Bel Air Sour
Brooklyn Brewery

Bel Air SourBel Air Sour
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Style:
Wild Ale
Ranked #1,404
ABV:
5.8%
Score:
87
Ranked #17,425
Avg:
3.9 | pDev: 9.23%
Reviews:
105
Ratings:
391
From:
Brooklyn Brewery
 
New York, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  13
Gots
  107
SCORE
87
Very Good
Bel Air SourBel Air Sour
Notes: Available in two versions, one is 5.8% ABV, the other 4.5%.

Lead by our James Beard Award-winning Brewmaster, Garrett Oliver, our brewers put their collective minds together to conjure up one tasty magic trick—a thrilling jolt of tartness up front opens onto a riot of tropical fruit, courtesy of our lacto, our ale yeast, and a generous helping of Amarillo dry-hopping. Soft barley and wheat malts keep things dry and refreshing, and the whole thing comes together to close with a fine dry finish. Brooklyn Bel Air Sour is racy and maybe even a little bit dangerous, but also effortlessly cool, breezy, and undeniably compelling.

Malts: American 2-row, Pale Wheat malt
Additions: Lactobacillus
Hops: Challenger, Perle, Mosaic, Amarillo
Yeast: Our House Ale Yeast
Original Gravity: 13° Plato
Reviews: 105 | Ratings: 391 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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teromous from Virginia

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There are printed dots on the bottle: "2181 10002792 BB 02/2022 16:47"

Appearance: The body is a light gold color with a good deal of haze. Lots of visible carbonation supports a medium-sized fluffy white head with a mixture of stucco textured surface bubbles and a few random craters. Good retention.

Aroma: There is a light scent of souring fruit, a bit of orange zest, and some wheat aroma.

Taste: Up front wheat and tart fruit hit the palate immediately. The grain flavor really pops in the middle of the palate, giving it a mixture of cracked grain husk flavor and multigrain cracker flavor. Lemon and orange also join in the middle with a pleasantly tart flavor. It has a very nice balance of grain flavor and tart fruity character. A little bit grassy towards the bottom of the glass.

Mouthfeel: It is very refreshing and enjoyable. Carbonation feels great. It has a medium tartness which is pleasant. No bitterness at all. The body rests in the medium-light range.

Overall: It is an outstanding beer with a pleasant tart character with a wonderful grain backbone. It tastes very fresh and it is very enjoyable to drink. This would be a great beer to drink at a beach or while camping, so I am hoping I can find it again in a can format. I would definitely drink it again and I would recommend it to those who like a tart and refreshing drink.

Oct 07, 2021
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GregDBoston from Massachusetts

3.09/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A nothing beer. Brooklyn describes it as "tart" and "a riot of tropical fruit." It's about as tart as an underripe orange, but not as fruity. I'm not sure how it's fruited, in fact. I couldn't make out a flavor. As for a riot, it's more like a long line at the grocery store. Pointless and something you just have to get through. Hard to take it seriously as a sour and to much of an ale to be refreshing. Skip it except as an alternative to Natty or Bud Light.

Sep 18, 2021
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.59/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Man its taken me (mostly others) like a 2 year period to drink this 6 pack.

Pours a light amber color with 1/4" white head. There might be a slight pink hue in that amber. The aroma, I dislike using the word "weird" but it wasn't "as expected" perhaps? Its hopped like a pale ale/ipa, then you have the lacto pitch sourness, but without the sour ipa branding. There is an almost brett like cotton candy aspect that is prolly just the color scheme doing tricks on me since there's no brett in this that I know of.

The taste is a largely introductory level sourness and complexity, which is to say that both are slightly underutilized. Has a sawft body, they again went with oats, are you sure this isn't a hazy ipa? Light lemon and green apple and something artificially pink kind of taste. I didn't dislike any aspect, but nothing blew me away either.

I liked the low price entry point, but most of these went to friends instead of myself.

Sep 08, 2021
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HalfFull from California

3.01/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 ounce can poured into a snifter. Pours a light golden with a touch of haze and with a thin cap of whitish foam. More of a greenish wheat tint in highlights.

Aroma is not quite as expected. Touch of lemon/orange seems only partially hop driven. Or maybe it's just that it is rather thin. Some raw grain notes are there as well. Minimal tart character detected on aroma, very minimal. Taste is mildly acidic but certainly not what I would call sour. Not sure where this beer is trying to go but I don't think it's gonna get there. Finish is sweeter than expected, diluted apple juice. Overall a stray dart for me, glad I only got one. This beer is about as wild as a poodle.

BB 10/2021

Jun 20, 2021
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Peach63 from New York

4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours pale yellow with a one inch white head, which settles but lasts to the end. Moderate lacing. Slight haze.

Aroma of lemon, lime, apricot, apple.

Taste follows nose: Lemon, lime, apricot, green apple.

