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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 kitch
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A 375ml bottle, Batch No.4, bottled in May 2015. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.

Appearance: A clear copper amber colour with a one finger off white head that dissipated quickly while leaving sparse lacing.

Aroma: Cherry, hard candy, wine and barrel.

Taste: Tart, sour cherry, red wine, acidic, vinegar and oak.

Mouthfeel: Dry, medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: This was nice and refreshing with good tartness. Would be even better with even more cherries and perhaps slightly less acidity.

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours copper with a ruby hue, with a small soda-pop head that quickly dissipates. Nose is mild wine must and a bit of tannic wood. Not really getting cherry unless I search for it. Also some slight brett. Taste is a straightforward citric sour, with hints of red wine barrel and cherry. Not really getting the complexity I hoped for. Overall, pretty good but was expecting a bit more.

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Photo of Treyliff
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

375ml bottle poured into a tulip

A- pours a deep amber color with a ruby hue, thin creamy off-white head that has good retention

S- dark cherry and vinous red wine aromas, slight barnyard funk, dried hay, earthy wood

T- tart cherries up front with some white wine notes, plenty of tartness at the mid-palate, the finish gives a bit of oak and funk

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a crisp dry finish

O- strong tartness throughout, but rather one-dimensional at times

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Photo of Marius
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

35cl bottle. Clear copper pour with a thin off-white head with poor retention. Notes of cherries, caramel, blue cheese, apple vinegar and tons of macerated cherries. Some vanilla and oak barrel, especially in the aroma. Medium body and carbonation with a very tart and fizzy finish.

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Photo of JonCorbett
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I love Almanac’s Farm to Barrel series - and this I was holding off on, but just couldn’t wait any longer now that I have a bottle of Dogpatch Grand Cru in the cellar, going to put this one into my belly.

Appearance: Cherry juice - cloudy, and ruby rose pink, lots of quick fast rising carbonation, quick forming and quick dissipating effervescent pale pink head leaving behind no ring, no cap, and no lace - (like a vindictive ex-girlfriend LOL)

Aromatics: Very acetic sour cherries and gentle farmhouse funk. A sweet semi-dry hay likes to mosey its way in along with some underlying newly risen bread and hints of wine vinegar.

Taste: Pa-Pow! Much like it’s Blueberry sibling, it packs an awesome sour punch. Full of cherries, juicy, and acidic. There is a light bready quality, and the vinous flavours are nicely melded to the fruit.

Palate: Acid and slightly worn fuzzy socks waterslide by the palate and the carbonation playing tiny fizz games in this medium body. There is an every so mild boozy kick at the tail end if you pack too much into the mouth. And the finish is tangy but still clean, and dry.

Overall: Super great. I’m almost thinking the Blueberry had one up’d it though - but so close. It has glamour and attitude that I enjoy a lot in a sour.

Pairing: Same as the other Farm to Barrels - best with a large full (and preferably holiday) type meal. Bring on the turkeys, hams, mashed potatoes, stuffing and gravy… lots of gravy.

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Photo of Derek
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled May 2015.

Crystal clear, copper-red, no head.

Lots of sour cherry in the aroma, with a bit of funk.

Fairly sour with some earthy funk. Definitely some bacterial action here.

Moderate body has a moderate acidity, with a drying finish.

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Photo of gonzo000
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The look of this beer is a hazy brown/orange color. The head is less than one finger on the pour and is gone within minutes. The smell is sour with a slightly sweet lift at the end. The taste is tart fruit - can get the cherries - some sweet some tart - all good. The mouthfeel is a tart sour buck on the bottom of the jaw and some in the roof of the mouth. Overall an excellent sour that I would highly recommend.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy ruby Amber color. Aroma is very tart with a hint of dark fruit and yeast. Flavor is tart and salty with a pleasant aftertaste of sour fruit. A little thin in the mouthfeel but overall a delicious sour.

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Photo of Tommo
4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful. Incredibly sour with great barrel character and a body to match. They are expensive, but i put this overall up there with Russian river-esque sours. I mean this really comes close to that level of wine barrel aged big sour. The cherries dont shine for me, but are present and delicious. Great beer

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Photo of mtomlins
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 4

Pours russet in color with a fizzy beige head that dissipates quick and leave no lacing. The nose is sour cherries, tart, toasted grain and some barrel. The taste smacks you with tart, sour cherries, acidic, oak, red wine, balsamic with a dry finish. This has a crisp mouthfeel with nice carbonation. A very interesting beer and take on a classic style, drier and more sour than its Belgian counterparts put none-the-less delicious.

