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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Ratings: 131 |  Reviews: 44
Reviews by Schlafly33:
Photo of Schlafly33
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

More User Reviews:
Photo of Jaminrice
3.6/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.49/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
4.55/5  rDev +22.6%
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

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Photo of tbryan5
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

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

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

Photo of SomethingClever
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into Willybecher glass best by date of 7/17/17

A: Very small stark white head that disappears quickly. Body is a dark brown almost black with very little light pushing in at the edges.

S: Light figs and raisins light cherry a wheat smell as well some light oak

T: Lots if oak a little toffee some very mild tartness light cherry a little fig still a good dose of wheat.

M: Lighter body to a touch watery with moderate carbonation.

O: Nothing really stands out about this beer, you have a lot of mild flavors that don't work bad together but really don't meld together to make anything noteworthy. I am not sure what they were shooting for, but this is not offensive enough to make even the most easily offended person care about it.

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Photo of whatname
3.59/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.12/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My kind neighbor got me this beer. It poured an opaque dark with no head and no lace. The scent had hints of burnt corn husks. The taste was sour mash with hints of wine...the mouthfeel was lighter in body with subtle carbonation. Overall it's ok.

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Photo of let8it8grow
3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of russpowell
3.2/5  rDev -13.7%
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

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Photo of hophugger
3.54/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Deep Deep brown in color with minimal head and lacing. Aromas of sweet malt and wet leather.Ttaste is nice with a sweet mALT and wet leather feel, sourness is good but somewhat shortlived. Overall a good sour but shortlived as far as the MF and finish goes. Decent beer and one that I would continue to drink !

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GRG1313
3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of waddellc2
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JLaw55
2.5/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Branlott42
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Smakawhat
3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of tommy5
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of akolb
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

That's one dark sour. Looks like a stout, all roasty and black. The aroma betrays the barest hint of tartness, along with some conspicuously stout-like roast-creaminess. Taste is moderately tart. Red wine, blackberries, oak, earth. Impressively complex. Body is very light. A brilliantly unique and subtle beer that nods to Bourbon and roast in a sour context.

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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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Show Me Sour from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 131 ratings