60 Day Sour Project (Saison Yeast / Red Wine Barrel) | Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing

Your Rating: None

Want it   Got it 
7 Ratings

Brewed by:
Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our 60 day sour project was an experiment on how quickly a sour beer could be produced. We soured wort and added it to four different barrels, each with a different yeast strain. This first Wild Ale is fermented with saison yeast in a freshly dumped red wine barrel.

Added by orangesol on 12-12-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Bros Score:
User Ratings & Reviews
Ratings: 7 |  Reviews: 1
Reviews by Dawkins:
Photo of Dawkins
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

More User Reviews:
Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of StormKing47
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of JNForsyth
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of orangesol
4.01/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Al's of Hampden.

A - Pours murky brown with a nice one finger tall white head, quickly dissipating down to a light film, leaving small streaks of lace on the sides of the glass.

S - Smells of strong vinegar sourness, red wine, woody oak, dulled saison funk and some nondescript fruitiness. Smells pretty sour but not over the top like I was expecting.

T - Starts off with a big sour kick slowly giving way to hints of dry oak, red wine, light fruitiness and some faint saison funk. Finish is quite dry, lingering long after the finish. Much like the nose it isn't as sour as I was expecting it to be, just needs some more funk to bring it all together.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Quite tart / sour in the feel but it doesn't get to the point of being overpowering like some of the earlier sours.

O - This particular barrel came out quite well. It has plenty of sour notes but it isn't a complete brute and the red wine barrel complements it well. Wish it had a bit more funk to it but there are still three other barrels to come.

 1,067 characters

Photo of PA-Michigander
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of TroyG2352
5/5  rDev +17.1%

60 Day Sour Project (Saison Yeast / Red Wine Barrel) from Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
Beer rating: 4.27 out of 5 with 7 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.