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

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RATINGS: 1050   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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
caesar (4893) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - JUN 23, 2003
Clear ruby color, short lasting head. Tart aroma. Very watery flemish sour ale, weak.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jerohen (1977) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
presario (4580) - 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.

3.1
   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...

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TChrome (1409) - Bedford, Texas, USA - JUN 17, 2003
Very unique beer experience. Pours brown with huge head that is moderately retained. There is heavy lacing. Aroma is of cherries and oak. Flavor is initially sweet and finishes sour. This is not what I expected, but it is quite good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SimonPatrice (312) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 9, 2003
Brown with ruby hints, not much head. Oak, cherry, apples and cheese aroma. Woody flavor, a hint of caramel, and maybe some mushrooms. Tart but I expected a bit more because of the aroma. Thank you Todd for the beer and hospitality.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 25, 2003
Deep reddish brown w/ light brown head. Sweet, tannic, lightly fruity (cherry) nose. Light, slightly acidic feel. Malty w/ fruit (cherries, blackberries), caramel & chocolate(?). Some sourness giving the beer a vinous, oakish quality. Dry, light finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbastard (669) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 5, 2003
This poured murky brown with a light tan head that dissipated early. Has a woody brown surgar nose. Smooth blend of sweet and tartness or acidic taste with toffee. Quit refreshing, has dimension to it.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JorisPPattyn (7773) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - APR 27, 2003
Dark red-brown. Thick yellowish head, fast disappearing. Lactic acid, besides old wet wood in the nose, vineous. Restrained acids (lactic mainly) in the taste, some wood, and some port – but much drier. Complex fruit tastes, light sweet underbuild. Dry, a bit empty. Long woody finish. A quite good old brown.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
CatoctinMike (9) - Sabillasville, Maryland, USA - APR 4, 2003 does not count
Nice head and beutiful color. Lacks the fruity sourness of the other Belgian sour ales. Flat dry finish.


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