Tarte Nouveau Session Sour
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

Tarte Nouveau Session SourTarte Nouveau Session Sour
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3.66 | pDev: 11.48%
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States
Tarte Nouveau Session SourTarte Nouveau Session Sour
Notes: Tarte Nouveau, 3.9% ABV, is kettle-soured with lactobacillus. This tart beer pours pale yellow with a large, dense, white head.
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The appearance was a semi-hazy yellow color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within less than 20 seconds. No lacing surrounded the edges of the glass whatsoever. The smell had a sharp tart citrus with a slight sour apple element underneath. The taste was mainly sour with a slight refreshing citrus aftertaste and no finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light on the body with a really great sessionability about it. The carbonation was definitely there - sharp. Overall, I think Weyerbacher did what they wanted to do, a session sour ale, definitely for the sour ale fan.

Jun 24, 2017
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brentk56 from North Carolina

3.51/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color; the lid starts at half and inch and declines from there; a few dots and dashes of lacing

Smell: Funky green apple tones with a hint of caramel

Taste: Acetic from the outset, with green apple tones dominant from start to finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall; Almost a year old and perhaps that has had an impact but this is a rather disappointing beer

May 14, 2017
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Blackop555 from Michigan

3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours light gold. Foamy, medium, white head fades fast.

Smells sour apple, citrus, balsamic vinegar and some funk.

Tastes light tartness, fruit, lemon, citrus, vinegar. Finish is dry with vinegar and light funk linger. Lighter Medium body and fizzy medium carbonation.

May 02, 2017
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

We are approaching the kick-off of New Beer Sunday (Week 626) & I am using the occasion to kick-off my long-awaited & much-needed horizontal of Weyerbacher B.C. beers. I have a LOT of their beers in my Bottle Backlog and it may take several days until they are depleted. Enjoy the ride!

From the bottle: "Session Sour".

Having Pop!ped the cap, I went with a fairly heavy-handed pour since it is a fresh bottle & there was no flocculate or lees visible. The head was as fizzy as pop, but I still managed to get a brief two fingers of light-tan head before it reduced to wisps. Color was Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7) with NE-quality clarity, enticing a visit from the Gelt Gang of Mammon, Midas & Croesus. Nose had a sharp sourness, like milk gone bad or cheese in an early stage of fermentation. Mouthfeel was soft, not thin per se, but very unobtrusive. The taste was quite tart, as advertised. Vinegar was the first thing that came to mind, followed by lemons and sour cherries, but offset by a crackery maltiness. I also began to taste green apples and pears as my eyes watered a little bit. This style is not my favorite, by any means, but this was pleasant enough. Finish was quite dry, akin to a white wine in terms of its tartness. It was good & I also have the Blood Orange version, but one was enough for me.

Feb 19, 2017
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Bert's
Slightly hazy light golden color with a thin bubbly white head that dissipates quickly. Tart cherries, lemons, light balsamic, light bready malt moderate earthy funk. More body than I was expecting for the abv. Not bad, somewhat of a cross between a Berliner and a Flanders Red.

Nov 20, 2016
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Cylinsier from Pennsylvania

3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz

Pours a clear barley golden, coarse white bubbles create a brief head that dissipates to little more than a ring.

Smells of sour apple, malt vinegar, and lemon citrus.

Tastes pretty tart, green apple and vinegar mostly, with some light citrus and grape. Hints of a crisp cracker malt undertone.

Medium body with stinging carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

The weakest part of this beer is the pour, which is very boring. Beyond that, it's a solid sour ale with some good notes reminiscent of Flemish sours. The vinegar flavor and crisp poppy body in particular are good representations of the style. Worth trying.

Aug 03, 2016
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EMV from Pennsylvania

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Lagunitas mason glass

L: Pours a clear light golden-orange color. Faint head fizzes away quickly. No lacing.

S: Tart and funky. Lemons and green apple.

T/F: Tart and funky but not much of a pucker. Flavors are lemon and pear mixed with vinegar. Some wheat in the background. Very light... almost watery, but given the very low ABV this makes sense. Low carbonation. Finish is dry.

O: For what it is.. a sessionable sour that you could literally drink all day... it's not half bad. Doesn't compare to some of the 'real' sours, but again... for what they were aiming for I think that Weyerbacher mostly hit the mark.

Aug 02, 2016
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stevoj from Idaho

3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle from share on 6/11/16. Hazy golden pour, small frothy white head. Basic berliner weisse notes on the aroma and taste, wheat comes through, not completely obliterated by the slight sourness. Some honey sweetness, not too tart.

