(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.
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2006 This is a world class Flemish Sour Ale. I first tried Duchess de Bourgeone, then Rodenbach. When i got my hands on this bottle it blew them away. The color alone says it all. The aroma was of unripened cherries and vinegar. The frothy head added a nice creamyness to this sour treat. The oak-aging adds a smoothness which mellows out the tartness. A perfect PUCKER! 100% PERFECT!!!
Pours dishwater brown w/ a golden tinge. A medium sized spattered froth emerges and slowly recedes. Good residual lacing w/ a lasting creamy ring. Aromas of cave sulpher w/ a mellow souring. Medium nectar w/ ample yet mellow residual effers that turn creamy on the palate. Dry as a bone but not offensive. Defined souring w/ balanced acidity. Nuances of tart grapefruit rind, cherry, cassis, wild apple, vanilla, cedar, and sodium. This stuff is remarkable in balance. The finish is slighty parched but only for a minute leaving a moderate tartness to think about taking another sip. This brew rocks. Highly recommended.
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