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Dogpatch SourDogpatch Sour

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Almanac Beer Co.
California, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This barrel-aged wild ale is named for our San Francisco neighborhood and pays tribute to the Flanders Red style of beer. Aged in wine barrels, this lightly tart ale is brewed with California Rainier cherries using a house blend of wild yeasts, bacteria and SF sourdough yeast. Pair this complex ale with ripe figs & blue cheese or seafood bouillabaisse.

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Photo of iTunesUpdates
4.83/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

One of the finest sours I have ever had.

I am a nut for everything this beer embodies. latterly. I love cherries, red wine, barrel aged beers, sour dough, and sours.

The only thing wrong with this beer is it looks murky. Absolutely amazing puckery taste. Full bodied beer with notes of red wine, sour yeast and cherries.

Smell is of a typical sour but this beer shines with it's taste.

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Photo of highdeserthophead
4.83/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Excellent mouth puckering sour with an awesome cherry aroma. Not picking up much of the wine barrel aging, just some hints of must in the nose. Delicious malty backbone and very subtle oak in the finish.

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Photo of whatthehull
4.78/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a wine glass from a 11.9 oz bottle

A - A mostly opaque blood orange/brown, little to no off white head and little to no lacing

S - Sour, vibrant tart fruit, heavy on the oak, cherries sweet and tart, wild yeast, has a fresh sourdough bread note, slight earthy hop, chewy grains and sweet malts

T - Lovely sour, tart fruits, cherries, red wine blend barrels, oak, bread yeast, chewy malts and grains, sourdough starter, lots of earth (green/brown) and a slight earthy hop

M - Medium plus body, nice balance, nice complexity, huge acidity (in the best of ways), medium plus carbonation and a tart, to sweet, to tart cherry from beginning to end.

D/O - Wow, this sour is spectacular. An all around lovely ale. Refreshing, fresh, lots of taste without being over the top or over complex, pairs well with rich foods and desserts. There is a problem however, after one, you will immediately want another, no kidding! I want this one with a thanksgiving feast. Hopefully I can find one before then.

Final thought - Not sure on the price as it was a gift -- though knowing where she purchased it and who makes the ale between $10-20 a bottle. The abv is perfect at 7.5 and would age perfectly. Don't know you'll be able to wait.

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Photo of coriswrasse
4.77/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Batch #3

looks really good. pours a large amount of head that settles into a thin layer. fine for a sour. color is golden with orange amber hue. smell is barnyard and horse. some tarty nose feel even. taste is subtle sweet then apple, tart, and then funky. Mouthfeel is light but not a tart crispy finish. The sour hits you more in the nose and face! A excellent beer. Don't know what it cost but I definitely recommend this.

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Photo of t420o
4.71/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Almanac Dogpatch Sour

A- pour yields a small crown that dissipates quick leaving no lacing, as to be expected. Beer is an orangish-reddish hue. 4

S- I know I'm going to like this immediately upon smelling it. Tart red cherries, raspberries, tannic, green apple, light yeast 4.75

T- phenomenal. Tart red cherries, tannic white wine, fresh berries, and the yeast imparts a fullness to the beer really rounding it out to be near perfect. 4.75

M- nice prickly carbonation and full bodied for a wild ale, but goes well. 4.25

O- I loved this beer, Almanac comes through again. 5


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Photo of macher0
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to dbannister for the trade.

A: Cloudy ruby red color with dark orange hues. Not much of a head to start and just a few bubbles as it settles. Kind of a flat beer, but I find that it works.

S: Tart sour yeast, sour bactieria, big fruity - mainly cherries with some raspberry and strawberry notes, good amount of funk. A stong and pleasant neutral oak barrel presense melds everything togather. Fairly simple inputs but the outputs are dymanic.

T: I want to do this justice b/c it is a damn fine beer. This has a high tart level. Lots of fruit and barrel. Notes of sour-ass cherries are the dominate flavor. Digging for minor notes you get berries: raspberries, cranberries, and strawberries (bright red flavore), and a strong neutral-oak finish. A little dusty and a little funky.

M: Low carb and a little thick. Smooth, highly tart, and moderate body.