Jun 21, 2016
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dalizzie from Virginia

3.02/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle.

(L) The color was dark straw, white head that quickly dissipates.
(A) Smell was sour pear and white grape.
(T) Taste followed aroma but also a hint of honey, overripe fruit, and some apple cider vinegar flavor mixed in.
(F) Crisp and dry.

Missed the coriander and salt. Also wasn't a fan of the flavors especially the apple cider vinegar and overripe, sour fruit.

Jun 15, 2016
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Jelectric99 from Florida

4.44/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

If you are looking for a crisp clean sour here it is. I am not that crazy about a sour but wow! It is really really good, I have tried a lot of beers but this one is quite different. Almost as good as the ancient ale by dog fish, crazy ale's.

Jun 10, 2016
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jopezu from Georgia

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

pours a hazy dark straw with a small head that poofs. nose; lightly tart raspberry & grape must. taste; light cidery and tart citrus (lemon & orange), raspberry, & very light hops. medium carbonation & light mouthfeel. not my style, but light, sessionable & more tart than outright sour.

Jun 04, 2016
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beerthulhu from New Jersey

3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

-Session sour. 03.23.15. 09.23.15. Born on, best before dating? Consumed 04.18.16. A bit out of the hold time but not exactly an ipa so..

A: .Light orange coloring, low haze factor shows a micro-effervesce within, a quickly diminishing spongy capping atop. Clean window dressing.

S: Light musky orange, lemon, with a hint of candy orange sweetness. The scent is extremely light, age a factor?

T: Pretty good sour kick, medium tone, musky orange, fresh lemon, with a caramel sweetness to balance things out. Hints of yogurt fruitiness, banana yeastiness comes on the swallow.

M: Fairly crisp, light bodied, lightly creamy.

O: The nose was a bit soft, but the flavor was enjoyable for what its intent was, a session sour, which means the hard-core sour heads will probably find this a bit amatuerish, with training wheels. Much akin to a session ipa, its not going to offer the same range, complexity or intensity, this is kettle soured so the strength and complexity is more intro. It doesn't offer the same range of barrel souring or aging, but can be enjoyable as a sour summer poolside affair with an easy drinking nature as intended.

May 01, 2016
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Tripel_Threat from Michigan

3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle to tulip glass. Liquid is a dark and clear yellow, with several fingers of fizzy white head that's up and down quickly, leaving no lacing or other trace behind. Looks quite like wine in the glass, with a white grape, apple cider vinegar aroma. Taste follows, not as sour or tart as expected, but still there. I guess that's the session part. Bit of a bready aftertaste. Pleasant enough ale, but for something tart and sessionable I'll take an Oarsman.

Apr 03, 2016
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maximum12 from Minnesota

3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Single picked up because Weyerbacher makes great stuff. 12 oz. bottle dated 5/11/15 w/best by date of 11/15/15. Oops. Still, I expect no negatives.

The pour is white wine, passive-aggressive Minnesotan in March pale. Carbonation. The nose brings lemon & white grapes, both also wine-like.

Tart Nouveau is like a 62 MPH curveball - you know just what you’re getting every time. Light white grapes, lemon peel, mild tartness (not sour), apple cider, twisted hefeweizen. Airy, spritzy, light, refreshing. You could drink a lot of this, if you wanted. I don’t.

Decent enough for what it is. This is a welterweight beer punching right in its weight class.

Mar 19, 2016
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HoppyBastard from Nebraska

3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, "brewed on" date 5-27-15, "best by" date 11-27-15.

APPEARANCE: pours a hazy, straw color with less than one-finger white head that quickly dissipated until a thin, broken layer of small bubbles remained, there is very little lacing on the glass, lighter carbonation.

SMELL: white grapes, pears, tarte.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, initially sour, white grapes and pears.

PALATE: lighter body and carbonation.

OVERALL: this is my first sour beer and I enjoyed it, this was a good four months past the "best by" date but was still quite good, a little flat but otherwise tasty, I would have this again and will be sure to try more in this style.

Mar 12, 2016
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TheNightlyPint from Idaho

3.61/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

An inviting crystal clear light straw pour with a large but quickly dissipating head. Light malt toastiness, some faint grape skin, and yeast tartness. Flavor profile matches the aroma. Ligh mouthfeel, with lots of carbonation providing a solid zip. An admirable effort at an astounding low ABV.

Feb 20, 2016
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kalosjakar from Rhode Island

3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark straw, no head.

