Sour phase...Top 10 Sour Beers

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  1. IPAIsaac

    IPAIsaac Disciple (396) Jun 22, 2013 Florida
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    PNC is one of my favorites, so gooood
  2. MarkyMOD

    MarkyMOD Meyvn (1,136) Apr 5, 2012 Colorado
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    Have to add CS Batch 60 to that list, probably in the tied for 10th spot, what an amazing, unique beer. Sooo much citrus.
  3. ncaudle

    ncaudle Defender (602) May 28, 2010 Virginia
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    bottle or draft? bottle is soooooo much better than the draft is, like a completely different beer
  4. WTKeene

    WTKeene Defender (667) Jul 13, 2013 New Mexico
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    I've had it on draft and from the bottle, but with a few months in between. I don't recall one being particularly different than the other, but perhaps I would if I'd had them side by side.
  5. AlexFields

    AlexFields Meyvn (1,274) Dec 13, 2009 Tennessee
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    Not in any order:

    Lou Pepe Framboise
    Oude Kriek de Cam
    3F Oude Geuze Vintage
    Isabelle Proximus
    St. Lamvinus
    Armand'4 Zomer? Cantillon Classic Gueuze? I dunno--I haven't had Lente yet but I'm sure it will take this spot when I open one
  6. Greenplastic615

    Greenplastic615 Devotee (404) Nov 4, 2008 Pennsylvania
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    This is basically impossible...but, I'll give it a shot. In no particular order:

    Cantillon St Lamvinus (I prefer the '11 vintage, which I think someone also said earlier)
    Cantillon Fou Foune ('09 rocks, but any vintage once it hits the 2-3 year mark is perfect for me)
    3F Framboos ('11)
    NG VSB
    Cantillon Lou Pepe Kriek (and Framboise, but slightly lesser so for me)
    RR Beatification (Batch 3 is really special, but all the ones I've had are good)
    De Cam Lambiek Special
    Southampton Black Raspberry Lambic
    Crooked Stave Chardonnay Surette Reserva (when it was really fresh)

    There's tons of other ones...Bullfrog Et Tu Brut, Chez Monus, the Armand seasons, Cantillon/3F/Tilquin gueuze, Cable Car, WWBV (if that counts), West Ashley, Sour in the Rye Peaches, Fantasia, etc etc.

    I have a sour problem. :)
  7. Doomfag

    Doomfag Initiate (0) Nov 16, 2013 United Kingdom (England)

    Cantillon Rosé de Gambrinus is def top of my list.
  8. Immortale25

    Immortale25 Poo-Bah (3,014) May 13, 2011 North Carolina
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    In no particular order:

    1. Cascade Elderberry
    2. Duchesse de Bourgogne
    3. GI Lolita
    4. Tilquin Gueuze
    5. Birra del Borgo Duchessic
    6. NB La Terroir
    7. Cuvée des Jacobins Rouge
    8. Deschutes The Dissident
    9. Rodenbach Grand Cru
    10. Monk's Cafe Flemish Red

    Also, Lou Pepe framboise was one of the best beers I've ever had but I don't really count it as a sour because it was more like an earthy sweet candy flavor with a hint of tartness than full-on sour. Same with Cantillon Kriek. Tasted more like a crab apple than anything else. Oh and I forgot BFM square root 225. Though technically a saison, it definitely had some sourness to it and was magnificent.
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  9. bcmac983

    bcmac983 Aspirant (201) Sep 9, 2010 Indiana
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    One of my favorites:
    Flora - Satsuma Mandarin
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  10. Bradaplast

    Bradaplast Aspirant (270) Aug 22, 2014 North Carolina
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    I'm very new to sours. I've discovered they are like crack. My only real experience thus far has been Wicked Weed Black Angel, Oblivion, and Serenity. How do they stack up before I empty my wallet on some of these others. I live in NC and most of these mentioned are made of unobtainium here. Rodenbach is available and I'm about to drive to the bottle shop for Rodenbach Gran Cru.
  11. Tbud

