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RATINGS: 783   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91   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 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 13, 2005
2005 bottle shared by Blake AKA 1F4s+ti. Hazy brown body with a quickly dissapating beige head. Tart lemon-juicy aroma with nouget, rasin and berry. Nice bracing tartness in the flavor. Slightly funky, woody lemon tartness with plum and grape skin to provide some sweet balance. There’s a woody dryness in the background. Good stuff!

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
1FastSTi (3336) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 13, 2005
Pours from a 750. It pours to a medium thickness, quickly disapating beige head with good lacing. The body is a dark red brown color. The aroma is very strong. Dark cherries, wood, sour fruits, cigar tobacco, mmmmm.... holy cow, words can hardly describe the aroma. The first flavor hits with a HUGE grape sourness. Cherries, fresh ripe (red) gooseberries, other dark fruits. Light tobacco and oak cask. The palate is very tart, moderately bodied and, decently carbonated.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MIBRomeo (2559) - Wisconsin, USA - JUL 13, 2005
pours a big dark brownish copper colo rw/ a decen sized off white head a little thick looking but dissapates a bit quickly yet laces fairly well. Smells of dark malts, cherries, plums, raisens even some tobacco very strong and smells good. Initial palate is highly sour, well coated some carbonation and ok creaminess. Flavor is initially quite sour of like sour cherries but milds a bit after that. a bit of a fine scotch or cognac flavor in it as well even hints of light raisen as well, a touh of old dry wood too. Far and away the best flemish sour i’ve ever had, thanks to Blake for sharing.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 12, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2005 Not quite brown, but more than dark amber in color. Taller light tan head that settles to a moderate covering of creamy bubbles. From the first sniff one can tell that there will be things to say about this one. Cherries and dark chocolate, Old oak and mild pipe tobacco all float about. Is it complex? not in my book, at least not the most complex, but very pleasing and inviting. For me to be five minutes after a pour and still not to have sampled is saying something about the aroma. Very light and smooth on the palate. Mildly toasted sweet malt meet the tip of the tongue and swept back with mild bitter cherries, light melon and blackberries. Some mild oak dryness comes in the the finish. A very dry linger which only calls one back to imbibe some more. Enough acidity to keep the sweetness in check. I find this exceedingly drinkable. This is so smooth now, I’m not sure what aging will do with this one, but I will be willing to try. Just read the description, and could not disagree with it (which is not usually the case). Even at the price I must purchase more.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mkobes (2140) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - JUL 12, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 23, 2005 750 ml bottle. Deep copper red in color with a nice tan head. Sour oak and fruity aroma. Cherries. Earthy. Sour tasting. Pleasant acidic taste. Big malty fruity flavor. Nice and enjoyable beer. Very nice. Dry. Smooth. Drinkable.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - JUL 12, 2005
750 ml bottle. Who says the Italians can’t make good beer? Reddish orange, nice tan head. Fruity woody cherries in the aroma, with a slight acidity, and a whole bunch of other stuff that I can spend pages describing. Big and, malty, with a pleasant acidic twang. Woody and kriek-like. Nice malty backbone. This is very much like New Belgium La Folie, but with a more controlled acidity, which to me makes it much more drinkable and enjoyable. This in my opinion is a top 50 brew, and I am placing it up high on my favorite list.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
heemer77 (5100) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUL 7, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2005 I was very surprised to find that this is produced in Italy. Pours a very dark ruby color with a persistent light tan head. Nice aroma of dark cherries and plums. There is also a little funky cheese and some fresh cut wood. The barrel aging adds a unique accent. The taste is pleasantly sour with some wood and fruit to counteract it. The taste has some hay, blue cheese and prunes. There is also a note of dry red wine. This is very nice and complex. The mouthfeel has some cobwebs and is dusty. I like it. Seems like this would be good to pair with a rich and strong tasting cheese.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
willblake (2652) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUL 2, 2005
07.02.05 750ml bottle picked up fresh off the truck at SuperSaver, thanks for the heads-up, Steve!

Perfect burgundy-brown pour supports a magestic froth the color of beach sand at sunset, rocky as it fades, lasting. Beautiful beer. Aroma is a burst of sour oak, cherries, mulching hay, light touches of brett. Wow, what balance! First sip is a wallop of sour sent shimmering across the palate on sparkles of fine effervescence. Astringency cleanses and beckons, encouraging a subsequent thirsty sip. It’s stylish for a sour, plenty of outlandish complexity but certainly accessible. Plenty of chewy tart cherry, wood, dark raisin, pomegranate, cider vinegar. Whew, this is quite a beer!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fiulijn (14533) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 4, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2011 2009-10-28, bottled October 2006, 3 years old, 9-5-7-3-16=40
Dark brown color; creamy head. The aroma is intensively vinous and fruity; sour grapes; oak; fresh actually. Good body structure; positively there is still some sweetness; an average caramel flavor, with evident sour and fruity presence; quite rare for Sour beers, the mouthfeel is rather smooth; the sourness in the end is limited, and clearly all bitterness is absent.
It’s very fresh, but apparently less complex than I remembered.

2005-04-01, 9-5-8-4-17=43
Cloudy dark amber color; big head. Incredible aroma: woody, a bit sour, vinous, malty, olives; really complex.
Good body structure, quite dry at the end, quite sour but still with some sweetness, and with the necessary astringency… Very complex and wonderful!
Thanks Andrea (Profane) for this incredible beer!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bov (9492) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - APR 2, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2005 750 ml bottle - reddish-brown colour, big creamy and slightly brown-tainted head, nice lacing, prodigiously complex aroma: wood, hazelnuts, touch of vinegar, olive and bread; high carbonation, robust malt body, strong and rich acidity, the finish is dry and sour showing some more woody and dark fruity notes - thanks to fiulijn for this mind blowing beer !


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