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


on tap


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RATINGS: 116   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32   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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Papsoe (25072) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - MAY 29, 2005
Bottled. A reddy brown coloured beer which is quite flat looking. The aroma has some tart raspberry fruity together with some woodiness. The taste has some fusty old woody notes together with some sour fruit. Quite middle ranged for a Flemish Sour in that the sourness is not so pronounced, but still a nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fiulijn (16644) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 15, 2005
Beautiful copper color; huge creamy head; nice perlage. Cellary vinegar nose. Very sweet, malty, with the typical sourness. Not as complex as my favorite Duchesse de Bourgogne, but delicious!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
omhper (21761) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAR 1, 2005
Bottled. Hazy amber. Aroma of acidic grape juice. Dry and lightly balsamic. Citric acidity that is balanced by toffee and saccharine sweetness. More fresh and intense than complex, but I love this beer!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rauchbier (3685) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2005
Bottled, Delirium Café Brussel. Bronze, thin white head and gentle condition. Unusual mix of caramel and whisky in the nose, sweet butterscotch and fruitily tart in the mouth. Short sweet fruity butterscotch finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (7816) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madsberg (10888) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - 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!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
JorisPPattyn (8648) - Ursel, 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rlgk (14691) - Göteborg, 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.

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