Sour beers may seem like the UFO of the craft beer world, but they’re actually one of the oldest beer styles in the world!
Lambic beers, gueuze, Flanders red ales, or German gose beers to name a few, have been brewed at least since the 1200s. With the help of wild yeasts or bacteria these beers end up with a sour, tart, or acidic taste. Gose beers are even brewed with salt and coriander!
Modern brewers are now experimenting with sour beers, often flavouring them with fruits for an almost smoothie-like beer that makes you pucker up and leaves you wanting more...
Discover our lambics, gueuze, Flanders red, gose, Berliner Weisse, pastry sours, and more!
Originally brewed as a collaboration with Kissmeyer Beer, this is Magic Rocks take on a traditional German style Gose, flavoured with fruit, sea buckthorn and sea salt.
Tart, lightly sour, fruity and refreshing with a defined saltiness makes this beer an excellent accompaniment to food.
High Wire Grapefruit is a fruit-infused version of the best-selling West Coast pale ale.
Magic Rock accentuated the original beer’s smoothly composed malt body and lip-smacking citrus character with the addition of 100% natural pink grapefruit flavour.
Juicy, tart and deliciously refreshing, it’s High Wire the Same But Different!
Passion fruit, orange, guava, and yes more orange!
Fruit and beer are a constant in Wild Beers brewing repertoire. This beer combines a boldly hopped pale ale, brimming with tropical fruit character from southern hemisphere hops. These flavours and aromas are then augmented by adding 3 of Brett’s favourite fruits: Passion-fruit, Orange and Guava.
Refreshingly light bodied and perfect for enjoying in the sunshine that is just around the corner.
The flagship beer Lucky Jack gets a kick in the ass with more fruit, they simply added Grapefruit peels and Pink Grapefruit juice for the summer beer edition!
Slightly more pink, slightly more acidic, a lot more fruity and fresh! Unfiltered and limited for the summer!
Food pairings - Sushi, pulled pork sandwich, Norwegian brown cheese and spicy mango salad.
A thirst quenching session beer, Sour Suzy mimics a classic German brewing technique (sour mashing) to impart a light, refreshing tartness.
No hop bitterness & very low hop profile. Sour Suzy is not your typical session beer – rather it delivers something a bit more obscure and intriguing. It drinks as refreshingly as a glass of lemonade.
The grain bill includes a healthy portion of wheat, while citrusy hops lend bright notes to the aroma which are accentuated by the addition of Makrut lime leaves.
Food pairings - Seafood (white fish, mussels, crab), or as a palate cleanser between dishes.
In contrast to all the others, the Orval Trappist brewery makes only one beer for the general public. It has an intensely aromatic and dry character. Between the first and second fermentations there is also an additional dry-hopping process.
Through this the beer acquires its pronounced hoppy aroma and extra dry taste.
Country : Belgium
ABV : 6.2%
A slightly sweet cherry lambic beer made in the traditional Belgian style by the Lindemans family. Lambic beers are fermented using wild yeasts in the air and aged in oak barrels for years to give a sour tart flavour. For this beer, cherries are then added to give the beer a pleasant and full fruity sweetness that offsets the sour base before a pleasing and refreshing tart finish.
Country : Belgium
ABV : 3.5%
Leffe - Radieuse
Leffe Radieuse is an amber-coloured beer, rich in flavour and deliciously refined.
Its complex taste is particularly enjoyed by true beer connoisseurs.
Strong beer fans will enjoy this one from the Leffe brand.
Pale amber. Not a fruit beer, a beer with fruit. The malt base creates a sweetness to compliment the mango infusion. A lot of late hopping with Chinook and Cascade gives a juxtaposing bitterness that balances this beer to perfection. Dry hopped with Citra.
Maris Otter low colour and cara malt. English Ale Yeast. Chinook, Cascade, Citra hops. Mangoes.
Kriek Boon is a traditional Belgian Lambic fruit-beer. It is brewed according to the traditional Lambic style of spontaneous fermentation. Only fresh cherries (25%) are used. Kriek Boon is slightly sweet, with the surprising natural fragrance of sourcherries and almonds.
Country : Belgium
ABV : 4%
The Rodenbach Grand Cru is the archetypal Flanders red-brown beer. Each of these beers is a unique blend, but they all share a brewing process characteristic of the area surrounding Roeselare and Kortrijk.
The typical sweet and sour taste of a Rodenbach Grand Cru is produced by a two stage fermentation process called mixed fermentation, involving top-fermentation and bacterial fermentation using lactic acid bacteria. The Rodenbach Grand Cru matures in oak foeders, or barrels, over a period of two years, giving the beer a unique, complex fruitiness that is reminiscent of wine.
