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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1259   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
Dark ruby red – red as wine. The style is also called the Burgundy of Flanders, and is a very typical and common beer in West Flanders
Created by a secret blend of the aged and sour ‘mother beer’ with fresh brewed sweeter beer, this beer produces a sour-sweet balance, set off by the underlying bitterness of the hops. A discovery! The best in its style! Light in alcohol, exciting complex flavors and tastes come to the forefront.
Although serving cold is recommended, taking time to drink it will release more aromas towards the end of your glass.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 22, 2005
A Mes rate: Sampled at Quinns in Camden and I am pretty sure this is way over chilled. Decent but standard "old brown" aroma. Flavour has a disturbing hint of beer puke. Not regular puke but come on we all know what beer puke tastes like. Slight woody notes too but no real evidence of the gentle tartness you would find in other flemish sours. Creamy then a touch of bitterness. The tarty zing I was expecting just about comes through for the very brief finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CampbellWilson (533) - SCOTLAND - OCT 15, 2005
Bottle from Beers of Europe. Hazy reddish brown with persistant beige head. Aroma of oak, cherry, balsamic vinegar, yeast. Medium mouthfeel with sweetish finish. Not bad at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 13, 2005
Darkness in the glass, a deep brown, thoroughly opaque, 1/2" of creamy foam above. Aroma: Smooth, spicy, yet complex in the fruit, dark, nearly sour, twisted. Taste: rich and well-rounded, the brown ale mixed with dark fruit, tasty...oaky...big carbonation, big zest, big fruit, very tasty...did I say that already? Medium bodied, fullness in the mouth, the brown ale and the cherry, playing happily amidst the oak and the crisp, brisk snap. Very nice. Enjoy, please.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - OCT 10, 2005
Pours dark brown, reddish color when held to the light. Tan head fades very quickly to just film. Aroma is sour cherry, but rather weak. Flavor much the same, very dry finish. Very carbonated. Just doen’t cut it for a flemish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
emptytankard (36) - Illinois, USA - SEP 30, 2005
Wonderful tart aroma very reminiscent of a gueuze. Pours deep amber with a nice fluffy pale head. Flavor is mellow, actually a bit mild for a Flemish sour. A pleasant introduction to the style, but too thin overall. Finish is a bit dry and could have used a bit more tart fruitiness. Still not a bad brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - SEP 22, 2005
Pours a clear ruby with purplish tints. Head is full, fluffy and of reddish-brown tinted bubbles. Smell is all flemish sour, after I believed this one to be a brown. Sweet and acidic, it makes the nose pucker. Taste is strong balsamic vingegar, concord grapes, on top of a healthy amout of caramel. Nice flavor base. Subtle oak rounds out the palate, keeping the aftertaste mellow like an afternoon smoke instead of tannic, like some sours tend to be. For me this is enjoyable, but it is somewhat of a tweener, as the palate has some belgian dubbel ale qualities to it that aren’t apart to sours. Damn good beer, though...and interesting!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bart (2938) - Brussels, BELGIUM - SEP 22, 2005
Dark brown colour, average brown head. Full, sweet aroma. Taste is fresh, with a pleasant smooth palate. just enough sourness, for an old brown. lovely beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 20, 2005
Drank from a bottle I stole between dave & blake. I couldn’t smell much from it, a tiny hoppy piece but not much else, camp fire dominated my nose. Palate was nice and well coated. Felt acidic but not carbonated. Cask aged brown ale... ok.. doesn’t taste much like a cask beer or a brown ale. Had a light tart/sour piece, some oaky notes and hints of a light malt w/ honey. Overall it was pretty good but I thought it would have been bigger.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 18, 2005
Bottle. Very little carbonation. Clear brown-red body. Smoky, light aroma. The lack of carbonation makes it difficult to smell. Fruity, honey-malt flavor with floral and sweet woody notes. The flavor is nice but not terribly big, it’s like a session wood-aged beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MoritzF (9369) - Ottobrunn, GERMANY - SEP 18, 2005
(bottle) Dark reddish brown colour with a moderate foamy tanned head. Sour and woody malty aroma. Very mild and smooth mouthfeel; light to medium bodied, which is a bit disappointing, but anyway well-balanced. Soft sweet cherry-fruity and malty start with a vinous, slightly bitter and dry finish. Aromatic and flavourful brew.

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