St. Dekkera Reserve: Zure Dubbele Stout
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St. Dekkera Reserve: Zure Dubbele StoutSt. Dekkera Reserve: Zure Dubbele Stout
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Style:
American Wild Ale
Ranked #817
ABV:
12.5%
Score:
90
Ranked #10,332
Avg:
4.09 | pDev: 7.82%
Reviews:
5
Ratings:
30
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St. Dekkera Reserve: Zure Dubbele StoutSt. Dekkera Reserve: Zure Dubbele Stout
Notes: Sour double stout aged in oak barrels
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Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 30
Photo of ichorNet
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I first had this beer just about a year ago at the inaugural We're Funk'd Fest in Walpole, MA. It was toward the end of the fest, and this brewery was packed into a small corner in the back of the festival grounds, receiving very little attention. I had heard of them but had missed them when wandering earlier in the day, and upon first sipping this very beer of theirs, I went nigh-immediately slack-jawed at the fact that they had no line.

So... I figured I'd break this bottle out from my aging cellar to crack today in honor of my anniversary of discovering DESTIHL. We only recently started getting beer from these guys in stores, and I've liked the sour stuff I've had. I've found the hoppier beers to be underwhelming, to be honest, but that's okay because as long as they keep making stuff like this, I'll keep giving them my hard-earned beer-bucks! This is a review for the 9.9% 2015 version, by the way.

The pour is an intense ruddy, dark-ish brown color with a nice buildup of khaki foam that ends up about three fingers tall at its highest point. Eventually, the head settles down to a finger with decent legs and great, consistent lacing. The surface has a single, solid island of bubbles clustered in the center, and if I hold the beer up to light, I can tell it maintains a ruby-red hue. Pretty beautiful beer.

The nose is taking me back to that hot afternoon drinking glass after glass of this and other beers like it... immense aromas of sour cherries, brown bread, baker's chocolate and herbal hoppiness jump out of the glass. A slight medicinal undertone is noted, along with some candied citrus and rustic funk, all dotted with suggestions of ethanol. Cranberry, light vinegar notes and slight aspects of port wine combined with some tannic oaky presence as well. Huge and complex, this stands among the best sour stouts I've had, based on the nose alone.

Flavor profile is sour cherry upfront with strong flavors of dried citrus, toasted bread crust, chocolate-covered raisins and oak. Smooth transition to sourness in the mid-palate with sherry vinegar and apricot-like notes. More dark fruit (think prune, fig and pluot) coming through in the switch over to the finish. A little bit of ethanol heat comes across and a sticky, tingling acidic note lights up the backend of each sip. Carbonation is kept to a more moderate amount of bubbles, which is surprising given the Brett funk. Still, this is a little less smooth than I expected after three years of bottle aging, but still very nice regardless. A complex, slow sipper of a beer.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a weird beer here, better than a lot of their others, but it also scores somewhat better than it actually is overall if thats possible, like the individual categories are all great, but something about the whole just isnt quite there for me, but i think its more my tastes than anything to to with quality. aged two years in cognac barrels apparently, a big imperial stout with a sour side. the pour is gorgeous though, with a huge inch and a half of expansive erupting light brown head on top of a jet black matte body, very bubbly and alive. heavy cognac in the nose, mature brett, oak and char, mellow but interesting, with a lot of fruit, tart cherry and cranberry come to mind, even dried blueberry. there is a lot going on and it smells quite lactic as well. the flavor starts off great, the fruity notes of strong cranberry and currant, followed by rich espresso, dark cocoa, and lots of roasted malt. the end is where is gets weird for me, tons and tons of bitterness, almost acrid, sharp and intense, and the acidity seems to bring it out more and more, climaxing after the swallow even in that respect. bitter as can be. as funky as it is sour, very mature, and kind of neat with all the body and bubbles at the same time, a real interesting feel to this. i like it until it goes way bitter, and the sourness becomes a bit much at temperature. the flavor of the cognac in here is awesome, and the tobacco and earthy nature of it really jive. super unique and complex brew, patient stuff, on tap at goed zuur right now and worth a try for sure! this series keeps on being weird!

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black in color with no light penetration. There's a fingernail of creamy brown resting on top. Heavy lacing. The aroma is of tart Brettanomyces, plums, dark cherries, merlot, woodsy oak, and dark malt. I'm tasting a very aggressively flavored wild stout. There's flavor or tart Brettanomyces, dark cherries, oak, plums, and dark malt. The mouth is moderately carbonated and dry.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 9/11/2015. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big tart cherry, berry, raisin, plum, fig, lemon, green apple, leather, pepper, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, vanilla, toasted oak, bourbon, dark bread, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy/acidic yeast, dark/roast/bready malt, and bourbon barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of big tart cherry, berry, raisin, plum, fig, lemon, green apple, leather, pepper, milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, vanilla, toasted oak, bourbon, dark bread, light char, and yeast/oak earthiness. Moderate fruity/acidic tartness and yeast/tannic oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of tart cherry, dark fruit, lemon, green apple, leather, pepper, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, vanilla, toasted oak, bourbon, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy/acidic yeast, dark/roast/bready malt, and bourbon barrel flavors; with a great malt/tart/spiciness balance and zero astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from acidity/spiciness as well. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, moderately acidic/tannic/creamy, and lightly chalky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an excellent sour imperial stout. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy/acidic yeast, dark/roast/bready malt, and bourbon barrel flavors; very smooth to sip on for the ABV and acidity level. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.77/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I'm glad the bottle says sour stout otherwise I'd never have guessed this was sour / sarcasm. But really they do some nice stuff here and there and this wasn't bad, nice roast dark cherry tobacco in the sour oaky elements.

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St. Dekkera Reserve: Zure Dubbele Stout from DESTIHL Brewery
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 30 ratings