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Sour / Lambic Beer

Hold onto your hats, it’s about to get wild. Just like it says on the tin, sour beers are characterised by their sourness. They are made using wild yeasts, which used to just be present in beer production in general back in the day, meaning most beers had a touch of sourness to them. Over the course of time, the environments where beer was produced allowed brewers to guard the ingredients against the wild yeast, though some producers intentionally include them to create this particular style.

One of the main styles of sour beers is the Belgian Lambic, which is made using a combination of both wheat and barley, with the wort cooled in open shallow vats, letting the wild yeasts do their thing. Plenty of hops are also used in Lambic beers, but these aren't used for flavour like most beers - brewers use the hops for their preserving qualities for their beer's long maturations, hence why they use old hops which have lost their bittering qualities. Lambic beers are well aged in oak casks before bottling.

Lindemans Faro (37.5cl)

37cl, 4.5%
Lindemans

A Lambic beer from the Lindemans folks, harking back to an old tradition of adding sugar to Lambic beer to make it more approachable. Though the style disappeared for a while, Lindemans revitalised…  More info

Lindemans Faro (37.5cl)
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$2.45

Mystic Flor Ventus

75cl, 4.5%
Mystic Brewery

Unfiltered, unpasteurised and bottle conditioned wild (or sour) ale from Mystic barrel programme in Massachusetts, matured in French oak.  More info

Mystic Flor Ventus
$21.93

Thornbridge Days of Creation

38cl, 7%
Thornbridge Brewery

Days of Creation is the second iteration of a project Thornbridge have been working on for a number of years, one to create a modern sour ale, aged in barrels, that possessed the depth and range of…  More info

Thornbridge Days of Creation
$10.87

Lindemans Oude Gueuze Cuvée René (37.5cl)

37cl, 6%
Lindemans

Lindemans Oude Gueuze Cuvée René is a blend of young and old Lambic beer, which is matured in large oak barrels and then bottle conditioned. Much like a wine, this will cellar very well...  More info

Lindemans Oude Gueuze Cuvée René (37.5cl)
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$3.98

Rodenbach Grand Cru

33cl, 6%
Brouwerij Rodenbach

A classic Flemish red sour beer with a higher proportion of older beer (2/3) in than blend than the Rodenbach original, and a higher abv.  More info

Rodenbach Grand Cru
$3.09

Gigantic Holy Oak

65cl, 7.7%
Gigantic Brewing Company

A hugely flavoursome collaborative beer made by Gigantic Brewing Co. and the chaps from Magic Rock. Holy Oak is a kettle-soured ale which has been aged in bourbon barrel - the theory behind this is…  More info

Gigantic Holy Oak
$9.67
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Crooked Stave Progenitor

38cl, 6.2%
Crooked Stave

"Progenitor 1. Dry hopped golden sour ale 2. Ancestral form from which others derived" A fantastic sour ale from the Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project in Denver, Colorado.  More info

Crooked Stave Progenitor

Lindemans 5 Year Old Cuvée René

75cl, 6%
Lindemans

A special edition Gueuze from legends of the Lambic world, Lindemans, made using some well-aged beer blended with younger beer.  More info

Lindemans 5 Year Old Cuvée René

Boon Oude Geuze 2012 Mariage Parfait (37.5cl)

38cl, 8%
Boon

Traditional geuze lambic, made by blending younger lambic beer (perhaps a year old) with older lambic before a further fermentation in the bottle. The "oude" means 'old', another nod to more…  More info

Boon Oude Geuze 2012 Mariage Parfait (37.5cl)

Bruery Terreux Beret

75cl, 9%
The Bruery

A princely raspberry beret of a sour witbier (made with pureed raspberries) from The Bruery in California.  More info

Bruery Terreux Beret

3 Fonteinen Oude Kriek

38cl, 5%
Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

A Belgian Kriek lambic from Beersel, close to Brussels. Cherries are added for 6 to 8 months with a further 4 months in the bottle before release. Naturally, no artificial flavourings or colourings…  More info

3 Fonteinen Oude Kriek

Mikkeller U Alright?

