L'enfant Terrible
Brouwerij De Dochter van de Korenaar

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Style:
Wild Ale
Ranked #1,643
ABV:
7%
Score:
86
Ranked #32,018
Avg:
3.75 | pDev: 18.4%
Reviews:
24
Ratings:
55
From:
Brouwerij De Dochter van de Korenaar
 
Belgium
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  4
Gots
  10
SCORE
86
Very Good
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Notes: Bravoure amber ale brewed with Bamberg smoked malts, aged in wine barrels for 18 months with wild yeast.
Reviews: 24 | Ratings: 55 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by BeerForMuscle:
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BeerForMuscle from New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this beer at Eulogy in Philly.

A - Really nice shade of cloudy pink/orange. Had a real foamy off white head that needed time to settle.

S - Smelled real tart and tangy and musky/natural. Little sweet nose too.

T - The taste was complex and strong. Very tangy and slightly sour. Had some subtle fruit/citrus notes. The farmy taste is very pronounced to me as this kind of beer tastes like my Swiss Great Aunt's farmhouse smells.

M - Id have to agree with the reviews prior in that this beer is overly carbonated. Aside from that, it would be pretty smooth and it is refreshing and crisp.

D - I could knock down a few of these. This is a great tasting crisp beer and the 7% doesn't stand out when drinking this one.

Notes - Im glad I tried this one. Really enjoyed its complexity and unique blend of flavors. A great experience for all the senses.

Jul 13, 2010
More User Reviews:
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stcules from Italy

2.61/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

It has an amber color, quite dark. Beautiful beige foam, creamy.
In the smell smoked notes (it seems peated?), then gueuze notes.
Not really well togheter.

May 10, 2020
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paleoplant from New York

4/5  rDev +6.7%

Mar 26, 2013
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Onibubba from Kentucky

3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite the gusher. Initial pour leads to a 3/4 glass of head. Takes some time to get to a drinkable glass. Antici...Say it! pation. Nice sweetness, tempered by the funkiness of a geuze, but tempered is the word. Reminds me of a sweeter, funkier, slightly less hoppy Orval. Not much in the aroma department, but delivers in taste and mouthfeel. I would prefer a larger serving of this. Winner winner, chicken dinner. Will buy again.

May 02, 2010
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dirtylou from New York

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Sep 11, 2013
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bluejacket74 from Ohio

4.05/5  rDev +8%

750 ml bottle, there isn't any date information on the bottle but I know I've had the bottle for at least a year, probably closer to 2. Served in a Prairie Teku glass, the beer pours a hazy amber/copper color with about an inch off-white head that stuck around a while. There's also a lot of lacing. Aroma is musty and tart, the brew smells like hay, wood, apples, vinegar and earthy mustiness. I think the taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also the addition of some bready malt, stone fruit, and pears. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick with high but soft carbonation. It's easy enough to drink. I liked this gueuze, and I'd certainly like to try this again in the future!

Aug 31, 2014
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organicbrewer from Pennsylvania

1.84/5  rDev -50.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Label says brewed in the Gueuze style. We shall see.

Poured into a tulip after being in the fridge for 30 minutes.

A-Beer tried to shoot out of the bottle upon opening but I was ready. Huge fluffy offwhite head that quickly dimishes. Murkey dark gold.

S-Band aid phenols. Some vinegar. New car vinyl. Not pleasant.

T-More band aid. cracker like malt. Some apple cider. No flavor or bitterness. Very lightly tart and gueuze like funk.

M-Medium dry. Prickly carbonation. No alcohol burn. Not puckering.

D-The phenols get in the way. This beer is not drinkable. I had high hopes since I love lambics, but this is bad.
I read a review over on ratebeer that said this a sour ale blended with a smoked beer. That would explain the phenols (peaty) but doesn't explain why it was a good idea.

Probably won't finish the bottle.

