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


on tap

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RATINGS: 697   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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Naven (1001) - Poway, California, USA - FEB 24, 2010
12.7 oz black fancy pants label. Dark ruby color. Aroma is distant, but some nice hints of cherries and berries. Flavor is cherries, lemon and a slight vinegar flavor. Lightly sour, not overdone. Sessionable. Tasty.

Travlr (26270) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - FEB 14, 2010
Tap at Max’s. Brownish red. Aroma of plums and cherries. Flavor starts sweet and becomes progressively more sour. Not bad.

GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - FEB 12, 2010
Pours a brownish amber color with a fast fleeting spritzy head that reduces to a glassy surface. Smells of sour cherries and wet wood. Light to medium nectar with excellent carbonation. Mildly sour with a defined plumb like essence and a bone dry finish. Mildly complex yet pretty tasty.

ryan (3185) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - FEB 12, 2010
If this is a "typical Flemish beer", I feel bad for typical Flemish beer drinkers. Rather bland, lightly sweet, some carmel, very lightly tart, touch of cherry. Very watery finish. Meh.

SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - FEB 10, 2010
Sampled at the 2010 Crescent Moon Extreme Beer Festival. Pours a dark reddish amber with a thin off-white head. Has a butterscotch bourbon aroma. There’s a mild tartness to the taste. Cherries and lemons. Has a very quick finish that leaves almost nothing on the palate.

MrChopin (4305) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 5, 2010
Bottle thanks to 7ways!
Dark mahogany with a thick white head. Generally sweet nose of tart cherry, some lemon, caramel, and a touch of wood. The flavor is equally balanced, caramel and wood with light earth and lemon. Thin body, light carbonation. This would be really nice with a bit more carbonation and variety in the flavor. It’s pleasant as it is, kind of a flemish sour with the balsamic notes taken out. Reminds me of Vichtenaar.

dionysus (1486) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 27, 2010
Bottle pours a brilliant burnt ruby w/ a restrained khaki colored head. Aroma shows cranberry, pear, and some nice musty oak. Flavor leans more towards tart raspberry with tea and some more oak. Overall body is light-moderate and is only mildy tart and acidic. Definately a less aggressive, more entry level type of sour, but nice. Not overly complicated but refreshing and I could see myself drinking a few of these.

bhensonb (15852) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 17, 2010
Bottle from Monument in Concord, CA. Pours brilliant, medium ruby with a tall beige head. Mildly tart and acidic aroma. Medium body with almost fizzy carbonation. Flavor is only lightly tart and acidic. Rather fresh and fruity. A bit astringent. Seems to be a bit woody in the finish. Bit like a popsicle stick. Light and refreshing. Would substitute for a rose sparkling wine - minus some AB.

Elwood (3347) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - JAN 17, 2010
Serving 12.7 oz. bottle.
I can’t say I’ve had much from this brewery so I am exicted to see what they have to offer. This one pours a very deep amber brown with a creamy, light tan head of fine bubbles. It does an excellent job of maintaining it’s head. The nose is faint with a slight sour note, hints of spice, apple, pear, and pale malt. The taste is a nice blend of sour and sweet. The sour is like a tart granny smith apple with the sweet being a bit of caramel. The combination works well even if it is simple. Relatively light in body, this is a very refreshing sour ale. Given it’s simplicity, I think it’s a great way to introduce someone to the world of sours. The finish is clean and all I am left with is a desire for another taste.

502Che (999) - @, CAMBODIA - JAN 14, 2010
On tap at Sergios. Beautiful brownish red with minimal head. Sweet dark fruit and red wine notes on the aroma. Solid flavor, but not very sour or harsh. Light and slightly dry. Light and easy on the palate. Good, and very solid, just not outstanding. Get a Rodenbach.

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