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RATINGS: 824   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
(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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - OCT 6, 2005
Bottle. Nose-very rich sour woody and slightly fruity nose. Very dark almandine body with a thick film of bubbles. Taste-first taste reminds me of smoked lemonade. Don’t ask me why. Notes of dilute lemon juice, tart cherry, lots and lots of wood, some residual sweetness, very, very light smoke, and white wine. In a word, this beer is woody.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 5, 2005
Sampled at Logan’s RateBeer tasting. Hazy mahogany body with fine particles and a persistent, uniform tight beige head. Aroma is of quality fruit vinegar, toasted vanilla, overripe sour cherries, and bright red wine. Mostly dry flavor of cherries, young figs, and soft, aged vinegar. Just enough residual sugar to make this palatable and pleasing on the tongue. Does not disappoint. This is great stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bockyhorsey (2627) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - OCT 4, 2005
If you like sour fermented beer this is for you. Strong sour apple aroma. Dark body with small off white head that disipates. Sour is stong to start out with for flavor. Settles down to a more moderate sour fruit flavor. Does taste more like a cognac than a beer. Dry aftertaste on the palate as these beers are. Thanks Degarth for the trade.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - OCT 4, 2005
Sampled out of the bottle, thanks to Jason! Pours a dark murky brown, no head. Aroma is big, smooth wood notes go along with the sour apples and cherries i’m smelling. Flavor is moderatly sour, very balanced and complex brew. Perfect sour dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - OCT 2, 2005
Done side by side with Zoetzuur and La Folie. This was the winner. Poured a clear very dark orange-ruby color with a thin tan head. Aroma was tart and fruity with light leather that got stronger as the beer warmed. Light alcohol was also present. Flavor was fruity with a woody middle and mild acidic finish. Medium body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - SEP 29, 2005
Bottle: Reddish burgundy, moderate beige head, slight pink tint, fairly nice lacing.   Kick ass sour/tart fruity nose.   Tart, lightly sour (lingers longer than tart), very clean and crisp.   Not as fruity as other examples, but just enough to keep me interested.   Fairly dry, at least drier than La Folie.   Big body and mouthfeel.   Soft lingering sourness well beyond the finish.   Very smooth.   Fantastic!   Thanks Facto for bringing this out to Seattle!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - SEP 24, 2005
Dark deep brown with heavy orange colors and a large creamy tight tan head that is built with great activity and and produces elegant lace. Wonderful sour aroma. Sour and tart aromas along with a plesant sweet berry presence. Has the smell of fresh picked berries rather than some beers that have an obvious puree presence. Earthy, peppery, woody and with a tobacco aroma as well. Very complex beer. Sour and tart to great depths. Fruityness in the form of cherry and vinegar. Thre is a mild woody character and no realy alcohol presence. The sourness makes the palate beg for more and produces a great experience. Not a style that I am very experienced with, but it is begining to grow on me. Great clean finish, even while sour. I like that a sour beer can be so fresh and good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - SEP 21, 2005
750 bottle: poured brown with a medium tan head that was small at first and then cascaded upwards. Wood and cherries in the aroma. Flavor is tart but not real tart with a slight sweetness present. Finish is wood and brett. This is a damn fine beer that is highly drinkable. Outstanding.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - SEP 20, 2005
750 bottle. Cloudy brownish red with a lasting head and tons of lacing. Aroma is obviously cherries with some oak, alcohol and vinegar. Taste starts smooth enough then the tartness become more and more prevelant. Then the wood flavors come through with tangy Brett flavors. Some dustiness and burgundy flavors there also. You can’t drink this and not think of Rodenbach. This is only going to get better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Silphium (3191) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - SEP 19, 2005
Sampled at the Ohio Labor Day gathering, provided by Styles and Pailhead. Red-brown body, thin off-white head. Sour, rotten fruit aroma with strong tannic oak notes. Flavor hit with "big time" sourness (so much larger than life...), oak tannins, raspberry vinaigrette, and even hints of toast. Nice tight oak finish, wrapping the book on this richly rewarding Flemish Sour Ale. Great complexity and palate. Highly recommended.

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