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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: 1063   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.


3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
asheft (2523) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 5, 2004
Pours a clear ruby color with a thick off-white head. Woody aroma of cherries, very interesting. The flavor is sour and woody with cherries. Full body, lively carbonation. While not an great flemish sour, the oak barrel aging gives the beer a pleasant woody character wich boosts the enjoyment of the beer.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
biermonk (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 5, 2004
POured a dark ruby red with a decent sized off white head that lasted for most of the glass...Although the head retention is partly due to the etching on the bottom my tulip...Nevertheless the beer continuously emitted a distinct odor of cherries...Flavor was of Sour cherries but not overly sour quite pleasant in fact...Very sweet malt comes through leading into a slightly acidic finish...Body was a bit thin for my taste...I was suprised at how little of the oaking came through after 20 months...All in all a very decent beer

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
caledonian (367) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 3, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2007 Dark ruby with thick frothy beige head, decent lacing. Sweet malt aroma. Candy-type sourness. Relatively light finish.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beer Snob (501) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 26, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2005 Looks like coke - maybe my bottles were a bit flat. Malty, sour and (here’s a word I’ve never used to describe a beer before) "tangy". Quite nice, but a bit thin for my taste.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kinz (3299) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - NOV 25, 2004
Been a while since I had this. Deep reddish brown, OK head. Very nice aroma of sour cherries and tamarind. Flavor has a woody note that is quickly drowned by a cherry flavor, fading into a malty finish that is just a bit too light on the palate. This isn’t a bad beer, but it leaves me wanting a Rodenbach.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
skaughty (644) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - NOV 15, 2004
Solid dark sour ale. The level of crisp tartness is such that this could be a good into to the style - not as harsh as others. The vinous (red grape) malting has some elements of my favorite Abt-syles (St. Bernardus and others). There is a lot to this beer, nnone of which is overdone. The only extreme is the amount of plegm it produces.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - NOV 14, 2004
Bottle. Chestnut color, frothy beige head. Acidic, but not overly so, light fruit, mainly cherry, malt, some of the oak comes through a bit as well. Not incredibly sour, more tart than anything. Refreshing and quaffable. It lacked in certain areas, but not to the detriment of the beer and was quite enjoyable overall.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 7, 2004
This is an ok Flemish Sour Ale. Fruity, sour, and sweet flavors. Finishes light, smooth, and clean.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Indra (2621) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - NOV 4, 2004
25 cl bottle, best before 19/05/06. Sweet, vinous and musty aroma with hints of cherry tartness, old spices, wood and candle wax. Deep, dark red-brown color with a lasting, fine, light tan head. Flavor profile is sweet and fruity, some red grape and apple notes, then introducing a moderately sour tang to mix with the lingering sugary malt. Finish is lightly acidic. Rather effervescent mouthfeel with a medium body. Worth trying, to be sure.


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