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

bottled
common

on tap
common

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RATINGS: 1154   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 30, 2005
Bottle. Pours a darker amber color. Nice off white head. Smells of citruis and bitterness with hints of malts. A slight spice to taste but mainly a citruis fruit taste with an acid taste.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
leaparsons (8650) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 25, 2005
Bottle. Dark red brown with an initially large head. Aromas are woody and malty with berries and palma violet sweets and of course some sourness. More sourness comes through in the flavour. Cherries and berries are the fruit present along with some mustiness and more floral hops lingering. The finish is sour and fruity. Very good.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 14, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2006 Smell was muted. Some vague sourness and tartness, but really not much of that or anything else. Brown color with a lazy thin head. Watery with a mild sourness. but there is something in the background a kind of bready and sweet flavor that is compelling. Not overly impressed all in all.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pivnizub (9162) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - AUG 11, 2005
Dark ruby to amber coloured, lacing, firm brownish head, lively carbonation; fruity, sourish, "barrique" nose, some traces of caramel and malts; fresh, fruity, sweet(caramel)-sour taste; short, a bit adstringent and slightly bitter aftertaste; very refreshing - very pleasant !

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
veronika (410) - SWEDEN - AUG 8, 2005
Amber, ok head. Aroma from juniperberry, cherry, pine and with some maly. Floral cherry flavor, some citrus. Sour and dry finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sten (694) - Westerlo, BELGIUM - AUG 7, 2005
Very dark brown colour with a light brown head. The aroma is sour, the taste sour and fruity. This is a very quenching beer. (Bottle 25cl)

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rlgk (12401) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 7, 2005
Amber, offwhite head. Aroma from pine and juniperberry, woody, fruitu, malty and with some grapes. Grapefruit is back in the sourish flavor, pine and some juniperberry is found too. Gives a somewhat vinous feeling.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maltdog (621) - Colorado, USA - AUG 3, 2005
Medium reddish brown, hazy. Thin halo of foam leaves slight lace that slumps back into the beer. Fruity nose- cranberry, cherry, fig- plus burnt wood, maple, and talcum powder. Some cellar mustiness asserts itself after a few minutes. Flavor is tart and fruity, blueberries and blackberries, pumpkin pie spice, caramel, and hints of dark breadcrust and black jellybeans. There’s something else... toasted sesame seeds is the closest I can describe it. Although not watery, the mouthfeel is light, and faintly tannic. Pleasant tart aftertaste is a combination of lemon peel, grapeskin, and nectarine.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jefcon (1459) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUL 29, 2005
Very dark beer, some reddish exposure under light. Aromas are crisp and malty, an odd combination. Lots of clove/coriander spice with some underlying sourness. Flavors are sour cherry, charcoal, some lemony citrus. Dry, medium-bodied mouthfeel.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
HogTownHarry (6199) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 29, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2005 Bottle (250ml) - in a Petrus glass. Poured dark ruby-amber, lively and cloudy, with a good creamy-rocky light mocha head. Familiar sour nose, slightly sour wine, apple jack, spices, apple jack, nice tart malt, earthiness and a hint of kerosene. Flavour ... well, I worked hard to find anything other than minerals and metal - after warming a while, I got sour fruit, some toffee-ish malt, wine or malt vinegar. I was underwhelmed and remember being quite shocked by the sourness when I first had it in 2004 - in July 2005, I was left with a metallic, salty mouthfeel. I will put this on my re-rate list, I liked it a lot better before.


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