Show-Me Sour | Boulevard Brewing Co.

120 Ratings
no score
Send samples
Show-Me SourShow-Me Sour

Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Originally brewed as a collaboration between Boulevard's Brewmaster Steven Pauwels and Side Project Brewing owner/brewer Cory King, Show Me Sour was inspired by their mutual admiration for low ABV, Belgian table beers. A touch of acidity, some dehusked black malts for a rich, dark color, plus a short time in whiskey barrels before being blended back with fresh beer, make for a unique and inviting beer that's our play on a whiskey sour.

Added by jp32 on 07-30-2015

For Trade:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 120 |  Reviews: 42
Photo of khargro2
2.94/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of OtisCampbell007
3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Eammon1920
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LennyBound
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of CedTheKobe
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Franziskaner
3.59/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Black in color with a fingernail of brown. Light lacing. The aroma is difficult to detect,but there is light tart horse blanket and merlot. I'm tasting dark malt, faint red wine, and oak. The mouth is highly carbonated and dry.

 230 characters

Photo of a77cj7
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Keepnitrl
3.44/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of kraticus41
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of krome
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of schoolboy
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

My theme today is sours. The first was a gose. Who knows what this is. Sour, for sure.

It pours a surprising foamy brown. The aroma is of exotic yeast and some hops showing through somehow. The taste is complex. A gritty barrel taste sits under a sour yeasty concoction. It lands thicker than it should on your taste and does not let go.

Recommended as a unique, one of brew. Not too dearly priced. Jeez, I got all interrupted by the cat puking all over the carpet and wood floors. I came back to finish this review, then on to see if the cat is feeling better. Only then maybe can I see about getting new tires for my new (to me) Lincoln.

 641 characters

Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
4.39/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Look: Pours a roasted brown color thats slightly clear around the edges, with a one finger beige head of foam that fizzles away instantly and doesn't lace the glass.

Aroma: Mostly chocolate malt on the nose, akin to dry cocoa powder and sweet milk chocolate. Some notes of brown sugar and caramel, almost sort of a roasted pretzel thing going on too.

Taste: Pretty cool. The flavor is not that intense, but what taste this beer does pack is showcased masterfully, I think they were going for sessionability here anyway.Upfront you get a nice nip from some sour notes of yeast, almost to the degree of lemon. It's not overdone, the sourness is just enough to give the beer a tart little kick at the start, and it doesn't linger too long throughout the rest of the taste. Quickly the palate shifts into flavors of toasted oak, bittersweet chocolate, dry cocoa, and very mild caramel with notes of sweet bourbon. Finishes dry with flavors of toasted, bready malt.

Feel: Body is light and thirst quenching. Low carbonation. Very crisp and at such a low ABV I could drink this all day.

Overall: A lovely beer. Interesting take on the American Wild Ale style considering it's brewed like a porter. The sourness adds to the drinkability in my opinion, and really helps lift the palate. That being said, the tart qualities of the beer aren't heavy handed, allowing the barrel aged character and roasted malt flavor to come through towards the end. At 4.3% it's incredibly drinkable, and the flavor is not cloying as the sweetness from the malt bill and barrel aged character is counteracted perfectly by the sourness. If you're a fan of sour ales this one is 100% worth a try. Bravo Boulevard.

Rating: [A-] Excellent. 4.39/5.

 1,722 characters

Photo of jewellrunner
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of andrewh995
3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown that allows some red light through with a fizzy head. Smells like roasted malts and some astringency. Tastes tart with some chocolate and roasted malts. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Overall this is a pretty one dimensional beer. It's good, but I wouldn't get it again.

 297 characters

Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.56/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark brown with a touch of red showing in the glass. A touch of haze is there. Small head that is quickly gone.

S- Light, acidic tartness, quickly followed by dark malt scents are the preeminent smells coming from the glass. On the back end, the dark malts really take over with strong chocolate scents being prominent and lingering.

T- The drink starts out with a light tartness that is mostly oud bruin like, with high acidity and a bit of citrus component. Just like the scent, the next flavor is the dark malt and chocolate. Maybe just a touch of tart cherry mixes in at the end of the drink with the dark malts.

M- Light and highly carbonated in body, this one drinks very easily without sparing on the sour component of the beer. It is just thick enough to support the darker of the malt flavors.

Overall, this is an interesting beer and if I had on phrase to describe it, I would say "session dark sour ale." To me, it fits that exact description and I can't think of a better way to say it.

 1,005 characters

Photo of vfgccp
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.12/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

3.12/5: Initially intriguing as a lightly soured BA brown, but it's too uni-dimensional to hold much interest for long

118 characters

Photo of waddellc2
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of metter98
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is black when viewed from afar, but when held up a bright light traces of dark red are visible. It poured with a quarter finger high beige colored head that died down, leaving a few specks of bubbles on the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Faint aromas of sourness are present in the nose.
T: The taste has light flavors of dark malts with notes of sourness and hints of whiskey.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a unique sour ale that is very easy to drink, although it's a little light in terms of aromas and flavors.

Serving type: bottle

 657 characters

Photo of rypkr
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DaverCS
3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep brown, almost black in color with no head and soda-like carbonation.

Nose doesn’t reveal much. Ample malt with a lot of coffee character. I get some green pepper qualities mixed with a kiss of sour and funk.

Taste is just strange. It reminds me of a soured amber ale. Up front, the beer has some tart, lactic flavors. However, this does subside, leaving a malt-forward beverage with an enhanced level of smoke. More coffee notes on the back end. A little blackberry and oak.

Overall, this beer is a bit too strange for me. I see it pairing well with ham with a red-eye gravy. It gets a 76/100.

 612 characters

Photo of Danmullens1
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Show Me Sour pours a darker color with a small but long lasting head. Nice oakey aroma, with hints of dry fruit. Taste is the same, some barrel notes, hints of bourbon, and a nice dry fruit flavor, with a small sour finish. Good body and feel. Overall, small sour, but great dry and bourbon flavors.

 302 characters

Photo of ajdemma
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ColSanders123
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Show-Me Sour from Boulevard Brewing Co.
3.75 out of 5 based on 120 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.