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RATINGS: 833   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
(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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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
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
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Papsoe (25063) - 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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ungstrup (35868) - 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.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 19, 2006
Bloody hell, that’s good! Beer pours a very dark, clear, brown-plum color with an average-sized, off-white, frothy, diminishing but mostly lasting head.
The aroma is thick and puckerific: malty with moderate notes of toasted grain, cookie and caramel; hoppy with a light note of herbs; yeasty with light notes of dough and moderate notes of horseblanket; lush, vinous notes of moderate-to-heavy lemon, cognac, balsamic vinegar, grape, candy sugar, light notes of raisin and oak.
The flavor is moderately-to-heavily sweet, lightly-to-moderately bitter, heavily sour with a long, moderately bitter, lightly acidic/sour finish.
The body is light-to-medium, the texture is velvety and the carbonation is lively.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 18, 2006
Bottle. Muddy orange brown colour with a beige head. Light sour, wood, fruity aroma and taste. Medium to full body with a sweet sour finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bager (2120) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - APR 18, 2006
Bottle. Cloudy reddish brown in colour. Tastes of dark fruits and is also sour and vinegar like in flavour. Nice dryness and oakyness. Notes of sherry.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ElGaucho (2395) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - APR 17, 2006
Bottle. Sour aroma like a Flemish sour (it is a Flemish sour, so go figure). A lot darker than most Flem Sours. Small, off-white head. Beautiful color; no lace. Very sour. Why is this brew rated so highly? How is this brew so superior to other sour beers? Top 50? Very good for a Flemish Sour, but as a style, I’m still not getting it. Is this more of a Sour Brown?

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 15, 2006
750 ml bottle - thanks to Footbalm for the trade! Pours a dark reddish mahogany color, slightly hazy witha foamy beiigey head. Aroma is somewhat funky, dry red wine, sour fruits, wet wool and astringent. Flavor is sour, tart, raspberry and cherry, earthy, woody and vinuous. Medium body, tingly carbonation. This Flemish Sour was delicious!


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