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Le Serpent - Snake River Brewing Company & Brewpub

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

39 Ratings
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Ratings: 39
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 83
Gots: 6 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Snake River Brewing Company & Brewpub visit their website
Wyoming, United States

Style | ABV
Flanders Oud Bruin |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Cory’s endeavor into the realm of Flanders style sour ale. Extremely rare, inoculated with multiple souring organisms and laid down in French oak barrels for over one year, Le Serpent is an example of a Belgian sour brown at it’s finest. On draft in the pub for a short time and also hand-bottled and bottle-conditioned. There is a very limited quantity of 750 ml bottles available for take away. Act quickly to experience this exotic beer style!

(Beer added by: Bitterbill on 05-23-2010)
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

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5/5  rDev +17.1%

One of my all time favorite beers, I look forward to the seasonal release!

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5/5  rDev +17.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Photo of mikeyv35
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Date: 09/25/12
Type: 750ml. Bottle #41
Vintage: 2009
Glass: Ommegang Tulip

Planned on keeping this one in the cellar for a bit more, but my hand was forced when my elbow knocked it off of a low shelf in my cellar, causing the cap to lift and start leaking. Anyway, was looking forward to sampling it anyway.

Pours a brown mahoghany in color w/ ruby hues that produced a big 2 finger tan head that left nice lacing. Aromas of caramel malts, vinegar, cherry skin, wet socks, and oddly cinnamon/clove. The taste starts w/ caramel, cinnamon, and clove, which leads into wet socks, and finishes w/ vinegar and sour cherry. Medium bodied and lush w/ appropriate carbonation. Drank my glass w/ ease and could have easily polished off the bottle and have been looking for more.

Overall, awesome brew! Maybe the best I have had of 2012. This brew is perfectly balanced w/ sour/sweet/spices.

Photo of KaiserTrey
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one gets a low (but virtually irrelevant) drinkability score due to the funky, sour, earthy, and dry character of the style. They really took the souring agents (brett and cherry) to the max. This took the gold in sours at the GABF and deserves it. Really pushes the envelope on what "sour" beer really means. I drank this beer while it was on tap and it was exceptional. It had a much more attractive tan head at the time so I thought it fair to judge the appearance based on that. Although, I just drank the bottle that I've had in the cellar for a year and the appearance had decreased. The Le Serpent has turned into an aromatic and flavorful powerhouse. The first sip was like a giant pissed off cherry punched me square in the chops. It definitely brings the funk on the nasty dunk.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of JAXSON
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I believe this was the regular, non-cerise version. Poured rust orange with a medium head. Vibrant nose of berries, orange skin, lime, just a lot of pleasant citrus in the nose. Really bright flavor with great citrus especially lime, citric acidity. Sharp, bright, fruity, sour. In a way reminds me of some Russian River stuff with the light, champagne like body and refined citrus acidity. T20, even? Good stuff.

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4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to Bitterbill for sharing this with mkorpal and myself at the Library Bar in Laramie, WY. Bottle #17 if I remember correctly 2009 batch. (short review)

Poured a turbid ruddy brown with practically no head. Smell was acetic with notes of cherries and wood, slightly funky, but mainly leaning towards the sour side. Sour with a nice cherry profile, reminiscent of La Folie with the acetic acid qualities. Not overly puckering, but nice. Sour and fruit were definitely the highlights here. A very nice sour beer that would probably benefit from a little more time in the cellar. Starting to hit its stride, and very enjoyable.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of dirtylou
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle, split

'09

bachelor party

Dope label - amber-orange body. Aromas of acidic and tart cherry, oak, funk. Not extremely sour - notes of vinegar, acidic fruit, cherry, wood, peach. Seems to have aged pretty nicely - nice tartness and solid oak/fruit interplay

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of BARFLYB
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to LIVEFAST for bringing this to a recent tasting.

Le Serpent came to me looking bronzish/ tanned brown with some orange highlights, a bit of white foam on top, not much stick. Smell is of a bugged up beer. Lacto springs out along with some funk and berry scents. A bit of lighter citrus and wild yeast strains, alot of them. Holy moly this is sour. Le serpent has yeast, lacto/brett, with cherry, white grape, some vanilla from the wood and it's sour, bracingly so. There is alot going on, hard to nail it down. Feel is light but pretty spritzy and effervescent. kinda ruff, bitey and puckering. Even with the rough feel of this, i could drink a whole lot more of it.

Photo of Siriusfisherman
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 Bottle #33

Appearance: A deep, ruby red with a two-finger white head. Absolutely gorgeous.

Smell: The aroma holds a nice bouquet of fruits, peach and some cherry perhaps. There is also and underlying sweet malt and a a funky vinegar note that seems to be taking on a cheese character.

Taste/Mouthfeel: The taste starts off with a quenching yet moderate acidic bite and flows into the peach, grape, and cherry-like characters. The cheesy note found in the aroma is not evident in the flavor. It has a dry yet smooth and lingering finish, leaving you to want another sip.

Overall: This is a superbly drinkable beer, it is high on alcohol for the style, but still maintains drinkability. Although I did not have it young, I imagine one would find it to have aged well, there is very little to complain about with this brew.

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Le Serpent from Snake River Brewing Company & Brewpub
93 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.