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Bird Of Prey - Driftwood Brewery

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46 Ratings
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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 37
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Driftwood Brewery visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
Flanders Red Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Rutager on 11-17-2011)
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Reviews by Agent1:
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4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

**DISCLAIMER**
This is a fresh bottle. It arrived to the market no longer than a week ago. Depending on age, this will always effect various characteristics.

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Appearance - Nothing special, but nice. Clearly filtered. Nice strong amber/ orange. Small amount of head. Doesn't last long.

Smell - Delicious funk, sour cherries, lemon, sharp and cutting. Light brown sugar aroma, too. Slight clove layered in behind? Light breadiness, alcohol is a little heavy on the nose but not offensive.

Taste - Sour yeast, sour dough, pears, lemon citrus, orange peel, subtle wood flavour, grassy, wheat on the finish, apples, candied orange peel, with a nice, crisp acidity. Plants and flower pedals. Clean, crisp and dry. Lots going on here. Impressive.

Mouthfeel - Nice carbonation. This isn't seen in the appearance much, but can be detected by the tongue a lot more. This can be felt all throughout the mouth, but mainly the upper back portion, nearest the the throat. Quite nice.

Overall - It really doesn't get much better than this. To be honest, I am quite surprised given I am a real Belgian enthusiast and many of these North American breweries never seem to usually nail sours. In fact, it reminds me of the Duchesse de Bourgogne, but more fruity and slightly less sour, yet is certainly not far removed. No joke, this is a perfectly balanced Flanders: sour, sweet tart cherries and a beautiful yeast strain.

Agent1, Feb 11, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

Justindouglas7, Apr 03, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

chickenm, Dec 10, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

JonnyBeers, May 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -13%

Sammy, May 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Boozecamel, Apr 07, 2014
Photo of Rutager
4.72/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Didn't even know this one was coming! Announced on facebook yesterday, picked up a couple bottles today. From the label:

The first in our Bird of Prey Wild Ale series, this sour ale was inspired by a Coopers Hawk that took residence in the brewery for a full 24 hours. Brewed in its honour, this wild ale spent a year conditioning in a mix of American & French oak wine barrels. Tart & funky, this beer can be aged for a very long time, but will be enjoyed now!

Appearance. Pours a lightly hazy, deep amber-orange with half a finger of frothy, pale yellow head.

Smell. Nice sour fruit like green grapes and green apples with a little strawberry. Some red wine vinegar and wood with just enough horse-blanket funk. Nice.

Taste. Tart apples, grapes and a little cranberry followed by plenty of oak and dry wine. Just a little vinegar. Awesome dry, earthy funkiness that lingers a bit ...with the oak ...and the wine. yeah.

Mouthfeel. Just above medium body with fine and lively, medium-low carbonation. Fantastic.

Overall. This is awesome. A really nice sour with full, great flavours. Complex and refined. Another winner from Driftwood.

Rutager, Nov 17, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

Bottle: Poured a reddish color ale with a nice thick foamy head with excellent retention and some good lacing. Aroma of tart notes with some oak and cherry is very pleasant. Taste is a super well balanced mix of tart notes with some oak and cherry with light residual sugar notes with almost no acidity. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. That is a world-class Flanders Fed with good level of complexity and perfect level of drinkability.

Phyl21ca, Aug 20, 2014
Photo of mtomlins
4.46/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 650ml bomber into a Dieu du Ciel Zwanze Day teku glass
2014 Vintage; Poured 2014/05/30; Thanks to FondouVoodoo for the bottle

Pours a clear copper color with almost two fingers of bubbly, white head that falls to a thin collar and no lacing. The nose is soft, dominated by tart cherries, some sourness, hints of sweetness and a bit of barnt funk. On the palate, the tart cherries and a touch of sweet malt roll through first, but the beer transitions into crisp tart, sourness. There is a nice oaky character and an overall crispness. The body is medium with nice carbonation making it smooth, light and refreshing. Overall, this is a very tasty brew! Very smooth and a nice balance of residual sweetness and tart, dry sourness. A very strong example of the style!

mtomlins, May 31, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

largadeer, Jul 01, 2014
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5/5  rDev +16%

pudoo, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of papat444
3.86/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Big thanks to FondueVoodoo for helping me round off the Top 50 of Canada with this rarity.

