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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 Michelle_VillageMarketSF
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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 mdfb79
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%

From 12/10/14 notes. 12 oz. pour in a tulip type glass for $8 at RnH in NYC.

Pours a hazy bright orange-amber with one to two inches of bright white head and moderate carbonation evident. Sour strawberries and sour dark fruits, tart berries, vinegar, sour black cherry candy, spice, fruity malts, some earthy malts, and bready malts at the end. Some funk and sour wine in the taste as well. Acidic, big sour bite in the taste. Medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall a very good beer that is super sour; very good and very mouth puckering. More complexity and sourness in the taste; if you like big sours definitely worth checking out.

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Photo of stakem
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

375ml poured into a snifter. The brew appears a beautiful clear orange color with a white fizzy cap. The smell is mildly bretty and vinous with some oaky barrel and cherry skin/pits. The taste is all the same with some alcohol warmth and slight herbal bitterness. This is medium bodied, effervescent carbonation and overall real nice stuff.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle picked up locally batch 3 enjoyed from an almanac flute.

a - brew is a murky red with a thin fizzy head that fizzes away quick. Semi transparent when held to the light. Some visible carbonation

s - very tasteful blend of cherries. Not pungent or overly sour or cheesy...just right. Makes my myth water. Could smell this all damn day.

t/m/o - the sour slaps you in the face gives your mouth a quick tight pucker and then settles into that lush cherry found in the nose. super solid brew. Feel is a bit fizzy and prickly and there is a definite "I am gonna need tums" to the sourness, but dat cherry. Worth checking out for sure.

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Photo of emerge077
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Thanks Skye for this one!

Poured a copper orange color, lasting foam and lacing, good clarity.

Aroma was sharply acidic, fairly one dimensional and not overtly of cherry.

Taste was also puckeringly sour, maybe an 8/10 on my sourness scale. Indistinct fruit in the background, very citric and sour upfront, short lived in the finish. Spritzy and medium bodied. It was pretty good though not something i'd probably get again. Needs more nuance and fruit character.

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Photo of TruePerception
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Almanac's Dogpatch Sour (Batch No. 3), ale brew with cherries and aged in wine barrels. 7.5% ABV. And, apparently they use a house blend of sourdough and wild brewer's yeasts. Should be interesting...

A: Roughly one and a half fingers of fluffy, active head. Fairly quickly dissipates to almost nothing. Orange, moving towards red in the center. Yellow in the dimple. Opaque enough that I can only seem the shadow of my hand through the glass.

S: Sour as soon as the cap is popped. That's a good sign! Funky Morello cherry, strawberry, faint lime acidity, tartaric. Very slight medicinal herbaceousness. Slight earth and funk.

T/MF: Big, lemony tartness up front! Funky back note, towards the roof of the mouth. Cherry pit. Slight spike of tartaric rising after the more citrusy sourness. Subtle black cherry. Citric acid kind of sinks into your lips.

Poured from a 375mL bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

Edit: Nice red color in lower light.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the 375mL bottle into a teku glass.

Pour produces a light and fluffy head that looks pretty but quickly recedes to become a lacy film over the cherry skin-colored body. It's brownish and red with blonde hues. Robust carbonation is visible. 4.5

Cherry's the name on the nose. Really smells like tart cherries and their pulp and skin. It's slightly funky and there's a malt aroma that's of faint chocolate, caramel and bread. 4.25

Damn that's good. Tart cherries just dominate the flavor here. Those and some funk and a bit of lemony acidity. Sweeter notes of vanilla and caramel along with faint breadiness swirl in and out to diversify the flavors. 4.25

It's pretty damn acidic and mouth-puckering, but this brew does a good job of not being vinegary. It's got a good creamy mouthfeel and medium carbonation. 4.25

