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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

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1089   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.


1.9
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Fech (291) - Parsippany, New Jersey, USA - APR 10, 2012
Strong flavor yet light and no bitterness. A little sour however. Finishes not so well.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - MAY 24, 2004
Pours reddish brown, good sized tan head. Sourish malty aroma. The flavor is slighlty tart, moreso at the finish than upfront. Very nice mouthfeel.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Trappist (284) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 3, 2003
It reminded me of Goudenband flemish sour. It had a wood to mellow dry flavor about it, and was medium in carbonation. Nice brown to semi-reddish coloration. This was something I did enjoy but could not drink in large numbers.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thepeter (281) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 6, 2012
A- pours a dark amber brown with a small head that disappeared and left little lacing. S- Vinegar, oak wood, dark fruit come out as the beer settles, sour green apple, and a bit of metal are there throughout. T- Sour cherries, oak, vinegar up front all of that fades as you drink and the aftertaste is a muted version of what you get at first. Nice, but wish flavors were more pronounced throughout. Almost watered down at the end. M &D- medium to light bodied and feels a bit watered down at times. Carbonation was fine but wish it had a nicer body but all that allowed for better drinkability. Although I could drink quite a few of these, I have other ones I would rather have. Overall a nice beer but if I am looking for an old Bruin, I am looking for more than this one. Still a nice example and one that is easily accessible.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Petkus331 (280) - Redford, Michigan, USA - FEB 7, 2014
A sweet and sour aroma of flowers and apples. Appears clear light golden yellow, thin foam, but nice lace. Taste is mostly sour balanced with some sweet and slight bitterness of bubblegum and apple. Palate is a little foamy, and thinnish. Overall, this is a very good beer! Should be considered a Berlinerweise.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Marthinus (276) - DENMARK - MAR 16, 2010
Bottle. hazy and very caramel brown with a thick beige head. and aroma as well. Much oldish malty and sweet, too. To much carbonation.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
steve23mj (273) - Essexville, Michigan, USA - DEC 25, 2004
97 version. Pours dark red with little to no head. Nose is figgy and vinous. Flavor is sour and noticable presence of Belgian candi sugar. Mild sense of cherry flavor. Tart dry finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Franksv6 (271) - Tiel, NETHERLANDS - SEP 9, 2014
Dark brown bear with a beige head. Smells sour and woody. Taste is also woody and sour, some fruit and yeast. Sour aftertaste which disappears quickly.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
LasseVPedersen (269) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - OCT 22, 2014
Bottle, 75cl magnum. Pours a ruby red color that settles brown and dark red with a huge, stable, foamy beige head. Fruity, delightful aroma of mostly sour apples, ripe dark fruits, figs, apricots, grapes and cherries. Malty and yeasty nose as well. Flavour is even more fruity than the nose suggest. Light sweet at first of caramel malt and yeast, after which, more cherries, apples, (red) grapes and plums dominates the taste. Moderate sourness in a long, dry rather bitter finish. Light-medium bodied, average carbonation and a sticky, oily texture. Well balanced mixture of tartness, acidity and sweetness.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brewandbbq (269) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 2, 2008
Pours dark amber with mahogany hues. A beige head of a half-inch sunk to a full coverage skim-coat. Decent lacework throughout the glass. Aromatics are vineous and meaty, with wine-soaked raisins and turned earth. Not a whole lot of presense in the nose however. Lacking intensity and depth. Creamy, velvety mouthfeel. Rich and soft. The pallet starts off with a hint of tart vineousity, ripe fruit, juicy malt, and an earthy woodiness. Hints of figs, worstershire, and lemon follow through. Alcohol and bitterness are nill, and the beer finishes fairly quick. An easy drinker, but really too tame in character. The beer just needs a lot more of what it already has.


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