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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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 1, 2006
Chocolatey brown color with red tints and nearly no head. Aroma of dust, brown sugar, grapes and vinegar. Light vinegar flavor, a bit dry and dusty. Not overly acidic like Rodenbach GC or La Folie, more tart than sour. There is a slight balancing sweetness in the finish. Very nice.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CamdenD (1059) - Madrid, SPAIN - DEC 31, 2005
Big wine beer. Taste is bitter and fruity, but the nose is fantastic, nebbiolo and sour. Glad I finally had this one.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 15/20
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2006 Bottle purchases at the Corkscrew, Urbana. Poured with some apple spice tea bread that made for a nice pairing. Very low carbonation, to the point where I thought I had sampled a bad bottle, although a second bottle revealed the same. Flavors of apple cinammon, nutmeg, lots of clove, brown sugar, molasses, and vanilla. Certainly sour and pervasively earthy with a warming alcohol finish. A bit more carbonation would be appreciated to draw out the flavors. RERATE: Another bottle, and I’m still annoyed by how little carbonation is in the beer. Flat.

1.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Thaichile (599) - 10aFly, New Jersey, USA - DEC 27, 2005
Bottle. Pours a deep reddish brown with a neglitiable head. Scents of vinegar and wood on the nose. Although sour to taste, it tastes like an oaked port that has had acidity introduced. Very disappointing for the result as well as the amount wasted on the cost of the bottle.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 23, 2005
Sour cherry aroma...yeasty, mouth-puckering...Beautiful-looking with a dark body and slight bright white head. Very low carbonation, which I appreciate in a Flemish Sour Ale, and it’s very wine-like. The flavor is tart, and not sweet at all, leaving one to taste the true flavor of the fruits. Something musty and cellar-like qualtiy to it.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
notalush (4765) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 23, 2005
Dark reddish-brown color, with very minimal carbonation and a small tan lace - not a very sour aroma at all, almost sweet, actually - a bit of must and brett, chocolate and cherries, even a bit of toffee - flavor is not nearly as mouth puckering as others in the style, esp. Rodenbach Grand Cru, but in some ways that makes this beer better, because you can more easily appreciate the other flavors the beer has to offer - lots of oak and red wine qualities - chocolate, plum, fig - a hint of smoke and ash - earthy, very - extremely dry, but warming finish - perhaps my favorite of the style so far.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - DEC 20, 2005
750. Pours a very murky deep brown color with very little to no head, more of a film than anything. Really nice aroma, oaky, tart, some sour cherry. Flavors are muted domewhat from the fairly lifeless body. Literally tons of wood in the flavor, somewhat sour but not much at all, very earthy. Body seems watery, extremely little carbonation, some acidity, raw dryness. Something just seems to missing to give it that good, mouth-puckering zip that you find with something like Rodenbach or Goudenband. Hmpf, I’m a bit disappointed.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - DEC 20, 2005
A very dark red, majogony wood color and very clear with a tight-bubbled, tan head. Small bubbles rise continuosly from the bottom of the glass. Aroma is a very pleasant balsamic vinegar and not the nosehair follicle destroying white vinegar and is balanced by a nice sweetness, milk, and toast. There is a great deal of sourness in the flavor. It is almost mouthpuckering at first drink especially when combined with the additional tannic dryness from the wood that almost coats the palate. The kind of vinegar is nice but the soft wood character distracts me and overdominates with its astringent, mouthcoating residue that recedes in intensity as it warms. Overall, a very nice sour red, better than most..

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 20, 2005
Clear crimson in color with notes of magenta. It has a thin pinkish head with nice lacing. Sharp sour cherry and wood nose. Smooth sour, wood, and malt flavors with a lot of different fruit notes. Very complex with a acidic twang and finish that is very pleasing. I very much enjoyed this beer. Thanks to Dan & Joelle (Dewbrewer) for sharing this!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
TChrome (1409) - Bedford, Texas, USA - DEC 17, 2005
Pours very dark red color with a thick, totally retained off white head. Aroma is absolutely delictable. Rich notes of wet wood, cherries soaked in vinegar, and a subtle yeastiness waft in upon the olfactory senses. Imbibing this delicacy rewards the user with an initial vinegar sourness, yet this yield to to a very restrained cherry sweetness that is a testiment to deft and subtlety. A remarkable beverage and one that I will be delighted to experience again and again.


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