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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.


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4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
skippapotamus (29) - USA - NOV 20, 2008
2008 version. Bottle pours deep burgundy with slightly pink tinted tan head. Average head but solid retention. Nose is definitely dark fruit (cherry, grape) and perfume, strong but pleasing. flavors include plum, cherry, and slight Saaz spiciness including black and white pepper. Thin body, tart, dryish. Refining in bottle to the degree of attenuation has thinned it out compared to many Belgians, but not displeasingly. Finish is sour and somewhat lactic with slight cherry aftertaste.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Garrold (4232) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adster (680) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bwyu (57) - - AUG 24, 2016
Very drinkable sour. Tart cherries, caramel in the aroma, slightly acetic, slight vanilla (oak?), Slightly medicinal. Complex. Delicious.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
lello4ever (675) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tiong (6438) - 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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cunningham (6952) - 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]

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerplace (768) - 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!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Weezel (269) - Florida, USA - MAY 29, 2016
Brewed in 2013 bottle. Peppery, woodsy and sweet grape notes on the aroma. Pours deep brown with nice head retention that fades away. The taste is on point with sour port wine that fades into smooth oak. Deep vinous flavor that carries through the whole swallow.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Stoned99 (1235) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 15, 2016
12 ounces bottle from Craft Beer Cellar Waterbury. Aroma: nose of funky cherries, light vinegar notes dust. App: clear burgundy, minimal off white head, little lacing. Taste and palate: light body, light sweetness, lively carbonation, fruity a lot, clean acidity finish. Overall: well made. Easy to drink. Not as balsamic vinegar as other Sour Red. After half the bottle I decided to have a look at the bottle and realized this was 13% abv. I honestly would have never guessed. Really well hidden and to me on this kind of beer this is a success. Yes it does feel a tad warm in the throat after swallowing it but not that much. Deserves one more point for it. Really well done. Glad I bought this one.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mathieuc (3318) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 15, 2016
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2016 Many thank to Tommy for the opportunity! It pours a medium red with a thin offwhite head that leaves good lacing. Nose is of acetone, wine, dust, musty oak and alcohol. Taste is of juicy red grapes, wine and oak. Too bad the nose was a little off, otherwise it would have scored much better! Moderate body and carbonation. Vinous. A good barrel aged quadrupel but I expected a lot more from it! I’ll certainly give it another try soon!


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