Brewed by Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck
Style: Sour Red/Brown
Ingelmunster, Belgium
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler


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RATINGS: 311   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Van Honsebrouck is a family owned brewery in West Flanders Belgium. It makes a range if beers including Bacchus, a beer in the local style of the region. It is on this beer that the kriek and framboise is based, a premium fruit beer for which Belgium is well known. Hand wrapped and presented in half champagne bottles. This is a remarkable beer.

rcasta's rating

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
rcasta (846) - - MAY 10, 2012
esta si era puera mierda gracias a Alain en la última alucinación tuvimos birria de frutas. que desperdicio de birrias pero se bebieron

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
djd07 (8231) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 22, 2016
Bottle thanks to Gibson. Pours a dark brown with medium off white head that lasts. The aroma is berry jam, funk, oak. Thick, jammy, nice tartness, low acidity, good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
beer-yum (1211) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 18, 2016
Restrained cherry candy aroma in a red tinted black pour. Lovely balance between the tart and the sweet makes this an excellent example of the style (and shows why the Belgians are considered the masters).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wiedrzensky (696) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - APR 21, 2016
On tap at na 7.schode, Zilina. Pours is red/amber clear with medium reddish head, leaves lacing. Aroma of raspberries, sirup, light malts, barnyard. Taste is fruity sweet, sirupy, raspberries. Medium body, oily to sticky texture, flat carbonation, fruity aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Mesjasz (749) - Lodz, POLAND - APR 20, 2016
Butelka. Miedziano czerwony kolor, spora piana koloru écru. Aromat słodkich malin, wręcz dżemu. Smak słodki, lekko kwaśny i wytrawny. W smaku maliny, trochę wiśni. Piwo jest dosyć płytkie, jednostajne, z męcząca słodyczą. Raczej do ominięcia.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wolfcarnival (221) - Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC - APR 1, 2016
Bottle, split with rich and connie. wrapping is a nice touch, adds a bit of ceremony to divvying it out. pours clear dark red with a small powdery head. aroma of syrupy raspberries, tastes of sweet and tart raspberries with a sour leafy aftertaste. pretty good man pretty good yeeeeeeee

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
LazyPyro (369) - Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 21, 2016
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2016 375ml bottle, nicely wrapped and presented. Pours a clear deep red-brown colour, with a small rapidly disappearing pinkish head. Aroma is sweet and of real raspberries. Likewise the taste is also sweet raspberries, some malt, light sourness, with an acidic tart finish. Not too sweet either. Really nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
UXO (1299) - CANADA - MAR 14, 2016
Appearance: clear amber-brown with one fat finger of dense and fluffy light purple head, excellent retention and lacing. (5/5) Aroma: sweet tart raspberry, wheat, light malt vinegar. (7/10) Taste: moderate-high sweet, moderate tart, light bitter. (6/10) Palate: medium-light body, moderate carbonation, off-dry tart and astringent finish. (3/5) A true Belgian with authentic fruit flavour and none of the dreaded cough syrup effect. Not overly complex, and it falls a little short in delivering on the tongue, but pleasant. A little more sweetness than I’d prefer (almost but not quite cloying, presumably from the Stevia) and a fair bit less umame. (15/20)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Florya (1449) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAR 14, 2016
How : bottle Appearance : almost clear ruby with a small off-white head. Aroma : raspberry, caramel, floral and some light herbal tones. Palate : light body, average to low carbonation.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Tony_Grayne (113) - Borisov, BELARUS - MAR 11, 2016
375 ml bottle. Pours deep ruby red to purple colour. Weak pink head disappeared in several seconds. Weak carbonation. Aroma of raspberry, yoghurt, tart wine, berry jam. Taste is fruity sour, dry, tart and sticky; grapes, raspberry, berry syrup. There’s something synthetic in taste and in aroma as well. Nice wrapping by the way.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
GoufCustom (1436) - HONG KONG - MAR 5, 2016

375 ml paper-wrapped bottle bought at YATA in New Town Plaza, Shatin.

Clear deep burgundy colour with no yeast sediments; One quarter finger head and residual soapy light beige foam which fades in 15 seconds; Excellent sticky lacing with barely notable slight carbonation; Very fragrant and tart aroma of malt, with very strong fresh raspberry, yoghurt tartness, wheat, grape skins and flesh, blackcurrant and sugar; Medium sweet and tart taste of malt, with raspberry, strong yoghurt tartness, strong wheat, grape skins, shades of red vinegar, sugar, light tannic, light wood, soda and lemon; Close to light body, thin but slick palate; Mouth feel is very solid malt base in wheat-thinned background. Yoghurt tartness is strong. Raspberry is fruity sour and not as strong as the aroma. Sweetness is slightly cloying perhaps due to stevia. Not much winey or vinegar factors, but some good wood and lemon ending. Easy!... Hoppiness has no proper hop aroma. Lemon, light tannin plus grape skin in taste; Bitterness is moderate to light in a flash for an abrupt, fair astringent sweet malty finish; Slightly dry after taste. Sweet and tart to mouth.

Comments: Compares to Bacchus Kriekbier, this one has just as good in aroma with fruity berries and grapes, but taste-wise is a bit overdone with sweetner (stevia) and there’s not much Old Bruin’s sourness and wineyness. Still very easy to drink, but a second fiddle to Bacchus Kriekbier. Okay.

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