An Evening of Sours
Last night myself and 3 friends sat down for a little Sour Bottle Share. The amount of complexity within this style is always staggering to my mind. Here are some pics from the night:
Started off light with some Gueuze;
Timmermans Oude Gueuze Limited Edition - Brouwerij Timmermans-John Martin N.V. - Dilbeek-Itterbeek, Belgium - BeerAdvocate
Our Second beer, Tart of Darkness was my second favorite of the evening, makes me wish I had purchased 2 bottles:
Tart Of Darkness - The Bruery - Placentia, CA - BeerAdvocate
Mother Funker lived up to its name on all levels. As the bottle states, this one is not for sour beer newbies:
Provisions Series: Mother Funker - The Bruery - Placentia, CA - BeerAdvocate
Cleansed the palettes with something a bit lighter. We were all very impressed with this beer, would be a great beer to introduce someone to the sour world. I am not sure why the reviews are so bad on BA, but this beer was fantastic:
Birthday Suit - Uinta Brewing Company - Salt Lake City, UT - BeerAdvocate
Time for some Flemish, we did side by side with these 2:
Duchesse De Bourgogne - Brouwerij Verhaeghe - Vichte, Belgium - BeerAdvocate
Cuvee Des Jacobins Rouge - Brouwerij Bockor N.V. - Bellegem-Kortrijk, Belgium - BeerAdvocate
Personally I prefer the Jacobins, the Duchess had too much sugar for me.
And to top off the night, a bottle shipped in from Belgium this week:
Cantillon Fou' Foune - Brasserie Cantillon - Brussels (Anderlecht), Belgium - BeerAdvocate
This beer was by far the best of the night, the apricot smelled and tasted fresh off a tree branch. Amazing beer. It is really a shame we cannot buy Cantillon on a regular basis in SoCal.
Ride Bikes, Drink Craft Beer, Repeat.
First World probem. I kid.
Originally Posted by Klurejr
Nicely done my friend. I've had everything but the Cantillon and the Mother Funker. Some good stuff in there for sure. "Sours" can be truly amazing.
Great line up!
Fou' Foune is so amazing.
Digging the bar towels as well
A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject. - Winston Churchill
Thanks, I have a very small collection at the moment, but I like picking them up when places offer them for sale.
Originally Posted by JFryauff
Ride Bikes, Drink Craft Beer, Repeat.
Holy crap that looks like a GREAT night! Very jealous.
Reminds me that I've got a bottle of Tart of Darkness in the cellar right now that needs to be drunk'd. Thanks for the review!
whatever she says gueuze.
I'm jealous. I've only had a few in your line-up. MotherFunker is probably one of my favs along with Oude Tart.
Nice tasting! That's quite the spread. Mother Funker is borderline offensive - I drank half a bottle on Tuesday, couldn't finish anymore, and turned the rest into a vinagrette salad dressing.
And there's a reason why Cantillon sells out in every store that carries it. It's amazing.
Good lineup. Though, I think any sour tasting is not complete without the OG Flemish Red, Rodenbach. I'm really partial to Avery's sours, and Russian River obviously is great - I was at Russian River a few weeks ago and they had a Framboise they release every year to raise money to fight breasts cancer. I'm not a big Framboise fan, but it was pretty tasty. They also poured it at GABF this year. Brought a few bottles home to CO as well since it's only sold at the brewery.
If you're a big sour fan, I'd recommend checking out Boulder/Avery Sour Fest next year. It sold out in about a minute this year, but it's worth the trip if you can score tickets.
Solid line up, but as mtncampbell mentioned where is my all time favorite of all time RODENBACH!!!! I am deeply and utterly offended that this taste bud angel did not make it to your lineup.
Another you may want to consider is La Folie from New Belgium, this is my #2 favorite.
If you come to sourfest, I plan on being there every year for as long as I can, just bring the tumms.
All suggestions and sh!t giving aside, solid choices and sounds like a really fun night!!
+1 on La Folie. It is, and always has been an excellent beer; after all, Peter Bouckaert brewed it and before he was at New Belgium he was the brewer at Rodenbach in Belgium (but I'm sure you know this already). Did you try the New Belgium/Redstone Meadery collaboration at Sour Fest - Black Folie? I thought it was top notch...really different, jammy, definitely a dessert-type beer, but just amazing.
Originally Posted by Guerdonian
Another highlight was Sang Noir from Cascade Brewing. They're doing some incredible sours as well, if only their distribution channels brought them to CO. I just don't think there's enough to go around...
If you're looking for a good, less well-known sour producer, Jester King in Austin, TX is another good one. Christian DeBenedetti, a friend, and author of the Great American Ale Trail suggested I check them out at GABF. I was certainly impressed.
My stomach was not right for about two weeks after this year's sour fest. Would I do it all over again? In a heartbeat...
Awesome lineup, not tried a Cantillon in some time but thankfully on the emergency notification list of my local bottle shop!
I love "sour" beers, the style is very expansive shown nicely by the bottles you had.
Jester King makes sour style beers?
Yes the Redstone Meadery blends were spectacular, and my choice of the evening, I did a review of the event here:
Originally Posted by mtncampbell
Boulder SourFest, 3rd Annual, 2012! Pucker up Buttercup
Tums are a requirement for sourfest, saved my life.
I knew all that about Peter, first time I met him I was like a teenage girl at a rock concert, He wouldn't sign my chest though, said it was to hairy.
We could go on and an all day about other recommendations, literally all ..... day, but I think La Folie and Rodenbach are two of the "must try" sours.
Originally Posted by jonson86
The Tart of Darkness and Mother Funker are two phenomenal beers, that must of been a hell of night...
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never tried anything new..... Albert Einstein