Aroma: can smell the tartness, funk, oaky.
Taste: sour, tart, apple cider-esque, white grape juice

Very light, sessionable. Good stuff.

Feb 13, 2016
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counciloak from Indiana

3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

My bottle was about a month past its best-by date. I'm not sure how much this matters with this particular beer.

Fizzy and yellow, with about 2 fingers of foam. Lots of carbonation in the glass. Smells like lemon/citrus and you can sense the sour presence of the beer. Taste matches the nose very closely. Nothing extreme on the sourness, very drinkable. Thin body with good carbonation, very refreshing.

I haven't had an abundance of "sour beers," but this one seemed on par, if not batter than others. It was refreshing and had plenty of flavor and character to make it memorable.

Jan 25, 2016
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours clear, gold, with 1/4 inch head. Taste is sourdough, lemon, and moderate tartness. Light and refreshing. Interesting sessionable sour that I think is tastier with a bit of age on it. Glad I got this. I will get it again.

Jan 14, 2016
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jhartley from Florida

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle, packaged on 11/17/15.

Pours a light golden yellow body with a quickly disappearing head; plenty of bubbles streaming up from the bottom.

Aroma has plenty of lacto sourness along with some citrusy tartness.

Taste is fine up front with tart citrus and lacto sourness finishing with a clean dryness, quite a bit of the sour/vinegar sizzle on the sides of the tongue.

Mouth feel is light and mildly refreshing. Strong wheat aftertaste.

Overall, this isn't too bad; the wheat aftertaste is a little off-putting to me. I bought this as part of a mix-a-six and glad that I did; while this has a very nice sourness up front, it isn't just enough in the finish to keep me interested.

Jan 03, 2016
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fscottkey from New York

2.98/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: [3.25] Pours a honey/amber color. The beer has a 1/4 finger of head that is gone instantly. This is my second sour in a row and they both had no trace of head after 15 seconds. The bottle lists the ABV (3.9%) and it has a born on (03/23/15) and a best by date (09/23/15).

S: [2.75] I get a scent like champagne or white wine. Definitely something in the white grape range.

T: [3.25] Orange peel, tart candies, grapefruit.

M: [3.25] For 3.9% the feel is okay. Decent carbonation and doesn't seem overly watery.

O: [3.00] I am still not into this style, but this beer is better than some I've had in the style. The flavors worked well and they didn't overplay the coriander or salt. The orange peel (predominant flavor) is pretty good. The nose was a little confusing and didn't foretell what it was going to taste like.

Nov 29, 2015
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metter98 from New York

3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is crystal clear dark yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short head consisting of medium-sized bubbles that quickly dissipated.
S: Light to moderate aromas of Lactobacillus are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell, having some sourness from the Lactobacillus and faint bits of lemony flavors.
M: It feels light-bodied and slightly creamy on the palate with a low to moderate amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is similar to what you would expect for a gose—it's quite light in body—except that it isn't that tart.
O: While this beer is not overly complex, it goes down very easy and is quite sessionable. It could make for a good sour beer to pair with food because the sourness isn't that strong or overpowering.

Serving type: bottle

Nov 26, 2015
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Act25 from New Jersey

3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: No dense head (flattish), hazed slightly, apricot body, visible bubbles, pinpoint. My bottle seems flat.

S:Big sour wheat and hints of cidery fruits (white grape, rotting apple and pear), tartness of lemon.

T: Upfront follows smell - very cidery. Off putting at first, but great with pickles and it's got to be good for you. Abundant sour wheat and grainy malts, tart lemon and rotting fruit sweetness (apple, grape and pear). Minimal amounts of bitterness.

M: Light bodied, odd, astringent, acidic prickliness.

O: I liked others better, but all these sours are worth a try - so varied and so good for the gut.

Nov 25, 2015
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StevenMilligan from Florida

2.91/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Refreshing, but not overly complex. I was looking for more flavor with this sour. I guess I should give it a break, being a session and all. But not really memorable one bit.

Oct 07, 2015
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monkeybeerbelly from New York

3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

extremely disappointing. i was really hoping for a nice easy drinking session sour or berliner, but what i tasted was far from it. looks clear and pale yellow like a cheap AAL. aroma - not much, maybe slight lactic acidic, but i say again slight. tastes- mellow easy drinking no hop presence at all and a very minimal tartness. probably a good lawnmower beer, but definitely not a sour.

I knew it was bad when my wife said she would drink it

Oct 07, 2015
Tarte Nouveau Session Sour from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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