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Bird Of Prey - Driftwood Brewery

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BA SCORE
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39 Ratings
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Ratings: 39
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 9.47%
Wants: 28
Gots: 8 | 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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pudoo

British Columbia (Canada)

5/5  rDev +15.5%

11-19-2011 03:56:55 | More by pudoo
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rogerdandy

Alberta (Canada)

5/5  rDev +15.5%

07-09-2014 14:32:04 | More by rogerdandy
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spycow

Illinois

5/5  rDev +15.5%

12-07-2011 04:40:07 | More by spycow
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EskimoDave

British Columbia (Canada)

5/5  rDev +15.5%

11-21-2011 02:59:57 | More by EskimoDave
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Mages64

Washington

5/5  rDev +15.5%

12-03-2011 00:01:41 | More by Mages64
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Justindouglas7


4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

04-02-2014 23:55:17 | More by Justindouglas7
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604growler

British Columbia (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

10-30-2012 02:24:04 | More by 604growler
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.72/5  rDev +9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2011 03:43:42 | More by Rutager
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle poured into tulip 5/4/12

A a redder shade of amber with a fair amount of haze, I needed to pour it right down the center of the glass to get a reaction but the thumbs width of creme colored foam leaves a thick ring of lace where it existed

S funky oak comes out fast followed by some sour cherry and vinegar, just a little caramel and what I imagine fermented strawberries to smell like, more fruity funk and just the faintest hint of booze

T oak soaked vinegar has less fruity and funky notes then the nose but everything just blends together to create a wonderful brew. well concealed booze and a little granny smith plays a part, fairly dry with some vinous notes throughout

M sour but my mouth hasn't quite been turned inside-out, leaves my mouth watering and a slick feel on my cheeks, somehow a little sticky on the lips and could it be the pin prick bubbles leaving a slight tingle? The pucker has me smacking my lips together, I'm assuming this is exactly what they intended

O need I say more? this is one bad ass brew and I doubt many would argue with me. I just cant believe this style is being nailed by a newer Canadian brewery to this extent.

BRILLIANT BREWERY ALERT!!! Just once I'd like to be below the average for one one of my Driftwood ratings, call me a homer but I had to trade to get this one. Thanks chickenm for this gem and Eskimodave need some props for allowing me to taste what I assume will be a great cellar addition.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2012 03:10:38 | More by wordemupg
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chickenm

British Columbia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

12-10-2011 03:42:27 | More by chickenm
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smekermann

British Columbia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

02-19-2014 11:05:50 | More by smekermann
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ericj551

Alberta (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2011 05:46:50 | More by ericj551
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yancot

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

04-25-2014 05:37:26 | More by yancot
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seldomseen

British Columbia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

05-28-2014 22:21:43 | More by seldomseen
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imperialking

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

10-24-2012 18:54:17 | More by imperialking
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schnarr84

Alberta (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

05-25-2014 07:05:47 | More by schnarr84
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mtomlins

Ontario (Canada)

4.46/5  rDev +3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2014 03:23:49 | More by mtomlins
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schopenhauerale

British Columbia (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650 ml bottle of 2011 vintage, poured into a tulip. Kudos to Nigel at Ladysmith Liquor Barn for effectively cellaring this one for me since the release date.

A: Dark coppery, amber with an off-white head that dissipates quickly but leaves a disproportionate amount of lacing.

S: Apple cider and barnyard funk, soft on the nose but still bold. Very appetizing.

T: Very subtle with the fruity sourness - light and refreshing without coming off as weak. Cherries and apples on the palate, vinegar and funk on the finish. After 4+ months of cellaring, no hop character detected.

M: Moderate body, not too heavy or light, with subdued acidity and average carbonation. Very crisp finish.

O: Bird of Prey is another outstanding offering from Driftwood, and an excellent introduction to sours. High drinkability, and it ages very well.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2012 01:11:37 | More by schopenhauerale
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DaftCaskBC

British Columbia (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: 1/2" tan coloured head over vermillion liquid with good clarity.

S: Soured raspberries, oak, yeast, and a hint of vinegar.

T: Moderately sour up front which transitions to a sourdough middle and finishes off with a semi-sweet and somewhat oaky finish.

M: Thin and somewhat watery viscosity and a medium level of fine carbonation.

O: More of a subtle and balanced beer than I had anticipated, the oak flavour really comes through which is nice. Other than the thin viscosity, this is a very nice beer and I hope that more British Columbian brewers continue to branch out into sour styles.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2011 00:26:07 | More by DaftCaskBC
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2012 01:39:38 | More by Derek
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Agent1

British Columbia (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2014 02:02:56 | More by Agent1
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JonnyBeers

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

05-02-2014 19:34:38 | More by JonnyBeers
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Boozecamel

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

04-07-2014 00:50:54 | More by Boozecamel
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largadeer

California

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

07-01-2014 04:58:05 | More by largadeer
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BDTyre

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Gerry for this! I'm not normally a big fan of Flanders Red, but I actually quite like this.

Good copper colour with light amber highlights to it. Big, slightly pink-ish head that is quite lively and filled with tiny, tiny bubbles.

Definite sour, light malt scent. Musty, light barnyard-y scent.

Tart, sour fruit taste, floral hops. Tart, bitter finish, with a somewhat dry aftertaste. Not very hoppy at all, almost like eating a citrus fruit thats been rubbed on oak (if that makes sense). Definite wine traits to this.

Nice mouthfeel, low carbonation. A good example of the style, and this might get me into trying more Flanders Reds.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 07:03:43 | More by BDTyre
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Bird Of Prey from Driftwood Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.