Driftwood Brewery

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Driftwood Brewery
British Columbia, Canada
Flanders Red Ale
4.2 | pDev: 11.19%
Dec 12, 2020
Nov 17, 2011
Notes: Latus - revisits the original beer that launched the Bird of Prey series which also had a 2016 edition. This very unique sour has been conditioned in a mix of American and French oak wine barrels for a year, creating a dry, sour and funky profile that will continue to evolve for a very long time. This 2017 version showcases the maturing character of the barrels and the tart, fruity depth of a Flanders Red.

MALTS Superior Pilsen, Cara 33, Cara 120, Cara Pils, Aromatic Malts

HOPS Hersbrucker Hallertauer
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Reviewed by LampertLand from Canada (BC)

4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Driftwood Brewery 'Latus' @ 6.8% , sampled on *cask* at GCBF'16 & a recent 2017 vintage bottle
A-pour is amber from the cask/bottle to a hazy orange/amber in the glass with a small dissipating beige head leaving a minimal lace ring along the tulip
S-beautiful & pungent
T-not so potent , just rite , tart & refreshing
MF-mild carbonation , nice body
Ov-not great , butt a good Flanders red sour ale
prost LampertLand
Dec 12, 2020
Rated: 4 by GJKerr from Canada (ON)

Aug 09, 2018
Rated: 3.59 by therion72 from Canada (BC)

Apr 05, 2018
Rated: 3.43 by Corson from Canada (AB)

Mar 28, 2017
Rated: 3.75 by byronic from Canada (ON)

Jan 13, 2017
Rated: 3.6 by polloenfuego from Canada (NB)

Jan 06, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by SmithyAlan from Canada (QC)

Sep 26, 2016
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Reviewed by JonCorbett from Canada (BC)

4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Appearance: Pours an opaque dark orange red with a pastel orange head that fizzes out very rapidly. Next to no surface or lacing bubbles. (And I'll always give 5* for label design to Driftwood - I love artistry of their labels)

Aromatics: I get the oddest visualizations of a sandy beach and sunscreen lotion when I first smelled it. It has a slightly tropical candy vibe with sweet forest after a fall rain mixed in. I swear I’ve experienced this smell will camping as a cub scout oh so many year ago. It has a dank funk that is nostalgically appealing.

Taste: A nice even tanginess with slight sour. Grassy florals with the sourness coming from more subtle (ie. non naturally sour) fruits, I imagine some plum and apple, a little peachiness in there too, and maybe a hint of raspberry that are just shy of being ripe. There is an extremely nice balance between the sweet and sour flavours.

Feel: Good medium body with a nice water-like fluidity. Finish is rather swift, dry, and clean. A very fine carbonation still has the ability to tickle the palate.

Overall: I would have expected from the multi-yeast strains to have some breadiness, but it was nicely arranged in aroma and flavour that a heavy yeasty or funkiness could really stand out on its own. I’d say it is very complex - even in trying to describe it, I do love the Brett in there, I think that is what I am picking up the most. I think this is a great sour, and is pretty on par with the the brett-sour funkiness that I am slowly getting acquainted with.

Pairing : I don’t know why but a craving for a savoury spicy dish is really calling to me here. The sour is so subtle I just want to kick it up a notch (to paraphrase Emeril) - I’m thinking a rich curry sauce dish - a Butter Chicken or *protein* Vindaloo. Indian cuisine is chock full of great buttery thick sauces with spice that doesn’t have to be HOT in order to kickstart the tastebuds. But for me, I love a good dose of thai chili pepper heat. I think not to over power the sour here though, a mild to medium heat will work perfectly.
Sep 12, 2016
Rated: 3.61 by Erik-P from Canada (BC)

Jul 24, 2016
Rated: 2.75 by jrempel from Canada (BC)

Jul 18, 2016
Rated: 4.6 by MaltyPythonsHopCircus from Canada (BC)

Jan 22, 2016
Rated: 3.81 by Tmappin from Canada (NS)

Oct 08, 2015
Rated: 3.93 by tom10101 from Canada (QC)

Jan 18, 2015
Rated: 4.25 by TheSevenDuffs from Canada (ON)

Jan 12, 2015
Rated: 4.31 by liamt07 from Canada (ON)

Dec 25, 2014
Rated: 4.75 by Groulxsome from Canada (ON)

Nov 10, 2014
Rated: 3.7 by Whatup14 from Canada (QC)

Oct 06, 2014
Rated: 4.4 by Hoptoria from Canada (BC)

Sep 03, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by KeKeKumba from Canada (ON)

Aug 30, 2014
Rated: 4 by FondueVoodoo from Canada (BC)

Aug 25, 2014
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Reviewed by Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
Bottle: Poured a reddish color ale with a nice thick foamy head with excellent retention and some good lacing. Aroma of tart notes with some oak and cherry is very pleasant. Taste is a super well balanced mix of tart notes with some oak and cherry with light residual sugar notes with almost no acidity. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. That is a world-class Flanders Fed with good level of complexity and perfect level of drinkability.
Aug 20, 2014
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Reviewed by SebD from Canada (ON)

4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
Appearance: It has a nice ruby/amber color to it. It has a nice creamy beige head that dies down moderately and leaves little lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of loads of tart cherries, definite funk, grapes, faint oak and a touch of vinegar.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a bunch of tart cherries, red grapes, some barnyard funk, light oak and very faint vinegar.

