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

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RATINGS: 111   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3   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.


0.7
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
ha1ag (723) - 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

2.4
   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.

3.5
   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.

4.2
   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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MesandSim (7119) - 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.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jerre (2694) - Waregem, BELGIUM - SEP 1, 2006
Beautiful copper color; huge creamy head; nice perlage. Cellary vinegar nose. Very sweet, malty, with the typical sourness. delicious!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
caesar (5183) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - JUL 30, 2006
Clear redbrown color, medium off-white head. Aroma of wood, port, malt. Bit sour and tart taste, caramel malty, bit fruity, oak. Bit sweet finish. Nice.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 5, 2006
Coppery colored, little white head. Portwine, oak, caramel, sourness, berries and mild alcohol in aroma. Medium bodied. Oak with vinous tones and lemon in flavor, aftertaste is sweet with mild sourness and alcohol. Good brew.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
YogiBeera (2475) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 1, 2006
Very light brown color with a small layer of a head on top. Nice sour acidic, dark beeries syrup nose. Intense acidic, marple syrup kick at first, mellows down and releases some sweetness at the end. Yummie!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pivo (2566) - GERMANY - APR 30, 2006
Sour, syrupy and yeasty nose - nice. Copper color, low tight head. Caramelly malt with apple juice flavors. Tart sour end like green apples. Smooth texture. Good Flemish sour!


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