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


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RATINGS: 1056   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Trappist (284) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 3, 2003
It reminded me of Goudenband flemish sour. It had a wood to mellow dry flavor about it, and was medium in carbonation. Nice brown to semi-reddish coloration. This was something I did enjoy but could not drink in large numbers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
redlem (1301) - Ohio, USA - JUL 21, 2003
Dark amber with a small disappearing off-white head. A wooden winelike aroma and taste. The taste is fine but there are no real secondary flavors in this ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBB63 (6011) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 20, 2003
Beautiful multilayered hue of brown/red/amber. Small head but thick and laces the glass very well. Acidic and earthy aroma, hints of tart fruit, horseblanket, oak, caramel, and sourdough bread. Strange taste (doesn't mean bad however), starts sour, midway becomes slighty sweet and nutty, then finished woody dry. As I drank the bottle, the taste of ruby port became more pronounced and the sour start lessened. Did I say that the finish was very dry? Creamy and soft mouthfeel. Complex yet smooth, a brown ale with some sour juice and wood chips added. I liked it, just not a much as the Aged Pale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - JUL 17, 2003
Cherries are so obvious I'm surprised they're not coming up in the google ads here. Deep reddish mahogany pour, dense persistent foam. Sweet cherry and vinuous aroma with wooden tones. Sweet cherry flavor is dominant at first then subtle. Notes of licorice and tree bark, finishes mildly hoppy. A little one dimensional but pretty tastey.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrDick (347) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 14, 2003
Since it's Bastille Day, I thought that I would drink a Belgium beer (as I fart in your general direction). Strong plum aroma which seems to accompany other ale aged in oak casks. Dark reddish-brown color with little head. On first taste, it lacks character - a bit tart but no real flavors and a bit watery. I'll let this warm up a bit and try again later. It's later. A little more taste and bitterness. Sweet apple and chocolate. This could be a very nice starter ale for somebody trying flemish sours as it doesn't overpower.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (29211) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUL 4, 2003
The aroma is powerful; sour and acidic with notes of sweetness and sharpness. The color is deep red, almost brown and it has a fine light brown head, though fast disappearing. The flavor is sweet, wellbalanced and round - the sharpness must have been taken by the oak-casks. But the sharpness lies hidden. A fantastic flavor, though a little thin in the middle before it starts prickling the tongue.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
caesar (5045) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - JUN 23, 2003
Clear ruby color, short lasting head. Tart aroma. Very watery flemish sour ale, weak.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jerohen (1990) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - JUN 20, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2004 Re-rate: Bottled, BB 07-10-04 (sample date 21-02-04). Clear red-brown coloured, large but ugly head with big holes in it. Nice flemish sour aroma and flavour. Fresh fruit, malts, perfectly balanced sourness. Like a sweet fruity red wine. Watery, even dusty finish. Better than the first time i tried it, but i believe it was past its BB date then. Original rate: (3.0) I'm a big fan of Flemish Sour Ales, so my expectations were high. However, this one was disappointing. Lack of flavour, watery. Not the best.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
presario (4608) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 18, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2007 First sniff is sharp and vinegary. Second brings out the oak and cherries, sour cherries. Light head, bubbly, medium brown. Tastes like a combination of a brown ale mixed with cherry lambic with a touch of vinegar. Unique beer experience you won’t forget.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 18, 2003
Initial sour, vinegar aroma; followed by strong aroma of cherries. Pours a dark brown, head is weak. I've never had a flemish sour ale and this is one strange beer. Tastes like an over-fermented wine. Tingly palate with acids, cherries. I'm confused, I don't know what to think...

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