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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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jasonp (1556) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - SEP 10, 2005
Cloudy dark brownish amber with a beige head. Aroma of cherry fruitiness and light barnyard. Flavor is sour, tart and somewhat salty with notes of sour cherries, citric acidity, oak and little caramel. Some bitterness and a touch of alcohol show in the finish. Medium light body with lively to moderate soft-bead carbonation. Nice stuff.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kinz (3514) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - SEP 10, 2005
Huge thanks to Lou18 for sending this my way. I love this style, and was delighted to be able to try it. It fully lived up to expectations. Dark, muddy looking reddish brown, decent tan head that faded away. Aroma of sour cherries with a faint hint of piss. I know this is going to be good. Flavor was sour cherry, faint woodiness, and the faintest hint of chocolate, with a drying sour note throughout. Very, very good stuff. If I was to ask for anything different, it would be for a slightly fuller body, but that is just getting picky. A great beer that will totally throw off my average rating on Italian beers.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (12126) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 10, 2005
Cloudy red-brown body with tan head. Aroma is moderately sweet, cherry, some sour, light wood, faint mint. Taste is medium sweet, sour cherry, light lemon, wood. Medium body, light acidity, somewhat watery. Alcohol well hidden.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
OlivierMTL (711) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 10, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2005 Couleur rouge très foncée allant vers l’acajou, apparence pleinement opaque. Abondante mousse beige pale, persistante et se résumant à laisser une fine couverture sur le dessus du liquide. Arômes pures et intenses suggérant nettement le vinaigre balsamique, les barils de chêne, le bois humide, les caroubes, cherry blossom, et le tabac à pipe. Saveurs pleinement évolutives débutantes un fort accent boisé, de vanille, de fruits sûrs, de balsamique. Puis, le profil vinaigré et acide ressort davantage, devenant ainsi très vineuse en bouche, ne semblant pas construit sur une base de malt aussi dense que disons, La Folie, ou simplement plus atténuée ? Finale très sèche, corps velouté. Fascinante ! Bouteille, Hop Devil, N.Y., Septembre 2005.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - SEP 9, 2005
This was a real treat of the Labor Day gathering. Brown clowdy color with no head. Very clean slightly bitter aroma, some cherry and oak notes as well. Flavor is cherry and malt flavor. This is a fabulous beer. Palate is crisp and defined. A well balanced beer of sour bitterness, and sweet malt.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - SEP 7, 2005
Tom from The Blind Pig (Champaign, IL) brought this to share. Being of Italian heritage, I love most things Italian. Never would have guessed this was from Italy by the name or the style. It poured out a chestnut color, tints of red. The head was a foamy champagne type that lasted a short time. Good lacing decorated the glass. The nose was sour, almost a vinegar essence to it, a little of the oak preesent, tart cherry, malt, a dash of chocolate. Big carbonation and a fizzy, tingly mouthfeel. The flavor was definitely sour, like tart cherries, sour apples. Astringent at points. A very unusual, complex drink .

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - SEP 5, 2005
Ruby with a thin tan head... sour nose, sour cherry taste tingely, lingering sour aftertaste

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BBB63 (6449) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - SEP 5, 2005
Bottles (one opened Friday and one Saturday) provided by Styles and Pailhead, thanks! :

Red hazy hue with a fading head that left a small bubbly ring and produced a good lace. The aroma was sour all right with a cherry and grape acidic quality. Also detected some fresh French oak, earthy yeast esters and even a dash of salt. The sharp taste of acidity is some what balanced by a flowery and bready background. Some yeast funk character is on display as well before the oak and liquor infused finish. The feel is lively and quite crisp and found myself digging it! This is a wonderful brew with full pucker power yet never came off one-dimensional.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
temporrari (389) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 5, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 12, 2006 Sour and oaky. This is more sour than what I can enjoy, personally. I tasted this right after Southampton Biere de Mars (which I did enjoy), and I found them to be quite similar, but this much more sour. I wasn’t exactly shocked by the sourness, but it wasn’t what I’d call pleasant. I can’t knock it too hard though, because I know that’s what they were going for. -- I’d like to try this again sometime.(9/06)

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 2, 2005
#1000: 2005- Pour is mahoghany brown with some ruby and crimson red highlights with a thin tan head...smell is sour funk with some smokey wood and vanilla...lots of sour in the nose...taste is sour with maybe some hidden cherry notes, but lots of wood in the flavor...turns very earthy and more oakey toward the finish...sour, tingling, and slightly bitter at the end...lingering sour aftertaste...good stuff...


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