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


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RATINGS: 602   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 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 (2895) - 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 (12150) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
ogivlado (6301) - Zagreb, CROATIA - NOV 29, 2006
Bottled(250ml). –Shared with Doggythedog at the Hopdevil in Zagreb
Reddish/brown coloured, almost no head, sour fruity nose. Weak and sour brew. Faint cherry and sugary with mild oak notes, strong acidity and touch of caramel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Marko (4263) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - NOV 27, 2006
Bottle shared with ozujsko at the Hopdevil in Zagreb
Poured a darker reddishbrown colour, with a small with nearly no head. The nose was quite vinuous, with hints of malt, yeast and berries and two other things I can’t decipher from my notes... a typical FSA nose. The taste is.. umm.... missing ? Very faint berries and noticable acidity that owns the finish.... if I can use the word finish, because there wasn’t much of a start anyway. F.S.A. Lite. I really want to like van Honsebrouck but I was disappointed so far.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
saxo (14705) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 1, 2006
Bottle. Nice head with good duration. Color is amber. Aroma is fruit and malts. Taste is fruit and malt as well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
sayravai (4691) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 30, 2006
(Bottled) Clear ruby red color with a small, tanned head and some lace. Slightly tart, but mostly sweet, lactic-acidic aroma with cherries and sugar. Slightly sweet-sugary, mildly tart cherry flavor with hardly any finish. Smooth, but light-bodied palate with medium carbonation. A quite one-dimensional and uninteresting Flemish sour. Nothing especially irritating in it, though.

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