Bel Air Sour | Brooklyn Brewery

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Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

User Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 80 | Ratings: 312
Photo of deebo
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery. Tastes like a Berliner Weiss. Crisp with a bit of and just a touch of the funk. A great palette cleanser. Easy drinking but with some added grassiness.

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Photo of scottbrew4u
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap a bright, golden color with fluffy white head. Tart fruity notes of pineapple and mango with a light toasted grain finish. Taste is pleasantly sour with a background of tropical fruit juice and a crisp, toasted cracker finish. Crisp carbonation and light body. Refreshing beer and one I would try again!

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

On tap:
Revisit on tap 4/2017
Hazy golden with spotty white head on the surface. Thick fluffy head rims the glass, though, proving spots of lacing.
Revisit: not nearly as much head, though a nice well of carbonation feeds the surface, it doesn't last.

Lightly funky sour peach, though the fruit is hard to pick out.

Taste starts out more of a tart citrus - like a sour orange, with an unripe nectarine or peach base. There seems to be a hop bitterness a little more than a sour funk, but I think I get a little of the latter. The ending seems to have a slight strawberry flavor.
Revisit: little more tart up front than I'm reading into my initial review, but also definitely getting a bitter hop back (not a powerful one, but noticeable).

If I let the beer linger, a little sour pinch comes to the back of my tongue, but otherwise not puckeringly sour at all. Decent carbonation, light body.

More sour and more bitter than a Berliner Weiss, but a similar sour profile to me - light but definitive sour opening, yielding to a more classic "beer" by the end. The classic "base beer" is different (not a weissbier), but in a generic sense that's my impression.

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Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Really interesting beer, almost like a fruit sour, but there's no actual fruit involved. I get pineapple mixed with tart cherries over doughy, earthy grains. Great beer for summer and a new twist on the lacto sour.

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

Foamy white head look nice. Clear medium yellow looks decent. Not bad looking but average.

Smell and taste are good. Strong tart notes and a bit of raspberry funk. Hop note is earthy but we'll hidden beneath the funk. Hop note is slightly grapefruit and pine.

Body is medium but has weight. Tickling carbonation lightens the body that is very smooth. Dry finish.

Pretty good and very American sour. Does not go into wine territoy and definitely a beer. Go for it.

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Bel Air Sour from Brooklyn Brewery
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 312 ratings