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Brewed by Verhaeghe
Style: Sour/Wild Ale
Vichte, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
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RATINGS: 111   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (6441) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 12, 2005
Consumed at Chez Moeder Lambic in Brussels. This sour brown ale pours with a nice tan head, eliciting a fruity, acidic aroma. The initial taste is of traditional sour brown, with a tart lemony finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madsberg (10144) - Søborg, DENMARK - JAN 30, 2005
Bottled: Light amber coloured. Beige small dense head. Aroma of light vinegar with a mild sweetness. Flavour is fruity and again it has this vinegar thing with a mild sweetness underlying. Is good dry and light sour in the end.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jeppe (2631) - Ølbutikken, DENMARK - NOV 24, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2006 Dark orange beer, foamy long lasting tan head. Some sourness in the aroma, grapefruity and cheesy tones. Dry. Fruit, melon and lemon, in the flavor. Rather sweet to begin with but turns to a nice sourness in the finish. Creamy with some cheesy tones. Nice and refreshing!

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
JorisPPattyn (7890) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - AUG 13, 2004
Dark orange, slightly hazy beer; creamy, yellowish head, as freshly whipped double cream. Initial slap of acetic acid, with a decaying vegetable nose, or very badly assaisoned salad. In the taste, the beer gets fully Vlaams oud bruin character, with both lactic and acetic acid, wood, but also some no-quite right tasting sweetness. The tastes balancing each other out only in the palate, with even some meaty and vinous notes. Rather fuller bodied than most Flemish Oud bruins, quite some acid burn. As everybody agrees, this beer has acquired the Verhaeghe oud bruin character. Which, no doubt, it shouldn’t have. "Caves" is the old alestyle from Lier, small town halfway Antwerpen and Mechelen. Once, it had a pale amber colour, and I doubt it was very sour. But never having tasted the real one, I cannot hold Verhaeghe responsible. I just feel sad - and Lier ought to feel ashamed. They still had Cuyckens, less than forty years ago.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rlgk (10368) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - JUN 26, 2004
Amber, small white head.Has a different aroma from cheese and sour milk. Flavor is sourish and sweet with some grapes. Vinous palate.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lachesis (756) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - JUN 23, 2004
very original red-ambercolored beer with a fresh aroma and a fine touch off caramel in the nose.The taste is soft, sour-sweet and fruity.It has a full carater with a complex richness and a fine refreshing finish that is drying out a little in the end. great stuff.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ungstrup (29230) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - APR 12, 2004
A red beer with a beutiful white head. The aroma is sour yet sweet with notes of wood, over-ripe berries, plums, and prunes. The flavor has a great balance between the sweetness and the sourness with primary notes of wood and plums. A very nice beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hildigöltur (5104) - København, DENMARK - APR 11, 2004
Reddish brown coloured. Very pleasant aroma with notes of vinegar and oak. Smooth and soft flavour with a fine balance between the sweetness and the sourness. A nice example of a very nice style.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kåstå (1273) - Mol, BELGIUM - SEP 23, 2003
Light brown-red beer with a small head. Light sour sweet taste. It is simple but I like it. A Rodenbach but without the complexity.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - FEB 17, 2003
Oak aroma. Dark amber color, white head, fair lace. Light sweet start, tart, oak, fruity. Long lasting finish, rather sweet, some raisin. What a surprise! Nice Vlaamsch Bruin.


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