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

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RATINGS: 691   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31/5   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.4
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 6, 2011
Date: 9/6/2010 Source:Mekong Cherry fruitiness with a hint of sourness. Moderately well attenuated. Slight tartness and moderate caramel. Very light to no barnyard quality. Finish is moderately sour.

3.5
DYCSoccer17 (3702) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 4, 2011
12 ounce? bottle purchased at the Davis Food Co-Op. Bottled on 04/14/09. Aroma has a lightly tart acidity with lemon hints. Light underlying oaky woodiness that imparts a little vanilla sweetness to the nose. Fairly quaffable. Mildly hazy ruby-amber body with a smallish off-yellow head. Decent retention with pretty weak lacing. Starts acidic with some mildly puckering lemony notes. There is a little fruitiness imparted by the funk. The middle is really quite thin, and it seems to be lacking a great deal of body. Late on there is a light sweetness that comes through after the acidity clears the way. A decent flemish sour, but the body on this is a little too thin for my liking.

3.5
dnstone (3430) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JAN 4, 2011
Deep brown with a white head that fades to a whisp. Wheat bread-dough aroma with a tart hint. Moderately tart, like fresh green apple, with a slight bready sweetness underneath.

3.7
SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2011
Received this as an extra from a generous BA! Thanks! A- Body is a beautiful glowing red/brown hue that is completely transparent. Pours with a 2-3 finger foamy off-white slightly rusty head. This fades to a thin collar and little to no lacing is left behind in the glass. S- Nose is fairly mild. Dark cherry, oak, a slightly acidic tartness, these blend pretty well. T- Taste is mild and pretty similar to the nose. Dark cherry, oak, a hint of vanilla, the barrel really comes through for the finish as well as a hint of tartness to balance everything out. M- medium carbonation and slightly thin-but still full and smooth body. D- This is a classy classic example of this style. Its not a vinegar mess like the most well known example of this style-and its not anywhere near as tart or extreme as the American examples. Its simply flanders red-with a lot of oak barrel flavor and some vanilla, some charry, and some tarness. My only complaint about this is that the body is slightly thin. If the flavor were a bit fuller this would be world class. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 12-15-2010 00:03:13

3.5
j12601 (12668) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 30, 2010
Bottle. Pours a ruby hued brown with a medium sized tanned beige head. Sweet sour malt with some wood notes, very nice Flanders red aromas. Medium bodied, a bit too sweet right up front, almost soda like at times, but moving into more malt and faint wood tones before finishing off fairly dry. Nice enough.

3.5
LinusStick (3473) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2010
A delicious sour beer but not as good as most. Aroma was pretty weak. Vinegar and sour grape. Pour was a nice dark brown with a one finger off white head. Taste was nice and sour, though it wasn’t in your face and mouth puckering. Vinegar and wet sticky malt with good carbonation and an acidic aftertaste. Can’t pick up any hints of the oak but the sourness makes up for that. Great beer but just an OK sour.

3.7
SpringsLicker (3644) - Tennessee, USA - DEC 16, 2010
Garnet body with a fleeting hed. Funky sour aroma. Oaken sour cherry flavor. Nice Flemish sour. Give it a try if you see it.

3.8
beerfest5 (1207) - Cloneen, IRELAND - DEC 11, 2010
very pleasing sour/wild ale, more of the wild side than the sour which is nice, the sour ales arent my thing. was surprised by the color, was thinking it was going to be more red than brown but its a deep brown color and matching aroma to the taste. was great with dinner, very refreshing and the abv is just about right to not be at all heavy.

3.9
drpimento (3672) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 5, 2010
My bottle got froze. So. Pours with I think is a damaged by freezing weird looking head, but still not bad: foamy, frothy, fluffy, sudsy and clumpy, that lasts forever and lots of lace. Color is a cloudy medium brown. Aroma is a bit fruity, tart, malt, and actually fresh. Flavor is malty, tart, fruity. Body still has some ice in it, so there you go. Finish is like flavor and not bad. Kind of tasty actually.

4
dogfish120love (1335) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 30, 2010
This sour pours a murky tea like brown, with no head. The aroma is rather oaky, with notes of vinegar. The flavor is somewhat sweet, but lacking in the sour department. Notes of apples and fruit dominate, with flavors bent almost toward what one would expect from a cider. At 4.5% this surely would be my session beer of choice if the price wasn’t exorbitant.


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