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


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RATINGS: 534   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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A typical Flemish beer with a pleasant wine-like taste and a rich past. This dark brown beer, which is matured in oak casks, has a slightly acid aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
rondphoto (1776) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - FEB 13, 2014
2005 bottle, sampled in 2012. Sour red cherries with emphasis on the sour. This is beyond tart, moving to an uneventful finish. Not nearly as enjoyable as many of the other sour/fruit brews I’ve had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
icehawk (834) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - FEB 13, 2014
Draft. Tart fruit aroma with some earthy notes as well. Watery, slightly thin mouthfeel. Good level of tartness, with a dry wine-like finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BlackHaddock (3479) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - FEB 12, 2014
Usual wrapped, cork and caged 37.5cl bottle: opened in De Kuppe, Brugge on 31st Jan 2014. Pours a murky brown with a red hue here and there, the head a thin covering of off-white. Off wine aroma with some sour cherry hints: not as powerful as I expected though, nor as acidic or sour. The taste is tart though, mixed old fruit barrel feel to the flavour, woody, earthy and with an overriding semi-sourness from the fruitiness. A beer I’ve been meaning to try on my last three or four visits to Belgium, glad I made the effort to finally buy one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bartlebier (1480) - Belchum im Breisgau, GERMANY - FEB 9, 2014
375ml beautifully wrapped bottle bb12/2014 from De Biergrens, NL/B, 12/2013. Less of a nose than expected, especially concerning acidity: candi sugar in mulled red wine. Taste is an initial balsamic red wine/caramel reduction with dairy hints, oak dryness and a very quick finish, rounded off with a split second of lambic-style old hop zing. Almost a shallow sessioning, table version of the potentially complex Vlaams Oud Bruin style, a cut base version for Honsebrouck’s headier and sweeter stuff, but certainly not bad for 4,5%. At the price good to stock up on for cooking (reductions, rabbit...). Disclaimer for the SW-German palate: milk chocolate solved in Trollinger/Spätburgunder, fermented over night.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bamaboy1975 (242) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - FEB 5, 2014
Castle Brewery Van Honsebrouck's Bacchus: Flemish red, a finger of lopsided (?) head, fades quickly; mid-dark reddish brown; Smell: pretty good amount of tartaric, raisin; Taste/Mouthfeel: nicely active carbonation, moderate tartaric, black cherry, kinda dry; good; 4.5% ABV. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Anatole (90) - BELGIUM - FEB 5, 2014
Fruits rouge, bonne acidité sans écoeurer. Facile et très agréable à boire.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Huhzubendah (2399) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 4, 2014
The beer is a rusty brown hue. Initially, there is a small head but this quickly fades to nil, giving a still appearance. The aroma brings sweet and sour cherry, musty basement, vinegar. Tart fruit, cranberry, raisins. Perhaps more sweet than sour. Apple juice and maraschino cherries. Low carbonation with a sugary finish. This was just ok.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MarinaMarket (210) - POULSBO, Washington, USA - FEB 1, 2014
pours dark reddish brown, with no head. no yeast in the bottle either. A bit light flavored and mouth feel compared to other sour browns I have had. Fruity and very drinkable. Tasted at 59F.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
tricksta_p (876) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - JAN 19, 2014
Pours a reddish brown with a small off-white head. Aroma of wine, sour apple and cherry. Flavour is tart. An enjoyable Sour as it is, but I would have loved more complexity and barnyard/cellar notes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Douberd (1999) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - JAN 14, 2014
375 ml champagne bottle, wrapped in paper, normal crown cap. Poured into a snifter, ABV 4.5% Deep red brown colour on the body with ruby red shades when hold against the light. One finger of light brown head with average retention, leaving bubbles on the surface and light lacing around the glass. Aroma is sour grapes, maybe some caramel, a little bit of chocolate malts on the backround as it warms up. Taste is quite sour, mostly vinegar like but there are some sour milk notes in it as well. Sour white and red grapes. Medium thin body, okay carbonation. Very tart on the palate. Overall I enjoyed this when I started slowly sipping it instead of quickly driniking it, needs its time.

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