Sour Golden Ale
Backacre Beermakers

Sour Golden AleSour Golden Ale
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Style:
Wild Ale
Ranked #51
ABV:
7.5%
Score:
97
Ranked #563
Avg:
4.39 | pDev: 7.52%
Reviews:
40
Ratings:
354
From:
Backacre Beermakers
 
Vermont, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  132
Gots
  60
SCORE
97
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Sour Golden AleSour Golden Ale
Notes: This sour golden ale is fermented entirely in oak by a multitude of microorganisms. Barrels of multiple ages are blended for balance, then 100% bottle conditioned to high carbonation. Blends generally have an average barrel age of 18 months, plus 6 months conditioning in the bottle. ABV varies by vintage but is roughly 7.5%.

Blend Dates Distributed Alcohol by Volume Lot Code
1 July 2012 - July 2013 8.5% none
2 August 2013 - March 2014 7.2% none
3 April 2014 - September 2014 7.1% none
4 October 2014 - February 2015 7.6% none
5 March 2015 - July 2015 7.7% none
6 August 2015 - February 2015 7.3% none
7 March 2015 - September 2016 7.3% BL07
8 October 2016 - present 7.2% BL08
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hops_for_thought from New York

4.82/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle (blend 13) into a applewine glass

L: pours a highly carbonated (but not a gusher) clear darker golden yellow (srm ~3) with a thick and loud white head that fades after a couple minutes. Tight, quick, and consistent visible carbonation. Basically no head left

S: this is a beautiful, balanced, and light lambic-style nose. Great notes of peach, white grape, light lemon with an undercurrent of barnyard funk and some slight cheesy aged hops character. Oak and earthiness adds great complexity and depth to what's at first a very light aroma. Funk builds as it's warmed in the glass in a solid, balanced way. Slight hay, under-baked bread, uric acid, over-steeped tea

T: jeez, this is just excellent. Follows the nose extremely well, with this fresh pressed apple cider / white grape juice flavor that builds wonderfully in complexity and depth. Those fruit notes from the nose (peach, white grape, tease of lemon) all come through, giving way to those earthier/funkier lambic notes in the middle. Fruit and funk mixes well through the long finish, great acidity throughout. More of that funk as it's warmed, beer evolves nicely in the glass

F: medium- body, medium+/high- carbonation. Very light and effervescent, refreshing, drinkable

O: I am madly in love with this beer. It delivers such light, beautiful fruit character with balanced funk and wonderful acidity. Champagne-esque with some funk

Jun 03, 2021
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brother_rebus from Maine

4.56/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

B12 bottle cracked 9/6/19 in a snifter:

Deep ureic clear golden with some bubbles rising.

Complex and peculiar smell. Sone spice. Some earth. Tart. Dander. Oak.

Very oak. Tart n sour but more citrus than acetic. Lightest hop hint.

Feels great. Fizzy entry on the tongue. Pretty full body. Nice and smooth withiut a hint of 7-8%. Pale and subdued carb off the back.

Overall very impressive and balanced beer. Will try 2nd bottle in a year or so.

Sep 07, 2019
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TheGent from New Jersey

4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Backacre Sour Golden Ale

Look: Translucent, crystal clear golden straw color. This beer looks like apple juice. Some bubbles streaming toward the top. A foamy bone white head falls as quickly as it rises, leaving zero head and lacing.

Smell: Granny Smith apple, less apple cider, and even less apple cider vinegar. I don’t want to give the impression that this beer is anywhere close to being overly acetic. But there are hints of that profile. Peach, apricot, pear, lemon juice. Herbal notes including lemon grass, bay leaf. A slight must. Mostly fruity, some floral notes and some earth.

Taste: This beer is acidic. At first I thought it was dry, but as I drink it more it seems less dry to me. Apple cider, apple cider vinegar, white vinegar, lemon juice, Granny Smith apple skin, white peach, purple/tart blueberry, white grape, grapefruit juice and pith.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation but bubbly enough.

