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Old 01-23-2010, 02:44 PM   #1
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Till this point I have been mostly scared off by the idea of a sour beer. It just didn't seem right to me. Anyway, after a bunch of reading here on the board as well as elsewhere I am curious. What are some good sour beers to get me started? I have a fairly good store close by that I should be able to find most things.

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Old 01-23-2010, 03:06 PM   #2
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Jolly Pumpkin pretty much only does sour beers. Their Bam Bière is one of their more accessible ones.
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Old 01-23-2010, 03:33 PM   #3
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sp1365 - FROM WHAT I HAVE READ - if you can get north to Wisconsin check out New Glarus Old English Porter. It is the worst beer I have ever had in my life (well, Lazy Mutt actually is but . . . ) of course I can not stand sour beers but . . from what I have read it's it's awesome.
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Old 01-23-2010, 03:51 PM   #4
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For Flanders Red Ale style you should definitely check out Rodenbach Classic and and Duchesse Du Bourgogne. If you like those and want to try something more sour seek out Rodenbach Grand Cru, New Belgium La Folie.

For a lambic style go for anything by Cantillon.

 
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Old 01-23-2010, 03:55 PM   #5
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Here are a couple of lists from BeerAdvocate, by no means exhaustive.

http://beeradvocate.com/top_beers?style=53
http://beeradvocate.com/top_beers?style=10
http://beeradvocate.com/top_beers?style=14

I think fruited lambics are a good introduction to sour beers, as is a good kriek.

I've actually had a number of New Glarus' beers (Thanks to the GABF), and I can tell you they have some excellent sour beers. True, sours aren't to everybody's taste, and there are some bad ones out there, but a good sour is a thing of beauty.

 
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Old 01-23-2010, 04:33 PM   #6
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+2 for Rodenbach Classic. Not incredibly puckering, decently priced, and tastes great. Stay away from the Gueze style to began as it can be quite puckering (same thing for La Folie). Consecration and Supplication by Russian River are pretty tart, but amazingly balanced and delicious if you want to shell out a few more bucks. Probably the easiest drinking sour are Lindeman's lambics. They are back-sweetened leaving them quite sweet, but some people like this...plus they are very easy to find.

 
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Old 01-23-2010, 09:05 PM   #7
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Dogfish Head's Festine Peche was also an excellent sour beer. It's a sort of spin on the Berliner Weiss style, so it's a bit different from the others that have been mentioned. For another approachable Flemish Red style, Monk's Cafe makes a pretty good brew. It's not as sour as the Rodenbach Grand Cru, but it's a tasty one.

 
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Old 02-19-2013, 11:00 PM   #8
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Also any of the russian river sours are excellent.

 
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