Poured from a 650ml bottle, bottled 01.28.14.

Pours a nice copperish body with a frothy and effervescent head. Aroma is the best part; oak, red wine, mild cherries, cork and a bit of sweetness hidden in the tartness. Flavor is acidic and a bit tart but not prolonged. Fiinshes with a mild cherry sweetness but found the oak flavor and general body to be a bit ordinary, especially considering the pedigree of the brewery.

papat444, Jun 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

Caudalie, Sep 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

FondueVoodoo, Aug 25, 2014
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4.47/5  rDev +3.7%

Appearance: It has a nice ruby/amber color to it. It has a nice creamy beige head that dies down moderately and leaves little lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of loads of tart cherries, definite funk, grapes, faint oak and a touch of vinegar.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a bunch of tart cherries, red grapes, some barnyard funk, light oak and very faint vinegar.

Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by great flavors and aromas. Another great one by Driftwood!

Serving type: bottle

SebD, Aug 18, 2014
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3.7/5  rDev -14.2%

Whatup14, Oct 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a fresh bottle of the 2014 vintage. Drank less than a week after bottling.

A: Murky auburn brown with red highlights, skim of dense light tan head.

S: Grape must, sour cherries, muted sweetness, hint of tannins.

T: Gentle and intertwined fruit and oak character. There is a sort of vegetal lactic acid thing going on that's not overly pleasant - I hope this will settle down with age. The sourness is dull rather than puckering or complex.

M: Light and slightly fizzy - not much to report but suits the job.

O: Not a home-run, at least not at this point. It's pretty good but I've definitely had a bunch of Flanders reds I've preferred. I think this may do well with some age though, and a couple are in the cellar for future dates.

JasonLovesBeer, Feb 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

DaveJanssen, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of Derek
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm impressed.

I expected something like Petrus... maybe boardering on a Goudenband, but this is more like a Rodenbach.

Clear, copper amber, pours with an hint of off-white head. Absolutely no retention (unlike its Belgian counter-parts), but somehow it manages to leave a little lace.

Aroma is woodsy & leathery, some cider, with a little straw-like funk... and it's very inviting.

The taste is a bit sour, but certainly not overrbearing, with a light, leathery funk. A little woodsy, brown sugar, golden raisins, cider, biscuit and earth with a light grassy & peppery spice.

Moderate body has a light acidity and a crisp finish.

Well done. I'd like to see how this mellow's with age.

Thanks Rutager!

Derek, Jan 23, 2012
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4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2014 bottle.

Beer is dark red/brownish. Small off-white head. Minimal lace.

Nice smell. A rich berry scent complimented by oak, balsamic vinegar and some vanilla.

Taste is similar and also very good. Red berries, oak, vanilla, vinegar. Moderately sour. Fairly dry.

Full bodied, moderate to high carbonation level.

Overall, very nice. A very well done Flanders Red. It's not Rodenbach Grand Cru but it is not leagues below either. Good stuff.

jrenihan, Jun 01, 2014
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5/5  rDev +16%

rogerdandy, Jul 09, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

smekermann, Feb 19, 2014
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5/5  rDev +16%

spycow, Dec 07, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

KeKeKumba, Aug 30, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bird of prey pours a very slightly hazy deep amber with a thin head that leads a nice lacing. The aroma is a blast of sweet fruity esters and tart, sour and funky. Just a bit of sweet caramel malt comes through in the flavor, the sourness comes in quickly. It's moderate but not overpowering, and quite pleasant. Some fruitiness pops up, but the finish remains sour. It's almost grapfruity, but in an entirely different way from hoppy beers. There is a red wine like character, with some light oak flavors.

I am a novice to sour beers, so I can't describe all the flavors, but I really like what's going on. The beer is excellently balanced, and really drinkable.

ericj551, Nov 30, 2011
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Bird Of Prey from Driftwood Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.