Overall: This is a very nice beer. As far as barrel aged golden sour ales go, its got more of an apple cider aspect to it then I’m used to. I like that flavor, and it makes the beer stand out. Is it the most complex beer in this style I’ve had? No, if that’s what your looking for. When I say cider I’m thinking along the lines of something like Domaine Dupont. It’s fruity, floral and somewhat earthy.

Mar 11, 2019
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Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

4.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

batch 12

wonderful funky and earthy aromas, oak.

palate is similar with a funky fruit characteristic throughout, wonderful level of acidity, medium+ but not overbearing. oak and vanilla complimenting the tart lemon and underripe peach notes, musty apricot skin and a pleasant grain character throughout. wonderfully balanced, enjoyed this a lot, especially as it warmed and opened up with even more complexity.

Jan 27, 2019
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.51/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a slightly opaque light yellow, with a small head, and only a little bit of lacing- it looks pretty lightly carbonated.

This has a great stone fruit wild funk to it, with sweet tarts, lemon rind, and grassy funk.

It's crazy that this beer isn't fruited, because there's such a distinct stone fruit character to this. There's a hint of oak, with some white wine and grape character, but the dominant character is definitively fuzzy peach and sweet apricot.

This is pretty lightly carbonated, giving this a very soft and velvet feel. There's a pretty high level of drinkability, due to the lack of a lingering sourness on the palate.

There aren't many breweries out there that only make one beer. But when that one beer is as good as this one, I guess you can get away with it.

Dec 04, 2017
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JLK7299 from North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this on a tip from a bottle shop owner in Vermont. Man what a score! It’s is one of the better sours I’ve had. Absolutely delicious. Have 2 more aging in my closet. Going to hold out for next summer if I can!

Oct 29, 2017
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

4.17/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Sample from the bottle at Beer Meets Wood.
Hazy golden color with a decent bubbly white head.
Earthy light funk with plenty of tart fruits to counter. Clean well crafted stateside "gueuze" Completely impressed with this offering, I went back for seconds.

Sep 30, 2017
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yasky from Canada (ON)

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Golden pour, smaller white head. Big time sour aroma, Citrus, pear, barnyard, funk. Citrus up front, funky, green grape, berry, slightly acidity. Lighter body.

Jul 04, 2017
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Stevem68 from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy golden color. Aroma is tart and funky. Flavor is sour all the way through with a light fruity aftertaste. Body is heavier than you would expect. Overall a very nice sour.

Feb 21, 2016
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NotAlcoholicJustAHobby from Vermont

4.41/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L-A moderate pour leads to a slighty hazy (probably due to my atrocious pouring skills) a one half inch white fluffy head which recedes to a thin ring. No lacing is present.
S- The smell is a clear tart presence more green apple than lemon, but with hints of both.
T- The sourness starts out as an initial bite from a green apple. Mid palate it transitions to a more lemony acidic tartness. Their is a moderate funk present also, but may be due to getting yeast from the dregs of the bottle. It gives the beer a sour saison like profile.
F- The carbonation is prickly, but fairly light and the beer has a suitably dry, thin mouthfeel.
O- Sour and Funky, this beer is a great example of the style and one that you should try to get your hands on if you see it.

Jan 03, 2016
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mdfb79 from New York

4.29/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From 09/10/15 notes.

Pours a cloudy yellow-gold color with two fingers plus of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident. Floral notes, citrus, funk, oak, tart citrusy fruits, and white wine. Crisp and dry, lightly tart and funky; very refreshing.

Overall a very good wild saison I had never heard of. Another winner from Vermont.

Sep 11, 2015
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kevanb from Illinois

4.07/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, poured into a Hill Farmstead oversized wine glass.

