This week is SF Beer Week, and yesterday, I attended a sour beer tasting at The Jug Shop, where I got to sample 18 sour beers. I’ve been wanting to learn more about sour beers since I discovered Monk’s Cafe Flemish Sour Ale and Deschutes‘ The Dissident. Here are my notes. The ones I really liked have an asterisk next to them.
1. Leipziger Gose - very pale color, wheat/lemon notes, very dry finish. Light-bodied with some carbonation.
(*) 2. Rodenbach Grand Cru – bronze color with some reddish tint. Notes of sour apple/cherry and malt, subtle touch of vinegar. Smooth mouthfeel, light body. I think this would be great paired with cheese.
(*) 3. Liefmans Goudenband – Copper brown in color. Very nutty and malty notes, hints of apple cider vinegar. Some oak notes. Smooth, medium-bodied finish.
4. Grande Dame Oud Bruin – dark reddish brown color with a very fruity aroma reminiscent of plums and cherries, some hints of oak. Acidic finish, light bodied with slight carbonation.
5. Fantôme Pissenlit – very pale color, slightly foamy. Very light bodied with wheat and lemon notes.
6. Fantôme Spéciale De Noel – Caramel colored with fruit and wheat notes. Medium bodied with a finish that tasted slightly like tart apples and honey. Very complex and kind of hard to figure out.
(*) 7. L’Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien – Color of burnt caramel, with strong fruity notes and some malt. Oaky/cherry finish, medium bodied.
8. Haandbakk – Reddish brown color with very malty notes. Taste is acidic and antiseptic, almost like pine tar. Very dry finish.
9. Oud Beersel Oude Gueuze Vieille – very pale golden color. Very fragrant and complex on the nose. Very dry finish.
10. Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René – Golden colored, with notes of honey and pear. Hints of lemon – very dry and medium-bodied.
11. Drie Fonteinen Oude Gueuze – very pale color and somewhat cloudy. Very yeasty amd funky notes. Very tart on the palate, like rhubarb. Dry finish.
12. Russian River Sanctification – pale color and murky. Tart, fruity, and malty notes – fruit smells like apple and pear. A very dry, crisp, and tart finish.
13. Russian River Temptation – Light golden color. Notes of malt, oak, apple. Grassy and green apple in the mouth with a very dry and clean finish.
14. Russian River Supplication – Reddish caramel color, with a very fruity nose – like cherry and rhubarb. Very tart sour cherry and oaky flavor and medium-bodied. Dry finish.
(*) 15. Russian River Consecration – Nice burnt caramel color. Very malty and fruity notes with lots of cherry and oak. Medium bodied, semi-dry finish.
16. Oud Beersel Oude Kriek Vieille – Raspberry colored, some carbonation. Malty and fruity notes, like apples and berries. Very light bodied with cherry tastes, very dry finish. Would pair well with a goat cheese.
(*) 17 Cascade Kriek Ale – very rich copper color with very distinctive cherry notes. Semi-dry mouthfeel with definite cherry palate. Medium-bodied with hints of apple.
18. Oudbeitje Lambic – Pale yellow color and murky. Malty notes with hints of strawberry and rhubarb. Very astringent.