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Hecks yeah! Me likely some tartness! 46 42.99%
's ok. I enjoy one now and again. 23 21.50%
Not sure, I've never had the pleasure of trying one. 21 19.63%
Take that masty stuff back to Hell where it came from! 17 15.89%
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Old 12-16-2008, 06:52 PM   #1
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Default Sour beers suck?

Someone posted a poll regarding IPAs, and I was curious about why people liked sour beers, so I thought maybe the same principle could be applied to them as well, to get an idea about their relative popularity.

I've find them to be kind of nasty. I tried a Lambic once, from the bottle, and it was drinkable, but honestly probably the worst beer I'd had at that point. I tried a Raspberry Lambic at a beer fest, and everyone was raving about it, so I tried that.

I literally had to choke it down and focus on not throwing up. It tasted very much as though I had already thrown up some bile from my stomach. Well, I kept it down (can't waste beer), but I really made me set against ever wanting to try it again.

Now, to be fair, I don't care much for sour stuff. I don't generally eat fruits, and don't care for any fruit flavored candies or especially sour candies.

After that Raspberry Lambic, I got back to drinking the other stuff, and managed to wash the nasty taste away.


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Old 12-16-2008, 06:53 PM   #2
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Mine do like Sour Beer!


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it's an acquired taste, like rauchbier. I was offput the first one I had too, but maybe you need to ease into them. Start with a berlinerweisse. Then move on to less-sour, more-sweet lambics, like from Lindemans. Then once you acquire that taste, you can move to the heavy hitters like Cantillon, Hanssen's, Boon, etc.

You'll be glad that you did. I never thought I'd like Rauchbier, but I have 5gals in my lagerator right now. Same goes for sour beers---Hanssen's Kreik is one of the best beers I've ever had.

Of course, maybe you'll just never get into it---to each his own---but I firmly believe that it's an acquired taste like most other things. I'm sure at age 18 you weren't drinking russian imperial stouts, right?
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So you tried one sour beer, didn't like it, and therefore sour beers suck? Huh?

I've only had a few sour beers, some I liked, some I didn't, but no where near enough to say that they're all either good or bad. Russian River's all-Brett beer, can't remember the name, was one of the best things I've ever had. I kinda like DFH's quasi-Berliner Weisse, can't remember that either. Both had a very tart, fruity character, very crisp, extremely drinkable.

I also can't stand Rodenbach Grand Gru, it's just way too much vinegar character for me.

I've also had the fake-ish fruit lambics, the ones that are way backsweetened... which taste good, but might as well be Kool-Aid. I don't even really think of those as being "beer".

But, you've got to try more than one sour beer before you make up your mind!
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It is *sour*! Do you like rancid meat or rotten eggs too?
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So you tried one sour beer, didn't like it, and therefore sour beers suck? Huh?

I've only had a few sour beers, some I liked, some I didn't, but no where near enough to say that they're all either good or bad. Russian River's all-Brett beer, can't remember the name, was one of the best things I've ever had. I kinda like DFH's quasi-Berliner Weisse, can't remember that either. Both had a very tart, fruity character, very crisp, extremely drinkable.

I also can't stand Rodenbach Grand Gru, it's just way too much vinegar character for me.

I've also had the fake-ish fruit lambics, the ones that are way backsweetened... which taste good, but might as well be Kool-Aid. I don't even really think of those as being "beer".

But, you've got to try more than one sour beer before you make up your mind!
Well, yes, I have an open mind, but I actually tried *two*. Anyway, I don't suspect I'll care much for them, because I just don't care much for tart things. But I'm willing to try them out if I can be convinced that there are some good ones out there. Part of the reason for creating this thread is so that I might learn of which styles and brands are highly though of. I'm already getting good feedback that way.
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Sour beers are refreshing.
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It's one thing for me to try a 4oz sample glass of something sour, quite another to try and finish a 750ml bottle by myself.
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Evan! I agree about acquiring tastes. I'm actually enjoying IPA's now and couldn't stand them before.

Have tried a few sours so far and definately don't seek them out. However, I am always open to tasting new/different things, so I will be trying sours again in the future.
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I also can't stand Rodenbach Grand Gru, it's just way too much vinegar character for me.
More for me! I love the Grand Cru. The classic Rodenbach is ok, but the Grand Cru shines in my opinion.

The Russian River sours (pretty much all of them) are amazing.


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