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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: 1178   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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.


3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
UselessGdTaste (365) - Long Beach, California, USA - DEC 21, 2006
Aroma is sour and has plenty of oak overtones. Flavor has a good amount of woodyness and the flavor is less sour than the nose would have predicted. A decent beer with unique characteristics.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Brad (364) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - APR 19, 2005
Mostly transparent red/amber, single finger head, hardly lasting. Aromas of fruit syrup and alcohol. Flavor was of dark berries (rasp, straw, black), slight sourness, but not as sweet as it sounds. Nice mouthfeel, and good looking lacing.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
graziano85 (363) - Budapest, HUNGARY - MAY 16, 2014
Brown colour, with medium brown head. Smell is lactic acid, absolutely wood, and some vinous notes. Taste is wood, leather, and again some lactic acid, but less than in the nose. Dry finish. Good.

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, I’ll definately come back to this beer again. I haven’t 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrDick (351) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Petkus331 (349) - 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.

3.8
   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.

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.


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