Sour Side Of The Moon
8 Wired Brewing Co.

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Style:
Flanders Oud Bruin
Ranked #65
ABV:
6%
Score:
87
Ranked #23,382
Avg:
3.87 | pDev: 14.99%
Reviews:
7
Ratings:
20
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Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 20
Photo of Buck89
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Teku glass. A slightly hazy dark cola color with a large, frothy light tan head. Huge barrel aroma right out of the bottle. A closer sniff brought cherries, vanilla, more bourbon, and toffee. This was moderately sour. There was a slightly sweet caramel presence. Some bourbon and vanilla. The funk was there but was restrained. A clean, dry finish. Nice.

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Photo of intransitive
1.63/5  rDev -57.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.25

Poured from a bottle dated 2014 (purchased from Craft Beer Cellar in Belmont MA) into a Palm glass. Oh boy. What went wrong here? Maybe these beers aren't supposed to be aged? Maybe I got a bad batch? Something went wrong in transit from the other side of the planet? Or maybe this is just a bad beer? The latter option would be surprising and disappointing, considering the other sour beers I've had from this brewer, which were quite good.

Deep brown/maroon color, not much lacing or head. Odd, off-putting chemical smell at first. Taste was spoiled fruit, astringent chemical and rot. I've read this beer described as a Flemish red, but that's not what came out of my bottle. More noxious than sour. I had two more sips just to make sure my initial impression was correct, then poured it down the drain.

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Photo of SHODriver
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip to a deep brown with some mahogany hues topped by a dense two finger tan head that retains well and leaves decent lacing
S: Smells of funk with some nice sourness.
T: Taste is sour up front with some cherry notes as well, some leather comes in as well as some nice funkyness. Swallow is more leather and funk, hints of more sourness, and some dry chocolate and oak. Nice roastyness on the finish
M: This beer is about a medium in body with slightly prickly carbonation and a dry finish.
O: Overall not bad but there are better ones out there in my opinion. Either way it doesn't have any major faults so it should be enjoyable. Just kind of light on the sour but for an oud bruin that's ok.

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Photo of FBGordon
3.34/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip.

A: Pours brown with ruby highlights and a thick khaki head which maintains well and laces nicely.

S: Lots of sour funk; the hops have settled down with the barrel aging. But the funk lives on.

T: Some malt and woody notes up front, with the sour funk slowly building on the back end. The sour is a little muted with the woody-sweet aging coming through for the most part.

M: Medium body with a little carbonation on the front end that settles down quickly. A slight astringency due to the sour.

O: I'm impressed with the clean sour in the nose, but the malts and wood from the barrel aging take over from there, and the sour in the nose muddles the Flanders character a little. I like it well enough, but was looking for more sour on the palate.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle, 2014 vintage, @ 7.5% ABV. Wow, the availability of Pinot Noir barrels must be pretty high in New Zealand!

This beer pours a clear, rather dark reddish-brown colour, with two chubby fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and sort of fizzy beige head, which leaves a bit of natural arch formation lace around the glass as it slowly and evenly subsides.

It smells of tart berry fruit (raspberry, cherry, and maybe a hint of kiwi), grainy and bready caramel malt, a soft barrel-borne woody vanillan character, some entrenched yeastiness, and a touch of old oxidized white wine. The taste is sharply acidic red cooking vinegar, a gritty and grainy caramel malt, muddled dark fruity esters, huddled yeast, a zingy wine barrel woodiness, and more lemon and lime fruit acerbity.

The bubbles are adequate in their generally supportive, and sometimes tingling frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and kind of smooth, as the tart 'n sour thing, along with the aimless yeast, aren't really the types to reach out and help much. It finishes off-dry, but in a neutered fruity and waning malty sense.

Yeah, not the most engaging or well-rounded version of the style, although there is indeed a lot going on here. In the end, this seems just a tad too disjointed, and hard to justify when much more pleasant, and certainly more affordable options are readily available out there.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2014 vintage. 7.5% ABV per the label.

Pours an almost opaque super dark crimson-brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Thick swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour with dark fruit, roasted malt, red wine, wood, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour dark fruit, red wine, earth, and wood flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and dry mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice mix of sour and red wine barrel aged characteristics all around.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Though far, far away from the Roselare region of Belgium, the style that defines those valleys, hollows and ale influences fellow brewers as far away as New Zealand. The influence of Sour Side of the Moon comes by way of the Flemish-style, sour brown ale.

Within its dark russet brown hues lies a hazy reddish tint. With a creamy, frothy head floating the beer, its toasty and peppery scent is laced with sour fruit, light vinegar, and robust dark fruit. To taste, the ale holds a mild candied sweetness at first, but its malty balance is short-lived.

With the middle palate looming, the taste trends dry as its sweetness and toastiness dissolves and its fruit brightens. Robust black cherry, blackberry and currant develop into a tangy grape, apple and lime tartness. Eventual sourness controls the finish while its peppery taste of oak, fennel and peppercorn accent the ale's dryness.

Its semi-dry and acidic finish is crisp and brazen to the palate- sharpening its vinegar-like taste deep in finish. The mild char, oak and black pepper finish gives impressions of the most robust but dry merlot with a quick aftertaste of crabapple and citrus.

sour nose, toasty, peppery. cherry, apple, light vinegar

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Sour Side Of The Moon from 8 Wired Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 20 ratings