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

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1051   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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GregClow (2857) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 4, 2003
Pours a rich mahogany colour with a small beige head. Aroma of sour cherries with a woody tinge. Flavour is very full and tart with lots of cherry and a bit of malt. Dry, astringent finish with a hint of tannin. Quite nice, certainly better than the Speciale.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
edden (926) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 1, 2003
1/1/03: bottle. cherry aroma. Brown to copper colour. medium head when poured, which settles to a minimal line. some lacing. lots of cherry flavor, a bit sour, tinge of lemon and even a hint of tea. clean and refreshing.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
baseballguy (246) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 30, 2002
Such a tiny bottle (8.4 ounces); I would like to try this again before finalizing an opinion, but it struck me as a fine beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - DEC 28, 2002
Simplistic compared to Rodenbach GC. Reddish brown in color with a medium, tan colored head that sticks around for the most part. Aroma is sour and sticky sweet at the same time with minor wood notes. Initial taste is sour and fades into a discernable barnyard flavor that is overwhelmed by the fruity sweetness. Creamy through the middle and finish. Not bad at all, but it was not as interesting as I qould’ve liked.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
booyaatribe (453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2002
Not as good as the Rodenbach Red, but a good alternative when the US’s supply is cut off.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cartoonkhaki (1220) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 19, 2002
As soon as I brought the glass to my nose I thought cherries! Very fruity and a little frothy when it is in the mouth. Dark redish brown colour. Very smooth. Excellent brew.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Laf-o (41) - Toronto, Ontario, POLAND - DEC 7, 2002
slightly large head but definatelly not too big, fruity and sweet with equal amounts of sour, very yummy :P

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 7, 2002
deep reddish brown, beige head. woody, cherry, slightly yeasty aroma. very fruity malt with sour cherries dominating. surprisingly smooth and malty for a flanders red. quite good.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2002

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 3, 2002
Pours a dark red that borders on (gasp) brown. The aroma is vinous, sour and acidic, leaving high expectations. The flavors are much more mellow than expected. A hint of sweet cherries in the front moves into a wonderful, woody, tart/sour finish. I just wish the flavors were a bit more rounded and full. Great stuff, nonetheless.


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