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Sour beer tastes exactly how it sounds; it has a tart body which gives you a real zip while you’re slurping it down. This acidic drink will awaken your senses with its sharp and impactful aroma. Plus, there’s a whole range of them out there for you to enjoy at home.
Creating this type of beer involves a specialised style of brewing; every barrel is carefully prepared, ensuring that each bottle really hits the spot. Traditionally, brewers across the world would let bacteria and wild yeast (Brettanomyces) immediately ferment the beer, giving it a bitter taste, which packs a mighty punch!
Nowadays, this process is a lot more controlled. Many brands even add fresh and fruity flavours to accompany the brilliant bitterness of these bold beverages.
The best Sour Beers
We have a number of breweries creating a new range of sour beers, with Tiny Rebel launching their Funk Tropical bubblegum and Funk Very Cherry and Thornbridge have their Florida Weiss raspberry flavoured hazy IPA.
But sour beers don’t have to be sweet as Magic Rock have shown with their Salty Kiss flavoured with Gooseberry, Sea buckthorn and sea salt, this beer is tart, lightly sour and fruity.
Types of sour beers
There are a number of different types of sour beers available but the most common types include:
- Gose (pronounced Gose-Uh): a top-fermenting beer that originated in Germany, which, in addition to its sourness is characterised by the use of salt and to provide its distinctive flavour.
- Berliner Weisse: a tarty, cloudy German beer, typically around 3% abv and often served with a fruity syrup. It’s a good entry-level point into the world of Sours.
- Flanders Red Ale: sometimes referred to as ‘Flemish reds’, these Belgian beers with a distinctive red hue are fermented with brewer’s yeast and aged in oak barrels until mature.
- Oud Bruin: another Belgian beer (originating in the Flemish region), which is infused with cultured yeasts and is similar to Flanders Red Ale but is darker in colour, with brown ale used as its ‘base’ beer.
- Lambic: these barrel-aged Belgian beers are spontaneously fermented using naturally occurring wild yeast.
- American Wild Ale: US sour beers typified by the unusual strains of bacteria and yeast used to brew them.
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