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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 1, 2004
1000! Pours mahogany with a creamy light tan head. Spotty lace. Aroma starts off with the wood from the casks, then caramel and roast malts. Some figs. Coriander and bitter floral hops. Vinous in a way. Blam! Tart flavors erupt. Roast and caramel malts underly. Barnyardy almost. Bitter hops as well. The tartness covers most everything else up. Some alcohol comes through. Palate is dry and tart, cloying slighly bitter and sour with a wierd tart finish. I really liked the nose but the flavors just were strange. I don’t know though, at least it was something different for the good ol K.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopdog (10284) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 24, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2005 I split this bottle DrNate03 at Monk’s. I’ve been looking for this beer for a little while and was excited and surprised to find it. Poured hazy dark brown color with a small head. Smoky oak aroma with malts and fruits. Sour, woody, smokey, fruity with light alcohol and on the sweet side.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Nate (3824) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 23, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2004 Split with hopdog. Oak and maple aroma, sweet but also tang. Fruity, alcohol, strong ale. Cloudy golden amber with small head. Medium heavy body with medium-high carbonation. Starts with malt, oak, alcohol. Tangy and fruity. Bad bottle? Champagne quality. Light bitter finish, tangy sweet. Mild fruity after. Alcohol after.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
OldGrowth (3009) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - AUG 18, 2004
Bottle, Good nose at first. got duller as it warmed. Oak, plum raisin. Hazy bronwish orange color. Small head that lasted for a while. Sweet flavors, Orange/ medicine. Not exciting for me. Thin bubbly mouthfeel, ABV on finish. The ABV kinda flattened flavor I thought. Got worse as it warmed.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Terminus (3409) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 16, 2004
bottle-OK gathering-Mjames apartment-pours a medium brown hue with minimal tan head-chocolate, dark malt, and dark fruit on the aroma-very complex! very vineous, winey, chocolate in the aroma also. ALmost has a raspberry flavor like chocolate covered raspberries. very solid and tasty!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 26, 2004
I’d like to thank either MRomero548 or Kinz for sending me this beer! I can’t recall which of those guys sent me the beer so I’ll just thank both of them… they are both BadAsses anyway so I can’t go wrong, right?!

Rating# 550
Pours a murky mahogany body and a fat and fluffy light tan colored head. The aroma is rather sharp with notes of bionomic vinegar and fresh apple cider. I can smell a depth to this brew a tartness that is clocked with a lightly toasted and sweet note of maple syrup.
The flavor is F-ing Spectacular! There is a so much going on as far as spice and bitter sweet contrasting… it’s absolutely insane!
My conceived mental recipe, but without individual ingredients: A hand kneaded lump of wheat bread dough, A few cups of Golden Delicious pressed apple juice, about a cup of red Merlot grapes, a good portion of orange zests, several hands full of raisins. All tossed and blended in a mortar and then hand ground with a petal: black peppercorn, rosemary, clove, and a suggestion of thyme. Now, add several ounces of grade-A maple syrup.. Mix the listed ingredients into a large conical and copiously blend the ingredients, then pour into a small oak cask that has recently aged a 30-year Porto. Allow a year for the earthy notes of the oak and the cloying and nutty flavors of the Porto to permeate / intermingle / and expand the fresh ingredients... and this MattA’s mental process! The palate is extraordinarily sticky, yet velvety.. an absolute work of genius I tell you!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fiulijn (16931) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 14, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2010 2010-02-23, vintage 2007, 13% ABV, from Ølbutikken, 8-5-8-4-17=42
Dark brown color, hazy, with mahogany shades; creamy head reducing to a thin layer.
Woody aroma, with caramel and light vanilla; sourish and vinous; finally, an impression of old hops and cobwebs.
The body is lean; highly carbonated; good caramel flavor, smooth but not sweet, woody; almost immediately there is some sourness and astringency, with light fruity sourness.
It hides very well the alcohol; it ends also with soft tannins.
Elegant and deep.

2004-07-13, vintage 2002, 12% ABV, courtesy of Joris Pattyn, 8-5-8-3-15=39
Dark amber color; giant thick head. Interesting, complex aroma, malty and woody, fresh; light herbs, caramel, red wine. Vinous taste; original but not complex; malt, light sourness, woody; short. Quite hiding the alcohol, till the end (with no surprises).
Good, but I expected more…

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
fly (1441) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - JUL 2, 2004
Opened as a reward to myself for 5+ hours of chores in and around the house. Large head fairly quickly disipates to nice creamy layer. Fruity aroma that I suppose is cherry and/or raspberry like. First sip transmits aroma to tongue plus nice bitter, sour, vinous, etc finishing slighttly harsh with alcohol, but really, for 12% it’s not annoying. Loads of tongue tingling pleasure. This is every bit the reward I was hoping to enjoy. Time to kick back and chill. HopsRus, you are the BEST! Many thanks

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MartinKubert (862) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 29, 2004
Quite sourish and geuze-like aroma and flavour. Very carbonated. A little dusty and cella-like palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUN 26, 2004
06.26.04 330ml bottle. First off, everyone is calling this beer "hazy" or "cloudy" but mine poured crystal clear. Dark indeed, a deep, red, teakwood brown, but I can clearly see the stream of bubbles rising from the etching in the bottom of my tulip glass. I didn’t pour too slowly and I got about 2cm of creamy beige head from a chilled (44 F) beer. That said, on to the aromas: Ripe pear is the first and most prominant of the fruity aromas, I also note spiced apple, cherry pie, raisin, and I sense that this beer will be sour. And sour it is from front to back, yum! Lots of woodsy flavors blend nicely with dark fruits, cherry notes, and fruity acidity. Alcohol comes through in the finish in a cidery kind of way. The mouthfeel is full and effervescent, not thick. Wonderful.

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