O: This is a good example of how some US breweries are bring it now, very close to their Belgian fore-fathers. This is a top-notch Kriek, hands down. I'm big on this beer. It has a low-coarse carb feel, but the texture and flavors balance that out to create something very similar to GI Loloita. I will search this out again.

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Photo of antott0523
4.59/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Almanac Dogpatch Sour

On draft poured into a snifter at Clinton Hall NYC.

A: Pours a translucent caramel color dark enough to kill the light. Thick off white head that disappears as I drink the beer. No lacing and a minimal amount of visible carbonation. 4

N: The nose is buttery. Heavy cream with hints of oak. Raw sourdough. Sweeter notes of cherry, pear and a touch of vanilla lead to a faint tartness of meyer lemon zest. Stunningly complex. 5.

T: Sits in the medium high to high end of the sour. Detectable notes of wood and vanilla with dry white wine, tart fresh cherry, grape must leading to a delicate and clean sour finish. 4.5

M: Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation and round mouthfeel. 4.5

D: Very complex and pleasant drinking beer. One could argue this was a poor choice for kale salad with lemon juice dressing and wurst with sauerkraut due to the sour overload, but this beer has enough levels due to the complex yeast bill and wine barrel aging to be sour, but highly drinkable.

After this beer and Bourbon Sour Porter I am extremely impressed by the sour ales brewed by these guys. Delicious job!

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Photo of ebin6
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The obvious comparison here is Supplication no matter how much you don't want to draw comparisons. I don't like it either, but if you're a sour drinker on the West Coast, I'm having a hard time seeing how you can avoid it. The good news: it's in the same stratosphere, which is praise enough. The uncomfortable news: it is somewhat frustrating to try and review it objectively. Supplication holds such a special place in my BA heart that this almost feels like beer-daultery considering how much sours cost. Anyway, now that the elephant has been acknowledged (and my BA guilt expressed), on to the review. Trying my best to be objective from here on out.

A- a nice ruby red appearance after the pouring was complete. Almost looked golden as it was coming out causing brief confusion, but it settled in nicely

S- wow, what a great nose. Really puts everything in place; the wine is evident and the cherries are in full force

T- just what you hope for when purchasing this style. The moment it hits your tongue there is a burst of cherry goodness. The residual flavors resonate for a good 15 seconds leaving you with a satisfying draught every time.

M- from the moment it hits your lips, the tingling begins. Just what you want from a beer as sour as this. A vigorous mouth swirl elicits an intense puckering that lasts for a while

D- I could easily have 2 or 3 of these. The abv is there, but superbly balanced. This ought to be on your sour radar.

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.51/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle is from May 2015. Pours a deep amber to red with plenty of carbonation evident. No real head present. All cherry on the nose - gives you a taste of things to come. This is a sharp sour, definitely an eye opener! The lively carbonation gives this a refreshing feel, sparkling cherry juice style. Haven't had to break out the antacids just yet....but as it warms I am getting a vinegary tone which leaves a lasting aftertaste. Lots to like here. This is one of a few Almanac offerings available in the Chicago area and I look forward to trying many more.

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Photo of Hopislovehopislife
4.51/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep murky Amber, pretty opaque and fast dissipating head. You very much get tart cherries on the nose of this beer. Tast is just that a nice dryness of tart cherries. Very nice puckering sour with this beer, if you aren't into a tart sour this is probably a beer you may want to avoid. Its very much a tart Bret cherry sour and it doesn't hide that from you.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured into a snifter to a deep amber with a small white head that quickly fades to nothingness
S: smells of sour cherries, vanilla, oak, and funk
T: taste brings a huge smack of sourness on the palate with some cherry flavors, hints of oak and vanilla and a slight funkyness. swallow is more sourness with some vanilla, oak and some sweetness
M: Medium in the mouth with good effervescent carbonation that keeps things lively and a drying finish
O: Overall, this beer is exceptional. It's hellactiously sour but the flavors of the beer do manage to poke through.

