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

bottled
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RATINGS: 1170   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
thewolf (11440) - 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.

3
   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.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
shrubber85 (8836) - 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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 22, 2007
Bottle. Brown-red appearance. More sweet than sour. BUt does have a slight woody, bretty sourness towards the finish. Some sweet caramelly notes, and as i said a woody sourness to finish. Quite light/soft.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lubiere (11014) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 30, 2007
A dark clear mahogany brown with a thick receeding moka head. A nice aroma of ground cherries, light caramel, and light lactic notes. In mouth, a rather light oud bruin, with light sourish notes, some lemon juice, cherries, very short in mout. 250 mL bottle from a gift pack LCBO 2005, BB 16-06-06.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
robinvboyer (3495) - 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 (2434) - GŲteborg, 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...

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BelgiskOlklub (962) - Viby J, DENMARK - DEC 22, 2007
Bottle, 33 cl. Brown, sparkling, tan foam. Aroma of oak, malt and candy sugar. The flavor is sweet and only slightly hoppy or sour. Thin/medium body and thin sweet finish. I miss the sourness that used to be a trademark!

3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 2, 2008
From a 330mL Bottle. Pours a transparent, ruddy brown color with a thick finger of quickly dissipating beige head. A crisp, cherry tinged brett aroma wafts from the beer, ripened by fermented lemons and dusty cobwebs. A bit musty, and is livened up by some gentle apple cider acetic notes in the background. Leathery caramel malts and faint chocolate nougat is noticeable behind the acidity and brett. Medium light bodied, zesty carbonation that dissipates quickly, leaving behind a relatively bland, flabby cocoa malt sweetness. Whereas the aroma is a delightful blend of acidity and malt, the flavor comes across bland and unexciting. Ho hum. Very little brett character comes across in the flavors, and the acetic character is missing as well. I donít generally want more acetic character in my beer, but it would be a welcome addition to this flavor stagnation. Boring chocolate malt flavors with no finish. OK, so there is a smidgen of apple cider crispness in there mid-palate, but the finish is too clean and watery. I donít remember this beer tasting this un-sour in past samples Iíve had, but this is the third time Iíve had it in the last two weeks, twice from a bottle and once on draft, and it was a bit of a disappointment each time. This rating reflects the sample Iím enjoying while entering this rate, as Iím actually giving this beer my undivided attention. And yes, my rating number has actually improved. The snifter glass really showcases the nice aroma, but the flavors and palate are a total let down.


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