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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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.

SrSilliGose (3330) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - JAN 13, 2010
Bottle. Pours brown with ruby red highlights and a big frothy tan head. Aroma has notes of lemonzest, bubblegum, some light bretty funk, moss, and dirt. Not bad. Flavor is mildew, green grapes, bread, rotten wood, plum skin, and coca cola. Aroma is decent, flavor is kind of gross. The mildew, coca cola, and earthy rot made this difficult to drink. Kind of weird. As the beer warmed, the harsh flavors mellowed out significantly and this became much more drinkable. Still not good, but not terrible.

ContemplateBeer (2089) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 8, 2010
Aroma of tart apples, red grapes and champagne. Appearance is reddish brown with splotchy head. Flavor matched the nose, with a velvety cabernet body. Palate is creamy and cooling. Better than I expected.

AmEricanbrew (6878) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - DEC 30, 2009
Ruby red color/ no head. Nice bretty barnyard, dung hay aromas. Frothy light mouthfeel. Sharp toasted caramel, coloa bean flavors, very mild tartness.

mastabass666 (277) - California, USA - DEC 27, 2009
Dark brown beer with a wispy, thin head. Aroma- barn, malt, slight sour not much else. Flavor-mild sourness, slight oak. Overall a subdued Flemish.

mcmd (315) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 27, 2009
Poured into a snifter - dark reddish brown with small off white head looks like a nutbrown ale. Smell is dark cherries, oak, lemons. Taste is sour fruit, dark cherries, wine, oak and nice carbonation to back. Nice and sour with no sweetness, very nice for the style

oldrtybastrd (5002) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 27, 2009
Pours a reddish brown color. Aromas of dark fruit, yeast, and a touch of wood. Flavor is tart, yeast, wood, not as sour as I would like. Kinda Blah.

FlacoAlto (4176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 19, 2009
Sampled 1702, Tucson AZ; September 2009
This beer arrives from the tap served in a tulip glass. It is topped by a frothy, almost two-finger thick, amber tanned head. The beer is a darkish, brown-amber color that shows a deep, clear red color when held up to the light. The aroma smells quite fruity with rich cherry notes taking the lead role here. Tartness seems to be missing from the aroma, at least it isn’t overly noticeable by me, though it is likely an acetic note that is bringing out the cherry notes. Cherry skin note add some complexity here and the nose smells somewhat sweet, other notes of children’s aspiring and some berry notes add a hint of complexity to what is otherwise a somewhat weak aroma.

Despite the sweetness in the nose the beer tastes quite dry as it first hits my tongue. The beer is most definitely tart, thank goodness, despite not smelling tart at all. The flavor really comes off as washed out though, even watery somehow. There is a soft acetic presence along with a lactic sourness; this is more tart tasting than sour and there is a sweetness that kicks in towards the middle of each sip and continues through to the sweetness; this light sweetness tempers the tartness even more. The beer tastes fruity as well, though perhaps not as pronounced as it was in the flavor; cherry notes are most noticed, but perhaps there is a hint of raspberry as well. A hint of tannins adds some structure towards the finish and there is a very soft malt presence (a hint of toasted malt and a touch of caramel are just perceptible). Really the flavors are just too light here, I really feel like someone took the volume on a normal sour beer and muted the hell out of it. Fairly light bodied, though not overly thin, this beer seems made for quaffing by the pint.

There is quite a nice mix of flavors to this beer, but it really has just been watered down too much. A more concentrated version would likely be phenomenal & for this reason I find this beer quite disappointing.

Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 17, 2009
Bottle. Pours a red brune body with a thin head. Tart acidic fruit tones, light cherry and wood y notes. A hint of vinegar and some light acidic warming to finish. Okay.

kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2009
bottle. Pours a translucent ruby-chestnut color, capped with a thin off-white head. Aroma of wood, caramel, and sour cherry. Flavor is fairly mild, with tart cherry, wood, and mild acetic acid the primary flavors. Thin bodied. Brief, mildly tart finish. this was pretty underwhelming.

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