Blue Sunday Sour | New Holland Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
newhollandbrew.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by lackenhauser on 07-13-2008

BEER STATS
Reviews:
123
Ratings:
577
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
25%
 
 
Wants:
48
Gots:
128
For Trade:
11
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Reviews: 123 | Ratings: 577
Reviews by roadhouse:
Photo of roadhouse
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am reviewing this from memory so it's a bit more brief than usual, but I found this to be a really great beer, much more so than the average suggests.

I had it in a 22 oz bomber into a pint glass. The appearance was dark reddish brown with a decent head that went away.

Aroma was nicely tart with some sour lactic notes and a hint of oak and something like red wine. Some tart cherry and dark fruit as well.

Taste was excellent as well, being almost exactly what I expected from the aroma. Nice tartness in it, a good balance that makes it very drinkable especially given the ABV. Some tannic notes and again a fruitiness that blends very well.

Mouthfeel was unremarkable, but certainly nothing I would think to complain about. Typical for most sours it was fairly light with a nice creamy carbonation.

This was a really nice and unexpected one from New Holland that I picked up on a whim as it was the only one on the shelf available so I figured why not? Glad I did, this one's a really nice American interpretation of the sour that isn't Russian River. Nice to see something of this caliber is being brewed in my general region of availability.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of don1481
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%

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

Photo of tigg924
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, low carbonation, gold-brown in color, clear

Smell: sharp sour mix and fruit candy

Taste: light oak, sharp sour mix, touch of dark fruits--blueberry and cherry

Mouthfeel: super sour with a touch of sweetness, light in body, prickly medium carbonation

Overall: One of the better New Holland beers that I have had. Super complex. This one is a sipper and the fruit comes out towards the end as it warms. I would get this again if I found it on tap.

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Photo of fenlop54
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of alienlifeforcecube
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Franziskaner
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
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 pat61
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
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 Mantooth
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of digitalmavrik
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KirkFrancis
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of mtpHokie
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of goast8127
5/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of sgttibbs
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JIMTRK16
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of cynical1027
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of Shawner
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of shamsoftabriz
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on tap at Winos in Bowling Green, KY.

A: A mysterious shade of love potion #9 purple, a bit watery, without much heft or carbonation.

S: Some oak, a bit of sour grapes and alcohol.

T: Big sour apple and some pickle up front that stimulates a nice response from the salivary glands. Oak barrel flavors come to the fore as the beer warms up. A little bit of briny radish and booze. Delicious resinous nutty aftertaste that lingers for a long time.

M: Typical of the style, but nothing to write home about. More boozy than other sours like Monks Cafe Flemish Red or Rodenbach Grand Cru.

O: I really like this and plan to drink it regularly as long as it lasts on tap. If you are a fan of sours, seek this out. It's a complex, unique, and welcome addition to the style. It drinks like a light whiskey once it gets warm. Expensive, but one worthy of sipping and savoring.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly cloudy ruby color with a small, bubbly off-white head that has weak retention, quickly reducing to a ring of bubbles on top. Thin lacing forms on the glass.

S: Nice cherry aroma with a good bit of oak. Slightly funky and tart. There is a little bit of barnyard/horse blanket and a little tobacco as well.

T: Again, more cherries with a nice tartness. A little bit of dark fruit as well, some plum mixed in. The oak comes through with a touch of vanilla.

M: Light to medium bodied. Not overly tart, slightly dry finish.

O: Pretty good wild ale. Not overly sour or fruity, but in the middle for both.

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Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of brother_rebus
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of seavercm
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of LeeW
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

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Blue Sunday Sour from New Holland Brewing Company
3.8 out of 5 based on 577 ratings.
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