The beer pours a hazy and cloudy golden apricot color, copper hues, a fizzy white head appears, loose bubbles that have moderate retention and leave no lace. The aroma is nice, gueuze-y funk, a bit cheesy, light citrus, mushroom earthiness, straw and oak, mild and delicate, very inviting. The flavors are pleasant, funky hay, barnyard, straw, mild citrus, aged hop, certainly has some gueuze like aspects, less cheesy than the nose, moderate mushroom earthiness, light and sweet oakiness. It's more complex and refined than the nose, which is a somewhat heavy on the cheesiness and swiftly turns earthy, which is welcomed as the intricacies are more pronounced and the beer has a real opportunity to express itself. The mouthfeel is nice, lively, zippy, high carbonation that is never abrasive and finishes easily with a slight pucker.

Verdict: A nice American Wild Ale from Backacre, when given the time to warm up and aerate, it definitely has the hallmarks of the gueuze that inspired it's creation. Funky, lively, zesty, bright and delicate, good harmony as you drink it, perhaps a bit overly funky and mushroomy up front on the nose, but all in all, a nice beer from a small brewery.

Aug 23, 2015
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clay23 from New York

4.79/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I had been searching for the beer for a while and finally got a bottle at Three Penny Taproom. The look was a bright golden hue and a nice funk smell. The beer is carbonated perfectly and tastes of hay and gives you that nice pucker at the end. Others have reviewed that its not complex- it doesn't pretend to be- it is exactly as it says- a golden sour and for that it hits all the points. I would search this out again

Aug 12, 2015
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4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Yellow bodied beer with thick cap of white head that stays around during entire drink. Smell is nice, nothing overly exciting or complex, but good none the less. Same with the taste. It tastes good, but it is not very sour. 3.5 out of 10 on the sour scale. Not much funk to speak of either. Bright and some citrusy character which is very solid. Mouthfeel is pretty nice; this is definitely the highlight of the beer. Light bodied beer with moderate almost high carbonation levels. Crisp, clean, refreshing with a semi-dry finish. Overall this is solid, but underwhelms based on the high reputation. Very glad to finally get to try this elusive Vermont sour beer. This is a pretty mellow sour ale. It reminds me of a very mellow RR Beat.

Jun 28, 2015
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jlindros from Massachusetts

2.95/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to kyle for sharing.

Light fizzy head, hazy lemonade yellow color.

Nose some diacetyl, butter popcorn like, light stone fruit not normal, toasted corn grits, hint tangy sour fruit.

Taste more of the same, weird bitterness, mild funk, a very Belgian strong ale like flavor from yeast, hint of golden stone fruit, little fleshy, funky, little slimy under attenuated finish, weird icky funk too.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, little slimy, light carb.

Overall ick.

Jun 27, 2015
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rudzud from Massachusetts

3.08/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Kyle for sharing.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice clear golden hue with a thin head that leaves light wisps and nice halo.

S - Aromas of diacetyl, butter, little bit of funk and tartness.

T - Taste is more diacetyl butter, light funk, soooo much buttery, super light fruit.

M - Mouthfeel is slick but lightly carbonated.

O - Overall this beer was an enormous disappointment. I almost don't want to review this...

Serving type bottle

Jun 26, 2015
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Morey from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A fantastic beer that toes the line between Sour & Saison. Pillowy mouthfeel with a head that stays around until you take your last sip. It's tart, not sour. Super refreshing with hints of apricots and tangerine.

Jun 25, 2015
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MattSweatshirt from Texas

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden body with a small white head that sticks around and sticks on the glass.

First whiff makes me think of lambic. Musty, earth, wood, lemon, stone fruit. Not quite the depth of a lambic beer but really nice.

Musty and fruity on the palate like the nose showed off. Medium bodied with a light tartness and mild carbonation.

A really great beer that almost crosses the line into exceptional territory. Wish I could get this regularly.

Jun 12, 2015
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Stevedore from Oregon

4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. Served in a stemmed glass.