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Photo of cl3
3.19/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

2013 bottling that I've been sitting on for way too long. Beautiful looking beer. Pours a murky orangey brown color. Quickly dissipating big off white head. Very busy beer when held up to the light. Very effervescent with lots of particles in suspension. Nose was kinda weak. Plastic and Band-Aids, & wild yeast. Medicinal, but not in a bad way. This beer is one of the sourest sours I've had to date. Light on the cherries and wine, but heavy on the balsamic vinegar sour with a heavy dose of acidity, funk & wood. Mouthfeel is almost perfect on this one. It dances on the tongue. Overall I probably wouldn't buy another one of these but I did enjoy it.

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Photo of pinyin
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch Number 3 bottled October 2014.

Served 39F into a tulip snifter.

Purchased at my local Key Foods.

This ale is decent overall. There is absolutely no carbonation after it's been sitting in the glass for a minute or two.

Color is a bright orange copper with some very slight cloudiness.

Nose is wood, brett, cherry and apple.

Taste is really flavorful, quite sour, and somewhat powerful. The wild yeast is the most powerful flavor, followed by the fruit tartness, and it closes with a nice wooden barrel note. Fairly well balanced, although a little bit sweet for my liking.

Mouthfeel is somewhat thin, but it's actually perfect for this ale as it's more of a wine than it is beer. It's certainly not syrupy and it goes down very easy, aside from the harsh sour yeast pellicles, if your palette is not used to them.

My first time trying anything from Almanac. Nothing too impressive, but not bad either. I'm not a huge sour drinker, but this was a nice change of pace. I think for the price point Dogpatch Sour could have offered more in the taste and texture department, but it's a still very solid all around and probably a good starting point for someone who wants to start tasting sours.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle. Pours a cloudy orange, ruddy color. Frothy head. Not much lacing. Smells of richly tart and piquant cherries. I get a pronounced young red wine scent also. Wood and underripe red fruits. Balsamic vinegar. Tang bang! Really tart upfront with a lingering sourness. Lasting tartness. Wet woodiness. Acidic and vinous. Super young cherries. Finishes with a biting dryness. Very impressive power of flavor. Body is quite light. Already said it, but its very acidic. This was a tasty beer! A pricey brew that I don't regret purchasing.

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Photo of SLeffler27
4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Almost clear SRM 9-10 (reddish amber) with a fine white three-inch foam that dissipates with no notice, leaving no lace behind. Plumes of carbonation dance within a Deus flute glass.

Funky sourness is present with strong, sweet, fruity notes. While no distinct fruit is discerned, an overall rich, fertile earth aroma is constant. Warmth accentuates the strong oak tendencies.

This ale is exceptionally sour with strong acidity cutting its sweetness. Flavors of cherry and lemon are intermingled with strong oak tannins. A long, tart finish never quite fades. Warmth helps build layers of character.

A medium body and powerful carbonation accentuate a very dry nylon texture. Alcohol is as expected, which is notably high for this style.

Dogpatch makes a good aperitif or palate cleanser. While immensely enjoyable, it would be difficult to consume an entire bottle in a single setting. Paired with pungent, crumbly Bleu cheese, this beer shines.

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Photo of thebeers
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark orange-red color with a finger of off-white head that's quick to dissipate. Tart, sour cherry aroma. Intensely tart and sour taste follows the nose, with the cherries really popping. Medium bodied for the style, with strong carbonation. There's nothing subtle about this one. Very heavy-handed on the cherry. But solid nonetheless.

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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 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 leroybrown10
3.76/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium amber with a slight reddish tint. A bit more red in the glass. Effervescent but short lived head is cream color. No lacing.

Very tart nose. Cherry and vinegar. Some oak. Vinegar really grows and overpowers as it warms.

Luckily, the vinegar is much weaker on the tongue. Still present but complements rather than overpowers. Taste is very sour. Cherry is prominent. Oak, dry wine barrel, and lacto. Citrus. Lemon and gooseberry.

Moderate body with crisp carbonation. Very dry. Sourness lingers on the tongue. Produces an extreme pucker.

