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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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common

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RATINGS: 1168   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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - MAR 23, 2004
Good brown color,lots of large yeast particles through out the brew.small whitish head that faded quickly leaving a slight lace behind.The aroma was fruity and sour with the fruit being cherries and a definate yeasty smell as well.Nice sour cherry taste with a slight corky taste coming on that later dissipates back to cherry and a nice finish of mildly sour cherries.Flemish Sours scare me because i never know what to expect from them but this one is quite good and pleasant.with a nice flavor that doesn't overwhelm you.Very well worth trying again in fact i think this would possibly make a nice summer brew.Thanks go to Bigbastard for sending this fine brew my way.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeMcPhee (8962) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 15, 2004
Dark brown with ruby highlights and a huge light tan head that settles to a tan lace. Aroma of sour cherries dominates. Good effervescence. The cherry flavour is much more subtle in the taste. I get a woody characteristic as well. There is also a slight metallic finish on the end of the glass. Quite refreshing.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - MAR 15, 2004
8+ oz bottle. Reddish brown, decent foamy head. Fruity, yeasty sour aroma. Flavor is, well... Sweet n' Sour. Interesting but not something I would seek out.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
frink (467) - coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 13, 2004
Nice red/brown colour with a thin light tan head that lasted the duration of the sampling. Aromas of cherries, oak, and belgian yeast. The taste is great. Sour cherries, oak almost red winelike highlights, big carbonation, nice quick finish. Very nice

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bierkoning (11041) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - MAR 12, 2004
Complex aroma of oak, porto, raisin, cherry, caramel and chewing gum. Sweeet and sour flavor with chewing gum, some oak and grapes. Well made Flemish brown.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sanchex (224) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 3, 2004
Rich frothy head, cherry aroma. Dark clay color. Sweet flavour, also sour but not tart sour. Malty, cherry flavour. Not refreshing but certainly interesting.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 29, 2004
11.2 oz capped bottle: dark maroon with purple highlights. Dense persistent light brown foam that brings a sharp bitterness to the lips as I taste. A good bit of fruit is the aroma: oaky cherries skins, tart green grapes, musty wood, almonds, and plums. Heavily carbonated which works pretty well to carry the chewy malt and lusciously tart fruits across the tongue, but the flavour and tartness quickly dwindles which was a little disappointing. Overall though I liked the full tart flavours and how they combined with the rich, earthy malt component; tasty.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
madsberg (10618) - Søborg, DENMARK - FEB 24, 2004
Bottled: Dark red coloured. Has a thin beige head. Aroma is a little bland. Some sourness and a little bit of fruitsweetness. The flavour is bland as well. A little acidic sourness but not as distinct as I prefer in this style. Is quite dry in the end, but dies quickly on the palate. A little disappointing.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - FEB 23, 2004
Not so sour Flemish sour. Good stuff, with an interesting tart finish. Great brown color.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - FEB 23, 2004
Beautiful deep amber/cherry color beer with a foamy tan head. Somewhat sour malty cherry flavor. Flavor is mild malty at first but after a while it bites with a nice and acidid underlying tone of cherries and wood. Very nice and refreshing but lacks a little more bite to the sourness. Still a very fine beer.


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