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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: 1249   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jason (1827) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 11, 2007
Bottle. Poured a dark brown body with massive head and long legs that didn’t quit. Aroma is of oak, malt, and slight sourness. Taste is very similar to the above - slightly sour with a cherry sweetness. More sourness comes out near the end. Slightly bitter.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hoser (372) - Cowtown, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 6, 2007
A little sweet and I would rather have a Duchess any day over this. Fruity and a nice example of an Flemish Sour Ale. Page 362 of Michael Jackson’s Great Beer Guide and only 297 of his Classic 500 Brews to go.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerdedone (3188) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 27, 2007
Sampled bottle with stegosaurus. Pours a dark brown color with a little head. Aroma of sour cherries with a woody tinge. Flavor is intially sweet and finishes sour. Not bad for a flemish sour

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2007
Bottle sampled with Beerded_one. Pours deep dark bronze with a two finger thick tan fluffy head. Aroma of fruit, some sour notes, and slight oak presence. The flavor starts sweet, fruity oak, then finishes with a mild sour ending. Good brew.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
motelpogo (7705) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - FEB 14, 2007
rbesg06, bottle at delirium. rich ruby red colour with a steady off-white head. full aroma of floorboards, fruit and funk. some light raspberry sweetness and oak and then a pleasant amount of sourness. flemish sour must be pretty close to my favourite style and this was a good example

2.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Aquilo (599) - Berkeley, California, USA - FEB 8, 2007
This one certainly looks good - dark red-brown with a lovely foamy head. I couldn’t make out much of a scent. Flavor was much like fizzy water. Palate is like a diet sprite. An overall disappointment.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
alexanderj (3512) - Branson, Missouri, USA - FEB 7, 2007
Pours a dark brown, with hints of ruby. Sour aroma with cherry and oak. Palate was thin; not very sour, with some definate oak from middle to end. Not very good for style, and I don’t like the style so much.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - FEB 7, 2007
Oak and cherry in the aroma.Pours mahogany with a light off white head.Very light cherry with some oak in the flavor.Thin mouthfeel with an oak finish.

2.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - FEB 6, 2007
Nice sugary sweet aroma with a hint of sour. Dark brown and red in apperance. Extremely thin palate. Watery flavor, light oak and just a touch of sour--way too weak.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mgermani (1002) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 2, 2007
Pours a dark reddish-brown with a head that lasts all of three seconds, and only the faintest sour aroma. Weak malting but still weaker souring in the taste. Now I see why Rodenbach is so popular - if it’s going to be sour, at least let it be aggressively so. After what little sourness there is wears off, sweetness kicks in until the beer is swallowed, leaving virtually no aftertaste - just the faintest trace of artificial grape flavouring. Very mild, nice body and more than sufficient carbonation. This is a disappointment - certainly not unpleasant, but completely un-notable.


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