Sour Wench | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Berliner Weisse

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our Sour Wench Blackberry Ale is a fruity Berliner Weisse-style beer bursting with Oregon blackberry flavor and aroma. The fruit addition adds a beautiful violet hue, and the taste has an approachable soft tartness from kettle souring. This artful gypsy will surely lure you into the world of sour beers.

10 IBU

Added by Gueuzedude on 08-05-2007

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#28,907
Reviews:
85
Ratings:
361
pDev:
12.97%
 
 
Wants:
19
Gots:
62
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Photo of NedFredHead
2.91/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Tart and sour for sure, but it could be any berry in the background -- not really getting the blackberry notes. I tasted more of a cherry flavor. Goes down smooth. Otherwise there's not really much going on here, and so far the least impressive beer I've had from Ballast Point.

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Photo of bluehende
3.59/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of VanessaM888
1.24/5  rDev -66.5%
look: 5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Horrible. I threw mine out.

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Photo of Squire
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Golden red leaning more toward red color with light whitish cap.

A subtle aroma of ripe berry that is not immediately distinguishable as blackberry but the aroma is clean.

Taste is sharply tart but not mouth puckering. Again, can't really call it blackberry, more of a blackberry/raspberry/marionberry/dewberry mix but certainly berry. Also can't find a flavor for the underlying grain which strikes me as being there as a carrier for the berries. Flavors are simple and finish clean.

Fairly thin texture with balancing carbonation.

One of my favorite brews is Duchesse de Bourgogne Flanders Red Ale which I mention just to give an idea of my taste platform for sour beers generally. If that style is the model then most of the craft sour beers on the market that I've tasted fall short of the mark. This Sour Wench from Ballast Point being a case in point. Perhaps the best use for Sour Wench is take it to a party thrown by your Bud Light friends to spike up whatever you're served.

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Photo of a77cj7
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WashingtonBeerBud
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

FYI not a big sour drinker.

I start off with the smell, which you can definitely smell the blackberry and a bit of sourness to it. A fresh blackberry smell, not something that could potentially ruin the flavor but not something that gets you "excited" either.

It pours decent, has a very nice dark/reddish color to it, very appealing. non-existent head to it, which was a bit of a dissapointent.

Taste, at first you get a foamy feel with it, followed up with the blackberry taste which was excellent, then the sour comes after but not too much to totally take out the flavor, flavor remains intact with a dry sour following, very nice.

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Photo of Luscious_Malfoy
4.23/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BenHoppy
4.29/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EMV
3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Clear maroon/burgundy pour with thin fizzy head. More lacing than expected.

S: Tart and fruity.. blackberry and lemon rind.

T/F: Tart without being sour. Strong blackberry... lighter lemon/citrus and mild funk. Currant and grains/wheat. Light bodied... cooking cherry later in the swig. The finish is fruity and dry.

O: A pretty solid Berliner Weisse... good fruit flavor.. nice tartness.. and higher ABV than expected for the style. The blackberry compliments the kettle soured beer nicely, and again more tart than actually sour. A good intro to the style.

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Photo of TheBeerMaster1
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jordo19
4.62/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of emerge077
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of karma_initiative
3.41/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of HorseheadsHophead
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: Slightly hazy, dark reddish-purple with a small light pink head. Average retention, and rings of lacing.

S: Blackberry jam, plum, raisin, grape juice, blackcurrants, red wine, red wine vinegar. A nice balanced of acidity, funk, and jammy/candied sweetness.

T: Blackberry jam, plum, and blackcurrants upfront. Grainy wheat malt in the middle. Quite fruit-forward, moderately sour, and moderately acidic. Lemon zest, green apple skin, cherry, and pomegranate notes as well. A hint of hay and coriander.

F: Medium, well-carbonated, smooth, and well-rounded.

O: A good fruited sour ale. Enjoyable and recommended.

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Photo of netshark
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CJNAPS
2.56/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Photo of jdurey
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SkeletonBitch
3.99/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kdouble
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mark-Leggett
3.09/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DIM
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BenoitWF
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I found it more acidic than sour. Nevertheless overall a good beer. Easy to drink. Tastes more like a cider than a beer due to the pronounced berry flavor which is expected from a blackberry sour ale

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Photo of Antg8989
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Sabtos
3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A puffy, soft Pepto pink head rests atop a dark red chill hazed body.

Smell is strawberry and blackberry Gushers with a hint of spice or pepper.

Taste is tart sour blackberry-cherry exclusively, through a medium-thin body with a crisp dry finish.

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Sour Wench from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 361 ratings