Sour In The Rye - Kumquats
Bruery Terreux

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Wild Ale
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4.42 | pDev: 7.92%
Bruery Terreux
California, United States
Sour In The Rye - KumquatsSour In The Rye - Kumquats
Notes: We've all come to know and love our barrel-aged sour rye ale, Sour in the Rye. Now it's time to enjoy a bright variation of it that has kumquats added to the mix. Not only is "kumquat" one of the most fun fruit names to roll off the tongue, it also treats the entire palate to a unique display of fruity characteristics. The tart, sweet, citrus and tropical notes of both the kumquats and tangerine zest strike a balance with the honey, vanilla and woody character imparted from barrel-aging. At the same time, the unique bitterness of the citrus fruit locks step with the clove and pepper notes imparted from the rye.
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.34/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottled 11/3/16; drank 2/4/17 @ Golgi Apparatus.

Cloudy orange/red rust appearance.

Minimal khaki head; almost no lace.

Kumquat, grapefruit & tart strawberry notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Kumquat & grapefruit bite flavors up front; sour strawberry notes on the finish.

Too puckering for me to embrace, but sour fiends may love this.

Oct 03, 2019
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superspak from Ohio

4.23/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 11/7/2016. Dense cascading pour from the rye. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy deep golden/orange/amber color with a 2 finger fairly dense and rocky off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of huge juicy/sour/tart/tangy kumquats, tangerine, orange juice, red grapefruit, citrus peel/zest, lemon, lime, peach, plum, pear, apricot, mango, melon, red/green apple, white grape/wine, peppercorn, oak, hay, straw, grass, honey, spicy rye, and white bread dough; with lighter notes of leathery/musty/lacto funk, white wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of kumquats, tangerine zest, fruity/funk/acidic yeast, wine barrels, and rye/bready malt notes; with big strength. Taste of huge juicy/sour/tart/tangy kumquats, tangerine, orange juice, red grapefruit, citrus peel/zest, lemon, lime, peach, plum, pear, apricot, mango, melon, red/green apple, white grape/wine, peppercorn, oak, hay, straw, grass, honey, spicy rye, and white bread dough; with lighter notes of leathery/musty/lacto funk, white wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Light-moderate fruity/lactic tart/sourness, fruit tang, and yeast/oak tannin spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of sour/tart/tangy kumquats, tangerine, orange juice, red grapefruit, citrus peel/zest, lemon, lime, peach, plum, pear, apricot, mango, melon, red/green apple, white grape/wine, peppercorn, oak, hay, straw, grass, honey, spicy rye, white bread dough, leathery/musty/lacto funk, white wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of kumquats, tangerine zest, fruity/funk/acidic yeast, wine barrels, and rye/bready malt flavors; with an awesome malt/tart/sourness and tangy fruit balance; with minimal puckering flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering tart/sourness, tangy fruit, and yeast/oak tannin spiciness. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready/grainy, and acidic/tangy/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 7.2%. Overall this is a fantastic fruited sour/wild ale. All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of kumquats, tangerine zest, fruity/funk/acidic yeast, wine barrels, and rye/bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the modestly acidic/tangy/tannic/drying finish; not overly lactic. Super jammy fruit and balanced Brett/Bacteria complexity; great oak presence and bready rye malts against acidity. Mild residual sweetness with lingering dryness. A highly enjoyable offering, and outstanding style example as expected. Aged wonderfully.

Aug 16, 2019
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

4.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a color that is a mix of both yellow and well, that kumquat color of sunset yellow. 1/3" white head. Aroma smacks of tart saliva inducing sour kumquats. Its all over it. Dry oak.

Taste, this hits hard on the sour scale, probably a 7.5-8 on the 10 pt sour scale. Beautiful sweet kumquat here, very well done, makes me kind of wish for a new proprietary hop that can start to approximate this in some ipas! Not super acidic, but that probably still falls into a 6.5 on the 10 pt acidic scale. The oak has a very dry contribution to the profile. Nothing in terms of brett noticeable, this is a very clean and juicy type of beer. Compared to the SITR beer, the kumquat seems to diminish the role of rye as a malt here.

One joy of a beer, I hope Bruery makes this an every year beer.

Mar 11, 2018
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RAlmeida77 from Massachusetts

4.19/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2013 bottle consumed about a month ago

Pours an amber color. Minimal head that dissipates. Smell is of kumquat? (disclaimer, never had or seen a kumquat so not sure what they smell or taste like). Also picking up some lacto. Taste is very good....again, kumquat frutiness? definite sourness there....nice pucker. Medium bodied with good carb. Overall, nice addition to the sour in the rye "series". I still love Peach the most.

