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Brewed by Thiriez
Style: Sour Red/Brown
Esquelbecq, France
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RATINGS: 71   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
La Malonne, aged for 3 months in French oak winebarrels.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VsXsV (2144) - Linköping, SWEDEN - SEP 15, 2012
Bottle. Almost opaque, deep brown/bit red liquid with medium to big, light brown head. Aroma of creamy lacto, raisins, bit apples, some caramel and biscuit, very light vinegar and oak. Nice. Taste is quite dry, low to medium sour and very light bitter. Notes of chocolate, raisins, caramel and toast. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Some light vanilla also. Nice stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rarbring (1251) - Linköping, SWEDEN - SEP 12, 2012
Aroma: Funky sweet, almost perfume, wood, sour fruits.
Appearance: A brown dusky brew with a small off-white head, leaving some lacing and having good curtains.
Taste: Some sweet old fruits, stable nuances, balsamic vinegar.
Palate: Medium carbonation, small foamy bubbles, fresh and lively texture, a sour dry finish.
Overall: A sour complex one, possibly a bit short in the bite, and a (1) off-putting sweetish nuance in the smell.
Note: Bottle, sampled at Allt-Om-Öl-festivalen, Eskilstuna. Complementing review (another bottle!) 2012-09-12. Reviewed 2012-06-16.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
chriso (7347) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 11, 2012
From bottle in April 2008. This really took me by surprise. Right up there with anything made in Belgium in this category. Beautiful very dark brown colour with a generous and lasting light tan head. Vinous and woody on the nose with plummy fruit and raisins. More of the same on the palate. The sourness is well tempered by the rich figgy fruit. A stunner.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pilsnerrogge (2454) - Finspång, SWEDEN - AUG 31, 2012
Bottle #377 (6.5% abv)
Pours a dark, reddish brown colour with a thick head. Aroma is dark berries, cherries, red wine and wine gums. Body is a bit on the thin side. Flavour is slightly roasted and has notes of red wine, tart cherries and wood. The flavour really improves as the beer gets warmer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Marsiblursi (2989) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 18, 2012
(Bottle) Pours dark mahogany brown sand-coloured head. The aroma holds perfumey soap, violet candy and wet forest alongside dry malt, nuts and some light sour notes. The flavour is light sweet to dry, light to medium acidic and light bitter with notes of tight dark malt, some tart yet subtle grapefruit/lime, wood and a whisper of wine. The mouthfeel is soft and tart with a light carbonation. Balanced and fancy finish. Near medium bodied.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
_angst_ (2564) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 18, 2012
750 ml bottle bought @ Systembolaget. Pours very dark hazy wooden brown with a frothy beige head that slowly dissipates while leaving some thick lacing on the glass. Smell is sweet and perfume-like with viola candy, sweet liquorice candy, sweet dark bread, brett, hay, orange zest, dry wood, dry soil, burnt caramel, slightly roasted malts, blueberries, candi sugar, moist green leaves and hints of lemonade. Taste is very tiny sweet, tiny bitter, slightly sour, fruity and herbal with plums, green grapes, lemon balm, lemon juice, dry wood, pine, orange peal, tobacco, lemon peal, viola candy and sweet dark bread. Mouthfeel is silly smooth, round, tiny dry, tiny tart and medium bodied. Finish is tiny sweet and slightly sour with toasted malts, wood, viola candy, lemon juice, orange zest, grass, tobacco and moist soil. Intense viola character. Not sure if that’s good or bad.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rlgk (10061) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - AUG 18, 2012
Bottle at Mumsig Miniprovning, Göteborg. Dark amber/brown beer with a beige head. Sourish aroma, viol, floral, hops, wet grass, bready notes, perfume, woody, soapy notes. Sourish grass flavor, woody, floral, dandelion. Viol notes, some oak. Strange but not too bad.

3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tkrjukoff (4020) - SWEDEN - AUG 18, 2012
Bottle @ MMP. Pours dark euby brown with a nice lace leaving beig had. Aroma is shower soap perfumic malty, gay. Flavor is nice, woody sour astringent malty vitter, a bit flat watery. Finishes bitter sourish and malty.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
PalCabral (112) - SWEDEN - AUG 3, 2012
Bottle bought at Systembolaget. Pours black like a porter with a good beige head that settles but remains. Brown is an exaggeration, I’d call it black. Aroma is sour, like a lambic or a flemish red, which I personally don’t find attractive. Can’t say I find any hints of wood, guess the barrel was old and well used... The taste continues the sour theme, along with some caramel and some bitterness from the hops. It’s not bad, but I have a feeling it’s at best one of those beers that grown on you. Maybe it should be drunk in a damp barn such that the environment added its’ character? Sunny Stockholm isn’t favorable. There’s not much wood in the taste either and I reckon the beer was matured in barrels used for limbic/geuze/red flemish ales. It’s a surprisingly light beer in the mouth though. Not exactly what I had hoped the beer would be, and certainly not worth the 14 dollars (149 SEK) I spent on it. It irritates me that I made an exception from my rule never to buy silly expensive beers. There were probably other beers that I could have made this exception for. To the peeps at Thiriez I ask: pourquoi?

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheJestersBeer (2032) - SWEDEN - JAN 24, 2012
Bottled. Pours a dark garnet. Dry, medium body, low bitterness, quite acidic. Sour, vinous taste, very fruity, wood, faint smoke, blackcurrants, spices. (2011-10-15)


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