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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 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MullMan (1099) - New York, 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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cornfield (5570) - 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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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tiggmtl (4545) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Fantomas23 (463) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 20, 2005
Murky red (almost brown) with a bubbly, unsustained head. Drinks like a slightly carbonated, sour, dry red wine. Some cherry bubblegum and clove. Medicinal finish with traces of metal along the fringes of the tongue.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thedm (5206) - Fort Wayne, USA - NOV 18, 2005
This 2005 bottled brew poured a large sized head of foamy light brown colored finely sized mostly lasting bubbles that left behind a carbonated hazy brown colored body. The aroma was sour and malty. The mouth feel was initially very sour and dry in an initial flavor rush with a tingliness that soon mellowed leaving behind a dry aftertaste of sour malt flavors. This brew really comes on strong initially what a rush!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2417) - California, USA - NOV 14, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2005 500th rating! Bottled in 2005: Deep reddish brown body with a fairly large tan head. Decent lacing on the glass. Aroma is vinegar with cherries and wood and a hint of lemons. The flavor matches the aroma, and the 8% is hidden very well. It’s not overly sweet and is very well balanced. It’s from Italy of all places. Wonderful stuff!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - NOV 9, 2005
Amber/red with a thick tan head. Aroma of oak, sour apple, sour cherry, vinegar and port. Taste had a powerful sour apple and cherry combination with oak on the finish. Palate was so creamy and the alcohol was hidden extremely well. The best Flemish Sour Ale I’ve had to date.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - NOV 9, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2006 Bottle via trade with Dickinsonbeer. Sour apples with a bit of horseblanket hit my nose the second the cap came off. Pours a caramel brown color with a frothy tan head. Fruity aromas and with sour and cinnamon notes. Woody flavor with a bit of sourness. A complex mixture of vinegar, apples, cherries, must and vanilla and seem to be parts of the flavor. Palate is acidic and a bit grainy. Finishes quick with a bit of papery aftertaste.

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