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


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RATINGS: 1121   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 29, 2003
This beer is a murky brown to amber in color. Topped by a thin wispy head. Smells tart and vinuous. The first impression is that this beer is lightly sour, not as much as I was expecting from this beer. A fairly dry beer as well. At first, when cold, there is not too much flavor. It is lightly carbonated, with notes of sour plum in it, as it warms up. It does become slightly more sour as well, and it becomes a bit fuller in the mouth. Overall a fairly simplistic version of a sour Flemish ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mads Langtved (2244) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - AUG 21, 2003
A milder version of eg. Rodenbach Grand Cru. However it is still pleasant, complex and fruity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hildigöltur (5103) - København, DENMARK - AUG 18, 2003
Dark brown colour. Very pleasant acidic aroma. The flavour is slightly acidic at first, but then turns towards fruityness and sweetness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
McWhite (108) - Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 13, 2003
Dark brown color with a slightly reddish hue. Large beige head. Smelled of fruit, much like a fruit cider. Wonderful taste that starts off with malts and ends with a well balanced sourness. Definitely cherry taste throughout. Like Hopistotle420, I could definitely drink this all day.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 11, 2003
Black cherry, woody nose. Dark ruby/ruddy brown hue. Big fluffylight tan head. Pleasantly rich malts first, a very light-footed mouthfeel, then clean acidity. Very drinkable and thirst quenching. I could drink this all day long. Sourness i definately evident and balanced very nicely

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Trappist (284) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 3, 2003
It reminded me of Goudenband flemish sour. It had a wood to mellow dry flavor about it, and was medium in carbonation. Nice brown to semi-reddish coloration. This was something I did enjoy but could not drink in large numbers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - JUL 21, 2003
Dark amber with a small disappearing off-white head. A wooden winelike aroma and taste. The taste is fine but there are no real secondary flavors in this ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBB63 (6299) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 20, 2003
Beautiful multilayered hue of brown/red/amber. Small head but thick and laces the glass very well. Acidic and earthy aroma, hints of tart fruit, horseblanket, oak, caramel, and sourdough bread. Strange taste (doesn't mean bad however), starts sour, midway becomes slighty sweet and nutty, then finished woody dry. As I drank the bottle, the taste of ruby port became more pronounced and the sour start lessened. Did I say that the finish was very dry? Creamy and soft mouthfeel. Complex yet smooth, a brown ale with some sour juice and wood chips added. I liked it, just not a much as the Aged Pale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - JUL 17, 2003
Cherries are so obvious I'm surprised they're not coming up in the google ads here. Deep reddish mahogany pour, dense persistent foam. Sweet cherry and vinuous aroma with wooden tones. Sweet cherry flavor is dominant at first then subtle. Notes of licorice and tree bark, finishes mildly hoppy. A little one dimensional but pretty tastey.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrDick (350) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 14, 2003
Since it's Bastille Day, I thought that I would drink a Belgium beer (as I fart in your general direction). Strong plum aroma which seems to accompany other ale aged in oak casks. Dark reddish-brown color with little head. On first taste, it lacks character - a bit tart but no real flavors and a bit watery. I'll let this warm up a bit and try again later. It's later. A little more taste and bitterness. Sweet apple and chocolate. This could be a very nice starter ale for somebody trying flemish sours as it doesn't overpower.

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