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RATINGS: 779   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.


4.5
   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.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 26, 2005
There was no bluster when Shelton said that they believed to have found one of the best Sour Red’s in the world!

The beers packaging is beautiful… and then I find that the fluid within is a blessing from the gods! I must make an attempt at description…. as any fine disciple would do!
The body is crimson with edges of glowing garnet. The head is rocky with a natural khaki existence. Boldly sour yet arousingly sweet aromas bite at my nose… my olfactory is at attention! Vinous flavors of sour cherries lay within the depth of the oak. Mosaic flavors of fruits are radiant: green apple, key lime, cumquat and pineapple induce the supernatural. The darkened tanned crust from raspberry pie. Fresh grape juice melded with oaked balsamic vinegar…. cracked black pepper corn… where does the mysterious bitter sweetness come from…. Is this Bordeaux blended with Gueuze? The depth.. notes of leather from a worn horse saddle… a tray of rotting blackberries… it’s so tasty that it’s almost contrived! The palate is oily yet leaves a bittering sweet and sour burst in at the finish… Sensational! A most Marvelous beer... the beer of My dreams! I can’t wait for the circumstance to open another bottle! I will wait everyday in anticipation! My New Favorite Beer!!!!
-- I become such a tool when it comes to good beer!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
harvey (40) - Milano, ITALY - AUG 23, 2005
[2004 version] Bottled in August 2004. Brown in colour with reddish shine, pours a huge and neverending head. Vinous and woody aroma with raspberry hints. Flavour is sour and fruity. Even if I tasted it at cellar temperature, the 8% ABV was not invading, while the very high carbonation disturbed me a little. (7/4/7/4/14) -- [2005 version (for the US only)] Same colour. More stable carbonation. More sour, more dry, lovely woody hints, complex. Simply perfect, IMHO.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - AUG 28, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2005 Ruby color with a filmy head. Vibrant Flemish Sour aroma, cheese laden, with hints of coconut and wood, loads of fruits (cherries especially) and light malt. Distinctions and characteristics aromatically in Flemish Sours are always hard to pinpoint, but this particular one, from Italy, is very vibrant. Unbelievable balance of lactic and acedic acid, fruit, wood, sourness, along with a light coconut character, which I just love in beers. I’ve grown up in the shadows of New Belgium Brewing Company and La Folie and in my opinion, this is better.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 12, 2005
Pours with a deep red body topped by a medium thick head with some lacing. It’s sweet and malty with a nice oaky note and just the right amount of sourness. A fuckin’ awesome beer. Medium bodied, smooth and crisp.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 19, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2006 Bottle. Mmmmmmmm. Lovely acidic aroma, cherries, wood, farmyard funk, love the aroma. Palate shows some slightly sweet malts, but quickly turns tart, dry and sour. Beautiful wild character, some people may find this too sour, but i found it perfect for my tastes, i just loved it. Quite balsamic, with the same wood, cherry etc that i found in the aroma. Wonderful!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
YogiBeera (2435) - Hamburg, GERMANY - OCT 23, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2006 RERATE - Bottle 2005 - Pivo Bday Treat: Beautiful dark red color, small layer of a head. Nice dark beerries - sour in nose. Also some pine and spruce. Wonderful tart and woddy taste - medium long lasting. Medium carbonated. Wonderfully refreshing. This will always remind me on that wonderful summerday in the garden of Kulminator with the Low Country Meeting 2005! Cheers! At the LCRBM> What a fantastique brew! Medium brown color with a soap foam layer head. Vinegar -balsamico, also woody nose! Earthy, barn, malt, sour cherries and prunes nose and taste. A bit metallic but not unpleasant with a nice dry finish.Quite complex and amazing! 8/4/8/4/17 - 4.1

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ughsmash (7086) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 2, 2005
Bottled in 2005, 750 mL. Beautiful hazy deep ruby pour with a very nice initial layer of creamy caramel/beige head. Intricate lacing going down. Nose was wonderfully complex and intriguing... sour cherries, iron, lemon zest, apples, oak, balsamic vinegar, earth, and much more that I am just not able to put a finger on. Tingly vinous notes grace the lips on entry... followed by some kind of magical cherry/lemon fruit, that just pummelled the taste buds with sour and tart sensations. And when you thought that this brew couldn’t pack any more depth and character into the flavor... come the top shelf malt vinegar, oak barrels, and some tangy metallic notes. Finish is tart cherries soaked in vinegar with a lemon twist... long-lasting and lip-smacking good. Fairly high carbonation makes the flavors spark very well, and this left an ideal vinous dryness across the palate. This was just tremendous in all regards.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 4, 2005
Thanks to hopdog for his one. Pours a deep red almost brown with a tan lasting head. Aromas of tarte cherries, fine wine, vinegar, rasberries, and oak are well established and blended in near perfect unison. Taste is tarte and nutty with vinegar, cherries, a hint of oakiness, and some very nice bitter grape elements. Mouthfeel is spectacular with the tarte astringency remaining behind for what seems like an eternity. Superb finish that can be best described as running through an Italian vineyard when the grapes are being harvested on a humid sunny day. Fantastic!

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - NOV 9, 2005
Amber/red with a thick tan head. Aroma of oak, sour apple, sour cherry, vinegar and port. Taste had a powerful sour apple and cherry combination with oak on the finish. Palate was so creamy and the alcohol was hidden extremely well. The best Flemish Sour Ale I’ve had to date.


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