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Destihl Saint Dekkera Barrel Reserve Belgian Sour: Flanders/Oud Bruin
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RATINGS: 26   MEAN: 3.76/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   ABV: -
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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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 27, 2011
(Draught) Pours a deep amber-brown body with a small beige head. Aroma of cherry, caramel, rhubarb, and balsamic. Flavor of caramel, balsamic, light earthiness, and cherry with a moderately dry finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daknole (9423) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 22, 2012
GABF. Reddish brown. Cherries, vinegar, toothpicks, some preserved lemons, yeasty funk. Flavor is sour and very fruity, pucking with some vinegar notes. Damn, another winner!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
adnielsen (9417) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 21, 2013
GABF 2013. Pours a hazy reddish orange appearance with a tan head. Tangy, vinegar, black cherry, raspberry, oaky aroma. Pretty fucken sour, dark berry, cherry, acetic flavor that finishes again quite sour. Pretty good for what it is but a bit too strong for me to really enjoy it.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7867) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 21, 2011
On tap at GABF. Pours with a clear, deep brown body and a tan head. Aromas of red wine, vinous, malty, caramel, acetic, strawberry and a bit of bready malt. Flavors are acetic, brown sugar, red wine and mild esters. Pretty vinous. Light bubbles, dry and oaky.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
crossovert (7745) - Illinois, USA - JAN 15, 2013
Powerfully sour flanders ale, reminds me of monk’s cafe a bit with its sweetness but it isn’t as sweet as MC so it is good.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (6863) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 9, 2010
Sampled from the tap at 2010 FOBAB. Poured a hazy reddish brown with a bubbly light brown head that dissipated to the edges. Aroma had a strong tart cherry note with a sweet cherry and bread backing. Flavor began with slightly sweet cherries, but they quickly became sour, even slightly acetate.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
arminjewell (6326) - lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 9, 2011
On tap poured hazy brownish with off white head, aroma had notes of acetic vinegar, some nutty notes, touch of lactic acid, some nice fruit skins, earthy and spicy notes. Taste is nice and tart but not overwhelming, with notes of some vinegar and lactic acid going into some slight funk, red fruit and skins, earth and some slight nutty notes, finishing fairly dry.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drowland (6135) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - AUG 17, 2012
8/11/12. GTMW - labeled as "Barrel 11." Deep amber/red pour with a small tan head. Nice tart aroma with wood, sweet sugars, tart cherries, and other fruitiness. Tart and woody flavor with cherries and sweetness, but very nice, balanced, and tasty. I dig it.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (6122) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 12, 2010
FoBAB 2010: (sorry. my notes sort of suck for this one) Murky brown with almost no head. The beer smells of cherries, sour lacto and funky brett with an earthy and meaty grains. The taste is twangy and fruity up front, yeasty and slightly peaty/smoked, lots of minerals. Nice brew.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheAlum (5833) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 14, 2011
Sampled on tap at FoBAB 2011 (Chicago, IL). Pours a nice brownish pour, a touch of copper glow on the edges, with a loose bubbled head. Aromas are sour cherries, red wine, oak, and vinegar. Touches of toast dance into the fold. More cherry, red wine, light vinegar. Initial is medium bodied offering that telltale feel. Sour cherries, red wine, vinegar and lactic acid dance with just a touch of toast. Oak and lactic presence takes over as more sour cherry comes to pass. Middle keeps on with a touch of acidity. Finish leaves a lingering red wine and cherry feel, some oak, and good sourness into the finish. Very nice. Truly representative of the style.


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