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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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
aleksander9 (693) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bluejacket74 (1502) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dr_Fellini (768) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PapaSkeetSkeet (1000) - Providence, Rhode Island, 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk (4965) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dfearnley (1161) - Alberta, CANADA - JUL 27, 2013
2010 Bottle to pint glass Aroma of lemon, funk, and vinegar. Sludgy orange brown with a long lasting bubbly white head. Nice strong flemish sour taste of tart cherry and apple with some malt vinegar. Nicely balanced and smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
illidurit (2227) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 7, 2013
Ah, the glory of a lactic-forward Flemish sour. Nice black cherry sourness, heaps of oak without overboard tannins, still some acetic character. Deftly avoids the common Flemish sour pitfall of tasting like rotten cola. Dry woody finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lupulucid (189) - - JUL 6, 2013
Sourness is pronounced but nothing near as intense as is achieved by some sours, notably Cantillon. This may limit interest for the hardcore but makes for accessibility. Complexity and balance provide character. The aroma is lively with notes of vinegar and some funkiness akin to shiitake mushrooms. The barrel contribution is somewhat restrained and in balance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mabel (7059) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 28, 2013
[5097-20130202] Bottle. Mild cheesy grains yeast aroma. Hazy, red brown body with a medium-lasting creamy off-white head. Cheesy grain malt flavour has a sour malt base and long aftertaste. Medium body. Good. (7/3/7/4/15) 3.6
(@ Sourfest 2013, Buffalo, NY)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
superspak (3215) - Michigan, USA - JUN 27, 2013
750 ml bottle into tulip glass; Bottle #1048, Batch #9, 2007 vintage. Pours lightly hazy deep ruby red color with a 1-2 finger dense cream colored head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of sour cherry, green apple, red grape, pepper, clove, floral, oak, hay, red wine vinegar, funk, light leather, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/funky yeast notes with moderate oak barrel presence. Taste of tart cherry, green apple, red grape, floral, clove, oak, hay, red wine vinegar, funk, light leather, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of fruity and earthy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of tart cherry, green apple, red grape, clove, oak, floral, hay, red wine vinegar, funk, light leather, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of fruity, tart, and earthy yeast ester flavors; with moderate malt, oak, and acidity; and a great sweetness/acidity balance with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly slick and moderately acidic mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Flanders red ale. All around nice balance and complexity of fruity, tart, and earthy yeast flavors with moderate malt and oak balance; and very smooth to sip on for 8% with the moderate acidity. A very enjoyable offering.

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