More goodness from Almanac.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
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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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Type: 375ml (12.68-oz.) bottle
Glass: Westvleteren XII Trappist glass
From: Windmill Farms in Allied Gardens (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $10.99 (I think)
Purchased: July 10, 2014
Consumed: Oct. 21, 2014
Misc.: Batch No. 2; Bottled March 2014

Poured a dark orange, caramel, hazy color with one finger of grayish lacing, that immediate dissipated. Small amount of bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. No lacing along the sides of the glass. Minimal retention on the top all the way down the glass. (Sight - 3.50)

Smelled sour cherries, raspberries, sweet red wine barrels, light bourbon, sour apple, sour purple grape, tart, Sweet Tarts and Smarties. (Smell - 4.00)

Tasted pretty damn good, even better than the nose. Got sour cherries, sour red apple, raspberries, sugary sweet red wine barrels, Sweet Tarts, Smarties, sour purple grape, sourdough bread and Fruity Pebbles cereal (Taste - 4.25)

Light-to-medium body. Oily-to-thin texture. Lively-to-fizzy carbonation. Long, fruity smooth finish.(Feel - 4.00)

A really good sour, but not as good as I’d hoped. A bit pricy as well. Was hoping for more, but I’ve have it again. (Overall - 4.00)

4.07 | 91 | A-

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Photo of MNishCT77
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 mL (12.68 fl. oz) bottle purchased online from, 2014 vintage (Batch #2, bottled in 3/14), poured into my The Lost Abbey Teku glass, drank over an hour

A: 3/3 - rudy brownish coloration; low clarity (cannot see through); initial tannish head gives way to subtle glass lacing that reagitates on swirling; tight white bubbles pouring off the bottom of the glass; moderate alcohol legs

S: 9/12 - major vinous notes - tart cherries oak, slight funk/cheese - admixed with moderate sourness; some alcohol notes; no hop aroma

T: 15/20 - again, vinous flavors predominate and puckering tartness right up front that continues to evolve as the flavors dominate; a moderate cherry sweetness develops over time; some residual lingering qualities but finishes generally dry and inviting; moderate alcohol heat on the back-end; no hop bitterness/qualities

M: 4/5 - moderate carbonation for style; slight chewiness; alcohol coating provides the fullness

O: 8/10 - above average American wild ale that really hits with the vinous and sourness; don't think that it reaches a 94 on BA (would probably place in the mid-80s/low-90s for what it's worth); like Boulevard's Love Child #4, it reminds me of a lesser version of Russian River's Supplication or Weyerbacher's Riserva but preferred this one to Love Child #4 due to the cherry component

TOTAL - 39/50

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Photo of flagmantho
4.2/5  rDev +1%

Poured from 375mL bottle into my Val-Dieu goblet.

Appearance: medium amber hue with a moderate haze and a light effervescence. The thin layer of white foam dissipated pretty quickly. Not too unexpected for a sour.

Smell: moderately sour aroma with a nice, rich fruitiness and a big barrel-aged character. There's plenty of oak, vanilla and bourbon in this guy; I rather like it.

Taste: very sour up front, followed by a sweet malty flavor with just a subtle hint of cherries. I am a big fan of cherry beers usually, and I like the subtlety with which they're employed here. The finish is sweet and a little astringent, whether from sourness or from the wood. This is a damn fine beer.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a moderate carbonation and decent creaminess. There's a bit more body to this than I would normally expect from a sour; I dig it.

Overall: very drinkable and refreshing sour. Most of the elements are, if not subtle, then employed with a sophisticated restraint. Very nice.

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Photo of mac31
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Very tart and sour upfront. Once you get past that some sweet cheery and bready yeasty flavors come through. There are some red wine properties just shy of and in the finish. I get a slight vinegar backbone that is present throughout, from start to finish. I've had few sours such as Consecration by RR (on tap), but definitely not a sour expert. Looking for that one that will convert me to the sour side. Unfortunately, this isn't it. Good brew. Complex. Respect. Just not for me.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4/5  rDev -3.8%

A big thanks to Jeff for this one. Into Hill Farmstead stemware.

