Brewed by De Proefbrouwerij
Style: Sour Red/Brown
Lochristi - Hijfte, Belgium
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler


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RATINGS: 434   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
Flemish Ale / Flanders Red Ale Brewed with Cherry Juice

This beer was developed in collaboration with Michael Jackson for his Rare Beer Club in 2004. Zoetzuur - meaning sweet-sour is a beutifully balanced Flanders Red Ale. The sweet component in the beer is the light addition of Belgian Kriek (cherry) juice, while the sourness comes from the use of the lambic-like Brettanomyces yeast (sic!). This is a reddish-amber ale with an off-white head. It has a complex aroma of fruit as well as a spicy earthiness from the yeast. It is medium-bodied on the palate wiht sweet notes followed by lightly sour notes and a surprisingly dry finish. This subtle and elegant beer is a classic example of the brewmasterís art.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - FEB 8, 2008
oh lovely. what a nice beer. i canít remember when i enjoyed a beer this much. (of course itís also true that at this stage of my geriatric decrepitude i canít remember where my parents live).

this is a big-bodied fruit punch, with an aroma of good cigars that have steeped themselves unto pulp in a brine of sea salt and sponge cake. just lovely. itís the color of mature rust just before it crumbles into dust, and trends to far more clarity than what we expect from the promises of politicians. good head and carbonation all around, the lace clings to the glass like toilet paper on a teepeed tree after a good rain.

there is a gusting 20 knott aroma that streams around my nose like standing oceanside before a storm: smelling like a cherry packed band-aid box. itís an earthy kind-of aroma, like a dank plywood compost bin on a warm fall day-- full of earth and apples; this is a gritty beer that tastes like it wasnít brewed, but grown in peat and pig manure, in moldy darkness alongside mushrooms and bone-white salamanders.

the flavors have the kind of bulk sought after in NFL linebackers; this is a true sipping beer: creamy, metallic and sweet, part sweet marsala wine, part unfiltered cider and part primordial zulu compress of bugs and baobab roots prescribed for compound fractures. zoetzuur has notes of cocoa, tin, and tea (one is reminded of the export commodities of ceylon).

indeed a lovely beer: swirl, sniff, sip. repeat. swirl, sniff, sip, repeat.......

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Capa (2758) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - SEP 6, 2016
Brick red. Cherry and light funk in the aroma. Medium bodied. Flavor has a decent helping of lightly tart cherry, mild sourness, earthy, light wood. Medium dry finish. Iíd like a little stronger profile of everything.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Andrew196 (1468) - Katy, Texas, USA - JUN 18, 2016
Murky, reddish brown. Wispy, laced light beige head. Tart cherry, pepper aroma. More cherry throughout, notes of sweet tea.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RobertDale (5513) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - MAR 1, 2016
750 ml. shared bottle. Pours reddish brown with an average off-white head. Aroma of fruit and funk. Taste is tart cherries, funk, and some malt. Interesting in a good way.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pumpkin87 (235) - - JAN 29, 2016
Pours auburn-brown, hazy but clearing, with big tan that leaves attractive lacing and persistent skim. Nose is flowers, funk, cherries, earth. Taste is well-balanced malt sweetness over sour kriek. With aeration, brett plays the wild card with browning apples, iron, lemon, honey, leather all having their moments alongside the tart cherries. Brief bitter dry note before clean finish. Not the deepest flavor profile, but what is there shows well, especially approaching room temperature.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zebra (1800) - Illinois, USA - OCT 4, 2015
750-ml bottle from binnys Lincoln Park. tons of head, indeed red/brown, sweet earthy nose, balanced, cork flew 239 in. from 3rd floor. but mainly wanted to quote michael jackson: "it has the classic element of those beers, a combination of a cultured yeast and a semi-wild yeast. A cultured yeast is a normal beer yeast, a Saccharomyces, and the semi-wild yeast is a Brettanomyces, the classic type of semi-wild yeast used in Belgium. I always try to make an attempt to explain what I mean by semi-wild yeast. A wild yeast is one where you open the windows and hope that it comes in. A semi-wild is a type that has been cultured but lives in the slightly wild way in the brewery, maybe in some old casks. To put it in animal terms, a dog is a real domestic animal. A cat plays at being a domestic animal, when it suits the cat, but you canít make the cat fetch the Sunday newspaper from the store. Semi-wild yeasts are like cats." http://www.beermonthclub.com/de-proefbrouwerij- zoetzuur-flemish-reserve-ale.htm

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BVery (9662) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - OCT 4, 2015
Bottle at WTWBA 2015 in Minneapolis. Hazy amber pour. Cherries, somewhat dry, tannic, some oak. Okay.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
unclemike (2922) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - MAR 29, 2015
The body is brown with a bit of orrange added in. The fizzy tan head did some nice lacing before it settled into a film. The aroma has a definite malt beneath it, but is heavily topped by sour cherries with a touch of rusting iron. Itís spritzy in the mouth even though the body displays little carbonation. The flavor is sour malt with cherries, wood, iron, and old straw. It finishes on a puckering, tart cherry taste. Nic

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NikkTwist (2768) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 6, 2015
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2015 Bottle at Eulogy. Very murky amber with a slim fizzy off-white head. Unusual. Feels like a mix of styles. Strong hints of browned fruit. Toasted grains. Slight sour. Medium body. Nice dry finish. Feels like a dry Femish Red - which seems bizarre! But good!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ZacM612 (573) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - DEC 16, 2014
Dark, cloudy brown with medium off-white head. Aroma of berries and a little alcohol. Flavor is fruity, slightly tart. Nice, easy-drinking wild.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jackl (7069) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 30, 2014
Deep red with a small head. Very dry, light. Berries and some ton. Dry, Slightly spicy. Decent.

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