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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: 1069   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Skip (206) - Indiana, USA - APR 16, 2004
Subtle aroma of toast and apples. The taste is carmelly and woody with a wine-like fruit aftertaste. very pleasant.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
joeec5 (204) - bayonne, New Jersey, USA - MAY 18, 2005
brown reddish clear with large off white head., sour aroma, taste is slightly sour, rasberryish maybe, but also wet cardboard. , falls a bit flat. ok though.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
poech73 (202) - Nivelles, BELGIUM - FEB 7, 2014
Ma 2e Oud bruin après la Rodenbach. Celle-ci est moins sucrée avec un profil fort boisé dégageant des effluves acides fuitées. En bouche, c’est un corps fort léger, très agréable à boire qui offre des arômes de fruits de bois (cassis, myrtille) et une belle rondeur. Sur la fin, il ne me reste presque pas d’amertume, juste un peu ce goût acide assez désaltérant et cette belle rondeur légère qui rend la bière moelleuse, mais assez courte cependant. Plutôt que pour la dégustation, on dirait plus une bière pour la soif .

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.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
vlan1 (198) - Eastern Shore, Maryland, USA - NOV 10, 2013
Pours a deep ruby red with a big tan fluffy head. sour slightly vinegary nose with hints of oak. Mild tart flavor with earthy tannins and oak being at the forefront. Smooth ,slick clean mouthfeel. Very Drinkable.

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.

4.1
   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.


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