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

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 600   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CapedBrewsader (265) - Brasschaat, BELGIUM - JAN 27, 2009
25cl bottle at home, iRate: pours a dark rosewood with almost no head, just a dusting of tan froth. Very nice aroma of dusty grapes, some ripe cherries, rich red port, some lacto and a light dash of a citrus tartness. A nice dose of oak and some balsamic vinegar fill out this nose pleasing treat. The first couple seconds that the beer sits in your mouth not much happens. It seems a bit thin and dull... But then it wakes up. The soft CO2 has just enough powee to kick things into gear. First grapes and cherries burst in followed by the lacto and citrus twang. Slight tannic wood notes pop in and out. Just a touch of brown sugar floats on in above some creme di balsamic before things start to turn a little apple-like. A nice long finish with under-ripe green apples and port, drying out at the last minute. I have to say that I didn’t expect much from this beer, but I am quite pleased!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
illidurit (2243) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 25, 2008
On tap at Hamilton‘s Tavern in San Diego during the RBSG 08 pubcrawl. Dark orange bronze with a tan head. Aroma is acidic with tart cherries and a slight metallic character. Flavor is berries with an acetic sharpness. Fairly tart but a little too sweet. Poor man‘s Duchesse du Bourgogne. Still not bad.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gmonroe10 (243) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 17, 2008
Pours a deep amber. Slightly sour aroma and a twinge of sweetness. Flavor is a bit sour, with cherry overtones very prominent. Nice for one, too much after that.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
noompa (130) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 10, 2008
On tap at The Hopleaf. The Duchesse and the Rodenbach Grand Cru are better, but only just so. This brew was certainly sweeter than the Rodenbach and less sour, both of which compromised the taste mildly. Minimal tan/white head that remains forever. Smells tarter than it tastes. Very fruity flavor, with Raspberry dominating. Overripe fruit and the sourness characteristic of oak-aged brews dominate the taste. Solid Flemish sour- very tasty.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BoBoChamp (5758) - Gent, BELGIUM - OCT 30, 2008
25cl, from the brewery, easy to drink sour brew, yet complex, balanced, clear; small head, nice brew, refreshing

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nimbleprop (5794) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 17, 2008
Had an opportunity to sample this on tap at Brasserie Beck in Washington DC. Served in a wine glass, transparent, dark brown with a delicate, white head. Aroma is honey, dark fruits, bananas, sickly sweet. Flavor is tart and sweet, distinct yeastiness, dark fruits, some balsamic vinegar, a little musty. Medium finish, fruity.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - SEP 13, 2008
Draft @ Ebenezer’s. Pours a dark, clear reddish-tinged color; light tan head with fine-bubbled lacing; slightly fizzy. Very overripe fruits, touches of honey and dark cherries in the aroma; overripe and a touch flabby. Medium mouthfeel: overripe red and dark fruits, cherries, and fruit leather; light acidity and tartness; touches of balsamic notes and definitely overripe throughout. Medium finish: toastiness, overripe fruits, and light, soft yeastiness; nice and toasty.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bierkoning (11044) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - AUG 25, 2008
Bottle. Copper brown color. Caramel and apple syrup and cherry juice in the aroma and flavor. Just a touch of sourness. Sweetish and fairly thin, with a hint of iron in the aftertaste. Diluted, but still tasty Rodenbach clone.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
yespr (34863) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 7, 2008
25 cL bottle. Pours clear and golden deep amber with a lacing tan head. Aroma is citric and fruity, mild yeasty too. Flavour starts mild sweet and fruity. Light wooden note to a dry caramel malt base. Somewhat watery finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - AUG 5, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2009 On tap at Hamiltons, poured in a Chimay glass that killed the aroma. Transferred into my tulip glass and this sour came alive. Great tart cherry nose that carried into the flavor. A bit too sweet for a sour, and a bit lacking in complexity. It did have the trademark sour finish of nuttiness and wood. Thanks to Naven for this beer!


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