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Driftwood Belle Royale

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Driftwood Belle Royale
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Formerly brewed at Driftwood Brewery (Canada)
Style: Fruit Beer/Radler
Victoria, Canada
Serve in Flute, Shaker

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RATINGS: 22   MEAN: 3.27/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
We married our spicy Belgian yeast with a pile of malt and 900 pounds of sour cherries! Pairs well with dessert or as an aperitif. This beer could be laid down, but don’t deny yourself the pleasure of enjoying the intense fruit and spice flavors fresh!


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ardiesr (62) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 22, 2011
2011 bottle. Beautiful pink colour, large head that deosn’t last long. Aroma of cherries and some malt. Flavour is sour cherry with a light malt backbone, very well melded together. Delicious beer, some alocholic warming but no harsh alcoholic burn. Fruit flavours work well with malt, not overpowering.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - FEB 7, 2011
Bottle. Papaya color, sparkling. Yeasty peach and nectarine aroma is a bit candylike but nice. Mild body and is easy-going. Slightly thin but is actually quite pleasant that way. Has a Marachino sweet-tart Kirsch thing going on. Finishes dry and Kirch-like too.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Oakes (12788) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 18, 2010
Thanks Jonas (and CapFlu?). Slightly pinkish, light amber. The aroma has candy cherry with some alcoholic notes. Sweet alcohol on the palate with some cherry notes. Fairly straightforward brew, not much going on. Most of these strong fruit beers don’t work out well.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
manuchampions (1237) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 19, 2010
22oz bottle from 16th St Liquor in West Vancouver. Pours a murky orange brown with a rush of carbonation that diminishes the cream head very quickly. Aroma of yeast and cherries, slight hint of bubble gum. Taste is full on spice and cherry, slight vanilla and marzipan hints, some treacle sweetness. Seems thinner than it should be at this strength. Finish is lingering, slightly boozy and yeasty with the cloying cherry hit there for a long while. Decent.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jonas (5774) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - SEP 29, 2010
Bottle, thanks Todd. Cherry, marzipan and light raspberry aroma. Golden red, low head. Sweet berry start, marzipan, sparkly mouthfeel, berry finish. Must have been amazing when it was fresh.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 6, 2010
Very sweet aroma with cherries and plenty of fruit. It almost seems floral and a bit soapy. Clear pinkish-brown body is topped by a low, fizzy, off white (pink tinged) head that recedes quite rapidly to a ring. Flavour offers sour cherries and a dark woodiness up front that is then overwhelmed by candy-like sweetness. Tartness re-emerges in the aftertaste and lingers along with a more nutty marzipan sweetness. Medium body seems a bit prickly and carbonation is somewhat aggressive at first but shortlived. Alcohol is not at all apparent. I’ve had this for about six weeks but it seems like it’s already past its prime. Tulip glass. Cellar temperature. Bottle purchased at Brewery Creek in May 2010.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
humulushound (242) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 26, 2010
Pours cherry color with a pink head. Aroma is belgian yeast, sour cherries, light roasted grain. Flavor is cherries and yeasty bread, finishes tart and funky. Body is a little thin with hidden alcohol. Not bad but not great either.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SorenE (168) - , NEW ZEALAND - JUN 16, 2010
not super impressed with this one. the belgian-ess is a bit odd, kinda musty without being farmhouse musty. cherries are quite subdued and if I didn’t know they were there I would probably not have picked them out. interesting experiment though and with a bit of tweeking it could be quite good. I’d like to see it as a ’cleaner’ belgian with more cherry character.

2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
Crit (3393) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 17, 2010
Pink,fast fading white head.Stale metallic cherry nose.Sour vinegary cherry flavour,unpleasant alcohol heat. Stale spicy yeast overtones. A poor effort

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mcberko (7074) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 8, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2010 650mL bottle, pours a vibrant reddish orange with a small head. Aroma of sour cherries and yeast. Flavour of sour cherries, yeast, citrus, tartness and some acidity. Quite nice.


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