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Old 01-17-2013, 02:00 AM   #1
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Default Can someone suggest a sour beer?

I have never tried one before but would like to . Can you all suggest a few commercial types to get me started? Are they hard to find?

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Rodenbach.

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Old 01-17-2013, 02:37 AM   #3
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I have never tried one before but would like to . Can you all suggest a few commercial types to get me started? Are they hard to find?

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Some can be very hard to find. Cantillon and Drie Fonteinen make some excellent sour beers, but they are nearly impossible to find in the US right now.

However, there are other options that are worth looking out for. First and foremost, a word of caution: many fruit "lambics" available in the US are artificially sweetened and not good representations of what a fruit lambic should taste like. Most notable one to avoid Lindemann's, but I would suggest you exercise caution if you choose to seek out fruit lambics.

Now that I've sufficiently trashed Lindemann's, I'll start by recommending the Lindemann's Cuvee Rene gueuze. It is the cheapest and easiest to find gueuze in the US.

Rodenbach, both original and grand cru, are also relatively easy to find and will give you a taste of a different style (Flanders red).

For American examples, Jolly Pumpkin is most widely available. I like Bam Biere, Oro de Calabaza, and La Roja from them. If you're in their distribution area, Russian River is also well known for their -ation line of sour beers (though I'm not sure how easy they are to find).

Other than Russian River, these should be readily available on the shelf of the best beer store in town in most states in the US.
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Monks cafe and duchess de Bourgogne are realtively easy to find. Russian river doesn't distribute to WI although they make amazing stuff.

Also new Belgium la folie

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Come to Portland and spend a day at the Cascade Barrel House. Seriously. Yum. Okay, now I think I need to go this weekend!

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Let the Duchess de Bourgoune pop your cherry.

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Rodenbach
Madam Rose (goose Island)
Jolly Pumpkin La Roja
Some of the New Glarus ones at brew festivals
Duchesse

Those are the ones that got me hooked.
These are all more of the "tart/cherry" type flanders Red sours. There are others that are more "wild" - but I loved these.

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You might be able to find some of the following:

Lambic:
Lindemans Cuvee Rene (don't get anything else from Lindemans, though)
Drie Fonteinen
Hannsens
Tilquin

Flemish (-style):
Rodenbach (preferably Grand Cru)
Cuvee de Jacobins Rouge
Duchesse du Bourgoune
Petrus Aged Pale
Liefmans Goudeband
La Folie

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Come to Portland and spend a day at the Cascade Barrel House. Seriously. Yum. Okay, now I think I need to go this weekend!
Or order from their website & have it shipped to your door!
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Leifamans is pretty easy to get in my are. Rodenbach makes a good be also but not available in AR. Just don't try lindemans lambicks those are sweetened with syrup and do not represent the true style

http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/283/773

Here is the link to the gouldbond on BA so you know what it looks like.

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