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

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1243   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
LinusStick (3156) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 12, 2007
Pour was a dark brown with a big bubble tan head. Aroma of vinegar and malt. Taste was malt and water with a vinegar aftertaste. Very thin mouthfeel...not watery but close. Not much going on in this one and very weak for the style.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 12, 2007
Bottle. Not bad, mild tingle on the tongue with a nice smooth palate and a sweet/dry finish....overall, a little too thin but still quite an enjoyable beer.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RoyceH (1198) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - MAY 6, 2007
Bottle, Aikman’s, St Andrews. Dark clear ruby, thin off-tan head. Nose is fruity, alcohol, winter fruit, some hops. Mouth is overcarbonated, very cherry, sour, lambic style. Some malty sweetness. Good, a little tart. Quite crisp and succinct on palate

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - MAY 5, 2007
Bottle. Pours a clear dark brwon with ruby highlights and a large long lasting light tan head that leaves good lacing. Very soft aroma of oak, dark fruit, cherries, and slightly acidic. Taste is the same as aroma. Medium thin mouthfeel with a faint tartness. A good beer but it lacks most of the character of a Oud Bruin.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 5, 2007
Bottle: Dark brown with deep amber hues, large frothy light beige head, spotty lacing.   Nose of soft oak, slight vinegar, soft fruitiness.   Seems like Duchess light.   Soft tart start, malty, fairly sweet but not as sweet as Duchess.   Has a fruity aspect, moreso pale fruit skin with a unripened cherry flair.   Somewhat spritzy on the tongue, body is moderate.   This comes off as a lighter more unsweetened version of Duchess, along with less vinegar.   Not very dry at all, nor all that tart.   Actually, this one is rather boring.   Perhaps a good gateway for those who have never tried the style, but overall just a bit too weak.


3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lubiere (12360) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 30, 2007
A dark clear mahogany brown with a thick receeding moka head. A nice aroma of ground cherries, light caramel, and light lactic notes. In mouth, a rather light oud bruin, with light sourish notes, some lemon juice, cherries, very short in mout. 250 mL bottle from a gift pack LCBO 2005, BB 16-06-06.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Padron4KM (782) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - APR 30, 2007
330 ml brown bottle. Date code stamped on back label>

Toffee brown with a creamy beige head. nice lace pattern left on the glass>

Aroma is lightly malty, lightly acidic.

Flavor is tart cherries backed by a dose of cider vinegar. Touch of pepper and oak on the finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerDaveC007 (14) - Stockton, California, USA - APR 29, 2007
This beer had a nice caramel color. It started with a slight tart taste of mild cherries with a slight oak flavor. Almost a flemish light taste to it.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
diabel (1675) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - APR 29, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2008 Bottle Deep brown (caramel coloured), muddy body with a creamy, lightly brown head. Woody, fruity aroma with some port and smoke. Not that complex. Lightly bitter, lightly sour initial flavour. Lightly bitter finish (bit dry). Quite plain flavour, not very complex. Lightly carbonated. Lightly bodied.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
nearbeer (4671) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 14, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2008 330 ml in Mason quart. Dark brown with red highlights. Tan, medium-sized head that stays with you. Aroma is tart fruit and some slight vinegar. Taste is sour cherry, not as mouth-puckering as some FSAs, and dry. Just a touch of vinegar, the less the better for me. Palate is light, tingly and refreshing.


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