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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1239   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 18/20
Odeed (1799) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAR 8, 2005
this is yet another uncharted adventure into the "sour" world.poured a dark red/brown with a nice creamy head.as the head sat down i was met with some nice lacing.nice balanced aroma of brown sugar,malts,and the sour funk.the taste was also very balanced with a mix of fruits,spice,pepper,brown sugar,and candy.this is a very nice change from some of the "sour beers" i have had.im going to get some more of this when i can.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 21, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2005 Very different from any beer I’ve ever had. Sour brown ale. Brown bour with a light tan head that laced very well. Underwhelming aroma that’s sour and spicy. Sour flavor with a finish that left my mouth dried out. Very reminiscient of the Devil’s Horn without the raspberry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - FEB 21, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2005 Dark brown/ruby pour. Small, light tan head bubbled and hissed like a soda then settled quickly. Sour dried fruit aroma. Medium body, well balanced. Sweet and sour at the same time with subtleties of oak. Dry finish, sour aftertaste. Intriguing, must drink more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
ClarkVV (5129) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 15, 2005
Bottle, undated purchased out of a cooler from Hop and Leaf, Knoxville, TN Feb 2005. Good ruddy strawberry-amber pour, with some darker orange-caramel shades and a moderate amount of off-white head. Aroma of sweet toffee, lightly tart yeast and brett, with pleasantly balanced hints of oak and some sweet butter-cream. Flavor begins on a wonderful tart yeast note, with oak and malt well integrated. Unfortunately, the beer dies off quickly after the initial flavor, getting horribly thin, very watery and losing any tartness. Finishes with some sticky caramel mixed with water, lightly sweet oak and sugar. Arg, why does it just die off?? Watery mouthfeel, low to moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DerWeg (1576) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 9, 2005
25 cl cool, from a Petrus glass. Extremely nice and not extremely demanding flemish sour ale - one you could actually serve to the uninitiated without provoking "what is this stuff"- type pangyrics. Lighter mouthfeel and body than Rodenbach Grand Cru, hard to even compare them I feel. The only reason I used to buy those mixed gift packs too. A screaming bargain now at the LCBO in Ontario for $2 a single bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DanielBrown (4329) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 4, 2005
Bottle at the Swan and Rushes, Leicester (during RB Leicester crawl). Nice sour satchel smell. Soft, smooth, sweet, fairly full of flavour,and a nice sour mash taste. Very good actually. Dark tobacco colour, with a small fluffy head.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pintbypint (3226) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 1, 2005
250ml brown bottle. Was lucky enough to get this in a gift pack years ago in pre rating days, never thought I’d see it again. To my surprise I found it on the shelf at the LCBO. Poured ruby red, dense and creamy light tan head. Tart cherries in the aroma. Starts with a little malt sweetness and cherry notes, then a winey tart/acidic finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 31, 2005
Clear ruby with lots of bubbles with a small off-white head. Sour cherries and wood make up the aroma along with some apple notes. The taste is quite tame compared to the aroma with a dark fruit and malty character coming through. Medium bodied with lively carbonation, and a dry ending after some initial sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 28, 2005
Quite dark coloured, with a definite reddish tinge. I found this curious beer. The aroma is definitely sour and funky, putting me in mind of a lambic. But the flavour just doesn’t carry that through. It’s mildly sharp, fruity (cherries and plums) and noticeably sweet on the finish. It needs more sour and the overall effect, whilst pleasant enough, just isn’t extreme enough for what I expected for the style. Bottled at the Swan and Rushes, Leicester (RB Leicester pun crawl).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JAN 24, 2005
Bottled - Swan and Rushes - Leicester (RB Leicester Crawl). A dark red/brown coloured beer with a nice white head. The aroma is sour, fruity, fizzy, funky and fusty. The taste is both sour and dry but is quite characterless compared to some Flemish Sours. It’s just a bit too clean.

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