Sour Beer

Core styles: Gueuze, Flanders Red, Oud Bruin, Gose and Berliner Weisse

Sour beers have a long and interesting history; predating all other modern styles, it is said (arguably) that all beers were once sour beers due to the unknown presence of wild yeast in barrels and fermenters. This was a time before the discovery of yeast, a time before pasteurisation and a time long before the shiny, squeaky clean breweries that exist today. All the mainstream versions of sour beer we have today originated in either Germany or Belgium, and each country produced its’ own distinctive styles that could be based around three desirable bacteria and one wild yeast: lactobacillus (clean, citrusy tartness), pediococcus (clean tartness with funky sourness), acetobacter (sour vinegar) and Brettanomyces (dry, funky, horseblanket). You may be forgiven for thinking that some of those flavour profiles do not sound particularly attractive but, when given the right platform to shine on they, really are delicious; perfect for a hot summers day even!

Belgium has a long history of doing strange and wonderful things with sour beer. The main styles hailing from Belgium are Gueuze, Lambic/Kriek, Flanders Red and Oud Bruin. Gueuze and Lambic are particularly interesting as they undergo spontaneous open-fermentation. Flanders Red and Oud Bruin are not spontaneously fermented, but they are often blended sours, which both have additions of lactobacillus and acetobacter to give them their signature tartness. The main difference is the colour and the aging process, Flanders Reds are aged in Burgundy barrels and Oud Bruins are aged in stainless steel fermenters.

Germany’s contribution to the sour landscape is Berliner Weisse and Gose, both are similar beers which include the addition of salt and lactobacillus to add that sour, tangy funk.

Nowadays there are plenty of modern breweries taking up the sour torch so the days of limited production and rarity are long gone. Great entry points are Magic Rock’s Salty Kiss, Siren Craft Brew’s Calypso, Rodenbach Grand Cru for the wine aficionado and Timmermans Kriek if you fancy something fruity.

Admittedly, these styles can be a bit of an acquired taste. Yet, the fruit lambics from the likes of Lindeman's are an easier starting point into the world of funk or, if you’re looking for something UK based, Wild Beer Co deal almost exclusively in weird and interesting sours.

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Tiny Rebel Frambuzi Can

Tiny Rebel Frambuzi Can
Tiny Rebel Frambuzi Can
4.3%
330ml
Britain

Rodenbach

Rodenbach
Rodenbach
5.2%
250ml
Belgium

To Øl Santa Gose F&%" It All

To Øl Santa Gose F&%" It All
To Øl Santa Gose F&%" It All
4%
330ml
Denmark

Destihl Wild Sour Series Blueberry Gose

Destihl Wild Sour Series Blueberry Gose
Destihl Wild Sour Series Blueberry Gose
5.2%
355ml
America

Magic Rock Salty Kiss

Magic Rock Salty Kiss
Magic Rock Salty Kiss
4.1%
330ml
Britain

Verhaeghe Duchesse de Bourgogne

Verhaeghe Duchesse de Bourgogne
Verhaeghe Duchesse de Bourgogne
6.2%
330ml
Belgium

North Brewing Co. x Lervig Triple Fruited Gose

North Brewing Co. x Lervig Triple Fruited Gose
North Brewing Co. x Lervig Triple Fruited Gose
4.5%
440ml
Britain

Destihl Hawaii Five Ale

Destihl Hawaii Five Ale
Destihl Hawaii Five Ale
6.4%
355ml
America

Big Drop Sour (Alcohol Free)

Big Drop Sour (Alcohol Free)
Big Drop Sour (Alcohol Free)
0.5%
330ml
Britain

North Brewing x Northern Bloc Sorbet Sour: Raspberry and Rhubarb

North Brewing x Northern Bloc Sorbet Sour: Raspberry and Rhubarb
North Brewing x Northern Bloc Sorbet Sour: Raspberry and Rhubarb
4.8%
440ml
Britain

Funk Estate Highball Hoax

Funk Estate Highball Hoax
Funk Estate Highball Hoax

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£2.79 £2.37
5%
330ml
New Zealand

Siren Castilian Lemon Cheesecake

Siren Castilian Lemon Cheesecake
Siren Castilian Lemon Cheesecake
6.2%
330ml
Britain

Lindemans Cuvee Rene

Lindemans Cuvee Rene
Lindemans Cuvee Rene
5.0%
375ml
Belgium

Lindemans Pecheresse

Lindemans Pecheresse
Lindemans Pecheresse
2.5%
375ml
Belgium

Stone Berlin White Ghost

Stone Berlin White Ghost
Stone Berlin White Ghost
4.7%
330ml
Germany

Two Tribes Guanabana

Two Tribes Guanabana
Two Tribes Guanabana
6.6%
440ml
Britain

Thornbridge Tart

Thornbridge Tart
Thornbridge Tart
6%
330ml
Britain

North Brewing Triple Fruited Gose: Strawberry and Apricot

North Brewing Triple Fruited Gose: Strawberry and Apricot
North Brewing Triple Fruited Gose: Strawberry and Apricot
4.1%
440ml
Britain

Elgoods Coolship Fruit Sour

Elgoods Coolship Fruit Sour
Elgoods Coolship Fruit Sour
5%
330ml
Britain

Founders Mas Agave

Founders Mas Agave
Founders Mas Agave
10%
355ml
America

Wild Beer Sleeping Limes Can

Wild Beer Sleeping Limes Can
Wild Beer Sleeping Limes Can
4.6%
330ml
Britain

8 Wired Hippy Berliner

8 Wired Hippy Berliner
8 Wired Hippy Berliner
4%
330ml
New Zealand

Timmermans Framboise

Timmermans Framboise
Timmermans Framboise
4.0%
330ml
Belgium

BrewDog Raspberry Blitz (Alcohol Free)

BrewDog Raspberry Blitz (Alcohol Free)
BrewDog Raspberry Blitz (Alcohol Free)
0.5%
330ml
Britain

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