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


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RATINGS: 1098   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.

dmschefke's rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dmschefke (576) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - APR 21, 2010
Wow, now that’s a great beer! 08 bottle. Pours a cloudy slightly amber brown with off white head, some lacing. Aroma of ripe cherries, dried fruits, almost wine like, oak, and some roasted malt. Flavor matches well and makes for a very enjoyable brew. Finishes dry and warm. Nice sipper and thoroughly enjoyed!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tiong (6253) - 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 (6729) - 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 (574) - 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!

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Stoned99 (1103) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mathieuc (3171) - 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Franckg (1024) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 6, 2016
Réserve 2007, bue après 9 ans. Robe brune-orangée sans col de mousse. Arômes d’acide acétique, pomme verte, bois, cerise. En bouche, pomme, petits fruits mûrs, cuir, abricot. Beaucoup de notes vineuses. Texture légère et corps mince moyen. Solide pour une bière de 9 ans d’âge.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ciocanelu (1069) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - APR 4, 2016
Hazy dark reddish-brown color with light brown head. Aroma is typical for an oud bruin. Red, sour wine, dark fruits and some caramel underneath. Taste starts tart but not too intense. It has the specific balsamic vinegar taste but the dark fruits and caramel are also present. Not very acidic like others oud bruins. Medium, soft body and carbonation. The listed ABV seems unbelievable, there is no alcohol burn or taste, just a slight warmth. I wouldn’t have guessed it’s more than 8%. Overall it’s a really well made and easy drinking flanders oud bruin, one of the best I ever had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beersiveknown (4974) - NORTHERN IRELAND - MAR 4, 2016
2012 Bottle at home courtesy of Slacker Mads, big thanks for this want I’d been searching for for a while!
opaque deep ruby brown, tan lacing, rich tart balsamic aroma, full bodied, woody, warming booze, balsamic raspberries, red fruit, sourness becoming more integrated as it airs, very rewarding

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DenverLogan (1030) - MileHi, Colorado, USA - FEB 9, 2016
From a 330 ml bottle into a St Bernardus tulip glass. Label says 12%, brewed and bottled in 2002. Damn...I must have had this in some hidden corner!! Pours brown with small head and lace. Big aroma of dark roasted malts, brown sugar, dark candy sugar, molassas, mangos, rum. Medium carbonation and big mouthfeel. Whooo big first flavors of sour mash and fermented tropical fruit rinds. It’s gotten more funky than what I would call a funky Belgian when fresh!! I can’t rate this beer on this aged specimen, but I’ll add my numbers from a 1 year old. I should also note that I think the De Dolle Stille Nacht fresh or with several years of age is worthy of a top 100 or better best beers on earth. That De Dolle brew rocks!

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