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Commercially Available Sour Ales

Discussion in 'General Beer Discussion' started by Chasin, Apr 10, 2012.

  1. Chasin

    Chasin New Member

    I'm wanting to try a sour ale but have yet to find a local distributor.

    Does anyone have any recombination?
  2. DoubleAught

    DoubleAught New Member

    A very popular Lambic is Lindemans Framboise. I for one like it although many say it isn't a traditional sour. Nevertheless, a very good choice IMO.
  3. horseblanket

    horseblanket sour guy

    Don't know where you'll find them, but I highly recommend gueuze by Girardin, Hanssens or best of all, Cantillon. These are world class examples from Belgium without fruit added. Lindemans Framboise may be a good starting point to sort of break you in to sour ale appreciation, but, though enjoyable, is not as dry and complex as fruit lambics from the breweries I mentioned. You may also give Flanders Red beers a try and my recommendation is Rodenbach Grand Cru - a somewhat tart, wine-like ale with a hint of acetic acid and a nice wood note.
  4. brewfun

    brewfun New Member

    My go-to introductory sour is Monks Cafe Flemish Red.

    More modestly backsweetened than Rodenbach and certainly any Lindeman's product, it still shows off the cherries and almond characteristics of great Flander's Red. [Those characteristics should be derived from extended aging, but some producers double down with cherry essence.]

    Pair it with BBQ Pork, Steak Au Poivre or Roast Duck.

    From there, you have to try the Rodenbach. Their Gran Cru is an older beer (about 2 years of aging) and is not backsweetened as much, which suits American tastes moreso than European.

    To get a full flavor Lambic sour. I recommend Lindeman's Cuvee Rene Gueuze, which shows what a marvelous beer they start with, before sweetening it up, like soda pop.

    Further on the spectrum is Cantillon Bruocsella, a fully mature lambic of whatever they think is tasty. It is dead flat and divine.
  5. AvgWhiteGuy

    AvgWhiteGuy @Beer_Fanatic

    Any of the sours from Russian River Brewing are really good. Consecration, Supplication, Temptation, Beatification, or Sanctification.

    Cascade Brewing does a great kriek and Lost Abbey has Framboise de Amorosa and Red Poppy, both of which are really good as well.
  6. schnibbz

    schnibbz New Member

    Being in the Midwest, Jolly Pumpkin is my go to sour. I highly recommend La Roja and Bam Biere.
  7. Beardedbrewer

    Beardedbrewer Brew Great Beer!!

    Russian River Consecration and Damnation, Morte Subite has some nice Gueze and Kriek also Boon brewery makes some nice beers, there Oude Gueze is very nice, its a little funky for the begginer in sours but worth trying, also Fantome has some nice sours but can be hit or miss sometimes but makes some really interesting stuff, find a good bottle shop that takes good care of there beers is a must, here is a link to an online bottle shop< I cant say anything about there quallity of service because I have not purchased from them but they have a wide selection of Belgian beers of all kinds and good descriptions, they even have Westvleteren if your willing to pay the premium, good luck, sour beers are awesome and fun to explore. Cheers!!
  8. jsjames

    jsjames Sour Fan

    My current favorite is Cuvee des Jacobine. I think Petrus Aged Pale is a good starter also.
  9. GiraffeBrew

    GiraffeBrew Smuttynose Brewing Co.

    Thumbs up to this post. I really dig the Jolly Pumpkin beers!
  10. Paymygasbill77

    Paymygasbill77 New Member

    I have a pretty good source for Lindeman's Cuvee Rene'. It is a fantastic beer and one of the best examples of a Gueze.
  11. Javit

    Javit Gueuze/Lambic/Saison

    Your best bet for a gueuze/lambic that is true to style would be Lindeman's Cuvee Renee. Their fruit lambics are all sugary messes. Past that you should look into Girardin (black label), Drie Fonteinen, and Cantillon. For Flanders Reds, I would definitely look up Monk's Cafe Red. And don't underestimate the funky tartness of some of the Fantome saisons ;)
  12. fickenmeimirish

    fickenmeimirish New Member

    Not as high up there as the Drie Fonteinen or Cantillon but still a good one.

  13. kbuzz

    kbuzz New Member

    If you can get them, The Bruery makes some good sours as well. I've had Mother Funker and Oude Tart - both very tasty sours. But yeah, going back to a previous post, I try to get Jolly Pumpkin whenever I can.
  14. bigkahunabrew

    bigkahunabrew New Member

    Cuvee Rene' is a really good beer! Lindeman's has one of my favorite overall lines of sour beer... even if most are fruit varieties.
    I did a series of Kriek (Sour Cherry Brews) on my blog... Links: (This is the Lindeman's )
  15. ayoungrad

    ayoungrad New Member

    Old thread, but...

    Three different types of great sour beers that are fairly well distributed:

    Most Geuze from Drie Fonteinen
    Duchesse De Bourgogne
    De Dolle Extra Export Stout