A clear copper brew. Nose is subtle but the flavor is incredibly tart, acidic and delicious. Notes of tart cherry, oak, plastic and vinegar. The sour never really lets up. Feel carries the flavor perfectly. Aggressive, crisp and finishes puckering. Certainly worth having.

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Photo of charlzm
3.05/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Consumed on August 2nd, 2014 from a bottle labeled "Batch No. 2". Poured into a tulip.

Beer is a murky dark peach color. A two-finger head dissipates completely and almost immediately.

Aroma - Woody sour cherries and fresh mushrooms. Pretty simple as compared to most Flanders red ales..

Flavor - tart, all right! Like wincing, sucking on a lemon sour. After the initial shock and awe, some sharp cherry flavor emerges along with very subtle wood notes. The label mentions that the beer was aged in wine barrels but doesn't mention what kind. I'm going to guess it's a white wine of some kind but, since I don't drink wine (surprise! I drink beer!), I'm terrible at this guessing game. No bitterness, lingering acidic aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is still (as in, no carbonation) and medium bodied.

Overall, this is a SOUR BEER! You must like SOUR BEERS to like this beer. This is like what might happen if RockStar or Monster or Red Bull decided to brew a Flanders red ale. EXTREME!!!!

Okay, it's not that bad, but it may be the most sour beer I have ever had. Since Almanac is saying this a Flanders Red, I have to say ti does not stack up favorably in either flavor or price to the reigning kings of the style.

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Photo of Hopswagger
4.46/5  rDev +7.2%
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 ThePorterSorter
3.79/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a tarnished copper color with a dense population of floating particulates and no head after settling. The nose is funky cherries carried by some syrupy sweetness, grain, and a hint of ethanol. The taste is aggressively tart cherries upfront followed by chewy yeast and lingering malt and cherries in the finish. This is a potent sour that finishes with bone dry cherry-lime acidity, minimal acetone, modest complexity, chewy yeast, negligible carbonation, and a distinct cherry presence throughout. Although this is not my favorite almanac it's still a great sour that doesn't disappoint.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.41/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle purchased for $10.99 which was a little pricey for a brewery I'm not familiar with. Light orange color, no head really. Aroma is the mildest hint of strawberries, nothing like an oudbeitje, touch of malt and and brett. Flavor was easily identified as a wild ale but the strawberries just were not there for me. Overall it felt overpriced for the quality and not much better than the farmer's reserve blackberry.

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Photo of Seanniek91
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served from a batch 2 375ml bottle into a HF stemmed tulip.

A- Hazy pinkish/red with no head.

S- Fanders funk, tart cherries, lots of oak, plum, blackberry, cider vinegar.

T- Much of the same fruit from the aroma but showcases tart cherries beautifully. Tons of oak and cherry.

M- Hedium carbonation and body. Very sour. easy to drink.

Overall- Really nice Flanders style ale. Cherry is awesome in this beer.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle into tulip. Batch 1, bottled Autumn 2013.

A: Pours a clear iced tea color with a finger of fizzy light tan head that quickly bubbled away into a fuzzy collar.
S: Tart and lightly acidic notes of vinous wine barrel and musty cherries. I get a hint of something tropical or berry-like as well.
T: Buttery oak, vinous wine barrel, and lighty sweet cherries. The finish has a musty quality alongside notes of barrel spice, a kiss of caramel, and slight raisin. The aftertaste is lightly tart with hints of lemon and grape juice, acid, and slight berry. There's also a rock candy-like sweetness overall.
M: Medium body, good balance between greasy/drying oak and sweet/drying cherry tannins. Soft and frothy carbonation.
O: Very clean and easy drinking. Just the right amount of sour and sweet. Not the most complex, but extremely enjoyable.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 4.15.14
Batch No. 2

A - Pours a hazy reddish-orange with a fizzy off-white head that is gone fast.

S - Tart cherry, red wine, oak.

