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Ranked #786
Ranked #5,303
4.08 | pDev: 8.82%
Notes: Sour Ale w/ Plums
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DJ-Hophead from England

4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle, Moor Brewery, Bristol - Pours cloudy red plum with a minimal white foamy head which quickly dissipates. Medium/low carbonation. Aroma - Tart - ripe orchard fruits, more peachy than plum, vinous notes. Taste - Tart forefront - sour peaches/plums, vinous notes, oaky/wood feel, light sour finish. Nice fruit sour.

Oct 08, 2018
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zonker17 from Texas

4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Draft pour to snifter, pale purple color, minimal head and lacing. Nose is candy-like fruit plum, hints of dank. Taste follows the nose, pleasant funkiness, plum, tart but contained. Dry and average carbonation.

Sep 29, 2018
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Phineasco from Massachusetts

4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a mahogany brown with a thin white head that recedes immediately. It is under carbonated. The beer smells of plum skins, apricots, leather, and oak. It is s tart, with plum skins, dark cherries, leather, and oak. The feel is light. A decent sour, but needs more carbonation.

Jun 28, 2018
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BGDrock from Canada

3.32/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Sparkling, fizzy head, petering out to nothing in half a minute. Body is deep amber, not quite clear, looking flat.
Plums and blueberry aroma, pie crust, mild.
Sour fruit flavours, wouldn't say strongly of plum, maybe some cherry, apple. Sweeter at first and increasingly tart through the finish, which is long and dry. Bitterness like you sucked on a peach pit. Under-carbonated, it's almost flat, but with just enough fizz and a good body that it's still enjoyable.

I'd say I got a bad bottle, but other reviews remark on low carbonation as well. Depth of flavour isn't what I'd hoped for, nor is there a distinct plum flavour. It's ok, but not worth spending the big bucks required to have it in Canada.

May 27, 2018
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Phyl21ca from Canada

3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a clear reddish color ale with a medium size foamy head with limited retention and not much lacing. Aroma of tart notes with some cherry and oak notes also perceptible. Taste is a mix of tart notes with some cherry notes, some oak and subtle residual sugar notes with some hints of acidity. Body is about average with good carbonation. Enjoyable Flanders red style with just enough depth.

May 10, 2018
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Bluecrow from New York

4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

-clear ruby-amber tap pour with minimal effervescence. The aroma is vinous with sour fruit notes. The flavor is of sour apple, grape and some stone fruit with oak notes. The acid-bitterness is moderate. The body is thin

Nov 14, 2017
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GRG1313 from California

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottling. This is a remarkably under rated beer in my opinion, although perhaps this site should have it broken down in vintages as are designated on the bottles. Pours a crimson read with little head and a real Italian cookie flavor concentrated cherry nose and flavor profile. The body is medium and perfectly balanced. This is a sweet yet complex and layered beer the likes of which one may not ever have tasted. It is delicious all around.

Sep 28, 2016
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tempest from New York

4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Ordered on the bartender's recommendation at Bir & Fud in Rome. A relatively clean sour, with a balance of sweet caramel malt and the acidic plum. Overall, well made but not as deep or complex as a great sour.

May 14, 2016
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Mitchellrhen from Colorado

4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep rusty/copper color, almost exactly like a slightly over ripe plum.
Aroma: Plum and Leather
Body: Light bodied, low carbonation
Flavor: Plum and berries followed by tart sourness and some musky wine cellar.
Overall: Unique, different, has its own character about it that I haven't found in too many sours. Brett can be a bit strong, but temperature will have a profound impact on how you perceive it. I certainly am a fan of the plums, so given the opportunity I would buy again.

Feb 17, 2016
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Ciocanelu from Romania

4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy plum color with off-white that goes away completely. Aroma has intense fruits. Plums, fermenting apples, apricots along with a musty cellar note. Taste follows with fermented fruits, mustiness, hay, barnyard funk. Body is on the light side, very dry with low carbonation. Really rustic sour ale with intense natural fruit character.

