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Belle Royale - Sour Cherry Wild Ale - Driftwood Brewery

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

52 Ratings
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Ratings: 52
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 6.96%
Wants: 30
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Driftwood Brewery visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Rutager on 03-21-2013)
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bobsy, Nov 09, 2013
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Sammy, Jun 21, 2013
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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

split a bottle, 2 nights in a row @ Six Acre in Vancouver

rich garnet-ruby body - really dig the label design as well. Lots of nice cherry, strawberry, oak, mild brett. Not puckeringly sour and not something that makes this stand out above the rest cherry wild ales, but very enjoyable and a good sign of whats to come from Driftwood - a really great BC brewery.

dirtylou, Jun 17, 2013
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beerloverofbham, Aug 15, 2014
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3.79/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer delivers everything as promised...there is an intense cherry flavor leaving nothing to the imagination. However, the sweetness of the cherry is dramatically offset by a sourness that is equally intense. Not for the feint of heart or the casual beer fan. You really should really like this brew if you appreciate craftsmanship.

1stOffender, Aug 24, 2013
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4.59/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A new version of this beer. This time it's a sour wild rather than a Belgian strong according to the labels. Not sure why they'd keep the name considering it's a very different beer with this second release. I almost didn't buy it because I wasn't a huge fan of the first (though it was a very well made beer).

Bottled 3/12/13, as shown on the snazzy new cap.

Appearance. Pours a very deep, hazy rusty-red with almost 2 fingers of pale rusty-pink head.

Smell. Sweet and tart cherries, some woody funk, and a slight metallic, almost blood-like smell.

Taste. Ripe big juicy tart cherries, leathery barrel wood, some dry musty funk, a bit of almond, and a touch of dry red wine and ear wax (please don't ask how I know, I'm not even sure myself). ABV is incredibly well hidden even with the somewhat mild sourness. The juicy fruit flavour is just incredible and if it wasn't for the very slight metallic taste, this would be pretty much perfect .

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body, smooth and creamy low carbonation.

Overall. This is one truly excellent beer. I really wasn't expecting this and am completely taken aback. Probably the best Driftwood beer I've tasted to date (taking account of my overly enthusiastic early reviews), and with this brewery that is extremely high praise. Well done Driftwood!!

Rutager, Mar 21, 2013
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4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a deep reddish color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of intense cherry notes with some tart flavours and some light sweet undertones. Taste is a wonderful mix between some intense cherry notes with some tart notes that are well a balanced against some residual sugar notes. Oak and light vinous notes are also noticeable. Body is quite full with limited filtration. Very enjoyable beer which is almost a mix between Rodenbach and New Glarus.

Phyl21ca, Mar 05, 2014
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4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to FondueVoodoo for this bottle!!!
Poured in to tulip.

A - Deep cherry red in colour with one finger of cherry-brown coloured head.

S - Big sour cherry aroma with some sweet bready notes and a big oak barrel presence.

T - A nice tartness up front (not sour) with ripe sour cherries. A sweet breadiness comes through mid-palate along with toasted oak. No pucker at all in this one, just a nice, inviting tartness with a big sour cherry presence.

M - Medium body with some chew. Dry. Light carbonation.

TheSevenDuffs, Oct 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

largadeer, Jun 29, 2014
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4.01/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to rutager for this one!

A: Pours a beautiful dark ruby red with a very light pink head that dissipated very quickly. In the glass, the beer is super dark red, almost purple.

S: Quite a bit of brett, funk, and some nice, light cherry notes. Was expecting a bit more on the nose.

T: Sour, brett, cherry. Very sweet raspberry jam notes. Definite fruit jam.

M: Pretty great mouthfeel. Almost creamy. Low carbonation, but it works.

O: I really dig this stuff. I am glad I have another bottle - I'm curious to see what this will be after a year.

