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

bottled
common

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available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 598   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
   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 (5568) - 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 (10920) - 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 (34433) - 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 (1640) - 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!

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 22, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2010 Clear & shiny auburn color, fluffy off-white head. Metallic sour nose with a hint of cherry. The flavors were novel and of cherry cream soda. The mouthfeel was weak and the flavors were thin...but at least it was clean enough not to taste grainy. However, cleanness wasn’t exactly its strong point eiher as there were tin & iron notes as well as a finish along the lines of aspartame.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
FatPhil (10324) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUL 21, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 19, 2010 250ml bottle. (Traveller’s, Tallinn)
Deep red, a bit fizzy. Sweet baked beans aroma. Slightly watery palate, sweet and again a bit fizzy. Mellow sourness, and some hint of baked beans in the taste. Aroma also has some gentle fruit hints. Leaves a gentle malt finish, and a bit of sourness. Altogether very tasty, but lacking either a punch or a bite. (6:4:7:3:12=3.2)
Rerate, new look bottle (Drink, Tallinn)
6 Sharp but soft appley aroma
4 rick brown, fizzy head
6 dry, slightly sour, and quite woody, dryness is the dominant feature.
3 initially a bit fizzy - force carbonated, bit after a bit of swirling that flattens, and the dryness really comes to the fore.
11 a refreshing counter to seared salty meat, but the dryness makes this one you can’t drink too much of.


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