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Brewed by Verhaeghe
Style: Sour Red/Brown
Vichte, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler

bottled
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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 145   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
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Brewed for Brasserie Vanuxeem.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Svesse (6174) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - OCT 6, 2007
(Bottle, Stockholm Beer Festival, 29 Sep 2007) Dark brown colour with reddish hints, pale brown head. Fruity, slightly acidic nose with notes of cherries. Fruity, slightly sorish taste with dark fruit and cherries. Rather fresh acidity lingers around throughout. I did expect a brune but ended up quite content with a nice sour ale. Nice surprise.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DruncanVeasey (7249) - NUNEATON, Top 22, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - SEP 18, 2007
Ruby pour ringed with dissipating froth. Aroma has the buttery sourness of red wine, with a splash of cherry. Flavour sweet-sour, caramel-tinged and fruity, with a lingeringly biscuity aftertaste. Apple, vinegar, demerara and iron. Accomplished, balanced sour ale.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (7952) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 8, 2007
My Bottom Line:
This friendly Flemish Sour Ale refreshes with its interplay of cherry fruitiness and brown sugar coated with a minutious layer of balsamic vinegar. Its lenient tartness, airy mouthfeel and fainting sweetness assure high drinkability.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam tops the clear mahogany.
-The sugary component is on its way to caramel, but not quite there yet.
-The round maltiness is alleviated by the fluffy effervescence.
-The first half of each sip is beautiful, but the second half doesn’t last long enough to take it to greater heights.

Bottle; no date.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lubiere (10139) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 14, 2007
A nice mahoganny brown ale with a thin lacing off white head. A pleasant pungeant aroma, with sweet cherries, acetic acid, and caramel. A sweet cherry drink with refreshing acidity, caramel. Not bad. Bieropholie import. BB 18-01-07.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (35220) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUL 2, 2007
Bottle. Clear medium amber color with a small fizzy fair lacing mostly lasting light brown head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, brown sugar, moderate vinegar. Flavor is moderate sweet and light acidic with a average duration. Body is medium, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is soft.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
SHIG (3602) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - JUN 3, 2007
Bottle: Poured a dark brown/black with a light brown head. The aroma was candy caramel malt. Taste was very sweet and candy but also finished sorta veggy like.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
skortila (4558) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - MAY 12, 2007
Aroma of cherries, some port, some marzipan, actually quite sweetish with a more creamy caramel malty background. Hazy, brown coloured with a lasting, medium, off-white head. Taste is sweet, caramel malty with forest fruits and some wine character with marzipan. Just a bit too sweet and sirupy. Overal good quality stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (4775) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - APR 16, 2007
Bottle: Poured a deep dark red color ale with a small foamy head that disappeared quite quickly. Aroma is sour tart with some sweetness. Taste has definitely a good base of oak and tart with some sour cherries but was cut with some sugar which probably makes it a bit easier to drink through but it loose some of it complexities. This beer reminds of the classic Rodenbach and would be great to drink in the summertime and could even make it as a great session beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GRM (3019) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - APR 5, 2007
Brown bottle, 25 cl, best before 23-01-08, savoured on April 5 2007; eye: burgundy with a nice creamy beige head that transforms into a layer on top of the beer, clear, light effervescence, a bit of lacing; nose: cherries, vinous, slightly stale, sweet, vinegar-like, sour, caramelized malt; mouth: syrupy, velvety, cherries, a bit stale, caramelized malt, sour green apple, balsamic vinegar, long finale in cherries and caramelized malt, creamy texture, quite sweet, medium body; overall: nice find FRANÇAIS Bouteille brune, 25 cl; meilleure avant 23-01-08, savourée le 5 avril 2007; œil : bourgogne avec une mousse beige crémeuse et abondante qui se transforme en un lit pour couvrir la bière, claire, légère effervescence, un peu de dentelle; nez : cerises, vineux, légèrement éventée, sucrée, aigre, sure, malt caramélisé; bouche : sirupeuse, velouté, cerises, un peu éventée, malt caramélisé, pomme verte sure, vinaigre balsamique, longue finale en cerises et malt caramélisé, texture crémeuse, assez sucrée, corps moyen; bouche : belle découverte

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
omhper (19659) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAR 29, 2007
Bottled (1998 vintage) at Man in the Moon, Stockholm. Clear dark ruby, minimal head. Lightly acidic cherry aroma. Fairly sweet with rounded gentle mouthfeel. Balsamic mouthfilling cherry flavour with some freshening acidity. Mild and creamy despite fairly light body and concentrated flavour. Superb! If it would lose some sweetness it would reach heaven!


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