Medium bodied, lively carbonation. Tart finish.

Very enjoyable sour. Pairs nicely with a Rye whiskey.

Mar 28, 2021
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MrOH from Malta

3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Golden with chill haze, nice white head, great retention for a sour, nice lace as well
Smells tart, like lemon juice and yogurt, a hint of cinnamon and biscuit
Very tart, puckering, almost. Lemon is about the only thing I can really pick out
Light bodied and well carbonated.
Definitely not my favorite sour ale, but if a fairly straight forward sour is what you're after, I suppose its good.

Feb 21, 2021
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izraelc from New York

3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear pale yellow. Sour fruit aroma. Big sour taste up front. Slightly fruity. Mellows quickly to smooth dry finish. Pretty basic sour ale but was done well. It doesn't try too hard like some sour ales I know.

Feb 14, 2021
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Greywulfken from New York

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium gold pour - just shy of clear, few fingers of foam in a tulip... Mildly sour, nice dry fruit and wood impressions, a little bit of bitter hops - comes off like a wild ale/IPA hybrid - almost has a barrel-aged like drying on the finish... Quenching, refreshing, and balanced...

Feb 13, 2021
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palmdesert from New York

3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

A hazy yellow beer that didn’t maintain much head in my not-quite-perfectly clean snifter but still had plenty of lemony, slightly hoppy aroma. On first taste I got very tart key lime pie filling and it got more sour from there, then faded into a little malty, shortbready pie crust. In your mouth it feels like tart pie filling too in all its thick, sticky, sparkly goodness. On second thought, it’s more like a liquified sour hard candy, since this is a lot more tingly and acidic than any pie I’ve ever had. There’s a slightly dank taste in there somewhere, like whoever made the pie was smoking weed when it went into the oven. Maybe they got a little distracted and spiked it with apple cider vinegar and citric acid. I might taste a hint of green apple in there, or it could be a little second hand smoke going to my head.

Feb 12, 2021
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OakLawnBill from Illinois

3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from can with best buy date of 03/2021 into a tulip pint glass. Hazy golden color with 2 finger initial head that fades slowly away. Maybe it's me but the smell is very light lemon- lime. Creamy light mouthfeel. Dry and slightly tart taste. Finishes like it contains sea salt. The alcohol content is 5.8%. An excellent beer, maybe a touch too high in alcohol for extended session drinking. I really like it but a little more tartness would make this an outstanding beer.

Dec 19, 2020
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vinicole from England

3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle. Misty gold. Wispy head.
Sour smell. Fruit apparent. Overripe lemon. Orange shortbread.
Sour lemonade upon tasting. Sherbet.
Tart feel. Cheek sucking. Refreshing and crisp.
Enjoyable to begin with but the tart astringency slowed me down.

Sep 25, 2020
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puck1225 from Texas

4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Last beer of the night and it was enjoyable. Poured from draft into a small snifter. Bright slightly cloudy yellow with a nice head and good lacing. Tart, fruity smell and taste. Smooth feel. Lemon, tart berries. A bit earthy. Overall it is a good sour beer.

Sep 12, 2020
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jwc215 from Arizona

3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. can - Can states that the freshness date is on the bottom - but, all that is there is a secret code.

Poured into a tumbler:

Pours slightly hazed light yellow. Not much of a head at all. Some vanishing dots of lace.

The smell is sour/tart - lemon and bread. A general citric - leaning lemon - aroma mixes with the sour yeast.

The taste is of upfront sourness that quickly mellows so that it is not puckering by the finish. A subtle sweet touch mixes in. Some citric/lemon hop character weaves in and out. Dry cracker in the finish.

The feel is airy/fluffy. A dash of water washes away some of the aftertaste. Very smooth.

Fits the general outline of the style. It has a subtle lemony hop touch. A wild ale that is not really puckering. Refreshing. Approachable.

Jul 25, 2020
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.44/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, best by May 2020. Came as a high recommendation from a fellow at a beer shop in Branson, MO.
Full Sail pint glass.

Heavy hazy blonde with a creamy fingernail of head that recedes quickly to nothing.

Aroma of lemon candy, urinal cake, citrus cleaning supplies, and bready malt.

Flavor is lemon soap and lemon candy. Some heavy pithy grapefruit as well. The sour element is not intense but it's there. A bit puckering but not over the top. About like a Berliner Weiss. Flavors do thicken up a bit after a few sips, and I get more of a lemon ice thing.

Feel is crisp and heavily carbonated, not much else to it, it's very light bodied and effervescent.

Overall for sure won't be returning to this one, but there's nothing blatantly wrong with it - just majorly uninteresting.

