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

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RATINGS: 1125   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.04/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Matured in Bordeaux casks.
2002 bottles: 12% ABV.
2004 through 2013 bottles: 13% ABV.

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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 you’d want to down quickly. Medium to full bodied, thick and oily body, with moderate carbonation (first one I’ve 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.

4.5
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 hadn’t 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.

4
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.

2.9
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.

3.8
joeec5 (204) - bayonne, New Jersey, USA - MAY 24, 2005
bretty, earthy, sourish. dough/yeast. alc. only noticeable as it warmed. Cool. De Dolle is da shizzle.

4.3
fatty (363) - Perkiomenville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 12, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2005 Dark amber body with a thin head. Full thick and sweet plum/grape flavor. Smooth palate with a warming finish.

3.5
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 5, 2005
very cloudy copper in color w/ a thick white head that laced fairly well. Smelled oddly tart w/ some plums, malts, a bit of grass.. but sweet. The palate was highly carbonated but had a fairly avg body. The flavor is tartly fruity(plum/pear) w/ some nice alcohol in it .. Overall very good.

3.5
DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 4, 2005
’02 bottle generously donated by Joe M. Cloudy light brown body, foamy white head. Cream of wheat aroma w/ brown sugar, plum, and some apricot for good measure. Tart flavor - lemon rind, salty minerals, pear, and wet hay malt. There’s a lot going on in this beer, but nothing that I really enjoy.

4.4
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 4, 2005
UPDATED: APR 14, 2011 2002 bottle thanks to RatedX! The appearance is Cloudy brown body with a thin white head. Good lacing. The aroma is sweet, grain similar to alfalfa or hay, green raisins, caramel malts, barrel aging. The flavor is casky alcohol, salty, fruity, kinda like a gose (salt beer) but casky and not as salty. Tart, sour. Damn, there’s a lot going on in this beer. The palate is filled with a huge carbonation, medium mouthfeel. Acidic. 9, 3, 8, 3, 17= 4.0

2004 vintage for $4.99. The beer pours to a murky dark garnet body with a tall lasting meringue-like off-white head. Nice lacing. The aroma is stunning. Sweet and sour oaken Bordeaux. Raisins, cherries, pears, oak. The flavor is tart and sour with a strong wine flavor that’s full of raw oak, cherries, and sour brettanomyces. Tart warming palate with no alcohol vapors or flavors. So nicely warming. Nice sourness. 9, 4, 9, 4, 18 = 4.4

2009 vintage bottled in Feb. 2010. 13%. The beer pours to a deep mahogany body with a fluffy/rocky tan head. The aroma is oaken and definitely vinous. Raisins, dust, hay, and oak. The flavor is sour funky white grapes with a dry earthy peppery red wine. Oak and cherries. Palate is velvety and tart. With a medium body and necessary carbonation. 13% is totally hidden. As excellent as ever. Thanks De Dolle Brouwers!

3.8
jtw (1163) - farmington, Michigan, USA - APR 30, 2005
2002 bottle. like a mix between a kriek and a dubbel, very oaky and winey and cherrylike in the aroma, and surprisingly tart flavor. lots of tangy brown sugar, quite good but certainly nothing i could drink often.


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