Tower Of Sour | Brewery Vivant

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brewery Vivant
Michigan, United States
breweryvivant.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by DJK8Technik on 11-04-2016

BEER STATS
Ratings:
17
Reviews:
5
Avg:
3.77
pDev:
7.69%
 
 
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0
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Photo of emerge077
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jakea
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dragginballs76
3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mush
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StoutHunter
3.44/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I picked up a bottle of Brewery Vivant's Tower Of Sour for $9.99 at The Lager Mill. I'm in the mood for soemthing sour today and I'm always down to try a new beer from Brewery Vivant, so lets see how it goes. 2017 Vintage. Poured from a brown 500ml bottle into a teku.

A- The bottle looks nice, it's got a pretty typical for this series and it's just a little eye catching. It poured a nice black color that took on more of a dark brown color when held to the light and it had two and half fingers worth of fizzy slightly darker tan head that died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away and left a little bit of spotty lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of sweetness with a nice roasted malt and cocoa like aroma to it that goes right into a dark fruit aroma with some cherries seeming to stick out the most. Up next comes a higher amount of sourness with a little bit of funky yeast aroma and slight vinegar like aroma. Towards the end comes a little more malts with a lightly grainy aroma showing up. This beer has a good aroma, it reminds me a little of Tart Side Of The Moon.

T- The taste seems to be a little similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of sweetness with the malts still being the first to show up, this time they are more grainy and bready with a lot less roasted malt and cocoa coming through and it's a little watery. Up next comes the funky yeast which is a good amount lighter and it barely shows up and it's followed by the vinegar aspect which is just about the same and it leads into the fruits with cherries sticking out the most and it's a little more juicy than it was in the aroma. Towards the end there's higher amount of sourness with a slightly watery aftertaste and the roasted malts and cocoa shows up just a little more right at the end. This is a decent tasting Sour Ale, but It didn't quite live up to the aroma and the watery aspects holds it back.

M- A little smooth, the sourness doesn't linger much, a little crisp, medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is nice and it works well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a decent beer and I thought it was a little close to being average for a Sour Ale, it's not bad, but the aspects that I liked and that made it stick out never really showed up in the taste and that held this beer back. This beer didn't have the best drinkability, half a glass is enough for me. What I like the most about this beer is the appearance and aroma, to me those are the highlights of this beer. What I like the least about this beer is the taste and drinkability, they are a little rough around the edges and could use some work. I wouldn't buy this beer again and I can't say I would recommend. All in all I didn't mind this beer, but I was a little disappointing in it, especially for a sour from Brewery Vivant. It's not a favorite and it's one my least favorite that I've had from them lately, it's pretty close to being average for the style. Better luck next time guys, this one could use some work.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

$ 11.12 (Including tax)/500 mL bottle ($ 0.658/oz) at Riverside Liquors, Grand Rapids, MI.
Undated bottle (2016 vintage) at 42 degrees. Served at 54 -57 degrees in a hand washed and dried Brewery Vivant snifter.
Aroma – Upon opening and pouring, somewhat vinegary. This dies away to a weak fruity odor.
Head – Average (Maximum 3.8 cm, aggressive pour), tan, fizzy, high density but low retention. Diminishing to an irregular two to three mm ring and no surface layer.
Lacing – none. Some slight dragging of the ring is present but not enough to achieve lacing.
Body – Dark brown, opaque, slight effervescence.
Flavor – Definitely be prepared to pucker up. Tannic acid forward with a slightly fruity taste. The sourness subsides as the glass sits. No malt/hops/alcohol/diacetyl. Makes my teeth feel squeaky clean.
Palate – medium, edging toward syrupy, lively carbonation.

Yes, it’s sour and definitely sat around in wood for a while. Beyond that, unremarkable.

Appearance 3.75, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 3.75, Palate 3.5, Overall 3.75.

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Photo of megapyro6
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with a khaki head. Fades quickly to light lacing.

The aroma is a sorta smokey coffee with light fruit, hay and funkiness, oak, and a sort of minerally note. This is going to sound weird, but it all combines to something that comes off like drywall or chalky. As it warms it gets a little more fruity and lemony.

The taste is lightly tart, with some cherry and raspberry and dark fruits, lingering cocoa and roasted coffee type flavors. There is some oakiness. As it warms lemon and raisin notes start coming out along with more cocoa.

The mouthfeel is light and crisp. Good body, decent carbonation. Dry finish.

Overall, I'm slightly let down. The beer is good and has interesting notes and a lot of potential. The acidity and wild yeast nature are both fairly understated.

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Photo of gratefulbeerhead
4.06/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pstam87
4.49/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Zaphog
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of krome
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jgunther71
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very dark brown with a two finger fizzy off white head. The head recedes quickly leaving s good amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is tart cherry, green apple, plums, cocoa and coffee.

T - The taste starts with tart cherries, green apple, plums and oak. The beer finishes with some dark chocolate and coffee.

M - Light body with medium carbonation. Soft crisp mouthfeel with a nice dry finish.

O - Another winner from Vivant. The tart fruits mixed with the coffee and dark chocolate work much better than I thought they would. Very nice beer.

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Photo of MIbeer27
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle into tulip glass; no bottle dating, but is a recent release. Pours nearly opaque dark brown color with a 1-2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big tart cherry, berries, raisin, plum, lemon, green apple, fruit skins, hay, straw, pepper, oak, funk, and toasted brown bread; with lighter notes of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, nuttiness, leather, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/funky/spicy yeast, oak, and moderate roast/bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big tart cherry, berries, raisin, plum, lemon, green apple, fruit skins, hay, straw, pepper, oak, funk, and toasted brown bread; with lighter notes of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, nuttiness, leather, vanilla, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Moderate fruity/acidic tartness and light yeast/tannic oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of tart cherry, berries, raisin, plum, lemon, green apple, fruit skins, hay, straw, pepper, oak, funk, toasted brown bread, light cocoa/coffee, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/spicy yeast, oak, and moderate roast/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/tart/spiciness balance, and zero astringent/puckering flavors after the finish. Light dryness from tart/spiciness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/grainy/acidic, lightly tannic/sticky, and slightly chalky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol for 7.3%. Overall this is a very nice dark sour ale. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/spicy yeast, oak, and moderate roast/bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the balanced acidity/tannins. Nice malt presence without being to sweet; with impressive yeast complexity. A very unique and enjoyable offering.

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Photo of dmorgan310
3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sweemzander
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Tower Of Sour from Brewery Vivant
3.77 out of 5 based on 17 ratings.
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