Sour Beer

Sour Beer

Sour has an intentionally acidic, tart or sour taste. The most common sour beer styles are Belgian: lambics, gueuze and Flanders red ale.

At one time, all beers were sour to some degree. As pure yeast cultures were not available, the starter used from one batch to another usually contained some wild yeast and bacteria. Unlike modern brewing, which is done in a sterile environment to guard against the intrusion of wild yeast, sour beers are made by intentionally allowing wild yeast strains or bacteria into the brew. Traditionally, Belgian brewers allowed wild yeast to enter the brew naturally through the barrels or during the cooling of the wort in a Koelschip open to the outside air – an unpredictable process that many modern brewers avoid.

The most common agents used to intentionally sour beer are Lactobacillus,  Brettanomyces and Pediococcus. Another method for achieving a tart flavor is adding fruit during the aging process to spur a secondary fermentation or contribute microbes present on the fruit's skin.

Because of the uncertainty involved in using wild yeast, the sour beer brewing process is extremely unpredictable. The beer takes months to ferment and can take years to mature.

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Deep Creek Smoked Chilli Gose 440ml Can

Smoke upfront with a tart, citrusy and herbaceous finish. And on top of that a slight tingling and warming chilli heat. We wanted to create somethi...

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Boatrocker Miss Pinky 375ml Can
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Boatrocker Miss Pinky 375ml Can

Berliner Weisse style ale brewed with two strains of Lactobacillus using traditional German kettle fermentation, and then a special ale yeast for s...

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Green Beacon 7 Bells Passion Gose 375ml Can
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Green Beacon 7 Bells Passion Gose 375ml Can

It's a sign of where we've come to that release notes from breweries can include phrases such as "approx 2 passionfruit per can" and it seems perfe...

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Nomad Rosie's Raspberry Sour Ale 330ml
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Nomad Rosie's Raspberry Sour Ale 330ml

Rosie’s headed out to the farm to some super ripe raspberries to add to her Berliner Weisse Sour Ale. Tart and dry on the palate but with an explos...

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Struise Dark Horse Reserva 2014 Vintage 750ml
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Struise Dark Horse Reserva 2014 Vintage 750ml

Dark Horse Reserva is a hybrid dark sour ale, somewhere between a Dirty Horse and an Earthmonk. Spontaneously fermented and aged for 4 years on som...

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Verzet Oud Bruin 330ml
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Verzet Oud Bruin 330ml

Lactic acid dominates the first taste. After recovering from the sourness you discover aromas of green apple, wood, bread and red fruit. The sourne...

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Cantillon & Co Sour Six Pack
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Cantillon & Co Sour Six Pack

This is the ultimate Beer Geek pack which includes 6 x 750ml bottles of world class sours from some of the best wild ale producers in the world.  ...

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Almanac Cherry Berry 375ml
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Almanac Cherry Berry 375ml

Sour ale aged with cherries, raspberries and blackberries

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Crooked Stave Sour Rosé 355ml Can
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Crooked Stave Sour Rosé 355ml Can

Wild Ale Fermented in Oak on Second-Use Raspberries and Blueberries Primary fermented with our mixed culture of wild yeast, Sour Rosé undergoes fer...

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Crooked Stave Petite Sour Raspberry 375ml
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Crooked Stave Petite Sour Raspberry 375ml

Wild Ale Aged on Oak with Raspberries

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Crooked Stave Petite Sour Peach 375ml
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Crooked Stave Petite Sour Peach 375ml

Wild Ale Aged on Oak with Colorado Peaches

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Crooked Stave Surette Reserva Sour Cherry 750ml
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Crooked Stave Surette Reserva Sour Cherry 750ml

Provision sour ale aged in oak barrels with Colorado Montmorency cherries.

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Crooked Stave Surette Reserva Raspberry 750ml
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Crooked Stave Surette Reserva Raspberry 750ml

Provision Sour Ale aged in oak barrels with Washington Raspberries.

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Crooked Stave Surette Reserva Palisade Peach 750ml
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Crooked Stave Surette Reserva Palisade Peach 750ml

Provision Sour Ale aged in oak barrels with Colorado Palisade Peaches & Cherry skins.

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Crooked Stave L'Brett d'Or 750ml
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Crooked Stave L'Brett d'Or 750ml

Surreal spontaneous sour ale aged in oak barrels Spontaneously fermented in oak barrels, L'Brett d'Or's fermentation is kicked off with the help ...

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Crooked Stave Silly Cybies 750ml
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Crooked Stave Silly Cybies 750ml

Mixed fermentation belgian-style dark ale aged in oak barrels with raspberries.