Mar 28, 2020
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Rug from Massachusetts

4.11/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Best by 6/20, this is the 5.8% version

Pours a pale gold with a finger and a half of white head that reduces to a film

Mild lacto funk in the aroma, I get tropical fruits, a cracker crispness, and subtle hops

More of that tropical fruit bouquet on the mid palate, with the hops and an awesome dry wheat character to finish it off with just the slightest amount of sour bite

The feel and finish on this really make it, crisp from the wheat and the lacto, it’s super refreshing. Finishes a bit sticky for the style but I can’t really complain about it

This is not very tart, but has a pretty good level of sour that works with the flavors presented here, really good stuff

Mar 16, 2020
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BeerBobber from Nevada

3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Wow! Slightly hazy golden color. Large floating particulate matter. Lively carbonation. Foamy two and a half finger head sizzling down into the beer.

Smell is citrus. Picking up some tart sour smells. Underlying hints of hops. Also getting bready malts.

Tart lemon like citrus.Really not getting any hops on the taste like I picked some up on the smell. Taste is more on the white bread malt side with the tart and sour citrus on the side. I was really thinking this would be a bit more tart on the flavor.

Mouth feel is fairly light. That carbonation and the tartness of the citrus in the back seem to sizzle more in the back of the mouth than up front.

Overall I have to say this beer excited me with its appearance and smell. The taste is very good but not what I was expecting from the look and smell. Kind of a catch 22. The beer is good just slightly confusing to me. I don't know how to put it but in the overall this beer, for me mind you, just seemed like one of those beers that makes me scratch my head.

Feb 12, 2020
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Fjolltzu

3.56/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I'm not sure if they changed the recipe or if my palate developed. I used to get alot of citrus, fruit and Biscuityness both on the nose and taste. Now however I get alot of milk chocolate, YES MILK CHOCOLATE I started noticing this a few months ago. It smells like milk chocolate Easter eggs or something. Very foamy mouth feel, high carbonation, decent sourness. Idk man I feel like something changed and I don't find myself getting it as often.

Jan 15, 2020
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EMV from Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip. Ugliest bottle art/color palate I've seen in awhile.

L: Crystal clear light golden pour with 2 fingers of fizzy white head. Falls fast... decent lacing.

S: Tart and fruity. Lemon citrus.

T.F: Tart lemon citrus and unripened summer fruit. Green apple skin and a bit of funk. Light and crisp... well carbonated.

O: A complex and flavorful little sour. Tart without much of a pucker... easy drinking and refreshing.

Dec 10, 2019
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Nofoba

3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

It pours a hazy, lime yellow body, with lots of visible carbonation that lasts. Thick, soapy, white head with excellent retention and a nice amount of lacing.

It has a mild aroma of citrus, apricot, coriander and salt.

The taste is mild, with citrus, herbs, salt and wheat. The finish is dry. The mouthfeel is light to medium-bodied and pleasantly sour, with medium carbonation.

A refreshing sour beer, but perhaps a little mild in taste.

Nov 26, 2019
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SmashAdams from New Jersey

5/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was really impressed with this beer. Brooklyn definitely makes really well crafted beer and this is no exception. There is a lot of complexity and fruit flavors coming through here and I was surprised to find out there are no fruit additions. The level of tartness is spot on and it's refreshing and light while still complex and rewarding. All things considered it's basically a perfect beer. yb

Sep 04, 2019
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IronLover from Pennsylvania

3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark, bright yellow in color with a heavy haze that slowly clarified as this warmed. Poured with a moderate, soapy, bright white foam with medium low retention. Aromas of sour gummy candy and light malt. Medium light bodied with even, medium high carbonation. Light mart and candy like tart flavors that lingered through the dry finish. Light and refreshing and pleasantly sour.

Aug 31, 2019
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Shanex from France

3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Guinness Pint glass, pouring a hazy golden color, with about a two inches white head.

Smells: sourness, lemon and grapefruit.

Taste following the nose, the notes of grapefruit and lemon and overwhelming, quite bitter and sour. Nice dry finish on the palate.

Overall: this is a very good American Wild Ale and the sourness/bitterness combination makes it pleasant to drink. I rarely drink sours, not because I don’t care for them but there are far and few as a style here. Worth it, cheers!

Aug 25, 2019
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brentk56 from North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a one finger head; decent retention and spotty lace

Smell: Lactic sourness with strong grapefruit and lemon aromatics

Taste: Lactic grapefruit with growing lemon pith tones; quite bitter and sour, through the middle, with a dry finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Most of the time, I don't particularly care for the combination of bitter and sour flavors and, while I have had a few beers that challenge that view, this isn't one of them

Aug 16, 2019
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Calarice from Kentucky

4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I'm not big on sours but this was pleasant. Grapefruit flavor complements sour tartness well. I would get this again. Good introduction beer to sours.

Aug 12, 2019
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Lucular from Maryland

3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

5 oz pour on tap. This is a really nice session sour - light, fruity, citrusy, moderately hoppy with a touch of wheat. Very drinkable, great for summer.

Jun 05, 2019
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