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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: 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.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
caesar (5585) - 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 (2533) - 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 (2621) - 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!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 24, 2006
Bottle@Delirium, Brussels. I would have liked this a lot more if it had less vinegar, vinegar overload. Woody and balsamic flemish sour, without the balance of tthe better ones. This was very interesting though. Sweet and sour.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (18694) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 2, 2006
Bottle. Clear brown colour with almost no head. Sweet malty, spicy aroma with some hints of sourness. Sweet slightly malty fruity flavor with some hints of sourness. Sweet malty aftertaste.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
1FastSTi (3342) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 20, 2006
Pours to a lightly murky reddish-brown body with a creamy white head. The aroma is balsamic vinegar and olive oil that’s been soaked up in french bread. The flavor is similar to the aroma. Apples, caramel apple dip, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, french bread. Very unique. The palate is vinegar, nice tartness, medium bodied, easy drinking.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 20, 2006
Bottle shared by Jason. Clear brown body under a small foamy white head. Funky, musty aroma. Port, wet crystal malt, and some vinegar - interesting! Pretty similar flavor. Starts with a sharp apple cider leading to sweet floral appleness. Sweet ’n sour acid and pale malt finish. Medium mouthfeel.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 20, 2006
Thanks SecretSanta! Attractive amber color. Thick off-white head that fades fast into a soapy topping. Aroma is sour cherry sweet bread... a little bit of grapey acetic acid with some sulfur, mold, and urine. Some biting fizziness. Its kind of sweet, with enough acid to back it up. Some stale moldy carbonation, balsamic vinegar, sweet bread... a little rough around the edges, but its pretty good. To me, along the lines of a Rodenbach (well, duh because its a sour), but taken down a notch with slight thinness and very slight cardboard.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bov (10123) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - MAR 2, 2006
clear reddish-amber colour with a persistant little head; aroma of sour red fruits, vinegar and cheese; high initial sweetness fortunately soon followed by a pleasant and robust sourness; the finish is fruity and vinous with more sourish touches - nice to have a Vlaams oud bruin again !


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