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Brewed by Bavik-De Brabandere
Style: Sour Red/Brown
Harelbeke, Belgium
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler

bottled
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RATINGS: 1068   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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Top-fermented dark beer brewed with the finest hops and malt varieties. Matured on oaken barrels during 20 months. Serve by preference at 8 to 12 deg. C.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
shorlin (658) - St. John’s, Newfoundland, CANADA - MAR 31, 2003
Very small fizzy head, with little lacing. Colour is a medium ro dark red. Aroma dominated by fruit: prune, date and cherry. Also some red wine in there, Kind of sourish, but not too much. Nice and easy going beer. Body is kind of light and kind of dry.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GermanBrews76 (679) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 7, 2003
WOW! thick and opaque, ruby hinted brown body. Really dark solid body with hints of ruby. Very tiny bubbles, thick creamy tan head. Yeasty, Yeasty, Yeasty. Some dried fruits and alcohol as well. Citrusy and spicy, a bit metallic, rather sour. wierd, but it is a sour ale i guess

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 5, 2003
Sour lambic aroma.Sweet, smooth,watery, sour flavor.Clean finish.Not very exciting for an oak aged Belgian ale.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Aubrey (3442) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - FEB 25, 2003
Murky brown. Sweet, fruity nose. A bit watery and thinnish on the palate, but not too bad. Smells much better than it tastes. Rather salty in the middle, and a bit in the finish too. Not a drain pour, but didn't do much for me.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Suttree (5186) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 23, 2003
The label looks like the picture, but says "Old Brown Ale Aged in Oak Casks for 2 Years". Pours reddish brown with a thin head. Tart nose, tart flavor. Nice mild sweetness, not at all overbearing. Finishes sour, but in a good way. This is a good change of pace if you have been drinking pales or IPA all night.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - FEB 21, 2003
strong sweet slight citrus aroma, deep burgundy, sweet and yeasty, sour with a semi metallic finish

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - FEB 19, 2003
8.4 oz bottle: Pours a beautiful deep red/brown color, with a large, quickly dissipating tan head. Nicely complex aroma, with plum and red grape evident, and hints of malt, alcohol, and Belgian candi sugar. Flavor is less complex than the aroma (a bit of a let down): a bit too sweet early on in the flavor, with a smooth, malty finish. Palate is a little thin, and very dry. Seemed very carbonated.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CapFlu (4548) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 15, 2003
(25cl Bottle) This was an exciting pleasure; my first Flemish Sour Ale. Pours a beautiful mahogany coloured body and thin, quick dissipating beige head. Sweet aroma of port, cherry and slight vinegar. Not overly elegant flavour but pleasant and interesting none the less. Very fizzy lime initial taste that fades into dry red wine. Deliteful first sampling of this style and I look forward to future experiences.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 9, 2003
Tap. Sweet/sour, woody tones, light cherry flavor. Surprisingly mine seemed overly fizzy/carbonated and had a fairly decent head. Still tasted fine though.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ravidesai (947) - Bombay, INDIA - FEB 7, 2003
metallic red-brown color with a thin head. nice tart souness with a balancing fruit sweetness. more body than most flemish sour ales- think of a light dubbel blended with rodenbach.


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