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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1080   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.04/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
Matured in Bordeaux casks.
2002 bottles: 12% ABV.
2004 through 2010 bottles: 13% ABV.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - DEC 20, 2004
Bottled 330ml. I’ve been sitting on this awhile and figured it would be a great beer to do for my 100th rating on ratebeer. Pours murky brown with a reddish tint. Frothy off white head. Aromas of oak and that’s about it. Flavor is extremely complex! Figs, horse blanket, spices cherry, and strawberries. Very dry, tart finish with a slight alcohol warmth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Indra (2711) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - DEC 19, 2004
UPDATED: APR 12, 2008 Instantly captivating, tart, fruity aroma with hints of sour cherry, plum, red grape, gentle flowery sweetness, lightly toasty malt, doughy yeast, musty cobwebs and faint oak. Deep garnet in color, slightly hazy, with a fine, lasting off-white head and spectacularly delicate lacing. Flavor profile is astonishingly deep and complex, profoundly vinous and lightly sweet with abundant dark fruitiness and tartness throughout, finishing with a blend of nutty and red malts, earthy minerals, medicinal alcohol and slight musty wood. Warming, faintly acidic and winey palate, body is generous and expansive. Absolutely incredible.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
MiP (14562) - Sřnderborg, DENMARK - DEC 16, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2009 Bottle. Sherry/mead aroma. Dark brown colour, no head. Slighty sour, sherry-like flavour. Semi-sweet. Sour/acidic aftertaste. 9 3 7 3 15

Bottle at EsBF09. Good sour aroma, citric and slightly lactic. Cloudy red brown colour. Very small head. Good citric flavour, lactic but nicely sweet. Good barrel vanilla note, quite subtle. Sour raisin. 9 4 9 4 20

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 10, 2004
Dark and mostly clear ruby body. Thick creamy off-white head. Less yeast than I’d expect. Aroma seems more different than I’d expect from the normal. Needs to warm a bit I think. Fruity vinous and oaky hop aroma. Almost a lambicy vanilla aroma at times. Wow... this is a truly different beer. Lambicy/musty sour fruit taste. Fruit is cherry mostly, with some underlying sweet alcohol and faint oak. I think the cherry mustiness is actually the bordeaux qualities coming through, as the sourness seems more like tannins now. Quite interesting. Definitely getting more wine qualities now. Some sour raspberry to. I append to this rating I do.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - DEC 3, 2004
Pours out a murky dark brown with a reddish tint and a few inches of beige head. The head has good retention and leaves lacing coating most of the glass. Aroma is spicy, lots of fruity apple notes and plenty of vinous characteristics. Taste starts off with a sharp sweetness and fruitiness of apples and cherries before going overboard with an almost unpalatable sour tartness that is unpleasant. The taste is complex with those flavors as well as plenty of vinous notes and alcohol taste that only adds to the mayhem. Mouthfeel is good and full with a coated feel, which in this case only spreads the unpleasant taste. I would say this is fairly undrinkable in my opinion. I will definitely pick up another bottle in the future to give it a second chance but for now I will stay away.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
footy (345) - scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 28, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2006 Bottled 330 ml. Bought a bottle at 2004 belgian Beer Party at pizza port. Dried Fruit aroma. Tart oaky taste. Very good. Hope to try again

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - NOV 28, 2004
Bottle ala M500. Light brown colored. Whitish head. Vinous and raisin aromas and flavors. Very nicely done. I didn’t pick up a lot of wood notes from the casks.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
motelpogo (7701) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - NOV 21, 2004
bottle at perkeo’s gathering. amber-brown with a lasting head. aroma of raisins, whipped cream, glace cherry and a little bit of mustiness. warming, some oak and strawberry and white wine tartness. classy stuff

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - NOV 16, 2004
What a find! It was buried behind a bunch of other De Dolle stuff on the shelf at Jungle Jims. Wonderful aroma of sour cherries, chocolate, clove, caramel, alcohol, and just a hint of mustiness. Nice red-amber color, persistent off-white head. Flavor is malty, with hints of cherries, toffee, and oak. Pleasantly tart. A little alcohol and oak lingers in the finish. Medium body with moderate carbonation. A very nice, mildly sour Belgian. Great combination of fruit, malt, spice, and sour aspects.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - NOV 7, 2004
33cl bottle Perfect color, head, lace, bead...sweet freshly cut lumber/oak aroma laced with cherries & chocolate & sourness...drinks w/ luscious malt & wood...finishes sour, as Oerbier should! Some dry, fruity acid lingers in my mouth...forever...subtle bitterness mixes...Leagues above the regular, modern Oerbier, IMO.

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