Feb 14, 2016
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recoveringmormon from Vermont

4/5  rDev -2%

Appearance -Very nice murky golden orange, essentially zero head.

Smell - Funky fermenting fruit, acid, minimal booze

Taste - very tasty hint of plums unfortunately a bit overshadowed by the brett. I like brett but the strength of this beer I think is in the fruit so it would have been nice if this came out a bit more more. A bit more boozy flavor than many sours at 6.2%.

Mouthfeel - Appropriate level of carbonation, thinner mouthfeel typical of sours.

Overall - I love sours so I always love to find a new and unique one. Will buy again.

Oct 28, 2014
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

4.15/5  rDev +1.7%

2012 edition.

It pours a rusty red murky colour with a 2 finger head of foam.

I get semi sweet plums with a rather massive nose of Brett. Some cider like qualities here to with a dose of vanilla.

The taste is more dominated by Brett than perhaps I like but the fruitiness is quite tasty and the finish is pretty darned dry. Malt wise, I get earthy notes, pretty much all I can pull out.

Medium body and carbonation. Nice mouth feel.

The Brett wears on my palate after a few sips but I'd hardly say this isn't a very good beer, because it is.

Sep 17, 2014
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

the italian wild ales have been really growing on me, and this plum wild ale is one of the more unique ones ive had. its lavender purple in color, hazed and sedimented, but with a pretty solid inch of white airy head. the nose is so floral, its got hints of vanilla and jasmine too, almost like the bath and body works store, where powerful scents muddle and give you a headache. this is not quite so overblown, but its a similar vibe. not sure plums have much nose to them, so while i smell sweet fruit, plums doesnt really show up. the flavor is so different than the nose. gone are the perfumes and confused fragrances. in their place is a layered brew, with obvious plum and red grape flavors up front, and a tartness that stops short of being sour in the finish. lots of oak, this is almost like a dessert wine, like a candy or a juice, its sweet and the fruit profile is really cool, but it turns funky and bretty and dry and puckery on the back end, a very cool finish to a one of a kind beer. carbonation is right on, and the body is creamy, uncommon in a wild ale. this is so different i can see it not being liked, but i was just in love with it. loverbeer has been totally hit or miss for me, and this is their greatest triumph that i have tasted. worth the steep price they ask for this, its a must try.

edit: enjoyed on draft at bull and bush last night, and its even more dynamic from the tap than the bottle, huge fresh plum, prune, and red wine elements to this and their awesome and mature wild yeast complexion, brilliant as it warms up. man this stuff is killer!

Jul 06, 2014
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homebrew311 from Illinois

3.67/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a somewhat murky reddish color with minimal head. Nose is of candied cherries, some funky Brett, a touch of acid, and some bright plum notes. Taste is mildly tart up front and gives way to candied fruits. Heavy Brett notes on the finish. Mouthfeel is moderate with medium carbonation. Overall, pretty nice but not sour enough considering the lactobacillus used.

May 11, 2014
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clayrock81 from Florida

3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a pinkish dark red type of body with minimal fizzy pink head. A mix of sour or tart fruit, some minor grapefruit like sweetness and a touch of oakiness in the nose. A good tasting beer (that I did grow tired of awhile, mind you) that is simple but well-executed. Sour/tart fruit flavors for a good sipping sour type ale that aren't overpowering and has a crisp but not biting backbite/finish and has enough sweetness in the beer to keep it balanced.

Jan 18, 2014
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MattSweatshirt from Texas

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewed in 2011 with a best by date of 2016.

Not much head. Small amount of off white head bubbles produced from a vigorous pour. They dissipate quickly but stick around the edge of the glass for a bit. Looks like a hazy iced tea/dark orange.

Oh my the soon as I cracked this a sweet plum smell erupted getting me excited about this. There is a sweet sugariness along with some grape. Reminds me of must.

The flavor took me by surprise. There is plum but also grape, iced black tea, a light acidic character, slight oak, some berry and cherry as well.

Very easy drinking light to medium body with very light carbonation.

Another winner as I delve into Italian brews.

