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RATINGS: 776   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.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - DEC 12, 2005
Bottle, notes from Oct ’05 or so. Deep red, brown pour. Sour cherry and wood aroma, some mild funky yeasty notes. More fruity sour cherry flavors, tart but not overly acidic, with a smattering more of funky yeast and a touch of porty woody flavors. Very pleasant beer.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pineypower (2402) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - DEC 9, 2005
Trade thanks to Jeff. This one pours out a nice dark reddish color, darker than any other beer of this style that I have seen. The aroma is sour and also has some notes of burnt wood. It was a very refreshing beer for the higher content, much higher than other Flemish Sours I’ve tried. taste is of sour fruit, some sweet malts and maybe a tinge of citrus zest with a somewhat lingering burnt wood taste. A very good brew!!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - DEC 7, 2005
Sampled at Oakes’ ’05 Xmas Party
Ruby mahogany color, tan head, light lacing. Nose of fruit zest, pungent yeast, fruity malts. The flavor is tart, zesty and very clean and complex. The finish is nice and rich. This is quite quaffable and quite a surprise for me.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jeffin7 (612) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - DEC 7, 2005
Pours hazy reddish brown with very little head. Aroma of oak, sour cherry, slightly sweet brown malt, brown sugar. Flavor is a changing blend of sour cherries, sweet cherriesm sweet maltiness, and a very mild chlorine.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - DEC 5, 2005
This Panil beer was expansive. It seemed much more substantial than a RGC next to it, simultaneously. It was far less acidic than the Rodenbach the last few times this past couple of months. Anyway, wow - sweet in the most soft woody way with some cheesiness, musty I guess. But certainly not overly dry. Dry like leather dry but without excess acidity at all. A great combination of tannins and softer parts too. I just don’t even know what to say except that the aroma was very captivatng, completely natural in every way. Just like something in your path on your walk in the Glen Helen - the possible number of combinations of fresh and spice and earth all

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeMcPhee (8214) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 4, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2008 2007 bottle shared by puzzl and maxxdaddy. Deep orange-amber beer with a thin tan head. Aroma is really fantastic, lots of tart sour cherries, rich acetic character over the soft oaky sweetness. Rich tart flavour with the acidity smacking you right in the cheeks. A bit of light lactic character behind the acetic notes. Soft fruity tannins on the back of the palate along with some oaky character. The best of these I’ve had to date. 2006 bottle provided by gotmos and shared with myself, beastiefan2k, notalush and apoptosis. Cloudy amber orange beer. Very woody aroma with lots of burgundian wine character and heavy toasted oakiness as well. Warming brings up a bit of booze, but also more strong toasted oak character. Soft sweet maltiness and a lingering vineousness. Very oaky flavour over a bit of sour flemish red character. There’s lots of stuff going on in this one, but it still works pretty well. Could probably use a few more years in the bottle to see if the acidity will come up a bit and to settle down all of the wood. 7 3 7 3 15 Deep brown/burgundy beer, thin white head. Big malty aroma, sweet chewy malts, acetic and yeasty aroma. Flavour is also big, acetic, malty, flavour. Sour tart finish. Cherry, woody, sour acetic finish. 8 3 7 4 16

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MullMan (1099) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 3, 2005
I could wait no longer to open this bottle. the color is dark ruby brown with a ruddy tan head. the aroma is sour cherries, barnyard, leather. carbonation is high, flavor is tart & dry. sour cherry, balsalmic vinegar, a bit woody, and tart finish. aftertaste is clean, crisp, and tart malt. very nice beer but I find it amazing this is in the top 50 and no Cantillons are.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - DEC 3, 2005
Before I coiuld decant this into a glass I could detect the aromas of sour cherries. I could not get any of the Cognac aging process but the nose off this thing is amazing. the Sourness is evened out with a little bit of mustiness as if this was fermented with shreds of horse blanket from the Italian Calvary. Taste is where I can get a little of the cognac,it adds a little woodiness to it but nothing can overcome the taste of sour cherry.There is very little aftertaste but there is a boatload of sour/dryness onthe tongue.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cornfield (5362) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2005
Suddenly I’m all a-titter over this dark, sour, wood-aged ale. Please, I don’t get a-titter about anything; it was the language in the description. But I am noogie-woogie over this dark, sour, wood-aged ale ’cause it’s a damned fine brew. Not much to look at, it’s got a vinegary, sour cherry aroma well doused with a smokey oaken scent. The flavor is even better, not as sour as advertised, but dry-yet-vinegary, some cherry-like tartness, an underlying maltiness, vanilla, an earthy woodiness, and a hint of the sturdy abv, somewhat high for the style, but welcomed. The finish is dry, earthy, and pleasantly tart. Hot Rats!

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4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 24, 2005
Strong oak and balsamic vinegar with sour cherries and vanilla in the aroma. Opaque, cloudy, reddish-brown body with dense, fine bubbled, off white head that lasts nicely. Strong, acidic, woody, tart, vinous flavour up front is mellowed by vanilla notes with strong underlying malt body. Some earthy hops become apparent just bfore the fair finishing bitterness. Very dry medium body with moderate carbonation. Bottle enjoyed with Olivier_MTL and Rastacouere at Hop Devil in NYC. Resampled from the bottle at various tastings and bumped up a bit though comments remain unchanged.


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