Sep 20, 2017
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SpeedwayJim from New York

3.45/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

2016 vintage. 750ml capped bottle into a Surly teku.

Nose is mint, citrus, spice and a bit of brown sugar. Lightly spritzy, not tart. Solid and very unique aroma from the kumquat. Beer opens tart citrus and some sort of gourd-like vegetable. Moderate sweetness and very acidic from the middle to end. Some caramel and brown sugar notes mix with a juicy, puckering acid tartness at the finish. Body is light to medium with moderate to ample carbonation. Prickly on the palate and puckering going down. Real intense flavor here.

Too over-the-top, too acidic and with flavors that don't really work together. Its unique for sure but that's about all this has going for it.

Jun 24, 2017
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jhartley from Florida

4.57/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1 pint 9.4 oz. bottle into a Snorkel glass.

Appearance: Dark amber body, thin cap of head.

Aroma: Bright citrus, with that sour aroma coming through!

Taste: Pucker up buttercup! That sourness just mellowed out with the kumquat-citrusness, a hint of oak. Perfect.

Mouthfeel: Bracingly sour.

Overall: A delicious sour that is even better than I imagined. So tart and sour with a ton of citrus coming through.

Mar 27, 2017
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cvm4 from Mississippi

4.45/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2016 vintage

L - Pours an amber copper body with a one finger paper white head.

S - Has that awesome SitR base with juicy kumquats. Amazing they can cut through the base beer.

T - Wow! So much kumquat juice and peel in this. It's yin and yang that balances the SitR perfectly.

F - To to medium bodied with medium carbonation. Dry finish.

O - This is a phenomenal beer! The kumquats come through perfectly.

Mar 14, 2017
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ArkyVaughan from New Jersey

4.31/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2016 edition from a bottle. I have really come to appreciate Sour in the Rye and its variants. I used to prefer Oude Tart, but the spiciness of the rye in Sour in the Rye is such a nice complement to the sourness. The kumquat variant is really good, but doesn't quite reach the level of the peach version.

Mar 06, 2017
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tclipse from Virginia

4.73/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Unbelievable sour. The kumquats are VERY present, you get citrus peel from beginning to end along with a bit of understated oak. Definitely a lemon note along with the kumquat as well.

Jul 24, 2015
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BradfordStuckey from Utah

4.86/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The best Sour EVER. Very tart, makes you pucker face with every sip. The sweet citrus notes try to cut the sour but instead they compliment the tingling sour of the beer. If you see it, purcahse it.

May 26, 2015
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aquazr1 from California

4.45/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2013 bottle served in a tulip. Wow, am amazed at how present the kumquats are in this beer. There is a slight tartness to the beer, but the kumquats are the star.

May 18, 2015
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shangwang from Pennsylvania

4.61/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Extremely sour. Wish I had had it side by side with the other Sour in the Rye variations, but as far as I can remember I preferred the Kumquat version. Added a lot more sour with some tropical resiny citrus character. Very nice.

Mar 01, 2015
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Jonada from New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottled 4/25/2013. Poured into a teku

Appearance: Pours a dark amber color with 2 fingers of an off white, fizzy head that dissipates quickly to a thick collar. Body is hazy with some fine sediment and moderate, to high visible carbonation.

Smell: Despite its age, theres still quite a bit of citrus character. Lemon, slight tropical note, some spicy rye and oak.

Taste: Citrus, green apple, mild lacto character, rye like spice and oak. Quite similar to the aroma. Sourness is high.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a slightly creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation is high but not over the top. Finish leans toward the dry side.

Overall: Pretty good. Rye gives it some unique characteristics for a sour, and the citrus is a nice improvement to the regular SitR. Worth trying for sure, but no need to go crazy seeking it out.

Jan 18, 2015
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Cdulay1 from New Jersey

4.93/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark golden haze, low carb. Beautiful citrus nose. Thin to medium bodied. Perfect balance of sour and citrusy flavor. None of that vinegar either. I can crush a bomber of this alone.

Jan 01, 2015
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LambicPentameter from Nebraska

4.18/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Received this beauty as part of a trade with BA Black_Rider. Enjoyed out of a brown 750 mL bottle with "2013 edition" marked clearly on the label. Poured into a large New Belgium tulip glass.

Appearance (4.0) - Pours a dark ruddy orangish-brown hue that makes light passage difficult. Some haze is present, but I'd hesitate to call it murky. Atop the body sits a finger of off-white head, with a bit of a frothy look to it. Retention is fleeting, and it quickly fades away to reveal a healthy ringlet of foam around the edge of the glass and a bit of film intermittently placed across the surface of the liquid. No lacing is left behind to speak of.

