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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: 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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
OldMrCrow (2118) - 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 (2549) - 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.

1.3
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
Tubbfan (147) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - APR 23, 2006
My bottle claims this is a 5.5% abv brown ale matured in oak barrels for 20 months. Well, I can tell you I produce a better brown ale in three weeks. It pours a dark, clear brown, but thin head and almost no lacing. There is no aroma or flavor to speak of. Thin body with no carbonation. What a waste of time in those oak barrels. I don’t even taste the oak!

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SSSteve (3917) - - APR 22, 2006
dark ruby with a small tan head. sour apple and some caramel in aroma. lightly sour on the tongue. a tart cherry flavor dominates with some darker malts underneath. decent

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
macbar (30) - ITALY - APR 21, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2006 Bottle. Ruby colour with beige head. Some sour bruin aroma.Some vinegar notes and cherryA touch oxidized as it warms.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
y0cola (361) - fremont, California, USA - APR 15, 2006
Blake w/ a red tint. small head putoz aroma of dark cherriez. flavor is of dark cherries. carbonation and refreshing berries. pal is carbonated & good. solid brew.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - APR 8, 2006
Poured a clear dark golden brown color. The aroma had a light tartness. Sweet malty and fruity. The flavor was kind of bland. Malty, fruity and sweet. Hardly and tartness to be found. Carbonation bite on the tongue.


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