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


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RATINGS: 601   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 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!

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
FatPhil (10699) - 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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
CH-303 (1613) - Fribourg, SWITZERLAND - JUN 30, 2008
Appearance: Dark, redish brown. Very little head. Aroma: Tart fruit, bit sour. Taste: Tart fruit. Quite quenching and a bit sour. Info: 250ml bottle, 28/11-2006, 117/500

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gunnfryd (12303) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 19, 2008
Bottle @ Maria tasting. Brown colour with a beige head. Aroma is sweet, dried fruits, malt. Flavour is sweet, dried fruits, caramel, yeast. Medium body. OK beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
OFlan (14) - USA - JUN 18, 2008
Bacchus Appearance: Nice red color, extremely clear, pours a small head that recedes into a thin layer of foam on top, leaves a nice lacing. Aroma: Cherries, wood, lemony sour/tart. Very heavy and pungent, well blended Flavor: Interesting bitterness up front. Hop-like, but seems slightly different. A dry tart covers the tongue right as the bitterness begins to fade. Tiny amount of fructose like residual sweetness, but not much at all. Definitely an overall sour cherry/granny smith apple flavor profile. The flavor over is great, but subdued. Mouthfeel: Well carbed, dry, but a decent coating of the mouth Overall: Great flemish (red?) example, a little light on the flavor though. I’d like to see some more depth to the fruitiness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
yngwie (15191) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 17, 2008
Bottle, courtesy of fonefan. It pours a clear, copper body with a beige head. Grapes, some malt, general fruityness and a touch of barnyard in the aroma. Quite fruity-sour in the mouth, with grapes, some apples, sugary sweetness and faint notes of vinegar and barnyard. Medium, quite fizzy mouthfeel, and a finish with sourness and some malt. An interesting beer, drinkable and quite complex. (080412)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
heavy (2270) - Split, CROATIA - JUN 9, 2008
06/06 0.25 l bottle @ Hopdevil, Zagreb, was retired beer, now again produced with different label. Poured dark reddish brown body with small head. Sourish vinegar aroma, enriched with some cherries and wood. Nice. Flavor not any worser, full relatively complex with fruity components (plums, cherries, berries, fermented grapes), wood, but also caramel and even a bit of chocolate hidden behind it all. Nice long finish, bit mouth pickering but sweetish as well, following the flavor. This is probably the best sour ale I’ve tried. Maybe the recipe changed as well?

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Lunkie (1549) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - MAY 9, 2008
Smokey hop malt aroma. Murky brown colour with fair head and lacing. Sweet malt hop flavour with spicy flavours. Fizzy palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (7382) - Alamo, California, USA - APR 25, 2008
Draft. Mahogony beer with a light off-white head. Slight acidic, light cherry aroma. Cherry, acetic flavor with light malt and a bit of oak. Medium body. Lingering cherry and acetic sourness. Nice.

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