White Wine Barrel Aged Sour Wench
Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Wild Ale
4.16 | pDev: 6.97%
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
White Wine Barrel Aged Sour WenchWhite Wine Barrel Aged Sour Wench
Notes: After resting in both chardonnay and sauvignon blanc barrels for over six months, our Sour Wench emerges with aromas of freshly sliced white peach, citrus, woody oak tannins and rich vanilla. Within every sip you’ll taste hints of crushed berries and ripe apricots with a deliciously buttery smoothness from the chardonnay barrels, while finishing dry from the sauvignon blanc on the back. Easy-drinking for a barrel-aged beer, it’s tart, refreshing, and delightfully smooth.

10 IBU
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.71/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Put these down in December 2018, was a marked improvement over the first sour wench I had at one of Stone's parties.

Pours a red and purple like mixture color wise. Didn't foment much of a head. Just some off white bubbles towards the edge, that 1/30" like film. Aroma was both white wine barrel as promised, with some blackberry note, but thankfully, this time, no foot like odor. Nice and cleaned up years later.

Taste was also a significant improvement over its predecessor. More fruit, less feet. There was a light alcohol sting, but that's fine. The blackberry melded well with the chardonnay notes. Good dry oak back end to the mouth feel, well done there. Felt like a lot more than 10ibu. The tart and sourness were within normal ranges. Kind of interested in what the base beer was style wise for this, because I legit can't tell.

At the end of the day, I thought this was a significant improvement, and a pretty affordable wild ale that you don't have to travel or wait in line for. This is my thesis.

Feb 19, 2021
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Troy-Hawaii from Hawaii

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a 4-pack bottles Tamuras $13.25
Bottles 2 years ago. PKG 30AUG18. Didn't realize it say 2018 on the label when I bought it. Thought it was old stock until I saw same bottle date at Whole Foods.
Smell of prunes
Dark reddish brown color
Medium-heavy mouthfeel
Low carbonation
Very tart sour, tastes like prune mui (Dried prunes with li-hing powder, sugar), chardonnay flavor comes through.
My initial taste is not that great, but as it warms the taste seems to become more wine like and if you drink it as such you appreciate it more and see how good it is.

Aug 24, 2020
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Da_Kine from Hawaii

3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks a little more red than a whiskey,
smells strongly of wine,
notes of "buttery" is a mystery,
no smoothness in mine

Put a clothespin on my nose,
who knows where this goes,

Sour Wench 2 point Oh,
you're number 2 for Da Kine

Jun 13, 2020
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a brownish-red color with a super tiny fizzy head of foam. The head fades almost instantly leaving almost no lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of brew is very strong of an apple cider vinegar smell mixed with some aromas of a dark fruit smell of cherry and raisin. Along with these smells comes notes of oakiness and some white grape aromas. There is a big presence of a “funky feet” like smell as well as a bit of grass. Overall, the aroma is rather sour, sweet, but funked.

Taste – The taste begins with a sour and tart apple cider vinegar taste that is accompanied by a bit of cherry and plum sweetness. Right from the start there is a little bit of a grapy wine like taste that grows stronger and stronger as the taste advances further. All the while some of the barrel flavors and some more funky tastes begin working their way onto the scene as well with lots of oakiness, must, hay, and more tartness. The oakiness combines quite nicely with the sour vinegar and white wine flavors and with the mix of flavors at the end, one is left with an almost sour and funky red wine taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is light and thin with a carbonation level that is somewhat more fizzy and high. For balancing out the sour and tart flavors the high carbonation is great and with the wine like flavors nicely accentuated by the thinner body, the feel is quite appropriate for making this brew much more approachable.

Overall – A rather nice renditioning of the original sour wench, with a bit more robustness in sourness and funk as well as highlighting the wine like flavors from the barrel age. While the nose is pretty crazy, and the look is nothing to pine over, the rest of the brew is rather well crafted and overall a very enjoyable sipper.

