Show Me Sour
Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Style:
Wild Ale
Ranked #1,531
ABV:
4.3%
Score:
85
Ranked #35,470
Avg:
3.73 | pDev: 10.99%
Reviews:
44
Ratings:
134
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Boulevard Brewing Co.
 
Missouri, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
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SCORE
85
Very Good
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Notes: 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.
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Keepnitrl from Washington

3.44/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Jun 30, 2017
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.55/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives with a hazy coffee color and a modest head that leaves a few strands of stringy lace

Smell: Very oaky, with dark fruit, lactic sourness and caramel elements; faint Bourbon tones

Taste: There is a modest amount of lactic lemon sourness, up front, along with building tones of dark fruit and caramel; in the mid-palate, the Bourbon tones add oaky complexity and a hint of vanilla, but the finish is a return to the lactic sourness and sweeter base malt flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation and a moderate pucker factor

Overall: I am often disappointed by collaboration beers but in this case, Boulevard and Side Project have hit the ball out of the park; just love the Bourbon treatment that complements the other flavors of this beer; I am also a fan of beers that mimic cocktails and the Whiskey Sour aspect shines through here

Sep 16, 2015
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.49/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Remember that cherry cola fad from 1995? Well, it's back. And it's sour. While the darker taste of the flanders browns and reds embark upon a clean and lactic simplicity, an earthy and soiled taste emerges, one with nearly the grit and rawness of vinegar and coffee.

Boulevard's Show-Me Sour pours a deep brown, marginally maroon color, hazy and capped with a swirling froth; its scent rises from the creme with spent coffee grains, black cherry, cocoa and stale toast. Its taste greets the tongue with a caramel laden sweetness that's of cola, cocoa, hard candy and sorghum.

As the flavors unfold the sweetness beings a steady decline and the fruit marches upward. Dark cherry, blackberry and currant show a glimpse of succulence and sourness before the dry and soily character takes shape. Black walnut, freshly tiled soil, moss and cola mingle on the middle palate with that pang of cidery sourness that permeates the stubborn malts.

Medium bodied, malty-dry and lingering with cherry, plum, grape and cola, the tacky sensation in mouthfeel is off dry and distracting. In their vein of Tell Tale Tart, this more robust version settles on the finish with a medicre taste, texture and scent across the board.

Mar 19, 2017
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Jaminrice from Oklahoma

3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured semi-hard into a stemless Brandy snifter. 1/4 inch beige head quickly dissipates. Looks like cola. Smells like a musty fermented plum. Tastes a little tart and a little sweet and the wood is present. Feels watery and thin in my mouth.
Good (not great) beer that I would drink again.

Mar 30, 2017
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garymuchow from Minnesota

4.19/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

well this is the darkest sour beer I've had so far. Pours thin as would be expected for such small beer. Tan fizzy sounding head but it takes a bit to settle out. Get some wood in the aroma but much less of any sour. Hints of the darker ale (like an English pub ale and hints of hop). Interesting and likeable.
A smooth sour and tart taste with minimal fruit (but not absent). Nice grounding in the toasted malt and appropriate dryness. The whiskey character is really quite low, as I get more straight wood.
Not too thin with enough carbonation to keep it with some fullness.
I like this. I bought this as a single, but I'm inclined to buy a 6er...or two.

Mar 28, 2017
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Boulevard Brewing Co. "Show Me Sour"
12 fl. oz. brwon glass bottle, "BEST BY DATE ON BOTTLE" "17JUL2017", sampled 28APR2017
$2.29 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: Ha, I thought it was "Show Me The Sour", I must have "Jerry McGuire" on the brain. Ahhh! And it's dark? I was expecting something golden. It kind of looks like cola in the glass. At least the head disappears just as quickly. The aroma appears more chocolatey and mocha coffee-like to me than sour. I wonder if this is a good sign or a bad sign. Well I get the chocolate in the flavor, but the sourness is also there. I hesitate to call it roasty. On a scale of 1 to 10 for sourness I'd say it's about a 4, maybe 5. It's what I'd call tart, not sour, and lightly tart at that. Which is fine, I don't need a beer to be puckeringly acidic, and in fact that can sometimes distract from the rest of the beer. The chocolate is mild as well, and kind of like a fudge brownie. What I'm not finding is the "barrel". There might be a little bit of oaky dryness in the finish, or that might just be the dryness from the acidity, but either way it doesn't stand out. Maybe they're using old barrels that they've gone through before, which would be nice from an environmentalist's view as they're reusing, but if it's not contributing what's the point? OR, maybe I'm just missing it. Throw into the mix that it's just 4.3% ABV and you've got a very mild beer here. It's very drinkable in that there's nothing holding you back from having more like a bold bitterness or strong alcohol, but there's also not a lot or reason to want to drink another. Unfortunate. I was expecting more from a "barrel aged" sour. Maybe next time.

