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Beer Profiles: Sour, Tart & Funky

Sour, Tart & Funky: The perfect beers for anyone who drinks green tea in the morning instead of coffee, puts cucumber in their water to give it flavour, or is semi-addicted to sour 5cent candies.

Beer Profiles: Sour, Tart & Funky

Trying to find out what kind of beer you like?
Maybe you’d enjoy a sour, tart or funky beer!

Sour, tart and funky beers are becoming a trend in the beer industry because many brewers like to be unique and set themselves apart from other local breweries. When brewing these types of beers, there is more room for experimentation with different ingredients and brewing techniques. Sour, funky and tart beers are great beers to sip on in the spring, summer, or fall.


What are Sour, Tart & Funky Beers?

Beers that are considered sour, tart or funky range widely in flavours and characteristics. Some are light and slightly acidic, some are more dark and bold, while others are eccentric and sour. These beers can be light to medium to full bodied and range in colours. Some beers come out as a straw colour while others could be dark brown, and sometimes even bright pink. When it comes to alcohol percentage these beers can also vary. Some can have vary low ABV% while others can be extremely high.


What beer styles are considered “sour, tart & funky”?

Sour, tart and funky beers are sometimes hard to come across — especially if you’re not sure what your looking for. Here are some common beer styles that fall under the sour, tart and funky beer profile:



Delicate brews under this beer profile are often mildly acidic, with light malts and bodies. These brews are quite refreshing and crisp, which makes them great summertime beers. These beer styles are often tart with bright citrus notes — think lemon or orange. After drinking the beers, your palate will be dry but have a lingering citrus finish.

Types of beers that fall into this beer profile include: Berliner Weisse, Faro, Gose


Fruity & Vinous:

Beers that fall under this category are sometime compared to wine. Strong acidic aromas of cherry, plum, apricot, peach, raspberry, and black currants are almost present in these brews. Sometimes notes of caramel from the malt can be found while drinking these beers.

Types of beers that fall into this beer profile include: American Brett Beer, Flanders Oud Bruin, Flanders Red Ale, Traditional Fruit Lambic, Wild Ale


Earthy beers are often sour and typically described as “funky”. These beers posses intense rustic qualities like earthy, grassy, barnyard, and leather notes. In the aromas, milder fruit flavours, like peaches, apricots, grapes, and strawberries can be present. It is quite common for these beers to have high carbonation levels, which makes them quite refreshing.

Types of beers that fall into this beer profile include: Belgian Gueuze Lambic, Saison / Farmhouse Ale, Traditional Unblended Lambic, Wild / Sour Ale


Food Pairings for Sour, Tart & Funky Brews:

Sour beers pair well with duck, pork chops and chicken thighs, as the acidity can be used to harmonize with fatty cuts of meat. Beers with fruit and wild characteristics pair nicely with light meats, like rosemary chicken or spicy dishes, like an spicy curry. Really tart and funky brews pair nicely with fruity desserts and dark chocolate.


If you’re thinking, “What type of beer should I drink?”…
Try a funky, sour, or tart beer!


Tart, Sour & Funky Beers You Need To Try If You Like…

If you’re ready to try these funky, unique brews, you should start by trying beers that have similar flavours to ones you already know you love.

If red wine is your drink of choice, you will probably enjoy Coolship Cerise by Allagash Brewing Company.

If you love fruit dipped in chocolate or caramel, try Femme De La Rouge by 10 Barrel Brewing Company.

Is green tea your morning wake-me-up? You might like Paradise Found by Annex Ale Project.


More Sour, Funky and Tart Beers To Try:

If you’re having troubles finding the perfect funky brew for you, let us help you out by narrowing it down to some of our personal favourite beers brewed by Canadian brewing companies.


Find the right beer for you!

JustBeer has grouped all the styles of beers into seven main beer profile categories to help you find beers based on flavours you already know and love.


If tart, funky and sour beers aren’t your thing, check out these other beer profiles you might enjoy:

Crisp & Clean
Hoppy & Bitter
Dark & Roasty
Malty & Sweet
Fruit & Spice
Sour, Tart & Funky

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