Belle Royale - Sour Cherry Wild Ale | Driftwood Brewery

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Belle Royale - Sour Cherry Wild AleBelle Royale - Sour Cherry Wild Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Rutager on 03-21-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
70
Reviews:
25
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
8.27%
 
 
Wants:
34
Gots:
10
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.73/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of liamt07
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Derek
4.44/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

They say they've aged this for us, so enjoy it now. I'm guessing they had some Pedicoccus that they cleaned up with Brett... in a very nice way!

A: Dark cherry red, pours with a few bubbles, not really any head.

S: Funky, sour cherry-like aroma.

T: An extremely pleasant funk (I'm not getting any Lactobacillus which I'm not keen on). It's somewhat fruity, but the cherry has really been fermented out. Very crisp, but not overly acidic.

M: Highly attenuated with a crisp, dry finish. Very light acidity.

O: World class.

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Photo of Erik-P
3.87/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wordemupg
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

650ml bomber poured into tulip 2/4/13, Massive cheers for Parker who randomly showed up with a case of Driftwood and in all likelihood will never read this

A very dark red liquid leaning towards purple with a short lived light pink foam that sits for a few sips and leaves a random patch of lace, I'll admit the color and pink foam works for me

S the cherries very strong but pumps out plenty of raspberry, strawberry and just a hint of purple grape, almost like sherbert topped with jolly ranchers, it has a candy like aroma but missing much of the sugar. The "Wild" aspects hard to miss with a healthy blast of brett but not overly sour, some vanilla and oak work well and I've fallen in love with the aromas coming out of my glass

T the fruity aspects toned down just a little compared to the nose but that leaves plenty, a little jammy and more earthy notes coming from the barrel, I'm loving the taste but it couldn't quite match the nose

M well carbonated after two years of barrel aging and has a sour twang but its far from turning my mouth inside out, slick on the gums with no booze to mention, very long finish of woody, funky fruit

O the nose is near perfection and I have nothing to complain about elsewhere, a sour without the pucker and the fruity notes are wonderful, this brews put together with some serious skill

Driftwood just blows me away with everything they bottle and this is no exception. I find it funny that my non-beer geek buddy brings me a box of beers that I've already set up trades for with no idea what he's just bought off the shelf. I'm very stoked that I'm going to have another bottle of this coming in the mail, even though it says to "drink fresh" I have a feeling the Brett's just getting started

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of bylerteck
4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pink-tan froth over magenta body, creamy froth sticks around. 4
Mulled wine spice to the nose with lemony funk hits. 4
Big nutmeg and spiced cherry tart note, a hint of barnyard, a thread of vanilla, and some grass to end. 4.5
Humming clovey finish and tart refreshing linger.
Med-lt, fizzy, round, creamy. 4

Stunning spice cake thing. Not sure where the nutmeg is coming from, but it works a treat. Not too funky or sour. Hide the 8%. Almondy hint, too; just great integration of spice.

-- Best of Driftwood and a lot of fun. 4.25

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Photo of Rutager
4.56/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A new version of this beer. This time it's a sour wild rather than a Belgian strong according to the labels. Not sure why they'd keep the name considering it's a very different beer with this second release. I almost didn't buy it because I wasn't a huge fan of the first (though it was a very well made beer).

Bottled 3/12/13, as shown on the snazzy new cap.

Appearance. Pours a very deep, hazy rusty-red with almost 2 fingers of pale rusty-pink head.

Smell. Sweet and tart cherries, some woody funk, and a slight metallic, almost blood-like smell.

Taste. Ripe big juicy tart cherries, leathery barrel wood, some dry musty funk, a bit of almond, and a touch of dry red wine and ear wax (please don't ask how I know, I'm not even sure myself). ABV is incredibly well hidden even with the somewhat mild sourness. The juicy fruit flavour is just incredible and if it wasn't for the very slight metallic taste, this would be pretty much perfect .

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body, smooth and creamy low carbonation.

Overall. This is one truly excellent beer. I really wasn't expecting this and am completely taken aback. Probably the best Driftwood beer I've tasted to date (taking account of my overly enthusiastic early reviews), and with this brewery that is extremely high praise. Well done Driftwood!!

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of dirtylou
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

split a bottle, 2 nights in a row @ Six Acre in Vancouver

rich garnet-ruby body - really dig the label design as well. Lots of nice cherry, strawberry, oak, mild brett. Not puckeringly sour and not something that makes this stand out above the rest cherry wild ales, but very enjoyable and a good sign of whats to come from Driftwood - a really great BC brewery.

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4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to FondueVoodoo for this one.

Poured from a 650ml. bottle, bottled 03.12.13.

Appearance: Pours a dark red, bordering on brownish. Good sized head with nie lacing hanging on the sides.

Smell: Very powerful sour cherry, fills the area around me and my nose! Lush with some oak roughness and a hint of sweet cherries (maraschino?).

Taste: Wears its name real well. Layer upon layer of sour cherry, oak, red wine cork, cherry skin. Flavor is very palpable and immediately conjures images of the aforementioned cherries.

Mouthfeel: Acidic a bit but not too much, mouth coating as it reaches everywhere in the palate. Dry yet refreshing.

Overall: Truly great. Despite the intensity of the sourness, it remains a very drinkable ale as i was able to drink this fairly easy.

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2.94/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour is a murky brownish red blood color with a thin fizzy dark pink head that is gone immediately. Nose is very fleshy cherry, cherry pit, a fair bit of dark malt (doesn't mix too well) light oak and vanilla, a touch cough syrup. Taste is similar, very fleshy dark cherry, pitty, light oak, malt plays a little better, hint of rubbery phenol in back. Very syrupy feel, soft carb, full bodied.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Whatup14
3.7/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of tom10101
4/5  rDev -5.4%

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Belle Royale - Sour Cherry Wild Ale from Driftwood Brewery
4.23 out of 5 based on 70 ratings.
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