The Kimmie, The Yink & The Holy Gose 4.2% ABV
Anderson Valley Brewing Co.
As early as 3 months ago, I had a very negative stance on “Sour Beers.” Not for any good reason, mind you. I had never had a sour beer before. They didn’t sound appealing, so I figured I wouldn’t bother with them. I should know better by now than to be closed minded about a beer style. Thankfully my sister and brother-in-law sent me a wonderful birthday present of a dozen different beers to try out and review, including a Monk’s Café Flemish Sour Ale. Drinking it was a palate opening experience. While I thoroughly enjoyed it, it was not going to be a beer I sought out on a frequent basis (or so I thought). My openness to sours was born, but the craving had yet to come.
A mere 6 weeks later came Beer Blogger Conference 2014 in San Diego. This is where I received a “Baptism by Fire” of sorts, trying out a plethora of Sour Beers. Some where light and tart, “great morning beers” as I heard them called, others were potent but well balanced. Two sours in particular stood out for me. The Sour in the Rye which we had the pleasure to sample straight from a cask where it had been aging for 18months on our tour of The Bruery. The second also from The Bruery, is their fantastic Oude Tart.
About a week after coming back from the glorious Beer Blogger Conference, I started getting an itch, a desire, a craving, for sour beers. I didn’t know which to pick up, as in Illinois we have a growing but small selection of sours. Someone told me about The Kimmie, The Yink, & The Holy Gose. Based on this recommendation I picked up a 6 pack and none too soon, as there were only three 6 packs left.
I was told it was a session sour, as is clearly stated on the can. I liked the idea of a lighter sour, something to sate my sour fix without overwhelming me. I cracked open the can poured it into a narrow glass. I smelled the brew, it didn’t have much of a nose. I then proceeded to taste it. There it was that sour flavor I was craving.
This beer is a nice light sour. Not nearly as good as the ones I tasted in San Diego, but at the lower alcohol content of 4.2% ABV, this is a beer you can drink 2 or 3 of in one sitting and the light sour flavor also won’t make your face pucker even when you have a few. This was the ideal sour for my current craving disposition. Though I can already feel a new craving for a more potent sour being born as my old craving has been properly dealt with. Are there any great one bottle sour beers you would recommend, that are available in the Southern Illinois market? If so let me know in the comments below.