Bird Of Prey | Driftwood Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Driftwood Brewery
British Columbia, Canada
driftwoodbeer.com

Style: Flanders Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Rutager on 11-17-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
52
Reviews:
18
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
9.62%
 
 
Wants:
39
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6
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Ratings: 52 |  Reviews: 18
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3.75/5  rDev -12%

Photo of spycow
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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.

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Photo of largadeer
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of imperialking
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of MasterSki
3.51/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by psiweaver I think? Served in a taster glass.

A - White foam settles to a thick collar, wispy patches, and minimal laced. Lightly hazed burnt orange body.

S - Very sulfurous aroma, with some farmhouse funk. There's a mild vinegar character, as well as some fruity malts, and a bit of grain, but this is overwhelmed by the brett and I'm not a huge fan of whatever strain was used.

T - The taste is better, as the stale fart flavor has largely dissipated. Some oaky vanilla, overripe fruits, a touch of green apple skins, dirty funk, and some mild vinegar flavors. Not much in the way of residual vinous character from the wine barrels.

M - Surprisingly zesty carbonation, and extremely dry and oaky. Medium body, with some light residual stickiness. Alcohol is well concealed and acidity is restrained.

D - Not bad, other than the mildly off-putting aroma. Probably suffered being consumed next to Rodenbach's sublime Caractère Rouge, although it's not a very fair comparison as this doesn't have fruit in it. I'd be willing to try this again down the road to see if the sulfur clears up or the acidity intensifies.

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Photo of liamt07
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Derek
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm impressed.

I expected something like Petrus... maybe boardering on a Goudenband, but this is more like a Rodenbach.

Clear, copper amber, pours with an hint of off-white head. Absolutely no retention (unlike its Belgian counter-parts), but somehow it manages to leave a little lace.

Aroma is woodsy & leathery, some cider, with a little straw-like funk... and it's very inviting.

The taste is a bit sour, but certainly not overrbearing, with a light, leathery funk. A little woodsy, brown sugar, golden raisins, cider, biscuit and earth with a light grassy & peppery spice.

Moderate body has a light acidity and a crisp finish.

Well done. I'd like to see how this mellow's with age.

Thanks Rutager!

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Photo of wordemupg
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle poured into tulip 5/4/12

A a redder shade of amber with a fair amount of haze, I needed to pour it right down the center of the glass to get a reaction but the thumbs width of creme colored foam leaves a thick ring of lace where it existed

S funky oak comes out fast followed by some sour cherry and vinegar, just a little caramel and what I imagine fermented strawberries to smell like, more fruity funk and just the faintest hint of booze

T oak soaked vinegar has less fruity and funky notes then the nose but everything just blends together to create a wonderful brew. well concealed booze and a little granny smith plays a part, fairly dry with some vinous notes throughout

M sour but my mouth hasn't quite been turned inside-out, leaves my mouth watering and a slick feel on my cheeks, somehow a little sticky on the lips and could it be the pin prick bubbles leaving a slight tingle? The pucker has me smacking my lips together, I'm assuming this is exactly what they intended

O need I say more? this is one bad ass brew and I doubt many would argue with me. I just cant believe this style is being nailed by a newer Canadian brewery to this extent.

BRILLIANT BREWERY ALERT!!! Just once I'd like to be below the average for one one of my Driftwood ratings, call me a homer but I had to trade to get this one. Thanks chickenm for this gem and Eskimodave need some props for allowing me to taste what I assume will be a great cellar addition.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.71/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

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Photo of Rutager
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Didn't even know this one was coming! Announced on facebook yesterday, picked up a couple bottles today. From the label:

The first in our Bird of Prey Wild Ale series, this sour ale was inspired by a Coopers Hawk that took residence in the brewery for a full 24 hours. Brewed in its honour, this wild ale spent a year conditioning in a mix of American & French oak wine barrels. Tart & funky, this beer can be aged for a very long time, but will be enjoyed now!

Appearance. Pours a lightly hazy, deep amber-orange with half a finger of frothy, pale yellow head.

Smell. Nice sour fruit like green grapes and green apples with a little strawberry. Some red wine vinegar and wood with just enough horse-blanket funk. Nice.

Taste. Tart apples, grapes and a little cranberry followed by plenty of oak and dry wine. Just a little vinegar. Awesome dry, earthy funkiness that lingers a bit ...with the oak ...and the wine. yeah.

Mouthfeel. Just above medium body with fine and lively, medium-low carbonation. Fantastic.

Overall. This is awesome. A really nice sour with full, great flavours. Complex and refined. Another winner from Driftwood.

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Photo of papat444
3.89/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of schopenhauerale
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650 ml bottle of 2011 vintage, poured into a tulip. Kudos to Nigel at Ladysmith Liquor Barn for effectively cellaring this one for me since the release date.

A: Dark coppery, amber with an off-white head that dissipates quickly but leaves a disproportionate amount of lacing.

S: Apple cider and barnyard funk, soft on the nose but still bold. Very appetizing.

T: Very subtle with the fruity sourness - light and refreshing without coming off as weak. Cherries and apples on the palate, vinegar and funk on the finish. After 4+ months of cellaring, no hop character detected.

M: Moderate body, not too heavy or light, with subdued acidity and average carbonation. Very crisp finish.

O: Bird of Prey is another outstanding offering from Driftwood, and an excellent introduction to sours. High drinkability, and it ages very well.

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Photo of tom10101
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Whatup14
3.7/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of yancot
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of chickenm
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of SebD
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%

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

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Photo of schnarr84
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of BDTyre
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Gerry for this! I'm not normally a big fan of Flanders Red, but I actually quite like this.

Good copper colour with light amber highlights to it. Big, slightly pink-ish head that is quite lively and filled with tiny, tiny bubbles.

Definite sour, light malt scent. Musty, light barnyard-y scent.

Tart, sour fruit taste, floral hops. Tart, bitter finish, with a somewhat dry aftertaste. Not very hoppy at all, almost like eating a citrus fruit thats been rubbed on oak (if that makes sense). Definite wine traits to this.

Nice mouthfeel, low carbonation. A good example of the style, and this might get me into trying more Flanders Reds.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: 1/2" tan coloured head over vermillion liquid with good clarity.

S: Soured raspberries, oak, yeast, and a hint of vinegar.

T: Moderately sour up front which transitions to a sourdough middle and finishes off with a semi-sweet and somewhat oaky finish.

M: Thin and somewhat watery viscosity and a medium level of fine carbonation.

O: More of a subtle and balanced beer than I had anticipated, the oak flavour really comes through which is nice. Other than the thin viscosity, this is a very nice beer and I hope that more British Columbian brewers continue to branch out into sour styles.

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Photo of KStark
4/5  rDev -6.1%

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Bird Of Prey from Driftwood Brewery
4.26 out of 5 based on 52 ratings.
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