Dec 29, 2012
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womencantsail from California

3.23/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A hazy amber color with a small off-white head. Smells a touch metallic with some sweet sugar, caramel, and fruits. There’s a bit of a perfume aroma to it, maybe some oak, and a touch of vinegar. The flavor exhibits more metal character than the nose, which is unpleasant. Some sweet fruit and sugar notes, a tannic wood quality, and a light tartness. There are some decent flavors/aromas, but the metal is very off-putting.

Aug 04, 2012
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

With the success of the sour ales of Belgium and northern France, Italy now gets their hands in the action with carefree attitudes in recipe formulation yet steadfastness in technique and control.

The BeerBrugna pours with a rusty prunish mauve color that only allows ruby light around the edges of the glass. A turbulent pour yields an efforted foam generation of loose and creamy head character. Reducing to a necklace around the rim, the beer's demeanor is more similar to authentic lambics rather than gueuze or re-sweetened fruited lambics.

Candied grape, wine must, and old earthen oak come together for a richly complex aroma. Background notes of cider and balsamic further reinforce fruit tartness as only a sweeter confectioner's sugar scent provides any malt support. Delicate and varying, the notes of plumb and Kool Aid come to mind as the beer warms.

The candyish character is washed aside as the fruity tartness of grape, plumb, apple, fig, and raisin introduce fermented vinous flavors to start the session. The timid underpinnings of powdered sugar gives a slight cotton candy taste, but is quickly dwarfed by the immense tartness that bridges on sour taste. Mild sea brine, weathered oak, light leather and a hint of fresh cut tobacco weave in extra complexities as the palate acclimates to the supple sourness.

Lightly astringent with the almost-bitter texture of plumb skin and pits offer a balance to the beer in the absence of noticable hops. Otherwise medium-light on the palate despite the low-lying carbonation pulling the beer closer to the tongue, the low pH of the beer offers the cutting power to quench the thirst and dry the palate in a pleasantly acidic way.

Although the majority of the session gives impressions of sour grapes, but with something else richer and more juicy. It's not until the aftertaste that the taste of plumbs are readily noticed. Outside of the fruit, the beer has a slightly timid approach to the sour ale underneath. Pushing further would allow for drier acidity and sharper sourness with richer earth components to abound.

Jun 28, 2012
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jibbyvonjibb from California

4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle 375mL
A: reddish-orange. cloudy. no head.
S: amazingly aromatic. intensely fruity. peaches. plums. cidery. sour. no funk.
T: most of the fruit flavors remain in taste. edelicately sour. no bitterness.
M: little carbonation like many lambics.
O: delicious. undiscovered treasure.

Apr 16, 2012
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largadeer from California

3.89/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks, Jason. Hazy grapefruit color in the glass, low carbonation topped by a thin fleeting head. Very fruity, plummy nose; plenty both of skin and flesh. Some mineral and oak barrel, too, along with gentle tartness. The palate has a big fruit presence, though there's no sweetness; it's dry, mildly tart and earthy. The plum skin and oak lend a moderate but pleasing tannic bite, which doesn't linger long into the finish. Mildly vinous, tart, jammy aftertaste. Nice stuff, not exactly world-class but very enjoyable.

Dec 07, 2011
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rvdoorn from Netherlands

4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at BBF
Look: The beer pours a hazy red-amber color with a small head
Smell: Peach, nectarines, plums and some sour vinegar
Taste: Malts, brett, sweet plums, lemon. Quite sour vinegar.
Mouthfeel: light with low carbonation.
Overall: Nice beer, bit arteficial sweet plum taste but very refreshing

Nov 20, 2011
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drpimento from Wisconsin

4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured with a nice, tight, small, off white head that quickly subsided and no lace. Color is a hazy/cloudy honey amber. Aroma is a divine with the sour, plums, malt with the plumbs and sour way at the top and very aromatic, like a cologne. Flavor's similar to nose without the lofty components. Body and carbonation are perfect for style. Finish is like flavor, clean, balanced, and of good length.

Nov 18, 2011
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