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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: 1154   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
yngwie (14764) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 6, 2006
Bottled. Clear, reddish brown, with a small beige head. Slightly mild and acidic aroma, with berries and some malty sweetness. The flavor is quite mild too, with berries, sourness and green apples. Thin body and a mellow finish. A lovely, delicate beer that should be enjoyed without too many beers tasted the same night. (060704)

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
redlight (2317) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 20, 2006
Very feint aroma, some cherries. Pours reddish brown with a very thin tan head. The flavor was very mild, after just having tried the Aged Pale. Sweet, oaky, some vanilla, cherries, very feint tartness at the end.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JUN 12, 2006
Bottle code 38344. Pours a deep brown with ruby highlights and a thin light tan head. The head quickly fades to a cover with little lacing. The aroma is sour fruits, cherries, vinous, some acetic and lactic acids, oak and light toffee. The flavor pleasantly tart, some residual sweetness, caramels, cola, grapes and cherries, touch of vanilla. The mouthfeel is very light on the tongue, sparkling carbonation, with a tart slightly tannic finish. A touch too sweet, but a nice example of the Flemish Sour’s more tame brother, the Oud Bruin. Need to add: As this warmed up it became quite thin.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
eaglefan538 (2918) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 9, 2006
Well, a style that I enjoy, but a beer that is only mediocre. The pour was pretty, I love that burgundy color with a thin brownish head that fit perfectly in my Duchesse De Bourgogne glass. Nice carbonated thin streams of bubbles rising along the edges of the glass. Lacing was very nice. However, beyond appearance, this one didn’t live up to the hype and wasn’t worthy of the fine glassware. Aroma was a bit tart, of cherries, and something of an organic acid (not vinegar, though). The flavor was somewhat weak, lacking any vinegar notes, and simple: light tart cherries. About as lacking as this Penn State team right about now vs. FL State in this Orange Bowl. Mouthfeel was a little thin and watery but with some carbonation. I let it warm beyond the suggested 45-50F serving temperature, but nothing improved. Oh well.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 2, 2006
225 ml bottle from LCBO on Queens Quay in Toronto. Pours dark cherry brown and clear with a large fluffy beige head that leaves copius lacing. Aroma is primarily dry and sour with tart fruity notes, young oak just a bit of funk. Flavor is initially fruity malts and lightly sweet, then fades quickly to a lingering tart and dry finish with fresh bitter floral notes and woody tannins evident as well. Smooth, medium body with slight carbonation on the tongue.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
OldMrCrow (2081) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 1, 2006
From the bottle.

Pours deep orange-brown with a small fizzy head. Vinegar and dusty hay on the aroma; a very dry flavor, hints of oak, some apple but not strongly so, not much vinegar, hints of sour red pie cherries, with a long bitter-sourness on the finish. Ample, lively carbonation and relatively thin (but not disagreeably thin) body gives it a refreshing mouthfeel.

Overall the components add up to a very nice, very refreshing Flemish sour with no glaring flaws. Unfortunately, nothing about the beer seems to leap out with the sort of rich complexity and character that one gets in some of the other sour ales. I’m torn as to whether this is a bad thing, and will revisit in time.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
ALLOVATE (2538) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 24, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2006 Rusty but not sour, this wasn’t the gem I expected it to be, but then I didn’t know what to expect. Attractive to look at, with an inch thick creamy off-white head forming off the pour that was mostly lasting atop a deep, ruby red body that sparkled in the lights. The lace-work was magnificent. Aroma has soft notes of rancid meat, leather and fell, slowly fermenting fruit amidst a spicy Shiraz-like base. It’s more oxidised than sour in the mouth (as I noted earlier) with a good dose of blood and rust shining right through into the swallow. Light, souring, vinous malts blend nicely with the prickly carbonation to give it a slight zing and a little bounce on the palate. Finish has a feint sweetness of dark fruits before dropping off short. Flavours are well attenuated at this point making it a simple tasting, vinous beer, and its light body is almost watery in feel. Lacks the complexity of the better Flemish sours. Nice, but not exciting. (33cL, 21/09/07, Int’l Beer Shop, W. Leederville)

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 21, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2006 Clear dark cherry color with a frothy off-white head. Sour aroma with some malty hints. Sweet slightly sour flavor, light spice, and some fruity hints.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Keeper (252) - Milano, ITALY - APR 28, 2006
Dark amber color, light brown, persistence foam , Vinegar notes and cherry. Good.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
boojummy (50) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - APR 26, 2006
From a 11.2 oz bottle from the package store. Pours an extremely clear, reddish-brown with a very finely bubbled head. Sweet smelling, varguely floral. No ’beer’ aroma at all. The taste starts with an immediate cranberry tang and finishes with a subtle hop bitterness. The body is refreshingly light, while maintaining that characteristic Belgian fullness. Not a ton of depth in the flavor. Seems almost too easy to drink to be a beer. I can see gulping this down on a Friday night (if it weren’t for the cost) or just enjoying a single glassfull. I like it a lot. Man, I wish I could find *this* on tap.


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