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

bottled
common

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common

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RATINGS: 1092   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
y0cola (361) - fremont, California, USA - APR 15, 2006
Blake w/ a red tint. small head putoz aroma of dark cherriez. flavor is of dark cherries. carbonation and refreshing berries. pal is carbonated & good. solid brew.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
machfive55 (358) - Columbia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 17, 2008
Poured from a 12 oz bottle and was a nice dark brown color, not at all hazy. There was a good carbonation, but no head on the beer, not sure if that is common for sour ales, possibly because I used a pilsner glass instead of a snifter. There was a pleasing aroma, but it was nothing exciting. Mostly malty, sweet, fruity with maybe some hints of cherries. The flavor was outstanding, just wonderful and complex. There was a very nice well rounded sourness with hints of cherry and chocolate, that blended well with a very subtle hop presence. There were times when the bitterness stood out more than others, mostly as the beer warmed toward the middle of the glass. The beer started out very mellow and balanced, moved toward bitter then finished out sweet. I even went back to the bottle and finished the dregs. The beer feels comfortable in my mouth like it should be there. The alcohol is barely present, which at 5.5% is deceiving. What an awesome beer, Iíll definately come back to this beer again. I havenít had too many sour ales, but this is an excellent beer. I think this would make an awesome beer for anyone looking to get more into sour ales...a starter beer.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Racegoer (353) - Indiana, Indiana, USA - OCT 26, 2002
decent example, not Par to other FR Ales IU have had,sour , yeasty, not that good.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bombshelter (349) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 17, 2005
aroma has strong sour character and some background sweet/floral action. pours a deep brown with tan head...good lacing. Flavor is not as sour as aroma would indicate: instead, malty, with a little nuttiness, and very smooth. excellent flemish brown.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrDick (347) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 14, 2003
Since it's Bastille Day, I thought that I would drink a Belgium beer (as I fart in your general direction). Strong plum aroma which seems to accompany other ale aged in oak casks. Dark reddish-brown color with little head. On first taste, it lacks character - a bit tart but no real flavors and a bit watery. I'll let this warm up a bit and try again later. It's later. A little more taste and bitterness. Sweet apple and chocolate. This could be a very nice starter ale for somebody trying flemish sours as it doesn't overpower.

2.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beanmedic (347) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 9, 2005
Smells like dogfood. tastes decent. cloying finish (oddly). Not bad overall. brown colour.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
muenster (345) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 5, 2007
Bottle. Pours copper brown with a small, quickly diminishing beige head. Aroma is mild sour apple with some earthy notes. Flavor is initially tart and acidic with sweet caramel toffe notes coming in quickly before a lightly soured fruit finish. Very drinkable.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
footy (345) - scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 9, 2007
1/21/05. 330ml. Dark brown with reddish tins and small beige head.. Very musty with some sour taste. Thin. unexciting.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kempicus (343) - Bakewell, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - NOV 30, 2007
Nice beer, poured a redish brown with soft white head slight iron on the palate and on the nose flavour is slightly reminiscient of black doris plum seeds mixed with a sourish note. Very dry on the finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
Doofgoblin (339) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 8, 2013
A decent oaken brew. Pours brown with a faint off-white head. Aroma is woody with basement funk. Taste is funky, malt, slightly sweet. It also has a fermented fruit kind of note going on too. Finishes nice, sweet, and mostly dry. Overall, itís not grand slam, but it does have some nice interesting qualities.


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