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


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RATINGS: 540   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
1FastSTi (3334) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 26, 2005
Best by 05/2006 25cl bottle from Secret Santa Boutip. The beer pours to a chestnut brown body with a off-white soap water head. Heavy lacing (slides down glass). The aroma is earthy red wine and dates with obvious balasamic vinegar and corn bread. Very strange but nice. The flavor is where this beer falls apart. Extremely mineral in flavor/palate. Also included are sugary sweet brown sugared cherries. I don’t think "Flemish Sour Ale" at all...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Rastacouere (6123) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 26, 2005
Clear deep bronze, slightly lacing off-white head. Corn and chlorine hinting nose gives us fears of DMS, but otherwise, it’s gently woody, slightly balsamic and leading us into a leafy mildness that is not unpleasant. Rather mineral palate, growing sweet brown sugar character, rather vegetal, leafy, nutty with faint chocolate powder undertones. Low carbonation induces a syrupy aspect that is not welcome. Rather thin body despite this. Low-scale oud bruin.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Siroy (220) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 20, 2005
[Bottle, ~15C]
Deep brown/reddish color. Aroma reminds red wine/grapes and dark fruits. Little sourness. Taste goes a little more tart/sour, but nothing very impressive. As pointed by MartinT, carbonation is a little to high compared to what I’ve come to expect from a Flemish sour. I felt notes of oxidation too that would suggest that the bottle was getting old and might explain the carbonation. Has a medium body that tends to get a little boring.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
MartinT (7760) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 12, 2005
The Lure:
Biscuity malts lie below the black grapes and red wine vinegar allusions. Caramel sweetness attempts to cover the DMS, but cannot completely.

The Festivities:
Shallow tartness for the style, and a little more effervescent than I usually like. Some cherries and berries turned into a light wine. A quaffable oud bruin, but not one to keep me busy for long.

The desk is nearly empty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
brentfeesh (1207) - Gadsden, Alabama, USA - DEC 9, 2005
Lightly hazy, brownish amber color. Sour patch kids aroma. It’s sweet but lightly sour (very candy like). A bit sharp but pleasant with a hint of balsamic. Very enjoyable. The flavor is interesting and overall easy to enjoy (unlike the more demanding La Folie). Lightly sour fruit (peach and leachy) and some semi-sweetness. If there are any “barn yard” flavors they are subdued and secondary. The body is medium and smooth with an easy carbonation (gets a bit watery in mouth feel as it warms). I’ve had a few sour ales, but the ones I’ve had up to this point have been to demanding for my palette. I really enjoyed this and thought of it as beginner sour ale. Thanks Boutip!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gorbalev (2911) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 19, 2005
Bottle, thanks for the trade Boutip. Dark brown, small bubbly tan head. Semi-sour aroma. Medium silky mouthfeel. Sour taste but not mouth puckering. There is a nice underlying sweetness here. The medium body balances the sweetness quite nicely. Very simple - not a ton of flavour. I enjoyed it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 16, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2005 Iv been getin soo into these flemish sour ales of recent times that i just feel as though every beer i taste should be like them. This is a great example and very similar to the Vichtenaar i had last week. Aroma is complex with red wine vinigar adding to pickled beetroot and some red wine too. Taste is great with not to much sweetness as a good thing. Alround such a great great beer that i could drink for days.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
TaktikMTL (5662) - Montréal-Nord, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 13, 2005
Bouteille de 250 ml obtenue via les Importations Privées Bièropholie. Arôme: Odeur de vin rouge et de dattes. Apparence: La couleur est brune moyennement opaque avec une moyenne densité de bulle. Présence d’un mince col pétillant et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût boisé et sucré. La durée de l’arrière goût est longue. Palette: Le corps est moyen et la texture minérale. L’effervescence en bouche est forte. Sensation de pétillement en arrière goût. (Rating #345)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - NOV 3, 2005
Very pretty dark, clear mahogany, no head. Aroma of red wine, light brett and fruitness. Flavor has notes of berries, sour cherries, red wine, some caramel and a little bit of dark fruit. Lightly sweet, lightly sour. Medium bodied with very lively carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dorqui (2095) - Brescia, ITALY - NOV 3, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2007 Bottled 0,25L. Compact and of medium persistence foam. Clear mahogany/red color, pinkish reflexion. Elegant and escaping. Flowery and fresh scent; notes of humid forest and small red yield, light alcoholic rumors. Acidulous taste, balanced and lightly dry on the end. Vinous and persistent end.

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