Sour BrownMay 30, 2014
Thornbridge Brewery Bakewell, Derbyshire, United Kingdom Sour Brown is brewed with Styrian Golding hops and matured in Burgundy wine casks with rhubarb, morello cherries and raspberries. ABV: 7 ABW: 5.5 COLOR: 35.5 BITTERNESS: 22 ORIGINAL GRAVITY: 1060 AVAILABLE: UK
From a leading English brewery, the deep amber-red beer has a massive aroma of sour fruit, with cherries to the fore. The sourness is less aggressive in the mouth, with rhubarb making a strong entrance alongside bitter cherries, peppery hops and dark grain. The finish is long and bittersweet, with tart fruit dominating, but there are continuing notes of rich grain and bitter hops.
- Roger Protz
Impatient in its handsome bottle, this beer made a quick bid for freedom and was stopped only by a quickly deployed glass. I’m glad it didn’t escape, because it smells awfully nice—a combination of leathery Brett funk, old Madeira, earthy fruit and a hint of balsamico. Acidity and light bitterness focus nicely together up front, opening onto caramelized fruit flavors and a dry, well-defined finish. An elegant beer of considerable complexity. It’ll be awesome with game meats.
- Garrett Oliver
Author of 300 Beers to Try Before You Die and 300 More Beers to Try Before You Die. Respected beer authority and editor of the CAMRA Good Beer Guide and www.protzonbeer.co.uk.
Garrett Oliver is the brewmaster of The Brooklyn Brewery, the Editor-in-Chief of The Oxford Companion to Beer, the author of The Brewmaster’s Table, and the veteran host of more than 900 beer dinners in 15 countries.