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Driftwood Belle Royale

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


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RATINGS: 22   MEAN: 3.27/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Stizz19 (64) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 2, 2014
Poured from a bomber (2014 edition). Thick red and a nice dense foam head. Smells of cherries, shocking I know. First sip is a blast of spicy cherry followed by a very sour and tart after taste (much more than last years edition). This is a phenominal beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
riversideAK (6078) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JUL 17, 2011
Nose of nice tart fresh cherries on top of light bread, dust, and lightly phenolic belgian yeast. Pours pinkish red with a fizzy white head that settles to nothing. Nice color though. Flavors of fresh tart cherries, light spicy/sweet belgian yeast, a hint of hay, dust, and bread. Nice lingering cherry flavor never becomes medicinal or gross. Light alcohol starts to come through as it warms. Good stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (10878) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 31, 2011
The search was for tartness, being cherries and all. What I liked was it wasn’t too sweet. Bottom line: Rather neutral, not bitter or sourness or too sweet, but also somewhat dull. I liked the yeasty Belgians, and secondary cherry flavour, so drank the bottle. I do not mean to rain on the parade of great BA reviews before me. Thanks Derek for the bottles.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (6532) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 4, 2012
UPDATED: APR 3, 2012 From the 3/2012 3R6P tasting. +++Sampled from a 22 oz brown bottle this beer poured a dark orange-amber color with no head and no lacing. The aroma was bread, yeast and faint cherries. The flavor was sweet tart cherry, cherry pits and cherry pie filling. The finish was long cherry pie filling and yeast. Moderately full bodied. The alcohol was well hidden. Nice.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RumRunner101 (918) - Alberta, CANADA - NOV 7, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2013 Sour fruit really comes through on the nose, mild alcohol. The taste is very similar to the smell - sour cherries, yeasty, little bit of bitterness. Sour cherry flavour lingers and then the alcohol warmth comes out. A good beer for the style. The 2013 version is a little more tart and funky. Definitely better than before.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wintyguy (69) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 29, 2013
Pours like an inky almost blood red beer with a thin lil head, somewhat pinkish, which doesn’t hang around long at all. You can smell the brettanomyces funk party right away. Sour... sour explosion. the palette needs to adjust... no hop character notes to speak of, sour, tart, pucker lips here. A nice amount of wood character shows through. Cherry is quite noticeable after 2 years in the barrel? More and more you get into it the better and more enjoyable it becomes. Overall I really like it. Not for the faint of heart.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cfrancis (3055) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 3, 2012
Thanks to Derek for this. Pours a clear, pinkish red with small carbonation and a white rim. Aroma is cherry and yeast. Taste is dry like a white wine, sweet cherries, grain and yeast. Simple, yet elegant.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JHunter (676) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 7, 2010
pours a light ruby red colour with a thin white head not a very strong aroma. The taste is very sourer cherry fruity flavour little wine feel to it but enjoyable

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
manuchampions (1244) - 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.

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