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


on tap

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RATINGS: 636   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3/5   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 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 (16045) - 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 (2349) - 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 (1665) - 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 (7915) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Maria (10190) - Thisted, DENMARK - APR 25, 2008
Tasting at my place. Courtesy of Fonefan. Red-golden with a nice, creamy head. The aroma is slightly sour with notes of malt and hints of berries. The flavour is slightly sour with notes of berries, malt, citrus. It’s one of the thinner sour ales, but uncomplicated, easy to drink and quite charming.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Enjoyit (3690) - Vadum, DENMARK - APR 21, 2008
Clear brown of color with a beige head. An aroma of wood, cherries, sour and sweets. A flavor with cherries, sour, wood and sweets.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jazz88 (2638) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 19, 2008
Tap @ Toronado on 4/18/08. A dark reddish brown color with a tan head. Semi-sweet and sour flavors but nicely balanced with a light ginger spice. Not nearly as robust enough to challenge the favorites of this style but easily and enjoyably drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TPaliga (212) - Munster, Indiana, USA - APR 18, 2008
05 Vintage Pour dirty brown with little head. Aroma is cherry, some funkiness, some malt sweetness. Taste is much the same. Finish is slightly tart and acidic. Decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 14, 2008
On-tap at O’Briens. $7 for a pint, definitely not worth it. Pours reddish brown with a off-white head of very fine bubbles, decent retention. Smells sour, cherries and a little funk. Tastes of anice balance of cherries and malts, not all that sour. A good bit earthy tasting as well. Medium body, subdued and smooth carbonation.

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