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RATINGS: 823   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - DEC 7, 2005
Pours hazy reddish brown with very little head. Aroma of oak, sour cherry, slightly sweet brown malt, brown sugar. Flavor is a changing blend of sour cherries, sweet cherriesm sweet maltiness, and a very mild chlorine.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
JRock72 (605) - - MAR 10, 2011
Bottle. The bottle was really well carbed as I barely touched the cap and you could hear the gas escaping. Pours slightly hazy dark brown with little head that fades quickly. Very floral with acetic notes in the aroma. Not as sour as you would expect which hides the alcohol perfectly. I’m glad I bought more than one bottle because this beer was fantastic.

1.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Thaichile (599) - 10aFly, New Jersey, USA - DEC 27, 2005
Bottle. Pours a deep reddish brown with a neglitiable head. Scents of vinegar and wood on the nose. Although sour to taste, it tastes like an oaked port that has had acidity introduced. Very disappointing for the result as well as the amount wasted on the cost of the bottle.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brigg (598) - Washington DC, USA - APR 22, 2011
(bottle) A chestnut body riddled with bubbles, and a big tan head. A sour aroma with notes of wood, grape, berries, and wine. Medium body, soft with carbonation. Flavor is wonderfully sour, and also starts out sweet before drying up quickly. Some cherry flavor, and I cannot seem to dismiss a little grape soda feeling, but I don’t mean that negatively. Finish is quite dry. Complex but delicate. And tasty.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kopher (593) - New York, USA - SEP 11, 2010
aroma is deep woody sweet and sour--mix of citrus-sour and vinegar-sour. it pours light brown and is almost clear, with a foamy yellowish head. flavor is also sweet and sour, mild but with a nice tart finish. very drinkable, alcohol is barely discernible, with medium slick body and low carbonation.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rayg1 (586) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUL 23, 2007
750 ml. bottle, 2005 vintage. This beer pours out a nice reddish amber color with a white fizzy head that lasts and lasts. Aroma is very tart up front with funky bacteria blasting the nostrils, then a fruitiness of sour cherries and oak. The taste adds another dynamic to the puckering sourness and tart cherries, I can really taste the oak now but its mellow enough to be quite nice. A spicy almost peperiness hits the tounge. Then a dash of alcohol and cognac flavor hit at once. The finish ends with a light heat of alcohol in the last sip with the sourness trailing off with it. Excellent beer and would gladly have again.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
minch25 (577) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 9, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2011 Rerate 11-27-11
2010 bottle #2504, batch #12. This one is actually carbonated, with a lasting khaki head. ’Watery’ aroma, a little weak. Flavor - much more of a Flemish sour this time, seems to be made very true to style. Better that Rodenbach Grand Cru, compares well with Russian River’s, not as good as La Folie or Bockor’s Cuvee des Jacobins.

Orig. rating 5/9/08
2006. Purplish red eggplant color, no head to speak of. Grape juice aroma. Dry, mellow feel. Flavor: more grape juice, sour, woodsy notes, tannic. As far as beers go, this is comparable to drinking a light pinot noir or beaujolais. Starting to notice some applesauce/cinnamon in the aroma. Turns out to be quite drinkable. Prickly sensation reminds me that this is actually a beer.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - JAN 22, 2006
75cl bottle...2005, 2nd batch to US...Funky bottlecap...opens somewhat like a wine vac-u-sav cork. Pours w/ some fizz & a slight brownish head that is blotchy...deep zinfandel-type red color to the beer. Heck of an aroma! Oak, nougat, mustiness, chocolate & coconut (why is this sounding like a candy bar?) Evolves into earthy berries (elderberries, maybe a couple cherries) & leather. Quite complex & wonderful. I guess I should drink it though. Light bodied & tart. Earth, leather, oak and a pronounced tartness reminiscent of raspberries & strawberries in its acidity. The flavor has very little trace of the candy bar save a touch of chocolate. The oak is not overdone, just present & pronounced...refined. Carbonation is very light, but it does add a bit of a spark to the beer...vinuous in its drinking...this beer should be served like a quality red wine & enjoyed the same way...Room temp(my room temp today is 64*F), sipping slowly. It seems that it opens up as it breathes, becoming a bit beefier in body perhaps & the acidity becomes better integrated. A great beer to spend some time w/ on a lazy Sunday afternoon. I’ve gone through 6 bottles of this in the last 30 days...every time I enjoy it a bit more. I had wanted to make carbonnade w/ it...but I think I’ll save the Goudenband for that and savor this stuff.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 22, 2009
Batch #8, 2005 edition. Pours a medium-dark chestnut brown with a medium-large, loose, mottled light tan head. Sour aromas with ripe fruits, oxidative notes from barrel aging, and soft nutty malt underpinnings. Not overly aggressive, but persistent, complex, and intriguing. The flavor follows closelyfrom the characteristics expressed in the nose except for less fruitiness and a bit more malt spiciness. The aging characteristics, both from the barrel and the bottle age. contributed greatly to the complexity of this beer. Very easy-going, well-rounded body with a nicely structured alcohol component. Contrasting palate characteristics with both bright freshness and draker aged characteristics. Quite a fun beer.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 19, 2005
Thanks to richlikebeer for broadening my beerexperience. Aroma to me was vinegar, slight wood and whiskey and what I describe as cocktail sauce. Poured a dark murky color with a thick head. Flavor was definitely sour, red winish flavor some smoke. All I can say is wow what an eye opener to a different style.


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