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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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common

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RATINGS: 1062   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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Top-fermented dark beer brewed with the finest hops and malt varieties. Matured on oaken barrels during 20 months. Serve by preference at 8 to 12 deg. C.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 31, 2005
Clear ruby with lots of bubbles with a small off-white head. Sour cherries and wood make up the aroma along with some apple notes. The taste is quite tame compared to the aroma with a dark fruit and malty character coming through. Medium bodied with lively carbonation, and a dry ending after some initial sweetness.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chriso (7365) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 28, 2005
Quite dark coloured, with a definite reddish tinge. I found this curious beer. The aroma is definitely sour and funky, putting me in mind of a lambic. But the flavour just doesnít carry that through. Itís mildly sharp, fruity (cherries and plums) and noticeably sweet on the finish. It needs more sour and the overall effect, whilst pleasant enough, just isnít extreme enough for what I expected for the style. Bottled at the Swan and Rushes, Leicester (RB Leicester pun crawl).

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
maeib (8718) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JAN 24, 2005
Bottled - Swan and Rushes - Leicester (RB Leicester Crawl). A dark red/brown coloured beer with a nice white head. The aroma is sour, fruity, fizzy, funky and fusty. The taste is both sour and dry but is quite characterless compared to some Flemish Sours. Itís just a bit too clean.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 18, 2005
Fair balsamic character to the aroma with some woody cherry fruitiness. Clear mahogany brown, with two inch tan head that lasts nicely and coats the glass with lacing. Mild balsamic and woody notes dominate the flavour with a sweet, honeylike aftertaste. Flavour profile is nice though somewhat mild and shortlived. Medium body has gentle carbonation and a lightly effervescent mouthfeel. Bottle. Thanks, JoeMcPhee!

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bombshelter (349) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 17, 2005
aroma has strong sour character and some background sweet/floral action. pours a deep brown with tan head...good lacing. Flavor is not as sour as aroma would indicate: instead, malty, with a little nuttiness, and very smooth. excellent flemish brown.

2.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beanmedic (347) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 9, 2005
Smells like dogfood. tastes decent. cloying finish (oddly). Not bad overall. brown colour.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gorbalev (2924) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 7, 2005
Bottle. Looks dark brown, but held to the light, more of a ruby red. Small white head - long lasting. Cherries and some spiciness in aroma. Mouthfeel was thin and fizzy. Big strong sour cherry taste immediately, followed by slight bitterness. This also tastes like a strong beer, I had to check the alcohol to be sure. I thought it was a little thin tasting overall - not quite enough body to back the strong flavours up. There was also a slight bottle like quality to the whole package, like a slight bottle taste or something, even though the bottle appeared to be fresh and new. Overall, I found this far more drinkable that the Rodenbach Grand Cru I recently sampled, but it still isnít one Iíd reach for consistently.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 3, 2005
Pours a dark brown body, with a light brown frothy head. Lots of carbonatiopn here. Thatís two beers from Petrus that are carbonation crazy. Aroma is sour grapes, a mild sweet hop aroma, and a musty woodiness. Taste is immediate sour/tart grapes, wood, and malt. Crisp and clean, leaving a sour and bitteraftertaste. Lots of carbonation felt on the way down as well. Nice!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
steve23mj (273) - Essexville, Michigan, USA - DEC 25, 2004
97 version. Pours dark red with little to no head. Nose is figgy and vinous. Flavor is sour and noticable presence of Belgian candi sugar. Mild sense of cherry flavor. Tart dry finish.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
asheft (2509) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 24, 2004
Clear dark ruby-brown with a lasting blanket of a head. Fruity-sour aroma with a crisp vinegary aroma containing wood and a little horseblanket. Interestingly, the flavour does not reflect the vinegary aroma but has a refreshing cherry tartness and a very short-lived bitterness. Light to medium body with burting carbonation. Extremely clean and refreshing.


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