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

bottled
common

on tap
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RATINGS: 1167   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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rasmus40 (13502) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - JAN 8, 2014
Bottle from Voldby. Clear very dark brown with a small off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, dark sugar, wood and sour fruit. Flavor is medium sweet and light acidic. Light dry and light acidic finish. 080114

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (13398) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 25, 2001
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2003 An interesting example of the style. Has a rich maltiness that is undercut by a fairly sharp acidity, but by no means overwhelming acidity. Fruitiness is more prevalent here than in Rodenbach. Deep mahogany colour, a lot of cherry in the aroma. Wonderfully refreshing, though, which is key to this style.

2 years old:
Amber-burgundy colour is lovely. Fruity, woody aroma with grapes. Very wine-like. Effervescent body. The malts have fermented out a bit, but really this hasn't changed all that much. Sweet caramel, woody, plummy, cherryish notes abound, but little else. Just enough acidity to be quenching. Not bad, but doesn't appear to benefit from aging. Vintage rating: 3.2

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rlgk (13157) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 7, 2005
Amber, offwhite head. Aroma from pine and juniperberry, woody, fruitu, malty and with some grapes. Grapefruit is back in the sourish flavor, pine and some juniperberry is found too. Gives a somewhat vinous feeling.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (12736) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 15, 2010
A: The beer pours a dark brown with a slight reddish tint. There is a thin layer of white foam. S: The primary aroma is roasted malt. This is followed by a slight lactic acid scent and a decent combination of barnyard funk and oak. T: I have not had too many beers of this style, so I was a bit unsure as to what I should expect. There is definite Brown ale character initially, along with a lactic zing. It is more sweet than sour, with lots of roasted malt and mild oak coming through. On the finish there are slight notes of dark fruits. M: This beer features plentiful carbonation and a dry mouthfeel, which is something I really enjoy. D: Moderate alcohol and an effervescent mouthfeel make this beer very drinkable. The flavors and aromas are good, but not great, so I doubt I will have this again at nearly $4 for a 330ml bottle.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
chrisv10 (12496) - DENMARK - OCT 19, 2014
Bottle, 5.5%. Unclear/murky brown with medium beige head. Aroma is malt, yeast, dark fruits, oak, sour, sour fruits and a little vinegar. Flavour is malt, yeast, dark fruits, medium sweet, oak, sour fruits, little sour and a little dry.

1.4
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
Koelschtrinker (12439) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - JUN 10, 2011
Fruchtiger, saurer Geruch. Das Bier startet direkt Mittel-sauer, alle anderen Aromen werden verdrängt. Das Bier wirkt auch sonst recht langweilig und wässrig. Selbst die erhofften fruchtigen Aromen können nur ab und an im Hintergrund ausgemacht werden. Im Nachgeschmack ist neben einem holzigen Aroma ein an faule Eier erinnerder Geschmack auszumachen. Eins der schlechtesten belgischen Biere bisher. Test vom 9.9.2006, Gebinde: Glasflasche Noten: 7,3,4,1,12,4 - 4,10

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhensonb (12292) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 23, 2007
33 cL bottle. Aroma of caramel malt and sour dark fruit. Color was ruby tinged brown, with a beige head that was furious and stayed. Definite sour note as the glass approaches the lips. Thin to medium bodied. Near creamy, from moderate carbonation. Not all that sweet, and there is a thrilling sour note running through it. Very pleasant. The malty sweetness is fairly balanced by the sour and light bitter. Not tremendously complex, but much more so than many. It really is nice to have in the mouth. The finish is touch of oak, dark fruit skin, touch of sour, a hint of bitter. Just excellent. Refreshing.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gunnfryd (12273) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 18, 2006
Bottle. Dark brown colour with a beige head. Pleasent roasted malt and yeast aroma. Flavour is roasted malt, yeast, fruitiness. Pleasent

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12147) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 28, 2004
(Bottle) Pours a clear deep mahogany body with some lacing. Fruity aroma dominated by cherries. Semi-sour cherry flavor. Mild acidic palate.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
argo0 (12033) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 11, 2002
I don’t think I’ve had a ’Flanders Red Ale’ before, but if this beer is representative, I can’t say I like the style. Brown beer with a hint of redness and minimal head. Sour cherry aroma and flavor. Dry acidic finish. Overall, seems fairly one-dimensional and lacking in complexity.


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