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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1203   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - OCT 24, 2004
This bottle was dated best by 1997 ... a few years past its prime? Plenty of vinegar and sourness in the aroma. A strange leathery texture and taste. Some maltiness and hops. This stuff is just dandy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 23, 2004
nice dark brown colour somewhat metallic in taste though. I was surprised to discover it’s a flemish sour... I was certain it was trying to be a belgian strong ale. There is a definite sour taste. It’s not that great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 15, 2004
Bottle. Brown-red in appearance with frothy tan head. Nice yeasty and spicy overtones to aroma. Flavor is not quite as nice as flavor. Light sour with little of yeast and wine. Still, a pretty decent beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gunny (41) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 6, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2004 25cl bottle. Best Before 17.06.04. Garnet red with a noisy, quickly dissipating offwhite head. Nose is vinous with notable acidity. Initial flavour of dried dates gives way to some malt sweetness followed by a pleasant sourness. A gentle carbonation complements the sourness. The finish is sour with hints of sun dried raisins.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerGod (5685) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - OCT 3, 2004
Bottled. Purchased at Dickies Beer & Grillhouse. Body is a ruby colored brown. Medium tan head. Nose is tart fruit, wood, and light vinegar. Taste is lighter sour notes with mild fruit and mild brown sugar. Straonger floral notes come through with wood and a light hop bite. Light spices as well. Body is moderate carbonation and mild acidity and tartness. Finished with a light fruit tartness and wood along with medium spice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12367) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 28, 2004
(Bottle) Pours a clear deep mahogany body with some lacing. Fruity aroma dominated by cherries. Semi-sour cherry flavor. Mild acidic palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Nate (3826) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 8, 2004
Sweet and sour aroma, malty with notes of caramel, but also some soy or vinegar tang. Fruity with some spice - bitter orange peels and cloves. Dark brown-red clear with light tan foamy lacing head. Medium-thick watery body with light-medium carbonation. Tangy and light malty sweet start. Fruity but muted. Medium acidity and papery, almost stale hops. Finish is light acidic and dull. After has some hops and light bitterness. Overall, kind of weak.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - SEP 4, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2004 Bottle bought in Belgium. 250ml, served in a Petrus glass. Average easy drinking old brown, slightly sour, fairly sweet. I guess its fairly similar to others.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lachesis (757) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - AUG 24, 2004
Brown beer with nice red shine and with fluffy ivory colored head. Good complex smell with some freshness. This beer has a smooth mouthfeel with a nice touch of fine malts, touch of cinnamon, chocolat and sirop de liège = (Pearsirop). This fine beer has a good balance and a fine freshness in the end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - AUG 11, 2004
A delicious FSA - mine was pretty old and I could not dislodge the yeast no matter how hard I tried - therefore, this was a little thinner than it might be, and a tad less flavorful perhaps. Rich grape and tannins, lovely. Diminished nose or grapeskin and dark cherry.

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