What's the best tongue numbing sour you know?

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  1. tectactoe

    tectactoe Poo-Bah (1,802) Mar 20, 2012 Michigan
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    Just suck on a lemon ????
  2. deadonhisfeet

    deadonhisfeet Poo-Bah (2,098) Apr 23, 2011 Kentucky

    I don't have as much experience with sours as several other BAs, but for what it's worth I thought The Bruery's Tart of Darkness was the sourest sour I've ever had.
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  3. FatBoyGotSwagger

    FatBoyGotSwagger Meyvn (1,489) Apr 4, 2009 Pennsylvania

    My experience with consecration was from one of the original batches when they were 750ml big bottles. It is my understanding that the newer batches are not as good(sour) as it once was. I haven't really had a bottle in a while so I might have to check it out.
  4. MusicaleMike

    MusicaleMike Initiate (0) Mar 17, 2008 Pennsylvania

    Wakefield berliners...
  5. frankthetank86

    frankthetank86 Initiate (0) Dec 24, 2012 New York

    upland blackberry lambic is by far the most mouth puckering sour i ever had
  6. kbuzz

    kbuzz Champion (897) Jan 22, 2011 North Carolina

    I love this post. I try explaining this to the guys in my group all the time and they just think I'm a loon. I am so tired of bruery sours...they are one-dimension acid-bombs. Very little depth or complexity to any of them. I'd have to say Tart of Darkness and Mother Funker are the most sour beers I've ever had. Not in a good way.
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  7. 071184

    071184 Initiate (81) Sep 10, 2013 Texas

    Have not looked into trading for it yet- I've actually never purchased it retail (had it at GABF). I will check out the local spots and see if I can get some more info for you/ find it in stores.
  8. HenrikO

    HenrikO Initiate (0) Jun 19, 2011 Sweden

    2005 Fou Foune. Truly tounge-ripping.
  9. LambicPentameter

    LambicPentameter Meyvn (1,428) Aug 29, 2012 Nebraska


    The Bruery Sour in the Rye
    Cascade Figaro

    Best (and also pretty sour)?

    RR Supplication
    Tilquin Gueuze
    New Belgium Tart Lychee
    The Bruery Hottenroth
    Love Child No. 3 (and I seriously question the Boulevard employee who suggested that Foeder Projekt #1 is more sour than Love Child)

    Note: I omitted Cantillon because they are so hard to obtain, as well as the fact that everyone knows they are amazeballs.
  10. JeremyDanner

    JeremyDanner Initiate (140) Dec 20, 2005 Missouri

    Here are the numbers from my blog entry discussing Foeder Projekt #1. These are lab numbers which aren't able to account for the way each individual tastes a beer, but they do demonstrate objectively that Foeder Projekt #1 is more sour than Love Child No. 3.

    • Foeder Projekt #1 total acidity (% lactic acid) = 1.36%
    • Love Child No. 3 total acidity = .7%
    • Foeder Projekt #1 pH = 3.47
    • Love Child No. 3 pH = 3.8
    Here's a link to the full post:

  11. Flibber

    Flibber Initiate (0) Jul 27, 2013 England

    I like lambic, but I've never noticed it numbing my tongue!
  12. Avalon68

    Avalon68 Initiate (138) Jul 1, 2008 Pennsylvania

    Any Cantillon fruit lambic(non grape) with 10+ years on it will normally do some enamel shredding.
  13. Quickicks

    Quickicks Initiate (0) Aug 26, 2013 North Carolina

    I second this.. especially the 2012 batch. Tasted one recently and as the raspberry fades the sourness get more abrasive. I think I liked it better fresh.
  14. Papparoachy

    Papparoachy Initiate (139) Apr 11, 2013 Massachusetts

    Odio Equum......wow. Like biting into a lemon.....good
  15. Denver_Beer_Guy

    Denver_Beer_Guy Initiate (0) Jun 4, 2013 Colorado

    A lot of good reccs on here, just wanted to throw in my 2 cents:

    - Petrus Aged Ale is surprisingly tart on the jowels
    - J Wakefield Brewing DFPF
    - Almanac sours are super tart as well
    - New Glarus fruit beers
  16. twowheelssoar

    twowheelssoar Aspirant (243) Jul 28, 2009 North Carolina

    RR Beatification
    Duck Duck Gooze B1

    Both were teeth-meltingly sour.
  17. jdamaso84

    jdamaso84 Initiate (123) Aug 4, 2010 Colorado

    Night Shift Somer Weisse is pretty damn intense.

    Though Cantillon Krieks probably reign supreme.
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  18. 4DAloveofSTOUT

    4DAloveofSTOUT Poo-Bah (2,832) Nov 28, 2008 Illinois
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    This are all really frickn sour beers!
    RR Beat b5
    Weyerbacher Reserva
    Avery Odio Equum
    NG R&D VSB
    AC Golden Hidden barrel Peche b1
  19. 4DAloveofSTOUT

    4DAloveofSTOUT Poo-Bah (2,832) Nov 28, 2008 Illinois
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    what the story on these berlinner weiss? Cant find any listing under the beer section. Are they not officially a brewery yet?
  20. PaulyB83

    PaulyB83 Initiate (0) Sep 1, 2013 Michigan

    I had three year old bottle of Leelanau Good Harbor Golden recently and it was so sour I almost couldn't drink it... almost.
  21. LambicPentameter

    LambicPentameter Meyvn (1,428) Aug 29, 2012 Nebraska

    Thanks for the info Jeremy. I did see that blog post when it was originally posted (although I didn't remember that the acidity of Foeder was higher), but having tried both beers several times, I get much more "pucker" from LC than I did from Foeder. In fact, I found Foeder to be a pretty well-balanced beer, as far as sours go. I love the fact that it has a jammy taste without being sweet.

