Blue Sunday Sour
New Holland Brewing Company

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American Wild Ale
Ranked #1,455
Ranked #14,600
3.89 | pDev: 10.8%
New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
Very Good
Blue Sunday SourBlue Sunday Sour
Notes: This unique anniversary libation, heritage-blended from our library of barrel-soured beers, exhibits deeply layered flavors of malt and oak, with a tart finish.
Pairings: wild game,poultry & charcuterie.

17.1° Plato 8.7% abv
Reviews: 133 | Ratings: 625 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of rand
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber into a teku glass

2014 batch, opened the date of this review

Brew pours light and effervescent, bubbly like a soda with a half-inch head quickly dissipating. Dark brown in color, completely opaque.

Oaky nose, with subtle notes of unripe berries and cherries. Lactic aspects are subdued.

Flavors follow, but with a caramelly nuance midsip. Tastes more like a classic Flanders red than a wild ale. Light complexion ushers in a short, tart finish.

Tasty but unremarkable.

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Photo of Parmesan
3.72/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L:. Pours a cloudy purple red that looks a bit like raspberry jam, with very little head and no lacing.

S:. Some strawberry, raspberry and other berries, a touch of caramel and vanilla, smells tart. Also a note of vinegar.

T:. Cherry, strawberry, raspberry and other berries, a touch of caramel, a touch of tartness, a slight touch of vinegar.

F:. Light body, bubbly carbonation.

O:. Not a bad sour but there are ones I like out there quite a bit.

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Photo of Beejay
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: dark brown in color with a small head.

S: tart with berry notes and caramel.

T: tart with berry flavors and a touch of vinegar. A lot more barrel flavor than I would have thought, good oak, some vanilla, and a touch of bourbon.

M: light in body with fairly active carbonation.

O: overall I'm pretty pleased with this. Especially for the price.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New Holland Brewing Co. "Blue Sunday Sour"
$6/10 oz. on tap @ Champs, State College, PA

Notes: Dark brown with a ruby sheen beneath a creamy off-white head that displays very good retention and lacing. Aroma of oak and "tartness" & Brettanomcyess character. The flavor brings in dark fruit with cherry, raisin, plum, and fresh fig. It's moderately bitter but with an acidic, dry, and very lightly oaky finish. Light-medium in body with a crisp, tingling/bristling carbonation. Overall - exceptional!!! Very nicely balanced and refreshing and drinkable.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.28/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Eh. I get sours are the game these days and this one has been around for a while, but I don't think I can play. Aroma and taste were the same sourness, some oaky and fruity (blueberries, blackberries) but it's mostly those lacto notes without any sweetness to balance. It tastes like heartburn and upset stomach to me.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

$ 8.47 (Including tax)/22 oz capped bottle ($ 0.385/oz) at Riverside Liquors, Grand Rapids, MI.
Bomber bottled 12/27/16, stored at 42 degrees. Served at 55 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Aroma – sour, a little vinegary.
Head average (Maximum three cm, aggressive pour), tan, fizzy, average density, short retention, rapidly diminishing to a two mm ring and a thin partial layer.
Lacing – none.
Body – deep amber, clear.
Flavor – begins pleasantly sour with some oak coming through. No hops, no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate - medium, watery, soft carbonation.

Not an exceptional sour but still a good one, worth the price. I’ll watch for more of these.

Appearance 4, Aroma 4.25, Flavor 4.25, Palate 4, Overall 4.25.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Winooski Beverage. 2017 bottle. This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a ruddy burnt semi-dark amber color with a finger’s worth of quickly dieing head. No lace.
The aroma mixes some light dry woody notes, caramel malt base with some green peppers, light sour citrus rind-like qualities and some light floral tones. Light black cherries at the end.
The flavor followed suite as expected noting the sour-ness hitting upon the citrus and oaky notes and comfortably blending with the malt levels, similar to a Flanders. Nicely blended aftertaste of the malt to the sour and fixing upon the finish just as expected.
On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a good sipping quality about it. The malt level is just a tad higher than expected but the sour level seems to be quaint enough to grip my tongue in a decent way. Nice tart and oaky finish.
Overall, I dig this one and would have it again, though almost a Flanders.

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Photo of Benjolovesbeer
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Look is of purple plum like with smells of funk, sourness, and wine. Taste is sour tart cherry with a buttery, woodsy, oak finish. Overall good but I'd prefer New Holland's Incorrigible Reserve.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark honey-molasses color with a butter colored head.

Aromas of vinegar, oak, molasses, tart blueberries and strawberries.

Flavor is more on the molasses and oak side but the sour punch comes up on the back side with fruity and vinegar notes. Reminds me of Boulevard show me sour but less stout-y.

Nice tannin and carbonation character.

Overall, the more I drink it the more I enjoy it. Would reccomend.

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Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear but dark purplish red in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a short white head that quickly died down, leaving some lacing on the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of sourness are present in the nose along with notes of oak and blackberries.
T: The taste follows the smell, but isn't as sour as I expected it to be as there are stronger notes of oak and fruits such as blackberries and blueberries. As the beer warms up, there are notes of oak and vanilla from the barrel aging.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied on the palate and somewhat tart with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer won't blow you away from its sourness or fruitiness, but is a very pleasant sour to drink.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a dark ruby red with a one finger off white head. Light soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is raspberry, blueberry, vinegar, oak and brett.