33cl, 4.5%
Mikkeller

U Alright? comes to us from the excellent Mikkeller range - this one was produced at D'Proef in Belgium. It's a rather tasty sour beer which captures plenty of vibrant fruit notes at its core.  More info

Mikkeller U Alright?

Thornbridge Tart Bakewell Sour

50cl, 6%
Thornbridge Brewery

A "Bakewell Sour" from the Thornbridge Brewery, made in collaboration with the Wild Beer Co. in the South West!  More info

Thornbridge Tart Bakewell Sour
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$4.55
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Redchurch Tartelette

33cl, 4.5%
Redchurch Brewery

A refreshing, zesty sour beer from the Redchurch Brewery in Bethnal Green - this has been brewed with an initial lactobacillus souring followed by a saccharomyces fermentation. Very fun words to say…  More info

Redchurch Tartelette

Petrus Aged Red

33cl, 8.5%
Petrus

An aged sour cherry beer from the Belgian Petrus range, made by combining a small portion of their Aged Pale (which spends up to 2 years maturing) and plenty of their Dubbel Brun along with cherries.  More info

Petrus Aged Red

Bruery Terreux Tart of Darkness

75cl, 7.2%
The Bruery

Tart of Darkness. Quite a name! Naturally, it refers to the fact that this is a sour stout. Why, what were you thinking? It's aged in oak barrels previously used by other Bruery Terreux releases,…  More info

Bruery Terreux Tart of Darkness

Horal Megablend 2015

75cl, 7%
Horal

A blend of young and old Lambic from 8 (!) members of Hoge raad voor ambachtelijke lambiekbieren (High council for artisanal lambik style beers), or HORAL. Namely, from 3 Fonteinen, Boon, De Cam, De…  More info

Horal Megablend 2015

Wild Beer The Blend Summer 2015

75cl, 4.7%
The Wild Beer Co

The Blend Summer from Somerset's Wild Beer Co. is a interesting blend of a bunch of different cask-aged sour beers, including some barrels from their first ever sour brew!  More info

Wild Beer The Blend Summer 2015

Chorlton Brewing Co. Citra Brett Pale

33cl, 4.5%
Chorlton Brewing Co

A deliciously complex Brett beer here from the Chorlton Brewery Company in Manchester, which has been dry-hopped too...  More info

Chorlton Brewing Co. Citra Brett Pale
$2.74
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Chorlton Brewing Co. Amarillo Sour

33cl, 5.4%
Chorlton Brewing Co

A tasty sour beer from the Manchester-based Chorlton Brewing Company, inspired by the brews of Germany. Twice fermented and dry-hopped to give it some fragrant hoppy notes.  More info

Chorlton Brewing Co. Amarillo Sour

Wild Beer The Blend - Winter 2015 (Beyond Modus II)

75cl, 6%
The Wild Beer Co

This winter treat from the Wild Beer Co. in Somerset is based around a vintage barrel of their Modus Operandi wild yeast beer, though the blend itself is much richer and darker than before...  More info

Wild Beer The Blend - Winter 2015 (Beyond Modus II)

Wild Beer Somerset Wild

33cl, 5%
The Wild Beer Co

While Somerset might be more well-known for its cider (as our Sam will only be too keen to tell you), the Wild Beer Co. have made a delicious Sour Beer that wears its Somerset-loving heart on its…  More info

Wild Beer Somerset Wild

Petrus Oud Bruin

33cl, 5.5%
Petrus

A Belgian brown sour beer from the Petrus range, made with a combination of their aged Pale (which spends up to 2 years maturing) and young brown beer.  More info

Petrus Oud Bruin

Hof Ten Dormaal Zure

33cl, 6%
Hof Ten Dormaal

A sour beer from Hof Ten Dormaal made with ambient wild yeast. It spends a year in barrels and is cellared for months at the Engelburcht Monastery before release.  More info

Hof Ten Dormaal Zure
$3.61
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Bruery Terreux Sour In The Rye

75cl, 7.7%
The Bruery

An American wild ale from Bruery Terreux, a dedicated brand from The Bruery for these kinds of great beers. It's made with a high proportion of rye malt and matured in oak barrels for over a year.  More info

Bruery Terreux Sour In The Rye
$26.62
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