The best American Sour/Wild Ales?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by Thevanpelt, Jan 7, 2013.

  1. Jules11788

    Jules11788 Feb 15, 2011 California

    Hands down, Cascade's Sang Royal is the best sour I've ever had. Sang Noir is a pretty close second though. Tart of Darkness is also really delicious, as is Bell's The Wild One
     
    sacrelicio likes this.
  2. Jules11788

    Jules11788 Feb 15, 2011 California

    I strongly second that
     
  3. Rutager

    Rutager Oct 18, 2010 British Columbia (Canada)
    Beer Trader

    Russian River, Cascade, and the few from Upright are my favs.
     
    SecondStage1983 likes this.
  4. HipsterBrewfus

    HipsterBrewfus Jun 3, 2012 Maryland

    Ive been sitting on my bottle of tart for a while. I feel like i need a special occasion to drink it. but nothing feels special enough :(
     
    checktherhyme likes this.
  5. Bobbo330

    Bobbo330 Jan 4, 2011 New Jersey

    Cuvee Des Jacobins Rouge is up there for me. I can't say that I have honestly had very many sours but I have had all of the RR 'tions and enjoyed the Cuvee as much if not more than all of them. Combine that with the fact that it is readily available in many markets makes it a no brainer for me at least.
     
    RobCorriveau and checktherhyme like this.
  6. Auracom

    Auracom Nov 5, 2010 Illinois
    Beer Trader

    One visit to Cascade's barrel house in Portland firmly put them in my top two, right next to RR.
     
    SecondStage1983 and sacrelicio like this.
  7. POTABLE83

    POTABLE83 Jun 21, 2012 New York
    Beer Trader

    Southampton Black Raspberry Lambic is my personal favorite.

    Ithaca Brute
    RR Consecration
    Cascade Sang Noir / Vlad the Imp Aler / Bourbonic Plague
     
  8. coreyfmcdonald

    coreyfmcdonald Nov 13, 2008 Georgia
    Beer Trader

    Russian River Beatification
    Crooked Stave Persica
    Any Johnathan Wakefield Berliner Weisse

    I much prefer Lambic to AWAs, though. I find most AWAs one dimensional, harsh, and/or unbalanced.
     
  9. Hands22

    Hands22 Oct 14, 2011 Florida
    Beer Trader

    Beatification is the closest American wild I've had to a European lambic/gueuze so that gets my vote. The Upland fruit lambics I've been lucky enough to try were amazing, too.

    Edit: forgot about Funky Buddha and Wakefield's Berliners. In fact, Florida breweries are getting really good results with that style.
     
  10. Kuemmelbrau

    Kuemmelbrau Aug 2, 2008 Louisiana

    sours-
    upland
    cap. lawrence
    jackie o's

    wilds-
    crooked stave
    RR
     
  11. Daemose

    Daemose Oct 3, 2011 Texas
    Beer Trader

    Jester King.
     
  12. tehzachatak

    tehzachatak Sep 19, 2010 Massachusetts

    Depends on what we're talking about... If we're including lacto-only sours, Funky Buddha's berliners and Night Shift's berliners are probably pretty close to my favorite.

    Otherwise, I'm a really, really big fan of the Allagash Coolships and pretty much all of their other sours except Avance. Respect Your Elderberries is probably my favorite US sour ever.

    The few Lost Abbey sours I've had have been really good as welll, Veritas 010 was amazing. And the classic RR sours are great. Never had a Beat though.
     
  13. tehzachatak

    tehzachatak Sep 19, 2010 Massachusetts

    not American...
     
    Smurf2055 likes this.
  14. ShogoKawada

    ShogoKawada May 31, 2009 Pennsylvania

    Brute is easily in my favorite of favorites.

    Allagash Peeterman, too.
     
    lovindahops and cfh64 like this.
  15. leedorham

    leedorham Apr 27, 2006 Washington

    The best and most truly American sours come from the Yakima Nation. NAWA, bro.

    I like Cascade pretty good too.
     
    ShogoKawada likes this.
  16. Corbet

    Corbet Nov 7, 2010 Michigan
    Beer Trader

    The great thing about Tart is you can get another bottle every year. Crack it open already!
     
  17. sacrelicio

    sacrelicio Feb 15, 2005 Minnesota

    Tart Lychee was the bomb.
     
    SourAddict and HipsterBrewfus like this.
  18. sacrelicio

    sacrelicio Feb 15, 2005 Minnesota

    Sang Royal was the bomb.
     
  19. sir-knifes-alot

    sir-knifes-alot Sep 22, 2012 Colorado

    Crooked Stave is by far my favorite, with Sentience and L'Brett being scary good.

    Next up, for me, would be the Bruery. Tart of Darkness is super sour and super delicious and is in my top 3 beers of all time. Oude is amazing as well.

    Cascade Kriek was very solid and RR Consecration never disappoints.

    Really want to try some Upright and Allagash
     
  20. Beerverage

    Beerverage Dec 8, 2010 North Carolina
    Beer Trader

    Upland!!!!!!!

    2010 wyerbacher reserva was off the chizain ISO
     
    MSandahl23 likes this.
  21. MLeicht

    MLeicht Jul 9, 2012 New Jersey
    Subscriber Beer Trader

    The Bruery's Tart of Darkness
     
  22. reverseapachemaster

    reverseapachemaster Sep 21, 2012 Texas

    We don't get too much around the nation here in DFW but I do enjoy several of the New Belgian sour offerings, Jester King's Boxer's Revenge and all of the Russian River beers I've tried. I haven't had too many Crooked Stave beers but I found them interesting although not too high on my list.
     
