Pumpkin Sour
Almanac Beer Co.

Pumpkin SourPumpkin Sour
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Style:
American Wild Ale
Ranked #890
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
90
Ranked #6,501
Avg:
4.05 | pDev: 8.4%
Reviews:
28
Ratings:
126
From:
Almanac Beer Co.
 
California, United States
Avail:
Fall
Wants
  11
Gots
  26
SCORE
90
Outstanding
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Photo of Treyliff
3.74/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

375ml bottle poured into a tulip

A- pours a deep brown color with virtually zero head

S- aroma gives notes of tart cherry and cranberry, as well as some thanksgiving-like spices

T- malty up front before a dark berry-like sour adds some dark wine notes as well. The finish gives just a hint of bourbon and spice

M- medium-light body with moderate-low carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues into a tart dry finish

O- hard to find elements of pumpkin or pumpkin spice, but a nice sour

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Photo of briandschorr
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am not normally a fan of sour beers but I found this one to be a surprise. There was almost no head, there was a vinegar meets pumpkin aroma and mild carbonation. The pumpkin did not come through as much as I was hoping for. Still, the roasted flavor plus acetic acid provided a nice addition to the overall flavor. For first timers the wine meets vinegar combo may put them off but this is beer is still worth a try. Also, the barrel element provides a nice complexity so overall this could be one of the better sour beers I have tried.

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Photo of stakem
3.33/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle into a tulip appears black in color with a mocha head that fades leaving spotty lace.

Aroma is roasty chocolate, earth, ash and tangy bacterial sourness. Slight coffee and vinous character.

Tastes sour and vinous. Very mild roastiness underneath all the bacterial tang.

Light in body with modest carbonation. Not sure I get what they were going for here. I dont dig it. I dont get the pumpkin aspect at all, all I get is what I think was a stout aged in wine barrels that turned.

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Photo of ChrisMon02
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown with ruby highlights. Absolutely no head. Strong wine, vinegar and mild bourbon on the nose. Very tart wine with a touch of spicy bourbon. I am not getting pumpkin but that is fine with me. Slightly carbonated and works well for the style.

I wasn't sure what to expect as I do not like pumpkin beers. This was a gift from my cousin who lives in Cali. Quite impressive with complex barrel flavors and pretty darn bitter. Recommended.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap. Slightly hazy amber color with beige head. Aroma is malty and slightly spicy with a hint of fermented fruits but it's quite simple overall. Taste starts tart with some fermented fruits like mirabelle plums and apricots, finishes slightly spicy and dry. Medium body with low carbonation. Quite underwhelming overall, there is absolutely no barrel character.

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Photo of DispyDnb
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle at Muter Horn Berlin.
Deep black color with red shades; smell is mostly coming from the bourbon barrel and it's very very pleasant; taste has everything that is written on the bottle and it's nicely balanced: brett comes first, then a big shot of wine/bourbon and a good lil aftertaste of pumpkin. GOOD!
Feel is veeeeery sour, mid carbonation, mid body. Must try beer

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Photo of Bulabeers
4.69/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

L: Comes out pretty dark with a quickly dissipating tan head
S: Bourbon and wine vanilla and pumpkin
T: Perfect blend of sour bourbon wine and pumpkin
O: Nicely done perfectly balanced flavors

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Photo of bnes09
4.26/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark chocolate color. Big head for the style with solid retention. Clean vinegar and mild pumpkin aroma. Moderate roasted flavor with a hefty dose of acetic acid. Hint of fresh pumpkin. Minimal spices as desired does not over shadow the fruit. Subtle wood. Very well balanced. Medium body. Well carbonated. Dry acidic finish. Very good sour fruited ale.

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Photo of VashonGuy
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle into a tulip. Bottled July 2015, so I'm drinking this about 9 months later.

I get a lot of bourbon in the aroma, really nice, so I expect to get that in the taste as well. Surprise! The bourbon influence is very subdued. There's more impact from the wine barrels. And the sourness (good, not bad) takes center stage. It's really a wild ale, that happens to be made with pumpkin (very much in the background) and has extra layers of flavor from the wine barrels. With just a bit of bourbon.

Lots of carbonation, a light body, and very well balanced.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice sour notes, then a good bit of pumpkin. Some mild spices as well. Good balance. An example of how good a pumpkin sour can be, if only more places made pumpkin sours this well.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

thanks so much to my brother, tenderbranson69 for sharing this with me from the bottle enjoyed chilled.

the color is dark brown almost like chocolate with thick creamy medium tan head. The smell is very vinous with slight woody aroma with bright sour smell. The feel is very tannic with woody texture and sourness that is leaving a pucker effect with low spice and sweetness.

The taste is very interesting with a nice amount of complexity from the bourbon and wine barrel in the taste. The sourness is intense but still has a nice toastiness which could be pumpkin or malt not sure which. I liked this a lot, but not sure if drinking this blind I would know it was a pumpkin beer, just has that wine barrel sour quality which is good and does not taste like the abv listed.

