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Feb 21, 2011 04:47 PM

Favorite Sour

So the wife and I had a pretty eventful and exciting weekend of sour beer tasting. We enjoyed the following:
1) Petrus Aged Pale Ale
2) Boon Oude Geuze
3) Monk's Flemish Sour Ale
4) Russian River Temptation
5) BFM Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien

1 and 2 were the most Brut Champagne like with some yeast and bone dry. 3 was vinegary and cola like with white peppercorns. 5 was similar to 3 with more charm and restraint depite being 11% abv. Our favorite was 4 the Russian River Temptation. Stupendous nose with similar taste. Subtle use of oak. A real gem.

So what's you favorite sour right now?

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  1. Great list.

    Recently cracked an '08 Dissident I put down for aging, it was delicious.

    I really like Jolly Pumpkin's Oro De Calabaza. Excellent sour with strong grapefruit component.

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    1. re: Josh

      Did you try the latest batch of Dissident to compare? I was only able to get 1 bottle and had not heard great things about it so am trying to decide whether to cellar it.

      1. re: JRSD

        I heard the same, and Hamiltons is charging the proverbial arm+leg for it so I haven't tried it.

        1. re: Josh

          They have it at Toronado as well but not sure of the price.

    2. I went through the sour phase a few years back, and my favorite was a blend I would make with 75% Cantillon kriek and 25% Lindemann's kriek, or 50/50 with Boon Kriek. The sweeter krieks gave the balance necessary from me to be able to drink it since I have issues with drinks that are too acidic, and the cantillon would contribute those bright refreshing flavors I associate with brett fermentation.

      I only drink sour beer now at beerfests when I need to reset my palate. To me its just a novelty.

      <returning my beer geek membership card....I don't want it anymore anyway>

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      1. re: LStaff

        Pretty new to the sours. I had the Flemish, it was my first, and I thought it was pretty mild.

        Drank one at a tasting that was Rose coloured. It was tasty. I look forward to putting down some sours this summer when I'm not drinking IPA.

        1. re: LStaff

          "I only drink sour beer now at beerfests when I need to reset my palate. To me its just a novelty."

          The ones from Belgium are a novelty too?

        2. Boon Oude Geuze Mariage Parfait. I love that stuff, and I had an aged one that was even better.

          1. Can't forget Rodenbach Grand Cru. When Alexander was available it was a treat too.

            1. No comment on the sours but, am green with envy that your wife shares in your beer tastings. You're a lucky man.