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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: 1022   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.04   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Matured in Bordeaux casks.
2002 bottles: 12% ABV.
2004 through 2010 bottles: 13% ABV.


tom10101's rating

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
tom10101 (2700) - Quebec, - OCT 7, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2012 Bottle (330 ml) 2002. Huge thanks to David for sharing this beer! Hazy and thick dark amber with almost no head (as expected for a 10 years old beer) and some lacing. Aroma is incredibly complex with red wine, wood, apple, caramel, cherry and spices. Oxidation is barely perceptible. Taste is also really complex with wood, red wine, apple, caramel and spices. There’s an important acidic presence (a good one) that made this beer unique and it’s hiding the oxidation (which is still more perceptible in taste than in aroma). Mouthfeel is vinous, almost sirupy. Alcohol is warming, but when you realize the beer is 12% abv, you also realize that alcohol is pretty well hidden. This is really an amazing beer! Wonderfully complex and near perfect balance between acidity and big malty body. I would be curious to taste a younger version of this one. Merci David!


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cpetrone84 (1369) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2014
2012 bottle. Pour is copper with ruby edges and a tight light tan head. Nose is sour cherry, light oak and vanilla, a bit of acetic acid. Taste is quite nice, acetic acid fades away, sour cherries are very well integrated with oak and vanilla. A bit of malt mid to late palate. Well balanced and very tasty, lighter body and very well carbonated.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Svesse (6065) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - AUG 8, 2014
(Bottle, vintage 2008) Dark brown colour with frothy, beige head. Fruity, vinous nose with caramel, oak wood, dried fruit (raisins, prunes), cherries, red wine and a slight acidity. Fruity, vinous, tart taste with notes of caramel, red fruit, wine, oak wood, cherries, a hint of chocolate and a tart, vinous finish with warming alcohol. Almost full body, with a touch of sweetness and a fair amount of sourness. Possibly not very well balanced, but very tasty and quite interesting. Excellent beer.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hackobock (1289) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 12, 2014
Bottle, brewed in 2012. Pours clear red with a small frothy off-white head. Aroma is tart cherries, oak, vanilla, red wine, slight aceton. Taste is tart up front with an increasing dry oak note, slight sharp high alcohol finish, dry woody tart finish. Body is light/medium and fairly lively carbonation. A bit too much nail polish for me.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zinneke (75) - Brussels, BELGIUM - JUL 6, 2014
Amazing beer. Aroma: Cherry, wine notes, berries, vanilla, leather. Taste is very compex; wine, oak, caramel, medium sourness. Alcohol is quite well balanced for a 13%. Ace beer

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
italianjohn (2311) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 30, 2014
2010 Vintage Hazy almost clear deep amber pour with a thin slightly lively off white head .... aroma is sour and a bit acidic with red vinous notes, dark fruits .... taste is of light vinous notes, acidic, sour, dark fruits, oak, with some cherry and apple to it ..... dry and a little lively with a light bitter and dry finish .... absolutely no trace of abv and this has aged so well ... loving this ....... 2006 Vintage Darker amber color with a small beige head ... aroma is of very light smoke and dark fruits ..... taste is a bit smoked oak, sour vinous notes, lightly acidic and more of a softer carbonation than the 2010 ... finish is not as dry with still a decent light bitter bite and acidic .... For 13% abv this beer is made extremely well I enjoyed the fresher vintage more

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
SlackerMads (1513) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 29, 2014
Bottle, brewed in 2009. Hazy chestnut brown with a bubbly diminishing tan head. Mouthwatering complex nose, vinous, oak, very light acetone, over ripe fruit. Aroma delivers the same things; clean notes of oak, dusty, redcurrant, raspberry, light acetone, light red wine. Medium body, no telling of the alcohol except a nice warming feel from deep within, where the good beers hit the spot. Medium sweet, little bitterness, light acidic. So light and still so complex and drinkable with no alcohol burn despite the abv. This is insanely good, can’t ask for more. Good price as well.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Yorker (1147) - Herning, DENMARK - MAY 28, 2014
33 cl bottle @ home. Pours reddish brown with some sediment and an off-white head that leaves a little lacing. Aroma and flavour are oak, berries, vanilla, and tartness - with a tart finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
WVHouseofBeer (801) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - MAY 25, 2014
This beer is a peach. No matter the price, grab one immediately. Red wine body with medium carbonation gives rise two a bubbly off white head. Nose of red berries and aged wood gives you a heads up for what’s in store. A lovely balanced flavor of sour and sweet comes from hints of cherries, raspberries, grapes, yeasty notes and a hefty backbone of a lovely wood taste. Simply delicious.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bursprak (481) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 23, 2014
2012 bottle. Pours hazy light brown with a small head that fades almost instantly. Aroma has some red wine, red berries and very little funk. The high ABV shines through in the start but disappears as it warms up. Taste has light balsamico, red currants, grapes and some vanilla.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ineedbeer (697) - Oakland, California, USA - MAY 21, 2014
Brewed 2009, bottled in 2010. Aroma is fairly fruit with a lot of dark, tart cherries, berries and cassis with lighter plum and some fruit. Light oak notes. Light toasted bread and caramel with medium light acidity. Pours a fairly clear, burnt amber brown with a fairly large, thick tan head with pretty nice retention. Slowly recedes until a thin film is left then it seems to stop. Light leaving and medium legs. Flavor is fairly tart upfront but some malt character of toasted bread and caramel does show through. Medium fruit notes of cherries, berries and cassis with lighter notes of raisins and plums. Medium light oak notes and light alcohol spice in the finish. Some lingering acidity and fruit in the finish. Light bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation and a crisp, dry finish. Low astringency and medium alcohol warmth. Overall a superb, high alcohol sour red/brown ale. Really nice fruit notes and balance acidity that still allows some malt character to show. Nice light oak notes.


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