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


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RATINGS: 1105   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.04/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
Matured in Bordeaux casks.
2002 bottles: 12% ABV.
2004 through 2013 bottles: 13% ABV.

ktingleff's rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ktingleff (169) - - OCT 27, 2012
2010 edition. Alcoholic, sour like vinegar, dry, powerful , complex with strong dried fruits and leather notes. Resembles more a sour ale than a strong ale. Highly recommendable beer. Don’t serve it straight from the fridge..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sjogro (2878) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 27, 2016
Shared from bottle thanks to Maakun! Clear red brown with no head. Almost no smell. Red grapes, prunes, goji berries, wine, light balsamico. Light sweet and bitter and about medium sour. Under medium body, almost no carbonation, bit dry feel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Maakun (4093) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 27, 2016
Bottle shared. Clear teak with short lasting beige head. Sweet cherries, balsamic vinegar, brown sugar, oak, hay, acetone, dried herbs, quite some red wines with dry oak tannins, lots of oxidized fruit juices and sherry, dead leaves. Almost medium sweet and sour with lasting alcoholic and herbal bitterness. Over medium bodied. Great beer, but maybe a bit too much acetone for me. Doesn’t feel like 13% at all.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Speko (226) - DENMARK - OCT 15, 2016
Bottle 0,33 thanks to Slacker. Pours dark amber with large off-white head. Aroma is sour with notes of red berries, wood, dusty. Taste is also sour with notes of berries, wood, tobacco, a bit dusty. Alcohol is not noticeable at all. Medium body and average carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Garrold (4366) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 11, 2016
Bottle. 2009 vintage. Delices & Caprices, Brussels. Rusty, ruby red. Would have been without haze, but I do like to pour in the yeast. Film, and dense ring of beige head. Nose has burnt raspberry and cherry. Black cherry stone. Some red wine barrel. Bit of oaky vanilla. Some very light oxidation. Some fruity esters. Smells fantastic. Taste is fruity, estery sweet, getting tart, unripe cherry sour. Never feels the ABV. Soft acidity. Foamy mouthfeel. Dry, tangy, cherry stone finish. Lovely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adster (686) - HUNGARY - SEP 9, 2016
Vörösesbarna "sour ale"-költemény, tojásfehér krémhabbal, élénk, szinte vad aroma-kompozícióval, ami nyilvánvalóan a fanyar mondanivaló körül koncentrálódik, mely azonban nem válik uralkodóvá; a balzsamecetes, éretlen jegyek mellett zöldalmás, cseresznyés, marcipános, belga élesztős árnyalatok is megvillannak. A likőrös hangulatok is leginkább illatában vannak jelen, hiszen a legnagyobb talányként az alkoholfok feltüntetett mértéke említhető, ami ízvilágára a legkisebb mértékben sem nyomja rá a bélyegét, sőt... Nem az a könnyfakasztó savanyúság, elegáns vonalakkal megáldott karakter, mely kellőképpen gyümölcsös, meglehetősen részletgazdag, többféle árnyalatban játszó. Néhol vörös -, néhol sárga gyümölcsök képe tűnik elő, máskor száraz boros, érett, fás hangulatok hordozója, mindenesetre izgalmas és könnyedén fogyasztható főzet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bwyu (58) - - AUG 24, 2016
Very drinkable sour. Tart cherries, caramel in the aroma, slightly acetic, slight vanilla (oak?), Slightly medicinal. Complex. Delicious.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
lello4ever (720) - ITALY - AUG 20, 2016
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2016 2008. Tonaca di frate con sottilissima schiuma evanescente. Nota al naso acidula, berries. Al palato conferma di essere acidula, con corpo pieno, intensa e corposa. Acidula di mela e dolce di bacche, fruttata e vinosa. Carbonazione medio bassa. Molto intensa e piena ma non eccessivamente impegnativa in piccole dosi, nonostante la gradazione alcolica elevatissima. La oerbier č fantastica, questo invecchiamento in botte aggiunge una interessante nota acida e vinosa.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tiong (6511) - Espoo, FINLAND - JUN 2, 2016
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2016 330ml bottle. 2010 vintage, thanks laiti! Pours dark reddish brown with a foamy head. Aroma of berries, malts, ripe fruits and earthy notes. Taste is heavy, sweetish and malty with some sourish berries, vinous notes, toffee and ripe fruits. Finish is smooth, slightly sweetish and malty with some oak, wood, sourish vinous berries, yeast and earthy notes. Heavy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cunningham (7058) - Halden, NORWAY - JUN 2, 2016
An unusual smooth and balance sour red/brown ale. Unfortunately a bit to high carbonation. That destroyed the picture a bit.
Clear amber color with a fine tan head. Ok lacing. Looks good. Nice and balanced intensity in the aroma. Not as full body as expected for a beer at 13%. A bit to rich carbonation. Lovely balance between sourness/acidity/sweetness. Oily texture. Oak, vinous, mild vinegar, toffee and fruity. Dangerously well masked alcohol.
[Bottle (2012 version) from a trade with JefVerstraete]

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerplace (922) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 30, 2016
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2016 330ml bottle bought in France, tasted at Jamey’s. Vintage 2013. Pours a dark reddish brown with a white head. Aroma is candied cherries, winey, barrels, sweet apples, some yogurt notes - wow! Taste is winey, cherries, apples, still good, but aroma is a slightly better. Cherries, woodish, veeery long finish. Amazing!

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