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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

49 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 49
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 6.94%
Wants: 26
Gots: 4 | 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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beerloverofbham

Washington

4.16/5  rDev -3.7%

08-15-2014 21:52:49 | More by beerloverofbham
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kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

08-12-2014 03:55:51 | More by kwjd
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ThirstyDutchman

British Columbia (Canada)

5/5  rDev +15.7%

07-30-2014 20:00:00 | More by ThirstyDutchman
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Brewji

British Columbia (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +1.4%

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.

07-18-2014 18:42:40 | More by Brewji
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Florida9

Illinois

3.7/5  rDev -14.4%

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.

07-12-2014 02:16:27 | More by Florida9
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

4.06/5  rDev -6%

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.

07-05-2014 00:25:41 | More by tbeckett
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22Blue

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

07-01-2014 15:55:24 | More by 22Blue
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Ericbeech_87

British Columbia (Canada)

4.39/5  rDev +1.6%

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.

06-30-2014 01:00:50 | More by Ericbeech_87
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largadeer

California

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

06-29-2014 10:54:26 | More by largadeer
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

4.24/5  rDev -1.9%

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.

05-31-2014 22:36:01 | More by jrenihan
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seldomseen

British Columbia (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +10%

05-28-2014 22:22:44 | More by seldomseen
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Justindouglas7


5/5  rDev +15.7%

04-02-2014 23:53:09 | More by Justindouglas7
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +1.4%

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.

03-05-2014 16:57:52 | More by Phyl21ca
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JefferyYoung

British Columbia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

03-04-2014 23:22:48 | More by JefferyYoung
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

02-20-2014 19:50:03 | More by ygtbsm94
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

02-12-2014 03:50:57 | More by Axnjxn
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Kurmaraja

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

01-26-2014 21:31:15 | More by Kurmaraja
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CaptainQ

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

12-30-2013 17:43:54 | More by CaptainQ
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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

11-09-2013 03:29:13 | More by bobsy
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KeKeKumba

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -7.4%

10-28-2013 00:46:28 | More by KeKeKumba
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tom10101

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -7.4%

10-20-2013 23:59:11 | More by tom10101
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +2.5%

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.

10-19-2013 13:42:20 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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1stOffender

British Columbia (Canada)

3.79/5  rDev -12.3%

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.

08-24-2013 22:06:44 | More by 1stOffender
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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

08-12-2013 13:54:22 | More by peensteen
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JasonLovesBeer

British Columbia (Canada)

4.69/5  rDev +8.6%

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.

08-11-2013 06:35:06 | More by JasonLovesBeer
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Belle Royale - Sour Cherry Wild Ale from Driftwood Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.