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Hop Nation Site Fermentation Riesling Golden Sour 750ml
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Hop Nation Site Fermentation Riesling Golden Sour 750ml

Grape from Jamsheed Wines, Yarra Valley. Mixed fermentation blonde sour, re-fermented on fresh 2018 riesling grape skins

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Hop Nation Site Fermentation Gewurtz Golden Sour 750ml
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Hop Nation Site Fermentation Gewurtz Golden Sour 750ml

Grapes sourced from Hanging Rock Winery, Macedon, VIC. Mixed fermentation blonde sour. Refermented on fresh 2018 Gewurztraminer grape skins.

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Hop Nation Site Fermentation Muscat Golden Sour 750ml
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Hop Nation Site Fermentation Muscat Golden Sour 750ml

Grapes sourced from Quealy Wines, Mornington Peninsula, VIC. Mixed fermentation blonde sour, refermented on fresh 2018 Muscat grape skins.

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Hop Nation Site Fermentation Blonde Melange Peach 750ml
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Hop Nation Site Fermentation Blonde Melange Peach 750ml

9 months fermented and aged in PX Cherry and Chardonnay barrels.   Blended and bottle conditioned. Fermented with peaches.

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Hop Nation Site Fermentation Blonde Melange Sour 750ml
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Hop Nation Site Fermentation Blonde Melange Sour 750ml

9 months fermented and aged in PX Cherry and Chardonnay barrels.   Blended and bottle conditioned.

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Yulli's Dolly Aldrin Honeydew Melon Berliner Weisse 375ml Can
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Yulli's Dolly Aldrin Honeydew Melon Berliner Weisse 375ml Can

Dolly Aldrin is our take on a traditional German style sour wheat ale, where low alcohol, tartness, and fruit combine to create the ultimate summer...

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Mikkeller SpontanDoubleRaspberry 500ml Can
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Mikkeller SpontanDoubleRaspberry 500ml Can

Lambic-Style ale with Raspberries.

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Mikkeller Nelson Sauvin Orange & Passionfruit 750ml
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Mikkeller Nelson Sauvin Orange & Passionfruit 750ml

Belgian Wild Ale brewed with Oranges & Passionfruit, aged in Chardonnay barrels

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Mikkeller / Boon Oude Geuze (Vermouth) 750ml
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Mikkeller / Boon Oude Geuze (Vermouth) 750ml

Mikkeller Oude Geuze Boon Lambic is a modern take on lambic in the newest collaboration between Boon and Mikkeller. Blending lambic aged in oak foe...

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Prairie Vous Francais Farmhouse Ale 750ml
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Prairie Vous Francais Farmhouse Ale 750ml

Prairie-Vous Francais is a celebration of simple elegance. This farmhouse ale is brewed to be refreshing. We use barley, oats, and wheat to build a...

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Stomping Ground Watermelon Smash 355ml
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Stomping Ground Watermelon Smash 355ml

A gose made with Australian Watermelons.

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Almanac Valley of the Heart's Delight (Batch 4) 375ml - Purvis Beer
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Almanac Valley of the Heart's Delight (Batch 4) 375ml

This sour beer is inspired by the Santa Clara Valley’s agricultural roots, before it was known as Silicon Valley, it was called “The Valley of the ...

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Mikkeller Drink'in Berliner Barrel-Aged Red Wine 375ml
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Mikkeller Drink'in Berliner Barrel-Aged Red Wine 375ml

Berliner Weisse aged in red wine barrels.

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Almanac Nectarine Cobbler 375ml - Purvis Beer
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Almanac Nectarine Cobbler 375ml

SOUR BLONDE ALE AGED IN OAK BARRELS WITH NECTARINES, PEACHES & SPICES Nectarine Cobbler is our version of dessert in a glass. We started with y...

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Almanac Peach Galaxy 375ml - Purvis Beer
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Almanac Peach Galaxy 375ml

Dry-hopped sour Farmhouse Ale aged in oak barrels with peaches and spices.

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Anderson Valley Framboise Rose Gose 355ml Can - Purvis Beer
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Anderson Valley Framboise Rose Gose 355ml Can

Traditionally brewed Gose with rose hips and raspberries.

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Mikkeller Drink'in Berliner Barrel-Aged White Wine 375ml
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Mikkeller Drink'in Berliner Barrel-Aged White Wine 375ml

Berliner Weisse aged in white wine barrels.

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Nomad Yuzu Ramune Gose 330ml Can
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Nomad Yuzu Ramune Gose 330ml Can

Gose brewed with fresh Yuzu juice.

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Hargreaves Hill Gin Barrel Gose 330ml
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Hargreaves Hill Gin Barrel Gose 330ml

For this collaboration with Four Pillars Distillery we created a light and vibrant wheaty ale infused with gin botanicals. Soured and salted in the...

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3 Fonteinen Oude Geuze Cuvée Armand & Gaston 750ml - Purvis Beer
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3 Fonteinen Oude Geuze Cuvée Armand & Gaston 750ml

Assembly of young, half-old and old lambs, brewed by 3 fountains. Hundreds of hundreds of course, authentic, spontaneous and somewhat stubborn,...

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