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Bird Of Prey - Driftwood Brewery

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

44 Ratings
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Ratings: 44
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 9.72%
Wants: 36
Gots: 9 | 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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3.25/5  rDev -24.8%

IMSPEAKNOENGLISH, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of KeKeKumba
3.5/5  rDev -19%

KeKeKumba, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of MasterSki
3.53/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by psiweaver I think? Served in a taster glass.

A - White foam settles to a thick collar, wispy patches, and minimal laced. Lightly hazed burnt orange body.

S - Very sulfurous aroma, with some farmhouse funk. There's a mild vinegar character, as well as some fruity malts, and a bit of grain, but this is overwhelmed by the brett and I'm not a huge fan of whatever strain was used.

T - The taste is better, as the stale fart flavor has largely dissipated. Some oaky vanilla, overripe fruits, a touch of green apple skins, dirty funk, and some mild vinegar flavors. Not much in the way of residual vinous character from the wine barrels.

M - Surprisingly zesty carbonation, and extremely dry and oaky. Medium body, with some light residual stickiness. Alcohol is well concealed and acidity is restrained.

D - Not bad, other than the mildly off-putting aroma. Probably suffered being consumed next to Rodenbach's sublime Caractère Rouge, although it's not a very fair comparison as this doesn't have fruit in it. I'd be willing to try this again down the road to see if the sulfur clears up or the acidity intensifies.

MasterSki, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of tbeckett
3.71/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

tbeckett, May 31, 2014
Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

Sammy, May 18, 2014
Photo of JasonLovesBeer
3.75/5  rDev -13.2%
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
Photo of papat444
3.86/5  rDev -10.6%
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
Photo of Caudalie
4/5  rDev -7.4%

Caudalie, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of FondueVoodoo
4/5  rDev -7.4%

FondueVoodoo, Aug 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7.4%

DaveJanssen, Jan 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.4%

cbnz, Feb 21, 2014
Photo of KStark
4/5  rDev -7.4%

KStark, Feb 09, 2014
Photo of IllNate
4.08/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Mirky amber with a finger of off white head. Not much retention.

S - Sweet fruity esters, mostly cherry, with a bit of funky sourness.

T - Sourness replaces the bitterness in this beer. Very fruity, again cherry, some currant as well. Surprisingly like some red wines I've had.

M - Medium bodied, sour.

O - Well done, but it's not much of session beer.

IllNate, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of jrenihan
4.21/5  rDev -2.5%
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
Photo of JonnyBeers
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

JonnyBeers, May 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Boozecamel, Apr 07, 2014
Photo of largadeer
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

largadeer, Jul 01, 2014
Photo of BDTyre
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

BDTyre, Dec 24, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

dansmcd, Feb 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

zduerr, Mar 30, 2014
Photo of Derek
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
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
Photo of Agent1
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
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
Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

DaftCaskBC, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of Hoptoria
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%

Hoptoria, Sep 03, 2014
Photo of schopenhauerale
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

schopenhauerale, Mar 26, 2012
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Bird Of Prey from Driftwood Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.