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RATINGS: 831   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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(Editor’s note) Originally this version was available for the American market, while in Europe a version less sour was available; as of today, only this version of Sour is produced, so if you got a recent vintage you had this one.
The Sour has a sticker to differenciate it from the sticker-less Barriquée Mild, which has not been inoculated with lactobacillus bacteria.

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4.3
DewBrewer (295) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 23, 2006
75cL bottle, thanks Marc, the Alpha King! Brown color, some head but not a bunch. The aroma is really tremendous, sweet and sour like Rodenback, plenty of acetic. The flavor is pretty sour, not too sweet. The oak is pretty pronounced. It does get sweeter as it warms and probably tastes even better. Pretty drinkable actually. Great beer if you are into bacteria! And I definitely am!

4.1
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - MAY 19, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2008 2005 bottle. Enjoyed on 5/19/06 in my Rodenbach glass. Pours a deep red with a brown tint and small, fizzy, beige head. Lasting cover, some lacing. The aroma is sour cherries, light vanilla, vinous, light notes of barnyard and leathery Brett. Flavor is fairly dry with a good dose of acidity that hits you squarly in the jaw. Plenty of sour cherries, slightly vinous, some roasted notes, bits of caramel, cola, some citrus coming in toward the end, lemons. The mouthfeel is spritzy and light, but never thin, with a lasting sour-bite finish.

3.9
henrikb (1263) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 13, 2006
Dark brown body with red shine, huge fast disappearing head leaving little laces; very sour deep complex nose, very sour and just very nice (it has some very faint sugary metallic and a little oxidation to it); quite sour well balanced initial body, fades quite fast, it has quite some length in a cherry finish that becomes a bit cow shit like very late, but the sour part disappears to fast. Quite disappointing, but I had very, very high expectations. Thanks again, again, again Jeppe!

4.4
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2006
05 bottle drank with easter dinner. Poured a cloudy dark mahogany body with a medium beige head. Aroma is cherries, sugar cookie, and oak. The flavors are sweet and sour cherries, yeast oak, subtle strawberries, rasins, and a hint of balsamic.

4.6
demolayfire (18) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 3, 2006
Pours a muddy deep red/brown. small beige head with decent lacing. Heavy aroma of yeast, strawberries, dark fruit, oak, red wine, funk. Tastes even better than it smells with the cognac becoming very apparent, velvety texture, low carbonation, lip smacking sourness with just enough sweet to balance. easily the best flemish sour I’ve had.

3.7
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - APR 30, 2006
Sampled at Low Countries RBM 2005.
Unclear dark brown colored, foamy disappearing tan head. Sourish malty aroma with berry, wood and some cheesy hints. Nice and complex though a bit weak. No doubt a flemish sour. Flavor is tart malty and herby, almost like an infected dark Belgian ale. Balsamico hints and a very dry and woody finish. Definately nice, but doesn’t live up to the quality of neither Rodenbach, La Folie or the best from Verhaeghe!

4.4
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - APR 29, 2006
2005 bottle. The Godfather was on TV and Italy’s finest was in my glass. And, man, was it ever good. This one has everything you’d want in a sour ale. Beautiful pour, dark mahogany with a nice head that sticks to the glass. Great sour, yet subtly sweet aroma. Surprisingly, it starts with a fleeting caramel sweetness which quickly gives way to great tartness. Many Flemish sours tend to be heavy on the vinegar ... this one is tart and sour, but to say it’s vinegar-like would be an insult. Finishes bitter and sour and the bordeaux barrelling really shows itself. Very good beer.

4.3
fordest (2470) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - APR 26, 2006
750 ml bottle thanks to Kramer17801. Pours very darg burgandy with a decent head. Head lasted quite a while. Aromas were tart berry. Very vineous. Maybe a hint of wood. More wood in the flavor, but that sourness is really what this beer is all about. It is very tart, somewhat acidic, with a finish that just barely touches on bitter. Very good beer.

3.8
Papsoe (25059) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 20, 2006
(Bottle 75 cl) Courtesy of sk8viking. Pours an almost unclean orangey brown with a creamy, beige head. Tart nose with distinct oaky touches. Medium body, fantastic complexity between acidity, oak and yet still an underlying, caramelish sweetness. Sour to the extent that it challenges and teases my taste buds but never kills them. A true pleasure. 170406

3.9
Ungstrup (38242) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - APR 20, 2006
I’ve been looking forward to this beer for a long time - and it didn’t disappoint me - even though I don’t give it 4+. Unfortunately it has slipped out of the Top 50 before I sampled it ;-)

A muddy brown beer with a thin brown head. The aroma is lovely sour combined with woody notes. The flavor is quite complex with notes of berries - especially cowberries, wood, and light notes of red wine on a lovely sour background. Very nice - but I’d like higher carbonation, since I think that would bring out even more nuances from this nice brew.


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