What's your favorite Sour Beer?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by Todd, Apr 30, 2019.

  1. Mayhem

    Mayhem Initiate (105) Aug 18, 2013 New Hampshire

    drie fonteinen oude geuze
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  2. maalko

    maalko Aspirant (255) Apr 17, 2015 Michigan

    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.
  3. Beer_30-1982

    Beer_30-1982 Initiate (18) Oct 2, 2018 Georgia

    3 Taverns Saporous (At least I think that’s the spelling).
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  4. Aewachiw

    Aewachiw Zealot (525) Dec 26, 2011 Maryland

    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.
  5. CheapHysterics

    CheapHysterics Aspirant (231) Apr 1, 2009 Pennsylvania

    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.
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  6. Atmend7

    Atmend7 Aspirant (278) Mar 26, 2014 Connecticut

    Anything from OEC in Oxford, CT.
  7. eatsoutalot

    eatsoutalot Initiate (79) Oct 29, 2014 South Carolina

    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.
  8. thedaveofbeer

    thedaveofbeer Initiate (188) Mar 25, 2016 Massachusetts

    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.
  9. DeSpain

    DeSpain Initiate (15) Apr 15, 2019 South Carolina

    I do not like sour beers!
  10. tresequis

    tresequis Initiate (25) Apr 30, 2018 Texas

    Hola Todd,
    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.

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  11. drtth

    drtth Poo-Bah (4,006) Nov 25, 2007 Pennsylvania

    Yeast, whether in fermenting beer or wine, eats sugar but isn't itself sugar.
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  12. strumble

    strumble Initiate (189) Oct 1, 2016 Michigan

  13. beergorrilla

    beergorrilla Meyvn (1,303) Feb 21, 2012 Michigan

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  14. French_Brandon

    French_Brandon Aspirant (269) Feb 21, 2015 Maine

    My favorite is Mainer Weisse from Night Shift in Everett, MA
  15. kinopio

    kinopio Aspirant (266) Apr 30, 2009 Massachusetts

    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.
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  16. sjjn

    sjjn Zealot (559) Jun 4, 2004 New York

    Belgian : Cantillon Saint Lamvinus.
    American: Jester King Atrial Rubicite
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  17. bill125

    bill125 Initiate (42) Apr 6, 2014 Pennsylvania

    Oliver Brewing Chasing Rainbows.
  18. shadyside

    shadyside Defender (610) Feb 27, 2011 Georgia

    Duchesse de Bourgogne
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  19. ManBearPat

    ManBearPat Devotee (472) Dec 2, 2014 Colorado

  20. DeltaAgent

    DeltaAgent Aspirant (229) Jan 16, 2016 Pennsylvania

    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.
  21. eldoctorador

    eldoctorador Defender (659) Dec 12, 2014 Chile

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  22. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poo-Bah (6,924) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
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    Haha. You could add 2009 The Abyss.
  23. mkh012

    mkh012 Crusader (713) May 7, 2015 Colorado

    My highest rated is Cantillon Fou Foune, which was likely a one-time experience. In the more accessible realm, I like Allagash sours.
  24. BeanBump

    BeanBump Devotee (476) Dec 14, 2016 California

  25. Beer_Stalin

    Beer_Stalin Aspirant (267) Feb 7, 2015 Quebec (Canada)

  26. zid

    zid Meyvn (1,358) Feb 15, 2010 New York
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    I’m pleasantly surprised by all the Rodenbach love here.
  27. oldbean

    oldbean Disciple (350) Jun 30, 2005 Massachusetts

    I'm surprised so many people can narrow it down to one.
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  28. Sheppard

    Sheppard Meyvn (1,087) Mar 16, 2013 Virginia

    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.
  29. drtth

    drtth Poo-Bah (4,006) Nov 25, 2007 Pennsylvania

    Russian River Temptation

    Rodenbach Grand Cru

    Leifman's Goudenband

    Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kreik (Retired)
  30. tobelerone

    tobelerone Poo-Bah (2,727) Dec 1, 2010 New York
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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.
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  31. OldBrewer

    OldBrewer Aspirant (279) Jan 13, 2016 Ontario (Canada)

    Yes! Caractere Rouge is another outstanding Rodenbach product. Not to easy to obtain, though I was able to acquire it once.
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  32. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (2,661) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    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 :sunglasses:. 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.
  33. Best_Enjoyed_In_Texas

    Best_Enjoyed_In_Texas Disciple (386) Aug 24, 2015 Texas

    Jester King Omniscience & Proslychakznfksnfksjf :sunglasses:
  34. oldbean

    oldbean Disciple (350) Jun 30, 2005 Massachusetts

    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.
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  35. howardnss

    howardnss Initiate (111) Nov 2, 2017 Pennsylvania

    Rhodenbach grand cru.
  36. chipawayboy

    chipawayboy Devotee (436) Oct 26, 2007 Massachusetts

    Newbie to the sour game ...this one is for us w/training wheels. Super aromatic and mild....love it.
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  37. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poo-Bah (6,924) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
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    Spot on.

    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.
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  38. Giantspace

    Giantspace Crusader (741) Dec 22, 2011 Pennsylvania

  39. Giantspace

    Giantspace Crusader (741) Dec 22, 2011 Pennsylvania

    You should try Weyerbacher Riserva if you can find it. Well worth the $16-18 I have paid to drink it.


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  40. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (2,661) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    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. :wink: