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Brewed by Brouwerij De Ranke
Style: Sour/Wild Ale
Dottignies, Belgium
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler

bottled
common

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RATINGS: 538   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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Old sour beer from De Ranke blended with Girardin lambic.


4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pailhead (5381) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - SEP 7, 2009
Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate lemon tartness, oranges, and musty basement. It pours a hazy golden-orange with a moderate creamy white head that lasts a minute or so and leaves sporadic clumpy sheets of lacing. The flavor starts with some mild citrus notes and then quickly turns to a moderate lemony/lambic tartness in the finish with a hint of must and wood. The lambic qualities are really dominant. A virtually perfect combination of sourness and drinkability (I hate to use this word now that Bud has made it a slogan, but I don’t know how else to explain it). Medium bodied with mild carbonation and a soft mouthfeel. It really comes a across like a lambic with a more full and soft mouthfeel. Definitely the best mouthfeel I’ve had in a Sour Ale. Maybe this is a hit or miss when it comes to bottling. I’m really shocked at the scores in the low 3’s by people who like sour beers. I didn’t rate this the first time a few weeks ago because I instantly knew I’d be buying another bottle, but I’m equally blown away a second time by this beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - SEP 3, 2009
Incredible sour beer. Woody, basalmic, acetic, lovely light spice accents. Body is medium, slightly clingy. So drinkable. Peach skin dryness!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - AUG 25, 2009
Now this is really good. While not being too complex it has a lot of sourness and rich dark fruit and molasses. Full body and a bit acidic and prickly.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TaktikMTL (6290) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 24, 2009
Bouteille verte de 750 ml dégustée au Cheval Blanc (Montréal, QC). Arôme: Légère odeur de pêche et de nectarine avec une pointe citronnée. Apparence: La couleur est blonde légèrement voilée. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de pamplemousse et de citron avec une pointe de pommes sûrettes. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement vineuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Légère présence de pommes en arrière goût. (Rating #2597)

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Drake (9999) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 22, 2009
750 mL bottle courtesy of Proteus93. Thanks! Pours a clear orange amber color with a medium head. Decent head retention and lacing. Beautiful aroma with notes of yeast, caramel, plums, berries, light funk and a finish of peppery spice. Taste is quite funky with notes of tart citrus, oak, peppery spice notes and something slightly herbal. Medium bodied. Quite nice.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bp (819) - Queens, New York, USA - AUG 22, 2009
Bottle: pours a hazy orangish brown with no head, tart aroma of sour cherries, taste is tart, dry, flat, not overly impressed with this one...maybe I got a bad bottle or maybe this sour just doesn’t do it for me.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3463) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 20, 2009
25.4 oz, bottled July 2007. Clear copper brown with some beige bubbles. Nose is peach, citrus peel and honey. Hints of leather with a peppery sting. Medium body with a faint tingle. Taste is cherry juice and lemon; briefly sweet. Dry, woody finish with lingering tart green plum and pit.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Sonicdescent (384) - Donora, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 18, 2009
According to the bottle, this one was brewed in April of 08. Pours a little dissapointing, the liquid looks good but the head disappeared before I could move into my living room. Smell however is much better, I get some lemon, tarty funk. Sour territory. Taste is vinegary funk over lemon, golden apple, very light tartness that gets bigger at the end. Very nice. Mouth is a little issue, this is a medium body drink, but I feel the carbonation needs to be a little higher. Not terrible by any means, just some room for improvement or maybe asking to be aged. This is a good, solid beer that has some room for improvement. I would like to buy one to age a bit longer. Cheers!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fordest (2015) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - AUG 18, 2009
Lots of funky fruity funk on the aromas. More on the flavor. Some sweetness too. Pretty darn tasty

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nate (3806) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 17, 2009
Sampled at the ’09 RBPTE, courtesy of cheapdark. Light wheat malt and no hops, but a big yeasty, barnyard, cheesy nose. Great sour nose. Hazy light golden amber body with creaym white lacing, lasting head. Light bodied with with lively carbonation and astringent after. Heavy acidic tang, funky yeasty taste, tart and delicious. Medium bitter after. Nice sour.


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