Rodenbach, the mother beer, is usually one-quarter mature beer to three-quarters young beer. When it comes to Rodenbach Grand Cru, the blend is two-thirds mature beer with one-third of a young brew added.
The 'roodbruin', or red-brown beers, of Flanders can be traced back to the Middle Ages. At that time, hops, the modern preservative ingredient in beer, had yet to reach Belgium but brewers knew that beers containing lactic and ascetic acids kept for longer. This gave rise to the tradition of sour beers, made by cutting a young and newly fermented beer with an older beer that has finished fermenting. The bitterness of hops is barely discernible in this style of beer.
Country : Belgium
ABV : 6%
Lindeman’s Cuvée René is - without a doubt - the queen of gueuzes.
A blend of old and young lambics matures in large oak barrels and then undergoes a secondary fermentation in champagne bottles to achieve a dry finish with an effervescent carbonation.
Aromas and flavours of “dusty barnyard” and “earthy funk” can sound somewhat off-putting, but the notes of sour apple, lemon, and wood in this gueuze complement them nicely. Its lasting sour finish and medium body make this beer more adventurous than one might think.
Country : Belgium
ABV : 5%
This TRIPLE FRUITED PASTRY SOUR, based on a peach melba (named after Australian opera-singer Nellie Melba), features the most fruit Yonder have packed in to a beer, EVER.
Peach, Apricot and Raspberry combined and dosed at approximately 360 grams per litre and finished with a touch of vanilla.
It's thick, tart, fruity and decadent. Nellie would be proud!
All the flavours of a black forest gateau in a sour beer. Packed full of cherries and with a subtle hint of chocolate with beer has all the sweetness of the classic desert but with a sour finish.
Extra Pale, Pilsner, Dextrin, Naked Oats, Wheat Malt
Wheat, Gluten (from barley), Oats
One of Lindeman’s most famous brews, Faro is a sweet, sharp, woody Gueuze with a wild, musty character that offers mouthwatering back-of-the-tongue refreshment.
Pouring a peachy gold beneath an attractive head, Faro is full of classic wild yeast and woodrot tones and a fruity, oaky tone that lifts the tasting experience to a delicately sweet and sour finish.
Country : Belgium
ABV : 4.5%
Welcome in... BLUE JAM!
Packed with more blueberries than you can fit into a 4 foot car, Blue Jam is tart, juicy and vibrantly purple (yes, sorry not blue).
Much like the Gose-style beers Yonder are known for, this is full bodied and smooth, with a lick of Cornish Sea Salt, and this time, a touch of lemon-like flavour from coriander seed (just a touch).
A full flavoured pale ale by Fierce Beer, PACKED with juicy rhubarb!
Full on fruit, not too sweet!
Bender. II is a fruited Sour IPA by Left Handed Giant with Peach, Passion Fruit, Vanilla and El Dorado hops.
A vibrant colour and aroma lead into a full body and a silky mouthfeel, drenched in juicy, tart stone fruit flavours and a soft sweetness from the vanilla.
If you're looking for a Solero party in your mouth, you're in the right place.
Contain lactose - unsuitable for vegans
Inspired by a certain retro dessert, this pudding pale ale by Arbor is brewed with raspberries, and finished with a touch of vanilla!
Soft, sweet and tart. The 02/21 version.
Reminds us of something beginning with R...
ABV : 4.7%
You all know Yonder love foraging.
They also love a good saison.
Combining the two in a FORAGED SAISON is like second nature to them.
Tart fruits work so well in a saison base. It really lifts that dry finish in to something very special indeed and Sea Buckthorn is the perfect fruit to do that.
Packed full of Vitamin C they have a real citrus kick, which works so well in beer.
Kriek Mariage Parfait is an Old Style Kriek of exceptional excellence.
400g of wild cherries per litre are fermented together with a strong Lambic of spontaneous fermentation and aged on 6,200 litre oak foudres (large wooden casks) for 5 to 6 months.
Kriek Mariage Parfait is naturally clarified and referments in the bottle. It is unsweetened, unfiltered, unpasteurised and has no artificial flavours, preservatives or colourings added.
Brewed in Lembeek, the village that gave Lambic its name. Pour slowly in a flute glass without disturbing the yeast sediment in the bottle and enjoy this epitome of traditional Lambic brewing.
Country : Belgium
ABV : 8%
Part of the 9th Birthday Range by Tiny Rebel.
