Lervig, Sour Suzy

Name: Sour Suzy

Brewery: Lervig, Stavanger, Norway

Type: Berliner Weisse

ABV: 4%

First tried: 330ml from The Offy, Whitstable

Brewed using a traditional German technique of sour mashing. This is light, refreshing, almost has a biscuity taste and a citrus aroma from the kafir lime leaves. According to Ratebeer.com it could be “paired with: seafood (white fish, mussels, crab) or as a palate cleanser between dishes.

✌🏻 KF

Mad Hatter, Tzatziki Sour

Name: Tzatziki Sour

Brewery: Mad Hatter, Liverpool, England

Type: Berliner Weisse Kettle Sour

ABV: 4.5%

First tried: on tap at The Star & Garter, Bromley

This is a great beer, it’s light, tart and super refreshing. It tastes exactly like a Tzatziki flavoured light sour. Sadly Mad Hatter ceased trading but I was lucky enough to pick up a few cans from the local. 10/10.

✌🏻 KF

Three Legs Brewing, Saison

Name: Saison

Brewery: Three Legs Brewing Co, Broad Oak, England

Type: Saison

ABV: 6.1%

First tried: Three Legs Brewing Co Taproom

This made me smile at the first sip, warming, light, citrus, blonde and champagne notes. Great to have on sunny day, but if you like a sour then choose this any day of the week.

The guys at TLB have a wonderful taproom, set up with easygoing music, full of plants, tasty wines and a tasty selection of local cheese and charcuterie. I tried all of the beers they had on tap and enjoyed every single one; I also bought a few bottles to take home. I will be back!

Thanks to Sam for sharing the label with me, it eloquently describes the brewing process and how they’ve achieved such a unique flavour.

Website: https://www.thethreelegs.co.uk

✌🏻 KF

Sour: Traditional vs Modern

I have been enjoying sour beer for a few years now and I’m starting to understand different types of brewing and tastes.

The traditional Belgian sours are aged and fermented over months or years, where as newer souring techniques have been developed around the world for a quicker process to develop the sour taste.

I did a comparison of a traditional and modern sour:

Name: Geuze Boon, Lembeek, Belgium

Brewery: Brouwerij F. Boon

Type: Lambic – Gueuze

ABV: 7%

Name: Too Much Excitement

Brewery: Double Barrelled X Elusive Brewing, Yuzu Sour Pale Ale, Reading, England

Type: Wild Ale

ABV: 4.4%

I really like the modern “fast” sour beers, but the Lambic wins hands down with a complex depth of flavours and a tasty sour riddled throughout. The Yuzu SPA didn’t do much for me, I don’t like sour beers with too much of a *beer* flavour.

✌🏻 KF