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Old 11-14-2010, 01:15 AM   #1
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I'm feeling adventurous. I am sorta interested in trying some commercial examples of sour ales. can anyone recommend a good place to start?

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Old 11-14-2010, 01:22 AM   #2
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I think DFH Festina Peche is a really easy sour to get into. I believe they call it a "session sour". From there you can try an Eric's Ale from the New Belgium Lips of Faith series.

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Old 11-14-2010, 01:26 AM   #3
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I didnt realize that dfh festina peche was a sour. I see it all the time at my local packy but I've never tried it. I think they even sell it in singles... thanks.

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Old 11-14-2010, 02:10 AM   #4
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It fairly mild for a sour, but at least you'll get an idea if you'll like them. The Lips of Faith Sour Brown Ale is really good also, but it's a much more "in your face" sour. One of my favorites though.

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Old 11-14-2010, 02:15 AM   #5
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i didnt notice festina peche to have any characteristics of a sour at all. more like a basic peach wheat beer. drink cantillon. failing that cuvee rene from lindemans is fairly easy to find.

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Old 11-14-2010, 02:33 AM   #6
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I had Cuvee Rene for the first time recently, and I loved it. But man was it sour...I mean just face puckering. I really like Jolly Pumpkin's Oro de Calabaza (I hope I'm spelling that right...) It's got a lot of funk, but not a whole lot of sourness. I really love that stuff.

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I'm feeling the same way as the OP, I'm interested in trying some sour beers. I didn't like them in the past, but I feel like now they're something that I could get into. I've had the La Folie mentioned above, and it was interesting to say the least.

The main thing for me that keeps me from really liking them (I think) is that I feel like I can really only taste pure sourness. I feel like the sourness keeps me from tasting anything else in the beers, although in La Folie I felt like I was also getting a winey character (I think it's aged in wine barrels). Anyone else feel this way?

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I think it depends on the type of sour. If its flanders red/brown, Kriek (et all), lambic, gueuze. Since all the styles are different, it makes a huge difference in taste. Just had some Monk cafe flemish sour ale from the tap tonight, and it was very mild. Compare that to the gueuze I had that was like a 2x4 to the face. I guess my point is that you cant lump all sours together. After reading the "wild brews" book, it made it very clear that they are all made very different. It would be like comparing a stout to an IPA. So try a few and find a style that suits you! Im more of a flanders or kreik lambic fan myself.

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Monk's Cafe Sour. Definitely start with this one; It's the perfect sour balance.

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