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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1096   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.04/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
Matured in Bordeaux casks.
2002 bottles: 12% ABV.
2004 through 2012 bottles: 13% ABV.

   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 (7705) - 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) - Boone, 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lachesis (757) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - NOV 3, 2004
At the Kulminator in Antwerp. Dark amber color with reddish shine and with the tipical De Dolle fluffy head. Outstanding fine nose with fresh and complex wine like aroma’s. Hints of sour fruits with some spicyness and malts. Very refreshing taste with a Rodenbach like touch. The alcohol is very well integreted in this great beer. It has a fine and smooth taste with a medium body. It ends with a wine like sourish afthertaste and with an accent of mango chutny.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 27, 2004
Dark mahogoney color that makes me think of the color of monks robes and more often than not reminds me that the beer I’m about to drink is going to taste good. Creamy, tan head. Deep, cherry tart aroma, woody, the subtlest bit of smoke. Tart flavor, smooth on the pallet. Alcohol is warming. Very tastey.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
omhper (22755) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - OCT 18, 2004
Bottled. Hazy nut brown, lively creamy head. Vinous, woody and tart. Medium bodied with lightly toffeeish malt. Cherryish finish. Has dry white wine qualities.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
zathrus13 (1761) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - OCT 6, 2004
Cloudy brown, with a white head. Aromas of malt, spice, apple, and oak/wood. Flavor is wood/oak, slightly sour dark fruit and apple cider.Finish is slightly dry. I would like it more if it was a little sweeter.

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