  23. huysmans

    huysmans Dec 5, 2007 New Jersey

    New Belgium La Folie, Weyerbacher Sour Black, and something from New Glarus, I think Raspberry Tart, that I had last year during Milwaukee beer week to start off a flight at Sugar Maple.
     
  24. LupulinDevil

    LupulinDevil Mar 25, 2008 Michigan

    C'mon.....what about Upland and The Livery? Anyone? Seriously some of the best. JP, RR and all the others noted are fantastic, but I have been impressed with those two breweries more than the ones "known" for their sours...IMO
     
    bookerandy likes this.
  25. kiki3drt292

    kiki3drt292 Jan 13, 2011 California
    Beer Trader

    Crooked Stave Persica and Upland Sour Reserve #2 are two of the best IMO
     
    bookerandy and LupulinDevil like this.
  26. PuFtonLyfe

    PuFtonLyfe Jun 2, 2011 North Carolina
    Beer Trader

    Oude Tart too sour? I think you meant Mother Funker. You can feel the enamel being stripped off your teeth.
     
  27. Ricelikesbeer

    Ricelikesbeer Nov 29, 2006 Colorado

    I'd put in my vote for Deschutte's dissident. I really like Oro de Calabaza and Noel de Calabaza from Jolly Pumpkin as well.

    I also love Lost Abbey sours, but they are hard to come by most of the time. Red Poppey, Cuvee de thomme, and some of the others are amazing but fetch quite the price.
     
  28. VTMaverick

    VTMaverick May 2, 2010 Vermont
    Subscriber

    I agree with most of these. But no one has mentioned Anchorage Brewing Co.or Cigar City. Best of the north and the best of the south.
     
  29. PuFtonLyfe

    PuFtonLyfe Jun 2, 2011 North Carolina
    Beer Trader

    Jacobins is incredible, but not American. Definitely tops for Flemish reds. As far as American sours go, Cascade, RR, Allagash, Capt Lawrence, Upland and I have to give some love to NC locals- Outer Banks brewing has put out 3 amazing sours and Green Man has blown me away lately with their sour 750 releases. Another up-and-comer is Wicked Weed in Asheville. They are super new (less then 2 weeks old) but are already pumping out wonderful sours. Keep an eye out for these guys.
     
  30. digdug1810

    digdug1810 Mar 1, 2011 New Jersey
    Beer Trader

    yeah i'll buy jacobins all day all night at the price point.. it's perfect imo

    had oude tart for the first time the other night and while not as tart as Tart of Darkeness it's was close.. was tough to drink the full 750ml in one night's sitting by myself.. was a bit too leathery for my liking, not bad but wasn't what i was hoping for.. will let my other bottle age for some time.. TofD is just pow! that makes me do the sour face.. dayum.. like taking all the leftover sour patch kid dust and a lot of it and trying to consume it... super sour that one
     
  31. blafa

    blafa Oct 22, 2012 Denmark

    I recently Lady of the woods from Cisco which was amazing, looking forward to trying more of their beers. Other then that Upright fantasia together with RR and Upland are favourites of mine
     
  32. PrinceCaspian72

    PrinceCaspian72 Dec 17, 2011 Oregon


    These. Taking Oregon to the next level.
     
    franklinn likes this.
  33. KevSal

    KevSal Oct 17, 2010 California
    Beer Trader

    supplication is the best accessible sour imo

    all time favotires?

    -beatification batch 2 was out of this world good.
    -the wanderer is probably my all time favorite american wild
    -kalinda- a new suprise favorite of mine, shows how well drakes can be. still looking for more, if u have some let me know!

    the fruit flavor on Red Molly from the livery was amazingly vibrant, made it pretty fantastic
     
    ChanChan likes this.
  34. HipsterBrewfus

    HipsterBrewfus Jun 3, 2012 Maryland

    You cant tell me what to do, devil woman!

    I will. When I purchased it, I lived in an area where Bruery beers weren't available
     
  35. Snyder415

    Snyder415 Sep 26, 2012 California

    Growing up in Santa Rosa I have to hand it to RR, their sours are tops. I do love me some GI Lolita, Cascade Apricot and any Bruery offerings as well.
     
  36. ColoradicalBEER

    ColoradicalBEER Dec 2, 2012 Colorado

    Anything by Avery. It's hard to get your hands on if you can't make it to the brewery but awesome beers. Anything from Crooked Stave, Bruery, Jolly Pumpkin and obviously RR. New Belgium La Folie is a classic and easier to come by, also reasonably priced.
     
    alexipa likes this.
  37. ejeffer11

    ejeffer11 Feb 15, 2008 New York
    Beer Trader

    beat/brute/supplication are some of my faves - really liked the lips of faith le terrior.
     
  38. tinypyramids

    tinypyramids Jul 19, 2012 Illinois

  39. Corkpuller

    Corkpuller Dec 6, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Ithaca White Gold E22 and E33 - Sorry these are RR killers (please flame me, :))

    JP Oro Calabaza
     
    ejeffer11 likes this.
  40. ValleyOfTheSuds

    ValleyOfTheSuds Oct 19, 2012 Arizona

    New Glarus R&D Sour Ale is pretty intense, but I still enjoy it.
     
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • Extreme Beer FestĀ® Cometh

    February 3-4, 2017. Boston, Mass. Limited tickets available. Prepare for epicness.

    Learn More
  • Free Trial Subscription

    Reside in the US? Interested in a free 1-month trial subscription to the print edition of BeerAdvocate magazine?

    Yes! Sign Me Up!