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

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RATINGS: 1062   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.


2.7
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BlackHaddock (3780) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 27, 2012
3rd Bottle from the ’Petrus range’ I’ve reviewed, more in the garage awaiting their turn! This brown 33cl bottle is just a little out of date, should have been consummed by 24th May 2009, drank and reviewed 30th Sept 2009. Poured into a Westmalle chalice, it was bound to look good and it did. A deep ruby red colour with a thick tan head (at first), the head soon fell away though. This is one of the sour smelling and tasting Oud Bruins that’s for sure. Vinegarous aroma and flavour doninates everything once the bottle has been broached. I can’t pretent to actually enjoy the sour styled ones, but I do understand where they are coming from and can almost appreciate them, almost that is! Farmyard, old cherry and plum flavoured hints start to arrive in the aroma and taste as the beer warms, this doesn’t help my appreciation in any way either. The rear label claims Oak barrels are used during its 20 months in maturing, this obviuosly adds to the character of the brew. Glad I’ve had one, will not be having another.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
mathieuc (1319) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 7, 2013
UPDATED: APR 21, 2013 UPDATE (2013-02-27): Please be cautious as there seems to be some wild bottle variations. Some of the bottles from my case tasted like skunky mushrooms (not good) while others were much less problematic with an enjoyable sour. I’m taking down my rating from 3.4 to 2.7 only to emphasize that.

Pours reddish brown with a nice layer of white foam that leaves pretty lacing patterns. Nose is pretty tame with light balsamic notes and maybe a little cherry. Mouthfeel is thinner than expected but at least carbonation is just right so it doesn’t enhance that perception. It ends up bone dry which I appreciate. Overall a light and refreshing drink. Not bad at all, just not up there. Oh and I forgot to mention, this is not sour to me. Only the tinyest sour shows up mid-palate.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DrSilverworm (6420) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 6, 2013
750ml bottle, shared. Clear brown / red color. Burgundy? Thin to minimal khaki head. Few dots of lace. Light sour taste. Bit of an almost macro bite in the finish that I really don’t care for, initially. No richness or fullness in the body. Kind of a nutty malt aroma, some oak, light vinous grape note. Medium body. This is harsh at first, but definitely gets better after a lot of swishing and a bit of sitting. Carbonation mellows out, as well as the bite. Gets a little smoother and creamier. A slight rich malt begins to show up, but nothing like the better sour browns I’ve had

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
TarcisioVasco (131) - Ribeirão Preto (SP)., BRAZIL - MAY 14, 2013
Cerveja muito respeitada, mas sinceramente está nos entre meus estilos preferidos, gosto de vinagre, se a gente faz uma cerveja caseira com essas características certamente vão falar em contaminação, azeda demais, um verdadeiro "vinagre belga".

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
tdubesq (14) - - APR 17, 2014
Smells sour and fruity. Pours much dsrker then expected. A rich broen color. Has a sour citrus yeasty taste. Finishes clean.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beerhunter111 (7443) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAY 11, 2014
Dunkelrötliches Bier mit ordentlicher Schaumkrone. Geruch säuerlich, holzig, Karamell, würzig, genauso schmeck es auch.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
MartinT (7811) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 11, 2003
UPDATED: APR 10, 2004 Bland red cherry wine stuck in a miry caramel syrup...Sweet candy canes falling away into oblivion...Pleasure does not linger and tartness is a no show...A lower than average Flemish Sour...

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - NOV 18, 2005
An almost headless chestnut body gave off a strong aroma of sou/tart cherries and hints of oak. Pronounced carbonation. Medium bodied. The flavor was very sour, biting.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Hansen (6648) - Assentoft, DENMARK - JUL 14, 2006
Dark brown beer. Off-white lasting head. Kind of vinegar aroma, roasted too. Flavor acetic, oak?. Thin.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
marcus (6511) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 5, 2006
This reddish-brown ale poured with a medium tan head, most of which dissipated rather quickly. There is, indeed, a sour brown flavor, but it is so thin as to be almost undetectable. There is a slightly astringent finish.


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