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Photo of ONUMello
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle poured into a tulip
A: Very dark brown with a one-finger head that quickly settles
S: Dark malt, sour, a bit of spice
T: Sour cherries, dark malt, wine, maybe a hint of pumpkin but it's hard to detect and a bit of pie spice
M: Light-medium bodied, sour
O: Tough to review as it's tasty, mouthwatering, and balanced. That being said the flavors are fairly simple and I'm hard pressed to find the pumpkin it supposedly features. Overall though it's a nice barrel aged wild ale, fits the style well and is enjoyable to drink

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours a finger and half of head on an almost black body.
The aroma is barnyard, earthy, ripe dark fruits and roasted pumpkin. Nice.
The taste starts tart, has pumpkin flavors in the middle, finishes with a long sour note.
The texture is fizzy and light.
It's really nice.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.84/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Black in color with no penetration to light. No semblance of head whatsoever. The aroma is overwhelmingly merlot. I don't get anything else. As the beer warms I get notes of Brett. The taste is much more complex with merlot still predominant. I also get some faint notes of sweet bourbon. As it warms I get a bit of tart Brett. Supposedly there is pumpkin and other spices, but they are stomped out by the other flavors. The mouth is moderately carbonated and dry.

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Photo of _RL_
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black, thicker than many stouts but short of motor oil viscosity. Smells sour - not quite like Dogpatch, as if someone took the edge off the sour smell. Tastes sour though, not a lot of pumpkin, but a bit muted in the sourness, probably from the pumpkin mellowing the sour base. Feels relatively thick for a wild ale, but not overly so. Doesn't have much pumpkin, but Almanac sours are so good anyway, I would drink this again.

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Photo of TomMorris
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

My first Almanac beer; absolutely love the bottle artwork for their entire Farm to Barrel series.

Pours a very dark and hazy brown with some tannish highlights. Minimal head and lacing.

The nose is wonderful: A perfect amount of lactic tartness along with some very discernible cinnamon and brown sugar scents. Not picking up much pumpkin, but it definitely smells like a sour fall seasonal.

Unfortunately, the taste doesn't quite live up to the nose for me. The sourness for me definitely smothers the other flavors present in the nose and I can't much discern them without some real searching. That said, the beer isn't overly sour - in fact, it's really about the perfect amount of sour that I enjoy in this style of beer. That said, I'd really prefer more of what I was expecting given the nose and title of the beer.

Almanac have definitely crafted a wonderful and drinkable sour ale here, and I'm looking forward to trying the others in their series. For this beer to really be special for me, I'd prefer the pumpkin and sugar/spice flavors need to be played up more, or the sour dialed back slightly. It's very pleasing as a sour ale and I'd definitely drink it again, but I wanted a little more.

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Photo of stortore
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375 ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours really dark, opaque, with an almost two finger head that dissipates petty quickly. Some lacing. Smell brings malt, wine, funk, maybe some caramel. Overall, has a spicy and fruity, almost sweet aroma. Taste also leads with the malt. Sour, but not overly so. Also malt, wine, caramel, some funk, hint of bourbon. Can't say I get any pumpkin, at least not that I can single out. That said, I think it tastes pretty awesome. Smooth, really good body, a crisp feel, well carbonated.

I struggle with reviewing sours, but I can tell you this is a great beer. So much flavor, the wine barrels add a lot. it's a little pricey, but I'm planning on grabbing another if I can. Well worth a purchase, very enjoyable.

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Photo of Rimbimhoot
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Very dark brown with no head and no lacing
S: Tart, dark cherry, lactic, light roast, yogurt, earthy spice, cinnamon
T: Balanced sour, lactic, lactic acid, creamy yogurt, light cinnamon, oak, vanilla, slight bourbon
M: Medium mouthfeel with medium-light carbonation
O: This is a phenomenally balanced sour beer. Complex flavors yet super drinkable

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

it figures that right after i get done critically reviewing the citra sour in a somewhat negative light, almanac would come back with their very next beer and blow me away. theyve done it, this is amazing. nice and dark big brown ale base, with some chocolate malt and some roast, but the stars here are the barrels. both bourbon and red wine are used, and they have enormous impacts. the acidity of the sour and the sharp wine tannins go together super well, and the rich vanilla and booze profile of the bourbon oak plays really well with the cinnamon in here and the pumpkin flavor, keeping it autumnal, but going in a decidedly different direction than the normal fall classic. not too much squash in this, but also not too much spice, the yeast and the barrels are actually the dominant flavor agents, which really surprised me. lots of layers in this, especially in the finish, where red apple and dried date and tobacco and starch and vinegar acidity and wet wood all come out, its pretty intense and dynamic, but its also relatively smooth for a sour beer, and unlike so many other almanac beers, this one has a totally unique sourness to it that really compliments the other flavors. maybe a shade more acidity than is necessary for this, but its distinct and really well made, and i am more than fine having paid ten or eleven bucks for a bottle. i might even get another one...