T - Very tart and acidic, not much cherry, a touch of red wine.

D - Good carbonation with a light body.

O - Very acidic and oaky. Light on the fruit.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle, batch 2, Mar 2014. Thanks, Chris!

A mildly hazy red with a dense off white head that falls off quickly leaving no lacing, this looks solid. The nose is awesome. Brought alive by the combination of cherries and red wine, there's a blend of stone fruit, buckwheat honey, lactic acid and a mild but appropriate vinegar note. A little vanilla is present as well, along with a little bit of raspberry. The cherry character is just outstanding.

As great as the nose is, the palate is better. Bursting with juice, fleshy sweet and sour cherries, cherry skin tannins and a wonderfully complementary red wine vinegar note, this is brilliant stuff. The mid palate brings in flavors of honey, a little sugar, vanilla and oak. The funk is moderate and similar in character to the other Almanac sours I've had - earthy, damp hay - but this time around, the fruit character dominates it easily. There is also that characteristic malt flavor, rustic, earthy, mildly oxidized even, but it is not particularly intrusive on the palate. Medium light in body with moderate carbonation, this beer finishes long, juicy, tart and refreshing. Highly recommended.

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Photo of jlindros
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Batch 02, thanks to FosterJM, shared with threelions

Decent fizzy head that fades fairly quickly, typical wild, hazy orange peach red hue.

Nose nice cherry, sweet cherry like, fruity, juicy cherry flesh, very faint hint of barrel and vinous notes, like a little wine. Mild tartness but no real funk, big lactic acid.

Taste starts very sour, tart cherry, fresh sweet cherry, cherry flesh and juice, then acidic bite, malic acid up front, big lactic acid and acetic acid. Mouth watering gland blasting sour. Very faint toasted barrel note, no vinous or wine though. Finish is flemmy, acidic bite that fades bit leaves some heat, more tart cherry and lingering sour.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, lighter carb, huge acidic bite.

Overall crazy, but great. So much acidity with different acids, great cherry, but very very little wine barrel. Gotta remember to take my tums. I do wish the barrel notes were a bit bigger.

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

375ml bottle split with JLindros.
7.5% abv.

A: Pours a yellowy orange red hue into my treehouse tulip with a 1/4 finger head. Nice yeast and bacterial suspension hanging around in a nice cloud in my glass.

S: Nice lacto aroma with a good sour cherry presence. Slight barrel notes in the background. Not necessarily vanilla but the barrel is there. Perhaps vinous from the type of barrel.

T: Wow, what a surprise. The aroma led me to believe that is was going to be all lactic acid but upon drinking I think this is malic acid all the way. Very tart apple flavor, like a nice hard cider. Slight acetic acid and lactic acid in the background. Great mixture of bacteria here creating a wonderful, refreshing and surprising flavor profile. Ah, there are the cherries. Great taste. This is so tart but in no way overly done. This is pretty amazing but I honestly feel like I'm drinking a cider than a beer. Very fine line. I'm assuming we are getting the malic acid flavor profile from the sourdough yeast.

M: Acidic, not overly impressive in carbonation.

O: Wow, not at all what I was expecting but in a good way. Poured very nicely, looked great. Smelled very strongly of lactic acid with cherry and hints of barrel and then the taste comes through with this impressive wave of apple cider. Great flavor profile. So much going on here. Not unbalanced. Can't really find the barrel in the flavor because the combination of yeasts and bacterium develop so many individual flavors. This is impressive. Great brew. Thanks for sharing!

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Photo of GJ40
3.81/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Purchased during a business trip in the Bay Area and taken home to enjoy.

Copper color with little head but a steady stream of bubbles. Nice inviting aroma with notes of lemon, lime and wild flowers. A firm bite of sour dominates the flavor. Good but not of the complexities, depth, character or subtleties of a Belgian sour. This one is all about the bite.

Good but not one I'd have regularly.

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Photo of Samuel906
4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
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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