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


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RATINGS: 119   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32/5   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (21412) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAR 2, 2012
Bottle. Bright and clear amber gold, small white head that settles quickly. Aroma of dirty feet and sour lemons. Taste is funky, dusty lemon soda. Interesting stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrHangover (3935) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - DEC 20, 2011
Bottle. Clear brown colour with white head. Too bad that the head didn’t form well, but it still looked good. Smell was oaky, sour and floral. Flavour had dry sourness in it and you could defintely get some oak in there. Nice fresh beer.. good find.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
olsvammel (5928) - Örebro, SWEDEN - OCT 28, 2011
On tap at St Gummarus pub in Lier, Belgium. It poured a clear brown liquid with a white head. Sweet and sour with a malty body. Very nice, reminded me of Rodenbach grand cru and it was my fathers favorite.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jtclockwork (14923) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 15, 2011
Botella. Pours tea colored. Nose of caramel, vinegar, wood, yeast and fermented apples. Taste of grain, old coffee grounds, wet wood, lightly soured apple and vinegar. Yeasty. Odd notes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DSG (11600) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - MAR 12, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2015 Re-rate 12/15: Bottle sample at a tasting at Max’s place. Thanks Tom L. Amber. Balsam, vinegar, cookies, caramel. Sweet-sour. 6/3/7/3/14=3.3

[3/3/11] Bottle at Delirium Cafe in Brussels. Clear reddish color with a quickly-diminishing small beige head. Aroma of malt, caramel, some balsamic vinegar and some oak. Sourish-sweet flavor with some cherries, caramel and some wood. Medium-bodied. 6/3/7/3/14=3.3

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Abio (1859) - Waasland, BELGIUM - JUN 24, 2010
Bottle "caves, het bier van lier" Pours out amber coloured. Medium head, won’t hold long enough. Sour-fruity smell, some wood inside also. Lighlty carbonated, a bit to less, sourness is not to overwhelming, taste lots of fruits and caramel. More sweet then expected. Some cookie-like stuff at the taste. Sour ale isn’t really my stuff, so probably way underrated...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
imdownthepub (13226) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 17, 2009
Bottled, 250ml from Marche de Natalie, Bouillon, Belgium. Red amber with off white head. Verhaeghe certainly seem to do sours well, not one of my favourite styles but this is quite drinkable, fruity, sourish cherry note with damsons plus a slight caramel, boiled note, it is smooth and full. Pretty decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Wim (3664) - Weelde, BELGIUM - DEC 13, 2009
amber coloured sparkling body with a off white head a soury spicy fruity aroma a soury fruity sweet spicy taste with a soury fruity bitter finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Yves (2834) - Turnhout, BELGIUM - DEC 12, 2009
ClClear amber coloured beer with small white head and medium carbonation. Sweet honey aroma. Full sweet palate. Finish is sweet candy like with a sour touch.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ogivlado (7215) - Zagreb, CROATIA - SEP 8, 2009
Bottled 250ml. -Copper coloured, small to medium white head, sour wine nose with notes of wood. Light citric and sourish aroma with notes of roasted malt and berries. Quite unpleasant vinegary finish but otherwise ok sour ale.

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