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


on tap

Broad Distribution

Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 1092   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
Share this beer with friends!
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.

ThisWangsChung's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ThisWangsChung (747) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
back (1333) - Holstebro, DENMARK - DEC 27, 2014
Brun klar skum lidt Stald eddike gær malt Bitter lidt sur moderate sød lidt Blød @home ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
brewerale (46) - - DEC 26, 2014
Escura e avermelhada com média formação de espuma. Aroma com notas de frutas vermelhas, muita cereja, malte e sugestões de vinho. No paladar o aroma se reproduz, as notas de cereja e vinho aparecem com mais intensidade. Corpo médio, final longo com baixa acidez e carbonatação. O retrogosto é frutado, adocicado e levemente azedo.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Geiserich (3471) - Linz, AUSTRIA - DEC 21, 2014
Bottle from saveur-biere.com: Aroma with notes of apples, wood barrels, sourness, caramel. Mahagoni brown color, brownish creamy head. Flavor is sourly sweet with notes of caramel, sugar, fruits and earthy woodiness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
cobellig (31) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 20, 2014
It’s like a squeezed a lemon in my mouth than poured beer on it....a bad sample i hope??!! i threw the beer away lord forgive me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hkrivera (131) - Guaynabo, PUERTO RICO - DEC 19, 2014
I know gold when I drink it. Almost feel the oak in the tongue. Dark, yet subtle to palate. Go for it. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Alengrin (2464) - BELGIUM - DEC 16, 2014
Classic ’oud bruin’ matured in oak barrels for 24 months. Deep copper brown colour under a thinnish, pale beige head. Aroma dominated by sour fruits (redcurrant, lemon hint, starfruit), a bit vinegary, woody touch but in all, less complex than e.g. Rodenbach. Same for the taste: passion fruit, red berries, wine vinegar sourishness, candi sugar, sweet caramelly malts and some wood hints in the finish. I think Bavik would please beer afficionados with a fully ’old’ or more authentic edition, like Rodenbach does with their Vintage series. For now: quite okay as an honest and accessible introduction to this underrated and disappearing beer tradition.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
egidis (6) - LITHUANIA - DEC 15, 2014 does not count
dark brown colour with a nice dense head. medium sweet with a light sourness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
johnnnniee (2461) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 13, 2014
Shared at the BFD Christmas Party, thanks to who ever brought it. Tart fruit and light brown sugar light vanilla and earthy woodiness. Great brew, I’m surprised I haven’t rated this before.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Chris_W (2) - Atwater, California, USA - DEC 2, 2014 does not count
Carmel head with dark mahogany color. Slightly flowery and sour aroma with complimenting sour/tart flavors, nice acidity and malty finish with little aftertaste. Easy refreshing beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SVD (661) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 2, 2014
Bottle at home, brown/red beer with a small head, aroma is sour, taste is sour some malts. Ok beer

We Want To Hear From You

Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »

Page    1  2 3 4 » 110

Tick this beer

for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Copyright © 2000-2014,
RateBeer LLC. All rights
about us
About RateBeer
New Beers
Advanced Search
Add A Beer
Add A Brewer
Add A Place
Log In
Edit Personal Info
Buy Premium Membership
Your Messages
the best
RateBeer Best
100 Beer Club
The Top 50