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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: 1154   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
robinvboyer (3391) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 6, 2007
this was my intro to the flemish sour style. I didnt do much research on the beer before trying it, and man i weas thrown back by the sourness. Its tame compared to other sour beers, but its nice, and subtle. You can still get alot fo the malt, and a tad of the hops, and the balance is really nice.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thomat (2280) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 25, 2007
Hazy, brown color with a medium off-white head. Sour and sweet tones. Malty with a sour taste. Medium body with a sweet & sour finish.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
KimJohansen (10347) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - NOV 16, 2007
Pours clear brown with small head. Slightly sweet flavor with some spices. Where is the sourness? Would expect more from a beer like this...

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Aubrey (3482) - 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 (6154) - 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 (4003) - 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 (6426) - 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 (11205) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerandBlues2 (10542) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 18, 2006
Bottle. Pours a clear tawny with a small fizzy off-white head that is mostly diminishing. Aroma is average malt (bread, caramel), average hops (herbs, grass), light yeast (earth) with cask notes. Short duration, light sweetness, moderate acidity and bitterness, minerals. Light bodied, mineral mouthfeel and lively carbonation. This was a somewhat disappointing Flemish Sour in that it was quite bland, both in flavor and aroma.


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