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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: 1082   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.


thomas15's rating

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thomas15 (688) - USA - JAN 28, 2013
Soured glue tannic aroma. Not overpowering. Dark brown with dark beige good lacing. Faintly sour with red fruits, cherry, currant, raspberry. Easy to drink. Medium to light body dry on palate.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CPH2200 (295) - DENMARK - NOV 22, 2014
bottle 75 cl, 5.5% abv. Dark brown with beige head. sour aroma. Taste likewise with malty notes. not my favourite type of beer but interesting.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
UDBeernut (1822) - Moving to Jax, Florida, USA - NOV 18, 2014
Bottle split with wife, pours brown ruby, some what translucent. Typical Belgian nose with some cherry. Taste is pure cherry cough syrup, light sour. Body is watery but syrupy at the same time.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rumproasts (3204) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 15, 2014
bottle. Mahogany with two finger head. Light cherry tartness, but not really sour. I’m very underwhelmed with the amount of flavor here -- what’s here is fine, but tastes almost like it’s been watered down significantly.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Calisky (1010) - ALSACE, FRANCE - NOV 8, 2014
Couleur brune, reflets ambrés, pourpres, mousse qui disparait. Nez aigre et vinaigré, un peu barrique un peu fruits rouge. Gout très rapide aigre, reste un peu de fruits rouge et leger barrique, on dirait une gueuze moyenne . Decevante comme sour red/brown, pourtant c’est largement mon style préféré. Très peux de caractère.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
brnandersen (2009) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 7, 2014
75 cl. bottle poured in to a Snifter. Dark brown colour with a reddish tinge. Big, fluffy lightly tanned head. Light sourish aroma with oak, caramel malts, tart apples, cherries and other berries. Discrete herbal and citrus hops. Taste is lightly sour. Light to medium body with a creamy texture and a lively carbonation. Finishes dry with a tart, fruity note, light berries and wood. This Oud Bruin is more subtle than e.g. Rodenbach or the Duchesse, but has a nice, refreshing character.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
VincentKabel (221) - Haarlem, NETHERLANDS - NOV 6, 2014
Not a favourite style of mine at all. Very dark brown beer with a smaall off-white head. Medium carbonation. Malts, some fruits and hops and a slighlty sour aftertaste. not for me.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bamsen78 (3310) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - NOV 5, 2014
Bottle. Pours hazy dark copper brown with stable beige head. Clear aroma of fruit, malt and hops, with estery and vinous touches. Dry, vinous flavour, rather short-lived and non-aggressive but not unpleasant, either. Subtle hoppy and roasty notes. Dusty and estery aftertaste. Okay but I have tasted better beers of this style.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bork (317) - Rosewood, Georgia, USA - NOV 2, 2014
Highly refreshing beverage with a gentle acidity and tartness on top of a solid malt foundation. Not very high in flavor but light and easy on the palate.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
JStax (3164) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - NOV 1, 2014
Bottle pour. Pours a clear brown with a very head. The aroma has notes of tart cola. The taste is fruity tart. High carbonation. Medium body.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
corkyrory66 (663) - BELGIUM - OCT 31, 2014
Bière vieille brune de 5,5 % abv. Elue meilleure mondiale de sa catégorie au WBA de 2012. Couleur brun roux vieux… Clarté nette. Bulles fines partout, magnifiques. Mousse beige moyen bien épaisse, consistante, stable à 1 mm. Arômes de bois de fût, myrtille, pointe de girofle, câpres, vinaigre de vin de 1ère classe. 1ère bouche douce et soyeuse sur du bois de fût, vin en mûrissement, raisin noir, pointe de poivre. Arrière-bouche maltée, café, pointe de chocolat noir. 2ème avec une texture soyeuse, et où un côté miellé vient s’ajouter aux notes précédentes. Arrière-bouche très fine, complexe. 3ème avec un côté vineux qui se met en place, du bois de chêne, des épices. Arrière-bouche vraiment élégante. La longueur entame sur le bois, suivi de prune bleue, pomme de pin, massepain, raisins secs, oseille. Les jambes sont marquées, lignées. L’alcool est parfait pour garder la finesse et la douceur. La finale est remarquable. CONCLUSION : une bière qui passe 20 mois en compagnie du chêne des barriques, c’est-à-dire plus d’un an et demi. Cela contribue forcément à sa saveur, mais il faut y ajouter un très grand travail du brasseur. Comme il le dit si bien : « the key to heaven » ...


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