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

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RATINGS: 1102   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.04/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Matured in Bordeaux casks.
2002 bottles: 12% ABV.
2004 through 2013 bottles: 13% ABV.


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
bibi (18) - De Panne, BELGIUM - MAY 26, 2005
Belgian beer, deep hazy color with an off-white head, nose of wooden casks, sour flavors, sour finish, medium in body. notes of plums, raisins, blackberries, and pears.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeec5 (204) - bayonne, New Jersey, USA - MAY 24, 2005
bretty, earthy, sourish. dough/yeast. alc. only noticeable as it warmed. Cool. De Dolle is da shizzle.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fatty (363) - Perkiomenville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 12, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2005 Dark amber body with a thin head. Full thick and sweet plum/grape flavor. Smooth palate with a warming finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 5, 2005
very cloudy copper in color w/ a thick white head that laced fairly well. Smelled oddly tart w/ some plums, malts, a bit of grass.. but sweet. The palate was highly carbonated but had a fairly avg body. The flavor is tartly fruity(plum/pear) w/ some nice alcohol in it .. Overall very good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 4, 2005
’02 bottle generously donated by Joe M. Cloudy light brown body, foamy white head. Cream of wheat aroma w/ brown sugar, plum, and some apricot for good measure. Tart flavor - lemon rind, salty minerals, pear, and wet hay malt. There’s a lot going on in this beer, but nothing that I really enjoy.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 4, 2005
UPDATED: APR 14, 2011 2002 bottle thanks to RatedX! The appearance is Cloudy brown body with a thin white head. Good lacing. The aroma is sweet, grain similar to alfalfa or hay, green raisins, caramel malts, barrel aging. The flavor is casky alcohol, salty, fruity, kinda like a gose (salt beer) but casky and not as salty. Tart, sour. Damn, there’s a lot going on in this beer. The palate is filled with a huge carbonation, medium mouthfeel. Acidic. 9, 3, 8, 3, 17= 4.0

2004 vintage for $4.99. The beer pours to a murky dark garnet body with a tall lasting meringue-like off-white head. Nice lacing. The aroma is stunning. Sweet and sour oaken Bordeaux. Raisins, cherries, pears, oak. The flavor is tart and sour with a strong wine flavor that’s full of raw oak, cherries, and sour brettanomyces. Tart warming palate with no alcohol vapors or flavors. So nicely warming. Nice sourness. 9, 4, 9, 4, 18 = 4.4

2009 vintage bottled in Feb. 2010. 13%. The beer pours to a deep mahogany body with a fluffy/rocky tan head. The aroma is oaken and definitely vinous. Raisins, dust, hay, and oak. The flavor is sour funky white grapes with a dry earthy peppery red wine. Oak and cherries. Palate is velvety and tart. With a medium body and necessary carbonation. 13% is totally hidden. As excellent as ever. Thanks De Dolle Brouwers!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtw (1153) - farmington, Michigan, USA - APR 30, 2005
2002 bottle. like a mix between a kriek and a dubbel, very oaky and winey and cherrylike in the aroma, and surprisingly tart flavor. lots of tangy brown sugar, quite good but certainly nothing i could drink often.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OlivierMTL (709) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 27, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2005 Couleur brune rouille foncée, faible mousse parsemé de bulles savonneuses. Arômes de pommes brunes meurtris, de vieux cuir ayant des histoires à raconter, de cire à souliers et de vinaigre balsamique très affirmé. Les effluves d’alcool annonce une potentiel agglomération entre ces éléments. En bouche, une aigreur prononcé rappelant les jeunes pommes vertes, laisse ensuite la place au jus de pruneau bouilli dans de vieux tonneaux de bois. La texture mêlée à l’heureuse réconciliation entre l’aigreur et le fruit fait constamment allusion au vinaigre balsamique. Une dose réconfortante d’alcool arrive en retro-olfaction. Bouteille miraculeuse dégusté avec Jocelyn. Pour ceux qui savent ce que signifie Oer en flamand, en prendre une et l’enfermer dans un baril de bois pendant des mois ne peut que faire ressortir le meilleur d’elle même. Bouteille achetée à la brasserie, Mars 2005.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - APR 24, 2005
Pours a hazy dark amber with a fine head...was present until the last sip. The aroma is oak cask, fruity, and some sweet maltiness. The flavor is sweet and sour, earthy, and some alcohol. Hard to believe this is 12% abv. The wine-like qualities come on as it warms. Medium-bodied, and finishes with a nice tart bitterness. Thanks Eric for this little gem.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - APR 23, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2006 Much deserved re-rate. 2004 courtesy of 1FastSTi. Murky medium reddish-brown. 1 finger, off-white head. Decent lacing. Aroma is all dark fruit up front, mostly cherry, but also get some fig/prune. Plenty of yeast and oak along with it. I know it reads Bordeaux, but getting vanilla, seems more bourbon like. Flavor has a quick tart/sour cherry kick up front, again fig and prune, before woodiness takes over through the middle and finish. Sourness shows up a tad near the end, but otherwise, quite dry in the finish. Creamy smooth palate. Didn’t get any alcohol whatsoever. Would score even better without so much wood character towards the end. Still a gem, regardless. Thansk again Blake!


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