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


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RATINGS: 1062   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 8, 2002
A nice strong head accompanies this ale as it is poured. It takes a long time to settle, too. A nice even brown color. A light touch of malt with a bit of a tart attitude assails the nostrils. The tartness is proved by the light sourness on the palate. A really nice easy drinking refresher of an aged ale.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - FEB 3, 2002
This is great stuff. If you are a fan of reddish, sour ales with a nice madeira like quality, then this is your beer. If you can’t get Rodenbach, this will wet your whistle. I wish it came in bigger bottles.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jake Barnes (456) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 12, 2001
Dark, dark, dark. Big head. Very sour and acidic. But i love the style. The sour acidity just works for me.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 8, 2001
Dark red color, foamy head. Tart fruity aroma. Light tangy, acidic tastes. Spritzy. Quite a short, dry palate. I thought this beer was good, but timid.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tjbjcpmaster99 (5) - Illinois, USA - DEC 4, 2001 does not count
Different from a Flanders Red ... Oud Bruin or ’Old Brown’ is really not the same. Medium sourness and tannic oakiness blend nicely with the dark malt complexity for a very pleasant beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (12612) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 25, 2001
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2003 An interesting example of the style. Has a rich maltiness that is undercut by a fairly sharp acidity, but by no means overwhelming acidity. Fruitiness is more prevalent here than in Rodenbach. Deep mahogany colour, a lot of cherry in the aroma. Wonderfully refreshing, though, which is key to this style.

2 years old:
Amber-burgundy colour is lovely. Fruity, woody aroma with grapes. Very wine-like. Effervescent body. The malts have fermented out a bit, but really this hasn't changed all that much. Sweet caramel, woody, plummy, cherryish notes abound, but little else. Just enough acidity to be quenching. Not bad, but doesn't appear to benefit from aging. Vintage rating: 3.2

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TAR (2497) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - NOV 9, 2001
At least they tried. I usually love their beers, but this one is lacking in complexity. Dry and woody with some fruit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
heykevin (1276) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - NOV 7, 2001
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2003 Light sourish aroma, hint of ketchup, not unappealing, though. Soft mouthfeel, low carbonation. Only lightly sour, some definite oxidation notes (touch of wet paper bag). Sweet cherryish finish. But altogether enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bov (9509) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - SEP 13, 2001
UPDATED: JUN 12, 2006 hazy dark reddish-brown colour under a fine little foam; gentle fruity nose with notes of vinegar; rather thin-bodied and quite sharp acidity; the finish is moderately dry, showing more acidity and some notes of apple - lacking of malt backbone to be really good

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - SEP 12, 2001
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2007 Bottle@Home. Lactic, winish, chocolate aroma. Brown color, beige fine h, good lace. Light sweet, lactic, prune, light sour, hint of oak. Soft and full. Very nice example of a Sour Ale although it’s not very sour, aggresive or complex. It’s just a wonderful beer.

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