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

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by great flavors and aromas. Another great one by Driftwood!

Serving type: bottle
Aug 18, 2014
Rated: 5 by rogerdandy from Canada (AB)

Jul 09, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by largadeer from California

Jul 01, 2014
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Reviewed by papat444 from Canada (QC)

3.89/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Big thanks to FondueVoodoo for helping me round off the Top 50 of Canada with this rarity.

Poured from a 650ml bottle, bottled 01.28.14.

Pours a nice copperish body with a frothy and effervescent head. Aroma is the best part; oak, red wine, mild cherries, cork and a bit of sweetness hidden in the tartness. Flavor is acidic and a bit tart but not prolonged. Fiinshes with a mild cherry sweetness but found the oak flavor and general body to be a bit ordinary, especially considering the pedigree of the brewery.
Jun 07, 2014
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Reviewed by jrenihan from Canada (ON)

4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
2014 bottle.

Beer is dark red/brownish. Small off-white head. Minimal lace.

Nice smell. A rich berry scent complimented by oak, balsamic vinegar and some vanilla.

Taste is similar and also very good. Red berries, oak, vanilla, vinegar. Moderately sour. Fairly dry.

Full bodied, moderate to high carbonation level.

Overall, very nice. A very well done Flanders Red. It's not Rodenbach Grand Cru but it is not leagues below either. Good stuff.
Jun 01, 2014
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Reviewed by bylerteck from Canada (ON)

3.71/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Longtime want from Fonduevoodoo in CanBIF Spring 2014.

A - Pours typical Flemish Red colour of hazy auburn and tons of carbonation. One finger of beige head on top. Spotty lace and film of retention.

S - Lot's of tart cherry and wood. Mild vinegar note and acidity.

T - Sharp tartness and acidity. Less fruit. Some sugar is there.

M - Strong carbonation, medium body, not too tart to finish, but funk and acidic.

O/D - This definitely didn't wow, but is a decent example of the style. Easy to drink and nice to explore for sure. A good effort.
May 31, 2014
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Reviewed by mtomlins from Canada (ON)

4.46/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a 650ml bomber into a Dieu du Ciel Zwanze Day teku glass
2014 Vintage; Poured 2014/05/30; Thanks to FondouVoodoo for the bottle

Pours a clear copper color with almost two fingers of bubbly, white head that falls to a thin collar and no lacing. The nose is soft, dominated by tart cherries, some sourness, hints of sweetness and a bit of barnt funk. On the palate, the tart cherries and a touch of sweet malt roll through first, but the beer transitions into crisp tart, sourness. There is a nice oaky character and an overall crispness. The body is medium with nice carbonation making it smooth, light and refreshing. Overall, this is a very tasty brew! Very smooth and a nice balance of residual sweetness and tart, dry sourness. A very strong example of the style!
May 31, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by seldomseen from Canada (BC)

May 28, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by schnarr84 from Canada (AB)

May 25, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by Sammy from Canada (ON)

May 18, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by JonnyBeers from Canada (BC)

May 02, 2014
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Reviewed by yancot from Canada (ON)

4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
This is easily my favorite Flanders Red outside of Rodenbach and I could probably drink it more regularly! It's smooth, mildly tart, and all of its components are extremely well-integrated.
Apr 25, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by Boozecamel from Canada (BC)

Apr 07, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by zduerr from Canada (BC)

Mar 30, 2014
Rated: 4 by cbnz from Canada (BC)

Feb 21, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by dansmcd from Australia

Feb 21, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by smekermann from Canada (BC)

Feb 19, 2014
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Reviewed by Agent1 from Canada (BC)

4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
This is a fresh bottle. It arrived to the market no longer than a week ago. Depending on age, this will always effect various characteristics.


Appearance - Nothing special, but nice. Clearly filtered. Nice strong amber/ orange. Small amount of head. Doesn't last long.

Smell - Delicious funk, sour cherries, lemon, sharp and cutting. Light brown sugar aroma, too. Slight clove layered in behind? Light breadiness, alcohol is a little heavy on the nose but not offensive.

Taste - Sour yeast, sour dough, pears, lemon citrus, orange peel, subtle wood flavour, grassy, wheat on the finish, apples, candied orange peel, with a nice, crisp acidity. Plants and flower pedals. Clean, crisp and dry. Lots going on here. Impressive.

Mouthfeel - Nice carbonation. This isn't seen in the appearance much, but can be detected by the tongue a lot more. This can be felt all throughout the mouth, but mainly the upper back portion, nearest the the throat. Quite nice.

Overall - It really doesn't get much better than this. To be honest, I am quite surprised given I am a real Belgian enthusiast and many of these North American breweries never seem to usually nail sours. In fact, it reminds me of the Duchesse de Bourgogne, but more fruity and slightly less sour, yet is certainly not far removed. No joke, this is a perfectly balanced Flanders: sour, sweet tart cherries and a beautiful yeast strain.
Feb 11, 2014
Latus from Driftwood Brewery
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 61 ratings