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RATINGS: 810   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9   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.


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
TChrome (1447) - 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 (5075) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pineypower (2757) - Ocean County, 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 (613) - 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 (9004) - 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


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