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Old 02-15-2011, 12:49 PM   #11
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I'm not big on lambics, but I do really like sour beers. My favorite is a Flanders Red from Jolly Pumpkin called La Roja.

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Old 02-15-2011, 01:23 PM   #12
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I am a big fan of some of the New Belgium Lips of Faith series: Transatlantique Kriek, Imperial Berliner Weisse, Vrienden Ale and of course La Folie. It doesn't hurt that I live about 40 minutes from them and go and drink their beer for free about once a month.

I really like Jolly Pumpkin, Russian River and Lost Abbey, when I can get them (which is mostly at GABF unless I score a bottle down in Denver or Boulder).

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Old 02-15-2011, 02:06 PM   #13
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La Folie from New Belgium is pretty sour and kind of vinegary. Great beer just kind of vinegary.

Eric's Sour From New Belgium is much less vinegary, and has peaches, but not sweet.

I really like Victenaar for a sour brown similar to Duchesse De Bourgogne. Really the vinegar flavor is not pronounced.

I had a crappy bartender tell me Monk's Cafe tastes like ketchup. I left.

Russian River Supplication is in my top 5 of all beers, it is $12-15 a bottle though.

For a starter stay away form Girardin Gueuze 1882 (Black Label). This is really intense if you aren't expecting it. It is true sour beer and one the best examples in the world. However it would be like going from BMC to American Barelywine in intensity.

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Old 02-15-2011, 02:28 PM   #14
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Drie Fonteinen Oude Gueuze has the perfect balance of fruit, funk, and sourness (without being too aggressive). Some of the special “Vintage” versions are among the best beers I’ve ever had.

Jolly Pumpkin Bam Bier is up there too, light, tart, hoppy when fresh, Bretty when aged.

Russian River’s first batch of Beatification (PH1) may be my favorite beer of all time. I enjoy the “new” spontaneous version, but that first one (Redemption aged in la Folie barrels) had this amazing floral/wood/sour thing that I’ve never tasted in another beer. I only had one bottle of it, about four years ago, but it was my first sour beer love.

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Old 02-15-2011, 03:11 PM   #15
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+1 for jolly pumpkin's Bam Bier.
It a nice mellow sour with some bready-ness to back it up, not the super intense sour of some i've had.

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Old 02-15-2011, 05:53 PM   #16
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I enjoy the milder end of sours. I like Petrus Oud Bruin and lambic/gueuze. I was not a fan of La Folie or Duchess. I felt like both tasted like vinegar. I realize some people greatly enjoy that flavor. I'm just not one of those people.

I greatly enjoy the taste of brett and some sourness but I don't get into the vinegar sourness.

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Old 02-15-2011, 07:43 PM   #17
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I am no sour expert. I got to try my first sour about a week ago it was jolly pumpkin oro de calabasa. I realize it is probably not one of the stronger sours out there but it was a very light and refreshing beer. Hearing some of the descriptions kind of scared me, I can't imagine drinking a pint of vinegar but to each his own.

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Good Lambic should not have any vinegar flavor.

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Good Lambic should not have any vinegar flavor.
But many flanders reds do.
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Old 02-15-2011, 08:17 PM   #20
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But many flanders reds do.
Sure, but good lambics/krieks/framboises/etc are often way at the strong end of sour but have no vinegar to them. Lactic sourness is very different from acetic sourness.
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