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

bottled
common

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RATINGS: 1069   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 24, 2004
Bottle pours a deep cherry red with a small off white head and some lace. The aroma is dry and woody like a dry red wine. The flavor is sweet, with sour overtones. The palate is fairly rich with some cleansing. Overall, not bad.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cashazza (217) - Morganville, Maryland, USA - APR 20, 2004
Enjoyable brew...on tap at Taco Mac with Wunderbier and Shag...aroma and flavor of sour cherries and vanilla.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 18, 2004
Deep brown-amber body with an average sized, off-white, creamy head that is slowly diminishing. Aroma is dominated by sour cherries with hints of oak, nutmeg and vanilla. Moderately sweet, moderately acidic flavor becomes a lightly bitter, lightly acidic, moderately sour finsh. Medium-heavy body, oily texture, fizzy carbonation. The bottom line is: sour, rich, smooth...that's good in my book.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Skip (206) - Indiana, USA - APR 16, 2004
Subtle aroma of toast and apples. The taste is carmelly and woody with a wine-like fruit aftertaste. very pleasant.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Malakin (469) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 13, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2006 Malty fruity complex flavour that’s lightly sour. Great beer, the only problem was I only had a 250ml bottle... Rerate: 2006-02-09 Not nearly as good this time, lighter body and hardly sour at all 13/20.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IslandHaole (1091) - Yokosuka-Shi, Kanagawa-Ken, JAPAN - APR 11, 2004
Brown with magenta hues. A medium fine bubbled tan head. The sweet rich fruit scent of prunes and the tartness of Green apples. A zesty tart flavor of sour cherries. The oak casking also imparts flavors. Quite tasty, this beer has helped me appreciate Sour Ales.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
maupie (927) - Roosendaal, NETHERLANDS - APR 10, 2004
This beer has a red/brown body - hue apperance and a fine light white scum collar. I have drunk the beer from the bottle and it had a low carbonic acid. The initial flavor taste is acid.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Crockett (1009) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - APR 7, 2004
Dark red/brown. Aroma of ripe fruit. Very tiny head. Flavour of prunes and vinegar (if you like that sort of thing). Sits nicely with a light malt, hopped, and peppery background. Very refreshing. Clean and nice, but somewhat unbalanced.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rastacouere (6134) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 4, 2004
Clear ruby brown body with a sticky off-white head. Aroma is balsamic with almost no barrel character though which annoys me when you display them on the label. Bready, yeasty. Taste is a little bland, very short aftertaste, restrained sourness and a little empty. I came close to writing plastic also, but that's pushing it far. Bitter finish, medium body, creamy and biting, too much actually. This may be the only unremarkable beer of the day, but trust me that you're in for something with their aged pale!

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - APR 4, 2004
Flemish Sour Tasting with MartinT & Rastacouere Part 1 #3. Similar rough-hewn color scheme as the first two in the tasting. Sour, stolid nose; stale bread overlies hints of sour fruit. Bland, bitter, dry and sour in a very boring, one-dimensional way...little real flavor besides dried old apples. The weakest of the tasting, easily.


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