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


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RATINGS: 1249   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
Dark ruby red Ė 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 Ďmother beerí 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 (836) - 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 Iíve 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 donít 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 - itís 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 youíre looking for something mouth puckering, this ainít it. Rather, itís balanced and easy to drink, if unexciting. A good one to introduce sour newbies to.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BenCL (5) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 22, 2016 does not count
Sweet, sour, dates, caramel, sweet. Dark red to brown, rather opaque. Malty yet sweet and sour, over ripe fruit, dried fruits, balsmaic, burnt sugar, earthy. Light short fizz in the mouth, very light vicosity, lingering flavour from sweet, to sour, to dry slightly bitter. This is another beer everyone should try if not this one then this style. Important.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PlutonowyMan (396) - POLAND - JUN 15, 2016
Kolor br?zowy z rubinowymi refleksami, klarowny. Piana be?owa, ?redniej wielko?ci, krůtkotrwa?a. Aromat winny. czerwone wino to wiod?ca nuta w tym piwie, jest wytrawny. dodatkowo w tle delikatne akcenty kwiatowe i owocowe. Smak wytrawny, ponownie winny, wi?nie i winogrona s? g?ůwnym tematem w smaku. Piwo jest umiarkowanie kwaskowe i nieznacznie "drewniane". Goryczka niska, wytrawna. Wysycenie ?rednie.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gephross100 (56) - Bellaire, Texas, USA - JUN 9, 2016
caramel, nuts, raisin, roasty, brown, hazy, minimal head, medium sweetness, lightly sour, salty, light body, average carbonation,

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
N3lson1 (898) - Long Valley, New Jersey, USA - JUN 8, 2016
Drank from a pint glass, poured from an 330ml bottle. Pours a beautiful clear brown color with plenty of light beige head. Slightly sour aromas of cherry, pears, and other fruits. Nice a complex brew that makes your tastebuds tingle, but incredibly smooth!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
markextrae (3330) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - JUN 8, 2016
sample, poured a dark ruby colour with a off head. nose is sour cherries, sour vinegar notice, vanilla, sweet cinnamon as like from cherry pits, vanilla, als slight leather notice. taste is quite weak compared to a rodenbach.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
indrekr (340) - ESTONIA - JUN 4, 2016
Aroma: sour, fruity, mould. Appearance: brown, clear, tan foam, rocky head, lasts long. Taste: medium sour, light sweet. Palate: medium body, creamy, flat,

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MayumiH (818) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 24, 2016
Bottle at home. Pours dark ruby red with a beige head. Tinny sour taste with sweet edge. Blended notes of plum, cherry, vanilla and fig. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nordic (411) - Tartu, ESTONIA - MAY 18, 2016
Bottle @ deTolly Baar. Dark red-brown color. Medium carbonation. Aroma of vinegar, balsamico, some oak. Taste: sour, vinegar, hops in aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
VamboladeTolly (1346) - Tartu, ESTONIA - MAY 18, 2016
Bottle @ deTolly, Tartu. Pours brown with small head. Aroma: sour, balsamico, cow shit, beriies, slight roast, raw apples. Taste: bread, sour, acid, weak roast, oak. Thin + body. Sour-dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gangstergafje (588) - Capelle aan den IJssel, NETHERLANDS - MAY 6, 2016
The beer has a beautiful appearance. The color of the beer is a beautiful deep ruby red. The beer is beautifully clear. You can see some amounts of small bibles rising towards the top of the glass. At the surface they create a thin drape of foam, which is the remainder of a larger frothy brown foam, which tends to collapse rather quickly. The smell of the beer is rather mild. Iíve expected some stronger aromas. I smell some sour yeasty barnyard aromas, together with a rather simple bread like malt aroma. I donít really smell the hops in the beer. There might be a little resinous hop aroma, but I canít clearly smell it. After the beer had warmed up a little, the sour yeast aroma gets a lot stronger and fils almost all of the nose. The taste is slightly stronger, but it isnít really my favorite. Iím not that into the sour Belgian beer types. Iím more a bitter hop/roasted malt type of guy. The flavor has a rather strong sour yeast flavor to it. The beer also has a dry sensation, because of the sourness. It leaves the mouth really dry, longing for a sip of water (or another beer). The beer has a small slightly bitter touch of oak wood, though I expected s stronger oak flavor. This isnít really my type of beer Iím afraid.

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