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


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RATINGS: 1109   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 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ernest (6425) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 26, 2002
UPDATED: APR 13, 2012 Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy/creamy, light brown, mostly lasting. Body is medium to dark brown. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (caramel, bread, molasses), lightly yeasty (cobwebs), with light notes of raisin, leather, and sherry. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Light to medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Very dull/bland. There is some promise in the nose, but it’s so mild and limited that it’s impossible to get excited about it. Limp and nearly flavorless in the mouth. It comes off like an interesting beer that has simply been diluted.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
argo0 (11729) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 11, 2002
I don’t think I’ve had a ’Flanders Red Ale’ before, but if this beer is representative, I can’t say I like the style. Brown beer with a hint of redness and minimal head. Sour cherry aroma and flavor. Dry acidic finish. Overall, seems fairly one-dimensional and lacking in complexity.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
obxdude10 (2085) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 19, 2003
Hazy brown in color, soft bubbly head, very sour flavors, bitter finish, a little too sour for my taste

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Nate (3792) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 8, 2004
Sweet and sour aroma, malty with notes of caramel, but also some soy or vinegar tang. Fruity with some spice - bitter orange peels and cloves. Dark brown-red clear with light tan foamy lacing head. Medium-thick watery body with light-medium carbonation. Tangy and light malty sweet start. Fruity but muted. Medium acidity and papery, almost stale hops. Finish is light acidic and dull. After has some hops and light bitterness. Overall, kind of weak.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beanmedic (347) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 9, 2005
Smells like dogfood. tastes decent. cloying finish (oddly). Not bad overall. brown colour.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ThomasE (5174) - 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 (958) - 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 (3119) - 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 (2745) - 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.

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