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Photo of crob3888
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured at Draught's in Thousand Oaks into a tulip. Pours a hazy yellow-gold with a small white head. Immediate smelling notes of lemons and citrus fruit. Taste is mouth puckeringly sour, with huge flavors of lemon and citrus rinds, lemonade, acidic vinegar, and tart candy. Overall, an excellent and very sour beer.

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Photo of Michelle_VillageMarketSF
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Got a chance to try this out of a snifter over at Stones Throw in SF's Russian Hill neighborhood.

Not a huge fan of sours but this wasn't overly sour and had just the right amount of effervescence.

Definitely could taste the cherries. Would definitely drink again!

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Photo of HellSludge
4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dogpatch Sour is my second sour I have tried. It spoke to me as a true sour and opened up a whole new world for me in the craft beer industry. The first gulp grabbed my tongue and wrenched it in a pleasureful and tasteful bend. The top of my mouth to under my tongue tingled with a new found, interestingly sought after joy. Half way through the bottle the sour mellowed out, bringing a big array of flavors unto my pallet. By the end, I was thoroughly pleased with this sour. A true sour in my eyes.

A - Hazy. Orange-gold in middle with a transparent gold outline.

S - Tickled the nose with a sour smell. Grapefruit-ish and big back-rounds of a bread like funk.

T - First half of bottle was tart, sour, and funky. Once the pallet is used to that, it brings out cherrie, sourdough, and a less funkier taste.

M - Tickles the tongue. Brings a pleasureful, fun bubbly feel to the pallet.

Overall, I really liked this beer as a whole. It was a new experience that left me wanting more.

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Photo of Absolut
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Good looking beer. Smells of wine and cherry. Nothing exceptional until you taste it. Sour, wine, oak taste with a cherry finish. Really tremendous. Almanac sours are great.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer appears orange and hazy with a quarter inch or so of off-white head. My wife's is significantly redder and darker. The aroma brings wine barrels, oak, cherries, yeast, farmhouse funk. Lovely flavor with wine character leading the way. Prominent cherries with cherry juice and oak. Light to medium in body with a mild puckering finish. Terrific. I would really like to have this again.

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4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Batch #2

P: Cloudy, gelatin almost, apricot body with a thin effervescent white cap.

S: Tart sourness with a dirty fart bubbling in the background.

T/M: Funky mouth puckering sourness. Aged granny apple cider and rotten wood. Brings tear jerkers to mind. Astringent and vivacious feel.

O: My teeth hurt from this sour monster.

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Photo of humuloner22
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I received this awesome extra from a trade. Thanks man!

Appearance: Decent carbonation, but virtually no head once it settles. But carbonation is present. Otherwise a very attractive hazy golden amber color.

Aroma: Tartness not much funk, I don't really detect the cherries, but then again Rainier cherries are pretty mild compared to the standard red Bing cherry. Which is appeals to me.

Taste: Nice clean tart flavor, this is a great beer to clean the palate while eating or drinking heavier items. It states that it should be paired with richer foods, like blue cheese. Mouthfeel is clean and crisp and effervescent.

Overall: Very solid sour. I would definitely seek this on out in the future.

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Photo of jdhowe
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes on a few-day-old bottle that had been recapped. Enjoyed 13 August 2013.

A: Pours a hazy (almost cloudy) brownish-red/amber/ruby with minimal head of color I could not discern properly. Looks pretty good, though.

S: Smell is dominated by soured cherries -- this smells really tart! A little earthy funk from the brett is evident, but mostly this is wood and cherry and it smells delicious.

T/M: Mouth-puckeringly sour cherries, as expected. This beer is earthy with a little earthy funk, but so full of cherries. Pretty delicious, really. Mouthfeel is medium with a light carbonation (although I expect it was a bit more carbed a few days ago) that comes off just a little oily in a good way, leaving a nice coating tartness lingering alongside a sweet cherry finish.

O: I am quite impressed. This is a lot like a slightly muted Supplication to me; I'd be interested to have the two side-by-side.

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Photo of impending
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5


375ml into a tulip. Pours a hazed apricot orange minor head minor lasting yet remains long as a ring, minor lacing.

