Driftwood Bird of Prey Flanders Red

Formerly brewed at Driftwood Brewery (Canada)
Style: Sour Red/Brown
Victoria, Canada
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler


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RATINGS: 60   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
The first in Driftwood’s Bird of Prey Wild Ale series, this sour ale was inspired by the Coopers Hawk that took residence in the brewery for a full 24 hours. Brewed in its honour, this wild ale spent a year in a mix of American and French oak wine barrels. Tart and funky, this beer can be aged a very long time, but is equally enjoyable now.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
FourJ (216) - British Columbia, - NOV 26, 2011
Interesting sour... I like it! Overall not a huge fan of the sours, but this one keeps me engaged. I love the oaky finish. Certainly, each SIP is a journey that takes you through an increasing level of sour funk then quickly moving on to the oak notes. Not sure if I have the palate to explain this much further. Tasting note from the wife: "ewww, gross". I’ll let her finish her winter ale while I enjoy this to myself.

pintbypint (3920) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 12, 2015
RBAG 2015. Sampled out of a 650ml brown bottle. A dark golden coloured brew with a thin white head. Nose has some tartness and fruit/melon. Dry in the mouth with a little tartness and fruit. Finishes pretty light and overall the complexity wasn’t there. I thought I would like this a lot more...

DuffMan (10751) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 11, 2015
Bottle, shared at RBAG 2015 by Sid. Medium orange, hazy. Marmalade caramel and acetic sourness, cherries, soft mouthfeel. Very nice.

SlovakSniper (5561) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 22, 2015
Une robe rouge/ambrée avec un tout petit anneau. Un nez suret, boisé et fruité, fait de cerises avec d’autres fruits rouges dans lequel s’installe un malt qui fait totalement le style. Au goût, du caramel et d’autres nuances maltées, des cerises riches déconstruites et reconstruites (superbe balance de l’acidité), du bois légèrement vanillé et des transpirations de vin rouge. En bouche, un corps huileux et très peu pétillant. Une finale gentille, fruitée, capable de convertir celui ou celle qui n’aime pas le style. Très bon.

rodenbach99 (4678) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 22, 2015
Bouteille partagée. Cette bière a des arômes boisés, fruités ie des cerises, des tannins de bois. Une bouche agréable avec des notes fruitées, vanillées et boisées. Correcte mais manque le zip des Rodendach.

brokensail (16689) - Dublin, California, USA - MAY 30, 2015
Bottle @ Camping. Deep amber colored beer with a khaki head. Sort of acetic on the nose. A lot of red wine and cherry skins. Some notes of grape and grass...maybe some grass. There’s a nice bit of lemon zest and apple as well. The flavor is pretty sour but does have some good sweet fruit and a bit of caramel malt. Fair amount of red wine, oak, and red wine vinegar. Not overly acetic, though. Sort of nails it for the style and one of the better North American examples.

thomashall (1249) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - MAY 22, 2015
Bomber from Pushkinwow. Reddish brown pours. Awesome sour funk aroma. Taste follows with puckering flavor. Really awesome Flanders. Great beer.

BVery (11458) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - MAY 22, 2015
Bomber shared by Tom - thanks! Hazy orange pour with a white head. Sour, leathery, some oak dryness, some funk. This is awesome!

Bule (2309) - California, USA - MAR 21, 2015
650ml bottle pours a reddy brown color without much head. Medium sours that blends so well with the malt. A good brunch beer.

tom10101 (6297) - Quebec, CANADA - JAN 17, 2015
Bottle (650 ml). Split 2-ways with the lady. Thanks to Thomas for this one!

Appearance: Hazy red with a small quickly fading white head and no lacing.

Aroma: Very fruity with cherries and berries along winey notes, leathery brettanomyces, light spiciness and oak.

Taste: Slightly sweet and moderately sour with cherries/berries, moderate winey presence, oak, light vanilla, brettanomyces, light spiciness and hints of grass.

Palate: Medium body. Medium carbonation at first, but it become very soft after just a few minutes. A tad winey, but also juicy. Berries finish. Moderately dry.

Overall: Quite fruity and juicy Sour! Not very complex, but super enjoyable nonetheless. Balance is good, barrel treatment isn’t overdone and everything is well integrated. Another good one from Driftwood!

Minderbinder (3469) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 11, 2014
Bottle 660ml(?) Pours dark salmon/amber with low off-white head. Aroma is of fruits, sourness, vanilla. Taste is of sourness, fruits, berries, wood, wine barrels, vanilla. Palate: Somewhat dry. Light-medium body. Soft carbonation. Overall: Very nicely balanced. Interesting fruit features.

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