Brewed by De Dolle Brouwers
Style: Sour Red/Brown
Diksmuide, Belgium
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler


on tap

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RATINGS: 1100   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.04/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
Matured in Bordeaux casks.
2002 bottles: 12% ABV.
2004 through 2013 bottles: 13% ABV.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lowenbrau (3180) - Asturias, Oviedo, SPAIN - NOV 22, 2015
330ml bottle. @home 22-11-2015.
Bottled: April 2015.
In short: doped Grand Cru.
Pours hazy dark copper with nice light tan head. Short head retention, poor lacing. Tart, wood, sherry nose, intense aromas. Medium body, soft carbontion, oily texture. Taste is quite tart, vinous character, port, sherry, dried fruits, raisins, plums, caramel, with a strong bitter aftertaste. Maybe a bit saturating.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
fombe89 (2060) - Asturias, SPAIN - NOV 17, 2015
Botella, @Lambicus, Barcelona. 14/11/2015.Botella 2013 Color marrón oscuro, sabor madera,agrio, final dulce, muy compleja, alcohol integrado.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChtiBreizh (456) - Rennes, FRANCE - NOV 15, 2015
75cl bottle, tasting @ Chez Alain, Rennes. Tasted 2012 and 2013 vintages. Hazy to clear medium brown with an average frothy head. Sweet caramel, dry fruits, wood, sour finish. Complex and tasty. 2013 vintage a bit mellower than 2012.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mansquito (5181) - Nueva York, New York, USA - NOV 14, 2015
New Beer Distributors, NYC bottle: pours brown with a whitish head with brown notes. Aroma is wood, cherries, acid, wine, and vinegar. Taste is strongly sour especially on the first sip. Alcohol is well covered. Plenty of tree and berry up in there. Aftertaste is what you would expect. Not as complex as expected, but still has excellent flavour.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
josanguapo (1043) - SPAIN - NOV 2, 2015
Bit Evolution. Acid but not overwhelming. However, the acid hides everything else in aroma and taste. Not my kind of beer, more for the people who like wine I suppose. However, I have to recognize that they make an excellent job in hiding the 13% alcohol. I didnt feel it in aroma, taste nor effect.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pringao_Toribi (349) - Oviedo, SPAIN - OCT 25, 2015
2013 version In short: caramely acidic beer. Aroma: caramel and tofee at first, goes to flowers and yeast at the end. Taste: mild sweet at first, goest to strong sour. Palate: fizzy acidic lasting sensation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CraftyBeerTour (141) - Barcelon, SPAIN - OCT 18, 2015
33cl bottle, the 2013 reserve. Aroma: mineral/wet stone, grapeskins, some alcohol; a rich blast of sour funk caramel malt in the middle; gentle bitterness, a real rinser, gentle bitterness, and gentle warming, no sight of 13% ABV. Would buy again.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
llucmaduell (162) - barcelona, SPAIN - OCT 18, 2015
Forceful! Fantastic! A brewer incredible journey! Having a beer in your mouth like this is a meravela to remember it. A beer reserved for the few, both for herself and for style and price. I was speechless. Really all products from De Dolle are very good. This long remember the pleasantly.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheCametron (2347) - CZECH REPUBLIC - OCT 8, 2015
Bottle in Brugges with Brian & Holly. 2013 Bottle. Pours dark Muddy Brown with a Cream coloured head. Caramel, sour cherries and booze. Its tart and tangy. Oaky and dry. Mouth puckering initially. Fruity yet savoury. A very interesting beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kepano (260) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 4, 2015
2013 Bottle - Kulminator. Pours a dark, chestnutty black with a frothy head that makes way for thick sheets of lace. The aroma is amazingly rich and complex. Deep notes of figs, prunes and caramel are apparent. Whiffs of oaky vanilla and cherries signals its sour character yet I was surprised to find the flavor more barnyard-y than anticipated. A dry hit of oak hits the tongue, quickly revealing cherries and the layers of flavor of the classic Oerbier. As I write this review I am sipping its younger cousin, which I must admit, feels far more balanced to me. The Special Reserva is just as complex, as smooth, as rich, but the heavy-handed oak does not improve it, to my taste.

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