Mar 10, 2020
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Rug from Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 9/6/18, over a year on this before reviewing

It pours a deep burgundy with red light shining through, and 2 fingers of dense pink/white head

Aromas of muted wood, berries, funk, white wine acidity with a malty presence

I am quite blown away by how good this tastes, huge berry/grape sour with a woody flavor to round it out, a light funk and a subtle sweetness from the barrel

Highly carbonated to the point where it bubbles when I hold in a sip, but still light and airy all the same, drinking like more of a session sour than 7.1 abv, finishes dry like chardonnay

I've never had the original sour wench, though I've heard mixed things I'd still like to try the base beer, and hopefully get my hands on more of this

Nov 11, 2019
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Dragginballs76 from South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours deep amber color with a thin off white head settles to a rocky ring. Few spots of lacing.

Aroma - White grapes, little brown sugar, blackberry light tartness oak and mild dark fruit.

Taste - Big white wine, blackberry, light vinegar, brown sugar and oak.

Feel - Prickly carbonation, pretty dry finish

Overall - Really well done sour ale great flavors.

Jul 12, 2019
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REVZEB from Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So this should be listed as a berliner weiss, and rating it as such. The ruby brown body captures the light well. Smell is more blackberry forward, with white wine barrel influences, white grape, vanilla, slight wheat and funky yeast. Taste is very vinous, with huge white wine flavors hitting the palate, some light oak, then a myriad of bittersweet berries and sour grains. Very clean and somewhat dry in feel, but definitely vinous. Solid all around

Apr 16, 2019
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Beejay from Virginia

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Kristen for the tech week treat, now that it's open I can really enjoy this.

A: Medium brown in color, with a light tan head.

S: Light sour notes come first, followed by white wine, brown sugar, raspberry jam and oak. Quite a bouquet.

T: Tart berries, wine, and oak. A nice balance of sour and sweet with flavors that are complex and interesting.

M: Light body with moderate to high carbonation. Lively and dry.

O: Overall a pretty fine sour beer. I'm a little surprised by this one.

Apr 14, 2019
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Greywulfken from New York

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Super nice ale, dark purple-red-brown colored... Brewed with blackberries and aged in chadonnay and sauvignon barrels... Delightfully dry and wine-like with some tartness and a mild sweetness of berry nestled in there... Light and refreshing but with a hint of dank and oaky tannic mustiness... No visible bottling date...

Mar 04, 2019
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Color much darker than it's predecessor with little to no head. Smells more of wine barrel than the standard wench berry presence is still as good. Taste is more sour than standard remember more blackberries in the taste. In a way more like a standard Berliner now which is quite good. Body is smooth as always drinks like a 5% beer but it's 7%.

Overall wine barrel aging has done pretty good to this beer not sure it's worth over 4 bucks a bottle but I may get it again.

Mar 02, 2019
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Roguer from Connecticut

4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Surprisingly dark brew, purplish-reddish-brown. Head production is pretty good, and retention is OK, with no lacing.

Nose is nicely tart and sour, featuring big tannin notes, vinegar, must, dark berries, grapes, oak, mild vanilla, plums, prunes, and brown sugar.

Flavor is less tart and sour, although it carries enough to live up to the name and style. The barrel influence is more prevalent, especially on the finish, which carries remarkably spot-on notes of chardonnay. Red and white grapes, brown sugar, light oak and must, vinegar, and tannins. Other than the barrel finish, which carries a dryness and a subtle grape sweetness, the taste is fairly homogeneous albeit very pleasant.

Smooth and very lively, a little slick and oily. Fairly dry finish.