The scent is a treat with the cherries and what the barrel did to them is upfront for inspection. A perfect wild aroma, easy to imagine splashing this on fish.

The taste too is marvelous. The dark cheery tart is equally met by a sharp clean piercing dryness that offer a balance incredibly smooth. This is a smooth brew, perfect for the wine drinker. No astringency.
a dark chocolate version would slay

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Photo of Samuel906
4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, hazy golden amber with lots of effervescing but only traces of a white head. Smell is tart and crisp, grapes, lemon, cherries, funk, brett. Taste is very much the same, very sour. A bit earthier and less sweet than a lot of hard hitting sours, tons of cherry and green apple. Feel is astringent, bright carbonation, medium to light bodied.

Overall an amazing beer, one of my new favorite sours.

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Photo of SammyJaxxxx
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Hazy (in a good way) golden hue, very light head that dissipates quickly. Lots of carbonation
S- Cherry, plum, currants
T- Slightly sweet and fruity but lingering sour dough flavor. There is also a wine flavor that is battling to be tasted as well. Leaves a lingering sourpatch kids flavor
M- The right amount of carbonation that allows the full flavor range to be tasted.
0- Outstanding beer. Would have no problem drinking this regularly if it was available in my neck of the woods.

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Photo of Piddmeista
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from 12oz bottle, "autumn release" batch one, bottled late July 2013. Brewed with california cherries and aged in used wine barrels using house blend of san francisco sourdough and wild brewer's yeasts.

A-dank, golden, hay, dirty blonde. Surprised it wasn't bright red being a "kriek" (flanders red w/ cherries on label). some visible yeast haze floating about. <-thank you CoolEthan

S-moderate cherry and sour, wine barrel presence, similar flavor profile to farmers 3 & 4. slight vinegar that melds nicely with the wine/cherry characteristics

T-kriek/cherry, flanders, soft funk, slight shroom, delicious, signature almanac/farmers reserve flavor. Sourdough yeast bitter toast lingering in the very back aftertaste. Literal sourdough taste in back end, nice

M-not gushing or high carb but enough to satisfy. Prickly, sour, good carb.. Tannic, not super acidic or lactic but definitely pleasant. carb slightly fell off upon warming.

O-Visible yeast in bottom of bottle makes me believe this will develop more complexity and funk in the next few years. Definitely worth picking up for now and aging. Delicious. Tied w/ #4 for personal favorite almanac. I know many prefer #3 though. Not sure which wine barrel this was aged in. I want to say white. One friend said it had an aroma similar to supplication which I caught a whiff of, but I got the sense instead of pinot noir barrels like supp, it was aged in a white varietal. I could be wrong though.

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4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to eyebereej for sending this one! Reviewed from notes. Poured from 375 mL bottle into a Cigar City snifter.

A: Pours a burnished reddish copper, hazy, with a thin white head that fades quickly. There are some floaters amidst medium level of visible carbonation.

S: Sour cherries, tart underripe berries, oak, some funk, and a tad vinous. Nice.

T: Tart cherries, funk, oak tannins, sour, tart blackberries, pink wine character, and lactic tartness on the finish, which remains fairly dry. Some acetic character, which increases as the beer warms.

M: Medium body, adequate carbonation sensation, and a bit of alcohol burn but not at all hot.

O: Tasty, and definitely nails the mark with big tart cherry flavor. I was a little surprised that the wine barrel character was only a bit player in this show. But still, very tasty. Recommended.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

i like this better than the other fruited variants of it. its gritty in texture, almost dirty earthy. dense and just a little pink. its sour beer first, fruity second, with the cherry putting in about as much as the red wine barrel, really cool. wild sourness lacto maturity and a lot of malt character in this, wheaty and a hint sweet. Cherry is just in the finish, and the red wine tannins exacerbate the dry pucker. Acidity is high, oak character is prominent, and the overall quality of this is enormous. Rad to have it on tap too. Thanks to hops and pie for that. More bubbles would make it feel perfect, but I like the light prickly and dry density. World class no doubt. amazing to me that this and the cerise sour are both cherries in red wine, but this is such a flavorful and honestly superior use of those ingredients comparatively. its really excellent.

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