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


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RATINGS: 1072   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.04   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
Matured in Bordeaux casks.
2002 bottles: 12% ABV.
2004 through 2010 bottles: 13% ABV.

skippapotamus' rating

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheCametron (2127) - CZECH REPUBLIC - OCT 8, 2015
Bottle in Brugges with Brian & Holly. 2013 Bottle. Pours dark Muddy Brown with a Cream coloured head. Caramel, sour cherries and booze. Its tart and tangy. Oaky and dry. Mouth puckering initially. Fruity yet savoury. A very interesting beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kepano (249) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 4, 2015
2013 Bottle - Kulminator. Pours a dark, chestnutty black with a frothy head that makes way for thick sheets of lace. The aroma is amazingly rich and complex. Deep notes of figs, prunes and caramel are apparent. Whiffs of oaky vanilla and cherries signals its sour character yet I was surprised to find the flavor more barnyard-y than anticipated. A dry hit of oak hits the tongue, quickly revealing cherries and the layers of flavor of the classic Oerbier. As I write this review I am sipping its younger cousin, which I must admit, feels far more balanced to me. The Special Reserva is just as complex, as smooth, as rich, but the heavy-handed oak does not improve it, to my taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TET (2206) - Kaarina, FINLAND - AUG 29, 2015
Brewed 2013, bottled April 2015. A dark brown with red notes, a head is quite small and beige. Aroma has richness of cherries and raspberries, balsamico, some grapes and prunes. Taste has cherries, medium sourness, earthyness, grapes. Slightly sticky, almost full bodied. Good beer and not too sour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
suprchunk (2684) - Crestview, Florida, USA - AUG 21, 2015
Been a minute since I’ve had this one. Brown pour. Tinges of red. Small tan head. Little lacing. Nice soft acetic nose. Malty and dark fruity. Taste is a pleasant revisit of the nose. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GlasgowTAD (735) - Glasgow/Aberdeen, SCOTLAND - JUL 31, 2015
2012 bottle thanks to berntholer! Pours a burgundy shade of brown with a large salmon-pink head which remains. Aroma is cherries, red grapes and some funk. Taste is tart cherries, moderate reminiscence of nuts (brazil nuts and walnuts), raspberries and a hit of red wine. Tart and fruity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MarcoDL (3086) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 21, 2015
Bottle at Kulminator. Aroma of sour oak, red fruit and barnyard. Taste of sour red fruit, oak, sour milk, mild vanilla and smooth cherry, long finish. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
leghorn99 (143) - Livorno, ITALY - JUL 18, 2015
Questa Speciale Reserva 2010 ha un colore ramato profondo, tendente al rossiccio; la schiuma non è molta, marrone chiaro e di scarsa persistenza. Olfatto complesso, fruttato di ciliegie sotto spirito e di prugne, vinoso alcolico, leggermente acetico, terroso, con qualche sensazione di legno. In bocca è aspra ed acida, citrica, ma soprattutto vinosa ed acetica, molto carbonata, alcoolica (13% dichiarati!) che ti picchia dura nel palato, ma anche fruttata, di ciliegia e prugna, e sotto sotto una base dolce con i suoi malti... e la vaniglia del legno. Una leggera astringenza finale, corpo normale, quasi esile vista la gradazione.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
k0mpsa (1854) - Järvenpää, FINLAND - JUL 18, 2015
2013 bottle at tuulensuu, tampere. Dark reddish brown color, small white head. Rich aroma has cherries, sweet sugar notes, wine notes. Cherries, wine, caramel, sour apple notes. Very complex and tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GRM (3375) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 3, 2015
Brown bottle, 11.2 ounces, 2012 vintage, bottled in SEP2012, savoured on July 3 2015; eye: dirty brown, thin sheet of mocha head that turns into a ring, slight lacing; nose: acidity, cherry, small dark berries, musk, light wild yeasts, earthy; mouth: acidity, cherry, small dark berries, musk, light wild yeasts, small berries acridness, light tannin, finale in black currant with good presence of malt, medium-full body, average carbonation, mildly sweet, slick texture; overall: fine FRANÇAIS Bouteille brune, 11,2 onces, 13 %, millésime 2012, embouteillée en SEP2013, savourée le 3 juillet 2015; œil : brun sale, trouble, mince couverture de mousse moka qui se transforme en un anneau, très légère dentelle; nez : acidité, cerise, petits fruits noirs, musc, léger levures sauvages, terreux; bouche : acidité, cerise, petits fruits noirs, musc, léger levures sauvages, âcreté de petits fruits, léger tanin, finale en cassis avec bonne présence de malt, corps moyen-corsé, carbonatation moyenne, moyennement sucrée, texture coulante; en résumé : bien

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alexsdad06 (7228) - Ohio, USA - JUN 18, 2015
11,2 oz bottle multiple times from notes. Pours a clear dark amber brown color with a medium sized off white head. The aroma and flavor have Belgian character, sweetness balanced by tart fruit, red wine character, oak, no sign of the abv, I always enjoy seeing this one, a favorite from my early days on the site that I get to revisit from time to time.

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