    Acidity and pH remind me a little bit of IBUs, in that they are scientific measures of something that we perceive subjectively.
  22. JeremyDanner

    JeremyDanner Initiate (140) Dec 20, 2005 Missouri

    For sure. That's why we drink beer rather than just reading the specs. All of the numbers are great, but can't accurately express how your tongue is going taste the beer. Beer is cool.
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  23. waddellc2

    waddellc2 Defender (686) Aug 23, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Bear Republic Tartare!!!
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  24. Larkin4beer

    Larkin4beer Initiate (0) Nov 25, 2012

    The Bruery Mother Funker or TOD are some of the most sour beers I have had
  25. youbrewidrink

    youbrewidrink Initiate (0) Apr 9, 2009 Vermont

    Trinity Old Growth by a large margin!
  26. haknort

    haknort Initiate (0) Apr 10, 2013 Illinois

    Agreed. But just tried it against a Cantillon Kriek, and the Kriek edged it out on sourness.
  27. hoerr

    hoerr Initiate (0) Oct 18, 2009 South Carolina

    How has everyone left out Jester King???

    Funk Metal
    Boxer's Revenge
    RU-55 (possibly my personal favorite sour/wild ever)
  28. JCam9981

    JCam9981 Disciple (308) Nov 30, 2011 North Carolina

    Hanssens Scarenbecca Kriek was the first thing to come to mind, would also throw Cantillon Rose de Gambrinus out there too. Although I could drink Gambrinus all day, while a few sips of Scarenbecca had me reaching for the antacids.
  29. MusicaleMike

    MusicaleMike Initiate (0) Mar 17, 2008 Pennsylvania

    Correct. Though they will be very soon...they have a building and are working on the brewhouse.
  30. mizary

    mizary Initiate (109) Oct 25, 2007 Ohio

    My Blueberry Nightmare - Birrificio Del Ducato

    perhaps it was also the high abv (9.4%) that made it seem more sour...

    I was not a fan. Reviews are either 5 or 1.

    Just seemed over the top to me...
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  31. afrokaze

    afrokaze Zealot (564) Jun 12, 2009 Oregon

    JK makes some great sours for sure, but the OP asked for ones that are puckeringly sour; most of the JK sours I've tried are more on the balanced side and decently funky rather than outright sour (which is fine by me.)
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  32. mychalg9

    mychalg9 Champion (835) Apr 8, 2010 Illinois

    Without a doubt, it was Upland Persimmon Lambic. After that I'd say NG Very Sour Blackberry. That stuff fills the gaps between your teeth with sourness.
  33. Miruguy

    Miruguy Initiate (172) Nov 22, 2010 California

    Sounds like you need to try some different Bruery Sours - I think Bottleworks XII is one of the best sours out there, and Wanderer, SitR w/peaches or kumquats, Oude Tart w/Cherries are all excellent. They are society releases only, so you need to trade for them, but it's well worth it.
  34. 4DAloveofSTOUT

    4DAloveofSTOUT Poo-Bah (2,832) Nov 28, 2008 Illinois
    Society Trader

    cool! Thanks!
  35. kbuzz

    kbuzz Champion (897) Jan 22, 2011 North Carolina

    I wasn't overly impressed with Bottleworks XII and considering I don't like regular SitR or Oude, I'm certainly not going to trade for the variants, especially at their massive pricepoint. Until I get a sour Bruery beer that impresses me, I'm not chasing down anything by them in the that department.
  36. jkblodge

    jkblodge Initiate (108) Jun 27, 2005 Maryland

    I would have to say the most sour tongue ripping beer I've ever had was Old Growth from Trinity
  37. Miruguy

    Miruguy Initiate (172) Nov 22, 2010 California

    Very good.
  38. MLaVioletteJr

    MLaVioletteJr Initiate (0) Jun 12, 2013 Massachusetts

    I had my first sour beer today. Bruery Oude Tart. I liked it, it was a totally new experience for me. I couldn't believe how sour it was. It tasted like lemon juice dry hopped with sour cherry Sour Patch Kids aged on a bed of Shock Tarts. They actually get more sour than this?
  39. sacrelicio

    sacrelicio Initiate (0) Feb 15, 2005 Minnesota

    Is there a measurement for how sour a beer is, like how IBUs are used to indicate hop bitterness? Would pH be a good measure? I'd be interested to test the pH of sour beers to determine the most sour ones.
  40. jmccullough108

    jmccullough108 Initiate (0) Jan 3, 2013 Missouri

    La Folie
    Le Terroir
    Petrus Aged Pale
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