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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1205   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 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
daniel0017 (430) - Yukon, CANADA - DEC 10, 2006
Lightly fruity and malty to the nose with clear, dark brown body and very little head (contrary to what I was expecting from a belgian). Flavor of apples, citrus, malt vinegar and hops with an exceptionally well-balanced dry finish. The palate felt a little too thin and watery however. In general this was a great beer. I would definitely buy it again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Quevillon (2728) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 8, 2006
Bouteille de 250 ml. Bourgogne foncé, moyen collet. Arome de fruit sûrette (cerise, framboise) et de vinegre balsamique. Goût sûrette faible, un peu de cerise mais rien d’autre.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thornecb (5019) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 7, 2006
Pours deep brown into a snifter. Significant molasses-colored micro head very slowly recedes leaving sheet lacing. Sour cherry and vinegar aromas. Fairly bland with flat sour flavor. I was expecting more from the aroma.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
french tickler (649) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 28, 2006
Drank in a sniffer. Sticky small brownish head with a nice dark brown poor. Aromas of green apples, pears and balsamic vinegar... You can feel the aromas of the oak aging. Flavors of raspberries, sour apples, a little bit dissapointing. Missing to the palate as well. Slight aftertaste of caramel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - NOV 26, 2006
In the bottle at the HyVee Oktoberfest beer tasting in Council Bluffs. Pours brown with a dark tan head. Strong fruity aroma of dates, raisins and plums. Begins tart, but a balanced sweetness emerges. Has a quick finish, but is a bit chalky at the end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Eructoblaster (3477) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 24, 2006
Bottle - 250ml. Dark brown body with low carbonation and a thin beige bubbly head. Strong malty/hoppy aroma with sour fruits, oaky and cinnamon hints. Taste is pretty much thinner than expected and lacks the complexity of the aroma. It leaves a fair but rather short sour finish. Not a great Flemish Sour Ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DJC (238) - USA - NOV 19, 2006
Beautiful, deep amber color, with a head that disappeared almost immediately. Slightly sour aroma; reminds me of weak apple cider. Mild malt flavor, and one can certainly tell it was aged in oak barrels. Light palate, and good carbonation. Quite refreshing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerandBlues2 (11059) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 18, 2006
Bottle. Pours a clear tawny with a small fizzy off-white head that is mostly diminishing. Aroma is average malt (bread, caramel), average hops (herbs, grass), light yeast (earth) with cask notes. Short duration, light sweetness, moderate acidity and bitterness, minerals. Light bodied, mineral mouthfeel and lively carbonation. This was a somewhat disappointing Flemish Sour in that it was quite bland, both in flavor and aroma.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
vyvvy (5014) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - NOV 17, 2006
Pours very dark bronze with a deep garnet hue and large tan head. The aroma is fairly sour with red grapes and a touch of oak. Medium / light body with a lot of sharp carbonation that doesn’t interfer with the flavors. Taste starts sharp and sour, but offset by a solid malt. There seems to be a hint of brett spiciness. The finish is quite spicy with the sourness still intact. Very nice beer and quite easy drinking for a flemish sour. Refreshing.

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