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


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RATINGS: 42   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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The first in Driftwood’s Bird of Prey Wild Ale series, this sour ale was inspired by the Coopers Hawk that took residence in the brewery for a full 24 hours. Brewed in its honour, this wild ale spent a year in a mix of American and French oak wine barrels. Tart and funky, this beer can be aged a very long time, but is equally enjoyable now.

FourJ's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
FourJ (49) - British Columbia, - NOV 26, 2011
Interesting sour... I like it! Overall not a huge fan of the sours, but this one keeps me engaged. I love the oaky finish. Certainly, each SIP is a journey that takes you through an increasing level of sour funk then quickly moving on to the oak notes. Not sure if I have the palate to explain this much further. Tasting note from the wife: "ewww, gross". I’ll let her finish her winter ale while I enjoy this to myself.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jandd1983 (2414) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUL 8, 2014
Sampled at the RBSG 2014. It poured a dark orange color with an off-white head. The aroma was of sour cherry, vanilla, oak, pineapple and sugar. The taste was similar with alcohol and some woodiness. Yum.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
vyvvy (3876) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUN 29, 2014
Sampled at the RBSG14 Grand Tasting - Pours reddish amber with an off-white head. The aroma has a nice mix of tartness and malt. It shows caramel, berries and oak as up front notes. It has a medium smooth body with semi-soft carbonation. The flavor starts with berries, cherries, vanilla and oak. The finish is tart and clean. Very enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (7885) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 26, 2014
Bottle. RBSG grand tasting thanks to Canadians. Pours orange gold white head. Nose/taste of sour cherry, oak, funky acid and caramel. Medium body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Strykzone (4781) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JUN 21, 2014
Sampled at RBSG. Handed to me by Ferris. Amber brown and clouded. A beige head. A funky sour aroma is full of bark, and figs. This is one that will change with each trying of it. The flavor brings that with some chocolate covered cherries and then lemon. So intetesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ferris (2868) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 21, 2014
Bottle - Cherry, wood and sour. Cloudy copper with a thin white head. Tart cherry and a long finish. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrSilverworm (5898) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 21, 2014
Tasted at RBSG grand tasting. 22oz bottle. Half hazy amber orange color. Thin off-white head. Dots of lace. Looks cool. Great funky nose. Good cream, vanilla. Medium body. Smooth, kind of soft lighter carbonation. Good moderate sour taste, light sweet. Tasty flanders!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
vadie (619) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 4, 2014
Rouge/orange avec une petite mousse beige. L’arôme est aigre avec du levure sauvage, la chêne et les baies rouges comme les cerises. Le goût est aigre, mais pas accablant, avec les baies rouge et de la chêne. Assez facile à boire pour une bière aigre mais quand même c’est pour savourer! Carbonation moyenne.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (8348) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 17, 2014
Bottle from Brad, thanks. More orange than red coloured. Aromas of oak, sour bug, and funk. Less funk after open for a while, but still a little obtrusive. Still very drinkable and above average mouthfeel. RIght intensity of sour, with a bit of vinegar and that’s a good thing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
andrewturba (944) - Alberta, CANADA - APR 22, 2014
Pours a hazy copper with a reddish tinge, spotty tan head and a bit of lace. Aroma is fruity, sour, cherries, oranges, plums, and faint vanilla. Flavour is medium sour, fruity, oranges, cherries, plums, black currant, moderately spicy, brett like qualities, and moderately lactic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Reimer96 (1159) - Alberta, CANADA - APR 22, 2014
Pours a hazy reddish brown with a light brown head with below average retention. Aroma of sweet candy, barnyard, funk, wood, oak, light tartness detected and some vanilla. Taste is sour black cherries & red currants, light vanilla, wood, lactobacilis, brett, aged red wine with a nice dry finish. Medium high carbonation and just overall a great blend a d complex Flanders.

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