What's your favorite Sour Beer?

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  1. belgiumking

    belgiumking Initiate (48) Aug 10, 2004 Florida

    You can only 'brag' if you ship as well... :-]
  2. Oldstate

    Oldstate Initiate (0) Jul 10, 2014 Pennsylvania

    I hate the term “sour beer”. The tart beers of Belgium are simply Flemish Red ales. I get nervous the American craft beer scene would give this style the “IPA” treatment and go way overboard with a arms race to make the strongest sourest beer regardless of if it tasted good.

    I encourage people first try Rodenbach Grand Cru to set a baseline for what the style should be
  3. Olesjm

    Olesjm Defender (646) Dec 5, 2015 Kansas

    Mass produced and easy to get, New Belgium La Folie, favorite of those was the 2015. As for others, i'm a huge fan of the 7 Seas Water Chopper Gose, the Boulevard Hibiscus Gose, and the Crane Apricot Weisse. I love me a good Berliner Weisse, but not a lot make them and even less make them well.
  4. Joaquinm99

    Joaquinm99 Initiate (0) Apr 3, 2019 Texas

    Anything jester king. My all time fav is snorkel. Second fav place to drink sours in austin is blue owl.
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  5. Seumas

    Seumas Initiate (191) Sep 9, 2003 Canada (ON)

    I suppose the question is akin to would you rather be executed by being impaled or torn apart by wild horses. I'll take the wild horses, thank you. At least it's quick. As to the sour beer I find least excreable is any gueuze. At least the worst is balanced out and the result is no more objectionable than a Bud. The most vile is any Berliner weiss, or any beer with a lactobacillus infection. At least it only makes me slightly nauseous. My best friend once painted a wall eight feet away with a Massawippi with such infection.
  6. MryJack

    MryJack Initiate (0) Apr 27, 2012 California

    Sorry to spoil the party but I've yet to taste a Sour I could drink more than a sip of, much less call a favorite. Believe me I've tried. We even have a local brewery, Yeast of Eden, whose specialty is Sours but so far to no avail. I keep asking the barman to sample me a Sour that he thinks an IPA drinker would like and he just slowly shakes his head.

    Give me an Imperial IPA or Stout (preferably barrel-aged), even a Barleywine or good Red Ale and I'm happy as a clam.

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  7. Chris_Collas

    Chris_Collas Initiate (0) Sep 19, 2018 Wisconsin

    Tough to name just one, but a few I really like are Jester King - Detritivore, Gun Hill - Ripe for the Picking, O'so Brewing - Arbre Qui Donne and the Rodenbach Vintages.
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  8. m9b

    m9b Initiate (0) Mar 19, 2019 Vermont

    Agree with the smuttynose except blackberry
  9. Megadeph

    Megadeph Initiate (70) Mar 3, 2013 Texas

    I haven’t had too many crazy sours, but it’s a toss-up between 2017 Cantillon Zwanze and JWB Cuvée de Wakefield. Answer crowlers are very good too.
  10. CrimeDog

    CrimeDog Initiate (0) Dec 31, 2015 New York

    Sixpoint Jammer and Citrus Jammer
  11. bahafu48

    bahafu48 Initiate (58) Jun 17, 2016 Delaware

    Sorry Chicky By the Burley Oak in Berlin Maryland. Get ya-sum-son!
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  12. vladens

    vladens Initiate (0) Dec 4, 2018 Illinois

    Almost anything by Une Annee, especially Le Grand Monde 2018-10, 2018-1, 2019-3 and many others. But since those are limited then there are many different variations of Le Seul to choose from and Peche and Framboise.
    P.S. I swear I don't work for them (although I wouldn't mind:grin: ) just a big fan!
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  13. TomFoley

    TomFoley Aspirant (259) Mar 19, 2005 Pennsylvania

  14. cougrnut

    cougrnut Initiate (0) May 19, 2017 Pennsylvania

    Rothaus radler zapfle
  15. Mybeardspeakstruth

    Mybeardspeakstruth Initiate (0) Mar 25, 2017 Virginia

    Allagash Nancy. I still don’t really care for sours, it’s really the only one that I’ve truly enjoyed... my wife and I shared one sitting on the rocks in the Casco bay outside of Portland on a summer day after visiting the brewery. One of those magical beer experiences.
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  16. limanmarcus

    limanmarcus Initiate (0) Oct 7, 2018 Texas

    I enjoy the sour but creamy Guinness Stout.
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  17. webbrew

    webbrew Initiate (96) Apr 22, 2009 Ohio

    Monks is also the only sour that I find palatable.
  18. DanielAron

    DanielAron Disciple (356) May 15, 2005 Illinois
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  19. Dandrewjohn

