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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

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1184   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - SEP 22, 2005
Pours a clear ruby with purplish tints. Head is full, fluffy and of reddish-brown tinted bubbles. Smell is all flemish sour, after I believed this one to be a brown. Sweet and acidic, it makes the nose pucker. Taste is strong balsamic vingegar, concord grapes, on top of a healthy amout of caramel. Nice flavor base. Subtle oak rounds out the palate, keeping the aftertaste mellow like an afternoon smoke instead of tannic, like some sours tend to be. For me this is enjoyable, but it is somewhat of a tweener, as the palate has some belgian dubbel ale qualities to it that aren’t apart to sours. Damn good beer, though...and interesting!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bart (2938) - Brussels, BELGIUM - SEP 22, 2005
Dark brown colour, average brown head. Full, sweet aroma. Taste is fresh, with a pleasant smooth palate. just enough sourness, for an old brown. lovely beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 20, 2005
Drank from a bottle I stole between dave & blake. I couldn’t smell much from it, a tiny hoppy piece but not much else, camp fire dominated my nose. Palate was nice and well coated. Felt acidic but not carbonated. Cask aged brown ale... ok.. doesn’t taste much like a cask beer or a brown ale. Had a light tart/sour piece, some oaky notes and hints of a light malt w/ honey. Overall it was pretty good but I thought it would have been bigger.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 18, 2005
Bottle. Very little carbonation. Clear brown-red body. Smoky, light aroma. The lack of carbonation makes it difficult to smell. Fruity, honey-malt flavor with floral and sweet woody notes. The flavor is nice but not terribly big, it’s like a session wood-aged beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MoritzF (8726) - looking for a flat around Munich, GERMANY - SEP 18, 2005
(bottle) Dark reddish brown colour with a moderate foamy tanned head. Sour and woody malty aroma. Very mild and smooth mouthfeel; light to medium bodied, which is a bit disappointing, but anyway well-balanced. Soft sweet cherry-fruity and malty start with a vinous, slightly bitter and dry finish. Aromatic and flavourful brew.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
grat (433) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 15, 2005
A very interesting brew. Has an amber hue in the glass with a garnet colored head. Literally the hed was slightly purple or red. Awesome. Smells like rusty iron and grapes. Immediately able to taste the oak aging. The oak flavor runs papery and smooth across your tongue. Also tastes like red wine. Aftertaste. Mediciney and rusted. Good brew very drinkable. grat

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rederic (3211) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 15, 2005
Deep reddish hue, with a frothy tan-colored head, with a winey, fruity, cheery tannic notes and hint of oakiness in the nose follows through on a medium-boied palate with chocolatey and maltiness accent, soft fruity acidity, leading towards a smooth sour finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pailhead (5732) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - SEP 12, 2005
Bottle: Aroma is mostly sweet and sour cherry. Nice, but not as strong as the better Flemish Sours. Pours a dark reddish-orange with some hints of transparency. Small off-white head quickly fades to a ring. Sourness/tartness is a weak compared to many Flemish Sours. Flavor is sweet cherry with slight hints of tartness. Finishes with a moderate wood presence and a touch of flowery bitterness. Doesn’t compare to the Aged Pale.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (12041) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 6, 2005
Snifter draft at Taco Mac in Chattanooga. Dark reddish brown color with moderate off-white head that diminished slowly. Complex citrus and spice aroma. Medium body with smooth texture. Same complex citrus and spice flavor with a moderate sweet finish. Interesting brew.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 3, 2005
Beautiful brown ale with a thick and lasting off-white head. Aroma is slightly citrus with some oak in there as well. Nice woody flavor with a great citrus taste. Some nuts and berries as well. Very enjoyable beer.


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