Sour Wench Blackberry Ale | 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:
#27,573
Reviews:
82
Ratings:
352
pDev:
12.4%
 
 
Wants:
17
Gots:
58
Trade:
0
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Photo of EMV
3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
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 +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jordo19
4.62/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of emerge077
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of karma_initiative
3.41/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of HorseheadsHophead
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
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 +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CJNAPS
2.56/5  rDev -31%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Photo of jdurey
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SkeletonBitch
3.99/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mark-Leggett
3.09/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of BenoitWF
3.97/5  rDev +7%
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 +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Sabtos
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
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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Photo of Steve_Studnuts
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Hayden34
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Beccabergkamp
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sour beers smell funky but so good. Great flavor

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Photo of Shade1951
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From a bottle, pours a lovely raspberry red. No head or lacing to speak of. Smell isn't overwhelming, but there is tartness and a hint of berries. The flavor doesn't disappoint. Quite tart with just the tiniest bit of sweetness. It's slightly mouth-puckering, which is what I like in a sour. Well carbonated, and all around enjoyable and refreshing.

This is one I will definitely get again.

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3.64/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RBorsato
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sokol_1993
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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Sour Wench Blackberry Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 352 ratings