Pale Sour
Brewery Ommegang

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American Wild Ale
Ranked #916
Ranked #5,797
4.04 | pDev: 9.65%
Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States
Pale SourPale Sour
Notes: Developed by Brewery Ommegang with the master blenders at Liefmans in Oudenaarde, Belgium. A beautifully clean and balanced sour beer that drinks like a fine white wine. The flavor is an elegant interplay of sweet and sour; mouthfeel is soft with a delicate body and a clean finish.
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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pale Sour pours slightly hazy pale color, with small head. Sour aroma, sweet and fruity notes. Flavor is a little tart, sweet, hint of lemon. A little flat. Overall, a nice easy drinking wild ale, some nice fruit flavors.

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Photo of puck1225
4.37/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer is a very pleasant surprise!

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Pale, cloudy yellow with a nice foamy head and beautiful curtain lacing. Pleasant earthy sour smell and taste. Lemon flavor and a slight agreeable sweetness at the end. This is one to repeat.

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
3.72/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a translucent bright golden yellow color with a very thin ring of rocky white foam.

Sour aroma of sultanas, white wine, apple tarts and soft, sugary pale malt.

Taste is quite sour. Lots of tangy white grape and peach upfront. Goes malty with flavors of apple strudel and frosting.

Light-mid body. Gentle carbonation.

A well made sour ale, but this is a little to much like a sparkling wine for my palate.

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Photo of TheSupremeAJ
4.54/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Could use more hops; nice balanced sour that it not too overwhelming. Balanced. Premium beer. If available I would select this; it's a nice change of pace.

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Photo of cbutova
4.77/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A- Bowling pin 12oz bottle pours into an 8oz becher with a very pale yellow body and a one finger head. The body is minimally hazy (like hardly at all) and the cap has a bubbly, foamy consistency. Small belt round the sides means little spotty lacing.

S- Coming to play with this brew as not only does the lactic sourness come out immediately but so does some deep Brett notes of sour cherry pie, hay and funk. Really pleasant sour funk dynamic. Sour stone fruits, lemon, cheese, sour wine, musty basement and a hint of dried dark fruits. Driven by the acid and funk.

T- The yeasts become a bit more assertive here but most of the profile and balance of the aroma carries over nicely with the balance of funk, sour and base beer. Definitely a bit spicier and phenolic here probably from a Belgian Sacc. strain but the lactic acid and funky yeasts take over fast. Opens with sour pie cherries, sour apricot and musty wine grapes before raisin, coriander, lemon, hay, pear and apple notes balance it. Hints of whole grains. Almost has a hint of that Orval spicy yeast underneath the funky sour fruits.

MF- Puffy and highly carbonated body that falls on the lighter side of things. Doesn't lack texture however as it is creamy and silky smooth. Moderately sour with a hint of bitterness in the finish.

At sub $4 for a single of this, it is actually extremely impressive. The depth and complexity of flavor from the various bugs in the ferment is wonderful and most importantly really balanced beautifully. Had no idea what to expect but this beer blew me away with the lacto sour, funky Brett, spicy base yeast and overall funky fruit character interplay. Please don't stop brewing this, ever.

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Photo of Viaduck
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Hazy amber with modest white head, first bottle had almost no head, second was prettier. Aroma: very pretty, apple, lemon blossom , pear. Taste: mildly tart. Flavor: delicious, tart apples, pear, lemon, bread, mild funk & alcohol. Feel: crisp & refreshing, like biting in to a tart green apple, plenty of carbonation & alcohol to occupy the tongue. Pale Sour is very close to a cider, I liked it a lot more than I expected.

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Photo of cavedave
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a lightly cloudy dark gold, big white topper that flees pretty quickly to leave a thick skim for the ride.

Orange peel, sweet lemon, grainy/wheaty sweet, sourdough, light rotted fruit funk, and very light herbal spiciness behind it all make a solid aroma.

More tart than expected, think Berliner Weisse, and the sweet is ramped up a bit more as well. All the flavors of the aroma are here, they could be better balanced so the rotted fruit notes were more prominent and/or there was more of a spicy dry end of sip. On the whole quite delicious.

This has the mouthfeel of a good Berliner Weisse, i.e. refreshing, high carb., plenty of viscosity to give it a lasting impression in the mouth, not super funky. Finish could be a bit less "sweetart" and it would be even better.

