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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (40454) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - APR 6, 2008
25 cL bottle, from fonefan. Pours clear and golden amber with a collapsing off-white head. Aroma is light citric aroma with a light sourish note, followed by a light sugarish note. Flavour is light sweet sugarish and with a light sour note. Ends lingering sweet sugarish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KimJohansen (10420) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - MAR 21, 2008
Dark amber with medium head. Sweet and sour aroma with ripe fruits and roasted malt notes. Sweet and sour flavor that holds wood, balsamic and roasted malt. Would be nice if more sour.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BelgiskOlklub (1050) - Viby J, DENMARK - FEB 28, 2008
Bottle. Small creamy white head, that’s mostly diminishing. Good lacing. Clear red-brown body. Aroma of caramel, brown sugar, cask wood and a fruity cherry background. Medium body, oily texture, soft carbonation. The flavor is well balanced between a moderate sweetness and a moderate acidic, dry, sour finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kramer (5828) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2008
25 cl bottle, via jbrus. Pours a clear amber body under a small fizzy off-white head that faded to a thin film. The nose is sweet and sour, vinous, and showing a little brett. The flavor is rather sweet, with a little tinge of sour funkiness on the finish. Cherry skins and pie filling abound. While the sweetness is pretty heavy, it does trail off in the finish making it quite drinkable. Mouthfeel is slightly sticky with moderate fizzy carbonation. Overall, a nice authentic Flemish Sour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dedollewaitor (15537) - 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 glřg. 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (25388) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thewolf (12081) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DruncanVeasey (8012) - NUNEATON, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
reakt (950) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Rastacouere (6174) - 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.

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