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


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RATINGS: 1028   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ThomasE (5176) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 5, 2006
Chestnut colour with a beige head. Malty, dark fruit sweet aroma with a light tart note and hints of wood and yeast. Malty, light tart fruity flavor with a vague note of wood.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - MAY 31, 2007
Bottle. Pours dark brown with amber highlights. Quite dry on the nose. Sour. Yeasty. Oak. Hint of sour cherry. Fizzy carbonation and a tad thin on the palate. Quite dry flavor profile. Just a tad sour and yeasty. Not nearly as complex and as rich as I like my sours. Fairly one dimensional.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
hapjydeuce (922) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 20, 2007
On tap at Liars Club. Has a reddish brown color with lots of carbonation. Weird aroma of heavy plum, caramel, oak, pear and cherries. Initial flavor is extremely sweet and malty with a nose of more caramel and plum. Starts to fade very quickly with the sour acidic finish with a yeasty brettanomyces undertone. Reminded me of drinking Lemon Coca-Cola. Not that great of a brew, but very drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
GRM (2828) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 13, 2008
Brown bottle, 330 ml, best before 07/06/09, purchased at the LCBO on March 2 2008, savoured on March 13 2008; eye: ruby with a brownish hue, café au lait head, slight effervescence, a bit of lacing; nose: sour, malt, a bit woody; mouth: malt, "old dust", sour, a bit woody, a bit of caramel, "old" finale with a hint of sourness, lightly sweet, medium body, a bit thin, average carbonation, a bit acidic; overall: a bit disappointed FRANÇAIS Bouteille brune, 330 ml, meilleure avant 07/06/09, achetée à la LCBO le 2 mars 2008, savourée le 13 mars 2008; œil : rubis avec une teinte brunâtre, mousse café au lait, très légère effervescence, un peu de dentelle; nez : suri, malt, un peu boisé; bouche : malt, « vieille poussière », suri, un peu de boisé, petit filet de caramel, finale en « vieux » avec une pointe de suri, légèrement sucrée, corps moyen, un peu mince, carbonatation moyenne, légèrement acide; en résumé : un peu déçu

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
garthicus (2594) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAR 19, 2008
Bottle LCBO - Pours an orange ruby coulor with a thick viscous off white head. Milky-natural yoghurt aroma with malt notes. Similar flavour, like drinking a watery carbonated natural yoghurt with some malty beer added. Suprisingly, it’s not too shabby, but nothing to write home about.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
porterhouse (1581) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - SEP 26, 2008
(330 ml bottle from Bootleggers, part of a Petrus sampler pack) Something’s amiss...Pours very dark tobacco brown with about two fingers of sturdy tan head that recede to a thin lasting cap. Aroma surprisingly very muted, maybe some caramel malt sweetness but really not much. Mouthfeel nice and soft, quite smooth. Nice big weepy rings and curtains of lacing. Flavor is very washed out. Main element is a lightly fizzy sourness which could mean infection, but even beyond that I’m not picking out much for flavor, maybe some light chocolate nuttiness but it is faint. Surprising.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ilovedarkbeer (2198) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 17, 2009
Terrible sour. Pours a hazy brown amber color with a medium sized light tan bubbly head. Nose is meaty bread some brown sugar and a bit of tartness. Taste is like watery apple skins and yeast or unbaked biscuits. Totally blah and not worth drinking at all.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
sfhodense (4791) - Odense NØ, DENMARK - OCT 4, 2009
Pours brown with a beige head. Aroma is caramel, fruit, acidic. Flavour is malty and acidic.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - APR 4, 2004
Flemish Sour Tasting with MartinT & Rastacouere Part 1 #3. Similar rough-hewn color scheme as the first two in the tasting. Sour, stolid nose; stale bread overlies hints of sour fruit. Bland, bitter, dry and sour in a very boring, one-dimensional way...little real flavor besides dried old apples. The weakest of the tasting, easily.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mgermani (1000) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 2, 2007
Pours a dark reddish-brown with a head that lasts all of three seconds, and only the faintest sour aroma. Weak malting but still weaker souring in the taste. Now I see why Rodenbach is so popular - if it’s going to be sour, at least let it be aggressively so. After what little sourness there is wears off, sweetness kicks in until the beer is swallowed, leaving virtually no aftertaste - just the faintest trace of artificial grape flavouring. Very mild, nice body and more than sufficient carbonation. This is a disappointment - certainly not unpleasant, but completely un-notable.

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