A very nice tasting sour which unfortunately has a heavy vinegar aroma. Extremely sour with good wine barrel flavors to complement the cherry.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Binny's. Served in my Kuhnhenn tulip. Batch No. 4.

A - White foam quickly sizzles to nada. Lightly hazed cherry-amber body. Some tiny bubbles visible.

S - Well, it smells really sour. Sour cherries, lactic acidity, some vinegar, and light vinous oak. A bit of farmy brett in the periphery.

T - Taste is also very sour. Lots of cherry vinegar and vinous oak. There's some medicinal brett in the finish and a vaguely bready quality; guessing that is the sourdough yeast?

M - Medium body, very dry and tannic. Pleasant moderate carbonation. Very, very acidic. Lots of pucker and enamel-stripping sourness.

D - It's an American Wild Ale, with the quintessential heavy-handed lactic acidity and brett flavors. Cherries aren't as potent as I would like, particularly since I love Rainier cherries. I had no problem crushing a 375ml bottle during Thursday Night Football, but it gets pretty acidic and stomach-churning.

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25


A: Moderate sweet and slightly tart cherry aroma upfront, followed by some vinous and oak character.

A: Deep red, almost brown color and totally opaque. The beer has a decent amount of slightly off-white head with adequate retention.

T: Fleshy sweet and slightly tart Rainer cherries are well mixed with complex vinous and oak flavors – all of
which come together well.

M: Light bodied with low carbonation. The beer is moderately acidic on the palate, isn’t overly sharp.

O: A great twist on a Flemish Red, the tart cherry presence really help to elevate the aroma and flavors this beer, however the appearance is a little intimidating.

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Photo of Stolenface1
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly murky tan/pink color with quickly disappearing head. Smell of tart cherries, lactic and acetic, slight slight sourdough aroma. Flavor is very nicely tart with cherries popping through all the way to the finish. Wine and fruit skin tannins come into play also. nice balance of all of these characteristics. Very good. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side with somewhat high carbonation that looks like champagne in the glass. Overall I would drink this beer again and again. Keep them coming Almanac.

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Photo of ptykozoon
3.71/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours somewhere between mahogany and auburn. Light thin head.

Dry and sweet. Dark fruits, oak.

Strong sour pang. Lacto, light vinegar, a lot of sweetness coming through. Some vanilla and cherries.

Spritzy mouthfeel, ABV feels around 8ish.

Not bad. A bit cloyingly sweet but decently complex.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Blend 4. Bottle dated 05/2015 served in a wine glass.

Appearance: still love the bottles from Almanac. Beer was crown capped and hissed a bit when opened. Poured a orangy brown ruddy muddles color but settled into a nice dark pumpkin color. Some white head formed but sank to a rim around the glass. Fairly clear but has some haze that is normal.

Nose: cherries, sour in the nose, funky and complex

Taste: initially very tart and sour, once I acclimated to the acidity it is a very nice brew. Very balanced. The acetic acid is not too strong but very present, there is no sweetness, sour candy like tartness makes me want more. Cherry, spice, cherry pie, raspberries, no barrel character, lingering tart finish.

Overall: lovely beer. This is obviously brewed to the Flanders Red Ale style but with an American twist. I didn't get the sourdough at all. I think it was taken over by the acidity. Very nice brew. Not quite as good as Rodenbach Grand Cru but it is very nice. Pricy though at around $11 for a 375ml bottle.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

thanks to tenderbranson69 for sharing this with my, feel very lucky to get to try this wild ale.

The color is golden with thick hazed look and orange hue with fine bead spots of lace stick. The smell has the fragrance of tangy fruit with sourness evident in the smell and lactic lemony odor with mellow woody notes but predominantly pie-like cherry smell with slight funky spice. The feel has the intensity of sour right away with medium high carbonation and dry woody tannic texture with astrinent but not to the extreme of acetic let's say with wild yeast tangy/puckering quality in the dry finish.

The flavor almost knocked me taste buds out like an awakening or intense energy burst with sour cherry juiciness and mild fruity lactic acid with lemony sour element with lots of tart cherry skin and juice acidic fruit intensity with a dry taste almost a singular type of flash and long residual sour flavor which is borderline harsh but not to the point of displeasure like an acetic more like biting ripe sour cherries. This was a Wow! beer for me, none of the medicinal or candy-like cherry flavor you might expect just a rush of tart fresh sour cherry intensity!

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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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