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

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RATINGS: 1056   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.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
KŚstŚ (1273) - Mol, BELGIUM - AUG 20, 2002
Dark coca cola coloured beer. A bit sour malty taste. A bit flat.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
joet (2154) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - AUG 14, 2002
Iíd forgotten about this one completely until I found the tasting note a few minutes ago (see 40ozís rating below). My notes say "sour, yeasty, dry w/ brown ale feel nuttiness"

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - AUG 14, 2002
Dark red-brown color.Short lived big bubbled head.Aroma is simple.Tarty,yeasty,slightly oaky.Taste also seems somewhat simple.Light fruit acidity pretty much controls the whole mouth feel.Palate is lacking also.Finish is best part of this beer IMO.Spicy,stale-hop,oakiness lingers for minutes after sips.Drinkable but not praisible.Iím ready for Rodenbach!!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - AUG 13, 2002
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2003 first impression - Cherry Coke. second impression - add the bing cherries from Cherry Garcia to the Cherry Coke. Final judgement - Dark ruby, thin malts, sour cherry taste dominates, dry hop ending. Actually, I kind of liked it after the shock wore off - I was expecting an "oaky" barrel taste (I know I've had that taste before....). So, when that fruity flavor hit it confused me a bit - had to try more. This is good, but needs a bigger malt to fight the cherry pits.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
40oz (181) - Newport Beach, California, USA - AUG 12, 2002
User_Ex ordered me a bottle of this stuff while at the bar at BJís in Irvine waiting for our table; my taste buds were just beginning to recover after the 2 hour car ride back from Stoneís VI anniversary festival. Fruity, musty aroma with a hint of bubblegum. Earthy, spicy, lactic (balances hint of fruit sweetness well), almost saison-like, taste. This stuff evokes images of Belgain barnyards. Delicious.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
oneartisan (2) - USA - JUL 24, 2002 does not count

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - JUL 20, 2002
Argo explained it the best.Definate sour cherry nose.Lively palate with a little sweet and sour thing going on in the taste.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
argo0 (11440) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 11, 2002
I donít think Iíve had a íFlanders Red Aleí before, but if this beer is representative, I canít say I like the style. Brown beer with a hint of redness and minimal head. Sour cherry aroma and flavor. Dry acidic finish. Overall, seems fairly one-dimensional and lacking in complexity.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
OlJuntan64 (1265) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUL 4, 2002
I canít see whatís to get worked up about on this one. I like a Flanders red ale that make you pull that super sour face and make your head snap back a little. This one Iím afraid was rather wussy and had nothing strong about it. Faint hazy red brown with small tan head. Light cider/vinegar and some caramel malt aromas. A light body and very little to activate the taste buds apart from some very faint wood and faint yeast. Soft sour, slightly yeasty start, sweeter middle and weak dry finish.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MOboy (505) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - MAY 4, 2002
Very nice indeed. Very sour but sweet at the same time. Nice brown head. One can definately tell it was in oak barrels. Very tart. This is an excellent beer to cook game birds in.


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