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Brewed by Verhaeghe
Style: Sour/Wild Ale
Vichte, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
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RATINGS: 115   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
stouby (3866) - Holbæk, DENMARK - DEC 3, 2005
Botlle, at home. Golden with large white creamy head. Aroma moderate malty (fruit). Flavor moderate sweet, heavy acidic/sour. I still prefer Duchesse de Bourgogne, but very fine.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 13, 2005
Rating # 1800, Clear sparkling amber with a small off white head. Tart fruity aroma with a slight barnyard yeastyness. Malty and fruity flavor with a touch of spicyness and a faintly tart finish.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bugrat (60) - Cph. V, DENMARK - NOV 8, 2005
Bottled, medium body, oily feel, lively, red, just a plain fav. of mine. This is every thing a good flemish sour ale should be...

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
toccata (70) - grembergen, BELGIUM - NOV 8, 2005
Clear amber color. Small white foam. Malty slight sweet nose, fine sourish wood aroma. Cleen swee-sour woody taste. Nice balance, fresh complex finish. Very nice beer.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
joergen (22268) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 27, 2005
Bottled. Clear orange coloured with a small off white head. Acidic aroma of wood, glue and red wine. Flavour of glue, wood, fruits and red wine. Funny, but not my favorite flemish sour ale.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sayravai (4677) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 29, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2005 (Bottled) Dark amber color with a sparkling look and a tight, small head with hints of lace. Sweetish, malty, fruity and tart aroma. Caramely-malty, but also quite vinegary-tart and fruity flavor. Medium-bodied, sticky-sugary, fizzy-carbonated palate. Basically a quite pleasant sour ale, but with too much sugar to be truly enjoyable.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TBone (13358) - Pori, FINLAND - JUL 26, 2005
Bottled (BB 08/2005)
This is called Caves "Het bier van Lier". Copper brown, small firm white head. Strong sour fruity nose. Sweet, sour, fruity, a bit earthy.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 13, 2005
Bottle. Amber colour with a small off-white head. Sweet sour fruity aroma and taste. Medium body and a sweet light sour finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
skortila (4686) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - JUN 29, 2005
Aroma is winey, fruity, bit wooden, but mostly fruity.Clear, red-brown coloured with a thin, off-white head. Taste is sweet, slightly sour fruity with a woody undertone. More vinegar/winey towards the finish. Acidic. Refreshing sour ale, slightly sticky.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Papsoe (25074) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 5, 2005
(Bottle 25 cl) Remember having this for the first time on tap on a hot summer’s day in Lier, where it’s the local beer. Dark golden with a nice head. Presumably filtered. Some wooden notes, with touches of roasted malt showing through. Sweet’ n’ sour with emphasis lying on the sweet side. 120697


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