Bel Air Sour is an American Wild Ale by Brooklyn Brewery that blends sour lemon and green apple with floral hops and cracker malt.

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Bel Air Sour is an American Wild Ale brewed by Brooklyn Brewery, and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in a tulip glass from a 12 oz. bottle.

Packaging art for the Bel Air Sour by Brooklyn Brewery

Packaging art for the Bel Air Sour by Brooklyn Brewery


The ale pours a relatively clear marigold hue and is topped by a thick cap of soapy white foam that shows fair retention. The head’s reduction leaves behind a spittle of lace along the sides of the glass.


The aroma wafts tart fruits of lemon and green apple with bready malt.

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Tart fruit and cracker malt lead the palate to a sour bite of lemon and green apple blended with a dose of floral hops. A subtle note of tropical fruit is picked up on the swallow. Sourdough bread ties the palate together.


Its feel is smooth with a body that’s a shade under medium and moderate carbonation. Finishes slightly dry and puckeringly astringent.

Label art for the Bel Air Sour by Brooklyn Brewery

Label art for the Bel Air Sour by Brooklyn Brewery


The Bel Air Sour has a fine appearance and a pleasant aroma. Its palate isn’t overly aggressive, making this sour more approachable than some. Dry, tart, and refreshing, this is a brew that’s finished easily enough.

Recommended Pairings

The Brooklyn Brewery recommends the following food pairings with their Bel Air Sour Wild Ale: sorbets, fresh fruit, grilled chicken, seafood, Margherita pizzas, and goat cheese.

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