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

bottled
common

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RATINGS: 1161   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 28, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2006 Rerate: 8.4 oz bottle. Pours with a copious, fluffy head; quite lively in carbonation; dark reddish brown color; lovely, yeasty, brandy-like aroma with definite hints of oak; sourish, acidic, maybe some cherry, grape, (iced-tea?) flavors; medium body; pretty malty and dull;

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beermaniac (86) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2004
Aroma: Winey aroma, some alcohol. Some sherryish notes, and some oak aroma also in there. No hop aroma-fine for style. Appearance: Quickly disappearing head with large bubbles. Clarity ok. Murky reddish color. Flavor: Winey, vinous flavor with some metallic notes. No hop, which is fine for style. Flavor tastes cherryish, probably from the oak or extreme carmelization. The caramelish flavor is very pleasing. Mouthfeel: Very, very slight sourness, accompanied by some alcohol warmth. Overall: Nice beer, not sour or acidic to the point of hard-to-drink, would have had another bottle if I had one.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 24, 2004
Bottle pours a deep cherry red with a small off white head and some lace. The aroma is dry and woody like a dry red wine. The flavor is sweet, with sour overtones. The palate is fairly rich with some cleansing. Overall, not bad.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cashazza (217) - Morganville, Maryland, USA - APR 20, 2004
Enjoyable brew...on tap at Taco Mac with Wunderbier and Shag...aroma and flavor of sour cherries and vanilla.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 18, 2004
Deep brown-amber body with an average sized, off-white, creamy head that is slowly diminishing. Aroma is dominated by sour cherries with hints of oak, nutmeg and vanilla. Moderately sweet, moderately acidic flavor becomes a lightly bitter, lightly acidic, moderately sour finsh. Medium-heavy body, oily texture, fizzy carbonation. The bottom line is: sour, rich, smooth...that's good in my book.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Skip (206) - Indiana, USA - APR 16, 2004
Subtle aroma of toast and apples. The taste is carmelly and woody with a wine-like fruit aftertaste. very pleasant.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Malakin (469) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 13, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2006 Malty fruity complex flavour that’s lightly sour. Great beer, the only problem was I only had a 250ml bottle... Rerate: 2006-02-09 Not nearly as good this time, lighter body and hardly sour at all 13/20.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IslandHaole (1091) - Yokosuka-Shi, Kanagawa-Ken, JAPAN - APR 11, 2004
Brown with magenta hues. A medium fine bubbled tan head. The sweet rich fruit scent of prunes and the tartness of Green apples. A zesty tart flavor of sour cherries. The oak casking also imparts flavors. Quite tasty, this beer has helped me appreciate Sour Ales.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
maupie (927) - Roosendaal, NETHERLANDS - APR 10, 2004
This beer has a red/brown body - hue apperance and a fine light white scum collar. I have drunk the beer from the bottle and it had a low carbonic acid. The initial flavor taste is acid.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Crockett (1029) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - APR 7, 2004
Dark red/brown. Aroma of ripe fruit. Very tiny head. Flavour of prunes and vinegar (if you like that sort of thing). Sits nicely with a light malt, hopped, and peppery background. Very refreshing. Clean and nice, but somewhat unbalanced.


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