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


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RATINGS: 1197   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33   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.

ThisWangsChung's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 13, 2013
Reviewed 3/5/13. 11.2 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass. A: Pours a dark chestnut color. The head is a nice-looking three finger light cream color featuring a great texture - and downright fantastic retention for the style. Good lacing is left down the glass. One of the most attractive looking sour ales I’ve ever encountered. S: Not very tart or sour compared to others in the style, though a minor presence of lactic sourness and tart apple exist. A combination of caramel malts and diacetyl are at the forefront instead. I could live without the latter quite easily. T: This one has three stages: the initial flavor is slightly tart, the midtaste is a bit chocolaty, and the finish is sadly high in diacetyl. No big deal, I don’t really mind the diacetyl presence so much here. Really, the subdued sour profile allows its malt base to shine through; it gives off notes of almonds, caramel, brown sugar, and the aforementioned chocolate. It could have used more fruity esters, though. M: I actually really like the mouthfeel of this one - it’s soft at first, yet crisp and dry to finish. The tannins are a subtle compliment to the creamy texture, aided by firm carbonation. O: Decent, but if you’re looking for something mouth puckering, this ain’t it. Rather, it’s balanced and easy to drink, if unexciting. A good one to introduce sour newbies to.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainTilven (73) - Nancy, FRANCE - OCT 2, 2015
Brown body with red reflections; splendid fluffy foam, creamy coloured; very fine and vivid bubbles. Aroma of caramel, nuts, dried prune, candied cherry. Taste first of fine sourness, balsamic vinegar, candied cherry, quetsche; vinous. Quite pleasant indeed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jelledebont (46) - NETHERLANDS - SEP 27, 2015
Lekker fris donker bier. Een beetje zuur, wat daaraan bijdraagt. Wat waterig in de nasmaak en verder niet heel onderscheidend.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Anthobeers (30) - - SEP 26, 2015
Arômes, café, pain grillé, apparence noir, assez légère et subtile, raisin, café. Palais agréable, globalement une bonne petrus

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MelvinKalksma (194) - UTRECHT, NETHERLANDS - SEP 26, 2015
Aroma: Sour fruit, oak, roasted malts, brown sugar. Appearance: Ruby red when hold in light, brown when not. Slight white head. Taste/Palate: Starts sweet with caramel and brown sugar, turns sour thanks to the oak and sour fruit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
majkelr (249) - Lębork, POLAND - SEP 22, 2015
Aromat wiśniowy, owocowy, kwaskowy, drewniany, także słodki. W smaku kwaskowe, owocowe, czerwona porzeczka.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DwarfeD (1795) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - SEP 20, 2015
33cl bottle at home. Reddish brown with a small slightly off-white head. Light to medium body with moderate carbonation. Pretty sour with some fruity sweetness and bitter tones. Green apples, caramel, malts, brett, ripe red ruits and herbs. A nice sour brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ROSE1962 (113) - POLAND - SEP 19, 2015
Barwa ciemnorubinowa. Piana beżowa, drobnepęcherzyki. Oblepia szkło do gońca. W aromacie nuty karmelowe, owocowe, wiśniowe, lekkie nuty palone. W smaku zdecydowanie wyczuwa się nuty winne, wiśniowe. Cierpkie, lekko kwaskowe z nutami palonymi. Goryczki prawie nie ma.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
chucklemation (875) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - SEP 18, 2015
Pours a dark mahogany with a thin long-lasting white head. Aroma is slightly woody, fruity, and funky. Flavor is subtle wood and tart fruit. This is decent, but lacking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tekstr1der (171) - New Hampshire, USA - SEP 11, 2015
Didn’t like this one. Pours slightly reddish brown with some light brown big bubbles. Aroma is light, though I can smell the tartness to come. Sour flavors ruin what could be nice notes of sweet berries. This was close to the drain.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sonnycheeba (4388) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 8, 2015
Tap in Asheville. Lost detailed tasting notes and was only able to recover numerical rating.

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