Show Me Sour | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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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

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Photo of sd123
4.06/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kelseyr713
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Largely opaque, dark cola color, minimal head, quick to fade, and no real lacing to speak of.

S - Acidic nose, lactic hit, an over-steeped tea note, a bit of undefined fruit, and a hint of barrel.

T - For all the variety in the nose, the sour front is pungent and unifying, the wood and tea are in the back, and a sweet tart aspect in the close.

M - Brisk tartness that does not tip over into a pucker, surprisingly supple.

O - I really like this, but I think some of the subtlety in the flavor is lost to the sourness. Still, a sour that's delicious and does not punish.

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Photo of Botulizard
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of maxarvo
3.69/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of woodychandler
3.82/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I was elated & an attendee a few years ago at the Press fete in PHL for the announcement that Boulevard B.C. beers of KC, MO would now be available in PA! My enthusiasm has not waned in the least, but I have a sufficient amount of their beers in the Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody that I am conducting a Coup de Boule(vard) today for New Beer Sunday (Week 663). Hang on, it's going to be quite the ride!

From the bottle: "12 IBUs".

I Pop!ped the cap & began a slow, gentle pour to begin the day. Imagine my shock & awe when I saw its color - Very Dark Brown to Black/Opaque (SRM = > 34, < 44), since I was expecting something golden in color. I don't know why, but I was. Silly Woody, these kicks ain't for kids! I decided to stir things up with a vigorous in-glass swirl, raising two fingers of fizzy, foamy, light-tan head with decent retention. The color also had mahogany highlights & NE-quality clarity. Nose was definitely sour, with notes of apple vinegar and lemon as well as a light whisky scent. I see in the "Notes/Commercial Description" that they are going for a Whisky Sour flavor. Wow! Shades of my great-aunt & great-uncle as well as my best friend's parents, all sitting around smoking cigarettes, playing cards & drinking whisky sours. We both had relatively older parents & so this was not uncommon, although a holdover from an earlier generation. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium, not watery, but not a lot of depth, either. The taste was (thankfully for me) not as intensely sour as the nose had led me to expect. Oh, it was unquestionably sour, as opposed to tart, but at least I was not moved to tears & reaching for a glass of water as is so often the case. Warming, the barrel-aging became more assertive & made its presence known. Finish was dry, not gasping, but plenty sour for this kid. I know, they should write a series of books about me, entitled "Diary of a Wimpy Beer Drinker". Onwards!

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Photo of MattyG85
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DangerDawg
3.49/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jame515
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of calcnerd
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of khargro2
2.94/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of OtisCampbell007
3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Eammon1920
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LennyBound
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of CedTheKobe
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Franziskaner
3.59/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of a77cj7
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Keepnitrl
3.44/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of kraticus41
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of krome
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of schoolboy
3.87/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
4.39/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

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Photo of jewellrunner
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of andrewh995
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.56/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Show Me Sour from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 130 ratings