Larry's Latest Sour
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store

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American Wild Ale
Ranked #1,592
Ranked #31,427
3.75 | pDev: 10.93%
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Michigan, United States
Very Good
Notes: The name “Larry’s Latest” is a nod to the spirit of innovation and experimentation that Larry started in 1985 and continues within the brewery to this day. Our latest sour recipe has a refreshingly bright, citrusy tartness combined with pungent tropical aromas.
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Photo of Caveworm
4.26/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Larry's Latest Sour | Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, this has a two finger thick head, spotty lacing, and a deep gold body.

Smells like chinook and citra hops with tropical fruits.

I taste a very pleasant blend of the hops and tart flavors. Outrageously clean and refreshing finish.

Medium mouthfeel with mild carbonation.

I've chosen to rate Larry's Latest Sour | Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store with an overall 4.25. Hope this is around for summer.

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Photo of chinchill
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from the Wall of Beer (Clemson, SC; $1.89) with a January 2018 date stamp on the label.
Pours slightly hazy and amber with visible carbonation rising to a good white head that leaves patchy lacing.
Aroma: tart and fruity, with some lemon and orange notes. Clean and balanced for style.
Flavor: largely follows the aroma; Mild tartness for style with a nice mix of tropical fruit notes.
Feel: medium body with medium carbonation.

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Photo of Dufus
4.57/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Great value in a sour beer. Fruity taste although I don't think they actually added fruit. Doesn't have much if any of that peppery aftertaste some sour beers have (which I love) so I get the impression "kettle souring" is a sort of short cut process for making sour beers, but whatever. I'm not a connoisseur but I really enjoy this and wish they would make it all the time.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.52/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Look is like a typical classic pale ale to be honest with an initial 1 finger head that disappears quickly but leaves nice retention.

Aroma is a mix of grain and funk. Surprising that what I figured to be a kettle sour has some funk going on here to it which seems kinda rare to me for a non-barrel aged sour.

Taste is tart, mild sour, grain, funk, slight citrus. Wow, they really created quite the complex (there it is) beer for what I thought was a typical store shelfie.

Feel is nearly perfect. Carbed and light in body, but then it finishes super clean with no residuals.

Overall - This beer was quite the pleasant surprise to me and I had very reserved expectations. Bell's has really nailed a really good wild ale here in 12oz - 6pack is just a steal. If you are a fan of wild ales/sours and aren't a pretentious D-bag, this beer should really be a great find for those just looking for something extremely well crafted at a low price and easy to find.

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Photo of Tone
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy maize color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Slight retention and poor lacing. Smells of fruit, yeast, bacterial funk, slight alcohol, slight sweet malt, and a hint of salt. Fits the style of an American Wild Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is a noticeable dryness and slight tartness. Tastes of fruit, yeast, bacterial funk, slight alcohol, slight sweet malt, and a hint of salt. Overall, weak appearance, but good aroma, body, and blend.

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Photo of SB2017
4.07/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A supremely balanced sour. There's grapefruity, grassy hops that pair perfectly with the sour's distinctly green-apple hues. This beer is perfectly geared for refreshment, and is easy to pound down.

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Photo of nicholas2121
3.06/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Larry's Latest Sour brewed by Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store, with an ABV of 5.00% This American Wild Ale pours Ina pint beer glass from a 12oz bottle a nice deep golden amber color. There is a nice white have with a decent amount of lacing, it sticks to the side of the glass well. The smell is rich with sourness, with grains and malts. You pick up on some faint hops in the smell as well. Now for the taste, it is really sour with earthy grains an malts. The body of the Larry's Latest Sour is a medium. This is definitely a sour brew, if you don't like sour this is not the brew for you. The mouth feel is Bold, Sour, Clean and Refreshing. Overall I'm going to give this brew a 3 out of 5. This brew would go nice on a hot summer day. I would look this brew up again giving the opportunity to. Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store, did a decent job with this brew.

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Photo of wmscottsimpsonjr
3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells of zesty orange, grapefruit, tropical fruit. Taste is grapefruit, orange, lemon with a heavy dose of tart sourness, and then yeasty and a little bitter in the finish. Sharp bite from carbonation. Very drinkable and refreshing.

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Photo of craigbelly
3.69/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours murky godlen hue. Aroma is orange, orange peel. Funk. Taste is orange, orange peel. Watery at first, and then sour bitterness. Medium bodied. Dry. Sour and moderately salty. Overall, not too bad, but not at all what I expected. Wanted more sour, more bitter.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.06/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Golden body, largely clear, short white, minimal lacing.

S - Strong fruit, grapefruit and zest, pith and pine.

T - Follows the nose, focused on grapefruit from the hopping, over a subtle sour note, and a smidge of bitterness in the close.

M - Bright carbonation and acidity, clean finish.

O - Lovely and tasty, a restrained pleasure.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

There seem to be more ales like this lately, but apparently Bell's has had a few of these before - this is the first I've seen from them and it is very drinkable and refreshing, almost easy drinking.

It pours a dirty yellow with just a bit of fizz. I would not expect this style to look much better. The aroma is a wild, yeasty, unique smell. The taste is not as sour as many of the style, but it gives a definite pucker. The finish is almost clean, with hints of some extra dryness beyond the tart of the taste.


