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Belle Royale - Sour Cherry Wild Ale - Driftwood Brewery

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Ratings: 62
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.49%
Wants: 32
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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Driftwood Brewery visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Rutager on 03-21-2013

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Photo of spycow
3.73/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cpetrone84
2.94/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour is a murky brownish red blood color with a thin fizzy dark pink head that is gone immediately. Nose is very fleshy cherry, cherry pit, a fair bit of dark malt (doesn't mix too well) light oak and vanilla, a touch cough syrup. Taste is similar, very fleshy dark cherry, pitty, light oak, malt plays a little better, hint of rubbery phenol in back. Very syrupy feel, soft carb, full bodied.

Photo of StJamesGate
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pink-tan froth over magenta body, creamy froth sticks around. 4
Mulled wine spice to the nose with lemony funk hits. 4
Big nutmeg and spiced cherry tart note, a hint of barnyard, a thread of vanilla, and some grass to end. 4.5
Humming clovey finish and tart refreshing linger.
Med-lt, fizzy, round, creamy. 4

Stunning spice cake thing. Not sure where the nutmeg is coming from, but it works a treat. Not too funky or sour. Hide the 8%. Almondy hint, too; just great integration of spice.

-- Best of Driftwood and a lot of fun. 4.25

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3.8/5  rDev -10.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of Whatup14
3.7/5  rDev -12.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of mtomlins
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a MoB teku glass
2014 Vintage, just a few months of age on this.
Thanks to kcherney for the bottle!

Pours a cloudy mahogany, reddish-brown color with a fizzy yet somewhat persistent russet head with some ephemeral lacing. Beautiful, full nose with loads of tart cherries, ‘wild’ sourness, and abit of sweet toasted malt. On the palate, it starts off sweet with toasted malt and cherries but sours quickly drying out with some acidity, and a touch of funkiness. The finish is long and dry with sour cherries and a touch of over-ripe plumminess. Medium body and lots of carbonation keeping it light and drinkable. The nose is wonderful and the finish is delicious.

Photo of schnarr84
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of KalanM
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of BeerWorld
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of beerloverofbham
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of ThirstyDutchman
5/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of Brewji
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a limited edition brew from the wonderful folks at Driftwood Brewery, in Victoria. They're famous for producing one of Canada's best IPA brews, called Fat Tug. However, this time they went a little sour...in a good way.

I got my hands on a 650mL bottle of the Belle Royale - Sour Cherry Wild Ale from Driftwood Brewery (8% ABV). I was so excited to dive into this one, because after trying such champion brews like Fat Tug, Crooked Coast, and Farmhand, I was tempted to see if they'd finally produced a beer I might not like, or if they continued their strength.

Keep in mind, this is a sour brew, and it's 8% ABV. This is probably going to hit like a slap in the face, but I'm down if it's from Driftwood.

On first pour, it's a deep, dark red colour while pouring, but settles into the glass looking like a dark ale. The aroma smells like cherry. Straight up big hits of cherry, but there are also sour notes looming among the cherry.

The taste is very sour -- it hit me harder than I thought it would. But it balanced out right away with just enough sweetness to balance the tart. It sort of tastes like one of those Sun Rype fruit leather things infused in a fruity dark ale, in a good way. There's a sweetness of fruits, perhaps not just cherries. There are some wood-like notes (maybe oak?) in it as well. However, it did have a slightly funky taste to it.

Does that make sense? Just be careful, it's a strong brew, so one glass will probably be good for sipping. Definitely not a "hey-look-at-how-fast-I-can-drink-this!" type of brew.

There's a moderate carbonation to the brew, and it's really a side-step to most beer produced by any major brewery in Canada. If you're new to taking a step away from an econo-lager, I'd recommend something else first. This might be too much for a newbie to handle. However, if you're really game, go for it!

I'm not sure if this is still available anywhere, but if you find it, go for it. It's a unique brew experience that any craft beer appreciator should enjoy.

P.S. I used the last table-spoon or so of my brew, and mixed it with Cherry Vanilla Ice Cream that I found in my freezer. It was incredible.

Photo of Florida9
3.73/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: very pretty color. Sort of reddish brown. Forms a smallish light brown red white head that doesn't bother sticking around for long. No lacing.

S: aroma isn't bad. Acetic, sour cherry and red wine vinegar. Tart, sour cherries.

T: taste starts off with sour cherries. Tart, yet with a slight sweetness. But the beer quickly turns putrid with a distinctly fermented flavor. tastes like a liquid fart (and not in a good way, even for you weirdos who are in to that type of thing).

M: medium bodied. Lower carbonation. Overly tannic. Tart-sour.

O: not sure about this one, though I can say that one glass was more than enough.

Photo of tbeckett
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Fonduevoodoo in CanBIF Spring 2014. Bottled 03.12.13.

A - Pours a deep pink colour with a light pink fluffy head of three fingers. Strong carbonation on a cloudy body. Good spotty lace and a half finger retention.

S - Lovely cherry aroma with wood and tartness.

T - Tart cherry, sweet ripe fruits. Not a whole lot of 'wild' like the label denotes. Still lot's of woody and cherry notes with a distinctive tartness that is quite pleasing. Tasty.

M - Strong carbonation, medium body and a nice cherry/ripe fruit finish with some dryness.

O/D - Pretty good stuff here. Not as 'wild' as I was expecting, but the good points were quite good. Nice to sip and deceptively easy to drink on a warm night. Well done.

Photo of 22Blue
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of Ericbeech_87
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Heard that this one was limited so I went to buy it and they only had one left. So I nabbed it real quick.

Poured from a 650ml bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: Copper to red. Rich red with hints of purple. Nice coloured head at a reddish white hue. Fades very quickly to minimal head. Minimal lacing.

Aroma: Big notes of cherry with strong sour hints.

Taste: Quite sour with nice notes of cherry. Nice taste not too tart and a good sweetness to tart ratio. Hop notes not noticeable. Minimal barley notes.

Mouthfeel: Very thick mouth feel like velvet and medium carbonation. Similar to the feel of fruit leather.

Overall: An excellent Wild ale. The yeast contributes beautifully to the tartness of the beer.

Photo of largadeer
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of jrenihan
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from the 2014 batch.

Beer is dark red/purple, with a smallish purplish head. Decent lace, head fades quickly.

Great smell. Lots of tart cherry, very juicy. Oak and some funk.

Taste is also very good. SImilar to the nose, it is dominated by sour cherry, oak and a mild level of dry funk. The overall flavour is very dry and moderately sour.

Full bodied, low to moderate carbonation. A bit heavy but quite nice.

Overall, very nice stuff.

Photo of seldomseen
4.75/5  rDev +12%

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Belle Royale - Sour Cherry Wild Ale from Driftwood Brewery
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