Sour Wench is a German-style Berliner Weisse brewed by Ballast Point Brewing Company, and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in a snifter from a bottle.
Brewed with blackberries, the ale pours a cloudy, purplish red and is capped by a finger-thick head of bubbly pink foam that vanishes almost immediately. The head’s reduction leaves a razor-thin ring of residue rounding the collar.
An inviting aroma features a balance of tart blackberry fruit that’s sweetened by grain and vanilla.
Tart blackberry fruit is followed by a clean lactic sourness of lemon. A mineral taste appears in the finish and a base of doughy bread ties the palate together.
The feel is crisp, dry, and has a body that’s a shade over medium with medium-high carbonation.
An ABV of seven percent is really high for the style but it doesn’t impact the aroma or taste. The mouthfeel is a bit heavy for the style but it still feels lively on the tongue and is really refreshing. But the real hero is that lovely tart fruit flavor that makes this brew easily quaffed.
Ballast Point recommends the following food pairings with their Sour Wench: braised duck with sweet potato puree, salad with blackberry vinaigrette, Humboldt Fog goat cheese.
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