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RATINGS: 808   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.


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   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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4.2
   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.

4
   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.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thedm (5136) - 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!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - 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!

4.5
   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.

4.6
   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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
fluids (364) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 5, 2005
Medium tan head with a dark brownish reddish cola color. Strong fermented apple nose. Tart Iron oaky vinegar sour cherry. Sours as it crosses the palate and expands. Very Balanced well in it’s sourness though. Dry oak on finish with sour trail.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtw (1140) - farmington, Michigan, USA - NOV 5, 2005
big 750mL bottle from 2005. lively carbonation on a red murky body. unlike many flemish and belgians, it’s not mouth-puckeringly sour, only hints of tartness. nicely malty behind the oaky sourness, and a smooth dry finish. excellent beer, but for $13 a bottle, it had better be!

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 4, 2005
Thanks to hopdog for his one. Pours a deep red almost brown with a tan lasting head. Aromas of tarte cherries, fine wine, vinegar, rasberries, and oak are well established and blended in near perfect unison. Taste is tarte and nutty with vinegar, cherries, a hint of oakiness, and some very nice bitter grape elements. Mouthfeel is spectacular with the tarte astringency remaining behind for what seems like an eternity. Superb finish that can be best described as running through an Italian vineyard when the grapes are being harvested on a humid sunny day. Fantastic!


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