Does anybody really LOVE sours?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by CraigP83, Feb 26, 2015.

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  1. sixa66

    sixa66 Initiate (0) Jan 20, 2015 Florida

    Tums Smoothies on hand all the time!
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  2. Hodgson

    Hodgson Initiate (136) Nov 17, 2014 Canada (ON)

    Don't like them. I always think of Maytag's comment, that he could never accustom to them because for a long time he tried to avoid brewing beer that would taste like that (he was referring to early days when he struggled to overcome QC issues that had bedevilled the previous owner). But it's something too of habit I guess, if you don't grow up with it, relatively few will acquire the taste I think.

    And after all, the history of lager's expansion across Europe suggests that people in general abandoned the older, tart or lactic palates when they had the choice. A similar thing happened within Britain with the passing of the era of long stored "stale" stout and ale. George Gale Prize Old Ale survived as a rare specialty, the majority taste had inclined away from it, same for GK Old (Strong) Suffolk and that type.

    It's all a matter of taste though and at least today the option is available. I like to mix a bit of sour beer into a fresh one of the same style, if you put in 10% or so it adjusts the palate in quite a remarkable way. So I do that once in a while.

    I looked in at recent reviews of the GK beer mentioned and some mention a notable sweetness so I'm not sure if it's made the same as it used to be but I recall it having a decided winy edge, not like the Gale but in that direction.
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  3. Chaosfiend

    Chaosfiend Initiate (0) Aug 20, 2013 Florida

    I truly love them! Can't drink as much of them as I'd like since I get acid stomach pretty easily. Tums and Prilozec before, during and after especially after the Cascade brews. Has anyone tried the blood orange gose from Anderson Valley? So freaking delicious.
  4. MikeReserva

    MikeReserva Initiate (0) May 28, 2013 Netherlands

    As an international trader I can confirm there are many Americans who really, really love sours.
    I like them myself a lot as well, the fruited lambics are my favourites. But I also tried some american sours from Jester King, Russian River and others, and I really loved them as well. I can drink multiple in a setting, I love going to Cantillon and share 3-4 bottles on site.
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  5. LMT

    LMT Initiate (0) Oct 15, 2009 Virginia

    Some posts above mention saisons/farmhouse ales and funkiness.

    To me, funkiness from yeast (like in a Belgian Ale or saison) is not the same thing as sour. I love saisons and Belgians because of that yeasty (almost aged cheese-like or barnyard) quality. A sour profile is much different (like Granny Smith apples or vinegar).

    Not to say that saisons can't have a sour or tart taste, but saisons/farmhouse ales aren't necessarily sour.
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  6. adkieffer

    adkieffer Initiate (0) Nov 23, 2010 Washington

    I do like sour beers! I do! I like them @CraigP83 !
    And I would drink them in a boat. And I would drink them with a goat...and I will drink them in the rain. And in the dark. And on a train. And in a car. And in a tree. They are so good, sooo good you see!!!

    Too many kids books in the brain lately. i live in Europe now so I drink them a lot and don't have to pay crazy money to do so. When a Cantillon Gueuze 750 is only €7 you drink it!
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  7. FaradayUncaged

    FaradayUncaged Initiate (0) Oct 24, 2014 Michigan

    I've only had a few and in general really enjoy them. I can drink a bomber or 750mL amount, but even that's a stretch for some. Combine that with the price and I don't see my self sitting down a session of sours anytime soon.
  8. PSU_Mike

    PSU_Mike Champion (865) Sep 6, 2013 Pennsylvania

    4th from the right...Zomer?
  9. papat444

    papat444 Initiate (0) Dec 28, 2006 Canada (QC) i do not but i've taken myself on safely disposing all sours for the betterment of beerkind. Send them to me and they will be taken care of :grinning:
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  10. Highbury09

    Highbury09 Initiate (0) Aug 11, 2014 North Carolina

    As you can see from my avatar I love sour beers. They are a big reason that all my vacation dollars are spent on yearly trips to Belgium.
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  11. cavedave

    cavedave Poo-Bah (3,104) Mar 12, 2009 New York
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    If by sours you mean, Lambics, Gueuze, Gose, Berliner Weisse, Flanders, Wild Ales, and Bretted beers, etc., the answer is I love them, crave them, and would drink them every day if I had the means
  12. cck5

    cck5 Initiate (0) May 11, 2014 New York

    Love sour. Becoming my fav style.

    Nightmare on Brett <3
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  13. aasher

    aasher Poo-Bah (3,608) Jan 27, 2010 Indiana

    You are correct
  14. Beer_Guano

    Beer_Guano Initiate (0) Feb 16, 2015 California

    Agreed, they are def a good way to end or even begin a session, but you cant really drink too many back to back. Or at least I can't and I absolutely Love a good Sour!
  15. SeanBond

    SeanBond Meyvn (1,134) Jul 30, 2013 Illinois

    I don't love them, per se, but I definitely enjoy them. Here's what I learned though: I absolutely love having sours around when I'm drinking big stouts. At FoBAB one of my greatest delights was following up some BA stout palate fatigue with a nice refreshing sour.

    I don't ever really crave sours, but I like them a lot during the summer (when I'm more thirsty in general).
  16. paulys55

    paulys55 Initiate (0) Aug 2, 2010 Pennsylvania

    I like them more than my wallet does.
  17. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (2,771) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    I'll look around, I might be inclined to give it a try, I've been resisting. Those NG fruit beers really hit me right, that might be my limit don't know.
  18. UrbanCaveman

    UrbanCaveman Meyvn (1,126) Sep 30, 2014 Ohio
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    I'm a fan of most sour styles, and I just haven't gotten around to trying any I'm not a fan of. They're darned tasty, especially goses and Berliners.

