Sour Black Mamba | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Bear Republic Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by flannelman808 on 09-07-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 8 |  Reviews: 5
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Kind of an ugly brown in my book, no head to it. Didn't smell sour, smelled like a brown ale and a blue moon. Brown malt and wheat.

Taste, tasted not so much sour as spoiled. Some unidentified spice component, oxidized vinegar. Wet musty wood flavors somehow mixed with bitterness. This was one of my least favorite beers at Beachwood's Sourfest this year, it was a chore and a regretable order. Not recommended, many of the darker/black base beers when attempted to make sours just don't seem to jive for me, for every Tart of Darkness, there's like a few turds like this beer.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.02/5  rDev -35%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

The appearance here was a dogshit liquid brown, with nothing in terms of a head on it. Smelled of brown malt and no sour notes.

Taste really came off like an unintentionally infected beer they tried to salvage. Massive acetic notes. Bitter. Barnyard shithouse funk. This beer did nothing well, it wasn't clean, it wasn't good funky, it really only had off sour notes, no tartness, a soggy oxidized infected mess of a beer. Probably the worst thing I've ever had from the usually good Bear Republic.

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Photo of pperez38
3/5  rDev -3.5%

Photo of Halcyondays
3.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap at Beachwood I and II,

A: Pours a dark red-brown with a medium off-white head, some lace.

S: I get pickles on the first sniff which is not inviting. Some wit herbs are nice.

T: Dark vinegar, with some dark malt and coriander. Some acidity, an interesting flavour.

M: Medium-bodied, chalky, medium acid.

O: This was an OK sour, nothing to really wow me, but I like the idea of using a black with base to make a wild ale.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of flannelman808
3.43/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2009 vintage had at Beachwood sourfestjammy

Bear republic, Sour Mamba:  5.3% black Belgian wit

Swamp brown with a very nice very ligh colored head with good retention.

Mild vinager, cherry (bing) and lemon

Malty sweet up front with a Bret expression which is pretty unusual.  Low carbonation feel.  Wilting herbs (sage) and funk but not shitty funk, old dark fruit begging to rot.


Not so good, it's interesting but doesn't have enough acid to balance the funk.  Yeast didn't eat enough maybe.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood Brewing

A: The beer pours a dark brown color with some reddish notes and a finger of off-white head.

S: Straw and grass aromas are prominent on the aroma. Overall, though, it's sort of watery. Some dark fruit notes, especially cherries and raisins. There is a mild oak and a little bit of lemon peel.

T: Sort of sour and musty on the flavor with a fair amount of straw and grass, just like on the nose. A good amount of oak with a mild roast character. A weird combination of green apple, chocolate, and sawdust.

M: Medium bodied with low to medium carbonation.

O: Sort of like a homebrewer's first attempt at a sour. Not really bad, but nothing that made me want to drink more of it.

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Photo of avaldivia
4.5/5  rDev +44.7%

Sour Black Mamba from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.11 out of 5 with 8 ratings
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