Personal Beer Review: Belching Beaver Sour Series Batch No. 5

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Beer Details: Belching Beaver Sour Series Batch No. 5

  • Location: Oceanside, California
  • Style: American Wild Ale
  • ABV: 6.8%
  • IBU: N/A
  • Price: $14.99
  • Availability: Limited Release
  • Source: Developing Palates

John-McTavish

 John McTavish

Appearance

The Belching Beaver Sour Series Batch No. 5 has a deep blue wax cap, a dark brown bottle and ‘Sour Series Batch No. 5’ screen printed on the front in yellow font. The beer is very effervescent as it pours, settling with a medium thick, fluffy, white head.

Aroma

The aroma is sweet and has a distinct lambic quality, with notes of wild yeast. Underneath that is some undefined fruit, along with a general chlorophyll.

Flavor

The first few sips produce a complex sour note up front, giving way to sweetness. As the sweetness fades there is dryness, with subtle fruit notes that fade quickly. Later, as the beer warms, I get a cereal flavor reminiscent of baked barley or oats.

Balance

I would describe the overall balance as very good. The sweet, sour, yeast and dry components are brilliantly in sync.

Finish

The beer finishes complex with a rich sour flavor that gives way to a medium length yeasty funkiness. That funk increases to medium-long as the beer warms up, and increases in intensity as well. There is also some oaky character, along with a toasted barley that lingers quite long.

Overall

When you end up paying for a premium oak aged beer blind, there’s always some trepidation as to what the final experience is going to be. In this case, I can confidently say the Belching Beaver Sour Series Batch No. 5 is one of the best sours I’ve had in recent memory. Although it does carry a premium price tag, I’m happy to have picked this one up as the experience was well worth it.

John
AppearanceGood
AromaGood
FlavorVery Good
BalanceVery Good
FinishGood
OverallVery Good

John McTavish

SCORE

7.92

Cost/Point

$1.89

Scoring System

Personal Beer Review: Belching Beaver Sour Series Batch No. 5
John McTavishPersonal Beer Review: Belching Beaver Sour Series Batch No. 5

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