Feb 02, 2010
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ATLbeerDog from Georgia

3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gushed like a fountain upon popping cap making for a minor mess. A super frothy head that took up ¾ of the glass tops the pour that is a very hazy yellow/orange. Smells of Belgian yeast, some spices, and just a tad of tartness. First sip is more sour than the nose indicated. There is a very nice funkyness with the tartness - all due to the wild yeast. There is some bready flavor and citrus notes too but make no mistake it is the sourness that stands out. That sourness hits in the front, middle, and back of the mouth. Not as sour as most but still a pretty damn good effort. Not bad at all.

Feb 03, 2012
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clickpush from Pennsylvania

3.57/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pour: Opening this beer is a hazard. I was warned ahead of time and performed it in the sink. Foaming commences immediately. Lost 2-3 ounces of beer. Quickly poured to tulip glass producing 3+ fingers of off-white head. Beer is cloudy orange/pink, like peach-skin. Tons of carbonation streaming throughout. Slow, sticky descent leaves webbing along glass. Not much lacing atop the beer to speak of, though thin halo lasts throughout.

Nose: Funky. Deliciously funky. Like a sour spritzer. Sweet Tart notes. It's like candy. The more I sniff, the less sour it seems and the more sweet it seems. Funkiness subsides as the nose adjusts, but notes of horse blanket & acidity linger. Mouth watering.

Mouth: First thing that just destroys the experience is the mouthfeel. The first sip is an explosion of carbonation in my mouth, turning ALL of the liquid to foam. Not okay. The flavors are sour (of course), funky, musky, farmy. Surprisingly, however, a twist follows: peated malt! Peated malt? SMOKE? In a sour?! Me liiiikes! As the beer sits, and the carbonation is swallowed by the atmosphere (and not by me), the experience is more enjoyable.

I like the beer but the wild yeast carbonation problem needs to be solved. I've rounded each of the last three criteria up by .5 because everything improves after letting the beer to breathe (or bleed) for 5-10 minutes.

Jun 03, 2010
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roblowther from Texas

4.79/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

A big bottle with a big bottle cap. It pours a mostly clear copper with an extremely frothy head. This is one of the most aromatic beers I've ever poured! I can smell it clearly just from the pour, long before I dunk my nose in the glass. It smells of oranges, horse blankets, grass, sugar, and wood. This smells fantastic, I have to say. The taste follows suit and is just wonderfully balanced. It isn't too sweet or too sour, with just enough funk to make you want to put on some disco and get down. There is also a subtle smokiness to the beer that is a nice balance. It's very restrained, which is good for me, I'm not a fan of the smoke, but it adds a nice element to the overall flavor. Really fantastic gueuze, I'd have to say I'd use this as a style example to my friends eager to learn about beer. The mouthfeel is nice and tingly, with a slickness that holds it together. Wow. This may be my favorite gueuze. These guys just really knocked it out of the park. If you're into very strong flavored, very sour beers you'll probably find this a bit bland but I think it perfectly hits the sweet spot between interesting and drinkable. Thumbs WAY up on this one.

Apr 23, 2014
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Beerenauslese from California

4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy gold with a voluminous head that keeps on growing out of the bottle and in the glass. Good that I kept this well chilled in the fridge as recommended on the label. When it settles down, it forms a huge head of cappuccino foam that lasts, producing lots of chunky, sticky lacing.

Aromas of wild yeast, barnyard funk, a little band-aid.

Tastes of tart apples, citrus peel, and funk. Peppery, spicy, slightly bitter and dry finish.

Body is light as is the carbonation level once it settles down, but it has a refreshing, slightly creamy mouthfeel.

Despite the over-carbonation, this is a decently drinkable gueze.

Oct 24, 2010
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laxer8811 from New York

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Feb 23, 2013
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sneaks2210 from New York

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Mar 29, 2013
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t0rin0 from California

2/5  rDev -46.7%

Sep 19, 2012
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hooliganlife from Missouri

3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a slightly dark golden yellow with slight hints of brown. thick massive head sticks to the glass.

lots on nose, musty and old with funk and oak. slight lemon and apple.

up front light sourness, quickly going to oak that carries through for a slight smokey finish. some light tropical hoppiness in the aftertaste.

slightly syrupy and oily but also very dry. at times it was a bit cloying but at times it was very enjoyable. carbonation turned more syrupy as it warmed.

pretty good, very different. i am not into smoked beers but this worked quite well.

