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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: 1159   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.


2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Eructoblaster (3291) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 24, 2006
Bottle - 250ml. Dark brown body with low carbonation and a thin beige bubbly head. Strong malty/hoppy aroma with sour fruits, oaky and cinnamon hints. Taste is pretty much thinner than expected and lacks the complexity of the aroma. It leaves a fair but rather short sour finish. Not a great Flemish Sour Ale.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DJC (238) - USA - NOV 19, 2006
Beautiful, deep amber color, with a head that disappeared almost immediately. Slightly sour aroma; reminds me of weak apple cider. Mild malt flavor, and one can certainly tell it was aged in oak barrels. Light palate, and good carbonation. Quite refreshing.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerandBlues2 (10607) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 18, 2006
Bottle. Pours a clear tawny with a small fizzy off-white head that is mostly diminishing. Aroma is average malt (bread, caramel), average hops (herbs, grass), light yeast (earth) with cask notes. Short duration, light sweetness, moderate acidity and bitterness, minerals. Light bodied, mineral mouthfeel and lively carbonation. This was a somewhat disappointing Flemish Sour in that it was quite bland, both in flavor and aroma.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
vyvvy (4573) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - NOV 17, 2006
Pours very dark bronze with a deep garnet hue and large tan head. The aroma is fairly sour with red grapes and a touch of oak. Medium / light body with a lot of sharp carbonation that doesn’t interfer with the flavors. Taste starts sharp and sour, but offset by a solid malt. There seems to be a hint of brett spiciness. The finish is quite spicy with the sourness still intact. Very nice beer and quite easy drinking for a flemish sour. Refreshing.

1.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
Skidds (252) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 12, 2006
This is yet again another style that is just not for me. I don’t know if the bottle I bought was ancient but I found this way to dry and almost tasteless. I poured it down the drain after a couple sips. I may re-rate this in time.....probably not though.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mabel (7059) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 5, 2006
UPDATED: APR 6, 2008 [066-20061018] 250mL. Apple and grape aroma. Ruby-brown body with a long thick creamy off-white head and nice lacing. Tastes like a plate of flat fish, with earthy beet root and macintosh apples, served on a bed of watery pasta noodles. Crisp light mouthfeel, light-medium body. Can feel it coming together but not exactly as a nice flavour. (6/4/6/3/13) 3.2

[1085B-20080203] Bottle (w/ jerc). Sweet light molasses aroma surrounds itself in metallic hay. Hazy, dark brown mahogany body with a medium-lasting foamy off-white head. Fruity cheese booze flavour strangely also hints at sweet leafy plant and green twigs. Medium body. In spite of those things detected, it was quite nice. (5/3/7/3/14) 3.2

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - OCT 30, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2006 11.2 oz. bottle from Holiday Wine Cellar: Deep ruby color, held up to a flashlight, with a medium, fading off white head. Aroma is mild red wine vinegar. Flavor starts lightly sweet followed by a gentle cherry sourness, some wood and a light dry finish. Light bodied and watery with lively carbonation. Refreshing.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
oh6gdx (22073) - Vasa, FINLAND - OCT 17, 2006
Bottled. Dark red colour, huge off-white head. Aroma is spices, vinegar and sour fruits. Flavour is sour fruits with some malts and slight metal. A bit caramel. Aftertaste is sour fruits. Slightly metallic.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KAME (160) - California, USA - OCT 14, 2006
Pours a deep reddish brown with a thin white head. Lacing is minimal. Aroma of red vinegar and spicy maltiness, Flavor is malty sweet and slightly sour. Mouthfeel is fairly light and this is very easy to drink. Overall a nice brew.

1.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
SDalkoholic (2214) - Linda Vista, California, USA - OCT 10, 2006
Dark and opaque brown with fizzy head. Aroma is light and barely has any character. Flavors is extremely sweet yet holds a tart and sour flavor. I guess this coudl be good if it was freshly bottled.


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