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RATINGS: 84   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Note: Says "Riserva" on label and has a red seal. Vintages begin from 2008.

Just like the Barriquée, the Riserva is ‘triple-fermented.’ Primary fermentation takes place in stainless steel. What sets the Riserva apart is the next step: 15-18 months spent in wine wooden vats, compared to the Barriquée’s 8-10 months; the wooden vats were used previously for Barbera (red wine), for maybe 150 years.
This adds an elegant wine-like quality and a dry, oaky character to the deep, earthy, sourness that the Barriquée is known for.

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Scopey (16524) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 10, 2013
Bottle (Batch #10, bottle 1162) at Bruce’s 30th, big thanks to Ken. It pours deep brown with a purple hue and small off-white head. The nose is fresh berry, cherry yoghurt, balsamic vinegar, oak and red wine. The taste is vinous, dark fruit, tart berry, berry yoghurt, red grape, juicy plum, light acidity, with a dry, lightly sour finish. Medium body, moderate carbonation and sticky mouth-feel. Nice fruitiness. Good depth of flavour and very well balanced. Alcohol is well hidden. Delicious.

EdKing (2679) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 10, 2013
Bottle at Bruce’s b’day. Cloudy, murky brown, white foam head. Nose is sour yeast, cooking apples, red wine, black grape. Taste is sour, green apples, red wine, black grape juice. Combination works nicely with the red vinous notes softening the yeasty sours.

CaptainCougar (7634) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 28, 2012
Batch #10 (2008), bottle 499: pours a mostly still transparent dark mahogany with a few stray off-white bubbles. Has a lightly sweet dark caramel nose with lots of tart fruits and vinous oak and a touch of vinegar. Starts mostly still with some mild black cherry sweetness giving way to earthy tartness and acetic oak before a slightly drier finish. Could definitely use more carbonation, but has pretty good complexity.

joeneugs (6372) - Livermore, California, USA - SEP 10, 2012
2008 bottle. It pours a dark red color with almost no bubbles and zero head. I was worried about carbonation, but it does have a soft prickliness that served me just fine. The aroma jumped out as cheesy with some tart red fruit and a little wood. Lots of fruity red wine comes out more as it warms. No vinegar. The flavor is very pleasant with blackberries, currants, cherries and hints of vanilla, wood, tobacco and cheese. Again, no vinegar acetic acid. I was a bit disappointed with the mouthfeel and finish. It was a bit watery for an 8%er, and needed a tad more carbonation to keep it lively. I wouldn’t have minded the soft mouthfeel if the body had more depth. The flavors are real nice here though. Actually this goes down much too easy for an 8% sour.

Goodgrief (2081) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - JUN 8, 2012
Batch 9, 2007. Real thanks to eaglefan538, or just "Brian", as I call him. ;). Deep cherry brown color. Just loads of sour aroma, vinegar and apples. Flavor was mellow, full of sour apples and vinegar, with lots of wood flavor...LOTS. Brian says it’s "tart and offensive when fresh" and he seemed to be pleased with the aging effects. Who am I to argue?

AdamChandler (5224) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 24, 2012
Thanks Wally for sharing this with us! Poured into a Hill Farmstead Glass at room temperature. Batch #12 from 2010, bottle #2,254.

A - 2 Head finger that was totally clear. Red to brown appearance. More brown than read and lots of cloudiness

S - Wine, tart, sour, cherries and rasberries. The red wine aspects to this were nice.

T - Raspberry, blueberry, junipers and red wine. Remarkably strong and well balanced beer and excellent sour taste that is very versatile and not too demanding on your palate.

M - 100% bubbles through and through on a swish. The berries linger long after you’ve swallowed.

O - Solid beer. Would love to have this again!

wedgie9 (2703) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 12, 2011
Tasted from a 750mL bottle at Delilah’s Lambic Fest 2011. Pours hazy amber with a thick, beige head slowly recedes to nothing more than just a collar of lace. The nose is caramel malt, with hints of barnyard, acidic lemon, and a tart fruity aroma. The flavor is caramel and brown sugar malt, with lightly tart and sour lemon, and a light hint of baking spices. The body is medium with average carbonation, and a long malty, lightly bitter, and sour finish, with a ton of tannin.

TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 21, 2011
25.4 oz bottle, 2008. Clear purple brown with big bubbled froth. Nose is buttered croissants, sour cherry, blackberry jam and wood. Medium body, tart and juicy with soft carb. Smooth but not very sour peach pit, cherry, oak and lemon pith. Stony finish with hints of paprika and cranberry.

DalzAle (2040) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JUL 12, 2011
Bottle shared by Sournotes. This beer was very similar to the regular version (sour cherry flavor, nice tart citrus), but everything seemed to meld much better with this bottle. Excellent and defninitely superior to the regular version.

MatSciGuy (924) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 10, 2011
[Batch 10 2008] shared by sournotes. Thanks! Pours clear caramel brown with a moderate beige head. Aroma is lighter than the other version, more caramel, a touch more acetic, still quite fruity. Flavor is quite similar to the other. Slightly less carbonation, a lot more oak.

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