Friday, March 21, 2014

The Bruery Sour in the Rye

Type: rye wild ale/barrel aged
Origin: Placentia, California
Price: $22 per 750 mL
ABV: 7.6%
NSP: 2.6
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Ah The Bruery. We have a love/hate relationship with them. On the one hand, they make delicious beers; on the other, they are fuckall expensive. Look at the NSP in all its glory. And they lowered the ABV on the 2014 edition to probably make the average ABV of their offerings more reasonable with their 19% chocolate sweet nothings. FML

My first impression of this beer is: pretty good. It is, no doubt, a really well crafted wild ale. The smell is quite tart to the point where you may regret the decision to purchase said beer. I think it is dominated by dried apricots and peaches, with quite a bit of sour funk. Lots of people comment that is it barnyardy, however, I think it is the opposite and quite a clean sour, more in the sour patch kids or sweet tarts direction. The taste is definitely mellower than the smell, but is still quite a tart bomb. It reminds me of Cascade's Apricot only more subdued, possibly due to the rye addition. There is also a lot of green apple popping through (which can be good or bad - I vote good). I do however feel that the qualities of this beer do not make up for the NSP shortcomings. Its hard to offer a suggestion of another beer to replace this since the Cascade Apricot is the same price and most sours in this category are expensive.  

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