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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BrewDog Raspberry Blitz (0.5%)

BrewDog Raspberry Blitz (0.5%)
BrewDog Raspberry Blitz (0.5%)

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£1.99 £1.69
0.5%
330ml
Britain

Big Drop Sour (0.5%)

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

Timmermans Kriek

Timmermans Kriek
Timmermans Kriek
4.00%
330ml
Belgium

Evil Twin Sanguinem Aurantico

Evil Twin Sanguinem Aurantico
Evil Twin Sanguinem Aurantico
3.3%
355ml
America

Fourpure x Devil's Peak Brewing Company Coastline

Fourpure x Devil's Peak Brewing Company Coastline
Fourpure x Devil's Peak Brewing Company Coastline
6%
440ml
Britain

North Brewing Co. TFG Mango & Guava

North Brewing Co. TFG Mango & Guava
North Brewing Co. TFG Mango & Guava

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£5.19 £4.67
4.5%
440ml
Britain

Verhaeghe Duchesse de Bourgogne

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

Rodenbach

Rodenbach
Rodenbach
5.2%
250ml
Belgium

BrewDog OverWorks Krampus Nicht

BrewDog OverWorks Krampus Nicht
BrewDog OverWorks Krampus Nicht

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£6.79 £5.77
9%
500ml
Britain

Lindemans Cuvee Rene

Lindemans Cuvee Rene
Lindemans Cuvee Rene
5.0%
375ml
Belgium

Wild Beer Co Sleeping Lemons

The Wild Beer Co Sleeping Lemons
Wild Beer Co Sleeping Lemons
3.6%
330ml
Britain

Thornbridge Florida Weisse Can

Thornbridge Florida Weisse Can
Thornbridge Florida Weisse Can
4.5%
330ml
Britain

Sierra Nevada Otra Vez

Sierra Nevada Otra Vez
Sierra Nevada Otra Vez
4.9%
355ml
America

Radius Project 2019 (10 Beers)

Radius Project 2019 (10 Beers)
Radius Project 2019 (10 Beers)

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£49.99 £44.99

Wild Beer Co Yokai

Wild Beer Co Yokai
Wild Beer Co Yokai
4.5%
330ml
Britain

Wild Beer Co Sleeping Lemons Export 330ml

Wild Beer Co Sleeping Lemons Export 330ml
Wild Beer Co Sleeping Lemons Export 330ml
6.0%
330ml
Britain

Magic Rock Salty Kiss

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

Lindemans Framboise

Lindemans Framboise
Lindemans Framboise
2.5%
375ml
Belgium

Stone Berlin White Ghost

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

Wild Beer Sleeping Limes Can

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

Wiper and True Cuvee des Simples

Wiper and True Cuvee des Simples
Wiper and True Cuvee des Simples

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£5.29 £4.50
6.6%
330ml
Britain

North Brewing Co. TFG: Boysenberry

North Brewing Co. TFG: Boysenberry
North Brewing Co. TFG: Boysenberry

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£4.99 £4.49
4.5%
440ml
Britain

Haandbryggeriet Information vs Knowledge

Haandbryggeriet Information vs Knowledge
Haandbryggeriet Information vs Knowledge
5.5%
330ml
Norway

Founders Mas Agave

Founders Mas Agave
Founders Mas Agave
10%
355ml
America

Deep Creek Lagerita Lime Sour Can

Deep Creek Lagerita Lime Sour Can
Deep Creek Lagerita Lime Sour Can
3.8%
330ml
New Zealand

Rodenbach Vintage 2016

Rodenbach Vintage 2016
Rodenbach Vintage 2016

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£10.99 £9.89
7.0%
750ml
Belgium

BrewDog Overworks Brain Dead Biscotti

BrewDog Overworks Brain Dead Biscotti
BrewDog Overworks Brain Dead Biscotti

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£8.99 £7.64
7%
500ml
Britain

Brew York Goose Willis

Brew York Goose Willis
Brew York Goose Willis
5.3%
440ml
Britain

8 Wired Hippy Berliner

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

Goose Island Halia 2017

Goose Island Halia 2017
Goose Island Halia 2017
7.7%
355ml
America

Evil Twin Nomader Weisse

Evil Twin Nomader Weisse
Evil Twin Nomader Weisse
5%
455ml
America

North Brewing x Vessel Sour IPA

North Brewing x Vessel Sour IPA
North Brewing x Vessel Sour IPA

Unit price

£4.99 £4.49
6%
440ml
Britain

Deep Creek Miss Tiki

Deep Creek Miss Tiki
Deep Creek Miss Tiki

Unit price

£5.09 £4.58
4.5%
440ml
New Zealand

Deep Creek Lava Lava

Deep Creek Lava Lava
Deep Creek Lava Lava

Unit price

£5.09 £4.58
4.5%
440ml
New Zealand

Funk Estate Highball Hoax

Funk Estate Highball Hoax
Funk Estate Highball Hoax
5%
330ml
New Zealand

Timmermans Framboise

Timmermans Framboise
Timmermans Framboise
4.0%
330ml
Belgium

Siren It's My Jam

Siren It's My Jam
Siren It's My Jam

Unit price

£5.19 £4.67
6.3%
440ml
Britain

Wild Beer Co. Tepache

Wild Beer Co. Tepache
Wild Beer Co. Tepache

Unit price

£2.99 £2.69
6%
330ml
Britain

Vocation x Les Brasseurs du Grand Paris Pepinos Con Chile

Vocation x Les Brasseurs du Grand Paris Pepinos Con Chile
Vocation x Les Brasseurs du Grand Paris Pepinos Con Chile

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£3.69 £3.32
4.5%
330ml
Britain

Rodenbach Caractere Rouge

Rodenbach Caractere Rouge
Rodenbach Caractere Rouge

Unit price

£11.99 £10.79
7%
750ml
Belgium

Almanac Blackberry Sournova

Almanac Blackberry Sournova
Almanac Blackberry Sournova
5.8%
532ml
America

BrewDog Overworks x Siren Up From The South

BrewDog Overworks x Siren Up From The South
BrewDog Overworks x Siren Up From The South

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£8.99 £7.64
6.3%
500ml
Britain

To Øl Sur Mosaic

To Øl Sur Mosaic
To Øl Sur Mosaic

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£3.99
6%
330ml
Denmark

To Øl Garden of Eden

To Øl Garden of Eden
To Øl Garden of Eden
6.4%
330ml
Denmark

Goose Island Gillian 2017 765ml

Goose Island Gillian
Goose Island Gillian 2017 765ml
8.8%
765ml
America

Wild Beer Co Zintuki

The Wild Beer Co Zintuki
Wild Beer Co Zintuki
7.3%
330ml
Britain

Brew York x North Brewing Austin Sours

Brew York x North Brewing Austin Sours
Brew York x North Brewing Austin Sours

Unit price

£5.69 £5.12
6%
440ml
Britain

Wild Beer Co. Beyond Modus VI

Wild Beer Co. Beyond Modus VI
Wild Beer Co. Beyond Modus VI
8%
750ml
Britain

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