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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bell's Brewery "Larry's Latest Sour"
$7/pint @ Union Tavern, Philadelphia, PA on 14 April 2018

Notes: Slightly hazy deep golden body beneath a short head of white. The aroma offers sweet lemon, like lemonade with some orange added in. The flavor follows, not too tart, and not what I'd call sour, but noticeably tart. For a sour beer it's not mineralish at all, and the grainy malt supports the acidity and citrus flavors nicely. Light-medium in body and gently crisp and bristling on the tongue, accentuated slightly by the acidity. Overall it's a very basic, middle of the road sour, but it's also a very drinkable and refreshing middle of the road sour. I'd come back to this in the future. Well done.
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Photo of mothmanscott
3.91/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear deep gold, effervescence streams from the bottom of the glass. The pour produces a finger of loose, frothy, short-lived white head which recedes to weak island cap & collar ring leaving on minor lacing behind. Aroma is acidic blend of pineapple, grapefruit, orange, tangerine & lemon wrapped around bread dough. This is a thin but very drinkable sour. Taste is mildly lactic with pineapple, grapefruit, orange & tangerine like the nose but has a bitterness that's intense for the style. There are a lot of citrus pith & rind notes in the background. Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation, dry but tongue clinging, prickly & lightly drawing in the aftertaste. A simple sour, tasty and drinkable. A session sour. Not the least bit intimidating. A good and highly drinkable example. PLEASE MAKE MORE!!!

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Photo of Sabtos
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pale, hazy gold with a fuzzy froth.

The nose is met with hoppy, green pungent cannabis and seedy passionfruit, and that all easily translates on the tongue, adding orange via an airy frothy and light body that finishes semi-dry.

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Photo of metter98
3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down, leaving a thin patch of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of sour lemons are present in the nose along with some hints of funk.
T: The taste very much follows the smell and is somewhat sour with notes of lemon citrus and faint bits of funkiness and underlying pale malts. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I really enjoyed this beer as it had a good mix of citrus and sourness in both the smell and taste.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can't say I have been finding too many Bells beers recently anything new anyway. Poured into a standard pint.
A - Pours a very clear golden yellow with a nice stream of bubbles fueling the head which is about a half an inch with a light pour.
S - Smell is nice and tart lemon with a bit of citrus and sour funk. Very surprised since this was bottled on Jan 11th.
T - Like a sugar free lemonade if that makes sense. Tart lemon some peel bitterness and a bit of sweet malts almost like pineapple.
M - A bit watery for my taste but it does go down rather smooth with consistent flavors.

Overall a pretty tasty beer and good start to a night of drinking. Bet it would make for an even more refreshing summer brew!

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Photo of rudiecantfail
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

L---A slightly hazy gold. Big, thick white head that slowly faded and left a lot of lacing.

S---Lemon, other citrus. A touch of funk, perhaps that's just the sour. Fruity, pineapple.

T---Sour is there, but not overly so. Fruit forward. Pineapple & lemon.

F---A bit tart. A slight pucker. Medium body. Medium carbonation. Feels like one for a warm summer day.

O---I could definitely drink a bunch of these. Very nice. I'll look for these in the future.

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Photo of IronLover
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Golden yellow with a light haze. Poured with a short, soapy, bright white foam with low retention. Medium malt and tart citrussy fruit aromas. Medium light bodied with medium light carbonation. Light smooth feel with light warmth near the finish. Medium fruity and tart citrus flavors that from the start that slowly taper toward the end. Solid malt flavors. Finished crisply and dry with a light earthy hop bitterness. Great balance between the malt and tart flavors and aromas. Hop characters were light but provided a touch of complexity. Very refreshing and easy drinking.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

this is fine beer but for me nothing special and a trend follower not setter, which is not how i think about bells, but this is something i have seen a million times now, a quick kettle type sour, golden and simple on the grain and somewhat one dimensional in the bacterial sourness, but then dry hopped rather robustly, juicy and not at all bitter, a sour ale that is now somewhat generic, but fairly well made as they go, so its hard to be too critical, just i always expect the world from bells. this is clean and tidy in yeast, and fragrant and bright and even refreshing on the hops, good but very basic, and something it seems like everyone is doing right now. its out at the perfect time of year though, early spring is when these tart wheat or pils based citrusy hopped beers work the best, and im sure this will perform well for them. i am missing some complexity here, but i like the cleanness and the drinkability with the lower abv nd the acidity so relaxed. this is not the honeyhole for bells, but they did a fine job with it, sort of a copycat, but not bad...

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Photo of Apellonious
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16 oz can, poured into a glass, packaged 1/18/18?. Two finger head that dissipates quickly, a hazy orange pour. Lemon sour aroma. The taste is similar, with some floral hops mixed in. The mouthfeel is light, very drying finish. Overall, an interesting sour ale.

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Photo of puck1225
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Clear yellow color with a decent head and lacing. Nice sour - sweet smell and taste. Flavors of green apples, lemon, hint of lime as it warms. Not bad.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tasted in a snifter from draught at Firkin on March 23, 2018. This sour recipe has a refreshingly bright, citrus tartness combined with pungent tropical aromas.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.24/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a bright gold with a large head. The aroma is is fruity and zesty with notes of lemon, watermelon, peach, pineapple, nutmeg, and saffron. The flavor is pleasantly tart with a decent bitterness, and notes of lemon juice, melon, peach, tangerine, grapefruit, and apple skin. The mouthfeel is very light with fizzy carbonation. Overall this is a really fun, punchy sour, with great depth of flavor.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Taste: refined, tangy, balanced, some hop, some fruit tartness, cider clean finish. Earthy grassy hop fruit nose. Gold, clear, medium head and some lace. Medium body. Easy to drink and not overly sour.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - Blond and cloudy, with 1 finger of head and some nice lacing on top of the brew

S - Pineapple and citrus aromas

T - Citrus flavors and tart.

F - Medium body and carbonation.

O - An excellent summer time light sour ale.

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Larry's Latest Sour from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
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