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


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RATINGS: 1170   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kapusil (773) - HUNGARY - JUL 6, 2015
0.33l bottle. Reddish dark brown body, light brown head. Aroma of caramel, sour cherry, cloves, lemon zest and burnt sugar. You can feel the sourness from it but it’s quite mellow, not the type that roundhouse kicks you in the face for the first sniff. The taste has a sweet caramel base and on top of that some sour cherry, red wine vinegar, floral hops and lemon zest. Medium bodied with a low carbonation. Not so intense beer, but quite smooth and easy to drink. I like it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bartlebier (2538) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - JUL 4, 2015
33cl bottle bb09/2016. Luminous burgundy-mahogani pour. Alas rather flat and damp like thaw water in aroma: raspberry oak cloaked by shades of speciality dark caramalts, Burnt toast and oaken floorboards - very little or inexpressive cured dark balsamico notes here. Taste is about the same mild, diluted rendition of that, sweet and sour only balanced because there is much of neither. Much like a Ruby Port cordial lemonade with a red berry/arabica bitter finish, making this an even milder entry-level Oud Bruin than Rodenbach. Still better quality than all the other local watering options like mixing Fritz Cola and Pils, - Had expected something more quenchingly dry and tart on a hot day like this...

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jagad5 (89) - - JUN 30, 2015
Poured from a bottle. Deep red. Not the best example of a Flanders ale. Good but not up to Belgian standards - but still a 3.8

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rikstar (1305) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 27, 2015
0.33l fles bij deen vandaan. Bruin met een crčme schuimkraag geur en smaak zijn mooi met een wrang zuurtje.Nice zoveel beter dan Nederlands oud bruin.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PlinyDad1952 (103) - - JUN 22, 2015

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
ghostbeer (51) - Nebraska, USA - JUN 11, 2015
Pretty unimpressed. The sourness was lost on me, and I really wanted to like this one. It poured nicely and all, but just fell short in the flavor category. One thing that saved it is that I didn’t find it to be super fruity.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Cristobal37 (357) - Canyon Lake, California, USA - JUN 10, 2015
First of all this is defo not my go to style. MJ500 brought me here. Sours have interesting aromas and flavors but are simply not my thing. This one has a nice ruby color, sourdough and tart (already) aroma. Flavor is breads sour cherry and maybe wood. A bit watery and the finish is rather abrupt. Not bad for the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
seynie (228) - Tienen, BELGIUM - JUN 7, 2015
Ruby brown with little foam. Malt, caramel but not to much, sour cherries. A bite of bitterness towards the end. Medium malty finish, fizzy dry. Nice refreshing beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alex_leit (381) - Minsk, BELARUS - JUN 4, 2015
Bottle. Color: brown-ruby, good foam. Aroma: dark malts with toffee, dried fruit and chocolate, light acidity, cherry and a little wood. Taste: sweet and sour, malt and caramel, sour cherries and other fruits. Good!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
p5ychol (152) - Poznań, POLAND - MAY 31, 2015
Piwo o barwie rubinowej, pod światło jest przejrzyste. Piana jest jasnobeżowa, obfita, puszysta, złożona głównie z drobnych pęcherzyków, ale i odrobiny średnich, nie opada całkowicie, ładnie oblepia ścianki szkła. Aromat nie jest przyjemny, przede wszystkim mocno utleniony, na dalszym planie pojawia się lekka nutka owocowa, śliwkowa, wiśniowa. Przez moment przemknęła również słaba nutka ni to drewniana, ni to orzechowa. W smaku jest zdecydowanie lepiej niż w aromacie. Jest wyczuwalna lekka owocowa kwaśność najbardziej kojarząca się z czerwoną porzeczką, ale trochę też z wiśnią. Skojarzenia z czerwoną porzeczką potęguje delikatna cierpkość, całkiem przyjemna. Goryczki właściwie brak, posmak pozostaje owocowy, słodko-kwaskowy. Wysycenie jest średnie. Alkohol dobrze ukryty, choć na chwilę pojawiła się lekka nutka winna. Piwo jest dobrze pijalne, dzięki swojemu lekko kwaśnemu charakterowi jest bardzo orzeźwiające i dobrze pijalne. Piwo z zestawu, który był dostępny w promocji w sieci sklepów Lidl. Zdecydowanie nie jest to najgorsze piwo z tego zestawu.

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