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Sour / Wild Ale

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All About Sour Ale

Sour beer brings a truly unique taste to your glass or bottle. You won't find the malty or hoppy flavors beer usually provides. Instead, you'll get tartness and — duh — sourness. The signature taste comes from wild yeast, which sounds a little gross but is actually perfectly safe. In fact, the scope of flavors is just as broad as the brewing styles and types of sour beers. American Wild Ale, Berliner Weisse, Gose, Flanders Red Ale, Lambic, Faro and Gueuze are among the array of sour styles you'll find.

Types of Sour Ale:

If your idea of a satisfying snack ranges from oranges and tangerines to Sour Patch Kids, you'll love sour beer. Try a few different styles to find the one you like best:

  • Lambic: The raw, wild yeast used to ferment lambic ale gives it a rich flavor with a full body and satisfying kick. Toss back a few bottles during the game while you munch on potato wedges and cheese fries.
  • Flanders Red: As one of the most widely available sour ales, Flanders red delivers a satisfying tart punch upon the first sip, and the sour notes continue long after you set your bottle or can aside. If you can't get enough sour flavor, this is the ale for you.
  • American sour ale: The craft-brewing scene has long been fascinated with sour brews, especially in the States. Try as many as you can to see which ones suit your taste buds the best. We're betting you'll find at least a few that become regular staples in your fridge.
  • Gose: Derived from German roots, gose sour ales tend to offer sharp, crisp flavors tempered with sweeter syrups. It's a great chaser if you're doing shots, but it also works by itself. Just steer clear of the potato chips, as this ale sometimes seems to have more salt in it than the Atlantic Ocean.

How To Drink It:

Need a kick in the pants to get moving? Try a sour ale. Dying for a refreshing way to quench your thirst after a workout? Try a sour ale. You see where we're going with this.

The citrus notes found in many sour beers can help cleanse the palate before a meal, and the spicy notes that frequently arise from these beers can make them more satisfying. Try aiding the sour taste by garnishing the rim of your glass with a wedge of lime or lemon — if you think you can handle it.