Sour In The Rye
Bruery Terreux

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Bruery Terreux
California, United States
Wild Ale
Ranked #126
Ranked #1,286
4.3 | pDev: 8.84%
Jan 04, 2022
Aug 09, 2009
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Notes: We brewed this ale with around 40% rye as a base malt and let our sour yeast and bacteria eat away at it in oak barrels for over a year creating a sour ale with a complex character of rye spice, oak and a subtle funk.
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Photo of Gatch
4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Gatch from Massachusetts

Bottled 4/17/15 which has held up really well into July 2021. Deliciously spicy rye sour with an absurd level of funk and tart fruit with an earthy/woody finish. Incredibly easy to drink yet properly sour to make it special. Bravo!

Jul 15, 2021
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4.77/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by bubseymour from Maryland

Fantastic wild ale, really hits a lot of marks.

May 23, 2021
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4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Sigmund from Norway

750 ml bottle, kindly shared by our beerpal Ole Anders. ABV is 7.8%. Hazy deep golden colour, moderate white head. Lovely funky brett aroma, also notes of sour fruits. Tasty sour flavour, funky notes and sour fruits galore.

Apr 30, 2021
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4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Rug from Massachusetts

Bottled 6/15/16

Quite the beer we have here, a barrel aged rye based wild ale. I can imagine this will be highly funky. I've seen this bomber bottle staring at me at my local shop for about a year, and I finally decided to pull the trigger, so I'm very eager to try this

Pours a hazy orange amber with a finger of off white head that quickly fades to a thin ring and leaves no lacing

This is hugely sour in the nose, reminding me a lot of a Flander's red with its strong vinegar notes.I'm picking up on aromas of red wine vinegar, funky leather, juicy apricot, buttery oak, tart lemon, green apple, light peppery rye, and bready malt

Oh boy, the aroma couldn't even begin to suggest how sour this really is, and I love it. On the front end of the sip, I'm tasting tart lemon, earthy yeast, biscuity malt, red wine vinegar, and a touch of sharp oak. The swallow brings a huge flash of spicy rye, though that is only the real place it appears in the taste. After this rush of rye, I'm tasting sharp oak, black cherry, green apple, funky hay, leather, and peppery yeast

A medium body pairs with tingling carbonation resulting in a super smooth and sour beer. Finishes mostly dry and the tartness is highly refreshing

Goddamn, this stuff is incredible. So sour and complex, though not quite a rye beer. Regardless, it is delicious and I was happy to try it, even at $18 for a bomber

Feb 05, 2021
3.28 by EasternIsh from California on Jan 12, 2021
4 by TallGuyCM from California on Jun 24, 2020
4.29 by Beer-A-Lot from Virginia on Jun 15, 2020
4.27 by cd34 from Illinois on May 02, 2020
4.18 by JakerLou from New Hampshire on Apr 12, 2020
4 by BerryKumquat from California on Apr 06, 2020
4.38 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona on Mar 28, 2020
4.02 by DVMin98 from North Carolina on Feb 24, 2020
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4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Diet-z from Washington

Poured from a 2015 bottle, smell is not very powerful, but the flavors are strong. Probably a 3.5/5 on the sour scale. Very pleasant drinking. Would order again.

Jan 17, 2020
4.25 by rare_bird from Michigan on Dec 03, 2019
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4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by AyatollahGold from Indiana

From a 2012, 750 ml. bottle into a PAA Dino glass, this beer pours out a beautiful clear copper with amber highlights. It forms over a finger of eggshell white crown that settles in to a thick mist.

The nose brings doughy rye bread, crusty edges and a hint of vinegar towards the end.

The taste brings that spicy rye dough and mixes it with notes of lemon and faint vinegar.

The mouthfeel is tart, but not overly so. Natural lemon like. There is still carbonation holding on, it leaves this to seem still at times but open up and leave air in the chest as well.

I’ve never had this fresh, but with seven years on it I can say that it is a treat. I really like how the rye interacts in this.

Aug 28, 2019
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4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by macrosmatic from Florida

Reviewed from notes. Poured from the 750mL bottle into a Cigar City Brewing snifter glass. 2015 vintage bottle.

A: Dark gold, with a good amount of visible carbonation and a modest haze. Forms a finger’s worth of white head that stays around for a fair bit.

S: Tart - mixed lactic and citric acid – with a mild acetic bite. Some toasted biscuit malts, but no overt rye to be found in the nose.

T: Nicely sour up front – lactic and lemony citric acid, with just a bit of acetic character here as well. A modest biscuit malt sweetness in the middle, but the acids and tart flavors dominate. I'm guessing the rye contributes to the biscuit character, but it's a minor flavor. Some mild oak tannins. More tart acid in the hang, and stays fairly dry.

M: An average body for an American sour. Carbonation sensation a bit on the low side. Alcohol presence quite low.

O: Not a great depth to the funk profile, but good flavors and strikes a good balance with the amount of sourness. That said, I don’t think this is nearly as good as the kumquat variant.

Jul 26, 2019
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3.17/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
by dubrunna from Florida

Very sour, though I appreciate the effort, it seems that a lot of people who really enjoy 5his style would appreciate a mouthful of lemons as well. It's a great beer for people with no pallete, as it is well made for a mouthful of sour taste that reminds you of eating lemons.

