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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1268   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 4/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
TheJester (2542) - Cavan Monaghan, 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
haukur (1802) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - SEP 19, 2006
Nice aroma, wooden, fruity, malty, a little spicy. Dark ruby with a fast dissapearing head. Taste is initally acidic but finishes weak and watery considering this has been aged and matured. Could have been great, but lacks the muscle. Thanks Magdalena

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
henrikb (1262) - Aarhus, DENMARK - SEP 18, 2006
Best before 06.2005 – Clear redbrown body, small beige head, fine lacing; Not to big a nose, what there is , is super pleasant: a fine fruity wooden acidy freshness mixed with cowshit and a little dust; The body is soft with very little sparkle and only very little acidity; It finishes of to short, thin and watery, it has only very little aroma as a mix of wood and rotten apples.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TBone (16197) - Pori, FINLAND - SEP 13, 2006
Bottled 33 cl (BB 06/2008). Ruby red color, good off-white head. Nose has sour fruityness and metal. Grassy hoppy flavor, then sourness. Long aftertaste is again hoppy and sour. Slightly metallic. Quite balanced as a sour ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
thewolf (12136) - Kolding, DENMARK - SEP 11, 2006
Pours clear dark amber with big fizzy off-white head. Yeasty and malty sweet aroma. Some berry feelings as well. Quite spritzy. It has a sweet taste though with caramel and a clear oak-like flavour at the dry end.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 5, 2006
Chestnut colour with a beige head. Malty, dark fruit sweet aroma with a light tart note and hints of wood and yeast. Malty, light tart fruity flavor with a vague note of wood.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kramer (5914) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 2, 2006
12 oz bottle. Pours a clear dark garnet colored body under a fizzy light brown head that faded to a thin film quickly. Aroma is lightly tart and acetic with some sour cherry, oak tannins, and candied fruit. Flavor is acetic and biting up front but the finish is sugary and dry with a nice muted oak character. Almost a light brett-like presence late in the finish? Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a fizzy efforvescent carbonation that makes for a lively feel. Overall, this was pretty basic and pedestrian for a Flemish Sour, but I’ll take a half-decent Flemish Sour over most styles top rated beers any day.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Tessic (1045) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 31, 2006
This ale poured a dark orange with a off white head. This beer to the nose is very strong scented with cider vinegar and very ripe fruit. almost fermented ripe fruit. First taste wasthinner than I thought it might be. Sour to taste with the cider vinegar taste coming through slowly. Slightly metallic with a stomach acid flavour to the palate. Very different.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
shadey (2079) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 31, 2006
Very dark red color with dark cream lace. Aroma is deep sour. Flavor is almost a creamy sourness. Pretty tastey actually, if a bit simple.

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