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Driftwood Belle Royale (2013 - )

Brewed by Driftwood Brewery (Canada)
Style: Sour/Wild Ale
Victoria, Canada
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler


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Crafted with local Island malt and Morello sour cherries followed by over 18 months of maturing in select American oak barrels conditioned with wild yeasts has evolved Belle Royale into a very complex, yet classic, taste experience!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
cpetrone84 (1660) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 4, 2015
Pour is a murky brownish red blood color with a thin fizzy dark pink head that is gone immediately. Nose is very fleshy cherry, cherry pit, a fair bit of dark malt (doesn’t mix too well) light oak and vanilla, a touch cough syrup. Taste is similar, very fleshy dark cherry, pitty, light oak, malt plays a little better, hint of rubbery phenol in back. Very syrupy feel, soft carb, full bodied.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (15102) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 23, 2014
Bottle. Dark brown color, thin tan head. Aroma of malted milk balls, berries, vanilla. Taste is chocolate, cherry, vanilla. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Whatup14 (967) - Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 6, 2014
Bouteille 650ml, gracieuseté de Damon lis du CanBIF Call 2014. Couleur pourpre foncée opaque, mousse rosée fuyante et très pétillante ressemblant à du cola. Arôme de brett, boisé, cerise aigre, vinaigre balsamique. Goût de cerise, alcool, grande acidité, vinaigré, malt, brett surtout en arrière-goût. Carbonatation moyenne-élevée, corps moyen.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Prufrockstar (1388) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 23, 2014
Bottle shared by Jeremy - thanks! Pours an attractive deep purplish ruby. Pink head. Aroma of ripe fruit (cherry, I presume); tart, vinegar. Smells like a tarter version of a NG fruit beer. Taste: moderately sweet with a moderately tart finish. There’s also wheat and mineral here along with some metallic notes. Tastes a lot like unsweetened cherry juice. Tannic astrigency. As it opens up, the harsher aspects quiet down. Overall: Belgian Red + extra tartness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Johnsense (944) - - AUG 4, 2014
Dark red pour, 1 finger of head. Sour cherry aroma and taste.. vinegar, oak, fairly sour. Medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
reebtogi (4614) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 20, 2014
650ml bottle pours a dark red color with a finger of white head that leaves some spotted lacing on the glass. Aroma is sour cherries with hints of lemon, oak and yeast. Taste is tart cherries and lemon with a fruity and malty sweetness finishing dry and yeasty with some oak notes. Medium bodied with generous carbonation. Nicely crafted and definitely recommended.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
LarryBeast (584) - - JUL 15, 2014
650ml bottle. Big rich sour cherry, brett, light vinegar, biscuit, oak, cranberry. Tart and potent. Just awesome. Well worth waiting for.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jandd1983 (3050) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUL 8, 2014
Sampled at the RBSG 2014. It poured a rose color with a tan head. The aroma was of cherries, fruits and some sugar. The taste was of cherries, some sugar and more fruits. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (12498) - Orange County, California, USA - JUL 6, 2014
Bottle @ RBSG 2014 Grand Tasting. Blood red pour with a pink head. Nose is big on the cherry and straw. Light vinegar, some lemon peel, green apple, and grass. A little bit of vanilla and cherry pie. Flavor has a nice baked cherry, cherry skin, and lemon zest character. Mild doughy sweetness. Sour green apple and lemon peel. Hints of vanilla. Nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiulijn (16175) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 2, 2014
Bottle at CapFlu’s Blomster Bash, bottled 03.12.13
Cloudy dark amber color with small compact head. Very nice cherry and cherry pit aroma, and almost biscuity, with some Brett and pedio; wonderful. Smooth mouthfeel moderately sweet, with strong Morello cherry flavor, some tannins, moderate sourness.

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