Tasty "sour ale" in a time when brewers have really gotten the hang, this one no exception. Recommended.

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Photo of Shade1951
3.49/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Ommegang makes quality beers. This one just isn’t one of my favorites. It’s perfectly drinkable, even refreshing on a hot day. But I find it watery, and the tartness doesn’t appeal to me the way sours such as Sour Monkey do. This is okay, but not something I’m inclined to try again.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a small chalice: color is gold, quick head presents with an off white color and dissipates to a feint ring.

Smell is tart, crisp, kind of like a cider wine with strong apple notes, but then some apricot and peach with hints of lemon and malt, light but present.

Taste follows the aroma with tartness that settles some with warmth, flavors appear as fruited blend of apple, peach, apricot, lemon and neutral citrus, light malty notes.

Mouthfeel is quite crisp, in a tart way, some moderate carbonation, lingering sweetness and mild bitterness.

Overall a crisp, tart, pale sour with fruit like flavor without the addition and mild malt flavor to balance.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.01/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in a flute glass from the bottle.

Appearance: Super trabspfent cold color with medium bubbles and a white head rising one fingers le gth off the body.

Smell: fruit closer to spoiled green grapes with hints of lemongrass.

Taste: sour feel with doses of lemon juice and white wine feel. Lightly malty with a lemon zest feel to go along.

Mouth: Sticky with a semi full body.

Overall: Good brew. Very refreshing on this hot summer afternoon. Salud.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly cloudy pale yellow straw color. A fast pour yields a large lathery head with excellent retention. Large saucer ring lacing; good looking brew.
The nose opens with a light funk, followed by tart notes of lemon, lime and green apples. However, the fruity aromas soon begin to develop and yield sweetness. There are additional aroma notes of green grape, peach and orange peel.
The taste represents a good balance between sweet and sour. On the sour end, it is merely tart and not too mouth puckering, with notes of light earthy funk, lime, green apples and vinous/white wine like acidity. A bready and wheaty malt backbone yields sweetness, as does notes of candi sugar, peach, honey and a touch of floral hops. A yeast derived peppery phenols adds a light peppery spice.
Medium bodied with a soft and smooth wheaty mouthfeel. The carbonation is moderately soft and the finish is dry.
This is one of the most balanced and multi-dimensional sour beers I’ve had. I really enjoyed it.

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Photo of omahawk
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a cloudy light orange. No head. Smell is a really nice light acidic sour, cracker and citrus. Taste is really refreshing sour, light cracker and citrus sweetness. Body is light and effervescent. Really nice balance. Very quenching for an almost 7% beer.

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Photo of good_to_sea
4.58/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Small head, medium carbonation. Good lacing. Hazy and yellow.
Smell: Sour apple, vinegar. A bit like white wine. Some bready aroma.
Taste: Big, carbonated sour apple up front. Some lemon and grape. Finishes with a delicious, buttery, biscuit-like maltiness.
Feel: Prickly carbonation.
Overall: I love the sour apple leading into the biscuity finish on this. A fantastic sour beer.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown, NY.

This one pours a light straw yellow color, with a small fizzy head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like sweet but slightly tart white wine, Reisling, wheat and citrus.

This is super white wine like, basically funky Reisling, and very clean, with no lingering acidity. It's clearly well made, and meant to be somewhat restrained. There's a touch of citrus, too.

This is light bodied, and very, very drinkable, with a good level of carbonation.

I was surprised with this one. It's very approachable, mildly sour, and super drinkable. It feels like something that both serious beer nerds and newcomers to the sour game could both appreciate.

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Photo of officerbill
4.51/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the dinosaur bbq in Syracuse, first sour I've ever had.
Light straw color with a thin head, slightly "fizzy" carbonation.
An unexpected, but delicious taste. Dry and slightly sour. In a blind test i might have mistaken it for a Riesling.
Great taste and a perfect complement for the brisket. Not much of a winter brew, but definitely going into my summer rotation.

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Photo of Crackblind
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap poured into a nonic pint glass.

