Poll: Do you like sours?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by monkeybeerbelly, Aug 24, 2016.


Do you like sours?

  1. Yes

  2. No

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  1. monkeybeerbelly

    monkeybeerbelly Initiate (0) Dec 6, 2012 New York

    Its a simple question, I'll make it a yes or no poll to keep it simple.

    Do you like sours?

    I do.
    It seems that every few days another thread or article is posted about sour beer.
    In every one of those threads there are very happy proponents for more and more sours and there are those who just say something like "i hate sours, they suck, they smell like....etc"

    so just to get an idea of the dynamics on beer advocate, i made this simple poll.

    yes or no, do you like sours?
    (if your answer is "sometimes", consider that a yes)
  2. dennis3951

    dennis3951 Initiate (0) Mar 6, 2008 New Jersey

    Never had one that I wanted a 2ond serving of. That includes many of the hard to get ones when they were easy to get.
  3. hopsputin

    hopsputin Poo-Bah (2,299) Apr 1, 2012 New Jersey

    I like some, but not all. Given the choice of 'yes' or 'no' I voted yes, as there are some I'll partake in.
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  4. PapaGoose03

    PapaGoose03 Poo-Bah (2,893) May 30, 2005 Michigan

    I normally don't seek out sour beers, but I'm on a road trip right now from Michigan to the west coast, and part of my itinerary was planned for a stop to pick up some Ching Ching at Bend Brewing. I had that beer on my last trip through the area three years ago and fell in love with it, but I did not realize then that this beer is bottled.

    As a side event on this trip, I discovered a very good sour also during my stop at Surly Brewing in Minneapolis. Their Pentagram is outstanding.
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  5. Lingenbrau

    Lingenbrau Initiate (0) Apr 9, 2011 Oregon

    Yes. When done well. Not all sours are created equal (or with much care for that matter).
  6. zid

    zid Meyvn (1,241) Feb 15, 2010 New York

    But it isn't. :slight_smile:
  7. StoutElk_92

    StoutElk_92 Poo-Bah (3,051) Oct 30, 2015 Massachusetts

    Sometimes I like a traditional gose and other sour or wild/brett beer, but my favorite sours are the fruit added and/or dry hopped versions.
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  8. monkeybeerbelly

    monkeybeerbelly Initiate (0) Dec 6, 2012 New York

    for the sake of this poll it is.
    some like gose but not flanders red.

    this is a general question. really not complicated at all and i dont intend for it to become another place to have the fight of personal preferences.

    just drink what you like.
    but answer the damn question :slight_smile::wink:
  9. Jerk_Store

    Jerk_Store Initiate (0) Feb 13, 2015 Canada (QC)

    Yes. Far from my favourite however
  10. dutesanch

    dutesanch Initiate (0) Apr 22, 2014 California

    Ironic that most sours seem to come in 750ml bottles and I don't like any more than 6-8 oz. I usually save them to share. Fruited sours are excellent, hoppy ones not so much.
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  11. mudbug

    mudbug Defender (606) Mar 27, 2009 Oregon

    Yes a lot. What I don't like are sweet beers like radlers
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  12. Lingenbrau

    Lingenbrau Initiate (0) Apr 9, 2011 Oregon

    The best way to enjoy them :wink:!
  13. Redrover

    Redrover Poo-Bah (3,485) Jan 18, 2003 Wisconsin

    I like them a lot but never find myself sessioning them. Seems that for me, they are more of a change of pace beer.

    Glad to have the option at least as they were tough to find even five years ago.
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  14. drtth

    drtth Initiate (0) Nov 25, 2007 Pennsylvania

    Couldn't answer since I enjoy some and don't care for others.
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  15. LADEDA

    LADEDA Disciple (345) Jul 29, 2014 Florida

    I hate sours, they suck, they smell like etc. (especially tart cucumbers).
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  16. zid

    zid Meyvn (1,241) Feb 15, 2010 New York

    I answered "yes" since you asked so nicely. :wink:
    When I'm asked this question by a bartender or store worker, my answer is "no."
    I don't know which answer is more accurate.
    Given your parameters, "yes" will probably get more votes.
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  17. jcos

    jcos Initiate (0) Nov 23, 2009 Maryland

    Sort of?
  18. Pantalones

    Pantalones Initiate (0) Nov 14, 2014 Virginia

    I've had several beers from "sour" styles (a Flanders oud bruin, a Berliner weisse, and two gose) and liked all but one of them (the strange cucumber gose from the Samuel Adams summer pack this year. Which for some odd reason they only mentioned the cucumber part in the fine print, even though it was the strongest flavor in the beer. Also wasn't even slightly tart/sour, oddly enough -- I know I've read that gose can vary in sourness from mild to super-sour, but I expected at least a little bit.)

    Based on that limited experience with "sour" styles, I'd have to vote yes.
  19. mikeinportc

    mikeinportc Meyvn (1,143) Nov 4, 2015 New York

    Yep :slight_smile:
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  20. Tmwright7

    Tmwright7 Initiate (111) Feb 3, 2015 Pennsylvania

    Yes. My experience at Wicked Weed's Funkatorium really opened my eyes to the sour world. Love a lot of goses out there as well.
  21. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (2,853) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
    Society Trader

    I would drink Rodenbach Grand Cru by the gallon if I could.
  22. drtth

    drtth Initiate (0) Nov 25, 2007 Pennsylvania

    [QUOTE="zid, post: 4971031, member: 427912"Given your parameters, "yes" will probably get more votes.[/QUOTE]

    Which is exactly why I declined to answer. A biased poll is not particularly useful.
    #22 drtth, Aug 24, 2016
    Last edited: Aug 24, 2016
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  23. Sweatshirt

