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Top 38 Sour Beers

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

 


#20
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95
by Michael Bury
Frightened Baby Chipmunk
Call to Arms Brewing Co.

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Another excellently named concoction, Call to Arms Brewing in Denver, Colorado delivered a stellar Belgian-style sour beer with interesting intermingled wid elements, fruit characteristics atop a simple grain bill with very little hop incursions.


#19

95
by Jason Johnson
La Folie
New Belgium Brewing Company

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#18

95
by Richard Wong
Beatitude Mango
Council Brewing Co.

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When discussing Fruit Lambics, the usual options are Kriek (brewed with cherries) or Framboise (brewed with raspberries). Council Brewing Co. out of San Diego turned those nose up at this standard ingredients and decide a Mango Fruit Lambic was just what the world needed – according to our judge, they were not wrong.


#17

96
by Susan Ruud
pFriem Oud Bruin
pFriem Family Brewers

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#16

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96
by Joseph Formanek
Malefactor
Upland Brewing Co.

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This Flanders Red from Bloomington, Indiana’s Upland Brewing Co. was aged in bourbon barrels that previously housed beer. Funky, fruity and complex, this sour beer is truly a delight to the senses from start to finish. 


#15

96
by Jason Johnson
Vintage 2013
Brouwerij Rodenbach

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#14

96
by Michael Heniff
Tartanium Berliner Weisse
Grist Brewing Co.

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#13

96
by Tracy Hensley
Expletus
Avery Brewing Co.

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Avery Brewing’s Barrel Aged Series is one of the most preeminent throughout all of craft beer. Though their extensive barrel collection is frequently used to craft mammoth barrel-aged stouts and porters, Expletus takes a more interesting and lesser ABV approach. A cherry-infused sour ale aged in tequila barrels, this zesty, tart, fruity brew is tantalizingly desirable. 


#12

96
by BC Review
Goudenband
Brouwerij Liefmans

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#11

96
by Sean Coughlin
Cursed Kettles
Upland Brewing Co. & Prairie Artisan Ales

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Pags's picture
These kinds of lists are subjective and as such somewhat immune from critcism. Still any list of best sour beers without beers from Tilquin, Drie Fonteinen or Cantillon is diffucult to take seriously. Gentlepeople, back to the drawing board!
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Hi Pags, Thanks for your comment! As the disclaimer says in the introduction, this list only represents beers that our judges have reviewed in our Official Review. As such, there are a huge number of world-class sours not featured here because our judges have not reviewed them.

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Pags's picture
These kinds of lists are subjective and as such somewhat immune from critcism. Still any list of best sour beers without beers from Tilquin, Drie Fonteinen or Cantillon is diffucult to take seriously. Gentlepeople, back to the drawing board!
Editorial Dept.'s picture
Hi Pags, Thanks for your comment! As the disclaimer says in the introduction, this list only represents beers that our judges have reviewed in our Official Review. As such, there are a huge number of world-class sours not featured here because our judges have not reviewed them.

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