Best Sour Beers
New Belgium has been making sour ales perhaps longer than any American brewery, having launched its wood beer-aging program in 1997.
The Belgian-inspired brewery's latest creation adds fruit into the mix for a refreshing oak-barrel-aged lambic. This transatlantic collaboration begins at the 130-year-old Oud Beersel brewery in Belgium. After aging for one year, the beer is blended with tart cherries before crossing the Atlantic and making its way to Colorado. There, New Belgium brewmaster Peter Bouckaert mixes the kriek lambic with the brewery's own sour beer and a golden lager. The result is an intense cherry aroma that leads to a pleasing fruity sweetness balanced with a bright, tart finish.
Sour Rating: 6