Sour Wench Blackberry Ale | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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3.69/5
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Sour Wench Blackberry AleSour Wench Blackberry Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Gueuzedude on 08-05-2007

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Ranking:
#31,060
Reviews:
70
Ratings:
295
pDev:
13.01%
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Photo of kelseyr713
5/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of dental
3.82/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of woodychandler
3.79/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Well, it seems as though Cousin Colby has done it again! Yes, unlike my pseudo-Great Uncle Raymond, pictured in my avatar along with Woody Allen & CANs, Colby Chandler is my first cousin on my late-father's side: our late-fathers were brothers. I always get a kick out of what is coming out of Ballast Point & I seem to be drinking fruit(ed) beers tonight.

From the (gasp!) Bottle: "Dedicated to the Craft".

If you must bottle your beers in this CANlightened age, at least use a crown cap that requires an opener of some stripe. I love to at least be able to Pop! the cap, as I did in this case. My cousin is not a screw-top kinda brewer. I then performed a slow, gentle pour into the awaiting glass as clarity is key for me. Well, this is getting dunned for "Look" since it was not pure Berliner Weisse, but one that resembled post-red syrup application. I really don't care, but there has been a recent emphasis on rating to style & not to taste. Okay, just read my review & pay no attention to the increasingly-meaningless numbers. An in-glass swirl raised just over a finger of dense, foamy head that resembled freshly-spun cotton candy before it slowly fell away to wisps. Color was Magenta (SRM = N/A) with NE-quality clarity. Gorgeous, but totally out of spec. Nose smelled strongly of blackberries, but the citric lemoniness was also quite evident, kind of along the lines of raspberry lemonade (see my review of the Evil Twin/Omnipollo collaboration). Mmm. Mouthfeel was medium with a good deal of carbonation, big for the style. The taste was puckeringly tart! Blackberries, like raspberries. will often impart a tartness when fermented in alcohol and when coupled with an already tart style, my lips were literally sealed. 8=* Pucker up, baby! Mmm. I remember Brandon Greenwood's American revival of the style while he was at PHL's Nodding Head & it was a challenge - start with syrups & wean yourself off of them or jump into the deep end at the outset. I live for a challenge, but the fruit in this one was not doing anything but increasing the pucker factor. Phew! I'm not sure about calling it a "Sour", but it is unquestionably, unabatingly tart. Finish was continuingly tart & dry, but I tasted the blackberry flavor throughout. Well done, cuz!

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Photo of brocktune
3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Whiskeydeez
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DrDemento456
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Looking forward to this beer for a while into a standard pint.
Well you can't say blackberries were not used pours a very deep pink purple hue with a slight rose tinted head. Smell is definitely more sour than blackberry with Berliner sour lemons and salty twang. Wow thats interesting the blackberry really makes it a tad sweet which clashes with the sour lemon thing the style has. Finish is kind of watery, grainy and has a touch of salt. Finish is too easy since it drinks more like 4% than 7%

Not sure if I would get it again but it does tickle my fancy of both a sour beer and one with a little strength.

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Photo of Ahypercube
4.42/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had my eye out for this one. Found it at Whole Foods. Awesome possum. Into a "long-stemmed sniffer" (e.g. a red wine bubble glass).

L: Hazy purple-tinged red body, delicate soft pink head like berry-flavored frosting. Lovely strawberry glow in the light. Cave painting-esque lacing has amazing staying power for a sour ale.

S: Smells mighty tart and fruity. Blackberry jam is the first note, then lemon, then rhubarb, red sour cherry as it starts to get a little sweeter, then strawberry, then a fresh cucumber note with a faint sour, pickled, briney background. Very appetizing.

T: Blackberry is too prominent. If you don't mind a one-trick pony, this is a delicious sour beer, but it does not put on an impressive show. Lemon only teases the middle palate, then both its rind and a bit of the lingering blackberry bitterness combine with (definitely) cucumber and a bit of coriander (which I did not notice in the aroma).

F: A little heavy for the style. A tiny bit too much sugar for me, but most people would probably say it could be a little sweeter. Finishes brisk and light. Solid A-

O: Apparently sour ales are really my thing. This is the worst one I've had yet and I think it's pretty damn good. A bit simple, but I love blackberries. This is like alcohol plus the juice of underripe blackberries. Tart, fresh, and crushable.

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Photo of alexsergio
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MattyG85
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RoadLizard
1.54/5  rDev -58.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours with a medium head but its very carbonated so it doesnt last at all. Interesting color - kind of a purple-ish hue if held to the light. Smelled like nothing special. This beer didnt taste good to me at all. Sort of a confused flavor profile that never amounted to much. Eventually it was just sour, but not in a good way. Almost tasted old or something like that. In fairness, this is not my usual style so Im probably a bad test case for this beer but I cant recommend it and didnt finish the one I poured from a bottle. Glad I just bought one to try out. Never again.

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Photo of Commandophile
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DarthVorador
3.99/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jwat
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BlueSpader
3.69/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of blissfulNemo
3.76/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Dewsby
4.42/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Withheld complaints are all stylistic. This beer is far too strong to be a Berliner Weiss, and it was bringing almost some acetic notes to the table making it reminiscent of a good lambic or flemish sour. I enjoyed the beer so much I really don't want to dock points.

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Photo of Howlader
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AllHopsMatter
4.02/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From an undated bottle into a standard tulip glass. Local price: $14.99 per six-pack.
L: Dark purple color. about a finger of an off-white head, which dissipates relatively quickly. No lacing left on the glass
S: Cherries and a little grapes. Smell is very tart, but pretty weak, nothing to write home about.
T: Pretty good for what it is, strong tart sour notes. Cherries and grapes are pretty apparent. Alcohol is well masked. It won't compare to your Supplication or Bruery in complexity, but it's very refreshing and pleasant.
F: Feels pretty thin.
O: A really nice shelf sour. Everything you can want for the price.

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Photo of ImperatorScab
4.6/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Satsuma
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Jake-northrup
1.32/5  rDev -64.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.25

This ale pours a rich reddish purple hue. Not much comes off the nose except a little tart berry and a bit of malt. I thought this would be a super refreshing tonic after a long day at work but Ballast Point did not deliver on this one. It's very overly sour, overly carbonated, and consists of one boring note. I've spent a lot of time introducing people to sour beers, and this beer does my favorite style grave injustice. Try it if you want, but there's a ton of sour ales that kick Ballast Point's ass on this one.

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Photo of TheBrewsky
4.69/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of hermit990
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kkazemi
3.72/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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Sour Wench Blackberry Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 295 ratings