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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: 1062   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32   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 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 (4521) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 31, 2003
Dark clear copper color with a light tan smallish head. Light yeast and white wine aroma. Touch of sourness strikes first followed by malt/fruit sweetness. Light and bubbly on the tongue. Finishes with a fruity sourness that makes this refreshing and enjoyable. A beginners beer for sourness.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - JAN 29, 2003
Hazy brown color, half-inch head that didn't lace the glass. Not much aroma, a little yeast and fruit (I think it was served too cold). Initial sour, malt flavor with some blackberriy hints. As the beer warmed, chocolate and dried cherry flavors emerged. Medium body with a sour, dry finish. This was my first sour ale and I thought it was quite good.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerstop (173) - Roanoke, Virginia, USA - JAN 29, 2003
Not in the class of Rodenbach, but an excellent sour ale. Nice sour, yeasty aroma. Pours a nice brownish-red with minimum head. Nice Brussels lace after drinking. Delicious flavors..sour, sweet, tart, crisp. Beer became a bit thin on the palate towards the end as beer warmed. Very drinkable.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
boto (1853) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - JAN 27, 2003
Draught version. A dark brown color, with little head. A bit of a floral nose. Didn't quite get the cherries that others did. A bit of a sweet taste to it. Pretty darn good.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jazz88 (2556) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 16, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2006 Rating #1 01/16/03 Bottle (8 3 6 4 16). A brown mahogany color with a tan head. A sour fruit (cherry) aroma with a dry, acidic, vinous, wood, tart, and cherry flavor. Rating #2 12/12/06 Bottle (7 3 6 3 14). A reddish brown color with a nice foamy light brown head. A musty, wood, cherry and apple aroma. Smooth and not as tart as many in this style but it has a nice festive fruit and cider-like flavor.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
MartinT (7811) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 11, 2003
UPDATED: APR 10, 2004 Bland red cherry wine stuck in a miry caramel syrup...Sweet candy canes falling away into oblivion...Pleasure does not linger and tartness is a no show...A lower than average Flemish Sour...


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