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The best American Sour/Wild Ales?

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

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  1. alexipa

    alexipa Devotee (439) Oct 7, 2011 Colorado
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    Lips of Faith and Avery for my money.
  2. Danny1217

    Danny1217 Champion (850) Jul 15, 2011 Florida
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    Funky Buddha's berlinerweisses!
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  3. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poo-Bah (12,188) Mar 18, 2010 California

    Great beers but I don't think those are considered sour or wild.
  4. allouez86

    allouez86 Initiate (197) Jan 24, 2009 Wisconsin

    I'm at Cascade now sipping on a 2008 Oude Rouge so they get my vote. Also like what O'Dell does with wild ales.
  5. FunkyMacGroovin

    FunkyMacGroovin Initiate (0) Sep 22, 2009 California

    The best American sour I've ever had is 2009 Cable Car. After that, it's probably a tie for me between Beatification and Ghoulschip.
  6. iSrALE

    iSrALE Initiate (0) Nov 18, 2008 Mexico

    New Belgium La Folie and Erics Ale are great Sours too.
  7. shamrock1343

    shamrock1343 Initiate (0) Jan 4, 2010 New Jersey

    Russian River, Jolly Pumpkin, and Forest & Main in Ambler Pa
  8. franklinn

    franklinn Initiate (0) May 29, 2012 Vermont

    Recently got to try Golden Canary from Block 15 and holy crap was it good.

    HF Juicy is top notch for me as well :slight_smile:
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  9. lucas1801

    lucas1801 Initiate (0) Apr 5, 2012 Massachusetts

    La folie, Consecration and others as mentioned. I need to throw some love to Cambridge Brewing for beers like Benevolence, Ozymandias, Honey Badger, Cerise Casee, Resolution #9 and others.
  10. DonDirkA

    DonDirkA Initiate (0) Dec 14, 2011 Arizona

    I haven't had a whole lot, but I feel like I've had enough to chime in here. I have liked most of what I've had but I think these are my favorites.

    First one, I'm not even sure if it counts as a Sour/Wild (I know its classified as a Flanders Oud Bruin on here) but I'll start with:
    Deschutes The Dissident
    Bruery Oude Tart
    Bruery Otiose
    Bruery Sans Pagaie
    Bruery BeRazzled
    Lost Abbey Framboise de Amorosa
    Odell Deconstruction
    Odell Saboteur (again, not sure if its considered "sour" but its a Brett beer)
    Odell The Meddler (another "oud bruin" but I'm tossing it in here)
    Russian River Supplication
  11. powz87

    powz87 Initiate (0) Jan 18, 2012 Illinois

    new glarus enigma is pretty good (beer that got me into sours) not on the level as some but its still pretty good. still has a place in my heart
  12. flayedandskinned

    flayedandskinned Initiate (0) Jan 1, 2011 California
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    Need to try some Bruery sours. Out of everything I've tried, Russian River!
  13. DonDirkA

    DonDirkA Initiate (0) Dec 14, 2011 Arizona

    Bruery makes some great sours. I've only had two RRs (Supplication and Consecration) and I was unimpressed with Consecration. I've had maybe 7 sours from Bruery, only two I didn't really like and one that was pretty good (Tart of Darkness). The others I listed lol
  14. flayedandskinned

    flayedandskinned Initiate (0) Jan 1, 2011 California
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    I wouldnt mind trading some RR sours for some Bruery sours.
  15. LambicPentameter

    LambicPentameter Meyvn (1,469) Aug 29, 2012 Michigan
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    Agreed. But it's REALLY sour, as a warning to people who are dipping their toes into the style.

    I thought it was wonderfully complex and interesting.
  16. MacStinson

    MacStinson Devotee (475) Aug 1, 2011 Michigan
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    Jolly Pumpkin.
  17. sunkistxsudafed

    sunkistxsudafed Initiate (0) Apr 30, 2010 New Mexico

    The Dissident is amazing.

    I'm sitting on an Oude Tart and and a Consecration... I hoping atleast one of those is as good as The Dissident.
  18. DonDirkA

    DonDirkA Initiate (0) Dec 14, 2011 Arizona

    Oude Tart is fantastic but its a totally different beast than Dissident. Consecration is good too, but it was a little underwhelming for me.
  19. travMI13

    travMI13 Aspirant (213) Jan 7, 2012 Michigan
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    Beatification by a wide very margin. It's the only American sour I've had that comes close the Belgian sours.
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  20. nicks6217

    nicks6217 Initiate (0) Jan 15, 2010 California
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    The most memorable/mind blowing sours for me,

    Cable car 09
    Veritas 04

    And can't forget the gem that started this sour affair, consecration.
  21. Rollzroyce21

    Rollzroyce21 Meyvn (1,028) Oct 24, 2009 California
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    I was impressed with Bruery's collabeeration sours like Bottleworks XII, Marron Acifidie, and especially the Wanderer (i know.. not exactly collab w/another brewery)

    The potential of how beautiful a wild ale can be is quite stunning.
  22. Keyportnick

    Keyportnick Initiate (0) Sep 29, 2012 Wisconsin
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    "The happy accident of wisconsin's favorite fruit aged in oak with an almost magical wild fermentation" From the label of the serendipity bottle.
  23. cnbrown313

    cnbrown313 Disciple (351) May 29, 2012 Illinois

    Duck Duck Gooze is the best American sour I've ever tasted.
  24. Auror

    Auror Defender (636) Jan 1, 2010 Massachusetts
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    My personal favorite American sours (regardless of style):

    Logsdon Peche N Brett
    Cambridge Brewing Company Honey Badger and Cerise Cassee
    Funky Buddha Passionfruit Berliner
    RR Supplication
    Lost Abbey Box Track #7 and Veritas 010.
    HF Vera Mae (more tart than sour)

    I'm looking forward to some Allagash Coolships soon, too.
  25. lovindahops

    lovindahops Savant (974) Mar 26, 2010 New York
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    I would add going forward, any sours coming out of Peekskill will be awesome. There's no question chief will be coming up with some great sours comparable to brute and lebleu.
  26. BgThang

    BgThang Initiate (0) Dec 23, 2007 Texas
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    freetail fortuna roja (prickly pear sour)
    freetail port gallito
    Freetail yo soy um berliner
    All russian river beers
    Cascade seasonal sours
    avery sours
    ITHACA brute and lebleu
    All are top notch
  27. BottleCaps80

    BottleCaps80 Zealot (595) Jan 12, 2013 Iowa
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    Oro de Calabaza is one of the best American Sours made in my book. Bam Noire is right up there too.
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