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Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by Todd, Apr 30, 2019.
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My first experience with a sour was a can of Jolly Pumpkin a friend brought me. I did not care for it. To be honest, I most likely didn't know what a sour was at the time and it probably just tasted tart to me. Years later I tried a sour IPA, don't recall the name, at Jolly Pumpkin in Detroit (life goes full circle sometimes). I figured it's Jolly Pumpkin, I have to try a sour. I loved it. Maybe my palette has changed over the years, maybe understanding what a sour is allowed me to appreciate them, or maybe it just an acquired taste. I just know I love them now.
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If in Baltimore, seek out Waverly Brewing. The have exceptional sours, and recently had a sour power our, where I was able to sample them all. Anything from their G’OAT series. Outstanding.
You know this isn't a new style, right? People have been making sour ales longer than they have understood the microbiology behind the souring and longer than there have been asshats in suits with fancy titles like vice President of marketing.
Also, doing a second run with spent grains would make a small beer, not a sour.
I do agree that the trendiness of them is a little much and that some of them are just god awful messes (Anderson valley watermelon gose comes to mind).
My personal favourite, and I have a hard time believing I'll ever have a sour better than it, is Rodenbach caratere rouge.
Anything from OEC in Oxford, CT.
My favorite sour? None of them. I've tried a lot and they are all awful. This is the Yagermeister and Rumplemintz crowd using craft beer to punish their taste buds.
Allagash Coolship Resurgam- After trying it the first time with a friend, I was blow away and told him we got to get a few six pack of it! He laughed at me then told me how much it costs. I then understood why he laughed at me. Sadly I can't afford to drink it every day, but I always keep a bottle in the cellar for a treat. Thankfully, I also like Cuvee Rene which gets me by. On a related note, I picked up some Flaming Furys by Captain Lawrence on clearance recently- Definitely 7 dollars well spent.
I do not like sour beers!
This is my first post, and I think this a good place to post this. Actually I am not a big fan of sour beers, or at least didn't used to be, but they kinda grow on you.
Anyhow my favorite sour beer is now Jester King's 2018 SPON muscat. Although I cant justify spending $30 a bottle for it. (Got one for my birthday though). The reason I like it is because it is brewed with wild Muscat grapes the same way Eve (the women of Mesopotamia) brewed it in the garden of Eden 6000 years ago -- and why we are here. (The first writing was "fermented grapes + barley + hops"). IMHO, its the recipe for beer the way its supposed to be brewed. Brewer's yeast is not good for you because its almost pure sugar and only gives you a beer belly. While grapes have a lot of medicinal benefits.
Yeast, whether in fermenting beer or wine, eats sugar but isn't itself sugar.
Brewery Vivant House Sour
lou pepe kriek
had it mulitple times always thought it was amazing but had it at the source for whatever reason, probably how fresh it was, made it the best sour ive ever had it was amazing
My favorite is Mainer Weisse from Night Shift in Everett, MA
I agree with Todd that Cambridge Brewing Cerise Cassee is indeed very good. CBC is what got me into sour beer years ago. But my favorite is Cantillon Fou' Foune. So tasty. Unfortunately I've only had it on three occasions.
Belgian : Cantillon Saint Lamvinus.
American: Jester King Atrial Rubicite
Oliver Brewing Chasing Rainbows.
Duchesse de Bourgogne
I am a fan of any and all things from Black Project (which, sadly, I cannot get in PA). But I particularly like Peacemaker, a perfect blend of oak and cherry notes.
Haha. You could add 2009 The Abyss.
My highest rated is Cantillon Fou Foune, which was likely a one-time experience. In the more accessible realm, I like Allagash sours.
Duchesse De Bourgogne all day
The best sour I've ever found in Quebec is Macera Duo Cerises by Brasseurs Illimites. Saves me a trip to Belgium every time.
I’m pleasantly surprised by all the Rodenbach love here.
I'm surprised so many people can narrow it down to one.
Another vote for CBC Cerise Cassee. I look forward to its release every year. I think this year is the first year I've missed. HF Flora is also one of my favorite beers, but I've only liked the regular Flora, the Cuvee, and Cherry. The fruited versions I've had have not been good. Yeah, Cantillion, yeah, Drie, yeah Tilquin. I'd throw Supplication in there as well.
Russian River Temptation
Rodenbach Grand Cru
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Way too many to say for certain which was my favorite but Cantillon lou Pepe framboise vintage bottle I drank at the brewery stands out as completely mind blowing and unforgettable. Also had saint lamvinus grand cru on another visit and that’s likely a close second. I could drink vigneronne everyday.
Lots of great domestic options, partial to HF, also I appreciate the shout outs to Russian River classics. I was always partial to Temptetion for much the same reason I love vigneronne - that super bright tart white wine character they both have.
Yes! Caractere Rouge is another outstanding Rodenbach product. Not to easy to obtain, though I was able to acquire it once.
For me there's a couple of things playing out simultaneously. First (and probably most importantly) Flanders Reds, more than any other style, just trigger a Cookie Monster response in me; although I try to be as neat as I can when drinking one . And when the feeling's that strong, you just gotta go with it...
But also- when the word favorite comes up, it seems to be implicit that you're looking at a beer that you go back to time and time again, and really know its ins and outs. Otherwise something would just be "that beer I had once or twice and really liked", and doesn't rise to that level.
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Yeah, the problem is that all the sours I can think of that really stand out in my memory are things I've only had once, or a handful of times. Kind of comes with the territory; Allagash makes some amazing sours but at $15 a pop AND with a wide variety to choose from, none of them are ever likely to achieve that tried-and-true status.
Rhodenbach grand cru.
Newbie to the sour game ...this one is for us w/training wheels. Super aromatic and mild....love it.
For a beer in this thread that I have had consistently and satisfies my needs in a sour "style", I would have to go with La Folie.
Not crazy sour but crazy good.
I have not tried many sours in the last few years due to cost. No idea if these two still stand up to today’s beers.
Last one that I used to drink a lot but not seen in a bit is Cuvée Rene. It was $4-5 a bottle at one time. It is a great beer at a great price.
You should try Weyerbacher Riserva if you can find it. Well worth the $16-18 I have paid to drink it.
Hell yeah, you got that right. As much as I've enjoyed Golden Brett, it's only been a couple times splurge for me at $15 for a 375ml.
On the other hand, Plan Bee Barn Beer at half the price is a regular purchase lately. Heck, sometimes I go out specifically just to get a few bottles. I guess it's officially grown on me at this point.