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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.

Added by UCLABrewN84 on 03-18-2012

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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 NuclearRich
4.11/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Murky copper brown, orange and ruby. Whitish head pours a decent level and lasts a moment but fades into non existence.

S. Mild tartness with a sweetness of a fairly soft fruit quality(like most others, I've not tasted a kumquat so to me it seems like a white grape or pear) and a little peach. Fairly prominent oak and light funk.

T. Great opening flavors of tartness: lactic, citrus, tropical. Mid palate and finish are different, adding a sweetness akin to the aroma, and finishing with a spice reminiscent of liquorice, mint, pepper.

M. Sharp up front, quickly turning to oily slick and pretty dense. Reminds me a bit of alvinne cuvee Freddy here.

O. Great! Slightly underwhelmed, but worth trying and very enjoyable.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 750 mL bottle into a Firestone Walker snifter glass.

A: Deep dark gold, moderate haze, a thin white head that fades quickly, and low visible carbonation.

S: Sour and tart, lots of acetic quality, hints of fruit and tart citrus.

T: Acetic tartness up front, then some toasted malt that I think tastes like rye or caraway. Then sour lemon citrus, a fruity quality that I'm assuming is kumquat, and just a touch of dry oak. Bone dry finish with tart vinegar flavor.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation, and almost no alcohol presence at all.

O: Quite sour, but very tasty. Frankly, I don't have any idea what a kumquat tastes like, so I don't know how well that flavor comes through in this beer. But either way, this is good. Recommended.

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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 artoolemomo
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pours up a good amount of head that seems to have similar retention. The head is an off-white with yellow hints while the body is a deep amber with slight hints of maroon which appears as a medium to dark amber when held up to the light. Some lacing has been left behind. Minor sheeting neer the surface of the beer.

Nose- Very interesting. There's the obvious sour but it builds from there. Citrus, mostly orange, which moves into stone fruit with a little bit of their fleshy bitterness. This echoes perfume and bug spray, almost a little bit of formic acid. This mellows out and shows an aroma redolent of orange sherbet. Nice and creamy- I wonder if this is the kumquat? Really evens out the acetic acid. Swirling reveals even more creaminess. Maybe a little bit of vanilla from the oak? I think so.

Taste- Very evocative of the nose- starts off with bright citrus compounded with stone fruits while the tartness is mitigated by the orange sherbert notes. Many times I have problems with the sour nature of wild ales but this beer is a dream. Maybe I've become more used to them but this beer is extremely accessible and shows a bit more complexity from a sour than I'm used to detecting. Sort of like a tart version of Creamsicle. Other red fruits start to show- strawberry and cherry. There's a little bit of grass and straw floating around. Also a slight funk. I think the oak aging really adds another dimension to this by adding a subtle vanilla which really smooths this beer out. Really good to great beer and I'm mostly leaning to great beer at the moment. It's hard to think of a flaw. It maybe could use more funk but this really more of a desire on my part than a flaw. Peach syrup, nectarines. So slinky. Some Sweet Tarts in the background with a slight bitterness- orange peel, green stone fruit.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with lots of syrup and lots of juiciness to the texture. Ample carbonation really agrees with this beer. Such strong orange juice notes (with a little chewiness) that my brain thinks this is a little pulpy. It isn't but it's still nice to think so.

Drinkability- This may be the easiest drinking sour I've ever had. Incredible balance and integration matched by outstanding complexity and presence. And it's so incredibly smooth. Not sure if I would ever buy it again but it's worth the 25-30 bucks you would spend.

Overall- Just a great beer. So approachable but also a bright star among many good sours. Very accessible for a non-beer drinker. Without a doubt, a must try. Even if you don't like sours. It's that good.

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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 CLCardinal84
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle served into a Prairie teku. Big thanks to my man Eric in Cali for letting me purchase some of his RS allocations.

A: Bright citrus orange, with a nice fizzy half inch head. Looks like a big dank IPA at first glance.

S: Wow, sour, funk and fresh squeezed orange & citrus fruits.

T: To date this is the best Bruery sour I've had and it's not even close. It's got the typical funky puckering sour that all Bruery sours have and then takes it up a notch with a delicious citrus blast that lingers in the aftertaste. The rye cuts the vinegary sourness that is usually present in Bruery sours and makes it pretty darn great. Could really drink more than 1 of these.

M: Good carbonation, fizzy and what a sour should be.

O: Very well done Bruery. I had only been moderately impressed with your sour offerings before, but this beer was fantastic and hopefully a sign of things to come. One of the better American wild ales I've had.

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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 pmarlowe
4.16/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 vintage (first bottled batch). Tulip glass.

A: Pours a dark, opaque rust color with a half finger of bright white head. Pretty large bubbles, but still pretty good retention. A few dots of lace.

S: Loads of fresh kumquat (despite this being a few months old), orange zest, floral notes, and a nice light oak backbone and faint caramel malt in the background.