Pours a darker golden orange body, one finger offwhite head with good retention, nice lacing. Smells of lemon, earth, wheat, mild funk. Not too complicated, but smells good. Flavour is a bit muted, primarily lemon, earth, citrus, wheat, white wine, mild vinegar, floral notes, stone fruit. It just seems to be a passive beer with a fair amount of flavour and complexity, but I would have liked the flavours to be a bit sharper and brighter. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, good carbonation, fairly drinkable. Overall, I had higher expectations although it's a very good beer and certainly above average; I think it has a ways to go.

May 18, 2015
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olradetbalder from Sweden

2.9/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Blend 2, shared with Jimski.

Pours Yellow.
Smell is tart, some off notes
Taste: Not at all what I waa expecting, some butter (diacetyl) in the taste that really makes is of. Part from that, there is not many notes of apricots. Sour and butter does not match at all.

Dec 18, 2014
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cavedave from New York

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a just-a-bit cloudy white gold color, with a huge topper that relaxes to a scant ring in the course of ten minutes given it to "open up".

Luscious aroma, tart and rounded yeast notes, earthy and citrus from hops?, bugs? Don't know. but smells great. Just a hint of floral and a bit of vinegar too.

Taste outshines aroma in the best way, just a bright blast of goodness. Rounded tart and a hint of vinegar pick up touches of herbal, citrus, wine, and sour that never burns. It pushes the limit of how much lemon, how much vinegar, how full the yeast component gets, how dry the sip becomes, how much of a hint of sweet can remain to balance it. This one is in my sweet spot for wild ales, YMMV.

Very full bodied and dry on palate, a bit of lemon drop as it warms and I continue sipping, very fine finish.

Marvelous beer, slightest dings for the bit of lemon drop I got, super delicious and intense. Highly recommended.

Aug 10, 2014
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jbertsch from Massachusetts

3.37/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden hay color. Fizzy head dissapears quickly, not unexpected.

Aroma: not an enormous aroma. I get notes of green apple, lemongrass, very slight funk. Fairly subdued overall.

Taste: certainly tart and sour but pleasantly so. Problem is, there's not much else. I get some lemon, lime, touch of apple, but there's no underlying complexity. Not much in the way of barnyard, funk, or much else.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin but that's ok for the style. Carbonation is light. Finishes crisp whichis nice.

Overall the tartness is at a nice level but this beer lacks the complexities that I expected it to have given other reviews and scores. Nice to try but not worth the price for me to purchase again.

Jul 04, 2014
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emerge077 from Illinois

4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Batch #3, 7.1% abv.

Thanks to to Joe for sharing!

Hazy orange, minimal trace carbonation, some larger bubbles cluster loosely on the surface at first. Tiny bubbles visible rising from the meniscus of the glass.

Very nice aroma, musty wet oak, lemon, lychee, grapefruit, authentic lambic-esque funk.

Taste is very similar to an unblended lambic, though they respectfully don't call it as such. Tart puckering lemon and citrus, dry musty oak flavors linger in the aftertaste. Light wild yeast character adds an interesting layer of complexity. Light to medium bodied with low level carbonation. Very interesting beer and worth seeking out.

Jun 23, 2014
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Vonerichs from Colorado

4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazed gold body. Extra fizzy white head with decent retention, but once gone it's completely gone, leaving it looking like a cider.

Really nice aroma. Funky, cider, green apples, vinous.

Great flavor. It's sour but not to the point of puckering. Fresh green apples own the flavor. Cider vinegar. Some bready and funky accents.

Mouthfeel is light, prickly carbonation, and crisp.

This one wowed me. It's the perfect level of acidity and packed with flavor.

Jun 02, 2014
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Alieniloquium from Florida

4.14/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Pale yellow body. Clear. Brief white head. Then nothing.

Smell - Funky. Woody and lemony. Some estery notes. Slight vinegar aroma.

Taste - Sharp sourness. Lemony. Very oaky. Again a slight vinegar flavor. Grainy. Crisp.

Mouthfeel - Light and pleasantly sour. High carbonation.

Overall - Clean and really enjoyable sour.

Apr 15, 2014
Sour Golden Ale from Backacre Beermakers
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 354 ratings