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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1267   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bov (12007) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - SEP 13, 2001
UPDATED: JUN 12, 2006 hazy dark reddish-brown colour under a fine little foam; gentle fruity nose with notes of vinegar; rather thin-bodied and quite sharp acidity; the finish is moderately dry, showing more acidity and some notes of apple - lacking of malt backbone to be really good

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 8, 2002
A nice strong head accompanies this ale as it is poured. It takes a long time to settle, too. A nice even brown color. A light touch of malt with a bit of a tart attitude assails the nostrils. The tartness is proved by the light sourness on the palate. A really nice easy drinking refresher of an aged ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
oneartisan (2) - USA - JUL 24, 2002 does not count

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerguy101 (5359) - Newark, California, USA - OCT 15, 2002
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2004 Re rate- Medium brown color. Small head. Aroma is malty and fruity, touch of vinous quality. Medium bodied Ale. Malts are fruity and sweet. Touch of sour cherries, yeast and fruit. Seems to have a much milder vinous quality than other beers of this type. Nicely balanced. Smooth taste. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. Possible over the hill bottle. Dark brown color, small head, vinous aroma. Full flavored brown ale, some oak character. Deep malt flavor. Very mild and smooth taste. Mouthfeel is a little thin, expected it to be fuller from the taste. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is vinous and a little malty. Note: There was a lot of soild yucky looking sediments in the bottom of the glass. Old beer or natural for this beer? Need to retaste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Frank (4024) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 31, 2003
So I buy this expecting a dubbel (it's a brown ale from Belgium). I pour it in a chalice, take a whiff, and whew! this smells a touch sour. Is it supposed to be this sour?

I log on to ratebeer. Yes, it is supposed to be this sour. It's a Flemish sour ale fer crissakes!

Anyway, Petrus pours a nice garnet brown color. Little lacing but a nice quarter inch of head lingers throughout. Somewhat sour nose with a bit of cherry. The sourness, though surprising to me, was not at all overwhelming and not the least bit bad. Sort of a cranberry type of sourness rather than any sort of foul vinegar kind of deal. Refreshing and light bodied with gentle carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
presario (4903) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 18, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2007 First sniff is sharp and vinegary. Second brings out the oak and cherries, sour cherries. Light head, bubbly, medium brown. Tastes like a combination of a brown ale mixed with cherry lambic with a touch of vinegar. Unique beer experience you won’t forget.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - JUL 21, 2003
Dark amber with a small disappearing off-white head. A wooden winelike aroma and taste. The taste is fine but there are no real secondary flavors in this ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - OCT 5, 2003
2yrs old. Small light brown head. Red-brown body. Malty, vinous, acidic, oak. Nice, but nowhere near Rodenbach Grand Cru.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boutip (5940) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 26, 2004
Poured a dark red brew with a nice head. Aroma of cherry (probably from coming from the oak) with acidic taste. Body is a bit light and no complexity. I would have appreciated a bit more spice or aftertaste. Overall, this is a very average oud brun and I won't be seeking this one anytime soon.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
madsberg (11403) - Søborg, DENMARK - FEB 24, 2004
Bottled: Dark red coloured. Has a thin beige head. Aroma is a little bland. Some sourness and a little bit of fruitsweetness. The flavour is bland as well. A little acidic sourness but not as distinct as I prefer in this style. Is quite dry in the end, but dies quickly on the palate. A little disappointing.

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