Sour in the Rye (The Bruery)

Style: American Wild Ale

Base Beer: Rye Ale

7.8% ABV

From: Orange County, CA

Brewer’s Note: “We brewed this ale with around 40% rye as a base malt and let our sour yeast and bacteria eat away at it in oak barrels for over a year creating a sour ale with a complex character of rye spice, oak and a subtle funk.”

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The beer’s label is a little different from other Bruery bottles I have reviewed.  It is less Alice and Wonderland, and more Wright Brothers, if that makes any sense.  I still like the main title font, but I find the other fonts a little boring, and definitely crowded.  The colors are cool for the rye theme of the beer, and I actually love the things in the background.  Overall though, this label is mediocre and not my favorite from the Bruery.  It is worthy of labeling but not for the shelf.

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The beer pours an amber orange with syrupy colors and a nice finger-width head of creamy tiny bubbles.  The beer’s body is clear and practically crystal clean with just a slight haze from the malt and yeast.  The beer’s head leaves a lacing sticky dots and strings.  On the nose the beer smells like a light gueuze, with beautiful funk and cherry leather notes and a faint tinge of spice.  The smell is not as strong as a gueuze, but it is still beautiful and funky.  Leather is definitely the dominant smell in the nose, but it is paired with a sweeter funk and some light spicy rye.  On the tongue, the beer tastes funky sweet with a light underlying rye spice and some nice acidity.  In flavor, the beer begins as sweet, fruity funk that moves into distinguished leather notes that stick to the tongue and only give light hints of cherry.  There is an underlying spice from the rye which is light and bready, but I honestly can’t say if I would have noticed it unless the beer specifically had “Rye” in the name.  The funk does hit almost cloying notes as it builds, touching citric lemon and some slight pineapple notes in the start of the taste.  The finish is sweet lemon citrus with a touch of leather and then a final burp of spicy rye with a faint touch of bread and chocolate.  In the mouth, the beer is medium plus in body with a creamy carbonation and a great citric pucker at the end without the citric bite.  This beer feels really nice in the mouth.  Overall this beer is a terrific sour with a great mouthfeel that doesn’t bite the hell out of your mouth with acid.  This is a very balanced and tasty sour.  Try this beer, but share it.  It is worth the money.

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4.26/5

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