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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1206   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
vyvvy (5015) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
Skidds (252) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 12, 2006
This is yet again another style that is just not for me. I don’t know if the bottle I bought was ancient but I found this way to dry and almost tasteless. I poured it down the drain after a couple sips. I may re-rate this in time.....probably not though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mabel (7712) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 5, 2006
UPDATED: APR 6, 2008 [066-20061018] 250mL. Apple and grape aroma. Ruby-brown body with a long thick creamy off-white head and nice lacing. Tastes like a plate of flat fish, with earthy beet root and macintosh apples, served on a bed of watery pasta noodles. Crisp light mouthfeel, light-medium body. Can feel it coming together but not exactly as a nice flavour. (6/4/6/3/13) 3.2

[1085B-20080203] Bottle (w/ jerc). Sweet light molasses aroma surrounds itself in metallic hay. Hazy, dark brown mahogany body with a medium-lasting foamy off-white head. Fruity cheese booze flavour strangely also hints at sweet leafy plant and green twigs. Medium body. In spite of those things detected, it was quite nice. (5/3/7/3/14) 3.2

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - OCT 30, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2006 11.2 oz. bottle from Holiday Wine Cellar: Deep ruby color, held up to a flashlight, with a medium, fading off white head. Aroma is mild red wine vinegar. Flavor starts lightly sweet followed by a gentle cherry sourness, some wood and a light dry finish. Light bodied and watery with lively carbonation. Refreshing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
oh6gdx (23707) - Vasa, FINLAND - OCT 17, 2006
Bottled. Dark red colour, huge off-white head. Aroma is spices, vinegar and sour fruits. Flavour is sour fruits with some malts and slight metal. A bit caramel. Aftertaste is sour fruits. Slightly metallic.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KAME (160) - California, USA - OCT 14, 2006
Pours a deep reddish brown with a thin white head. Lacing is minimal. Aroma of red vinegar and spicy maltiness, Flavor is malty sweet and slightly sour. Mouthfeel is fairly light and this is very easy to drink. Overall a nice brew.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
SDalkoholic (2274) - Linda Vista, California, USA - OCT 10, 2006
Dark and opaque brown with fizzy head. Aroma is light and barely has any character. Flavors is extremely sweet yet holds a tart and sour flavor. I guess this coudl be good if it was freshly bottled.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
marcus (8010) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 5, 2006
This reddish-brown ale poured with a medium tan head, most of which dissipated rather quickly. There is, indeed, a sour brown flavor, but it is so thin as to be almost undetectable. There is a slightly astringent finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
TheJester (2251) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 3, 2006
250 mL bottle. I like the ruby-brown deScription of its colour. Strong aroma of rum-raisin ice cream or plum pudding (with rum sauce). Didn’t get the red-wine-vinegar ’til it warmed. I can see why the LCBO suggests using this beer as a marinade. Also sweet fruit and a bit metallic. Okay, but not really what I’m looking for in a beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Slacks (615) - Bolton, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 19, 2006
250 ml Bottle: Pours ruby-brown with quite a bit of odd bubble lacing and a thin off-white head. Aroma is very busy and quite interesting; raisins, plums, molasses, oak are all present in heavy amounts. Flavour was decidedly underwhelming based on my post-aroma expectations, this is a carbonation-heavy mild brew with very little flavour when it’s cold. When I allowed it time to warm I could pick out a distinct red wine and fruity sweetness, but it was still a bit of a stretch. I’d hoped for better.

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