Sour In The Rye
Bruery Terreux

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American Wild Ale
Ranked #85
Ranked #621
4.33 | pDev: 8.78%
Bruery Terreux
California, United States
Sour In The RyeSour In The Rye
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 Diet-z
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of AyatollahGold
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of dubrunna
3.17/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of evanwoertz
4.64/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of Viaduck
4.61/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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.

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Photo of csmrx7
4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of BenHoppy
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of kitch
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of KensWorld
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of Holderness
3.57/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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


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Photo of Franziskaner
4.01/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of moose1980
3.86/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2015 vintage. The spiciness of the rye is nicely showcased through both the aroma and flavor, giving an almost cinnamon-type aroma that pairs wonderfully with the vanilla/oak. Quite fruity, though bracingly sour which detracts from everything else going on with the beer imo.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.11/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle to tulip.
The appearance was a golden semi-bronzed yellow color with a sly transparency about it. Carbonation could be seen rising at a moderate pace to fill a finger's worth of white foamy head that slid off exceptionally quick (didn't bother me as I find a ton of beers of this style tend to have heads that fall of super quick). No lace.
The aroma had some sourdough to rye-like floral to semi-spicy conglomeration rolling over some sour candy-like sweetness. Malt bill seemed to be super low but there.
The flavor was that sourdough sort of taste with the floral component of the rye coming about and then pulling in the spice to eventually come in for the expected aftertaste that kept it's composure to be exceptionally satisfying.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a good sipping quality about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt as projected. Sourdough to rye-like sort of finish.
Overall, nicely done American wild ale with the rye punching in a light spicy and floral quality that I tend to love with rye beers and now with this as a sour ale, well, what's not to love.

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Photo of 98green
3.98/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap. It is a big punch sour for sure. But it didn't go vinegar for me. Just a ton of pucker sour. I couldn't do more than one for sure, and sours aren't my jam, but this is an excellent example from a top notch brewery

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Photo of Marius
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared. Hazy, murky orange with a thin off-white head. Notes of grapes, vinegar, oak, subtle vanilla, rose wine, rye spiciness. Medium body, medium carbonation and a tart aftertaste.

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Photo of Pray_For_Mojo
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: copper-brown with an orange hue. Very little head; only a fine lacing at the edges of the glass.

Aroma: lacto and funk. The funk resembles Elmer’s glue.

Flavor: sour and funk, on par with the aroma, although the aroma indicated that this would be more sour than actually so. Slightly spicy in the finish.

Mouthfeel: light-medium. Appropriate to style.

Overall: on the better side of many sours that I’ve tried recently, but there are better sours available, especially given this beer’s price tag, $20 / 750ml.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25


The beer pours a nice, creamy head that dissipates quickly. The beer itself is an interesting cloudy and pale amber that comes off as a brownish orange color. It looks pretty nice.

The smell is pretty good. The beer has a nice sour note with a moderate oak note. The other notes seem to resemble an assortment of fruits like cherry and orange with a tart note to it. It's pretty good and pleasant to smell.

The taste is pretty good. It has a nice sour note that resembles orange and cherries with a slight oak note to it and a very tiny vinegar appearance.

The feel is pretty good. It's a medium bodied beer with a smooth body and a dry finish.

Overall, it a pretty good and solid sour beer. It's interestingly balanced in its taste and smell given that it's a sour. Unlike most of the other offerings, this one is still pretty good fresh out of the brewery. Anyway, go for it since this one of their better offerings.

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Photo of ReviewingUnderInfluence
4.11/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

If you're a fan of The Bruery's beers, chances are you'll like this. The typical Bruery over-the-top sourness, nice oaky tannins, and bit of spicy rye. Really damn good sour

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.01/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a hazy peachy color ale with a nice large foamy head with limited retention and some light lacing. Aroma of lactic acid notes with quite a bit of vinegar and some oak notes is OKish. Taste is mostly dominated by loads of vinegary notes with some oak and a high-level of acid notes. Body is full for style with good carbonation. I don’t get what the fuss is with this beer. I thought it was really one-dimensional and acidity level wad too high for my liking.

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Photo of nawpnawp
4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2013 bottle poured in 2016.

Pours a beautiful golden brown with half a finger of head. The smell is sweet and sour; hints of peach and farmhouse funk. It is very sour and the flavor dominates. On a hot day like today (90 F), it is perfect. There is a bit of spice in the background, but the sour yeast has completely taken over.

I would like to have one of these fresh to compare. It is definitely a solid brew, but be aware that with 3 years on it, it becomes over powering in its sourness.

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Photo of OrangeMen
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2015 vintage
~1 year since bottling date

Appearance- Pours a copper color, burnt amber with some lighter orange hues. Transparent, some slow rising carbonation bubbles. Half finger thick, off white colored head, fizzy and soapy.

Aroma- Tart cherries, bright berry fruit notes, bit of lemon / lime acidity. Bready malts, subtle spice and dry oaky earthiness. Grass and funk, clove.

Taste- Tart black cherries, moderate puckering sourness, lemon lime. Red grapes, vinous quality. Malty sweetness w/ spicy, peppery, bready rye. Dry oak and vanilla, grassy earthiness, funky yeast.

Feel- Medium to full in terms of style, substantial body. Puckering sour at times, but eventually settles down, slight drying character. Moderate carbonation.

Overall- Very good sour with a lot of complexity behind it between the malts, rye, oak, and funkiness. Black cherries are in the forefront througout, and pair exceptionally well with the vanilla character on the finish.

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Photo of cbutova
4.85/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A- Fairly muddy appearance to the medium orange amber body. Fizzy and foamy head rises up to over a finger with pretty good retention. Small belt leaves spotty lacing.

S- One of the best non-fruit sour aromas out there. Holy hell it feels like the most underripe sour stone fruits were concentrated a thousand times and squeezed into a bottle. Apricot and sour plum with a huge punch of lactic acid. Hints of wine and wet oak.

T- The vinous sour pale grape tones come out quite a bit but the star of the show remains the lactic acid, funk and stone fruit goodness. Sour plums, apricots, apple, peaches and general underripe stone fruits. Oak tannins, vanilla degraded wood, tons of lactic and a slight bit of acetic acid.

MF- Medium bodied for the style with a very slick coating left all over the mouth. Low-medium carbonation with a silky foamy texture. Finishes very sour.

Oh boy. This beer only seems to grow into more of a masterpiece every time I drink it. Sublime sour plum, apricot and grapes coat the palate supported by wet oak and heavy acidity. Beats out a vast majority of the super limited sours out there without a doubt.

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Photo of ajm5108
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep copper, very litte carbonation, no head. I frankly struggled to pick-up much on the aroma sans the lacto-funk you get in most sours. The oak is there if you strain but I found no rye. Taste wise it is a very clean and soft "sour" punch-in-the-face vinegar or lacto, just enough bite to give it some profile. tingly on the tongue, wood is there mostly at the finishes very clean, which could be from the rye, though i discerned no actual rye flavor. I think it's just too similar to the oak and the two merge. It is very clean and accessible, which is certainly admirable in the sour game where lots of breweries take missteps, but it is also kinda boring and indestinct. Very good for sure but not a top-class sour.

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