Category Archives: Sour Ale

Garage Project Beyond The Pale – Off-Piste

Brewery: Garage Project
Country: New Zealand
ABV: 4.2%
Style: Sour Ale
Other Notes: 30 years at the Fringe

Brewer Description: (from can) A Garage tradition celebrating New Zealand’s own fantastic fringe festival with a very special avant-garde offering. This year our favourite festival turns 30 and to celebrate we’re going off-piste. It’s a very fringe affair – kettle-soured, spiked with beetroot juice and infused with blood orange and mint; a unique combination creating a startling crystal pink beer with a refreshing citrus palate and delicate lifted aroma. The perfect way to celebrate 30 years of fabulous fringe fun.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.91
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.8

Intro: A 330ml can, with a best before date of 21st November 2020. Poured into a Holy Mountain tulip glass.
Appearance: A nice clear orange pinkish colour with a two finger white head that had pretty good retention while leaving only some sparse lacing.
Aroma: Citrusy, blood orange, lime, sherbet like.
Taste: Sour, tart, blood orange, citrus sherbet, lime, candy.
Mouthfeel: Crisp, light bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Light and refreshing citrus sherbet notes. The beetroot and mint did not come through as strongly as I hoped though. But it still did make for some good easy drinking.

8 Wired Lamponi

Brewery: 8 Wired Brewing Co.
Country: New Zealand
ABV: 5%
Style: Sour Ale
Other Notes: Raspberry sour with oregano, basil and thyme

Brewer Description: (from can) Who doesn’t like a fresh raspberry sour!? This one is brewed with freeze dried oregano, basil and thyme. Fruity, complex, effervescent and very refreshing!

My rating: 2
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.36
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.2

Intro: A 330ml can, with a best before date of 8th November 2021. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A lightly hazy pinkish orange colour with a two finger white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing.
Aroma: Tart, mixed berries, lemon zest, oregano and thyme.
Taste: Tart and sweet, oregano, mixed berries, with hints of citrus zest and thyme.
Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: The oregano flavour was too strong and I felt that it overpowered everything else including the raspberry. Not sure it really needed the oregano and thyme. I would’ve preferred just raspberry and basil.

Omnipollo Meret

Brewery: Omnipollo
Country: Sweden
ABV: 3.5%
Style: Sour Ale
Other Notes: Brewed by Omnipollo at De Proef Brouwerij (Belgium)

Brewer Description: (from can) Double blackberry smoothie sour.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.16
My ratebeer.com rating: 4

Intro: A 330ml can, with a best before date of 6th August 2020. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A slightly hazy reddish purple colour with a two finger pinkish head that dissipated fairly quickly while leaving some lacing.
Aroma: Sweet, tart, vanilla, blackberry, milky, creamy.
Taste: Sweet, lightly tart, blackberry, vanilla, cream, mixed berries.
Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Any kind of berries and vanilla mixed together just works for me. Enjoyable and easy to drink.

Omnipollo Moki

Brewery: Omnipollo
Country: Sweden
ABV: 6%
Style: Sour Ale
Other Notes: Brewed by Omnipollo at De Proef Brouwerij (Belgium)

Brewer Description: (from can) Mango pineapple passionfruit peach smoothie sour.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.92
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.7

Intro: A 330ml can, with a best before date of 5th August 2020. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A cloudy orange colour with a one and a half finger white head that had decent retention but left no lacing.
Aroma: Sweet, smoothie, vanilla, milky, mango, peach, pineapple, soda.
Taste: Sweet and tart, lightly sour, peach, pineapple, mango, and vanilla.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Nice, enjoyable and easy to drink.

Omnipollo Karpologi

Brewery: Omnipollo
Country: Sweden
ABV: 3.5%
Style: Sour Ale
Other Notes: Brewed by Omnipollo at De Proef Brouwerij (Belgium)

Brewer Description: (from can) Pineapple peach passion candy sour.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.5
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.3

Intro: A 330ml can, with a best before date of 9th May 2020. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A murky dirty orange colour with a two finger off white head that dissipated fairly quickly while leaving some lacing.
Aroma: Sweet-ish canned pineapple, pear, peach and passionfruit.
Taste: Sweet and sour although mainly intense sweetness followed by a light tart sourness. Lots of fruit, pear, canned pineapple, canned peach, sugar, with notes of passionfruit and sharp lemon juice.
Mouthfeel: Sharp, light bodied with moderate to soft carbonation.
Overall: Needed more tart and sourness to balance the oversweetness in my opinion, but it is pretty much what it’s described as.