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

bottled
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RATINGS: 1109   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.


3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
harrisoni (14214) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - APR 8, 2006
Bottle. Ruby colour with beige head. Some sour bruin aroma. Some choc. Slightly sour in mouth. Some choc/toffee/sourness. Sourish finish. Not bad. Sweetish balance to it. Velvety in mouth. Fine.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - MAR 31, 2006
Clear brownish body with a diminishing head. Aroma is only slightly vinegary with sour cherries, there’s quite a bit of a darker malt base which gave a fruity caramellic aroma. Also light oak there. Flavor was much the same, medium to light bodied, not all that sour but still pretty tasty.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Siroy (220) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 30, 2006
A fully diminishing thin fizzy off-white ring tops up a clear medium brown body. No lacing. No particles. Few small bubbles. Aroma presents malt being moderate hay while hops are very faint herbs ... Yeast character is moderate earth. Also, there are evident evocations of sourness from oak barrel. Dominant in the nose. Cherry and vanilla impressions. Initial flavor is heavily sour while development is medium .. Finish is short and astringent. medium body... oily texture... Soft carbonation...
[Bottled ; dates are unknown]

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bindpmc (88) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 24, 2006
Pours from the bottle a deep reddish brown with a beige, slightly fluffy head that sticks around for a while. Plenty of nice lacing in the glass. Slightly sour red wine aroma. Like the aroma, the sour presence in the flavor is mild and quite enjoyable, with a subtle bit of cherry in the malt. Not a complete pucker of a brew as far as the palate goes. Just a really well balanced sour brown. If you don’t typically reach for this style, you might want to rethink and give this one a try. Certainly more subdued than the deliciously evil, super-sour LaFolie Kevin from Paducah mentioned in his review.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - MAR 12, 2006
I found myself really enjoying this and pleasantly suprised. A sharp aroma, almost vinous in stature it reminded me of sour cherries somewhat. Appearance was reddish brown. Flavor was oaky, sour, cherry tart, and tannic. VERY lovely beer that I will get again and again.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - MAR 8, 2006
11.2 oz bottle via trade with Degarth! - Thanks Joe! - Pours a nice deep copper color with a bubbly tan head that fades back quickly to a film but laces some from there. Aroma is vinous with just a whiff of that oak barrel but actually somewhat subdued. Flavor is much less sour than I was expecting. Some vinegar notes and cherry, but also some vanilla, and oak there as well as a bit of raisin. Finish is where most of the sourness is, also very dry Palate seemed somewhat acidic, medium bodied, and actually somewhat watered down. Nothing overly impressive from this.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
puzzl (3254) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 5, 2006
Smells great, tastes not so great. Pours dark brown. Aroma is nice subdued sourness with oaky hints. Flavor starts out nice and sour though quickly switches to cheapish malts with a slightly oaky finish. A touch oxidized as it warms.

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kevin (2109) - New Mexico, USA - MAR 2, 2006
Pours with a red body that hits ruby when held to the light and a thin quickly leaving head. Sherry aroma with something that makes me think cork even though this was capped. Vinous flavor that is dry with a black cinnamon raisin quality. Lingering light tartness in the finish. A very light sourness to this. I’m thinking of what lafolie would be like if it wasn’t soured as much. I think this would be close to it. A nice woody profile. Damn, I wish I hadn’t traded my last la folie. I want to do a side by side. Looks like a trip to st louis is in the future then. Ap- 3 ar- 4 tas-6 pal-3 ov-14

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 1, 2006
Beer pours a clear, medium-dark, reddish-chestnut color with a small, palest rose, frothy, average, mostly and quickly diminishing head. Some lacing left on the glass. The aroma is lightly malty with a notes of toasted grain, cookie and caramel; moderately yeasty with a note of cellar; miscellaneous notes are shy; fruity, sweet and vinous. Composed of moderately strong cherry and balsamic vinegar, and a slightly overwhelming moderate-to-strong note of copper/metal. The flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic and lightly bitter with a short, lightly acidic, moderately bitter, slightly unclean finish. The body is light, the texture is watery and the carbonation is average. Falls pretty darn short overall in complexity and interest in comparison to other FSA’s.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 24, 2006
Dark-red with an off-white head. The aroma is malty with a hint of vinegar. Taste has slight sourness and bitterness: altogether quite gentle on the palate.


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