One of the hottest trends in craft beer, sours are tart, refreshing and have complex flavor profiles different from your typical beers. In this sampler, we highlight four beers, all rated in the top 50 for their sour style.
Panil Barriquee Sour Red Ale (750ml) - 99 on RateBeer. A red/brown sour from Panil Barriquee, an Italian brewery, is one of the best examples in the world. Starting with their Barriquee mild, a Belgian Strong, which is slightly tart with cherry, raspberry, strawberry notes, Panil injects lactobacillus to create a truly extraordinary beer.
Mikkeller SpontanCherryFrederiksdal (375ml) - 98 on Rate Beer. A top 50 lambic style fruit beer weighing in at 8.2% ABV. It's oak aged and uses cherries from the Frederiksdal estate which it shares in the name of the beer.
Jolly Pumpkin ORO de Calabaza (375ml) - 98 on RateBeer. One of the top 50 Belgian Strong Ales, this beauty is aged in oak barrels and bottle conditioned. Brewed in the traditional style, it's slightly spicy with a faint hop bouquet but the real star is the yeast which brings forth the tartness.
Hanssens Oude Gueuze (375ml) - 98 on RateBeer. Another traditional brew, this oude gueuze is a blend of several lambics of varying age. The blending adds complexity from the older lambics and refreshingness from the younger ones. One of the top 50 lambic style gueuzes in the world, expect a refreshingly fruity taste balanced by tartness.