    Tbud Initiate (0) Feb 21, 2013 Illinois

    Hell yeah NG beers are great. Didnt get to try that peach though
  12. leaversuch

    leaversuch Devotee (423) Dec 18, 2012 Massachusetts
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    Anything Cascade or HF and Westbrook Gose.
  13. Ysgard

    Ysgard Initiate (0) Mar 5, 2008 Virginia

    Taking into account quality, value and availability (not in order):
    1. Tilquin Oude Gueze
    2. Hannsens artisanal (the Oude's, Kriek Gueze, and whatever their word for strawberry is)
    3. Gose Gone Wild
    4. Rodenbach Grand Cru
    5. Bear Republic Tartare
    6. Cantillon Classic Oude Gueze
    7. Anderson Valley Holy Gose (or Westbrook, which is slightly better but less available in SOVA)
    8. Petrus Aged Pale
    9. Hopfentea
    10. RR Supplication
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  14. MenardMa

    MenardMa Devotee (419) Feb 6, 2011 Connecticut
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    I got Black Angel in a trade and thought it was pretty good...if you like those, you can't go wrong with most of the stuff in this thread if you can get it.

    If you see one of the "vintage" 07 or 08, grab one of those. I like the regular grand cru but the vintage was even better
  15. DIPAfiend

    DIPAfiend Initiate (0) Mar 2, 2011 New York
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    #1: Cantillon Fou Foune
  16. Nick_Bousquet

    Nick_Bousquet Aspirant (287) Sep 17, 2014 Virginia
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    As my profile image shows, I really love some of the stuff from The Bruery.....unfortunately, being outside California really limits my consumption :( Tart of Darkness is one of my favorites, as is Rodenbach Gand Cru. I would say that those are the top two for me....Sam Adams makes a more mellow sour that is great for people trying to break into the style as well.... Stony Brook Red.
  17. bcp5296d

    bcp5296d Devotee (481) Aug 7, 2012 North Carolina
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    Greenman Snozzberry
    Allagash Coolship Red
    Cascade Sang Noir
    Almanac Blackberry
    Woodicus 2012 (the bottle I had anyway)
  18. aubzachsyd

    aubzachsyd Disciple (385) Oct 7, 2013 Iowa
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    Very first sour was a Boulevard Love Child #3. And I hated it, swore I'd never have another. Then I tried a NG Oud Bruin and was hooked. I haven't really ventured past the Flanders Oud Bruin style yet but in due time I will. Here's my short list.

    NG Wild Peach (Damn that shits good)
    NG Oud Bruin
    NG Cran-bic
    La Folie
    Vanderghinste Oud Bruin
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  19. LambicPentameter

    LambicPentameter Meyvn (1,452) Aug 29, 2012 Michigan
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    Not in order...

    Fou' Foune
    Gose Gone Wild
    Love Child No. 4
    Cantillon Kriek
    Le Terroir
    Bottleworks XII
    La Boheme
    Tilquin Oude Gueuze

    It's funny how things change, because I probably would've put La Folie in this list a couple years ago. Now, it's probably not even top 20. Still a great beer (obviously) that I buy every year when it comes out, but it seems there are more and more great beers every year. There's only so much room in a top 10.
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  20. xccris

    xccris Initiate (134) Apr 27, 2014 Ohio

    Melange 9
    Sour in the Rye with Pineapple and Coconut
    Oude Tart With Cherries
    La Folie 2013
    Westbrook Gose
    Cantillon Kriek
    Almanac Valley of the Hearts Delight
    Marron Acidifie
    Sour in the Rye Kumquat
    The Wanderer
    Love Child #3/#4
    Cantillon Rose
    Cascade Kriek is what got me into sours so it will always get a mention.

