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Verhaeghe Caves

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


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RATINGS: 118   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31/5   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
Caves is een amberkleurig bier van hoge gisting van 5,8%. Het bier wordt gebrouwen van gerst, tarwe en hop, zonder kleurstoffen of conserveermiddelen en zonder toevoeging suikers. Volgens Alphonse Swartelee, brouwmeester en bierhistoricus, zou Caves van alle heden gebrouwen bieren, waarschijnlijk het meest het middeleeuws bier benaderen: zoet en zuur.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mike_77 (4783) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - APR 1, 2016
Clear brown colour with thin soapy head. Aroma has lots of oak and a touch of malt vinegar. There’s a genuine sweetness to the flavour and it mellows the intensity of the sour notes nicely.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BlackHaddock (5637) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - FEB 15, 2016
250ml bottle in the Bier Paleis, Brugge on 5th Feb 2016. Red hue to the brown body, the head a thin cream coloured affair. Semi-sour, tart feel, cherries and raspberry flavoured: interesting but a little too sour for my palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
corkyrory66 (1214) - BELGIUM - SEP 22, 2015
Bière mûrie en foudres de chêne, avec du malt d’orge et du froment, pour la gilde des Heren van Lier, d’un niveau abv de 5,8 % mais d’une capacité de 25 cl … (lamentable). Couleur ambre moyen, à la clarté nette. Bulles fines partout en myriades, très bien. Mousse beige moyen, qui nappe à 1 mm. Arômes de bois de fût, vinaigre de vin, pointe de Sherry et Riesling. 1ère bouche douce, sur du raisin, bois de fût, avec aigreur. Arrière-bouche sur l’aigre d’un beau vinaigre de vin. 2ème douce sur un vin chaud à la cannelle. Arrière-bouche bien liée, avec l’aigreur cette fois tempérée. 3ème au bel équilibre bois/raisin, mais ensemble trop sucré !!! Arrière-bouche qui atténue le sucre, mais laisse une impression de mièvre. Longueur à le belle douceur, mais aucune complexité. Jambes fines, marquées, un peu collantes. Alcool faible, il tient malgré tout sur la longueur (si l’on peut dire … 25 cl !!). Finale sans envergure, un peu sirupeuse. CONCLUSION : « beste bier van de wereld » selon Félix Timmermans, qui n’y va pas de main morte !!, et qui confond bière et sirop !! Il ajoute un peu imprudemment « om geen wijn te bezien » … Je lui réponds quant à moi : dat staat nog te bezien ...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fin (9165) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 20, 2015
On tap at Café Sint-Gummarus , Lier, Friday 20th March 2015 Amber in colour with a slim white head. The nose is very similar to Rodenbach, in fact the taste is also similar. Sharp, and zippy, sour and fruity and tart. Refreshing sour beer. Nice. A7 A4 T7 P4 Ov14 3.6

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
77ships (6918) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - FEB 2, 2015
330 ml. bottle split with Kogymo. Procured from Willems & Zoon. I have never heard about this nor have I ever seen it before but apparently the name has quite a bit interesting history behind it. This is nothing like the original beer, no recipes appear to have been written down for the original & the original that was sold in Lier was apparently a sour & golden beer of 11,7% ABV, so nothing like this one. Pours a dark brownish amber. Nose is sweet foeder, barrel, balsamic vinegar & sugar. Taste is lightly metallic like some lesser glasses of Rodenbach Foederbier, tastes of malt, cherry, foeder, brown sugar sweet, light herbs, balsamic vinegar, flowers, caramel. Lightly watery. A lesser brother to Duchesse De Bourgogne but still this drinks pretty well even if its clearly not at the top of the game.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wekker84 (2110) - etten-leur, NETHERLANDS - JAN 22, 2015
Bottle a red brown colored beer with a white head aroma malts spicy red fruits apple and sourness flavor red fruits caramel spicy sourness candy and some caramel and sourness in the finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bierridder_S (547) - BELGIUM - DEC 9, 2014
29/11/2014 bottle @ WBF Amber-ruby colour, small head. Smell is cherries, oak, sourness. Taste is in beyween lambic/oud bruin. Red fruits, sourness, oak, some sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Icedwarf (1104) - Etten-Leur, NETHERLANDS - AUG 16, 2014
Volgens het etiket is dit een 16e eeuws bier wat sind 1976 door de vzw Gilde "Heren van Lier" weer op de markt is gebracht. Lichtbruin helder bier onder schuim. Smaak is fruitig, licht zuur en licht zoet en lijkt erg op een geuzebier. Blijft gemiddel hangen. Etiket is anders dan hier aangegeven.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Alengrin (4076) - BELGIUM - AUG 9, 2014
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2014 One of those old-fashioned, if not historical beers which have been in existence longer than the brewery that makes them. Already mentioned in 16th-century sources and regarded by the early-20th-century writer Felix Timmermans as "the best beer in the world, as to no longer even look at wine". Again brewed since 1976, for many years now by Verhaeghe. Yellowish white, irregular head, colour a dark brownish amber with copper hue, misty. Sweet and sour aroma of apple sauce, grapes, mango, cassis, oak, balsamic vinegar, old red wine, walnuts, dried orange peel, tomato puree, fennel, mint, liquorice, cookie dough, iron and cloves. Tingling fruity taste with strong carbonation, sweet and sour as an old brown, bit vinous, citrussy, honeyish, bit woody, sourness drying till into the finish where some of the initial sweetness also lingers. Probably too sweet to be believable, but nevertheless a very interesting brew I enjoyed quite a lot. Unlike many other Belgian ales, that’s for sure.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
mikske79 (1381) - Puerto Plata, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - AUG 6, 2014
Ik vond dit een enorm slecht bier, amper smaak aan. Dit drink ik nooit meer.

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