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Top 38 Sour Beers

Pucker up! It's time for the finest sours we've ever reviewed.

Sour beers have become one of the most important segments of craft beer. Though their illustrious and colorful history encompasses centuries of beer-making, they only recently became widely popular for mainstream craft beer drinkers.

Myriad styles of sour beers are available on the market these days, as lighter styles like Gose and Berliner Weisse have exploded in popularity due to their refreshing tartness and quenching, low-ABV alcohol content.

Belgian-style sour beers like Flanders Red Ale and Oud Bruin, while not quite as widely imbibed as their lighter German counterparts, feature higher alcohol content and heavier malt bills – as well as more complexity and incomparable mouth-puckering sourness.

Also available are the ever-popular Fruit Lambics, which are usually highlighted by Framboise (brewed with raspberries) and Kriek (brewed with cherries). However, as with all modern craft beer, there is plenty of room for innovation and experimentation, as Fruit Lambics can be brewed with any type of fruit – from mango to pawpaw.

So read on, and enjoy the Top 38 Sour Beers The Beer Connoisseur has ever reviewed!

(Disclaimer: This list only represents beers that have been reviewed by our panel of judges and does not represent every sour beer ever brewed. We think that would be almost impossible.)


#38

94
by Rodney Tillinghast
Westbrook Gose
Westbrook Brewing Co.

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#37

94
by Sandy Cockerham
The Keel
Cape May Brewing Co.

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The first of three entrants on this list from Cape May Brewing Co. in New Jersey, this stunning sour from the brewery’s barrel-aged “Stow Away Series” features a clean lactic sourness coupled with notes of dried plums, white grapes and a hint of oak from the barrel. Delightfully complex.


#36


94

bxy Jim Koebel
Cuvée des Jacobins Prestige
Brouwerij Omer Vander Ghinste

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#35

94
by Jason Johnson
Snozzberry
Green Man Brewery

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#34

94
by Jason Johnson
VanderGhinste Oud Bruin
Brouwerij Omer VanderGhinste

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Debuting over 125 years ago, this gold standard in brewing from Belgium’s Brouwerij Omer Vander Ghinste is as flawless a rendition in the Oud Bruin style as can be found. A pleasant sourness in this creamy Oud Bruin balances well with a hefty malt backbone and subtle stone fruit flavors.


#33

94 
by Richard Wong
Incorrigible
New Holland Brewing Co.

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#32

94
by Michael Heniff
Dryades
NOLA Brewing Company

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#31

94
by Susan Ruud
Kiss From A Gose
Peace Tree Brewing Co.

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This incredibly named Gose from Peace Tree Brewing in Knoxville, Iowa is the highest-rated Gose on our list – and with good reason. Wheaty and floral with the typical Gose sweet-and-salty tanginess, this one definitely gets our “seal” of approval.


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