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Old 11-15-2012, 12:55 PM   #1
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So I have been tasked to bring a sampling of sour beers to Thanksgiving festivities with my family this year. A handful of my cousins have a good nose and appreciation for a fine brew, and I in fact give most people in my family a couple bottles of homebrew every year for Chrsitmas.

Anyway, I am trying to get soem ideas for about 4-6 different sour beers to help indoctrinate them to this fine world... but I am not an "expert". I want to avoid the REALLY funky sour beers (Cantillion) just because I think the strong "horse blanket" would completely turn them off.

Some names/styles that I have considered:

Rodenbach
Duchesse (just because my wife and I love it)
Lindemans (Pomme)
Maybe a simple Berliner-weisse (with syrup)

Any other suggestions or recommendations?

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Old 11-15-2012, 12:57 PM   #2
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Odell aud bruin ale

New Belgium tart Lychee

If you can find em where you are

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Old 11-15-2012, 02:21 PM   #3
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petrus oud bruin
liefman oud bruin and cuvee brut

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Old 11-15-2012, 04:07 PM   #4
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Petrus Oud Bruin
Monk's Cafe Oud Bruin

Those are two I particularly enjoy.

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Old 11-15-2012, 04:09 PM   #5
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I would definitely trade from some of the Cascade sours out by Portland, Oregon. All of them are amazing.

Russian River sours from Cali are obviously good too. My favorite is Supplication.

Jolly Pumpkin out of Michigan is closer to your location. Though I find their sours need some age to be complex and nicely carbonated.

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What cascade sours? Cascade Brewing co. ?

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My wife has just recently started getting into sours, and she seems to really enjoy the Timmerman's Cherry and Framboise lambics. I'm mostly an IPA guy, but they taste pretty good to me and seem like easily accessible and not overly sweet. We've also had a gose by Choc Beer out of Oklahoma that was fantastic, but we've only been able to get it locally in a growler. Not sure if they bottle that one.

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Do you get Jolly Pumpkin down that way? If so, I'd add one or two from them.

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Panil Barriquee (expensive, but worth it)
Petrus Oud Bruin
Brouwerij Bokor's Bellegems Bruin. It isn't mind blowing, but it's cheap and on the sweeter side, like Duchesse. Easy to enjoy.
New Belgium Lips of Faith - La Folie
Liefman's Cuvee Brut

Those are all relatively easy to find, especially if you have a Whole Foods or Total Wine nearby. None of them are too aggresive. Lot's of good sweet and tart flavors going on. Along with the brands you already mentioned, these are what I give to people the first time they try sour beer.

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