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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Rodenbach

Rodenbach
Rodenbach
5.2%
250ml
Belgium

BrewDog Raspberry Blitz (0.5%)

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

Thornbridge Florida Weisse Can

Thornbridge Florida Weisse Can
Thornbridge Florida Weisse Can

Unit price

£2.69 £2.29
4.5%
330ml
Britain

Wild Beer Sleeping Limes Can

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

Siren Calypso Can

Siren Calypso Can
Siren Calypso Can
4%
330ml
Britain

Wander Beyond Curious Creek

Wander Beyond Curious Creek
Wander Beyond Curious Creek

Unit price

£6.59
3.2%
440ml
Britain

Fierce Citrus Tart

Fierce Citrus Tart
Fierce Citrus Tart
4.5%
440ml
Britain

Mikkeller Ich Bin Berliner Weisse Raspberry

Mikkeller Ich Bin Berliner Weisse Raspberry
Mikkeller Ich Bin Berliner Weisse Raspberry
3.7%
330ml
Denmark

To Øl Gose To Hollywood Can

To Øl Gose To Hollywood Can
To Øl Gose To Hollywood Can
3.8%
330ml
Denmark

Stillwater Stateside

Stillwater Stateside
Stillwater Stateside
6.8%
473ml
America

Funk Estate Cosmic Hustle Strawberry Sour Ale

Funk Estate Cosmic Hustle Strawberry Sour Ale
Funk Estate Cosmic Hustle Strawberry Sour Ale
5.8%
330ml
New Zealand

North Brewing TFG Mango Blueberry & Raspberry

North Brewing TFG Mango Blueberry & Raspberry
North Brewing TFG Mango Blueberry & Raspberry
4.5%
440ml
Britain

Brew York x North Brewing Austin Sours

Brew York x North Brewing Austin Sours
Brew York x North Brewing Austin Sours
6%
440ml
Britain

North Brewing Co. TFG Mango Mango Mango

North Brewing Co. TFG Mango Mango Mango
North Brewing Co. TFG Mango Mango Mango
4.5%
440ml
Britain

North Brewing Co. TFG Blackcurrant Cherry and Ligon Berry

North Brewing Co. TFG Blackcurrant Cherry and Ligon Berry
North Brewing Co. TFG Blackcurrant Cherry and Ligon Berry
4.5%
Vol: N/A
Britain

Brew York Goose Willis

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

10 Barrel Brewing Co Belle Fraise

10 Barrel Brewing Co Belle Fraise
10 Barrel Brewing Co Belle Fraise
6%
750ml
Belgium

3 Fonteinen Oude Geuze

3 Fonteinen Oude Geuze
3 Fonteinen Oude Geuze
6%
375ml
Belgium

3 Fonteinen Oude Geuze 750ml

3 Fonteinen Oude Geuze 750ml
3 Fonteinen Oude Geuze 750ml
6%
750ml
Belgium

8 Wired A Fistful of Cherries

8 Wired A Fistful of Cherries
8 Wired A Fistful of Cherries
6.7%
500ml
New Zealand

8 Wired Brett Brux Brut IPA

8 Wired Brett Brux Brut IPA
8 Wired Brett Brux Brut IPA
7.5%
500ml
New Zealand

8 Wired Cucumber Hippy

8 Wired Cucumber Hippy
8 Wired Cucumber Hippy
4%
440ml
New Zealand

8 Wired Grand Cru

8 Wired Grand Cru
8 Wired Grand Cru
9%
500ml
New Zealand

8 Wired Gypsy Fruits

8 Wired Gypsy Fruits
8 Wired Gypsy Fruits
5.7%
500ml
New Zealand

8 Wired Hippy Berliner

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

8 Wired Hippy Berliner Can

8 Wired Hippy Berliner
8 Wired Hippy Berliner Can
4%
440ml
New Zealand

8 Wired Lamponi Raspberry Sour

8 Wired Lamponi Raspberry Sour
8 Wired Lamponi Raspberry Sour
5%
330ml
New Zealand

8 Wired Palate Trip

8 Wired Palate Trip
8 Wired Palate Trip
6.5%
440ml
New Zealand

8 Wired Stone Free

8 Wired Stone Free
8 Wired Stone Free
4.4%
330ml
New Zealand

Almanac Blackberry Sournova

Almanac Blackberry Sournova
Almanac Blackberry Sournova
5.8%
532ml
America

Almanac Plum Fairy

Almanac Plum Fairy
Almanac Plum Fairy
5.9%
375ml
America

Amundsen Cherry Enchantress

Amundsen Cherry Enchantress
Amundsen Cherry Enchantress
6.5%
440ml
Norway

Amundsen Eternal Crush

Amundsen Eternal Crush
Amundsen Eternal Crush
6.5%
440ml
Norway

Amundsen Loosh

Amundsen Loosh
Amundsen Loosh
5.3%
330ml
Norway

Amundsen Lush Raspberry and Lime

Amundsen Lush Raspberry and Lime
Amundsen Lush Raspberry and Lime
5.5%
330ml
Norway

Amundsen x Basqueland Rainbow Potion

Amundsen x Basqueland Rainbow Potion
Amundsen x Basqueland Rainbow Potion
6%
440ml
Norway

Amundsen x Devil's Peak Berry Enchantress

Amundsen x Devil's Peak Berry Enchantress
Amundsen x Devil's Peak Berry Enchantress
6.5%
440ml
Norway

Amundsen x Duration Head Rush

Amundsen x Duration Head Rush
Amundsen x Duration Head Rush
5.7%
330ml
Norway

Amundsen x Zagovor Cosmic Unicorn

Amundsen x Zagovor Cosmic Unicorn
Amundsen x Zagovor Cosmic Unicorn
6.5%
440ml
Norway

Basqueland Lost in the Bosque

Basqueland Lost in the Bosque
Basqueland Lost in the Bosque
6.3%
440ml
Spain

Basqueland Peaches Man Peaches

Basqueland Peaches Man Peaches
Basqueland Peaches Man Peaches
6.3%
330ml
Spain

Basqueland True Story

Basqueland True Story
Basqueland True Story
5.2%
330ml
Spain

Basqueland x Siren Strawberry Buzz

Basqueland x Siren Strawberry Buzz
Basqueland x Siren Strawberry Buzz
5%
440ml
Spain

Beavertown Battle of the Trees

Beavertown Battle of the Trees
Beavertown Battle of the Trees
6.5%
375ml
Britain

Beavertown Far From the Tree

Beavertown Far From the Tree
Beavertown Far From the Tree
6.6%
375ml
Britain

Beavertown x Ladies That Beer Vinous

Beavertown x Ladies That Beer Vinous
Beavertown x Ladies That Beer Vinous
4.3%
330ml
Britain

Big Drop Sour (0.5%)

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

Black Sheep Limoncello

Black Sheep Limoncello
Black Sheep Limoncello
3.8%
440ml
Britain

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