Brewed by Thiriez
Style: Sour Red/Brown
Esquelbecq, France
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler


on tap


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RATINGS: 73   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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La Malonne, aged for 3 months in French oak winebarrels.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
PalCabral (123) - 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?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheJestersBeer (2123) - 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)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jaghana (4085) - Strasbourg (Alsace), FRANCE - DEC 18, 2011
Bottle 75cl #1164 vintage 2010. A dark amber beer with huge head and good lacing. Nose is slightly sour with brown malt notes, near an oude bruin. Aroma is caramel like, sweet, notes of licorice and ginger, nut, some sourness mixed with acidity and anise on the finish. Sourness is low comparative to Belgian ones, malty side is medium, easily drinkable but less complex than expected.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (17215) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 16, 2011
Bottle @ SBWF2011. Pours a slightly hazy reddish brown color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity sour woody caramel aroma. Fruity sour acidic woody caramel flavor with hints of dark fruit. Has a fruity sour tart woody caramel finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
oh6gdx (20869) - Vasa, FINLAND - OCT 19, 2011
Bottled@SBWF2011. Very deep amber/copper colour with a mediumsized beige head. Aroma is sour wood, some mild fruity and berryish notes along with mild toasted notes. Flavour is very similar in a mouthdrying way. Long dry aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hirigalzkar (2338) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 2, 2011
Sample @ SBWF. The sourness has got sweet berry qualities that makes it quite pleasant and refreshing. Funky, but not too funky. Some wood and redwine in the aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Koelschtrinker (10962) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - JUL 27, 2011
Holziger Antrunk in dem die Lagerung schmeckbar ist. Säuerlich, sehr trocken. Im Mittelteil ist das Bier ebenfalls trocken, wird aber eher vom Malz beeinflusst. Durchgehend hopfig, zum Ende etwas fruchtig. Test vom 12.8.2008, Gebinde: Glasflasche Noten: -,10,10,11,-,11 - 10,64

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scopey (7193) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 1, 2011
Bottle 099, 2010 vintage at Het Oude Schooltje, thanks to Carlo. It pours very dark red-brown, with a thick beige head. The nose is full of dark fruit, cherry, sea salt, milk chocolate and some citrus. The taste is initially sour dark fruit (cherry, plum, date, sultana, raisin and red grape), which smoothes out to more savoury flavours of charcoal, sesame seed, soy and wood. Enjoyable and easily the best French beer I have tried to date.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thebeertourist (4893) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 26, 2010
Bottle from Cave à Bulles. Dark brown with a nice tan head. Delicious vanilla oak and sour fruit aroma. Very nice balance between vanilla and sour fruit, ending on a woody, dry note. Very accomplished.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (29682) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAR 1, 2010
Bottled. A hazy red-brown beer with a thick brown head. The aroma has notes of malt, chocolate, and acidic fruits - reminding me of a Flemmish red. The flavor is lightly acidic with notes of fruit - the acidity leaving a light burn in the throat.

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