    Dandrewjohn Initiate (140) Apr 13, 2013 Texas

    I've tried to like sours. Just can't do it.
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  20. jayrutgers

    jayrutgers Initiate (193) Oct 29, 2011 New Jersey

    OEC's Oakaged Lagerbier is probably the best beer I've ever had.
  21. dineomatic

    dineomatic Initiate (79) Nov 27, 2009 California

    Cuvee des Jacobins Rouge - Flemish Sour Ale
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  22. jpearce4

    jpearce4 Initiate (0) Feb 5, 2016 Michigan

    I think the best I had was Alexander by Rodenbach. Love the Flanders Red style when it's done well, and this is absolutely one of the best.
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  23. luisfrancisco

    luisfrancisco Initiate (173) Dec 1, 2009 Mexico

    Cantillon Gueuze. And Rosé de Gambrinus.
    Honorable mention to Rodenbach Vintage Ales.
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  24. tsfertitta

    tsfertitta Initiate (55) Apr 8, 2014 Maryland

    Both great!
  25. tsfertitta

    tsfertitta Initiate (55) Apr 8, 2014 Maryland

    DUCHESSE DE BOURGOGNE Is one of my favorites. It has a great mix of sour and funk.
  26. VoxRationis

    VoxRationis Poo-Bah (2,931) Dec 11, 2016 New York
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    Fallow by Hudson Valley Brewing. It's like a Whiskey Sour and a ripe, ripe peach had a baby. Love that place; everything is truly flavor forward.
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  27. Wellsn

    Wellsn Initiate (0) Dec 17, 2015 Georgia

    Hands down: Athena by Creature Comforts. My always, warm-weather go-to beer.
    Such a subtle sour beer, so gently tart that it can be a revelation and a daily drinker just depending on how it hits the taste buds. Light body & bright flavor..
    http://www.creaturecomfortsbeer.com/ - Despite being light and drinkable its got the complex flavors of a dry, mineral-forward glass of white wine and can make for particularly interesting pairings with everything from light seafood to heavy, fried dishes. Plus its a perfect beach beer. cheers, Nelson Wells - Athens, GA
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  28. AllOfTheCats

    AllOfTheCats Aspirant (265) Mar 27, 2018 Wisconsin

    Toolbox Rustique d' Abricot (RIP). Still have one left!
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  29. SudsDoctor

    SudsDoctor Defender (686) Nov 23, 2008 New York

    Put me in the camp that can't really pick a favorite...mainly because I'm not sure I care for sour beers at all. I've only had a few (Rodenbach Grand Cru, Gueuze Tilquin, Hanssen's Scarenbecca Kriek, SN Otra Vez, and a vinegar bomb from a local brewery), and the best I can say for any is that they were, uh, interesting.
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  30. zid

    zid Poo-Bah (1,797) Feb 15, 2010 New York
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    Maybe... Harvey's Imperial Extra Double Stout
  31. Beer_Stan

    Beer_Stan Initiate (160) Mar 15, 2014 California

    Even the coffee one Cafe Verdad? [shudders]
  32. Young_OG

    Young_OG Initiate (0) Apr 21, 2019 New Jersey

    Green zebra
  33. f8met

    f8met Initiate (0) Jun 27, 2014 England

    Tough one but Cantillon is always a go to, especially at the brewery. There is a supermarket in the UK that has standard Boon on the shelf at a stupidly cheap price, less than $5 but I prefer the Mariage Parfait.

    There are a ton of good sours in the UK now including a Limoncello sour by Black Sheep which is insanely tart.
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  34. wawagrin

    wawagrin Initiate (43) Jun 17, 2016 Oregon

    Second that.

    For me, the high ABV sour that most rocked my world was "Vlad the Imp Aler" from Cascade. I'd drink anything they put out, but not much & not often due to the price tag.

    For lower ABV, the one yet to be beat for me is Hose from De Garde. Can't find their stuff anywhere anymore--time for a trip to Tillamook...
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  35. spicyvelveetas

    spicyvelveetas Initiate (0) Apr 24, 2006 Massachusetts

    HOMES Guava Sherbet
  36. JamFuel

    JamFuel Poo-Bah (8,486) Mar 26, 2009 Sweden
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    Tough question, but the two that spring to mind are Rosé de Gambrinus by Cantillon and Rodenbach Grand Cru. I am an absolute slut for raspberries in beer and Grand Cru was one of those eye-opening beers for me, that really broadened my horizon.

    It’s also really nice to have permanent access to Drie Fonteinen’s Gueuze, one of the best.
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  37. Bill2809

    Bill2809 Initiate (0) Jan 15, 2013 Maryland

    Sorry Chicky from Burley Oak Brewery in Berlin, MD
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  38. JayORear

    JayORear Meyvn (1,479) Feb 22, 2012 Pennsylvania
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    Consecration (w/a good steak).
  39. 40ontarget

    40ontarget Disciple (361) Feb 7, 2012 Colorado

    Russian River Consecration
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  40. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poo-Bah (8,305) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming

    Laws yes, that is soooooo good.
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