    Tough to pick a top 10. Love all these beers. Definitely miss living by The Bruery.
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  21. Stagga_Lee

    Stagga_Lee Initiate (0) Jul 22, 2014 Massachusetts

    OP, I am certainly no expert in this style but I would suggest trying the KMF Grand Cru when it comes around if you're near San Diego or San Francisco.
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  22. Dirty25

    Dirty25 Initiate (0) Jan 22, 2012 Germany

    Cantillon gueuze
    Cantillon grand Crue
    Drie Fontaine gueuze
    Cantillon Lou peppe gueuze
    Cantillon Lou peppe Kriek
    Russian river beatification
    Drie of Fontaine Kriek
    Cantillon Lou peppe framboise
    Drie Fontaine Kriek
    Drie whatever something
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  23. atrocity

    atrocity Meyvn (1,110) Dec 18, 2013 Virginia
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    Stuff that it isn't too crazy insane to get:

    Wicked Weed sours, Cantillon Classic Gueueze, 3 Fonteinen Oude Gueuze.
  24. RichD

    RichD Champion (805) Mar 18, 2012 Rhode Island
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    Cantillon Lou Pepe Kriek
    Cantillon Iris
    Cantillon Kriek
    Russian River Consecration
    Cantillon Gueuze
    Allagash Coolship Cerise
    Allagash FV13
    Wicked Weed Black Angel
    Allagash Merveilleux
    Cantillon Cuvee St. Gilloise

    Rodenbach Grand Cru and Goose Island Madame Rose are also classics.
  25. BMMillsy

    BMMillsy Poo-Bah (2,304) Feb 16, 2012 Florida
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    Atrial Rubicite
    Caractere Rouge
    Fou Fone
    St. Lamvinus
    Farmers Reserve Pluot
    Cascade Noyeux
    Lou Pepe Framboise
    Sour in the Rye w/Kumquats
    Rose de Gambrinus
    Cantillon Kriek
    Sour in the Rye
    Rodenbach Vintage
    Farmers Reserve Blackberry
    Marron Acidife
    Rufus Corvus

    Tough to order these. Beyond Atrial (easy top sour for me), you could choose any 9 of the others listed and call it my Top 10.
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  26. Highbury09

    Highbury09 Initiate (0) Aug 11, 2014 North Carolina

    Rodenbach Grand Cru is a fantastic value at the price point I usually see it at...but if you want to splurge the Rodenbach Caractere Rouge is truly special...
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  27. Enochase04

    Enochase04 Disciple (338) Feb 12, 2014 Ohio
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    Tried the cantillon rose and have become obsessed with hoarding as much cantillon as possible. The Bruery SiTR with pineapple and coconut was killer as well. Crooked stave has to be my next favorite behind cantillon. I also have many many more to try before I can make lists like some of these.
  28. Wobbly

    Wobbly Initiate (0) Oct 4, 2013 Missouri

    Sour is a flavor or characteristic, not a style. I think you have to be specific, so this is what I would say:

    My favorite Flemish Reds are Rodenbach Grand Cru (especially a vintage bottle), Rodenbach Caractere Rouge, and Duchesse de Bourgogne from Verhaeghe.

    Among Flemish Browns, I think Liefmans Goudenband and Vanderghinste Oud Bruin are both excellent.

    Every beer I have had from Cantillon has been spectacular, and each is tart in its own way. The classic gueuze and the fruit lambics are fantastic.

