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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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dedollewaitor (14546) - Odense, DENMARK - FEB 22, 2008
25 cl bottle @ Plan-B, Copenhagen: BB 04/07. Pours amber/copper with a sprinkly fading head. Aroma is very sweet & vinous, reminds me of danish gløg. Red wine, fruity sour & soft bodied. Sweet and sticky also. A bit dusty/woody - very matured & old feel, but just good all around. So sippable & nice!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (22403) - Vasa, FINLAND - JAN 27, 2008
Bottled. Amber colour with small beige head, which quite fastly vanishes almost completely. Aroma is wood, nectar and really sour fruity notes. Flavour is malts, sour fruits, spices and some vanilla. Once it warms up it gets quite rasp- and strawberries.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thewolf (11439) - Kolding, DENMARK - JAN 16, 2008
Bottle @ Plan B. BBE 20-04-07. Pours a hazy amber with no head at first. There are lots of bubbles reaching for the surface, slowly generating a soft, milky head. As the bubbles surge towards air, the head stays for quite some time. Aroma is sweetish, slight strawberries, wood, tart brett character. Okay mouthfeel. Flavour is rather tart, but with quite a balancing sticky sweetness. Light spiciness with wood and that sense of strawberries. Very soft and easy to drink.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DruncanVeasey (7633) - NUNEATON, CONF N, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - JAN 6, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2008 Aha! Didn’t realise this was made by Verhaeghe. Red amber pour with a white halo. Intensely heady, mouldering apple aroma, wth fruit juice sweetness, vinegar and barrelwood. Brine, apple juice and iron. Sweet-sour, but leaning towards sweet, with caramel and more yeasty pear/apple humming fruit booziness. Bit too syrupy and a bit synthetic, but a pleasantly odd commercial sour ale.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
reakt (949) - Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 13, 2007
Bottle from Drunken Geese. After seeing David have it at Moeder I was a little curious, so I brought one back. Sour balsamic vinegar, cherry, yeast and a hint of candi sugar in the nose. Again balsamic vinegar with sweet caramel, reminds me of a red wine gravy I’ve made a couple times with caramelized brown sugar in it, some apple notes also. Nice syrupy palate and a bit of yeast in the finish. Maybe just a little too sweet for my liking, being my only gripe, but not all that bad really.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Rastacouere (6159) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 4, 2007
Bottle, Moeder Lambic. Hazy amber. Light 1cm white head. Sweet and sour blend. Quite caramelly on top of fruity flavours that take the shape of mild apple first, but after a few sips is rather obviously acetaldehyde. Bready yeastiness, not very woody and too subtle in its acidity. Still, the taste seems better than the nose, but this remains my least favourite Verhaeghe.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - AUG 12, 2007
250ml bottle. Red coloured with a white head. Aroma is sour, woody and vinegary. An extremely sweet beer that is never too sweet and has a long and sour finish. Lots of flavour and better than expected. Very good.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 11, 2007
Bottled. Hazy amber with a small white head. Wonderful balsamic aroma of tart black cherries and hay. Acidic cherries, mild vinegar, wood and lemon in the full flavour. Burnt sugar with tart notes of cherries in the long aftertaste.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (12150) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 21, 2007
(Bottle, BB 10-04-08) Pours a clear amber body with a spare white head. Aroma of cherry sourness, earthiness, and vinegar. Flavor of sourness, bit syrupy, and malt.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GilBier (75) - Dendermonde, BELGIUM - JUN 20, 2007
Nice brass colored beer with fine white head. aroma is sweet and slight sour, applels, rubarbe jam, cookies, sweet bread and some herbes. the taste is well balanced sweet and sour, it has hints of sweet cidre de normandie, with a malty caracter and a bready texture. Afthertaste is clean ans askes for more. Great summer beer.


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