Apr 28, 2017
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
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!

Nov 05, 2017
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Internet ate my review, so this will be an abreiavated review.

Cola colored with 1 finger of tan head. No head retention or lacing

S: Pear, some woodyness

T: Mostly pear & white grape, some sourness & dryness show up late to the party

MF: Light bodied, fairly firm carbonation

Very restrained & boring, just didn't bring much to the table

Apr 03, 2017
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.59/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Jul 03, 2017
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EMV from Pennsylvania

3.52/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass

L: Clear dark mahogany brown pour. 1 finger of foamy white head. Scant lacing.

S: Tart lemon and a bit of funk... mixed with a bit of barrel.

T/F: Sweet fruits and lemon zest at the start giving way to some mild tartness. A bit of funk, but expected more given the barrel aging. Medium to light in body. Carbonation was on point. Finish is where I picked up most of the barrel character. A bit of oak but not terribly strong.

O: Pretty much a session sour... pleasant and drinkable, and might be a good 'intro' into sour beers for someone unacquainted. Not really sour per se... more mildly tart and not terribly complex. Easy to drink though... good price point and reasonably good flavor.

May 03, 2017
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schoolboy from Ohio

3.87/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Jun 16, 2017
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zeff80 from Missouri

4.09/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown color with a good deal of carbonation. It almost looks like a cola. It smelled of dark, dried fruits. Tart flavor up front with a touch of sweetness at the back.

Mar 12, 2017
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metter98 from New York

3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
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

May 29, 2017
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Tone from Missouri

3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color. 1/4 inch head of an off-tan color. Slight retention and poor lacing. Smells of sweet malt, caramel malt, bacterial funk, hint of alcohol, hint of wood, and dark fruit. Fits the style of an American Wild Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. There is also a strong acidity and noticeable tartness. Tastes of sweet malt, slight roasted malt, caramel malt, bacterial funk, hint of coffee, slight dark fruit, and a hint of alcohol. Overall, weak appearance, complex, good feel, weak finish of body and no discernible whiskey notes.

Apr 09, 2017
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csfcmitchell from Texas

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aug 10, 2015
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leroybrown10 from Missouri

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Apr 13, 2017
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bump8628 from Oklahoma

3.49/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Rich brown, mahogany-hued body, with an off-white head that is creamier than I expected given this is a low-ABV sour. Coffee grounds on the nose, not much else. Toffee, faint roastiness, dried fruit, faint barrel char, and very slight sourness on the finish. Watery finish.

Love the concept, wanted to love the beer. Unfortunately I didn't. A Belgian table beer in a six pack from a regional brewery. That should be right up my alley, but this fell short. It needs more fermentation character, be that sourness, funk, or just general Belgian yeast character. The branding of this as a "sour" is a stretch as the sourness is so faint I would almost think it's an unintentional flaw without the branding. I guess they had to throw "barrel-aged" on there too since that sells beer these days. Maybe a fun one-off, but I can't believe they went all in with is as a seasonal six pack release.

Apr 04, 2017
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Smakawhat from Maryland

3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Best by? July 17th 2017.

Quite an extremely dark brew, nearly black and totally opaque looking. Faint hint of khaki head but leaves only a collar with no retention. A populated bullseye makes a good appearance and gives the impression the beer is still alive.

Kind of a little odd aroma. Very nutty smelling and porter like roast qualities. Mild sensing acidity, but nor particularly sour smelling. Definitely a real nice nutty very hazelnut and creamy tones though. Very enjoyable but kind of odd in a way.

Palate is a bit unexpected. Porter light, and very session like tasting leaving for a weaker presence on the brew. More of that nutty tones, but also more tangy sourness that is more prominent on the palate as opposed to the nose. Good charcoal angle light, and with a kind of crackling porter like roast quality too.

Different angle, but this doesn't make much pleasure for me in terms of malt and yeasty tang, or particularly roasty body. Otherwise it's fine for what it is.

Apr 16, 2017
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stephensinner from Missouri

4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sep 14, 2015
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DangerDawg from Ohio

3.49/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sep 24, 2017
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atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sep 17, 2015
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GRG1313 from California

3/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Apr 05, 2017
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DucksFan16 from Alaska

3.49/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

04/22/2017

Apr 23, 2017
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KAP1356 from Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Apr 23, 2017
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Color is very dark brown almost pitch with slight ruby hues to the base very odd for such a light ABV. Head is also slight just a 1/4 inch that fades to next to nothing. Smell is a mixed bag sour but nutty with a stout like roast to it. Taste is good mix of slight stout goodness mixed with some sour wild ale brett. Body is light but with the mix of interesting flavors it never gets boring.

Overall can't say I have had too many barrel aged sours since they are usually expensive but this is a decent if not session able alternative.

Apr 25, 2017
Show Me Sour from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 134 ratings