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


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RATINGS: 116   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 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oberabcbbsok (687) - Hoboken, BELGIUM - MAY 1, 2007
A sweet and little soure beer. Drunk in bottle. It have something from a gheuze, but still has his own taste

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CapedBrewsader (265) - Brasschaat, BELGIUM - APR 25, 2007
25cl bottle labeled Caves het bier van Lier. Pours a clear, bright, ruby with goledn edges. Thick creamy head that quickly dwindles away. Immediately hit with balsamic, fruit, and vinous. That quickly calms down and allows sweet caramel malts to come through. Again, this aroma starts to fade and let something else come through, oddly sweet, almost smelling like sugar substitute. The aroma of wood now comes through quite apparently. Mouthfeel is thicker than you would imagine from the smell. I was expecting a dryness like you would find in an average Oud Bruin. Taste is quite sweet, with quite a bit of acid bite. Notes of earth and vegtables, perhaps sprouts. The odd sweetness that was in the aroma comes back in the flavor. The sweetness can be a little cloying, although it does atempt to back it up with the sourness. I understand that the original "caves" beer style from Lier is no longer brewed, but when it was it was not a sour beer. Knowing that, I am confused with what this beer is trying to be.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
MiP (14656) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - APR 21, 2007
Bottle, 5.8% as Caves - het bier van Lier. Sweet, fruity, caramelly aroma with a nice underlying sourness. Muddy dark orange colour. No or very unstable head. The flavour is quite sour, nicely citric and vinegary. Quite sweet to balance. Reminds me of Goudenband, and is almost as good. This one has a lower ABV which can be a bonus.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
leaparsons (9256) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 12, 2007
Bottle. Red/pink with a small head. Aromas are sweet malts quickly followed by fruity sourness - not sure what fruit, though. Flavours are sour fruitiness, like cherry drop sweets. Has some smooth chocolate malts lurking in the background. Moreish.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
ha1ag (803) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - DEC 9, 2006
light red color, thick head. This one smells tastes like ketchup and vinegar... some ppl like it, I don’t

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
kopestes (164) - Braine l’Alleud, BELGIUM - NOV 18, 2006
0.25l bottle at home. Clear brown color with almost no head. Sweet and sour nose and for me very sour taste. Who like it may be good but I didn’t like it at all.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 18, 2006
Bright amber with a white head. Sour vinegary aroma with some sweetness. Unlike this brewer’s Duchesse de Bourgogne, the taste is marginally on the side of palatability: the strong sourness is balanced by agreeable fruity sweetness and a grapefruit dryness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Augustijn55 (82) - Izegem, BELGIUM - SEP 11, 2006
Amber color; huge creamy head; nice perlage. Sweet, malty, dry. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MesandSim (7118) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 4, 2006
A Mes rate: 25cl Bottle at the Delirium Cafe. I’m a big fan of Verhaeghe and this did not disappoint. Usual flemish sour nose, fruity and notes of balsamic vinegar and typical of this brewer. Looks like a muddy Orval. Sour vinegar flavour with plenty of caramel. Wonderfully soft and fruity yet rich and complex. Good palate. Crisp dry finish followed by bags of sweet caramel notes. Unusual finish indeed. Just a slight soapy note that lets it down a little. Imagine Vichtenaar with more caramel and you are pretty much there.

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