White Wine Barrel Aged Sour Wench | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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White Wine Barrel Aged Sour WenchWhite Wine Barrel Aged Sour Wench
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States
ballastpoint.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.10%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by superspak on 05-28-2018

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
6
Ratings:
28
pDev:
6.34%
 
 
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Ratings: 28 |  Reviews: 6
Photo of TheWolf
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of raycoll
3.81/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NolaHopHead
4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Avatar113
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of superspak
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of avalon07
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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

Photo of Musineer
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Zazzi82
3.94/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of kjkinsey
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.84/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bobv
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
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!

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Photo of Benish
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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Photo of nmann08
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of prototypic
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jripley97
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of IdrinkGas
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of justintcoons
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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

Taste
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.

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

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

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Photo of ajdemma
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of meatyard
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bschmidt_37
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of epyon396
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jbehlar
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KShophead
4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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Beer rating: 4.26 out of 5 with 28 ratings