Bird Of Prey - Driftwood Brewery
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4.75/5 rDev +10%
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.
08-20-2014 20:25:55 | More by Phyl21ca
4.47/5 rDev +3.5%
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
08-17-2014 23:21:22 | More by SebD
3.86/5 rDev -10.6%
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.
06-07-2014 12:39:27 | More by papat444
4.21/5 rDev -2.5%
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.
06-01-2014 07:10:34 | More by jrenihan
3.71/5 rDev -14.1%
Longtime want from Fonduevoodoo in CanBIF Spring 2014.
A - Pours typical Flemish Red colour of hazy auburn and tons of carbonation. One finger of beige head on top. Spotty lace and film of retention.
S - Lot's of tart cherry and wood. Mild vinegar note and acidity.
T - Sharp tartness and acidity. Less fruit. Some sugar is there.
M - Strong carbonation, medium body, not too tart to finish, but funk and acidic.
O/D - This definitely didn't wow, but is a decent example of the style. Easy to drink and nice to explore for sure. A good effort.
05-31-2014 22:36:00 | More by tbeckett
4.46/5 rDev +3.2%
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!
05-31-2014 03:23:49 | More by mtomlins
British Columbia (Canada)
4.35/5 rDev +0.7%
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.
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.
02-11-2014 02:02:56 | More by Agent1
British Columbia (Canada)
3.75/5 rDev -13.2%
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.
02-09-2014 06:04:43 | More by JasonLovesBeer
Bird Of Prey from Driftwood Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.