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


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RATINGS: 606   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jbrus (4991) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - JUL 30, 2007
Bottled. Artificial sugar aroma mixed with oak and iron. Brown color, small beige head, fair lace. Light sweet, light sour, hint of raisin, some iron, overall a bit neutral. Woody dry finish. Not very flavorful, I’m not impressed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 29, 2007
A Sim rate (25cl bottle from Utobeer): Divine aroma of black cherries, balsamic vinegar and the richest chocolate gateaux. Everything you would expect from a good Flemish Sour. Flavour is similar but not quite as tart as I would like. Nice cherry and sweet finish. The colour is more brown than red with a head that sticks. I love Flemish Sours so of course I liked it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
jefcon (1503) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUL 13, 2007
Draft. A nice flemish sour that’s 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
NoiZe (2323) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - JUL 1, 2007
Brown/reddish coloured brew. Fruity and vinegar-like aroma, but not unpleasant. Medium sour and fruity taste. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Bart (2938) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
reakt (949) - 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. It’s sugary and smells a bit like grape kool aid. Taste a little like it too. Slightly sour tastes of grapes and balsamic. Eh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Jerre (2969) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2007
Pours brown with red highlights and a modest ecru head. It’s 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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (12268) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hoser (370) - 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 ain’t the Duchesse. Page 34 Michael Jackson’s Great Beer Guide and only 199 out of his 500 Classic Brews to go.

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