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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.


3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
jefcon (1359) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUL 13, 2007
Draft. A nice flemish sour thatís really light on alcohol and lacks much of a finish. Too nondescript to stand up to Duchesse or Maredsous for mainline honors, but a front-end-loaded ale with good up-front sour notes and some spice.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
NoiZe (2324) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - JUL 1, 2007
Brown/reddish coloured brew. Fruity and vinegar-like aroma, but not unpleasant. Medium sour and fruity taste. Decent.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Bart (2941) - Brussels, BELGIUM - JUN 23, 2007
Darker red to brown coloured beer with almost no carbonation and a medium to small off-white head. Little sour-sweet fruity aroma. Full palate. Finish is light sour fruity, with a tiny buttery aftertaste.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
reakt (950) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 1, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2007 cask, the rake. Deep burgundy with shallow head. Smells like a muted flemish sour and is slightly artificial smelling. Itís sugary and smells a bit like grape kool aid. Taste a little like it too. Slightly sour tastes of grapes and balsamic. Eh.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Jerre (2364) - Waregem, BELGIUM - MAY 20, 2007
Bottle 25 cl. @ home yesterday evening. Brown color with a small off-white head. Aroma malts and fruity. Light body. Taste is very sweet + little malty.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cornfield (5437) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2007
Pours brown with red highlights and a modest ecru head. Itís got an aroma of caramel dipped in vinegar with some tart cherries. The spritzy body seems to cut the sourness that I was looking for. It tastes of cherries, pale malt, oak, and a touch of iron. Lightly acidic, it finishes on a dry, refreshing note.

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3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (11933) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 1, 2007
(Bottle, BB 01/2008) Pours a dark ruby body with a small beige head. Aroma of sour cherries. Flavor of light tartness with a dry oak finish. Light, easy drinker.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hoser (367) - Cowtown, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 31, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2007 Numbered 253 in my book so I had this on my trip to Belgium and nice Flemish sour ales but she ainít the Duchesse. Page 34 Michael Jacksonís Great Beer Guide and only 199 out of his 500 Classic Brews to go.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
ogivlado (5539) - Zagreb, CROATIA - NOV 29, 2006
Bottled(250ml). ĖShared with Doggythedog at the Hopdevil in Zagreb
Reddish/brown coloured, almost no head, sour fruity nose. Weak and sour brew. Faint cherry and sugary with mild oak notes, strong acidity and touch of caramel.

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Marko (3878) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - NOV 27, 2006
Bottle shared with ozujsko at the Hopdevil in Zagreb
Poured a darker reddishbrown colour, with a small with nearly no head. The nose was quite vinuous, with hints of malt, yeast and berries and two other things I canít decipher from my notes... a typical FSA nose. The taste is.. umm.... missing ? Very faint berries and noticable acidity that owns the finish.... if I can use the word finish, because there wasnít much of a start anyway. F.S.A. Lite. I really want to like van Honsebrouck but I was disappointed so far.


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