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RATINGS: 71   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Note: Says "Riserva" on label and has a red seal. Vintages begin from 2008.

Just like the Barriquée, the Riserva is ‘triple-fermented.’ Primary fermentation takes place in stainless steel. What sets the Riserva apart is the next step: 15-18 months spent in wine wooden vats, compared to the Barriquée’s 8-10 months; the wooden vats were used previously for Barbera (red wine), for maybe 150 years.
This adds an elegant wine-like quality and a dry, oaky character to the deep, earthy, sourness that the Barriquée is known for.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 18/20
joeneugs (3118) - Livermore, California, USA - SEP 10, 2012
2008 bottle. It pours a dark red color with almost no bubbles and zero head. I was worried about carbonation, but it does have a soft prickliness that served me just fine. The aroma jumped out as cheesy with some tart red fruit and a little wood. Lots of fruity red wine comes out more as it warms. No vinegar. The flavor is very pleasant with blackberries, currants, cherries and hints of vanilla, wood, tobacco and cheese. Again, no vinegar acetic acid. I was a bit disappointed with the mouthfeel and finish. It was a bit watery for an 8%er, and needed a tad more carbonation to keep it lively. I wouldn’t have minded the soft mouthfeel if the body had more depth. The flavors are real nice here though. Actually this goes down much too easy for an 8% sour.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Goodgrief (1768) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - JUN 8, 2012
Batch 9, 2007. Real thanks to eaglefan538, or just "Brian", as I call him. ;). Deep cherry brown color. Just loads of sour aroma, vinegar and apples. Flavor was mellow, full of sour apples and vinegar, with lots of wood flavor...LOTS. Brian says it’s "tart and offensive when fresh" and he seemed to be pleased with the aging effects. Who am I to argue?

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
AdamJackson (2380) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 24, 2012
Thanks Wally for sharing this with us! Poured into a Hill Farmstead Glass at room temperature. Batch #12 from 2010, bottle #2,254.

A - 2 Head finger that was totally clear. Red to brown appearance. More brown than read and lots of cloudiness

S - Wine, tart, sour, cherries and rasberries. The red wine aspects to this were nice.

T - Raspberry, blueberry, junipers and red wine. Remarkably strong and well balanced beer and excellent sour taste that is very versatile and not too demanding on your palate.

M - 100% bubbles through and through on a swish. The berries linger long after you’ve swallowed.

O - Solid beer. Would love to have this again!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
wedgie9 (1836) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 12, 2011
Tasted from a 750mL bottle at Delilah’s Lambic Fest 2011. Pours hazy amber with a thick, beige head slowly recedes to nothing more than just a collar of lace. The nose is caramel malt, with hints of barnyard, acidic lemon, and a tart fruity aroma. The flavor is caramel and brown sugar malt, with lightly tart and sour lemon, and a light hint of baking spices. The body is medium with average carbonation, and a long malty, lightly bitter, and sour finish, with a ton of tannin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3283) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 21, 2011
25.4 oz bottle, 2008. Clear purple brown with big bubbled froth. Nose is buttered croissants, sour cherry, blackberry jam and wood. Medium body, tart and juicy with soft carb. Smooth but not very sour peach pit, cherry, oak and lemon pith. Stony finish with hints of paprika and cranberry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DalzAle (1965) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JUL 12, 2011
Bottle shared by Sournotes. This beer was very similar to the regular version (sour cherry flavor, nice tart citrus), but everything seemed to meld much better with this bottle. Excellent and defninitely superior to the regular version.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 10, 2011
[Batch 10 2008] shared by sournotes. Thanks! Pours clear caramel brown with a moderate beige head. Aroma is lighter than the other version, more caramel, a touch more acetic, still quite fruity. Flavor is quite similar to the other. Slightly less carbonation, a lot more oak.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arminjewell (6070) - Farmington Hills, Michigan, USA - JUL 10, 2011
Bottle thanks to Andy, 2008 bottle 652, pours clear reddish with off white head, aroma has notes of sour lemon and cherry, funk, slight funk and brett notes. Taste is a bit richer then the 2010 regular barrique, vanilla comes through a bit but has notes of lemon and sour cherry, nice sour finish but not overwhelming. Good stuff!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kbutler1 (1349) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 10, 2011
Bottle. Batch 10, bottle 652. Pours a clear copper color with a collared white head. Not too much different than the regular version but just a little "cleaner". Cherry, light sour, and some mild oak. Littler sour fruit notes. Some alcohol notes come through on this one. Overall, more mellow than the regular version. Not too bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheAlum (5575) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - MAY 28, 2011
Sampled from a bottle at Delilah’s Lambic Fest (Chicago, IL). 2008 Vintage. Pours a lightly hazed copper reddish hue, darker, with a decent sized frothy offwhite head atop, thicker film laces small. Aromas are sweeter malts overall, raisins and biscuits, some toffee and wet oak with some vanilla, muscat sweeter grapes and touches of red fruit move into a sour fruity backend, touches of acidity. Initial is sweeter raisins and honey, biscuits and some toffee. Middle moves into wet oak, cognac makes an appearance, plums, more raisins and a touch of toastiness. A gentle bubbly carbonation runs into touches of tartness, lightly sour finish with a light synergy between that and the carbonation. Touches of deeper red wine linger in from the barrel, gets a bit more toasty and the sourness remains lighter overall. Not a bad beer, lacking a big sour oomph and remaining sweeter overall. Finish brings some tart life and dryness, but up front is too sweet, almost muddled for me. Ok, not worth the price for my tastes.

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