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


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RATINGS: 1262   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
corkyrory66 (1394) - BELGIUM - OCT 31, 2014
Bière vieille brune de 5,5 % abv. Elue meilleure mondiale de sa catégorie au WBA de 2012. Couleur brun roux vieux… Clarté nette. Bulles fines partout, magnifiques. Mousse beige moyen bien épaisse, consistante, stable à 1 mm. Arômes de bois de fût, myrtille, pointe de girofle, câpres, vinaigre de vin de 1ère classe. 1ère bouche douce et soyeuse sur du bois de fût, vin en mûrissement, raisin noir, pointe de poivre. Arrière-bouche maltée, café, pointe de chocolat noir. 2ème avec une texture soyeuse, et où un côté miellé vient s’ajouter aux notes précédentes. Arrière-bouche très fine, complexe. 3ème avec un côté vineux qui se met en place, du bois de chêne, des épices. Arrière-bouche vraiment élégante. La longueur entame sur le bois, suivi de prune bleue, pomme de pin, massepain, raisins secs, oseille. Les jambes sont marquées, lignées. L’alcool est parfait pour garder la finesse et la douceur. La finale est remarquable. CONCLUSION : une bière qui passe 20 mois en compagnie du chêne des barriques, c’est-à-dire plus d’un an et demi. Cela contribue forcément à sa saveur, mais il faut y ajouter un très grand travail du brasseur. Comme il le dit si bien : « the key to heaven » ...

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
leah2974 (453) - Georgia, USA - APR 17, 2012
Bottle from Ale Yeah! in Decatur, GA. Dark caramel brown, balanced, malty, slightly sweet and sour. Delicious.

   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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
gilvanblight (821) - 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.

   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

   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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Clarkdvm (456) - Florida, USA - SEP 18, 2012
Lovely hint of tartness, surprising sure to dark brown color. faint pleasant aroma. @independent

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
crazy_cat_lady (384) - - 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.

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