    Among American Wild Ales and U.S. made beers that tend to be sour, I loved Cascade's Bourbonic Plague and La Folie from New Belgium. While I vastly prefer the original Belgian brews listed above, these can be quite good.
  29. a_light09

    a_light09 Initiate (0) Sep 19, 2014 California

    I have recently visited the "House of Sour" (Cascade Brewing Company) and found (IMO) that it fell vastly short after visiting The Bruery in Orange County area. I don't know that I can name 10 of the sours I've tried, but ones that stand out are (in no order..)
    Sour in the Rye-The Bruery
    La Folie- New Belgium
    Duchesse de bourgogne-Brouwerij Verhaeghe
    Cuvee Des Jacobins- stuff i cant spell
    Tart of Darkness- Bruery
    Rodenbach Grand Cru
    Framboise De Amorosa-Lost abbey
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  30. 4DAloveofSTOUT

    4DAloveofSTOUT Poo-Bah (2,258) Nov 28, 2008 Illinois
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    Is it made with real Snozzberries? :wink:
  31. ArkansasTraveller

    ArkansasTraveller Initiate (0) Aug 4, 2014 Arkansas

    I havent tried many, but i enjoy Evil Twin Justin Blåbær. Probably not on the same level of some of the waelz listed, but a damn tasty beverage none the less. Trying some Cantillon this weekend. Not sure which one, but I know I saw some at my liquor store last week.
  32. KevinZ2301

    KevinZ2301 Initiate (106) Jan 22, 2014 North Carolina
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    You must have had a bad bottle....this is a great beer from Green Man
  33. WreckedPalate

    WreckedPalate Initiate (152) Aug 14, 2013 Wisconsin
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    New Glarus Sour Peach
    Surly Pentegram
    Central Waters Plums Were Are On Sale
    Central Waters Exodus
    Central Waters Boysen The Woods
    New Glarus Wild Sour
    Cigar City Lacto Guava Grove
    New Glarus VSB
    Jester King Nocturn
    One Barrel Whisky Barrel Black Berry

    In that order.
  34. slackattack

    slackattack Initiate (0) Mar 30, 2014 Spain

    Framboise de Amorosa is outstanding, a RR beer that I haven't seen mentioned- sanctification is very solid, Bruery tart of darkness is stellar. Hard to find a sour in Spain, I envy you as I used to live a half hour from RR.
  35. Will_Edgar

    Will_Edgar Aspirant (259) Oct 23, 2013 Iowa
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    For me SO FAR:
    SP Fuzzy
    NG VSB
    NG Wild Peach
    Bruery Oude Tart w/Cherries
    Gose Gone Wild
    Westbrook Gose
    Tilquin Oude Gueuze
    Hanssens Oude Kriek
    Cantillon Classic, Rose de Gambrinus
    Avery Rufus Corvus

    WCKDVBZ Savant (961) May 9, 2014 South Carolina
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    Rodenbach Grand Cru, Duchesse De Bourgogne, Monk's Cafe, Jolly Pumpkin La Roja, Jolly Pumpkin Noel De Calabaza, Wicked Weed Black Angel, Wicked Weed Oblivion.
  37. Smileitsfreetobehappy

    Smileitsfreetobehappy Initiate (0) Jul 14, 2014 Alaska

    For me I'd Say,
    Bruery Oude Tart/ tart of darkness
    Gose Gone Wild
    Westbrook Gose
    Tilquin Oude Gueuze
    rodenback grand cru
    duchesse de Bourgogne
    and monk's cafe
  38. Keffa

    Keffa Defender (634) Jan 8, 2009 Ohio
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    Anyone whose list doesn't include Jackie O's Oaky Golden Pucker, Dynamo Hum, Evelyn, Brown Recluse, Berliner Weisse, or Chunga's Old Bruin is missing out on some world class beers.
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  39. CraftFan5

    CraftFan5 Crusader (713) May 14, 2013 New Jersey
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    Just had the Stillwater/Westbrook Gose Gone Wild last night. That was really amazing.
  40. EnronCFO

    EnronCFO Devotee (481) Mar 29, 2007 Massachusetts
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    I can't really add much to the existing list. Cantillon, Drie Fonteinen, and Tilquin are all world class. And I love the New Glarus fruit beers. However, the two best sours I've ever had were Zwanze 2012 at Cantillon and Timmerman's Gueuze at Rose Red Cafe, served out of their own barrel. A very complex sour that I drank a lot of one night.
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