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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1178   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
Dark ruby red Ė 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 Ďmother beerí 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mephisto (1275) - TAIWAN - FEB 11, 2006
acidic and fruity aroma, the mouthfeel is mildly sharp. deep amber hue with reddish head, this is a decent sour ale.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kevin (2155) - New Mexico, USA - MAR 2, 2006
Pours with a red body that hits ruby when held to the light and a thin quickly leaving head. Sherry aroma with something that makes me think cork even though this was capped. Vinous flavor that is dry with a black cinnamon raisin quality. Lingering light tartness in the finish. A very light sourness to this. Iím thinking of what lafolie would be like if it wasnít soured as much. I think this would be close to it. A nice woody profile. Damn, I wish I hadnít traded my last la folie. I want to do a side by side. Looks like a trip to st louis is in the future then. Ap- 3 ar- 4 tas-6 pal-3 ov-14

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - MAR 8, 2006
11.2 oz bottle via trade with Degarth! - Thanks Joe! - Pours a nice deep copper color with a bubbly tan head that fades back quickly to a film but laces some from there. Aroma is vinous with just a whiff of that oak barrel but actually somewhat subdued. Flavor is much less sour than I was expecting. Some vinegar notes and cherry, but also some vanilla, and oak there as well as a bit of raisin. Finish is where most of the sourness is, also very dry Palate seemed somewhat acidic, medium bodied, and actually somewhat watered down. Nothing overly impressive from this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
harrisoni (15068) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - APR 8, 2006
Bottle. Ruby colour with beige head. Some sour bruin aroma. Some choc. Slightly sour in mouth. Some choc/toffee/sourness. Sourish finish. Not bad. Sweetish balance to it. Velvety in mouth. Fine.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SSSteve (3958) - - APR 22, 2006
dark ruby with a small tan head. sour apple and some caramel in aroma. lightly sour on the tongue. a tart cherry flavor dominates with some darker malts underneath. decent

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
ALLOVATE (2624) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 24, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2006 Rusty but not sour, this wasnít the gem I expected it to be, but then I didnít know what to expect. Attractive to look at, with an inch thick creamy off-white head forming off the pour that was mostly lasting atop a deep, ruby red body that sparkled in the lights. The lace-work was magnificent. Aroma has soft notes of rancid meat, leather and fell, slowly fermenting fruit amidst a spicy Shiraz-like base. Itís more oxidised than sour in the mouth (as I noted earlier) with a good dose of blood and rust shining right through into the swallow. Light, souring, vinous malts blend nicely with the prickly carbonation to give it a slight zing and a little bounce on the palate. Finish has a feint sweetness of dark fruits before dropping off short. Flavours are well attenuated at this point making it a simple tasting, vinous beer, and its light body is almost watery in feel. Lacks the complexity of the better Flemish sours. Nice, but not exciting. (33cL, 21/09/07, Intíl Beer Shop, W. Leederville)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
eaglefan538 (2943) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 9, 2006
Well, a style that I enjoy, but a beer that is only mediocre. The pour was pretty, I love that burgundy color with a thin brownish head that fit perfectly in my Duchesse De Bourgogne glass. Nice carbonated thin streams of bubbles rising along the edges of the glass. Lacing was very nice. However, beyond appearance, this one didnít live up to the hype and wasnít worthy of the fine glassware. Aroma was a bit tart, of cherries, and something of an organic acid (not vinegar, though). The flavor was somewhat weak, lacking any vinegar notes, and simple: light tart cherries. About as lacking as this Penn State team right about now vs. FL State in this Orange Bowl. Mouthfeel was a little thin and watery but with some carbonation. I let it warm beyond the suggested 45-50F serving temperature, but nothing improved. Oh well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
thewolf (11495) - Kolding, DENMARK - SEP 11, 2006
Pours clear dark amber with big fizzy off-white head. Yeasty and malty sweet aroma. Some berry feelings as well. Quite spritzy. It has a sweet taste though with caramel and a clear oak-like flavour at the dry end.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Slacks (615) - Bolton, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 19, 2006
250 ml Bottle: Pours ruby-brown with quite a bit of odd bubble lacing and a thin off-white head. Aroma is very busy and quite interesting; raisins, plums, molasses, oak are all present in heavy amounts. Flavour was decidedly underwhelming based on my post-aroma expectations, this is a carbonation-heavy mild brew with very little flavour when itís cold. When I allowed it time to warm I could pick out a distinct red wine and fruity sweetness, but it was still a bit of a stretch. Iíd hoped for better.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
shrubber85 (9019) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 31, 2006
Bottle. Vinegar and sour cherry aroma. Dark reddish brown color with moderate head. Lightly sour cherry/raisin malt flavor. Light mouthfeel. Metallic aftertaste. Okay but not great.

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