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

bottled
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RATINGS: 1056   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.


4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
leah2974 (445) - Georgia, USA - APR 17, 2012
Bottle from Ale Yeah! in Decatur, GA. Dark caramel brown, balanced, malty, slightly sweet and sour. Delicious.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - FEB 3, 2002
This is great stuff. If you are a fan of reddish, sour ales with a nice madeira like quality, then this is your beer. If you can’t get Rodenbach, this will wet your whistle. I wish it came in bigger bottles.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
gilvanblight (772) - Windsor, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 28, 2007
Nice bubly tan head over a burnt sienna pour. Amazing scent. Beeries, wood, smoke, and sweetness. Very nice taste, full of tart berries and dark smokiness. There is a touch of sweetness with a flavour that reminds me of a sweeter red wine. A very dry finish. One of the best beers I have had in recent memory.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
STEPHENDR (478) - California, USA - AUG 21, 2006
Cola colored- white head – faint nose of sour raspberries, maple syrup, green vegetation and mold – taste is initially malt then sour raspberries as one swallows, medium body – aftertaste short

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.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Perm (151) - Tryon, North Carolina, USA - JAN 6, 2009
High, high reviews for this one: I love it!

Bottle purchased December 2007. Tasted December 20, 2008.

App: Pours a bit like a porter or Munich Dark -- opaque, dark russet-brown. A copious tan head lingers nicely in my Unibroue goblet.

Aroma: Mild sour note, lots of yeast, chocolate, faint cherry, oak, sherry, vanilla.

Taste: Wonderful! Sour cherry, hop resin, dark chocolate, raspberry-sour note, toffee.

Palate: Thirst-quenching, spritzy-dry with palate-scrubbing-bubbles. A *tiny* hint of diacetyl-slickness, and is that a wine-like finish?

Overall: A terrific little Oud Bruin treat: definitely will have again! Try with duck, game, or good cheeses. Next time, I’ll use this in my Carbonnade a la Flamande.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
qwicksilver6 (12) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 22, 2012
Caramel, cereal and some honey malts are dominant. The malts eventually leave a dexterine feeling in the mouth which isn’t unpleasant. Hops are not distinct and most likely of the resin or spicy varieties. The beer is well balanced but lists to the malty side. Yeast provides a doughy character to the beers palate. Raisin is a very noticeable flavor along with a strong bite of alcohol.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Clarkdvm (109) - Florida, USA - SEP 18, 2012
Lovely hint of tartness, surprising sure to dark brown color. faint pleasant aroma. @independent

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
crazy_cat_lady (120) - - FEB 21, 2014
February 20, 2014. 33cl bottle at beerbistro. Nice balanced sour. Red brown colour, whitish head. Lovely sour aroma with hints of fruit and toffee. Lovely sour flavour with some sweetness to balance it.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
boojummy (50) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - APR 26, 2006
From a 11.2 oz bottle from the package store. Pours an extremely clear, reddish-brown with a very finely bubbled head. Sweet smelling, varguely floral. No ’beer’ aroma at all. The taste starts with an immediate cranberry tang and finishes with a subtle hop bitterness. The body is refreshingly light, while maintaining that characteristic Belgian fullness. Not a ton of depth in the flavor. Seems almost too easy to drink to be a beer. I can see gulping this down on a Friday night (if it weren’t for the cost) or just enjoying a single glassfull. I like it a lot. Man, I wish I could find *this* on tap.


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