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

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Style:
Wild Ale
Ranked #1,688
ABV:
5%
Score:
85
Ranked #33,054
Avg:
3.75 | pDev: 10.93%
Reviews:
63
Ratings:
213
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Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
 
Michigan, United States
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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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ogman from Pennsylvania

1.3/5  rDev -65.3%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

Mar 07, 2018
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Never settling on their laurels, the Bell's brewery continues to lead the craft beer industry with new flavors, new textures and new combinations of ingredients. And the latest brainchild carries such pride as to lead their owner to put his own name on their sour, hoppy ale.

Pale gold and cast in a soft translucent glow, Larry's Latest Sour releases a frothy white froth that draws the nose with a brisk scent of citrus, tropical and orchard fruit. Herbal, hoppy and botanical, the scent leads into a crisp sweetness of sourdough, pulled candy and fresh wafer.

Across the middle palate, the ale soon sheds its sweetness and the fruit flavors roll onto the tastebuds, wave after wave. Fueled with tropical fruit juices, a taste of passionfruit, pineapple, gooseberry and kiwi tease the senses while the brightness of tangy oranges, red grapefruit and a lighter array of lemon and lime keep the taste tight and succinct. Hints of apple and pear seem both juicy and tart while the ale underneath is sour with white grape, crabapple and dry cider deep into the late palate.

Light bodied and brisk on the finish, the fruity beer eventually trends highly grapefruit-like as the bulk of complementary fruit impression seem to trail off before. A brief afterglow of burlap and citrus peel accompany a firm hop bitterness that hits the throat with a piquant chive, gin and yeast spice.

Feb 22, 2018
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kojevergas from Louisiana

3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

BOTTLE: Nabbed at a beer store in Austin, TX. Brown glass. 12 fl oz format. Branded yellow pry-off crown cap. "Shelf Life - 6 months" per the label. "PKG 01/09/2018."

"Kettle soured ale with a dry hop burst." 5.0% ABV.

APPEARANCE: Frothy white head sits atop a clear copper body. Vibrant and inviting with good head retention (~8 minutes).

AROMA: Citrusy and tropical; very fruity. But there's a hint of subtle (~3/10 in terms of subjective intensity) sourness. Dried citrus peel, tangerine, mango, guava, fruit juice. Seems quite dry, actually.

A fresh and inviting aroma that marries hop aromatics with subtle bacterial sourness.

Aromatic intensity is above average.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Dry yet refreshing. Medium-bodied. Coarse yet slightly juicy. I'm not sure this mouthfeel is complementing the beer's flavours better than a smooth, wet, light-bodied, and soft mouthfeel would; the juiciness is downplayed by the scratchy dryness of this texture.

Flavours are in line with what the aroma suggests...all the citrusy and tropical fruits I mentioned above appear here, with tangerine closest to the fore. Sourness is beyond subtle; I'd call it subdued...the beer is a bit wanting as a result, and sour lovers will find its sourness too restrained. Like many kettle sour ales, it's disappointing in that regard - as though Bell's wanted all the marketing appeal of a sour ale with little of the cost (I guess that might be a fair criticism of kettle sours as a whole, come to think of it).

Nevertheless, it balances two seemingly disparate emphases - hoppiness and bacterial sourness - pretty well, resulting in an enjoyable and drinkable albeit restrained and simplistic ale. Those in the market for a more affordable sour ale might do well to flock to this, and I do think it's more drinkable than many more intricate (and sour) sour ales. Acidity is dialed down, which makes it more approachable, and it lacks the funky and acetic flavours so many find distasteful in sour ales. Well worth trying and a beer I'd definitely revisit at the ~$12 per sixer price point.

More competent and inspired work from Bell's.

B- (3.38) / WORTHY

Feb 07, 2018
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emerge077 from Illinois

3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Jun 14, 2019
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

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.
Review# 5,995

May 08, 2018
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WVbeergeek from West Virginia

4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apr 05, 2018
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Gagnonsux from Texas

3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Feb 07, 2018
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Mar 04, 2018
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.52/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent gold with a pinky of cream colored head. Not quite average head retention & lacing

S: Tartness, pears, orange peel

T: Pears, tartness, a little dryness & lemon sweetarts up front. More pear & tartness as this warms, a touch of lemons as well. Finishes tart & dry with a little leafy hop

MF: Medium body, light carbonation,

Fairly easy to drink, nothing memorable but alright

Feb 07, 2018
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psmith161 from Indiana

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

Mar 30, 2018
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meatyard from Florida

3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Feb 11, 2018
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EMV from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip

L: Hazy medium golden pour. Thin off-white head... light fizzy head. Falls fast with sparse lacing.

S: Tart... lemon/citrus with a bit of funk.

T/F: Light malts... a little funky. Mildly tart more than sour, certainly no pucker. Pleasant citrus... lemon and pineapple... more hop presence than expected on the back end. A bit of cooking cherry and unripened fruit. Light and effervescent. Easy drinking. Leaves your tongue a bit sticky.

O: A pleasant 'sour-light'. More a bit tart... super drinkable, and with the low ABV an easy beer to crush. One I'd definitely have again... probably wouldn't specifically seek it out.

Mar 10, 2018
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shivtim from Georgia

3.86/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Mar 03, 2018
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mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a narrow pint glass: color is straw gold, head is bright white with fine bubbles and presents about 1/2 inch thick, dissipating to a ring on the glass sides with some lacing.

Smell is tart, lightly malty, citrusy, hint of earthy yeast and hops.

Taste is similar with fresh tartness, citrus rind flavor and acidic yeast byproduct with a hop dryness with earthy notes.

Mouthfeel is crisp, tart, dry.

Overall a great little light sour ale with some dry and citrusy hops lending some additional depth.

Mar 10, 2018
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Hellpop65 from Kansas

4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mar 24, 2018
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Latarnik from New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Apr 22, 2018
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schoolboy from Ohio

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.

Recommended.

May 10, 2018
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zeff80 from Missouri

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

12oz bottle. Poured out a clear, golden yellow color with a small, thin head of foam. It smelled of sour lemon, green apple and cherry. Nice tart fruity flavor. Sour but not too sour.

Feb 26, 2018
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prototypic from Ohio

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

Mar 11, 2018
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metter98 from New York

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

Apr 10, 2018
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Tone from Missouri

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.

Oct 02, 2018
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TallGuyCM from California

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jun 18, 2020
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n2492004 from Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Feb 04, 2018
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Nephilium from Ohio

3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma of bright tartness, pours a slightly hazy straw with a thin white head. Mild fruit flavor at the beginning, fading to a clean burst of sourness. Light bodied, easy drinking. Overall will probably be a nice summer beer and introduction to sours for lots of people.

Mar 11, 2018
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freewill35 from Indiana

3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Mar 24, 2018
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Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 213 ratings