Thanks again to rutager, a superb trader that always spoils me!

montrealbcr89, May 04, 2013
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4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 650ml bottle. Pours a beautiful cherry red colour. This is Belle Royale reimagined as Sour Cherry Wild Ale, not its original incarnation as a Belgian Cherry Strong Ale. This smells of cherries, cooked cherries, wine and oak. Tastes like tart cherry pie and funk with a tart/sweet finish. Gorgeous, but definitely sour.
*The Driftwood brewer has emphasized that this is for drinking NOW, not cellaring.

CookstLiquor, Apr 04, 2013
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5/5  rDev +16%

ThirstyDutchman, Jul 30, 2014
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4.29/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to FondueVoodoo for this one.

Poured from a 650ml. bottle, bottled 03.12.13.

Appearance: Pours a dark red, bordering on brownish. Good sized head with nie lacing hanging on the sides.

Smell: Very powerful sour cherry, fills the area around me and my nose! Lush with some oak roughness and a hint of sweet cherries (maraschino?).

Taste: Wears its name real well. Layer upon layer of sour cherry, oak, red wine cork, cherry skin. Flavor is very palpable and immediately conjures images of the aforementioned cherries.

Mouthfeel: Acidic a bit but not too much, mouth coating as it reaches everywhere in the palate. Dry yet refreshing.

Overall: Truly great. Despite the intensity of the sourness, it remains a very drinkable ale as i was able to drink this fairly easy.

papat444, Jun 19, 2013
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4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2013 edition

A: A deep garnet brew, clear and bright just like a gemstone topped with a strawberry cream head. The head calms to just a thin rim around the glass and a scattering of micro bubbles across the surface. Truly a beautiful gem quality to the colour.

S: Bretta yeast, barnyard funk and wet earth with sour & acidic cherries and just a hint of raspberries.

T: Funky yeasts of bretta with fruity sours cherry that make the sides of the tongue pucker. Big flavours that compliment and contrast, funkiness with sour and acid cherries and rhubarb and just a hint of pepper. Leaves the palette dry with notes of woodiness and herbal notes, like an aperitif.

M: Medium carbonation that pops from start to finish and a medium body promoting a refreshing feel - but with some very tasty lingering.

O: The addition of the Bretta yeast in the 2013 Belle Royale is a example of an expertly crafted brew of complimentary flavours. Not at all for the faint of heart, the bold flavour and scent will challenge the unfamiliar drinker, but give it time and the funkiness and tartness becomes fast friends. Like a bite of fresh rhubard at the back of the barn.

FondueVoodoo, Mar 22, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

liamt07, May 20, 2013
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4.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It has a nice hazy dark red color to it. It has a nice light pink head that dies down somewhat fast and leaves next to no lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of cherries, strawberries, some sour notes, funky Yeast, oak and a slight metallic note.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has tart cherries, some strawberries, funky Yeast, some woody oak, a hint of red wine and a slight metallic note.

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

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with great flavors and aromas.

SebD, Apr 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -13%

ygtbsm94, Feb 20, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

CaptainQ, Dec 30, 2013
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4.69/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I've had quite a few bottles of Belle now, and have put it up against a few other beers now. I've also introduced it to friends, my brother, and my father. Basically, now that I think about it, I've treated it as if it were my girlfriend.

Nose: Fresh but very tart cherry profile with that great funky sour brett character. The fizz of the beer helps throw its scent at you as you near the surface of the beer. There is apple and pear skin present as well, also very tart of course.

Taste: No disappointment to be found. I so badly wanted this to have some muscle and it does - the cherry sweetness enters first, dragging behind it a good dose of sour, gently puckering. The sour lasts well through the finish but the cherries and sweetness keep around enough to balance things out as well. That signature brettanomyces aftertaste is present once all is said and done, just the right amount I would say.

Overall: I am totally pleased with this beer, it's exactly what I wanted it to be. It's powerful enough to be fully interesting and satisfying, but it's gentle enough to be extremely drinkable and even guardedly sessionable.

JasonLovesBeer, Aug 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Kurmaraja, Jan 26, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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Belle Royale - Sour Cherry Wild Ale from Driftwood Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.