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

bottled
common

on tap
common

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RATINGS: 1159   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
trappist12 (200) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - AUG 16, 2001
A unique beer. I look forward to the Aged Pale version coming out soon in Michael Jackson’s Belgian Beer of the Month Club though.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
rmalloy (199) - los angeles, California, USA - JUL 5, 2007
This beer is balanced and fine overall, but there is nothing of interest. There are vague hints of good Flemish sours--some sour apple. A little bitterness, a little wood. I can’t say I see what the point is.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
penstemon (199) - Nevada, USA - JAN 3, 2015
Pours dark mahogany with a small light beige head. Aroma is vinous, acetic, plum, dried cherry, and raisin. Taste is slight tartness, also a hint of sweetness, lots of berries and dried fruits, vinous, a bit of apple, and an aftertaste of grape candy. Bubbly carbonation, light-med body.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
florent.janssens (198) - - DEC 28, 2014
Bière qui a un côté sour ale. un peu acide mais pas aussi acide qu’une vrai sour ale. Arrière goût quasi inexistant.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BigSound (196) - New York, USA - DEC 20, 2011
Had at 7th Sun in Dunedin FL. Pours a deep Mahogany with brilliant red hues. The aroma is nice and malty with notes of leather and some ripe fruit. Some nice earthy malt flavors up front with some slightly tart notes in the back. The body is fairly light with a medium/high carbonation. A very nice wild ale, very mild. This would be a great beer to use as an introduction to sours.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
anfractuosity (196) - - OCT 26, 2014
This beer is pretty amazing. Normally I don’t like sour beers as I find them too sour, but you can taste the wood from this, very nice!

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bigabe (194) - California, USA - FEB 8, 2011
It’s like taking a good belgian dubbel and mixing it half and half with your favorite flemish sour ale. It definitely had sour notes, but it also got chocolatey, malty and even a little bitter at the finish. It’s a VERY complex beer.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bobsy (194) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 27, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2007 Bottle conditioned and purchased from the LCBO. Dark oak pour with a quickly fading white head. Smells of lemon and blue cheese. Taste upfront is moderately sour, but this is toned down by aggressive carbonation. As the drink flattens, the sour tone is enhanced, and the beer begins to resemble a red wine that has started to turn (but in a good way). The mouthfeel lets this drink down, as the carbonation is too intense and overpowers the flavour unless let to sit.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
chaz01 (190) - Miamisburg, Ohio, USA - APR 10, 2010
Served into a champagne flute from a 22 ounce bottle at a local beer tasting event. Dark brown in color. A small head recedes to nothing very quickly and then it looks kind of flat. Sweet malt aroma with oak and sherry tones. A little bit of tart sourness combined with some malty sweetness. Nice mellow sour finish. Mouthfeel is better than the appearance would indicate - the beer is creamy and carbonated. The "sourness" in this beer is more laid-back and enjoyable, imho. It’s much more drinkable than big sour beers such as the Petrus Aged Pale.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
roomtempbeer (185) - Franklin, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2004
Beer pours (in flute glass) a dark red-brown liquid with caramel colored head that dissipates quickly leaving a thin film. Aroma is of sweet mellon, and fruit. Flavor is of sweet fruit, and caramelized something. Very good. Has character. Nothing to be ashamed of. Sampled at 60 degrees Fahrenheit.


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