Brewed by Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck
Style: Sour Red/Brown
Emelgem, Belgium
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler


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RATINGS: 684   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31/5   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
A typical Flemish beer with a pleasant wine-like taste and a rich past. This dark brown beer, which is matured in oak casks, has a slightly acid aftertaste.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SeniorZozo (1345) - Budapest, HUNGARY - APR 17, 2016
Bottle. Aroma is sweet malts, soured grapes, very light candy sugar, and light funk. Taste is very much the same with some tang and sour notes on the tip. Not too complex however.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
chrisv10 (16026) - DENMARK - APR 10, 2016
Bottle, 4.5%. Dark brown with medium beige head. Aroma is malt, fruit, dark fruit, sour fruit, wood bread and oak. Flavour is malt, caramel, little sour fruit, oak, thin, bread, medium sweet, very little sour, dough and a little bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RobBestwick (869) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - APR 8, 2016
Bottle. Sour cherry aroma. Pours reddish/brown with a light brown head. Sour tonic water flavour with notes of lemon and raspberries. Wine like texture with a mild sour finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hamirubi (575) - Waarschoot, BELGIUM - MAR 20, 2016
37.5cl bottle at home (19 III 2016), shared with friends. Thank you, Bert, for this bottle to share. I guess this is an archetype of a sour brown. The looks are very typically reddish brown, lots of gloom, with a beige foam on top (lots of collar, even). Aromas of wood and oak are omnipresent. The nose has flavours of a sourish red wine and some features of citrus fruits. This is very promising. The taste is beautifully sour, as a lemon flavoured soda water. The body makes me think of a quenching red wine. With some port dryness and raspberries features too. The sourness is quite sharp, lime and lemon alike. The ending is short, hinting at another old brown sip. One of Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck finest brews!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
UXO (1653) - CANADA - MAR 18, 2016
Appearance: clear brown with amber-brown highlights, a short light beige head diminishing rapidly to a thin cap, patchy lacing. (3/5) Aroma: woody, red wine, vinegar, cherries and other dark fruit, caramel. (8/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate tart, low bitter. (7/10) Palate: medium body tending to watery, lively carbonation, off-dry tart finish. (3/5) Smells a bit better than it tastes. Disappoints just slightly on the tongue, and the body turns watery fairly rapidly despite the lively-ish carbonation. Not unpleasant, by any means, but there are certainly better examples of the style out there. (14/20)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MatusBeer (589) - Koice, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAR 18, 2016
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2016 375 ml bottle. Hazy dark brown colour with unstable head off Aroma of yeasts,caramel. Taste of yeasts,light citrus notes,brown caramel. Sourish end.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dwyerpg (5829) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAR 16, 2016
So this smells like wine. Looks okay. This is a bit sour but isnt particularly good. Just a bit eh.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
JStax (5749) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAR 12, 2016
Draft sample. The beer is a clear dark amber with a beige head of foam. The aroma has strong wood and vanilla flavors. Taste is moderately sour, but it is slight. More sweet than sour. Medium body and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
MetalNHopHead (1654) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - MAR 1, 2016
Some tart, yeasty fruit notes in a body that balances sweet and sour. A bit musty and acetic. Mild tannins in the flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kajser27 (1563) - Zagreb, CROATIA - MAR 1, 2016
Ruby red colored to almost brown, medium beige creamy head, good lasting. Aroma is of brown sugar, tart fruity but light on the tart. Taste is medium sweet caramel, brown sugar, medium- tartness, fruity cherry, bit dry. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, watery. Thirst quencher but nothing special...

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