T: Moderate sourness, with a light acetic lemon warhead character, kumquat and orange citrus are long on the palate, finishing with a nice sugariness which really complements the rest of the flavors.

M: A little creamy, with medium body and medium-high but smoothish carbonation.

O: It’s amazing how much fruit flavor comes through in this beer, both on the nose and palate. A nice beer overall.

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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 Benish
3.68/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 4/25/13 and opened 12/1/13. Poured into snifter glass.

Appearance: very minimal head while pouring. Dissipated quickly. Dark peach in color and slightly opaque with sediment floating around.

Smell: has a lactic sour, bready and almost dank smell. There's also plenty of citrus and tart fruits.

Taste: starts very sour and tart, eventually becomes more dry and finishes with a touch of bitter citrus bite as well as tartness remaining around the mouth. Can't really pick up much oak or wood from the barrels.

Mouthfeel: very citric around the mouth. Light bodied mouthfeel.

Overall: this was a solid beer but I think I was expecting too much. Clearly it would have been best to try this fresh but I did not have the chance. Still enjoyed this very much; pleasant experience!

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Photo of scottfrie
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into tulip. Bottled 4/25/13.

A: Body pours a deep iced-tea but with a little more mahogany to it. Head this large, frothy, thick and off-white in color. The head slowly collapsed into a greasy bubbly film leaving a network of heavy lacing down the glass.
S: Perfumey and bright nose definitely has dominate notes of kumquats and tart citrus pith. I get a touch of spicy rye and maybe a hint of drying oak barrel.
T: Follows the nose with huge, juicy kumquat notes which lend flavors of tropical fruits, oranges, lemon zest, tangerine juice and juicy fruit gum. Rye, oak barrel, gritty oak tannins and slight vanilla come through in the finish, and the aftertaste is musty, earthy and tart. I get a leafy sort of minty bubble gum taste in there as well. The after-aftertaste is buttery from the oak. Hints of leafy tobacco emerge as it warms.
M: Greasy, oily, slick body but luckily the drying oak finish comes through as I swallow. Modest and even carbonation makes this beer go down smooth. Medium-full body.
O: Drinks very well. Great unique flavors is more than just a citrus sour. Well integrated and smooth. Oak works nicely with the ‘quats. One of the best Bruery sours I’ve had.

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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 vinny21bal
4.64/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is a very very good beer. I have traded for a bunch of this after having it for the first time. The Kumquats actually pull through on this beer and makes a big difference from the regular Sour in the Rye which is also a great beer. However the regular Sour in the Rye is not as good as this beer. Perfect amount of sour and fruit. You do still get some of the wood finish as well which is a must for me and a sour.

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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 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 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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Photo of rlee1390
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Cloudy deep orange, one finger head that tries to leave behind some lacing.

S-Funk, oak, rye, grass, rather citrusy.

T-Amazing balance. Starts rather sour with oak and grass notes. Then some rye. And finally waves of citrus finish it out.

M-Medium bodied, well carbonated, crisp dry finish.

O-SitR was a great beer already, adding the kumquats gave it a nice citrus finish, allowing for perfect balance. An amazing beer. Huge thanks for offing up unused allocations.

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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 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 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 ThickNStout
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle acquired through the Reserve Society. Bottled 4/25/13. Served in a Bruery snifter.

Pours deep hazy orange, almost brown with a finger and a half pale head. Head recedes but laces fairly well.

Smells sweet and tart with semi-sour citrus, oak, and faint natural malty sugars.

The sour, bittersweet kumquats burst on the scene as the initial flavor. Plenty of moderately puckering tartness. Orange and lemon rinds, marmalade, vinegar, smooth oak barrel sweetness, rye malts, natural cane sugar, caramel and subtle tart cherry. No alcohol presense at all. The unique kumquat citrus really shines as it warms up. A nice balance of tart with sweetness.

Medium full feel with moderate carbonation. Sweet tart kumquats, sour rye and some vinegar in the crisp, clean finish.

I found this much more to my liking that the base Sour in the Rye. The sweet citrus notes add so much. I may have to get another bottle if it's still available.

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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 birchstick
4.39/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

BIG THANKS to KevSal for hooking me up with this bottle!

A - pours an orangish brown with a soft white head sitting atop it

S - the aromas that burst out of the glass include sour lemons, what I presume to be kumquat, and a little bit of malt backbone

T - Very excited to try this...let's see where it goes. Starts off sweet, sugary, and tart lemon up front. The sourness is tamed by softer tangerine, and cumquat flavors. The sourness comes back full circle, finishing the beer off with lemon sourness mixed in with some light oak. Its sour, yet not overly so...really well balanced and softer than some of the enamel ripping sours out there.

M - the body is creamy, smooth, and full

D - This is a very approachable, sour. Soft, delicious. Sour, but not over the top. One of the better, more drinkable sours I have had.

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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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