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

Timmermans Kriek

Timmermans Kriek
Timmermans Kriek
4.00%
330ml
Belgium

Magic Rock Salty Kiss

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

Big Drop Sour (0.5%)

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

BrewDog Raspberry Blitz (0.5%)

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

Deep Creek Lagerita Lime Sour Can

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

Verhaeghe Duchesse de Bourgogne

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

Mikkeller Ich Bin Berliner Weisse Raspberry

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

North Brewing Co. Volta

North Brewing Co. Volta
North Brewing Co. Volta
4.1%
330ml
Britain

Wild Beer Sleeping Limes Can

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

Wild Beer Co Sleeping Lemons

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

Salt x Square Root Untitled Gose Game

Salt x Square Root Untitled Gose Game
Salt x Square Root Untitled Gose Game
4.3%
330ml
Britain

8 Wired Lamponi Raspberry Sour

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

Founders Mas Agave

Founders Mas Agave
Founders Mas Agave
10%
355ml
America

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

Wild Beer Co. Tepache

Wild Beer Co. Tepache
Wild Beer Co. Tepache
6%
330ml
Britain

Siren Calypso Can

Siren Calypso Can
Siren Calypso Can
4%
330ml
Britain

Wild Beer Co Yokai

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

To Øl 1 Ton of Cherries

To Øl 1 Ton of Cherries
To Øl 1 Ton of Cherries
7.5%
330ml
Denmark

Lindemans Framboise

Lindemans Framboise
Lindemans Framboise
2.5%
375ml
Belgium

Two Tribes Frankie Goes To Goa

Two Tribes Frankie Goes To Goa
Two Tribes Frankie Goes To Goa
4%
440ml
Britain

Glen Affric Let it Sour, Let it Sour, Let it Sour

Glen Affric Let it Sour, Let it Sour, Let it Sour
Glen Affric Let it Sour, Let it Sour, Let it Sour
4%
440ml
Britain

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 x Vessel Sour IPA

North Brewing x Vessel Sour IPA
North Brewing x Vessel Sour IPA
6%
440ml
Britain

Wild Beer Co Sourdough

Wild Beer Co Sourdough
Wild Beer Co Sourdough
3.6%
330ml
Britain

Basqueland Lost in the Bosque

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

Stone Berlin White Ghost

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

To Øl Garden of Eden

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

Amundsen Lush Raspberry and Lime

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

Wild Beer Co Murmur

Wild Beer Co Murmur
Wild Beer Co Murmur
5%
330ml
Britain

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

To Øl Gose To Hollywood Can

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

Goose Island Halia 2017

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

North Brewing TFG Mango Blueberry & Raspberry

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

Vocation x Pastore Fen and Vale

Vocation x Pastore Fen and Vale
Vocation x Pastore Fen and Vale
6%
440ml
Britain

Black Sheep Limoncello

Black Sheep Limoncello
Black Sheep Limoncello
3.8%
440ml
Britain

Thornbridge Florida Weisse Can

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

North Brewing x Square Root Soda Grapefruit and Wormwood Sour

North Brewing x Square Root Soda Grapefruit and Wormwood Sour
North Brewing x Square Root Soda Grapefruit and Wormwood Sour
3.5%
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

Deep Creek Lava Lava

Deep Creek Lava Lava
Deep Creek Lava Lava
4.5%
440ml
New Zealand

Lindemans Pecheresse

Lindemans Pecheresse
Lindemans Pecheresse
2.5%
375ml
Belgium

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

Deep Creek Aloha

Deep Creek Aloha
Deep Creek Aloha
4.5%
440ml
New Zealand

8 Wired Hippy Berliner

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

Vault City Iron Brew Sour

Vault City Iron Brew Sour
Vault City Iron Brew Sour
5.5%
375ml
Britain

Evil Twin Sanguinem Aurantico

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

Wild Beer Co Zintuki

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

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