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RATINGS: 780   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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(Editor’s note) Originally this version was available for the American market, while in Europe a version less sour was available; as of today, only this version of Sour is produced, so if you got a recent vintage you had this one.
The Sour has a sticker to differenciate it from the sticker-less Barriquée Mild, which has not been inoculated with lactobacillus bacteria.


2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
asheft (2476) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 9, 2013
[bottle] Sweet and slightly vinegary aroma; pickle juicy lambic. Hazy chestnut appearance under an off white, thin cover. Sour and dry flavour with some paper and goatiness. The dryness is unpleasant as though an infection. Metallic. Light body, high carbonation, sour and goaty finish. [Perhaps not stored properly or too old?]

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (8030) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - SEP 6, 2013
750 mL bottle from Once Upon a Vine.Batch #9, 2007, Bottle 923. Pours a clear cranberry color with a thin creamy tan head. Decent head retention. Aroma of tart lactic notes, wood, dark fruits, earth. The taste is dark fruits, berries, grapes, funky sourness, faint wood. Medium bodied.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yngwie (13127) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 15, 2013
Bottle, 75cl. An unclear, golden-brown beer with a small, off-white head. The aroma is lightly vinegar-ish and lemony, with a faint touch of caramel maltyness. Dried fruit notes too. It’ rather tart on the palate, not as tart as expected though, with a pleasant carbonation level. Medium to full body. The flavor has a faint nutty, caramel touch, with lemon, a faint touch of vinegar and some funky notes. Long finish with lemon, caramel and nuts. Sort of disappoints this one, was expecting more sourness, at least judging from what I remember the European version to be. But it’s definitely not a bad beer anyway. 130815

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Geokkjer (5538) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 15, 2013
Bottle. Pours murky amber with an off white head. Aroma of red berries, sour apples, malt and caramel. Flavor is sweet and sour with some cherries, lemon, caramel and some funk. Medium body, average carbonation.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Meilby (7210) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 15, 2013
Bottle 750ml @ Hotel Room, Hampton Inn, San Marcos, CA
Pours cloudy brown with a small off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel, sour berries, green apples and hint of tart. Taste is light sweet and light to medium sour with a dry and berry finish. Body is medium, texture is thin to oily, carbonation is soft to flat

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
aleksander9 (366) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 12, 2013
dark red appearance with HUGE head. aroma is very light. some brett, apples, oak, fruit. low sour, soft mouthfeel with medium carbonation. small sour finish with some apples, oak and tartness. Overall: Very boring compared to other flemish reds.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bluejacket74 (1267) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - AUG 11, 2013
750 ml bottle, 2012 vintage, Batch #15, Bottle #1184. Served in a Unibroue tulip, the beer pours a reddish/brown color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like tart cherries, oak, green apples, funk and vinegar. Taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like tart cherries, grape juice, dark fruit, oak, green apples and vinegar. Even though it’s mostly tart, there’s some fruity sweetness noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it’s coating and is well carbonated. I think this is a good, tart, enjoyable brew. Definitely worth a try, I’ll have to get another bottle to age and see how it turns out. $16.99 a bottle.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dr_Fellini (356) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - AUG 4, 2013
Bottle to glass. Pours an almost clear deep copper to light brown color with a thin off-white head. Aroma is quite sour, with notes of sour grapes and cherries. Flavor is a sour vinegar, with light hints of fruity sour/sweetness. Light to medium in body with a lasting astringent sour punch on the back of the tongue. Oily in texture. Delightful.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PapaSkeetSkeet (806) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - AUG 3, 2013
Hazy, yellowish brown with yellow-tan head. A little muddy looking. Aroma is light decaying wood, tart and dry cherries, light wine grape, vegetable. At first, I noted muted sour garbage. I think this may have been a bit harsh; it gets a bit better in the aroma once it has time to breath. Body is light-medium and watery. Flavor is cedar, tart, old vegetable, overcooked broccoli in old, drying mud. These negative notes come out when drinking with the mouth open, allowing air to waft over the tongue and up to the nose, leading me to believe they are actually properties of the aroma. Also, pleasurable and nicely rounded yet sharp fruity sourness overshadows these flaws, however, that old veg/garbage note nags at me, just as a looming deadline might while I’m trying to enjoy my vacation. This is a very conflicted beer for me, and I wander if it was stored properly on its journey to my mouth.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk (3605) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JUL 28, 2013
Really a great beer. Nice, controlled funk aroma with south plum, cherry and dried apricot. A nice touch of something like bretta. Pours red with a big pillowy head of foam and great lacing on the side of plastic im drinking Iron in the park. Finish is light sour and tangy with some bitterness. Soft carbonation, slick feel. Bottle.


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