Beer: Almanac Brewing Dog Patch Sour
Location: San Jose, CA
Type: Barrel-Aged Wild Ale
Price: $10.99 at a health food store
Appearance: Dark Peach/Dark copper colored, Hazy, Little head retention
Aroma: Sweet cherry
Body & Texture: Crisp, tons of carbonation, tart
Aftertaste: Sour, tart, crisp. Makes my cheeks pucker.
“This Barrel-Aged wild ale is named for the San Francisco neighborhood we call home. It’s our version of a Flanders-Style Red with a distinctly California twist brewed with juicy California cherries and aged in used wine barrels with our house blend of San Francisco sour dough and wild brewer’s yeast. Pair this complex ale with ripe figs and blue cheese or rich seafood bouillabaisse” – Almanac Brewing
I’ve been dabbling into sour ales when I’ve had the chance lately. This sour was definitely not for the faint of heart. I’m used to more Belgian sour ales and this was like nothing I’ve tasted before. David described is as being very similar to Russian River Brewing’s Consecration, which he’s a huge fan of.
I think the aroma and body of this beer are great, but without food this beer is a lot to handle on it’s own. Almost every sip made my cheeks pucker up and I had to make a sour face. I think I’d appreciate it a lot more with some blue cheese, like the bottle suggests.
Considering the price was $10.99 for one bottle it wouldn’t be a beer I’d buy again. For a tasting it was fun to try and split between three people, but I definitely wouldn’t enjoy this beer without any food. If you love Russian River’s wine barrel-aged sours, then perhaps this is the perfect sour for you.