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RATINGS: 805   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.


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 (6396) - 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 (388) - 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...

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 31, 2005
Tan creamy head; dark shiny copper body. Aroma has gueuze-like cask wood, cherry. Taste is sour, but not overpowering sour cherry, and gueuze wood. Great balance of sour and fruit, but could not drink more than 12 oz of this.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
barenada (211) - Georgetown, Indiana, USA - AUG 30, 2005
(bottle) Does weird necessarily equal good? If so, then this is a very good beer. Very sour in both aroma and flavor. Supposedly oak-aged and stuff but I couldn’t detect anything byond the sourness. Fairly decent, but I cannot imagine ever having more than a single small glass.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Aubrey (3482) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - AUG 29, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2007 Burgundy beauty with an inviting, sour-sweet nose. Lively carbonation, but with a complexly smooth underbody. Cheek-cringing sourness was perfecto. Lesser notes of wood and aged earth. Slight acidity didn’t bother my gums at all. A little sweetness shouldered a bunch of sourness that continued to elicit my interest well into the bottle. Faint horseblanket was nice but I yearned for more. Nice and quenchy; well made; very flavorful; and tremendously enjoyable to drink.


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