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RATINGS: 131   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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Thursday hallmarked our first bottling of another type of long aged oak beer with a variety of microorganisms in play . The beer is still hard for any of us to really define, it’s really one of a kind. At 8.5% ABV, it would probably be most akin to a strong Flander’s Brown. A spice blend was involved as well as some dark Belgian Candi Sugar during the kettle boil. That part we controlled. The rest was up to Brettanomyces, Lactic Acid Bacteria, and whatever else decided to visit the fermentation as we left each barrel open to air for an intentional short period of time. As to the name, he’s a demon, we named the beer after a demon. Space Dragon was too grade school.

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
swollinshuteye (2) - Mansfield, Connecticut, USA - FEB 22, 2012
Bottled 7/12/2010. Awesome. Thanks Lauren for the gift and thanks buff for sending it out. Always grateful for a yummy oud bruin.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
VT (1413) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 28, 2014
750 ml bottle shared with the Quebec City crew. Pours a veiled ruby reddish brown with a beige head. Aroma is blackberries, wild berries, brown sugar, molasses, chocolate. Flavor is wild fruit, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries. Finish is tart, oldish, tea and mint. Light to medium body, weak carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sparky (2243) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 31, 2014
Sampled at 2011 RBWG. Pours cloudy maroon with a thin head. The nose is dark fruits, vinegar, light funk. The taste is much the same – reminds me of Cuvee de Tomme. Medium motuhfeel. Tasty. 4.0

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mcberko (6696) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 5, 2014
750mL bottle, pours a murky dark mahogany / borne with a beige head. Nose is authentically sour brown, with tart dark fruits, Worcestershire sauce, earthiness and some yeast. Flavour is interesting - it’s a very wild version of a sour brown. Notes of dry tart dark fruits, wild yeast, and some earth. Not sure how I feel about this one. It’s very earthy and wild, with no residual sweetness. Interesting stuff, but not overly enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GothGargoyle (1302) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 4, 2014
Cloudy brown with virtually no head. Aroma is herbal, slightly earthy, sour fruit. Medium bodied, tart on the palate with a slightly astringent finish. Flavours are chamomile, beets, sour dark fruit, hint of chocolate and blackcurrant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
tectactoe (2020) - Michigan, USA - JUN 27, 2014
Bottle: Thanks, Ed. Deep ruby with an opaque center; a gray tinted collar is the only thing left on top. Aroma loaded with vinous, borderline boozy wine notes, deep red grapes, black cherry, & bruised currant. Taste has lots of cherry skin acidity with a good helping of spicy oak. Touch of vanilla? Some lemon flesh mid-palate, leading to a wine-heavy finish that once again seems a little boozier than I’d prefer for a wild ale. It has a bit of vinous heat. Cherry, red grape skin & wood laden aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (8237) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 1, 2014
Sample during the Secret Barrel Society tour on 05/24/2014: Slightly murky brown color with a thin off-white head that diminishes quickly to an outer ring. Spotty lacing. Aroma of berries, malt and yeast. Medium-bodied with flavors of tart berry, earthy yeast and malt. The finish is mildly sour with an oak and berry aftertaste. Pretty good overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (5555) - Ohio, USA - MAY 27, 2014
750ml bottle shared by someone at RBWG 2011 originally from notes (had a couple times since). Pours a cloudy brown color with a small soapy beige head. The aroma and flavor have light spice and earthy notes, mild vinegar, tart dark fruits, lactic, interesting blend. Soft carbonation that may be affecting the overall taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
czar (4502) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 25, 2014
bottle shared by tom10101, thanks man. pours hazy dark copper-red with a small yet reviving light beige head, some lacing. tart cherries, spices, very spicy in fact, bourbon, also red wine barrel, as well as raisins, red grapes, plums, other red fruitiness, dark candi, brown sugar and molasses, very woodsy. moderate carbonation, medium body - oily, bit sticky and sweet, grassy-spicy and astringent-tannic finish. very nice. another good sour from upland!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Minderbinder (1887) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 24, 2014
Bottle 750ml. Pours very dark burgundy with very low beige head. Aroma is of dark fruits, wood, sourness, flowers, tea, incense, mint. Taste is of dark fruits, slight sourness, blackberries, a tad sweet. Palate: Light-medium body. Overall: Very nice fruits in aroma. Nice incense, awesome tea.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mathieuc (1391) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 24, 2014
Pours a dark red with a medium white head that leaves some lacing. Aroma is spicy, fruity and is moderately acetic. Taste is lightly sweet, tart and really fresh. Mouthfeel is juicy, carbonation a bit low. A very good Flanders Red!

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