Dec 29, 2018
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superspak from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 8/15/2018. Pours slightly hazy ruby reddish orange color with a 1 finger fairly dense and fluffy light pink head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big sour/tart/tangy blackberries, fruit skin/seed, raspberry, cherry, plum, apricot, lemon, lime, orange, red/green apple, currant, red/white wine, oak, hay, straw, grass, wheat, cracker, and biscuit; with light notes of oaken vanilla, musty/lacto funk, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/acidic yeast, blackberries, white wine barrels, and moderate pale/wheat malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big sour/tart/tangy blackberries, fruit skin/seed, raspberry, cherry, plum, apricot, lemon, lime, orange, red/green apple, currant, red/white wine, oak, hay, straw, grass, wheat, cracker, and biscuit; with light notes of oaken vanilla, musty/lacto funk, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate fruity/lactic tartness, fruit/wine tang, and light oak spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of tart/tangy blackberries, fruit skin/seed, raspberry, cherry, plum, apricot, lemon, lime, orange, red/green apple, currant, red/white wine, oak, hay, straw, grass, wheat, cracker, biscuit, light vanilla/funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/acidic yeast, blackberries, white wine barrels, and moderate pale/wheat malt flavors; with an awesome malt/tartness and tangy fruit/wine balance; with no puckering/astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from tartness and tangy fruit/wine. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy/acidic/tangy, fairly crisp, and lightly tannic balanced mouthfeel that is fantastic. Zero warming alcohol for 7.1%. Overall this is a fantastic fruited sour! All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/acidic yeast, blackberries, white wine barrels, and moderate pale/wheat malt flavors; very smooth and fairly crisp/refreshing to drink with the mellowly acidic/tangy/tannic/drying finish, not overly lactic. Awesome balance of jammy berries, Lacto complexity, and white wine barrels; with perfectly balanced pale/wheat malts against acidity. A highly enjoyable offering, and very impressive style example for only being a kettle soured.

Oct 27, 2018
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avalon07 from South Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured from a bottle to a snifter glass. Had a deep, almost ruby red color and a hazy consistency. There was a half inch of foamy / fizzy head that lasted a below average amount of time. Decent lacing.

S: A very enticing aroma of white wine, yeast, some other berries, and vanilla.

T: Tasted of a tinge of funky yeast (not as prevalent), a bit of vanilla, a whole lot of the white wine (and its barrel), some blackberry notes, a hint of raspberry, and cherries as well. One of the more interesting wild ale flavors I've tried recently. The white wine adds a unique dimension and it blends well with the berries. Very tasty.

F: A highly-carbonated beer with a lively finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A well made, surprisingly easy to drink beer. Definitely drinkable.

Oct 22, 2018
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bobv from Vermont

4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Moderate to vigorous pour yields a 1/2 inch, extremely light pink head over a red wine colored body. Nose of blackberries and white grape. Taste of blackberries and white wine with a very nice wine-like finish. Beautiful! Nice feel and overall, this is going great paired with my baked salmon. Cheers!

Oct 13, 2018
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Benish from Wisconsin

3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a maroon translucent color with a very light looking head. The aromas were not overwhelming, it showcased the white wine and blackberries with notes of grape juice. Not so funky as the name almost implies. The flavors were similar, slightly sour but no horse-blanket funk. Gentle notes of white wine, fresh blackberries, grapes with a not so harsh sour - making it super easy to drink. The mouthfeel is pretty light bodied and smooth. Not overly carbonated. Overall its a good beer, it really allows the wine barrel and berries to shine through without an acidic sourness masking the flavors. For every style there is, there is always a one good beer for a beginner. I say this is a great wine barrel aged sour for someone new to this style.

Oct 09, 2018
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justintcoons from Pennsylvania

4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2018 Vintage.
12 oz bottle poured into a wide mouth tulip.

Ruby red / garnet. Good clarity. Short head fizzles out quickly.

Cabernet Sauvignon, charred oak bourbon, blackberry, raspberry, and toffee.

Tastes more like red wine than white; a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir. Charred oak, tannic, and slight bourbon. Blackberry jam, raspberry puree, and blackcurrant. Has a modest lactic sourness that doesn't come off cheap like a kettle sour.

Medium bodied, crisp, moderately sour, heartburn, off-dry, and "jammy."

Excellent wine barrel selection and aging. Quite a nice sour that you can pick up in a 12 oz bottle format.

Sep 25, 2018
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Czequershuus from Minnesota

4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This wine pours a deep crimson with a decent head. The aroma lead with jammy berry characteristics, as well as notes of underripe berry, then some more subtle white wine characteristics, as well as a hint of vanilla and floral perfume. The flavor leads with bursting flavors of blackberry, red currant, black currant, and black cherry, both jammy ans sour, underripe in character, with hints of vanilla and spice integrated throughout. The mouthfeel is quite full with abundant carbonation. Overall this is a pretty damn delicious beer - approachable, yet with depth and subtlety, it reminds me quite a bit of an artisan Lambrusco.

Sep 01, 2018
White Wine Barrel Aged Sour Wench from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 60 ratings