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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1154   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DanielBrown (4034) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 4, 2005
Bottle at the Swan and Rushes, Leicester (during RB Leicester crawl). Nice sour satchel smell. Soft, smooth, sweet, fairly full of flavour,and a nice sour mash taste. Very good actually. Dark tobacco colour, with a small fluffy head.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pintbypint (2798) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 1, 2005
250ml brown bottle. Was lucky enough to get this in a gift pack years ago in pre rating days, never thought I’d see it again. To my surprise I found it on the shelf at the LCBO. Poured ruby red, dense and creamy light tan head. Tart cherries in the aroma. Starts with a little malt sweetness and cherry notes, then a winey tart/acidic finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 31, 2005
Clear ruby with lots of bubbles with a small off-white head. Sour cherries and wood make up the aroma along with some apple notes. The taste is quite tame compared to the aroma with a dark fruit and malty character coming through. Medium bodied with lively carbonation, and a dry ending after some initial sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chriso (7475) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 28, 2005
Quite dark coloured, with a definite reddish tinge. I found this curious beer. The aroma is definitely sour and funky, putting me in mind of a lambic. But the flavour just doesn’t carry that through. It’s mildly sharp, fruity (cherries and plums) and noticeably sweet on the finish. It needs more sour and the overall effect, whilst pleasant enough, just isn’t extreme enough for what I expected for the style. Bottled at the Swan and Rushes, Leicester (RB Leicester pun crawl).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JAN 24, 2005
Bottled - Swan and Rushes - Leicester (RB Leicester Crawl). A dark red/brown coloured beer with a nice white head. The aroma is sour, fruity, fizzy, funky and fusty. The taste is both sour and dry but is quite characterless compared to some Flemish Sours. It’s just a bit too clean.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 18, 2005
Fair balsamic character to the aroma with some woody cherry fruitiness. Clear mahogany brown, with two inch tan head that lasts nicely and coats the glass with lacing. Mild balsamic and woody notes dominate the flavour with a sweet, honeylike aftertaste. Flavour profile is nice though somewhat mild and shortlived. Medium body has gentle carbonation and a lightly effervescent mouthfeel. Bottle. Thanks, JoeMcPhee!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bombshelter (349) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 17, 2005
aroma has strong sour character and some background sweet/floral action. pours a deep brown with tan head...good lacing. Flavor is not as sour as aroma would indicate: instead, malty, with a little nuttiness, and very smooth. excellent flemish brown.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beanmedic (347) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 9, 2005
Smells like dogfood. tastes decent. cloying finish (oddly). Not bad overall. brown colour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gorbalev (2990) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 7, 2005
Bottle. Looks dark brown, but held to the light, more of a ruby red. Small white head - long lasting. Cherries and some spiciness in aroma. Mouthfeel was thin and fizzy. Big strong sour cherry taste immediately, followed by slight bitterness. This also tastes like a strong beer, I had to check the alcohol to be sure. I thought it was a little thin tasting overall - not quite enough body to back the strong flavours up. There was also a slight bottle like quality to the whole package, like a slight bottle taste or something, even though the bottle appeared to be fresh and new. Overall, I found this far more drinkable that the Rodenbach Grand Cru I recently sampled, but it still isn’t one I’d reach for consistently.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 3, 2005
Pours a dark brown body, with a light brown frothy head. Lots of carbonatiopn here. That’s two beers from Petrus that are carbonation crazy. Aroma is sour grapes, a mild sweet hop aroma, and a musty woodiness. Taste is immediate sour/tart grapes, wood, and malt. Crisp and clean, leaving a sour and bitteraftertaste. Lots of carbonation felt on the way down as well. Nice!

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