    Right up until they start getting dry-hopped, anyway. I've learned to be wary of saisons I haven't had before.
  19. jlsims04

    jlsims04 Initiate (0) Jul 14, 2013 Illinois

    Love Them. However very expensive. Gose is a nice fridge stocking alternative. Especially some AV Blood Orange Gose.
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  20. Doctor_Bogenbroom

    Doctor_Bogenbroom Initiate (0) Nov 2, 2014 Pennsylvania

    Sours are good, but I don't get a chance to drink them that often.
  21. juke_cleveland

    juke_cleveland Initiate (0) Sep 12, 2014 Indiana

    Love sours. I could drink them a lot of days, but it's not like they have many 6ers of sours laying around. I don't think they are that expensive if you buy right. Obviously splurge and get some tilquin or something, but Rodenbach Grand Cru has a firm place in my heart for only $10.99.
  22. IPAFan521

    IPAFan521 Initiate (0) Jan 20, 2013 Illinois

    It's an acquired taste for sure and I would take a sour over almost anything!
  23. AntG21

    AntG21 Initiate (0) Aug 4, 2014 Syria

    Nah.. those Russian River's are real shelf-turds....
  24. youbrewidrink

    youbrewidrink Initiate (0) Apr 9, 2009 Vermont

    Need any new friends?
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  25. AntG21

    AntG21 Initiate (0) Aug 4, 2014 Syria

    BA stouts just seem lazy. Oh, you made a boilermaker. How novel.
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  26. jimmyfishkin

    jimmyfishkin Aspirant (208) Nov 17, 2008 Wisconsin

    I hear they make some pretty good one's round these parts :grinning:, but I'm not a fan. I'm not opposed to trying them, but not something I actively seek out. I'll leave them for the die-hards and not buy them just for curiosity's sake.
  27. kmbeer

    kmbeer Initiate (0) Feb 23, 2011 New York

    I tried a Westbrook Gose when I first got into craft and wasn't really impressed. But when I tried an Almanac Dogpatch Sour and a Jolly Pumpkin La Roja, I understood what all the hype was about. Now I try a new sour every week or two and get really excited about it. Recently I have really enjoyed Ommegang Upside Brown (not overly acidic, just a milder funky brew that was really easy to drink) and this: (blew me away).
  28. mychalg9

    mychalg9 Champion (835) Apr 8, 2010 Illinois

    I love the specific beers that I love, and some of them happen to be sour.
  29. pnelting

    pnelting Aspirant (280) Nov 17, 2014 Texas

    I tried to like 'em. I just can't tolerate the heartburn and sour gut I get after drinking them.
  30. Tanktizzo

    Tanktizzo Initiate (0) May 19, 2014 Illinois

    Had my first and was hooked! Only problem is my first was probably one of the best sours ever! Reason I know this is my buddy was there to drink it with me and has had tons. He said this is one of the best he has had! The search for more began after that...
  31. MammothTarantula

    MammothTarantula Initiate (0) Jan 22, 2012 Colorado

    NOTHING beats sitting out on the porch on a summer night with sipping on something sour. NOTHING!

    I probably enjoy them so much because I associate them with warmer weather, being outside, and good times with good friends and family.
  32. Highbury09

    Highbury09 Initiate (0) Aug 11, 2014 North Carolina

    Is this true for the sour lovers among us? Are sours an acquired taste? I loved them from my first sip, but perhaps I am unusual?
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  33. IPAFan521

    IPAFan521 Initiate (0) Jan 20, 2013 Illinois

    From what I have seen, it takes time. I only know 1 or 2 people where it was a "love at first sip" experience.
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  34. Akerstache

    Akerstache Initiate (0) Feb 20, 2015 Germany

    I do seem to like quite a few of those styles. Wouldn't say I crave them every day. But I'd say the 75cl bottle of Boon, 2 bottles of Liefman's Goudenband and 5 bottles of Gueuze (in addition to a soon to come beer haul in Belgium) are somewhat self-explanatory.
  35. BoldRulerVT

    BoldRulerVT Initiate (0) Oct 2, 2013 Vermont

    I LOVE sours. love Bretts. Petit Mutant is one of my all time favorite beers.
  36. UrbanCaveman

    UrbanCaveman Meyvn (1,126) Sep 30, 2014 Ohio
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    Same experience for me, though something like a Flanders Red did take me a little aback when I first got the balsamic vinegar character (not in a bad way, just in a "wow, beer can do that?" way). And I have a palate that still hates hops after ten years of craft beer.
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  37. Domingo

    Domingo Poo-Bah (2,811) Apr 23, 2005 Colorado

    I think they're great. I don't know if they're my favorites, but I do really enjoy them and could (in theory) drink them every day.
    I do know some people that full-on LOVE them and will go to the ends of the Earth for them. Good for them, although it's unfortunate how expensive that passion can be.
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  38. IPAFan521

    IPAFan521 Initiate (0) Jan 20, 2013 Illinois

    I bet your stoked for them to be releasing this again then huh. I had it the first time around and fell in love with it as well!
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  39. EveningCordial

    EveningCordial Initiate (0) Apr 29, 2014 New Jersey

    Love stouts IPAs and sours equally.
  40. BoldRulerVT

    BoldRulerVT Initiate (0) Oct 2, 2013 Vermont

    I sure am. A good buddy of mine @FFreak got selected, so I'm happy I'll be able to try it for a second year in the can. It's a delicious and complex brett with tons of fruit. Sours like this have such deep flavor, levels of flavor, I just love them.
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