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Brewed by Thiriez
Style: Sour Red/Brown
Esquelbecq, France
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RATINGS: 74   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
La Malonne, aged for 3 months in French oak winebarrels.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Swans (127) - FRANCE - OCT 13, 2012
Pours a dark Brown with a thin but creamy head. A strong french oak character with sour hints. This one is special ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thewolf (11259) - Kolding, DENMARK - MAY 18, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2009 Bottle @ htewolf pre-fastival tasting, Kolding.
[my 2,900th rating]
[thanks Chris o]
Pours wonderfully deep brown with a great, creamy beige head. Aroma is incredibly spicy and fruity tart. Lots of raisins, plums, cherries and woodiness. Fine, very creamy mouthfeel. Flavour is simply incredible. Chocolate at first, then a profound, but still subdued fruity tartness. Some toffee to finish it off. One of the best balanced sour ales, I’ve had - if not the best.

Second rating @ Myrups tasting. This is still a very, very good sour. The 4.7 in the first rating might have been a little steep. It especially loses some of its wonderfulness as it warms up. Still great, and still above 4.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Papsoe (25083) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 26, 2009
Bottle 75 cl. Courtesy of fiulijn. Bottle # 53/250. Pours a hazy orangey brown with a dense and lacing beige head. Tart, woody aroma. Medium body with sweetish burned caramel and distinct notes of wood. Finishes dry. A superb Flemish Sour - just the way I like them. 291208

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - OCT 15, 2009
(on bottle) Dark mahogony, allmost black, beig ehead. Herby sent of fennel, bog myrtle, cypress, witch hazel, this is a good mixture mind you. The herbs carries on into the taste, now more nettle and dry grass. A flowerish ote hangs above it all. A rather flat, but very plesant and mild finish. The long finish gets dry.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JoeMcPhee (8622) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 17, 2013
Thanks to fiulijn for this gem. Deep brown pour with a thin white head. The nose is of earthy oak and a touch of soft tartness. Nice and softly lactic with a bit of herbal and earthy character. The beer has a nice chewy earthiness and a touch of oaky woodiness. Has a bit of cedar and some interesting resinous character. Vineous finish with a lot of complexity. Lovely brew.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CapedBrewsader (265) - Brasschaat, BELGIUM - MAR 14, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2008 75cl. Bottle. Many many thanks to JorisP for this gem!: Pours an extremely dark hazy brown. Looks black in the glass but when held up to a light you notice a nice garnet edge to it. Thick and creamy beige head that lasts. Tart grape-skin and balsamic nose with a wonderful musty oak backbone. Hints of old hay and horse. There is a black malt roast note that can get lost under the oak, but becomes more obvious as the beer warms up. Quite mouth watering aroma. Oak is very present in the mouth but never getting harsh. Blends perfectly with the lactic sourness, the vinous notes and the dark fruit compote flavors. Figs, prunes, and tart red plums. Every once in a while a touch of sweet raspberry catches you by surprise. Oak and burgundy wine carry you to a subtle touch of roast before ending with a slightly metallic oaky finish with tart grapes. Quite fantastic!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thebeertourist (4904) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
olsvammel (3578) - Örebro, SWEDEN - OCT 12, 2012
Bottle from Systembolaget. Fruity and sour smell with a note of earth cellar. Similar taset. Great acid and fruitiness. Very nice!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeinDahlem (1342) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - APR 7, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2012 Re-rating after another bottle, nearly four years later, enjoyed last December at the Kerelshof in Cassel: Floral, blackberry-vinous nose over a very dark brown beer, luscious full head and lively carbonation, fairly dry. Only lightly tart/acidic, but now I think I like it just the way it is, --- Cheers to Sebastian for fetching this from Esquelbecq and sharing it the next day. Pours a very deep, dark brown with a thin, tan head. The nose is incredible, a very floral-fruity perfume, vinous, blossoms and cherries and wood. Flavor was disappointing to me after that... A bit flat, soft and floral, only the slightest tartness, and lightly bitter with a dusty backdrop. Very soft carbonation. Really quite vinous, like a floral table wine that lacks any fruit bite or tannins. Damned interesting, nice to drink, and I can imagine some great food pairings. But overall I think I’d like less subtlety, more oomph.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
skortila (4625) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - MAY 30, 2008
Bottled. Tasting @ Kolding Bryglaug. Aroma has some bubblegum. some wood, citrus, caramel maltiness.Hazy, dark brown coloured beer with a beige, lasting head. Taste is sweet, just a little sour. It has some cherry, caramel malts, fruitiness and woodiness. Very well balanced beer.


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