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Belle Royale - Sour Cherry Wild Ale - Driftwood Brewery

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Belle Royale - Sour Cherry Wild AleBelle Royale - Sour Cherry Wild Ale

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

54 Ratings
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Ratings: 54
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 7.21%
Wants: 29
Gots: 6 | 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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Photo of Florida9
3.7/5  rDev -14%
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.

Florida9, Jul 12, 2014
Photo of JonnyBeers
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

JonnyBeers, Apr 17, 2013
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

ygtbsm94, Feb 20, 2014
Photo of strongaf
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

strongaf, Friday at 07:17 PM
Photo of KalanM
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

KalanM, Sep 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

bobsy, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of 1stOffender
3.79/5  rDev -11.9%
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
Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -7%

Sammy, Jun 21, 2013
Photo of KeKeKumba
4/5  rDev -7%

KeKeKumba, Oct 28, 2013
Photo of tom10101
4/5  rDev -7%

tom10101, Oct 21, 2013
Photo of montrealbcr89
4.01/5  rDev -6.7%
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
Photo of tbeckett
4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

tbeckett, Jul 05, 2014
Photo of cavers
4.11/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A - pours a brilliant purplish-red with a quickly-dissipating, soda-like pink head. Pretty gorgeous when held up to the light! (Great bottle design, too. I'd have plucked it off the shelf even if I wasn't drawn to Driftwood seasonals like a moth to a porch light.)

S - the first thing that caught me was a strong, metallic tang. I was pretty surprised and kind of put off, so I let the glass mellow and warm up for a few minutes. The metal receded behind a very pleasant blend of brett and a cherry-raspberry-strawberry aroma - actually, my nose is getting something more like strawberry-cherry-raspberry in order of appearance.

T - my first few sips were also very metallic. After that went away the deliciousness opened up. I taste really juicy cherries on top of a bit of custardy sweetness, followed by a hint of leather and a deliciously sour, brett finish. Reminds me a lot of light red wine. But here and there I still get a bit of copper penny at the very end.

M - smooth and full, but with a pleasantly prickly carbonation.

O - OK. Trying not to be too equivocal here, but this has been a kind of up-and-down beer. The first sips were unpleasantly metallic, and that character surfaced here and there throughout the glass - but did pretty much vanish by the end. If it's possible to overlook that character, this is super delicious beer. I love the subtle oakiness (assuming that's where the leather note I detected comes from) behind all that juicy cherry flavour. Glad that Driftwood is keeping up both their sour ale series and their local malt series!

(Edit: I had another glass of this on 4/1/2013, and I found it to have a lot less of that metallic aroma/flavour. In fact it was pretty great.)

cavers, Mar 22, 2013
Photo of schnarr84
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%

schnarr84, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of beerloverofbham
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%

beerloverofbham, Aug 15, 2014
Photo of jrenihan
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

jrenihan, May 31, 2014
Photo of dirtylou
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
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
Photo of largadeer
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

largadeer, Jun 29, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

bumchilly25, May 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

oldp0rt, Apr 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

andrenaline, Aug 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

604growler, Apr 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

kwjd, Aug 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

22Blue, Jul 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

peensteen, Aug 12, 2013
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Belle Royale - Sour Cherry Wild Ale from Driftwood Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.