The best American Sour/Wild Ales?

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  1. sukwonee

    sukwonee Crusader (740) Dec 13, 2011 Washington
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    I really liked Beatification batch 2 (although it tasted pretty much like Cantillon - which is awesome too).
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  2. HopHead84

    HopHead84 Poo-Bah (3,190) Nov 29, 2006 California
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    Veritas 005, Veritas 004, Yellow Bus a few years back, and Cable Car Kriek
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  3. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poo-Bah (5,839) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
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    I like all of Cascade's and Russian River's, Brute, The Dissident, Friek, the old La Folie, Brux(yeah, it's domesticated), The Meddler, more that I can't pull out of my hat..
  4. Hamburgers

    Hamburgers Initiate (0) Jan 3, 2013 California

    For a nice sour I like Russian River but I love Stillwater for thier wild ales.
  5. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poo-Bah (12,598) Mar 18, 2010 California

    Supplication and Beatification are my two favorites.
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  6. jammalamma

    jammalamma Initiate (0) Feb 25, 2009 New Hampshire

    Veritas 004 is one of my all time favorites
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  7. jzeilinger

    jzeilinger Poo-Bah (5,593) Dec 4, 2004 Pennsylvania
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    Not bashing Russian River by any means, they make great sours (and marginal IPA's - :wink:); had a Bullfrog Oud 15 over the weekend and it rivals anything I've ever had in the sour category, hands down.
  8. mfield14

    mfield14 Aspirant (234) Nov 4, 2011 Colorado

    Crooked Stave and Avery
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  9. KevinMc79

    KevinMc79 Initiate (171) Oct 29, 2008 Illinois
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    My favorite so far has been Two Brothers Askew. It was great. I hope they brew it again
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  10. MagicJeff

    MagicJeff Aspirant (230) Mar 21, 2012 Georgia

    Try some Jolly Pumpkin if you have the opportunity
  11. Johnnyramirez

    Johnnyramirez Initiate (0) Nov 17, 2012 California

    There's a few Jolly Pumpkin beers available. Gonna try a few
  12. chugalug06

    chugalug06 Initiate (0) Jun 5, 2008 Colorado

    Tie between Avery, Russian River, and New Belgium, yes, New Belgium.

    I love New Belgiums sours: Le Terrior, Eric's Ale, La Folie, Tart Lychee, ect... always winning golds too.

    Crooked Stave is gaining steam and is quickly becoming great...
  13. Thehuntmaster

    Thehuntmaster Initiate (0) Sep 2, 2009 South Africa

    Southampton Black Raspberry Lambic hands down.
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  14. AxesandAnchors

    AxesandAnchors Initiate (0) Nov 21, 2012 Oregon

    The only one you forgot is the best of the whole bunch, Cascade!
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  15. darkmoon66

    darkmoon66 Aspirant (248) Oct 8, 2011 California
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    Beatification and Cable Car Kriek are the 2 best I have had, with Allagash Ghoulschip rounding out my top 3.
  16. kempshark

    kempshark Initiate (54) Jul 22, 2009 Florida

    Which Jolly Pumpkin brews do you recommend? I'm in west Florida, and I rarely see any of the sours you guys mention the most......such as New Belgium, Russian River, Cascade, Allagash, etc....
  17. sirsteve42

    sirsteve42 Defender (675) Jan 15, 2009 New York
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    Ithaca Brute and RR supplication!
  18. LordFoul

    LordFoul Initiate (168) Oct 7, 2012 South Carolina

    For my money Upland makes some great beers. Gilgamesh in particular is phenominal
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  19. MarcatGSB

    MarcatGSB Initiate (0) Jan 8, 2011 Michigan

    I personally wouldn't call any of JP beers "sour". They have nice funky, barnyard profiles. I'd say La Roja, Oro de Calabaza and Madragruda Obscura are the best beers for starters.
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  20. MagicJeff

    MagicJeff Aspirant (230) Mar 21, 2012 Georgia

    Yeah you're right a couple I've come across have been on the sour side, but for the most part they are farm houses
  21. mollydodd13

    mollydodd13 Initiate (0) Aug 13, 2008 California

    Bockor Cuvee de Jacobins Rouge, New Belgium La Folie & La Terrior, BFM Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien 2007, Liefmans Goudenband, Surly 5, Russian River Concecration, Boulevard Love Child #2, Petrus Oud Bruin/Aged Pale
  22. Mark_Graves

