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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 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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtw (1136) - 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cletus (6354) - 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!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ughsmash (7276) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 2, 2005
Bottled in 2005, 750 mL. Beautiful hazy deep ruby pour with a very nice initial layer of creamy caramel/beige head. Intricate lacing going down. Nose was wonderfully complex and intriguing... sour cherries, iron, lemon zest, apples, oak, balsamic vinegar, earth, and much more that I am just not able to put a finger on. Tingly vinous notes grace the lips on entry... followed by some kind of magical cherry/lemon fruit, that just pummelled the taste buds with sour and tart sensations. And when you thought that this brew couldn’t pack any more depth and character into the flavor... come the top shelf malt vinegar, oak barrels, and some tangy metallic notes. Finish is tart cherries soaked in vinegar with a lemon twist... long-lasting and lip-smacking good. Fairly high carbonation makes the flavors spark very well, and this left an ideal vinous dryness across the palate. This was just tremendous in all regards.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (8351) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 1, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2010 2005 vintage:

The Lure:
Royal sweet grapes trickle onto chocolate truffles. Vinous dryness welcomes the obvious tartness. Blueberries are even evoked in the wooden wisdom.

The Festivities:
Handsome grape fruitiness, clothed in cherries, get sagaciously covered by a tart lemon curtain. This tartness doesn’t last too long, and is thus never overwhelming, even though it can be quite intense in the first half. Yeasty softness benefits from the sweet chocolate within, as alcohol warmth sticks to the wooden barrel allusions. Red wine sovereignty hugs the tartness perfectly, this is of the utmost class. Easier drinking than La Folie, though evidently not for the initiate, a little thinner too, though La Folie is sooo sensual, and all in all leagues in front of the recent Rodenbach Grand Cru. What a stunning beverage fit for kings and queens.

Respectfully walking the infinite halls of a glorious castle, in awe. 4.2/5

2006 vintage:
The nose is a little sweeter (brown sugar and chocolate malt notes), with lots of barnyard and the flavor is really not as fruity. The flavor profile is rather muddled; this is still good but elegance has disappeared. This is a rough, flavorful Sour Ale. 3.5/5

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hotstuff (4393) - Indiana, USA - OCT 31, 2005
Bottle. Bottled in 2005. Mostly lasting medium sized tan head with fine-small sized bubbles, fair lacing, carbonated, and a reddish brown hue. Sweet, cherry, alcohol, sour nose. Sweet, acidic, sour, tart, cherry flavor. Tingly, sour palate. Light-medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 31, 2005
Again thanks to Crosling for this flemish sour ale, came in a trade along with La Folie. It was nice to compare them within a few days of each other. Pour was murky muddy brown, looked like pond water really. Nose is acidic, with a nice fruity tang, and that barnyardiness? if I can use that word. Flavor is alot less sour than the LaFolie, but still on the sour side. Big cherry flavor tagging alongside the mild alcohol kick and oak. Nice to try, but I’ll take the American made version in LaFolie when consuming a flemish sour ale in the future.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopscotch (9954) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 31, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2008 Bottle... This beer rocks!... Dark, ruby ale with a small, creamy, off-white head. The nose is earthy with notes of malt vinegar, wood, blue cheese, must, tobacco and a touch of chocolate. Malty, earthy, woodsy flavor. Sour as hell... not geueze sour, but close. Medium-bodied and fizzy. Finishes sour and bone dry. I didn’t pick up any brandy in the aroma or flavor, but what a great brew. World class! Thanks go out to egajdzis for letting me know I could pick up a bottle of this gem in Baltimore... just a hop, skip and a jump from home.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - OCT 31, 2005
750 ml bottle, 2005, from Bello Vino in Ann Arbor, Michigan (Oct 2005). Very very thick, clinging tan cotton-candy head tops a deep, ruddy almost opaque body...balsamic vinegar, sour cherries, and stale sugar cookies inhabit the enormously strong aroma, acidic and potent yet with JUST enough sweetness to keep it from overpowering....quite palatable on the tongue despite the huge initial sourness which only deepens through the tasting...very very sour cherry-grape mash underpins the wisps of burnt caramel and extremely dry yeastiness....climaxing in an immensely vinegary, charred woody finish that threatens always to overwhelm and burn the tongue away, that relents just enough for you to say, oh my God what was that, beer or fire, divine or demonic? A little of both I think.

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