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Destihl Saint Dekkera Barrel Reserve Sour: Flanders/Oud Bruin

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RATINGS: 41   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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Our complex, Belgian-style ‘wild beers’ are aged for several months or even years in our oak barrels. Each barrel contains a different base beer (with distinct color, flavor, body, alcohol, malt and hop character) which undergoes spontaneous and prolonged fermentation with wild critters including Brettanomyces, which is a non-spore forming genus of yeast which lives on the skins of fruit in the wild. The genus name Dekkera is used interchangeably with Brettanomyces and was discovered at the Carlsberg brewery in 1904 by N. Hjelte Claussen, who was investigating it as a cause of spoilage in English ales but which is appreciated and encouraged in certain traditional Belgian-style ales.

BARREL #1: Flanders/Oud Bruin

Belgian style Flanders/Oud Bruin naturally soured by spontaneous/wild secondary fermentation and aging for over two years.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (4581) - Michigan, USA - JUN 30, 2016
500 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 9/14/2015. Pours hazy nearly opque dark brown color with a 1-2 finger dense and fluffy khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big sour cherry, berry, green apple, raisin, plum, red grape, caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, light chocolate, toasted oak, bourbon, vanilla, hay, straw, leather, pepper, musty funk, light red wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, bourbon barrel, and moderate dark/bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big sour cherry, berry, green apple, raisin, plum, red grape, caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, light chocolate, toasted oak, bourbon, vanilla, hay, straw, leather, pepper, musty funk, light red wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Good amount of fruity/acidic sourness and yeast/tannic oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of sour cherry, berry, green apple, raisin, plum, red grape, caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted oak, bourbon, vanilla, hay, straw, leather, pepper, musty funk, light red wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, bourbon barrel, and moderate dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/sour/spiciness balance; and zero astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from sour/spiciness as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, acidic/tannic, and fairly creamy/grainy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding Flanders brown ale. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, bourbon barrel, and moderate dark/bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink; even with the high level of sourness/acidity. A highly enjoyable offering.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kaser (5567) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 23, 2016
Reddish dark pour from 16o bottle at home. Aroma is cherry and red wine. Taste is similar - dry, tart, really fruity, berries and a little red wine and vinegar. Good stuff

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tmoreau (3628) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2016
Shared 16.07 oz. bottle poured to snifters showing a fairly clear, mahogany color, with a presentable layer of bubbly, tan head foam, and dots & dashes of lacing. The nose was woody/oaky, esters as dark cherry & concord grape, with a rather vinous nature. Medium bodied, with moderate carbonation, the taste was on the sour side of tart, along with a finishing dryness that created a pleasant puckering on the palate. A fine example of a quality Flanders Brown Ale/Oud Bruin.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DialSquare (4238) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 9, 2016
Old note. On tap at Crest in Clintonville. Random notes: leather, light vinegar, cherry, wine, bit muddled, little tinny. fairly thick. light to moderate sour.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nickls (2358) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - DEC 14, 2015
Bottle. Deep dark brown cola with ruby orange highlights. Sweet toffee, malty, slight sour, some wood as well in the aroma. Flavor is more interesting, balsamic sweetness, acetic burn and some vinegar. Medium to fuller body.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (11332) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 12, 2015
Sample at GABF 09/26/2015, thanks to my sis for assistance with note-taking. Reddish-brown color with a medium light beige head that recedes steadily. Strings of lacing. Aroma of cherries, oak and malt. Medium body with flavors of funky cherries, yeast and malt. The finish is fruity with a dark cherry aftertaste. Above average overall.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hayduke (4755) - Eureka, California, USA - NOV 4, 2015
Sampled at GABF 2015. In the tasting glass was a hazy dark red with oan off-white to beige head. Nose of cherry, funk and wood. Medium body. Flavor is tart, lots of funk, wood for sure, and a tart funky finish. I like good sours and this one is great.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
djd07 (9755) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 7, 2015
Bottle thanks to Rainer. Pours a hazy brown ruby with small beige head that lasts. The aroma is strong wood, dark cherry, vinegar. Medium mouth, funky, cherry skin, vinegar, tart, good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (9948) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 1, 2015
a well done if not standout sour. pleasant funk and oak sour twang on the palate and in the nose. some fruit, leather and cola in there as well. would be a great intro to the style beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtclockwork (14729) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 9, 2015
Bottle. Pours dark brown tan head. Nose/taste of cherry, oak, earthy grainy sourness - medium body.


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