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Old 06-15-2011, 06:58 PM   #21
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The more affordable, widely available yet still tasty sours are probably Lindeman's Cuvee Rene and Petrus Aged Pale. Avoid any of Lindeman's fruit lambics because they are sweetened to the point of being disgusting.



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Old 06-16-2011, 04:43 AM   #22
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I've had Lindeman's fruit lambics in the past. I thought the same thing. Very, very sweet. My wife loves em

I picked up a bottle of Duchesse and The Bruery's Hottenroth today. I'll give em both a taste here in the next few days. Hopefully I'll enjoy. That bottle of Duchesse was f'in expensive. But I picked up some Rochefort 10 while I was there, so either way not a wasted trip



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Old 06-16-2011, 05:17 AM   #23
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Yeah, Lindeman's is hardly beer, and a damn waste of precious, authentic lambic (which IS hidden underneath the pasteurization, filtering, fruit, and all that sugar, believe it or not.) If I'm going to have a backsweetened fruit lambic, at least Mort Subite has some recognizable lambic taste, if you're paying attention.

One of my absolute favorite beers, Panil Barriquée (and some other Flanders Reds as well) tastes like there is SOME amount of cherries, berries, and similar fruit added to the beer - though less than you'd get in a typical fruit lambic - but there's no actual fruit at all. The malts, microorganisms, and processes combine to make a beer which is far more wine-like than any other style.

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See if you can get your hands on a Rodenbach, or Rodenbach Gran Cru.
+1. If you're a little scared, regular Rodenbach (1/4 sour) is fine, but the Grand Cru (2/3 sour) is the best Flanders I've ever had. It's relatively cheap, too; I think I paid about $9 for a 750.
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Had my first taste of a real sour yesterday, when we took the tour at the New Belgium brewery at Fort Collins. I didn't expect to be plied with quite that much beer- but I'm not complaining, mind.
The last beer we were served was the Folie, and it was......interesting. I'm still in the process of evaluating whether I'm interested in brewing some sour myself.

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Old 06-16-2011, 01:19 PM   #26
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I find La Folie too acetic to enjoy. I don't care for Duchess and many other Flanders reds because they taste too much like balsamic vinegar. I do enjoy a good lambic and oud bruin. If you don't like one or two sours that doesn't mean you won't enjoy any sours.

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Old 06-16-2011, 01:21 PM   #27
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Wild Devil (pretty sure that was a sour) was great

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Had my first taste of a real sour yesterday, when we took the tour at the New Belgium brewery at Fort Collins. I didn't expect to be plied with quite that much beer- but I'm not complaining, mind.
The last beer we were served was the Folie, and it was......interesting. I'm still in the process of evaluating whether I'm interested in brewing some sour myself.
I know it is the top ranked Flanders red ale in the world but for me personally it is way over the top too bitter. The Duchesse stomps La Folie as judged by my palette!

Another sour beer to be considered is a Kentucky Common. Commercial examples are exceedingly scarce but Magic Hat's Odd Notion 2009 was a sour brown ale which seems to fit the style parameters of a Kentucky Common. When I emailed the brewery for hints on the recipe I was completely ignored. Not the sort of response or behavior I would have expected from a craft brewery.
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Wild Devil (pretty sure that was a sour) was great
It's not a sour. It is brewed with brett, which is a wild yeast, but you don't really get any sourness from it.
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