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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 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 (5234) - 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 (1435) - 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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Keeper (252) - Milano, ITALY - DEC 17, 2005
Living in Italy has some advantages!Very particoular beer,fermented in barrique.Deep red, brown pour, sour cherry and wood aroma.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 15, 2005
Pours a clear deep amber with almost purple hints and a head that fades to a thin coating. Nice lace though. Aroma is initially a bit musty with some barnyard, but then gives way to lots of lactobacillus and acidity. Lots of fruits like sour cherries, and a surprising amount of malt also noticed in the aroma. Flavor is nice and fruity, complex with lots of fruit flavors and finishes off with a really nice acidity that doesnt make your mouth pucker like La Folie, but makes your mouth water just a bit. A bit of sour citrus fruits in the end and a clean aftertaste that leaves just a bit of acidity on the tongue. I couldnt really notice too much wood or cognac. This may be one of my favorite Flemish Sour Ales. Rodenbachs are usually a bit too funky (although nice) and La folie seems a bit too sour even for me, and I love very sour beers.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - DEC 12, 2005
Had some of this at Logan’s RB tasting...appeared to be a hazy brown, not too much head left if any at all..beige maybe. Nose is fruity and sour, yep acetic. Dry and lightly sour in the mouth. Not my favorite style, yet it made me want another swill. I liked the light woodiness that lurked behind that sour fruity door. Full bodied, tart, earthy...it all seems to be there. Maybe this style could grow on me. A memorable flavor..not sure who brought this one but thanks for sharing it!

4
   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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