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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
KieferUGA (461) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 1, 2008
Bottle. 2006 vintage. Pours a ruby color. Thin, white head. Aroma of red grapes, caramel. Low carbonation. Clean, tart taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RiverHorse (457) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 16, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2008 Pours a clear amber color with some straw high lights peeking through. Not much of a head on the pour into the snifter glass, but there was some sticky rings of lacing. After a quick malty sweetness up front, there is a huge sour bite on the sides of the tongue. There are faint tastes of vinegar, yeast, cherries and some oak flavors. This beer was a very nice play on all of the senses.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
l1br4r14n (451) - Rancho Cucamonga, California, USA - JUL 4, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2009 Pours a ruddy brown with a soapy off-white head. Weak aroma sour cherries, malt and vinegar. Flavor is sour cherries, red wine vinegar, and lactic sourness. Flavor seems a little watered down. Not my favorite sour, but nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dr_Fellini (451) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - AUG 4, 2013
Bottle to glass. Pours an almost clear deep copper to light brown color with a thin off-white head. Aroma is quite sour, with notes of sour grapes and cherries. Flavor is a sour vinegar, with light hints of fruity sour/sweetness. Light to medium in body with a lasting astringent sour punch on the back of the tongue. Oily in texture. Delightful.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
neongolden (449) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 15, 2012
(shared 1yr-old 750mL bottle from LCBO) Pours a cloudy reddish tea with a thin off-white thin head. Aroma tangy sour apple, a little cherry, leathery wood, a bit of vinegar and funk. Flavour is fairly sour and a little vinegar, with tart cherry and apple cider, oak, earthy barnyard funk, acetic acid, malts in the finish. Mouthfeel is quite full and oily but still with some champagne effervescence. Complex, surprisingly quenching and good with food.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Goldorak (439) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 5, 2006
The second of the Flemish sour portion of the "let’s piss off Clark" tasting

Dark brown, with perhaps a little bit of red, the ring of lace was pearly white.
Aromas was a lot more woody with a cherry sweetness, the balsamic character was more subtle than a Rodenbach grand cru.
Strange, even though the acidity seemed less present in the nose, it was there big time in the taste. The smoothness of the cask aging showed up nicely in the finish. As good a Flanders Red as you’ll find anywhere, and hands down the best Beer to come out Italy that I’ve ever had.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 15/20
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2006 Bottle purchases at the Corkscrew, Urbana. Poured with some apple spice tea bread that made for a nice pairing. Very low carbonation, to the point where I thought I had sampled a bad bottle, although a second bottle revealed the same. Flavors of apple cinammon, nutmeg, lots of clove, brown sugar, molasses, and vanilla. Certainly sour and pervasively earthy with a warming alcohol finish. A bit more carbonation would be appreciated to draw out the flavors. RERATE: Another bottle, and I’m still annoyed by how little carbonation is in the beer. Flat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
garmonbozia (429) - Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA - MAR 19, 2010
Bottle from Sprikle. Ok, I like sours alot and this is a great beer for that. Nice acidic aftertaste. Great woodsy and sour apples. Very light mouthfeel with tons of carbination. I have been wanting to try this for a long time and i finally did. well worth it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Labove (427) - Rome, ITALY - SEP 25, 2011
bottiglia all’Open. Buonissima, sour ale leggera come una carezza, da berne e riberne a non finire.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
herrbrown1974 (427) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 6, 2012
Bottle. Cloudy amber/brown. Aroma is Shiraz wine. Earthy, wood, dark berries, port wine, prunes. Oily in the mouth. Everything from the aroma follows in the flavour. Almost cranberry juice/shiraz tannic quality. Bready and sour but not overwhelming. No unnecessary sweetness added for the faint of heart. I opened this December 2011 bottle as soon as I bought it, and its delightfully balanced. If THIS is sour ale, I’m a convert.

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