour as u thought it would be but still super fruity and deficits. Like this much more than the peach version.

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Photo of jbaker67
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It pours deep orange-amber with a medium off-white head. The nose is orange, tangerine, kumquat, citrus rind, marmalade, fresh orange juice, some acidity and barnyard. The taste is crisp, sour sherbet, big sourness, kumquat, orange, tangerine, candy, tangy, decent acidity, wood and pickled onion Monster Munch with a dry, tangy finish. Medium body and fine, prickly carbonation. Crisp and sour.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

bottle into a snifter.

pours a murky brown with a nice head. smell is incredibly intense...the kumquats really dominate. the taste is super sour with a great kumquat flavor. slight citrus. good carbonation, good body

overall much better than original, recommended!

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Photo of Stevedore
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, from the recent 2013 vintage, poured into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass today, 11/2/2013. Thanks for this one Dustin.

Pours a dark amber body, surprising in comparison to the regular Sour in the Rye. Comes with a nice fluffy white head that dissipates fairly quickly, leaving a bit of lacing here and there but becomes a rather placid beer.

Smells fantastic. So much of that odd fruity sweetness that is definitely kumquat in character and plays along with the nice acidic tartness in the nose. However, I can definitely tell that this one is not going to be as sour or acidic as the normal Sour in the Rye. Its a significant difference in terms of sourness.

A bit disappointing on the palate after the nose- I'm not sure I like this any better than regular Sour in the Rye. Its definitely less acidic and more kumquat-fruity in character. Some funk and oak in the nose, but not much else more. Not much of the base rye beer is present- its tart and fruity but not super acidic or sweet.

Medium bodied, smooth but not particularly super well carbonated. Its a bit flat and disappointing in the mouthfeel department. But hey this is full of kumquats so you're getting what you're looking for if you pick this one up.

I prefer regular Sour in the Rye to this. It has more sourness and less of that weird kumquat character. I'd probably like Peaches better than this one. Still, this one isn't a bad one to get if you enjoy fruited sours- but be forewarned, this one is more fruity than acidic.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

thanks to duffy for sharing this brew!

poured into tulip.

Appearance: hazy and opaque orangeish bodied beer with thin white cap.

Smell: juicy melons, tropical fruits, spicy rye!

Taste: A mild lime / lime sour note. Melons. Juicy tropical fruits. a touch of saltiness. Hint of spicy rye.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with almost but not quite moderate carbonation. Semi dry finish that makes your mouth water!

Overall: I have no clue what I Kumquat is, but... it really work nicely in a sour beer! I would be very receptive to more wild ales brewed with kumquat. Almost reminds me of Upland Persimmon fruit lambic. Yeah, true story!

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.19/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle, 2013 version. Thank you, Abraham.

Pouring a mildly hazy amber with a dense, beige head that falls off to a disk leaving patchy lacing, this looks great! The nose is bright with juicy, fruity, citrus present particularly strong, with the blend of pith, peel( minus astringency) and fruit, all really dominant. In other words, this is a kumquat beer. A moderate caramel/toffee base is present, along with earthy rye, a moderate vanilla note, and some sourness. The sourness is just whelmed by the perfumey citrus, it's incredibly fragrant. Really good.

If the nose had you believe this was a kumquat beer, the palate will have you think this is a kumquat soda. Big, juicy, fruity sweetness and flavor, deep, rich, complex and fragrant. The blend of peel, pith and fruit that makes kumquats so addictive is present by the boatload here. Behind it all is a blend of moderate lactic sourness, a buckwheat honey like sweetness, a little bit of burnt sugar and some toffee. Vanilla and oak are present on the finish, the vanilla in particular pairing well with the fruit. Medium light in body, the finish is just a hair watery. The finish is actually the least enjoyable aspect of this beer, it lacks depth. Carbonation is moderate, appropriately so. Excellent.

Much has been said about whether the AWA style is a poor man's lambic, but this beer shows that there's a time and a place for a sweet and sour beer. Very nicely done.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.16/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 9.29.13

A - Pours a hazy light brown with a large soapy light tan head that moves to the edges quickly.

S - Tart, Lots of rye and citrus, boozy on the nose. Almost like a rye whiskey.

T - Lots of citrus-kumquat with a big rye-booze finish.

D - Good carbonation with a light body.

O - Tart and citrusy with a big rye finish.

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