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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - JAN 14, 2007
Pours brown with some dark ruby hints with a one inch head that settles slowly to a rocky cap, leaving behind a nice webbing of lace. Smell; sour and fruity, with cherries and plums. Some of the oakiness is there, but not as powerful as I was expecting, and there’s a little bit of chocolate in there as well. Taste; The oak flavors come out more than the aroma led me to believe they would. There’s a nice sour fruitiness, with cherries, plums and maybe a touch of raspberries. It’s a bit drying in the finish due to the oak barrel aging. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and is pretty easy to drink, even with the dryness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chicagobears (441) - Elk Grove Village, Illinois, USA - JAN 5, 2007
Pours ruby brown. Musty aroma of oak and berries. Has a tart fruity flavor but it isn’t overwhelmingly tart like some beers of this style. I like how this beer manages to have the characteristics of a Oud Bruin without being too much. Oak characteristics shine through.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DruncanVeasey (7882) - NUNEATON, TOP, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - JAN 4, 2007
Clear ruby, thin tan head. Sourish, fruity-waxy snout. Raspberryish tartness and gentle oakiness, nicely balanced by a sweet, slightly smoky malt finish. Interesting but not quite delicious.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
shrubber85 (9454) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 31, 2006
Bottle. Vinegar and sour cherry aroma. Dark reddish brown color with moderate head. Lightly sour cherry/raisin malt flavor. Light mouthfeel. Metallic aftertaste. Okay but not great.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Skinnyviking (8073) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 30, 2006
Bottle. Offwhite small creamy and very quickly disappearing head. Very dark clear red brown body. Weak acidic caramel aroma. Lemon caramel flavor with a good deal of carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
badgerben (4681) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 21, 2006
Dark brown color with a medium head. Moderate sour aroma with a hint of cherry. Good semi-sweet malt flavor with a bit of oak. The sourness is not heavily pronounced. Just a little bitterness on the end.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
UselessGdTaste (365) - Long Beach, California, USA - DEC 21, 2006
Aroma is sour and has plenty of oak overtones. Flavor has a good amount of woodyness and the flavor is less sour than the nose would have predicted. A decent beer with unique characteristics.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
VeloVampire (625) - Parkdale, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 17, 2006
250 ml bottle - pours dark, dark brown, with a large off-white head. Aroma of sour grapes and malt vinegar and some graininess as well. Flavour less boldly sour than the nose, and more complex, too. Sour red cherries, red plums, and grapes with a quick wave of smoky malt near the back of the palate. Fading sourness at the end, and a very dry finish. I like this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
reakt (949) - Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 11, 2006
Bottle from Bier Temple, Brussels. Deep burgundy in colour with a small white island floating just at the surface. I assume this is the head. Typical nose of the Flemish sour ales - balsamic vinegar, brown sugar and granary bread. Taste of apple cider, sour cherry and caramel. Nicely subtle tartness with a finish of walnuts. A tasty holiday treat! Not the best example of this style, but not the worst.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
mjg74 (2910) - La Mesa, California, USA - DEC 11, 2006
Bottle from Whole Foods. Poours a dark maroon color. Sweet vinous tart aromas. Slightly tart flavors up front with quite a bit of roasted maltiness. Not super sour for the style. Well balanced between the roasted maltiness and the tartness.

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