    Mark_Graves Initiate (0) Apr 21, 2012 Georgia

    Funk Metal blew my mind wide open. Thin, good carb, EXTREMELY SOUR. Excellent Sour.
  23. OneBeertoRTA

    OneBeertoRTA Devotee (497) Jan 2, 2010 California
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    Beatification is fucking magic
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  24. kpodolanko

    kpodolanko Initiate (0) Dec 7, 2012 Texas

    In my opinion, there is no such thing as a good sour. I perceive it the same way I perceive sour milk. At the end of the day, if you like it, you like it. It doesn't hurt my feelings at all.
  25. BMoldy

    BMoldy Initiate (0) Aug 22, 2010 New York

    Haven't had enough to call a clear winner, but Bear Republic Tartare is an amazing Berliner Weisse. Jolly Pumpkin Weizen Bam isn't half bad either.
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  26. mulder1010

    mulder1010 Meyvn (1,019) Aug 29, 2008 Australia

  27. alanc

    alanc Initiate (0) Aug 13, 2009 California

    Agreed, funky south paw and dynamo hum were remarkable. I also put in a vote for a brewery more know for their IPAs:

    Bear Republic Tartare and Cuvée de Bubba are on par with any Amercian sour creation.
  28. alanc

    alanc Initiate (0) Aug 13, 2009 California

    Compunction would strongly disagree
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  29. TotallyHosed

    TotallyHosed Disciple (324) Jun 20, 2009 Illinois
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    These are the most memorable:

    New Glarus R&D Sour Ale
    Jester King Boxer's Revenge, Uberkind, Funk Metal
    Upland Sour Reserve, Blackberry Lambic
    Russian River Consecration, Supplication, Beatification
    Crooked Stave WWBG
    Goose Island Madame Rose, Juliet
    Surly Five
  30. lokieman

    lokieman Initiate (0) Jan 20, 2011 Oklahoma

    Dissident from Deschutes and Funk Metal from Jester King get my vote(s). Not a huge fan of sours or wilds but I can drink either of these any day of the week.
  31. ncaudle

    ncaudle Defender (608) May 28, 2010 Virginia
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    lots of great American wild/sours that have been mentioned.

    was talking with a friend the other day about some of our favorite brews over the last year and we both said that Arbor Brewing Brasserie Greff Brune may be thee best beer we had last year
  32. mhksuccess

    mhksuccess Zealot (586) Jul 7, 2012 California
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    i loved boxer's revenge brought it to a tasting
    has a lot more jester king at home waiting to try funk metal and uberkind
    i really liked that collaboration earlier this year that Flander's fred hair of the dog
    and rr consecration can never go wrong
    also the bruery make some pretty nice sours
    still all in all I will vote for JESTER KING
  33. OneBeertoRTA

    OneBeertoRTA Devotee (497) Jan 2, 2010 California
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    Lets not forget Cascade. Their kriek is so underappreciated... Lets keep it that way
  34. axeman9182

    axeman9182 Initiate (0) Aug 5, 2009 New Jersey
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    If I had to pick a single favorite beer it would definitely be Southampton Black Raspberry Lambic. Beatification and Cuvee de Castleton are up there for me as well.
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  35. Spaghett

    Spaghett Initiate (0) Oct 27, 2011 California

    That's an excellent brew.
  36. Spaghett

    Spaghett Initiate (0) Oct 27, 2011 California

    A good amount from Jolly Pumkin and Russian River brews are the best I've had. Then again I don't run into a lot of sours in my town. La Foile by New Belgium is quite good too.
  37. ksherschberger

    ksherschberger Initiate (0) Dec 6, 2010 Minnesota

    Agree. Tartare was insanely good.
  38. Keyportnick

    Keyportnick Initiate (0) Sep 29, 2012 Wisconsin
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    New Glarus

    Raspberry tart

    Belgian red
  39. blakelive784

    blakelive784 Zealot (571) Dec 21, 2010 Colorado

    I'll add another for New Belgium La Folie and Le Terroir. So damn good.
  40. Absolut

    Absolut Zealot (564) Sep 19, 2011 California

    Lips of faith
    tart of darkness

    all crazy good.
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