    Sweatshirt Initiate (0) Jan 27, 2014 New Hampshire

    Yes. Sadly so few American breweries can make servicable attempts at sour styles, let alone great ones.
  24. DrumKid003

    DrumKid003 Initiate (0) Aug 10, 2013 Oklahoma

    Yes, I like sours. Flanders Reds, Oud Bruins, Berliner Weisse, & Goses are my go to styles that are sour. I'm usually a one a done when it comes to sours though, and I will usually order a Gose and use it as a palate cleanser if I'm jumping from style to style over the course of an evening.
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  25. PatrickCT

    PatrickCT Poo-Bah (2,033) Feb 18, 2015 Connecticut

    I like good sours. So I voted yes.
  26. bubseymour

    bubseymour Poo-Bah (3,147) Oct 30, 2010 Maryland
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    Gueze and Kriek's are my favs. but I love many other well made sour styles. I'm starting to lose taste for Oud Bruin's though. Just part of the various cycles my pallet goes through where certain styles don't do it for me for a while. Oud Bruin's will come back eventually.
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  27. azurel

    azurel Initiate (0) May 27, 2016 Michigan

    Love them....Probably one of my favorite styles. I have found aome brewers are better at execution then others.

    I have noticed sours seem to be the new "in thing/fad"....I have turned on quite a few people that never knew about them....

    I tend to try any available...If you don't try it you don't know....2 I have absolutely loved are Prairie Artisan ales Funky gold mosaic, and Anchorage brewing Anadromous...I liked these 2 so much I went and bought enough to cellar.....
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  28. Powder_My_Balls

    Powder_My_Balls Initiate (0) Apr 28, 2016 Illinois

    I have had only three sours and enjoyed them.

    I never seek them out since there are many other styles I would rather spend my money on.
  29. cavedave

    cavedave Poo-Bah (2,977) Mar 12, 2009 New York
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    Lllllettttsss see, I love Berliner Weisses, Goses, and the American takes on them too with fruit and dry hopping. Mmmmm Flanders Reds are delicious, but the Browns are pretty tasty too. A nice sour saison, all peppery and tart, can really hit the spot. A wild ale with a good balance between tart and funk is great, but really tart is good too. A straight up sour pale is a refreshing luxury on a hot day. And if you consider any Lambics to be sour beers, give me them all day every day.

    I answered the poll "yes"
  30. seth27

    seth27 Initiate (0) Mar 16, 2015 Pennsylvania

    I'm not a fan of kettle sours but I do like most other styles of sours. Just something about the lactic acid flavor with not much else behind it really turns me off of Gose, Berliner's, et all.

    I think one area of the American craft beer scene we will see expand in the near future is the willingness of more brewers to put out quality sours
  31. SudsDoctor

    SudsDoctor Disciple (340) Nov 23, 2008 New York

    I voted no, based my meager personal sample size (2 :flushed:). Of course that is waaaay too small to really say definitively, so my vote may change on any future such polls. :rolling_eyes:
    I didn't hate the two that I tried (Rodenbach Grand Cru, Hanssens' Scarenbecca Kriek), just thought they were, uh, interesting.
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  32. HeyItsThatGuy

    HeyItsThatGuy Initiate (0) Feb 27, 2016 Illinois

    They suck? lol well some of us here would like a more in depth answer then that but ok.
    I'm guessing you haven't had enough if ALL the ones you've had smell like especially tart cucumbers...but which ones do?....cause I want em. :grinning:
  33. HeyItsThatGuy

    HeyItsThatGuy Initiate (0) Feb 27, 2016 Illinois

    American Wild ales, Flemish reds and browns, Gose's, Berliner Weisses, Oak-aged goldens, Black Sours, sour stouts and porters, gueuzes, I LOVE EM ALL! MUHAHAHAHAHA!
    I could honestly sip on the same sour all night long if I like it enough, and I usually do :grinning:
    I actually consider them to be pretty dangerous to both me, my wallet, my teeth, and my stomach but it's a risk that I'm SOOO willing to take. :grinning: :grinning: :grinning:
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  34. JuicesFlowing

    JuicesFlowing Initiate (0) Jul 5, 2009 Kansas

    I voted "no" on the premise that it's not a style I seek out. However if I find a sour that sounds intriguing because of what it's brewed with I'll gladly try one.
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  35. LADEDA

    LADEDA Disciple (345) Jul 29, 2014 Florida

    I was just playing with the OP's question in the opening post. Actually, I have mixed feelings about sours. I enjoyed Bruery Rueuze, but Love Child 5, not so much. The reason I don't try more is they mostly are costly, and to experiment would be, to me, over the top. I'll stick with bitter and juicy IPA's and coffee stouts. Sorry if I came off rude.
  36. AZBeerDude72

    AZBeerDude72 Initiate (0) Jun 10, 2016 Arizona

    I don't drink them all the time but I do enjoy them very much. So from time to time I will grab a few.
  37. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (4,841) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    I have drank some sour beers and enjoyed them. I have also drank some sour beers and not enjoyed them.

    I answered "No" since I am guessing that I have not enjoyed more sour beers that I have enjoyed.

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  38. HeyItsThatGuy

    HeyItsThatGuy Initiate (0) Feb 27, 2016 Illinois

    Not at all! lol was just wondering why you said what you said. And I agree that they can be very costly, just another reason why for me sours can be dangerous :wink:
  39. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poo-Bah (7,461) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
    Society Trader

    Yes, ever since Corked and caged La Folie came into my life. My first "sour" though I drain poured the first bottle. I gave it a second chance. :wink:
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  40. CJNAPS

    CJNAPS Initiate (0) Nov 3, 2013 California

    Of course !
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