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


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RATINGS: 1222   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.

mathieuc's rating

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
mathieuc (2664) - Québec, Quebec, - FEB 7, 2013
UPDATED: APR 21, 2013 UPDATE (2013-02-27): Please be cautious as there seems to be some wild bottle variations. Some of the bottles from my case tasted like skunky mushrooms (not good) while others were much less problematic with an enjoyable sour. I’m taking down my rating from 3.4 to 2.7 only to emphasize that.

Pours reddish brown with a nice layer of white foam that leaves pretty lacing patterns. Nose is pretty tame with light balsamic notes and maybe a little cherry. Mouthfeel is thinner than expected but at least carbonation is just right so it doesn’t enhance that perception. It ends up bone dry which I appreciate. Overall a light and refreshing drink. Not bad at all, just not up there. Oh and I forgot to mention, this is not sour to me. Only the tinyest sour shows up mid-palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kamillozo (97) - POLAND - FEB 11, 2016
Butelka 330 ml. Barwa ciemnobursztynowa / miedziana, opalizująca. Aromat niezbyt intensywny ale wyraźnie winny (czerwone wino), lekko estrowy. Piana wysoka, puszysta, jasno beżowa, średnio i drobno pęcherzykowa, trwała, bardzo ładnie koronkuje. W smaku wytrawne, wyraźnie owocowo - kwaśne, aczkolwiek poziom tej kwaśności jest umiarkowany. Zdecydowanie kojarzy się z owocami niezbyt słodkich wiśni. Finisz dość suchy, cierpki, taninowy (dębina?). Goryczka niska. W odczuciu średnio pełne, umiarkowanie nagazowane.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SylvainCFC (5) - Brussels, BELGIUM - FEB 10, 2016 does not count
Robe très foncée, reflets rouges. Mousse beige, bonne tenue. Arômes très peu maltés, fruits rouges surtout cerises, raisin, très vineux. Sûr sans excès, légèrement sucré, très peu amer. Corps léger, texture aqueuse. Forte carbonatation. Final court. Contrat rempli pour une vieille brune, mais peu aromatique et très courte.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mkam (399) - POLAND - FEB 2, 2016
Fruity and sour aroma, malty, wooden flavour, slightly sour. Dry, fruity finish. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Quick3Beers (631) - East Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 21, 2016
Pours a rich dark brown from a bottle. Very light funky sourness, mostly fruity maltiness. Good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rotin (479) - Neratovice, CZECH REPUBLIC - JAN 20, 2016
Bottle 0.33l. Slightly cloudy, red to brown colored. AROMA- sour cherries, dry dark fruit, wooden barrel, red wine. FLAVOR- lightly sour, dry, cherries and fruit again, barrel, red wine character. Light to medium bodied.
Great. I just love Belgian beers.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ascelja (473) - Neratovice, CZECH REPUBLIC - JAN 20, 2016
Bottle 0.33l. Hazy ruby to brown body, minimal white head. Aroma of wild and sour dark cherries, red wine, nutmeg, cherry compote. Taste is sour with slightly bitter finish and very slightly sweet base. Again many cherries, red wine, red grapes. Medium body, high carbonation.
A fuller body would fit better, but never mind, it’s great one! I enjoyed it so much!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
MiamiBarman (49) - Miami, Florida, USA - JAN 19, 2016
Perhaps I’m too unseasoned to really appreciate this. Copper color with off white head that lasts relatively long. Faint, subtle aromas of cherries and raisins and fig. Lots of red wine-like qualities in this one. Not very malty and I don’t really get a lot of caramel characteristics. More like orange peel on the taste. No bitterness at all but there are some sour elements to it. Medium-full body....I’m very confused.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gubihumle (501) - Nørre Aaby, DENMARK - JAN 16, 2016
Farven er mørk ravbrun med en lysebrun skumkrone. Aromaen er vin, citrus, træ og kirsebær. Smagen er vinøs, kirsebær, træ og den er mega sur.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fidelis83 (2267) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - JAN 8, 2016
Dark amber-brown pour with a thin, beige head. Aroma is toasty, woody and bready malt with just a hint of woodiness, some medium acetic acidity, earthy fruit and sweet floral notes. Flavor is earthy wood, a hint of roast, bready and biscuit malt, some acetic tartness and wildflower floral notes. Light bodied with slightly syrupy, soda-like feel and medium carbonation. Pretty good stuff overall, a bit on the plain side for the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DandyWolfFloyd (856) - Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 6, 2016
Aroma - some Bretty phenols, some apple esters Appearance - auburn body with good nucleation. The head is off-white and about 1/3" and settles to a foam. Sporadic lace. Taste - there is a subtle sour and somewhat vinous nature. There is some apple esters. Palate - body is on the light side of medium, the texture vinous, average carbonation, and somewhat tart finish a little dry.

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