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

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RATINGS: 658   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3/5   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


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4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bamaboy1975 (242) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - FEB 5, 2014
Castle Brewery Van Honsebrouck's Bacchus: Flemish red, a finger of lopsided (?) head, fades quickly; mid-dark reddish brown; Smell: pretty good amount of tartaric, raisin; Taste/Mouthfeel: nicely active carbonation, moderate tartaric, black cherry, kinda dry; good; 4.5% ABV. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Maersk (95) - MOLDOVA - MAY 21, 2016
Dark brown, no head. Very distant cherry juice aroma. Sour berry taste, full of caramelized sugar in medium body. No bitterness, slight sour finish. Good balance. 

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DeanF (2223) - Alberta, CANADA - MAY 20, 2016
Poured warm it has heavy head but goes away fast, heavily carbonated, good dark brown body. Lots of caramel on the nose, cola, painted furniture. Good graham cracker flavour and sour molasses, funky in the slightest but not nearly enough for a decent sour red. Bit of hazelnut finish. Maybe a good entry point for this kind of beer, and sessionable.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
onceblind (6673) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 14, 2016
Aged for either 5 years or 10 years...the bottle label is unclear about the date but it’s certainly old-ish. Hazy deep amberish brown under a fast-evaporating head. Weird nose with some earthy stone fruit tones and something akin to greasy fried seafood. Medium body with some sour funk and a light woody tone, with a nice sour cherry tone on the finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leini (1678) - SWEDEN - MAY 7, 2016
375ml bottle. Muddy brown slightly red body with a brief medium head. Tart, plums, wineous notes, wood, red berries and green apples. Pretty mild compared to some other versions but quite tasty.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SeniorZozo (897) - Budapest, HUNGARY - APR 17, 2016
Bottle. Aroma is sweet malts, soured grapes, very light candy sugar, and light funk. Taste is very much the same with some tang and sour notes on the tip. Not too complex however.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
chrisv10 (14262) - DENMARK - APR 10, 2016
Bottle, 4.5%. Dark brown with medium beige head. Aroma is malt, fruit, dark fruit, sour fruit, wood bread and oak. Flavour is malt, caramel, little sour fruit, oak, thin, bread, medium sweet, very little sour, dough and a little bitter.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RobBestwick (785) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - APR 8, 2016
Bottle. Sour cherry aroma. Pours reddish/brown with a light brown head. Sour tonic water flavour with notes of lemon and raspberries. Wine like texture with a mild sour finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hamirubi (517) - Waarschoot, BELGIUM - MAR 20, 2016
37.5cl bottle at home (19 III 2016), shared with friends. Thank you, Bert, for this bottle to share. I guess this is an archetype of a sour brown. The looks are very typically reddish brown, lots of gloom, with a beige foam on top (lots of collar, even). Aromas of wood and oak are omnipresent. The nose has flavours of a sourish red wine and some features of citrus fruits. This is very promising. The taste is beautifully sour, as a lemon flavoured soda water. The body makes me think of a quenching red wine. With some port dryness and raspberries features too. The sourness is quite sharp, lime and lemon alike. The ending is short, hinting at another old brown sip. One of Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck finest brews!

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
UXO (1295) - CANADA - MAR 18, 2016
Appearance: clear brown with amber-brown highlights, a short light beige head diminishing rapidly to a thin cap, patchy lacing. (3/5) Aroma: woody, red wine, vinegar, cherries and other dark fruit, caramel. (8/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate tart, low bitter. (7/10) Palate: medium body tending to watery, lively carbonation, off-dry tart finish. (3/5) Smells a bit better than it tastes. Disappoints just slightly on the tongue, and the body turns watery fairly rapidly despite the lively-ish carbonation. Not unpleasant, by any means, but there are certainly better examples of the style out there. (14/20)

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MatusBeer (279) - Košice, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAR 18, 2016
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2016 375 ml bottle. Hazy dark brown colour with unstable head off Aroma of yeasts,caramel. Taste of yeasts,light citrus notes,brown caramel. Sourish end.


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