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

black bodied beer that pours a large head that quickly drops down to no head. No lacing at all. Aroma's of acetic sourness and light dark malt profile that is very roasty, but I think this is a good quality. Get a nice whiff of sweet bourbon and tannic red wine, but no pumpkin to speak of. Taste is much the same. The barrel notes of this sour are really spectacular. You can taste both the bourbon and red wine and they really mesh well together. Moderate sourness level about a 5 out of 10. Acetic sourness upfront and a nice little lacto bite in the finish. No pumpkin noticed in the flavor either. Medium bodied beer with low carbonation. This is drinks like it is a 5% abv sour and it is not boozy at all. The farm to face series is such a solid sour beer series. Glad that it is now a shelf beer!

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Photo of laketang
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured clear amber with a thin tan head

Sour notes detected, and malt presence

Great sour taste, pumpkin sweetness noted on roof of mouth, minor oak presence .

Medium mouth feel, tangy sour sticks to tonguenot much linger tho

Good sour by my definition, could be skewed by not having many to go by tho, but I liked it and would try again

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled July 2015.

Pours an opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour with toasted malt, earth, vanilla, marshmallow, bourbon, red wine, wood, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour malt, earth, bourbon, red wine, wood, and slight char 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 mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with nice bourbon and wine barrel aging, but I am not getting any distinct pumpkin qualities whatsoever.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of zander4dawin
4.26/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown colored ale with a thin disappearing head. Sharp sour notes, sweet cherry with a hint of meaty pumpkin and spice on the finish. Really solid sour not huge pumpkin flavors.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12.68 fl oz (375 ml) bottle, no bottled on date, but these just arrived in my area. My first beer from Almanac Beer Co., acquired at the local bottle shop. My first encounter with a 'Pumpkin Sour' - this one aged in bourbon and wine barrels. Sounds absolutely delicious.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - Pours much darker than expected, a rich thick brown-black, opaque in the glass, with two fingers of fizzy chocolate tan head. Semi-decent head retention that stays at about a finger's worth. No real lacing sticks.

S - A complex and intricate aroma: notes from the base beer emerge: brown sugar, cola spicing, brown bread, nuttiness. Some alcohol fumes, and some wine-like dark fruitiness are present also. Woodsy, with slight notes of caramel, but I'm not detecting any overt bourbon barrel character.

T - Very tart and lactic sour initially. Again, very intricate and complex. Tart, dark fruits (plums, dates, raisins) emerge from the wine barrel, merging with the nutty, gourdy flavors of the brown ale base. Again, not pulling much in the way of vanilla or bourbon barrel. Yeasty & bacterial in the finish. Very good amount of lip-puckering sour. Pumpkin pie, gourd, and cinnamon spice all come through distinctly in the finish.

M - Sour & tart. Medium-bodied, with good carbonation. Like others have noted, it is probably a tad heavier than other sours, but it sits well with this beer.

Overall, a very refreshing and unique take on the traditional pumpkin ale, and a very very pleasant and well-executed pumpkin sour. This definitely has me looking forward to many more Farm To Barrel offerings, and much more to enjoy from Almanac Beer Co.

Almanac Pumpkin Sour -----4/5.

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Photo of whatthehull
4.95/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a snifter/tulip/wine glass from a 12 oz (I think) bottle

A - Pours a deep dark brown/black, almost zero off white head except what was sitting around the sides of the glass and zero lacing/legs

S - Obviously funky and sour up front, pumpkin spice, red wine blend, wet wood, sweet tart berries/cherries, live baking yeast, baking spices, wild yeasts and awesomeness, sweet malts, roasted grain lots of 'em and the bourbon aged wood really comes out

T - Right of the bat sour and funkiness, then the pumpkin spice like notes settle in, crisply sweet malts, over the top grain including some toasted, bourbon like notes, tart dark colored fruits including but not limited to cherries and olallieberry, Red wine blend, tastes like a sour version of Thanksgiving deserts (in a sour ale). Bread and/or baking yeasts and a nice hop bitter finish

M - Medium plus body, well balanced, nice complexity, medium plus acidity, medium minus carbonation and a lovely earthy to fruity wild ale/sour journey from start to finish

D/O - This beer is just a delight -- not sure how else to describe it. For a wild ale/sour you'll get the basic essence of it and as far as the pumpkin goes -- seems strange but is a wonderful cherry on top to the entire sundae, as it were. It is like a pumpkin pie met a tart fruity sour. Refreshing, tasty and I just loved every minute of it. This one is a little heavier than most sours, but none the less. Wish I had more -- but, as my Grandfather always said, "you can wish in one hand and shit in the other and see which one fills up first"

Final thoughts - I am sure this beer exceeds the $10 threshold but I am not sure as it was a gift. Lovely 8.5% ABV that hides itself well and an all around pleasure to taste and enjoy. This one receives my highest marks.

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Pumpkin Sour from Almanac Beer Co.
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 126 ratings