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

bottled
common

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common

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RATINGS: 1063   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32   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 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
magsinva (878) - Virginia, USA - JUN 17, 2011
bottle - pours a very dark brown with a finger of off-white head. Nose has a lot of caramel and wheat. Taste is mildly sour hops and then finishes cleanly. Palate is a bit thin. Overall, this is a bit disappointing for me, as it is rather one note (sour) and that’s it.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Zymurgeist2 (1030) - Redwood City, California, USA - DEC 21, 2011
Brown with garnet highlights. Disjointed aroma. Some dried fruit on the palate, but not much going on for a west Flanders. Slight sour throughout is too subtle for style. Sweet malt is in the background.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nocturne (794) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - JAN 31, 2012
330ml bottle. Brown with a red glint and a decent head. Bread, vinegar and a hint of soap on the nose. Taste is palatable but a bit undistinguished, and doesn’t pack the sour punch I was hoping for. Worth a try.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MrW (426) - Londerzeel, BELGIUM - APR 30, 2012
Bottle @ZBF ’12 Sour aroma, hints of wood. Dark with beautiful white head, fading away. Light taste, fresh acidic, little sweetness. Aftertaste is the fresh acid fading away.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Scopey (6932) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 8, 2012
Bottle at home. It pours deep brown with a purplish hue and quickly dissipating thick beige head. The nose is oak, musty, dust, barnyard and a touch of vinegar. The taste is wood, dark fruit, plum skin, faint cherry, light tanginess, vinous aspect, pithy lemon and dull sweetness with a dry finish. Light body and moderate carbonation. Disappointing lack of any real sourness. Not bad, just rather forgettable.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
TheRealMGD (551) - Lakewood, Washington, USA - JAN 21, 2013
Tap @ ECT. Clear, deep red-brown pour with a brief, short beige head which fades quickly toa rim and leaves spotty lace. Nose is cardboard and a hint of tart fruit - cherries. Nedium body, with moderate, fine carbonation. Black cherries, brown sugar, apples, a bit of woody umami. Finush is short and sugary. Not spicy, sour/wild or complex like the better Oud Bruins, tastes like an average Oud Bruin blended with malt extract.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lunkie (1405) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - JUN 10, 2013
Nutty malt rich hop aroma. Clear dark brown red colour with fair head and lacing. Malt nutty flavour with spices. Smooth palate. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
zvikar (3441) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - JUN 15, 2013
Bottle shared at a sour tasting at Noam’s office. Pours red to brown with a beige head, aroma is sourish with wood, malt, some fruits, flavor is sour with malt, medium bodied

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
bth122 (1269) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 2, 2013
Bottle. Poured a brown color with dissipating head. Aroma of toffee, caramel, light fruits. Taste is medium light sweetness and some tartness/sour notes. Creamy texture. Basement flavors with tart fruits. Not very good.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
tectactoe (1941) - Michigan, USA - OCT 21, 2013
UPDATED: APR 23, 2014 Bottle: Deep, rich, woody brown color with some nice ruby shades; grey & beige head tops it off and settles quickly to a quarter-inch in size. Decent lacing left behind. Aroma is dominant must; dirt, earthy, woody funk, almost mildew-like. Dry oak, faint hint of acetic acid, mild lemon, a twinge of vanilla, & just a kiss of cherry skins. Doesn’t smell too sour... mostly just dry, oaky, & musky. Taste is the same way with an acidic astringency that bites the tongue, but isn’t really that tart. Dirty funk, mildew, must, a touch of wet hay. Warmth brings out Belgian dubbel-like notes with sweet plums, grapes, & vinous stone fruits. Touch of nuttiness & cocoa powder in the finish, even, hand in hand with lots of dry oak. Strange beer. Not bad, but kind of a curveball. Very tannic, oaky, & dry.


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