Smell (4.0) - Smell is that of apple cider vinegar as well as some acidic citrus notes. Make no mistake, the story of this beer--like it's un-fruited cousin--is more about the Sour than it is the Rye. However, the addition of the kumquats makes for a nice juicy fruit overtone that wasn't present in the much drier-smelling standard SitR. In many ways, it reminds me more of stone fruit than it does of it's citrus brethren, at least in the aroma. There is still a recognizable amount of funk and some woody qualities from the barrel.

Taste (4.25) - It's hard not to again draw comparisons to regular Sour In The Rye. In this case, it retains the same acidic sour apple punch presents itself in the original, as well as a subtle spiciness from the rye malt. The funk that came through in the aroma is pushed aside by much more straightforward sour characteristics, but again, the kumquat comes to the rescue and provides some softer, juicier tones to play against the biting sourness of the bacteria. There is also some bitterness in the aftertaste that reminds me a bit of a dry-hopped sour.

Mouthfeel (4.25) - Medium-bodied and moderate carbonation, with a mostly dry finish and a slight pucker on the tastebuds.

Overall (4.25), the addition of the tiny citrus fruit does marvels for this beer, and makes it quite refreshing and a bit easier to drink more of than the non-fruited SitR. It certainly makes me curious to try more beers that utilize kumquat in the future.

Dec 18, 2014
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Beersnake1 from California

4.53/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2016 poured from fridge temp into a tulip. Pours dark orange with tan head. Nose is amazing. Sour, funk, tons of citrus, tropical fruit, lemon. Taste is mouth puckering amazingness. Tons of citrus, funk, leather, barnyard, sour cherries, and a slight bitterness on the end. Mouthfeel is a bit dry but wonderful. Overall an amazing beer!

Oct 22, 2014
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SHODriver from North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

A: poured into an oversize wine glass to a deep brown with two fingers of dense off white head that fades quickly but leaves some lacing
S: smells of rye, wood, funk, lactic acid, and kumquats
T: taste is very tart with lactic and acetic sourness, very citrusy with some funk and kumquat, slight woodyness with a faint sweetness. swallow is a lingering sourness and kumquat with a little funk.
M: moderate amount of heft with soft carbonation and a drying finish from the acidity
O: An incredible beer. Great flavors and complexity that's a pleasure to drink. Truly an amazing beer.

Oct 06, 2014
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vfgccp from New York

4.4/5  rDev -0.5%

April 2013 bottle, opened September 2014

A - Glowing, opaque orange ice tea. Thin fine off-white head with nice retention and ok lace.

S - Almost a golden ale base. Citrus zest, pineapple, kumquat, honey, bright wood, honeydew melon, strawberry jam, strawberry lemonade.

T - Huge, smooth, complex, woody sour center with a massive tart kumquat body. Acidic citrus sweetness with a waxy, tart citrus rind edge. Sharp wood. Agave syrup. Soft lemonade and fresh strawberry back end.

M - Medium body. Smooth, and a little slick. The slickness works as a nice foil for the sourness.

O - Outstanding as a kumquat fruit beer in and of itself, and even better as a flavored sour.

4.40 Sour in the Rye with Kumquat
--- -Jay- -Jon- -Ath- -Vin- -Pt- -Grg- -Avg- Weight Adj
A - 3.75 4.25 4.00 4.25 3.75 4.00 4.00 10% 0.40
S - 4.25 4.00 4.50 3.75 4.00 4.25 4.13 20% 0.83
T - 4.75 4.50 4.75 4.50 4.50 4.75 4.63 40% 1.85
M - 4.25 4.50 4.50 3.50 4.50 4.50 4.29 10% 0.43
O - 4.60 4.50 4.50 4.30 4.50 4.50 4.48 20% 0.90

Sep 20, 2014
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KYGunner from Kentucky

4/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


I had this back to back with Sour in the Rye and it seemed that this was a very different beer. Age and a batch from a different year may have made all the difference but it has a more pink grapefruit like color. The nose was sweet, sour and tart citrus fruit but there was more of a minerally acidic aroma. The flavor was more earthy, minerally and orangier than Sour in the Rye. It felt about the same. Very good beer but I liked the Sour a bit better.

Jul 27, 2014
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Exacerbating the already present citrusy character ,the addition of the highly fragrant kumquats gives this sour rye ale an even more highly citrus boost.