Jul 23, 2019
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4.64/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by evanwoertz from California

strong sour. the rye is a really nice counterpart to the acidity. has a bold earthy note up front and a mellow finish afterwards. sits nicely on the nose but not too strong. this is what a sour should be.

Jul 22, 2019
3.85 by denver10 from New Mexico on Jul 16, 2019
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4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

750ml bottle. 2016 vintage.
Clear, medium amber colored body. Half a finger of fizzy white head, which fizzes away quickly. No lacing.
Sour lemon smell, with a woody funk background.
Taste is a vinegar sour, with lemon and lime, along with green apple, pear, and apricot. Underneath is the woody oak and vanilla base. The rye adds in a spicy note. Aftertaste is a blend of oak and fruit.
Medium mouth feel. This beer is sour but is not an enamel scraper. Lower carbonation.
I think the beer has mellowed a bit with aging, but it is still an excellently blended sour beer. Not heavy with funk but detectable in how the oak woodiness expresses itself. There is really a swirl of flavors with each sip.

Jun 23, 2019
4.26 by Ice_Cream_And_IPAs from New York on Jun 18, 2019
4.27 by TheBrewsky from California on Jun 01, 2019
4.31 by davidsonte2 from Washington on May 14, 2019
4.21 by ChrisMon02 from Ohio on Mar 25, 2019
4 by Jayamefu from Netherlands on Feb 08, 2019
4.45 by Pstone530 from California on Jan 17, 2019
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4.61/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
by Viaduck from California

2016 edition, purchased in 2018 & consumed January 2019. A pretty copper color with a modest off white head that quickly fades away. Sour & fruity aroma, also very pretty. Tase is a fairly intense perfect balance of sour. Sweet, bitter & salty. It’s one of the most flavorful beers, there’s a lot going on here: vinegar, lemon, apricot, pear, Apple, then comes the malted funk, rye & spices,vanilla & barrel flavors & finally a bit of alcohol detected at the back of the tongue. Not overly sour or tart but very intense & extremely delicious. Medium body with excellent carbonation & combined with all the other sensations, the tongue is overwhelmed. There is a tickling at the base of my tongue, I think it’s having an orgasm. Or maybe it’s just sediment at the back of the throat but either way this is one the finest sours I’ve ever had.

Jan 05, 2019
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4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by csmrx7 from Canada (AB)

This is an amazing sour. It is so sour that you can almost feel it in your teeth, until it warms up and really opens up and the layers of lactic acid and pedolococus and malt really turn this in to excellent beer.

Sep 19, 2018
4.39 by Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois on Aug 29, 2018
4.27 by sweetbrew82 from California on Aug 05, 2018
4.06 by TylerKing from California on Jul 19, 2018
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5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by BenHoppy from Michigan

Aged 3 years and 3 months and then cooled it to 45 degrees as bottle suggests before pouring into tulip:

L: murky cider-like brown with a smiling lacing that screams I'm sour.

A: fruit, wood, oak, sour funk

F: sour as hell

T: begins with fruity sweetness that only lasts a second before blasting you with extreme sourness. Once past sourness I do pick up some pleasant oak, wood, spicy rye, and fruit flavors. After tones almost reminds me of sour patch kids.

O: incredibly sour, aged well and perhaps best sour I've had. A definite slow sipper.

Jul 13, 2018
Photo of kitch
4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by kitch from Hong Kong

A 750ml bottle, 2015 vintage, bottled on 17th April 2015. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.

Appearance: A lightly hazy dark orange copper colour with a just under two finger beige head that had decent retention and left some spotty lacing.

Aroma: Lightly sour and tart mixed berries with oak and vanilla and a hint of clove.

Taste: Very much like the aroma with sour and tart mixed berries, notes of oak and vanilla along with hints of clove, vinegar and a light spice on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: A good Wild Ale with nice taste and aromas.

Jul 05, 2018
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4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by KensWorld from Florida

2016 Vintage.

Smells just about perfect. pours nice. First half hour of sipping tastes incredible, but after that the sourness creeps up. This needs to be cut with some kind of Base if there is such a way. This should be consumed only in moderation because of its extreme acidity . Still a pretty incredible sour beer that has a way of enticing you to sip more even though your gut tells you otherwise. This is about as sour as it gets IMO.

Jun 30, 2018
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3.57/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by Holderness from Massachusetts

L — Very slightly hazy golden orange body with a half finger of cream colored head produced with aerated pour. Minimal retention or lacing
S — Sour cherries, funk, lemon juice, tart raspberry, pear… definitely smells very sour
T — Apple cider vinegar, oaky tannins, lime juice, quince, unsweetened cranberry juice, lemongrass, rye spiciness
F — Tart and lactic! but lively. Medium- mouthfeel, medium- carb. Lasting sourness on the finish
O — A bit too sour for my liking, lacks a center-of-balance. Still a fairly decent wild ale


Jun 11, 2018
3.97 by chrismattlin from Ohio on Jun 08, 2018
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4.01/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Franziskaner from Missouri

Copper to amber hued with no discernible head whatsoever. The aroma is tart cherries and woodsy oak. I'm tasting plenty of tart cherries, woodsy oak, and earthy rye. The mouth is very dry, highly carbonated, and crisp. Aggressive acidity.

May 28, 2018
3.87 by Ssippisam from Minnesota on May 26, 2018
4.08 by grover37 from District of Columbia on May 17, 2018
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