This 8.2% Buibblicious Double IPA gives you bubble gum and passionfruit on the nose and taste with passionfruit lingering afterwards.
Newport, South Wales
Duchesse de Bourgogne from Brouwerij Verhaeghe is the traditional Flemish red ale.
This refreshing ale is matured in oak casks; smooth with a rich texture and interplay of passion fruit, and chocolate, and a long, dry and acidic finish.
After the first and secondary fermentation, the beer goes for maturation into the oak barrels for 18 months.
The final product is a blend of younger 8 months old beer with 18 months old beer. The average age of the Duchesse de Bourgogne before being bottled is 12 months.
The Bakewell series is back!
Taking the baking world on one brew at a time, Vault City have continually adapted and improved their method for brewing up a slice of pastry goodness just for you.
A biscuity base built by locally sourced malt, with a hint of valilla running through.
Heaped full of plums with a decadent texture and mouth watering richness.
A dusting of almonds tops off the brew, and leap out of the aroma to fortell the treat of baked flavours you're about to enjoy in your glass!
For Play's first Gose they have gone traditional with their favourite fruits and blueberries.
A first for them, we use honeyberry and pair this with a lashing of vanilla.
Reminiscent of your favourite retro frozen icy slushy drink, this one’s a throwback.
Woof it down, and don’t worry about your tongue turning blue.
A rare rebrew by Vault City, almost exactly one year one from their first lockdown beer.
Packed full of stone fruit freshness and smooth vanilla.
Citrus Tart is a super-refreshing beer.
Soured during the brewing process, then Fierce Beer add fresh lemon and lime juices for flavour and to kick the tartness into hyperdrive.
Pucker upand strap yourself in this is citrus overload.
Oude Gueuze is an appellation contrôlée: its label is protected.
Timmermans Oude Gueuze’s special flavour derives from its time-honoured method of preparation.
It is a blend of old lambic, which has been aged for three years in wooden barrels, and young lambic which ensures spontaneous fermentation in the bottle.
The different lambics are carefully selected by the brewer to obtain a perfect flavour.
After it has been produced, Timmermans Oude Gueuze, which is refermented for four months in the bottle, continues to improve for 20 years.
Sour Plower is a collab with Shindigger's friends at Farmyard Ales.
A summer fruited kettle sour with a massive amount of raspberry and cherry puree.
Fruity, sharp and deep red in colour.
Salford, Greater Manchester
Lashings upon lashings of ripe, juicy Mangoes make up a 7.4% treat that's been lightly hopped with Citra.
Think juicy, tart and tangy and delivering all of the mouth watering mango you can imagine.
This sour beer is as close to a smoothie as you're going to get.
Raspberries, redcurrants and foraged rowan berries lend their sweet flavours to create a crisp, fruity and refreshing beer with a delicately tart, dry finish.
Pear and Vanilla Sour was another sleeper hit for Vault City.
So, they've worked hard to try and get a strong representation of such a delicate fruit.
Pear Drop Session Sour amplifies the pear character, and their lemon-sherbet sour base beer, fermented at a temperature hotter than usual, creates a perfect pairing/pearing.
After their recent flirt with the imperial gose style in Plant Sugar gaining absolutely rave reviews, Polly's set about looking into what they could do to one up themselves, as is the MO there at the brewery.
Deciding to stick with the higher ABV sour beers to maintain that thick, pulpy mouthfeel to accentuate the fruits used, they settled on peach and apricot to play on those flavour characteristics present in their pale and hoppy beers, but amplified up for a banging gose that's equal parts sweet and sour.
With a healthy addition of local sea salt to take the edge off that smacking of tartness, this beer is perfect for those hazy sunny evenings, where the sun stays out until late and the good times keep rollin'.
Mold, Flintshire, UK
Inspired by childhood memories of a famous fruity squash.
For this brew Quantock Brewery have used a classic wheat beer base and a natural yeast; infused with an abundance of blackcurrent puree.
This process gives the full-bodied brew a lush berry haze and big blackcurrant aromas, with subtle hints of resin and liquorice.
The Other World is an indulgent, yet refreshing Pineapple and Apricot fruited sour ale by Left Handed Giant.
Brewed with additions of pineapple and apricot purées mid fermentation, and a sprinkling of Vic Secret on the dry hop, this zingy little number has a restrained, zippy acidity, a rounded stone fruit sweetness and a delicate, pithy bitterness.
Sweet and creamy yet also as mouthwateringly tart as a juicy nectarine on a sunny day.
Contains lactose - unsuitable for vegans.