Category Archives: Sour Ale

To Øl LikeWeisse (Director’s Cut)

Brewery: To Øl
Country: Denmark
ABV: 10.5%
Style: Sour Ale
Other Notes: Brewed & bottled by To Øl at De Proef Brouwerij, Belgium

Brewer Description: (from bottle) We bring to you a director’s cut version of our Berliner Weisse “LikeWeisse”. This is the absolute extended version where all the obscure details are present and the pure essence is presented to you. This is a 10.5% ABV dry hopped wheat sour ale.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.44
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.2

Intro: A 375ml foiled, corked and caged bottle, with a best before date of 26th February 2020. Poured into a Holy Mountain tulip glass.
Appearance: A murky cloudy copper colour with a very thin sparse clear head and no lacing.
Aroma: Lightly tart, sour, barleywine-ish, dark fruit, plum, prunes, apple juice, grapes, caramel and toffee.
Taste: Sour, light tartness, dark fruit, plum, prunes, apple juice, grape, syrupy, oak, lemon, lightly malty.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall: Possibly past it’s prime, but still within best before date. Doesn’t feel anywhere near 10.5% ABV as the alcohol is well hidden. Carbonation was way too soft for my liking and was my main negative.

Burley Oak Apple Pie J.R.E.A.M.

Brewery: Burley Oak Brewing Company
Country: USA
ABV: 4.8%
Style: Sour Ale
Other Notes: Due to the use of natural fruit this beer must be kept cold

Brewer Description: (from can) Sour Ale brewed with apples, apple pie spice, and lactose.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.46
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.3

Intro: A 1 pint can with some kind of date that is smudged out except for the year 2019. ‘Just like warm apple pie’. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A cloudy dark orange colour with a big three finger white head that had good retention and left some nice lacing.
Aroma: Apple pie filling.
Taste: Lightly sour, tart, baked apple, cinnamon, nutmeg.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: I didn’t think that this would work, but it did, and I like it. Apple pie filling in liquid form with a nice light sourness that goes well with the apple pie spice flavours.

Omnipollo Bruno

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

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Raspberry lime crush sour.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.78
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.6

Intro: A 330ml bottle with a best before date of 20th December 2019. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A murky light beetroot reddish purple colour with an almost two finger pinkish head that had pretty good retention while leaving some lacing.
Aroma: Crushed raspberry juice, lime, tequila, mint, herbal.
Taste: Sour, tart, raspberry, lime, mint.
Mouthfeel: Dry, medium bodied with soft to moderate carbonation.
Overall: The idea is right, and based on my taste descriptors, everything sounds like it should work. But for some reason, it just didn’t quite pull together as well as it could have.