Its hazy burnt orange hue precedes the fruit additions with its own visual weight and haze. As the nose draws near, the tantalizing scent of sourness locks the jaws and evokes mouthwatering response. Its first sip is strikingly sour with the same sour white grape, lime, lemon, crabapple medley as the original Sour in the Rye.

Intensifying over the middle, its sharply acidic taste strips the palate and penetrates with utmost lactic sourness. Approaching dry chardonnay and apple cider vinegar at times, the dried citrus character turns lightly musty and earthen while peppery rye and its associated huskiness lurk in the shadows of taste.

Crisp, clean and utter refreshing, the thirst-stripping sourness leaves the palate dry and only moderately earthy as subtleties of cork, cellar-like must, weathered oak, tobacco and damp soil emerge in aftertaste.

Jul 25, 2014
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Juuroumaru from Florida

4.27/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange with a 1/2in white head. not much head retention.
sour slight vinegar on the nose with lots of kumquat coming through nicely.
Lots of kumquat with nice rye notes and a good sourness. not as sour as i thought it would be but still great.
thin hits the tongue nicely really feel it on the sides and back of the tongue.
Great beer. nice fruit and sourness. would love to try SITR Peaches.

Jul 15, 2014
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.27/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared by Curran at his tasting.

Pours a murky crimson orange, with no head, or lacing. Cool color here, but not much else to speak of.

The aroma just explodes with tart fruit flavors, hard to categorize them all. Kumquats for sure, some lemon, orange, and pineapple, with vinegar, lactic acid, and funk as well.

The taste is similar. Puckeringly sour, but in a good way, it lingers on your lips for a while. There is some great fresh fruit flavor here, the kumquats are up front, and their natural combination of tartness and sweetness is perfect for a beer like this. There is some vinegary and acidic sweetness that dominates the proceedings, but doesn't overwhelm.

Light to medium bodied, miraculously very drinkable. Finishes dry. The acidity lingers on the tongue and lips throughout the session.

I continue to become more and more impressed by sours, this is yet another really well made one.

Jun 02, 2014
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BMMillsy from Florida

4.46/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared at the Swamp Head Bottle Drop. Pours slightly murky orange colored with a fluffy white to off white head on top. Beautiful aroma of sour vinegar, tropical fruit, and the light spice I get from the regular SitR. Flavor follows with light sourness that is sweetened up by the semisweet and tart kumquats, clean crisp finish with a lingering fruity flavor left on the palate. My wife, not being a fan of most beers, actually even really enjoyed this one. The fruit balances the sour perfectly here and creates a new beer that retains the beautiful sour flare that I love in the regular version. A little more heft than the regular version, creamy yet crisp, sweet and tart, with medium plus carbonation. I would have this one again and again.

May 17, 2014
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ptykozoon from California

4.15/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Auburn with beige head and strong head/lacing.

Sweet funk, peach, sour cherry, lemon.

Sour fruit, orange, notes of vanilla and green apple, lots of sugar.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and refreshing. Guessing ABV around 8ish.

I need more.

May 17, 2014
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FosterJM from California

4.4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

1784th Review on BA
Bottle to Bruery Tulip
750 Ml

2013 Vintage

Thanks to Jlindros for this one.

App- Right out of the bottle, this has a nice color with a deep gold and orange color to it. The darker color lends itself to more of a style that I dont get from the base beer. Looks more like a DIPA to me, but the head that was there and gone with only about 1" of head. The more I swirl,the more it takes on a pancake batter head. A little foam and from. A ring remains after each swirl. No cling though.

Smell- I like the smell of this beer. I have always like the smell of SITR, but the peach was a bit too acidic and this is in the middle of the base beer and the addition of the Kumquats creates a nice balance between citrus rind, flaked rye and a little oak.

Taste- This was way better than the peach version. This didn't strip the enamel off my teeth.The citrus was prevalent but still retained more of the base version with tart, acid, rye and oak. I couldnt finish the peach version and this was better than expected when it warmed and more of the rye did come out. The ABV is quite hidden but once you get to the 2nd glass, its there.

Mouth- A semi medium body with at times a little bit of lightness to it. A good medium carbonation was there, with a solid residual flavor of the fruit and rye IMO. I liked that at times it was a bit creamy and brought that head into play.

Drink- I think this one is the best of the 3 in terms of bottles of SITR. More balanced and layered than the other two and cloyingly sweet or overtly acidic and a drain pour of the last 1/4 bottle as the peach version was. Was very happy I got to tick this one.

May 05, 2014
Sour In The Rye - Kumquats from Bruery Terreux
Beer rating: 98 out of 100 with 1012 ratings