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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

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RATINGS: 1050   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.


2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Aubrey (3430) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - FEB 25, 2003
Murky brown. Sweet, fruity nose. A bit watery and thinnish on the palate, but not too bad. Smells much better than it tastes. Rather salty in the middle, and a bit in the finish too. Not a drain pour, but didn't do much for me.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
CatoctinMike (9) - Sabillasville, Maryland, USA - APR 4, 2003 does not count
Nice head and beutiful color. Lacks the fruity sourness of the other Belgian sour ales. Flat dry finish.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rastacouere (6119) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 4, 2004
Clear ruby brown body with a sticky off-white head. Aroma is balsamic with almost no barrel character though which annoys me when you display them on the label. Bready, yeasty. Taste is a little bland, very short aftertaste, restrained sourness and a little empty. I came close to writing plastic also, but that's pushing it far. Bitter finish, medium body, creamy and biting, too much actually. This may be the only unremarkable beer of the day, but trust me that you're in for something with their aged pale!

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
ClarkVV (3891) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 15, 2005
Bottle, undated purchased out of a cooler from Hop and Leaf, Knoxville, TN Feb 2005. Good ruddy strawberry-amber pour, with some darker orange-caramel shades and a moderate amount of off-white head. Aroma of sweet toffee, lightly tart yeast and brett, with pleasantly balanced hints of oak and some sweet butter-cream. Flavor begins on a wonderful tart yeast note, with oak and malt well integrated. Unfortunately, the beer dies off quickly after the initial flavor, getting horribly thin, very watery and losing any tartness. Finishes with some sticky caramel mixed with water, lightly sweet oak and sugar. Arg, why does it just die off?? Watery mouthfeel, low to moderate carbonation.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
blankboy (5945) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 24, 2005
Bottle. Pours a clear bubbly dark reddish-brown with a small diminishing light-brown head. The slightly sour and woodsy aroma of malt, fruit, spices and alcohol was not much to my liking. The flavour follows the aroma and is also quite sour but not in a good way, there’s something "off" about the sour taste -- I found myself wondering if I had a bad bottle but then I remembered it was like this last time I tried it as well. Mouthfeel was thin. Flemish Sour Ales are not my favourite kind of beer to start with but there are so many better ones than this one, I think my rating is fair as this beer is mediocre at best.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
HenrikSoegaard (10367) - Randers, DENMARK - JUL 15, 2006
Bottle. Creamy white good mostly lasting head. Moderate malty and hoppy aroma. OK flavor, average finish. Watery palate.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheGrandMaster (2334) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 23, 2007
Bottle, a hazy brown with a bubbly off white head. A leathery musty malt aroma. Smooth and mellow, but a bit bland, with a cloyingly sweet finish. Hints of sourness, but more dry really.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
FatPhil (8995) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAR 10, 2008
Keg (ZBF2008)
Deep reddy brown. Bready aroma, Anna detects sourness too. Watery, only an occasional sour taste. Much better after it warms, but still a bit disappointing.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
NosirIwont (1938) - Aalborg Vestby, DENMARK - MAR 13, 2008
Bottle. Pours a clear brown with a light brown head. Sour aroma. Horse blanket. Malty. Flavour is sourish, sweet and malty. 24-01-08.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Brouwser (119) - gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - APR 2, 2008
(Bouteille de la LCBO) Couleur brune noire aux reflets cuivrés. Donne un col de mousse beige court et éphémère. Peu d’effervescence. Au premier abord, le parfum est inhabituel, il s’approche du foin sur, sent un peu la moufette. Le goût est frais et simple, levures et framboises avec une bonne dose sure et d’acidité. Cela rappel une gueuze ou une lambic à la limite (bon, je vois que c’Est une Sour Ale...). La bouche est fraîche, pétillante, mais de texture mince. Un peu étrange, mais propose quelque chose de différent à ce faible taux d’alcool.


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