Le Serpent Cerise | Snake River Brewing Company & Brewpub

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Le Serpent CeriseLe Serpent Cerise

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Snake River Brewing Company & Brewpub
Wyoming, United States

Style: Flanders Oud Bruin

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Cory’s endeavor into the realm of Flanders style sour ale. Extremely rare, inoculated with multiple souring organisms and laid down in French oak barrels for over one year, Le Serpent is an example of a Belgian sour brown at it’s finest. On draft in the pub for a short time and also hand-bottled and bottle-conditioned. There is a very limited quantity of 750 ml bottles available for take away. Act quickly to experience this exotic beer style! (for spring 2010, Washington cherries have been macerating in Serpent Cerise for one year.)

Added by Bitterbill on 08-10-2011

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4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy amber red... long lasting white head... Great cherry flavor with mild acetic notes... woody oak.. lightly tannic and hints of currants... body is a touch thicker than some lower abv Flanders, but still within style.. good carbonation. Pretty stunning example of a style that seemingly isn't being made much anymore.


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4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Courtesy of muskabeatz at a tasting, thanks Evan!

This beer pours a light to medium bodied cherry polished wood in color with slight lacing around the glass. The nose features a really nice amount of tart cherries to pair with dark malt and a nice acidic tartness. The nose is great for the style, pungent. The flavors are off dry and well balanced. You get slightly sweet cherry, tart cherry, sweet brown malts, and and an acetic acidity. The vinegar however is tame, just the way that I would prefer. It has a nice bite too, from the carbonation more than anything. This drinks very, very well. It is more complex than you would imagine and the cherry really does separate itself from the the base sour brown. Overall this is a really nice beer, and a standout for the style.

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.04/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

shared at darkness day by lurchingbeast
reviewed from notes

orange blush color. No head to speak of.
Wow is that sour. Huge sourness. Like pulling my tongue down my throat sour. Fuck me that's intense. Huge notes of dark and sour cherries. A touch of oak.
Really pretty nice.
Feels a hair overcarbed.

Overall, this was a fun beer to try-- and I'm glad Frank made me take a pour.

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4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing this, Bobby.

A: The beer looks pretty much like the regular version. Dark, hazy amber with a tall off-white head.

S: Not surprisingly, it smells like cherries. Quite musty with a lot of oak, grass, and straw. Not quite as fruity as the regular, but there is a nice grape and lemon zest note to it. Moderate level of vinegar with a touch of leather.

T: A restrained vinegar component and quite a nice bit of lactic acidity. Plenty of cherry flavor with some nice lemon and sour plums. Still a little bit of funk and even a touch of sherry.

M: Medium bodied with medium to high carbonation.

O: This was good, but I liked the regular one better. It was a lot more complex and more pleasant to drink.

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4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

995th Review on BA
Bottle to Snifter
750 ML

Bottle 59
Bottled 2010 (I think)

Thanks to GuruDel for sharing
*Shared by those at MrHirschybars*

App- A little bit of a murky cherry juice red with some browns, gold and ambers mixed into it. The head wasn’t very much but a few couples fell to a ring around the edges, no cling or lace either.

Smell- I think everything inside my nose burned on Saturday night. This was very sweet, tingly, bubbly, oaky, earthy and just plain inviting.

Taste- Vince and I talked about him bring certain bottles and agreed he needed to bring this gem to the party. This was a hidden gem he traded for when he wanted more sours and he just couldn’t not have it. Such a great Flanders. Oaky, malty, tart, bitter, sweet and barrel all rolled into one. I'm really at a loss to describe the taste of this one. If you don't like Cherries, you wont like this one.

Mouth- I really liked how this was a bit thicker and smoother on the finish. A medium body with a medium carbonation level. Lots of residual dampness and sour cherries.

Drink- Simply put. Vince you ruled for bringing this bottle. I would like another bottle however don’t know if it would work out in the trade game. Great beer though.

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4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Silver medal winner at World Beer Cup 2012 in Category 23: Wood- and Barrel-Aged Sour Beer (42 Entries).

A: Dark maroon with a light pink head.

S: Pronounced cherry with evident vinegar. Reminds me of cherry pie. There's a touch of vanilla with leather, earth, and more vinegar.

T: Tart up front with a burst of ripe cherries and a firm vinegar presence. The fruit is explosive and delicious. Light vanilla notes blend with oak and leather. The finish has an upper moderate acetic acidity.

M: Lower medium body with upper medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is sticky, dry, and lightly tannic.

Overall: Glad to finally try this. The fruit is very nice, but I think I prefer the regular version.

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Le Serpent Cerise from Snake River Brewing Company & Brewpub
Beer rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 33 ratings