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Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by Thevanpelt, Jan 7, 2013.
I wanna know what you think is the best American Sour and Wild ales?
Havent had many, sadly. I have had consecration and supplication and while both are awesome i absolutely love consecration.
RR Sours. I may be in the minority here but I thought New Belgium's Tart Lychee was great. Haven't tried too many other sour beers. Have some Jester King sours that I've yet to try. I heard Cascade sours are real good as well
Any of the Russian River
russian river sours, cascade sours and crooked stave
For easy to get wilds, can't go wrong with Cascades or the Russian River 'tions. Supplication is probably my favorite of their standard line up. DDG, Cable Car, Mimosa, Juicy are all great as well.
Avery makes some great stuff. Crooked Stave as well.
Avery's were the first sours I thought tasted anything other than sour and Crooked Stave is all about the brett.
i almost forgot captain lawrence, avery and allagash
The problem is most of us that like sours tend to like the ones that are more sour. However, you can go too far... i.e. Oude Tart. The best ones I have had are Consecration, Supplication, Sang Noir, Noyaux and Vera Mae. When I tried Cascade Blueberry, I was expecting it to be more sour. It almost gave me a feeling of disappointment. Then I thought about more sour doesn't mean better. It is a really well balanced light sour. That is the key is balance.
taking notes on the sour thing...still a rookie on sours. thanks for the info
Hard to find, but New Belgium Love and the variants of it are probably the best American sour ales I've had, perhaps only equaled by Beatification. Lost Abbey can make some amazing stuff as well, and Captain Lawrence has done some amazing stuff too.
Jolly Pumpkin can put out some interesting stuff sometimes too
Jester King Boxer's Revenge (most of their sours are mind-blowing)
New Belgium Love
Real Ale Scots Gone Wild!
Was very impressed with Crooked Stave's Cogniac Barrel-Aged Sentience that I had yesterday. That's a sour with all the freakin' bells and whistles in a good way. Cogniac barrel-aged wild quadrupel. Need to seek out more of their brews.
Don't get caught up in trying to hunt down the whales. Some of these are fairly accessible.
Had freetail Porto callito recently and it blew me away. Worth seeking out for sure!
Cascade Sang Noir, can't wait to try the two I have coming in the mail: Apricot Ale and Blueberry.
In no particular order although i do favor Cascade:
Cascade (all of them)
Jester King Boxers revenge
Freetail Porto Callito
Buery Strawberry Sour
NB Tart Lychee
Throwing in another vote for Cascade & Russian River, always solid.
Jolly Pumpkin & Bruery can be hit or miss for me.
Weyerbacher Sour Black was great.
Cascade, Crooked Stave, The Bruery, Russian River, Upright, Logsdon, Freetail, Allagash, some Lost Abbey, Ithaca, Captain Lawrence, New Belgium.
My favorite is still a C&C Lafolie from New Belgium.
Jackie O's makes some fantastic sours.
I am perplexed by the number of responses from people who have limited experience with these styles. Those responses make no sense to me. However, as one who loves sours and wild ales and drinks and tastes them extensivley, I'd agree that the link above is the perfect place to go.
Ithaca Brute - personal fav...also ISO
Ithaca Brute/Le Bleu
Captain Lawrence CdC and Barrel Select
Allagash Resurgam and Balaton Cerise
Jolly Pumpkin Bambic
Im not big on over-the-top acid bombs from the Bruery and Lost Abbey.
Crooked Stave Brett D'or was one of the best I have had.
Personally, I like Cascade sours better than any of the Russian River ones.
Crooked Stave has a few killer ones. Brett D'or, WWBI, WWBY, and especially (although very hard to get) Persica.
I still love Consecration and Supplication, too.
Not sure what distribution will be like, but AC Golden's fruit sours are also quite good. Their 2013's should be hitting pretty soon.
Dynamo Hum got me stuck on sours/wilds - the low bottle counts can make them touch to track down though
Russian river based off of always solid and not overly difficult to obtain. Also, released fairly often.
Love Child #2 was pretty great
I'll throw in another vote for Cascade with RR a close second.
I've had a good amount of them, and for me nothing beats Beatification.
Weyerbacher's Riserva (especially 2010) and Rapture were both awesome. Russian River is a standard. Captain Lawrence is good but I haven't had any of their greats. I haven't been graced with much else yet.
Logsdon Farmhouse Ales
Supplication has got to be my favorite, though I enjoyed all of the Russian Rivers when I visited. Supplication just has that wonderful balance of acidity, sweetness, and tart cherry.
maybe not the best, but still delicious...Goose Island's Juliet, Madame Rose and Lolita
For the price, Jolly Pumpkin's Oro de Calabaza. That said I've never had any of RRs.
Russian Rover and Bruery have made two of my favorites (Supplication and Otiose), but if you want something you can pick up in a 4 pack, IMO Monks Cafe Flemish Sour Ale is the best bang for your buck
Edit: Oh wait, Monks Cafe doesn't fall into the "American" category. Whoops.
Bruery Oude Tart is so, so good.