Absolutely amazing! Pours a pale straw color with a thin head and light lacing. The best way I can describe the taste is a nice mix of a dry white wine with cidery overtones. The other reviews have more details and in depth descriptions. All I can say is I can't wait to have more.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Taste: nice refreshing tart, sour, cider, fruit sweet, bready finish. yeast and tart nose. Gold, clear, with a smaller head and lace.. medium/light body. 9IBUs

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Photo of RaulMondesi
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hot damn this is a good one. And I swear, every time your main man pops a Belgian freshy, he thinks to himself, “I need to drink more Belgians!” But Raul digresses!

Just hot, just tart, just fresh! Now, don’t get Raul twisted, it’s not, ‘hot,’ it’s like Beyoncé fresh out da bubble bath, ‘hot.’ I’m talking on fire!!! As we move on, we get to the beautiful tartness. Kind of like my baby mama leaving a chocolate on my pillow after she leave for trabajo. Yeah girl, that’s cute, I like dat. And as far as it being fresh, it just is cuz Raul says so...

Think of yourself in Belgium. You don’t even need to know the name of a city, but you are there, in the middle of it, in the thunderstorm. And all of a sudden Mrs. Brussels grabs your hand and whispers in your ear, “Want to go for a ride?” And you know you do.


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Photo of AmyAnn
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I had this on tap at a show there and it’s amazing. It made me think man I’m gonna get into sour beers hard now, then I tried others out in the world and, nope, it’s just this one. So refreshing and perfect.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

5 oz. Sample pour from the brewery on 9/8/18

Tasting Notes :
Sharp and medicinal notes
Fruity vinegar
Clear and golden color,
Medium level sour yeast bite
Rounded out with sharp fruity tones.

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Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.1/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

APP- Dull brass with clarity just shy of brilliant with thin but persistent bright white head with fine lace. Effervescent, some floaties despite careful pour and a week at least of settling in the fridge.

Aroma - medium high sweet pilsner malt , really nice big floral hop aroma with an herbal element, some low tones of clover, minor lemon juice aroma, faint notes of ripe mango, melon rind. No overt sulfur or D.

Flavor - low malt sweetness, balanced mostly by a high but not especially aggressive acidity. Some strawberry / rhubarb fruitiness, Herbal hop character is barely discernable and no bitterness in the finish really. Has a distinct "sweet tart" flavor that is often indicative of food grade lactic acid being added to the beer. That really about all that's going on here, not very complex. Slight rubberband note in aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - lactic acidity retains soft creamy character, medium-light bodied with high carbonation.

Overall - Theis beer has no real flaws to speak of and even manages to bring a high level of lactic acid without being sharp or unpleasant, but its just kind of a bore. Not much complexity or depth of character. Needs more Pale, less Sour. Wheres the hops? I probably won't finish this, but if I was going to I'm sure I'd find it to be a chore halfway through the glass and it would probably upset my stomach. Love Ommegang but I had high expectations for a beer like this from them and this, while not bad, just doesn't live up to expectations.

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Photo of XanaduBarnes
3.76/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at George Keeley's, had after Industrial Arts Wrench (NE style), not a fan of sours but this is mild in the pucker and full in the flavor, a warmth in the taste and all around great drink.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a pale straw with a large head. The aroma features a strong vinegar tang, with lemon flesh and peel, chalk, green apple skin, and pineapple rind. The flavor is gentle, with strong flavor of grapefruit juice, white grape, white wine vinegar, lemon peel, chalky minerality, melon rind, pineapple rind, pineapple juice, and wheat. The mouthgfeel is light with fairly tame carbonation. Overall a unique and tasty beer - just a hint of sourness, but nicely complex and vinegar like, with other fruit flavors providing the base.

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Photo of MemphisSooner
4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don’t know if I have ever had a beer with a bigger discrepancy between the nose and the taste. The nose on this is pure funk. It almost smells like old cheese. The taste is off the charts though. Smooth citrusy sour with a ton of banana/clove Belgian yeast on the back end. Such a delicious beer!

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Photo of yungBeerBrat
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I like this beer, but i thought it was a bit too light.

Appearance : deep golden color and foamy white head that lasts about 1 second. Looks like a standard pale ale.

Aroma : Like a mild white wine. Smells like mild tart sour fruits.

Taste : Very straight forward sour pale ale. Not picking up on much hop flavor. Slightly yeasty, a sort of citrus, coriander, green apple white wine sour flavor.

Overall : Very enjoyable, mild flavored sour.

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