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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1204   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Aquilo (596) - Berkeley, California, USA - FEB 8, 2007
This one certainly looks good - dark red-brown with a lovely foamy head. I couldn’t make out much of a scent. Flavor was much like fizzy water. Palate is like a diet sprite. An overall disappointment.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
alexanderj (3433) - Branson, Missouri, USA - FEB 7, 2007
Pours a dark brown, with hints of ruby. Sour aroma with cherry and oak. Palate was thin; not very sour, with some definate oak from middle to end. Not very good for style, and I don’t like the style so much.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - FEB 7, 2007
Oak and cherry in the aroma.Pours mahogany with a light off white head.Very light cherry with some oak in the flavor.Thin mouthfeel with an oak finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - FEB 6, 2007
Nice sugary sweet aroma with a hint of sour. Dark brown and red in apperance. Extremely thin palate. Watery flavor, light oak and just a touch of sour--way too weak.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mgermani (1002) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 2, 2007
Pours a dark reddish-brown with a head that lasts all of three seconds, and only the faintest sour aroma. Weak malting but still weaker souring in the taste. Now I see why Rodenbach is so popular - if it’s going to be sour, at least let it be aggressively so. After what little sourness there is wears off, sweetness kicks in until the beer is swallowed, leaving virtually no aftertaste - just the faintest trace of artificial grape flavouring. Very mild, nice body and more than sufficient carbonation. This is a disappointment - certainly not unpleasant, but completely un-notable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - JAN 24, 2007
(draft at Birreria Pizzatria in Georgetown) Dark brown with hints of red. Scant off-white head but very nice lace. Tart aroma. Starts of sour, then slightly sweet malt and dark fruits.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 22, 2007
Bottle. Brown-red appearance. More sweet than sour. BUt does have a slight woody, bretty sourness towards the finish. Some sweet caramelly notes, and as i said a woody sourness to finish. Quite light/soft.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sombeast (151) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 21, 2007
Labelled "Petrus Old Brown Ale aged in oak casks for 2 years". Bottle code 38085. 11.2 fl. oz. bottle served in a snifter. Aroma tart, acetic, slight dark fruity character Pours a crystal-clear reddish brown with an average, creamy head. Mouthfeel lively from the carbonation, with a little sting from the light acidity, thin bodied. Flavor is quite dry, slighty acetic, with a fast mldly woody finish. Conclusion: Sour character less than expected, milder and more balanced that similar beers in this style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - JAN 21, 2007
Bottle, purchased at Holiday Wine Cellar: Finally, a sour beer I like. This had a faint sour aroma, but the all of the flavors were mild, and meshed with one another. Sourness is present, but subtle and balanced. Pretty good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
jonno (2345) - JAPAN - JAN 19, 2007
Certainly looks good...with a nice yeasty aroma, but disappoints in the taste. A slight sourish taste, accompanied by a watery finish.

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