T - Th taste is blueberry, raspberry, green apple skin, lemon, oak and some light brett.

M - Light body with medium carbonation. Crisp mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O - A solid sour from New Holland. Nice balance between the berries and oak.

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Photo of pezhead_79
4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Finally dipping my toes into the sour waters, after staying mostly to stouts. This was a very good beer, with a nice amount of tartness and not over the top. If this is what I have been missing, I'm going to enjoy drinking more sours like this.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Amber in color with a faint wisp of off white head around part of the rim. Plenty of vibrant carbonation bubbles head up from the depths. The aroma is of flat grape soda and Brettanomyces. The taste is much more appealing than the nose lets on. I get some raspberry and blueberry flavor and tartness. There's also some oak which lends is some of the dryness in the body. The mouth is otherwise moderately carbonated..

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Photo of MahjongNucleus
4.26/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Discount Drinks in Wyandotte for about $6, was looking to get other sours but saw the pricetag for some of the Bruery's offerings and was left quite saddened, so I got this instead. This is the 2016 vintage. Also my first Wild Ale, for what it's worth.

Look: deep, deep copper red.
Smell: vinous, oak, some brett..
Taste: My Lord is it sour. It's like raking a lemon across your tongue. lemons, blueberry, some raisin in the finish.
Mouthfeel: carbonated, thin.
Overall: This kicked my ass, man. I was expecting something along the line of a lambic in terms of sourness. Worth the price.

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Photo of hardysf
3.56/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This is an ok sour to me. The acetic acid dominated the nose and palate. Could pick up some hints of wood and some traces of fruit like plum, blackberries, and blueberries. Great price point and well worth a try.

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Photo of amalburg
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass L copper red semiclear thin creamy head
S tart cherry tart apple oak lemon
T raisen, leather, oak, cherry
M thin, well carbonated,
O delicious. Worth the 8$ if it was cheaper I'd buy about four more bottles.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Deep blue near purple tinged mahogany, clear, blue-tinged head. Nose is the typical sharpness of a sour; cherry, slight blackberry, undertones of oak and vanilla. The flavor is moderately sour and puckering, but softened by a dramatic increase in the warm notes of wood and a lot of that barrel-derived vanilla. Refreshingly tart, but sweet as well. Very drinkable, but after a while gives a gritty feeling to the teeth.
The oak and vanilla, giveaways of genuine barrel aging, was laid on pretty thick. I enjoyed it, but it was a little over the top especially for the style, especially because it intruded on the sourness's punch.

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Photo of ta_hagen
4.72/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Wowza, remind's me of Pentagram. Tart, funky aromas with hints of darker malts. T: A malty rich start quickly turns funky with plums, sour pitted fruit, darker malts, and lemon. Blue Sunday is dangerously drinkable stuff. Light-bodied with excellent carbonation. Wish it had more body to it, but a thumbs up for a nice sour.

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Photo of StraightNoChaser
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

look: dark ruby. off white moderate sized head on the pour that mostly subsides.
smell: fruity vinegary funk.
taste: Much like the nose with a woody, earthy, vinegary finish.

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Photo of kkleu357
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

From notes on 6/21/15 Smells yummy. Tastes good. Mostly straw colored with a hue of blue. Fruity blueberry flavor. Tart. Missing a little something on the back end, but that’s ok.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the Pig & Fiddle. Pours hazy amber under a thin, white foam collar. Tart malt aromas. Tart on the palate with a touch of mustiness balanced by malt and alcohol.

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Photo of russpowell
3.47/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a purple/scarlet with minimal head. No head retention & lacing

S: Sourness & woody notes

T: Follows the nose, a little blueberry as well up front. More of the same, leafy & woody hops surface as well as this warms. Finishes tart, with a little blueberry, some dryness & little bit of leafy hops

MF: Medium body & minimal carbonation

Okay, nothing special. I get more hits than misses from these guys. I've drank a lot of good sours/wilds lately, this doesn't measure up. Not bad, but I won't buy it again either

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear brown with good head. Smells like acidic malt, oak, and vanilla. Taste of vanilla sour acidic nutty malt with dry oak and vanilla in the finish.

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Photo of Ri0
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured 22oz bottle into teku glass

A - Dark black/lavender (think eggplant) with a nice 2 finger sandy colored head. Thick collar and spotty lacing.

S - Big tart fruit, unripe green plum, sour berry, and good oak barrel scent. Light oak and caramel notes.

T - Starts off very tart with unripe green plum, sour berries, and hints of cherry. Borders on extreme tartness, but there is some light lingering sweetness, like caramel in there.

M - Nice carbonation and a light to medium mouthfeel with lingering tart on the tongue.

O - I think New Holland did a marvelous job with this sour and I really enjoyed it.

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Photo of brentk56
4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a mahogany color with a modest head; squiggly lacing hangs around

Smell: Oak, blueberry, black raspberry, rhubarb and cherry tones with a hint of caramel underneath

Taste: The fruit tones appear, up front, bringing both sweet and tart flavors, while hints of caramel and tea provide a base underneath; the lactic tartness lingers throughout though the oak and sweeter, fruity elements are more assertive in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; slightly puckery

Overall: Not as tart as I was expecting, this is a nicely balanced beer that is very enjoyable; I like the range of fruit flavors as well as the candy caramel tones underneath; this would be a great beer to use to introduce a neophyte to the world of sour beers

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Blue Sunday Sour from New Holland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 625 ratings