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


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RATINGS: 690   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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DrnkMcDermott (3099) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JUL 28, 2010
Sample from bottle, Glunz Beer Expo, April ’10. Brown in color, but a little clearer than the sour brown ales I’ve known. A little bit of foam from the bottle. Lightly tart smell. At 5% abv (the description I have says it is), this is directed to the table instead of the cellar. A tart cherry flavor, not overwhelming, but it’s matched up to the malt to produce just a nice bit of sweetness, and with tartness again rather than any bitterness. Very well made. Goes down nicely, like a Berliner Weisse.

ben4321 (6506) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 25, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2010 Location: Draft at Rattle ’N’ Hum, 7/25/10

Aroma: The nose of some sour fruits, yeast, and a little spice
Appearance: It pours a hazy reddish color with scatted lace from the off-white head
Flavor: The taste is similar to the nose, sour, fruits, and malts
Palate: The body is light-medium, with a decent mouthfeel
Overall Impression: I thought this one was decent. It is a solid sour beer, but not special.

padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - JUL 24, 2010
On tap at Churchills after a day at lost abbey. Lacking body but tasty. First time at Churchills.

tgncc (3132) - Bellmore, New York, USA - JUL 24, 2010
The aroma is fruity, vinegar, spicy, brown mustard, berries. The soiurness doesn’t overpower here. The appearance is a reddish brown, lots of carbonation, light brown head. The flavor is again spicy brown mustard, vinegar, and sour cherries. The finish is sour fruit. The body is on the thin side of medium. Decent sour. I think it’s better than its ratings average implies.

DocLock (10683) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2010
Bottle from Capone’s. Pours turbid rby red with substantial 4 finger off-white head. Nose is sour mashy fruit, earthy peaty malt. Tastes tart, earthy, malty, with berry and sour cherry flavors, This is a rock solid sour ale.

BMan1113VR (7931) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 20, 2010
Bottle (which claims a bottled on date (should be a bb date) of 090414). Pours with a minimal off-white head over a hazed brown body. Red wine, raspberries, brown sugar, lacto, sour, earth, cherry pits. Taste is sour, wine, jammy, only a little bit of the sweet-meaty taste I hate is some traditional Belgian Flemish reds/browns. Lots of fruit notes. Not super sour, but maybe a 5/10. Dry. Pretty good. Light bubbles.

redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 16, 2010
Raspberry and sweet strawberry on the nose with hints of funk. Pours reddish amber with a solid white head. Very mild flavor, raspberry and cherries with very mild tartness, finishes very dry. Not bad.

GodOfThunder (1249) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 16, 2010
Bottle, thanks to troy. Vinegar, raspberries and other tart aromas. Light and watery flavor. Could use a little more oomph!

Parket (586) - Bruges, BELGIUM - JUL 13, 2010
dark reddish colour with small white and unstable head, sour and nutty smell. Taste: oaky, sour, sweet, cherry. Nice one but not very special.

oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - JUL 11, 2010
Very dark brown pour with garnet tints. The head is small, beige, and frothy. The nose contains some dark fruits, cherries, oaky funk, acetic acid, and basement must. The flavor is juicy dark fruit, nectar fruit, and sour vinous notes. Oak and funk come through subtly. The palate is medium to full with low effervescence and a dry acidic finish. A bit underwhelming.

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