Brewed by De Dolle Brouwers
Style: Sour Red/Brown
Diksmuide, Belgium
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler


on tap

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RATINGS: 1111   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.04/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
Matured in Bordeaux casks.
2002 bottles: 12% ABV.
2004 through 2013 bottles: 13% ABV.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lunkie (1857) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - JUL 6, 2005
Strong malt hop spice aroma with pepper. Clear brown colour with good head and lacing. Strong bitter sour malt spiritus flavoue. Fizzy palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUN 12, 2005
2002 330ml Bottle courtesy of sick_boy282 in trade: Hazy, mostly opaque rusty brown body with a small, fleeting beige head. Aroma is tart fruit at first, hinting at aged figs, plums, and over-ripe apples wrapped in leather and given a splash of balsamic vinegar. Allowing this beer time to breathe gives a bit more complexity to the already fantastic aroma - sour orange rind, bitter wine grapes, old wood, dark chocolate, nutmeg, anise, sour apple cider, and brown sugar. Flavor is sweet & sour up front, quickly hitting your palate with an impressive and diverse array of flavors: sour figs & plums, freshly ground pepper, dates, sour grapes, leather, acidic wet wood, sour cherries, tart molasses (if there is such a thing), wine-soaked dirt, and even a hint of grains and bread dough. This beer is full of tannins and very complex - not a beer youd want to down quickly. Medium to full bodied, thick and oily body, with moderate carbonation (first one Ive had like this from De Dolle). Finishes acidic and dry with notes of dry wine, wood, and a hint of honey grains further out. I feel like this one may not have been so tasty while young, but it certainly is now.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 9, 2005
Beautiful, dark red body and a dainty white head around the edges of the glass. The aroma is incredibly fruity, with a lambic-sourness/tartness to it. The flavor is very tart as well. This beer is unique amoung other BSAs that Ive had! Nice, slightly sweet, slightly bitter well-balanced finish. Hints of apples in the flavor, along with some interesting spices I cant quite put my finger on. Very woody and earthy, probably due to the wine casks it was aged in. Surprisingly heavy, although the alcohol is well-hidden.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joergen (26674) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 3, 2005
Bottled. Hazy orange coloured with a small beige head. Acidic aroma of spices, wood and dried fruits. Acidic and woody flavour with notes of dried fruits. Interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yousee (48) - BELGIUM - MAY 29, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2007 Dark brown rusty colored beer with weak foam. Flavours of brown apples, old leather, and balsamic vinegar. notes of green apples, prunes, wood. Aftertaste quite soure.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
notalush (5774) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 9, 2005
2004 bottle - lightly cloudy, dark amber pour, with minimal white lacing, very low carbonation - explosive, woody, vinous aroma (probably the most wine-like aroma Ive ever experienced with beer), with background brown sugar and nutmeg - very much like a red wine, with tartness, dark fruit and pepper - a bit of oak, some far background cinnimon and toasted oat?, funky, cheesiness - earthy, medium-dry finish - this reminds me very much of New Belgium La Folie, only its even better! - a very unique beer and a must try for anyone that even remotely likes de dolle beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 2, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2007 Bottle. 2004. Thanx to Jannik. Hazy brown colour with a medium baige head. Light perfumed sour fruity aroma and a dry light sour champangne taste. Medium to full body and a sour dry finish. 7-4-4-4-11. Re-Rate: Bottle 2004. 12.07.07. Hazy red brown colour with a big beige head. The aroma is fruity and yeasty with some carboard to it, but plesant, the taste is light acid, sour, fruity, spicy and with some wood. Medium to full body with a light acid, sour and very dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
bibi (18) - De Panne, BELGIUM - MAY 26, 2005
Belgian beer, deep hazy color with an off-white head, nose of wooden casks, sour flavors, sour finish, medium in body. notes of plums, raisins, blackberries, and pears.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
giarcsr (104) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 4, 2005
2002 bottle from a nice little source I have. Pour was a slightly dark, aroma was very good. Its fruity and I picked up a hint of brett as well? Its very complex aroma wise and you can really notice it after a while when the beer has warmed up a bit. Flavor is fantastic. It is a malty/fruitty beer that has a slightly sour taste, Im thinking from brett. It is very smooth, I really cant say I noticed too much oak barrel aging in this beer. Everything about the flavor was nice and mellow and nothing really jumps out at you. Its just right as is. I really liked this beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Brad (364) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - JUN 1, 2005
Unselfishly shared bottle with a couple of good friends, opened his last three bottles so we could each experiance this beer in its entirety. Dark amber in color and pours a large bubbly brown head speckled with floaties. Aroma is big and beautiful with tart cherries, sour apples, raisen/plums/dates (your dried fruit combo), hays, grains, and some sweeter malts. Flavor is very leathery and filled with tannens (like Pinot), tart fruits (especially cherries but not at all syrupy or overdone in the least, perfect!) woody. Very well hidden alcohol, would have never guess it at 12% if I hadnt looked at the bottle. Finishes with just the right amount of drying bitterness and acidity to create a nice lasting aftertaste. One of the best beers I have had.

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