Oct 23, 2012
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JMC_TM from North Carolina

4.17/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this beer from the bottle at the Flying Saucer in Charlotte, NC.

It poured a nice cloudy amber with a nice fluffy white head that continued to leave a healthy lacing down the glass. The aroma gives off some tart apple, some hints of oak and a strong but not over whelming amount of Belgian funk that you could only get from the 3 years of barrel aging.

The aroma follows through nicely into the flavor of this beer with plenty of tart green apple, grape skin, some barnyard funk and a good amount of carbonation. Just when you are about to adjust to the tart of the beer, you discover it's dryness, and the huge sour flavor leaves your mouth almost as quick as it entered leaving you with just a hint of green apple and white grapes.

This beer is definitely drinkable, and with it's dryness and 7% abv, could be a good starter for someone interested in seeing what a Gueze is all about.

Feb 18, 2010
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deapokid from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +6.7%

Nov 25, 2011
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halo913 from Connecticut

4/5  rDev +6.7%

Jan 26, 2014
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blmar311 from Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev 0%

Sep 17, 2012
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Jwale73 from Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to jedwards for sharing this at our tasting. Pours a dull, golden-orange with a loose, half-inch cap that quickly disperses into a band and some thin dollops of foam. Nose reveals light tropical fruit, citric acid and a sweet quality. The taste is completely counter to the nose - starts off smokey (like a rauchbier) and finishes with some citrus sourness. Consistency in the mouth is light-medium with a very harsh and prickly carbonation that leaves a residual burn across the back of the tongue. Didn't really care for this one - weird and lacks and identity.

Jul 25, 2010
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beertunes from Kiribati

3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another gift from Stanzi. The lady at the store where this was purchased said that this beer likes to gush and to make sure the beer was cold when opened. Poured into tulip. The beer was certainly happy, with less than 1/3 of the bottle poured the glass was full of head. The beer was a cloudy golden copper color with a tall white head that had very good retention and minimal lacing.

The aroma was fairly well non-existent, even as the beer warmed. The flavor however, was an explosion of tart flavors across the tongue. There were some yeast flavors and a faint vinegar-ish finish.

The body was good, light and crisp, with a lot of carbonation. Drinkability will vary depending on your tolerance for the sourness. I liked this beer a lot, but probably wouldn't drink more than 1 in a row. If you like the style, you should try this beer.

Apr 14, 2010
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Mora2000 from Texas

3.42/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle at a recent tasting.

The beer pours a murky yellow color with a white head. The aroma is lots of citrus fruit with some tartness. The flavor is tart citrus with some cheese notes. Somewhat odd and not all that appealing. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

May 18, 2010
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BARFLYB from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Mar 24, 2013
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JAHMUR from Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Nov 25, 2011
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photomike from California

4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours like a hazy IPA, with a deep hazy orange color and a stupidly explosive head. Lightly gushing from the bottle, I poured this immediately to 9 fingers of billowy grey-white head. Ridiculous retention and massive, pillowy lacing coats the glass.

Smell is kinda out there as well, especially as it warms. Tons of funk with some kumquat tartness, wet earthiness and leaves. Slightly sweet, and really interesting.

Taste is not like anything I've ever had within the gueuze style. Earthy, barnyardy and herbal, with rosemary and sage flavors coming through the prominent lemon/kumquat sourness. There is a certain toasty, bready, lightly sweet maltiness to this beer as well. Really complex and delicious. Finishes dry and bitter. A nice departure from some of the other unidimensional, punishingly sour gueuzes I've had recently.

Despite the gushing and explosive head, this really doesn't feel overcarbonated. The carbonation is mild and in check, and fits this nicely. Slightly thicker in body than I'm used to in my gueuzes with a certain richness.

Overall, a very odd beer that I quite enjoyed. At 5.50/bottle, this is a solid, interesting beer that is absolutely worth your purchase.

May 09, 2010
L'enfant Terrible from Brouwerij De Dochter van de Korenaar
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 55 ratings