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Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by Todd, Apr 30, 2019.
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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
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.
Anything jester king. My all time fav is snorkel. Second fav place to drink sours in austin is blue owl.
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.
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.
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.
Agree with the smuttynose except blackberry
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.
Sixpoint Jammer and Citrus Jammer
Sorry Chicky By the Burley Oak in Berlin Maryland. Get ya-sum-son!
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 ) just a big fan!
Rothaus radler zapfle
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.
I enjoy the sour but creamy Guinness Stout.
Monks is also the only sour that I find palatable.
One of the first I tried and still the best:
Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René.
I've tried to like sours. Just can't do it.
OEC's Oakaged Lagerbier is probably the best beer I've ever had.
Cuvee des Jacobins Rouge - Flemish Sour Ale
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.
Cantillon Gueuze. And Rosé de Gambrinus.
Honorable mention to Rodenbach Vintage Ales.
DUCHESSE DE BOURGOGNE Is one of my favorites. It has a great mix of sour and funk.
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.
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
Toolbox Rustique d' Abricot (RIP). Still have one left!
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.
Maybe... Harvey's Imperial Extra Double Stout
Even the coffee one Cafe Verdad? [shudders]
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.
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...
HOMES Guava Sherbet
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.
Sorry Chicky from Burley Oak Brewery in Berlin, MD
Consecration (w/a good steak).
Russian River Consecration
Laws yes, that is soooooo good.