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


on tap

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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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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.

brikelly (39) - New Hampshire, USA - DEC 10, 2009
Pours with a nice ruby color, but the aroma wasn’t anything to right home about. Decent head that fades fast. The taste is very Lambic-ey, moderately sour. I’m not terribly impressed with it, to be honest. It was fine to try it but I’m not going to buy it again.

wetherel (1883) - Cupertino, California, USA - DEC 1, 2009
I’m surprized I haven’t rated this yet. I’ve seen it at several fests, including the Stone Sour Fests. Anywho. I bought this 375mL bottle at Texas Liquor in Carlsbad. Pours amber red. Leans dry. Tastes oxidized. Big bubble head fades fast. Thin. Not my favorite.

TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 27, 2009
Pours dark brown with deep red hues. Notes of oak, leather, brett, toffee, and raisins. Light to medium bodied, dry with soft carbonation. Low acidity.

branspra (293) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - NOV 1, 2009
Bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a large, frothy white head. Lacing is very good. Aromas of port, wine, raspberry, and raisin. Lively beer with a very full beginning followed by a crisp palate. Flavor is primarily raspberry with hints of port and blackberry. Very good sour ale and could almost be a Lambic.

Drake (13737) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 30, 2009
12.7 ounce bottle from Beer Run in Charlottesville, VA. Pours a clear ruby color with a large creamy head. Thins fairly quickly to a half finger layer of head. Decent lacing. Aroma of dry earthy funkiness with a tannic red wine vibe. Taste is very smooth. Dry red wine funkiness with a sweet sugary note. Medium bodied.

DruncanVeasey (8226) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - OCT 28, 2009
Bottle. Deep ruby with a creamy yellow-tan collar. Butter, cherry, iron and slight Brie aroma begging that first sip with a gentle balance of dankness and acidity. Dampness, blood, cherries, mild balsamic touches and biscuit fading into a drying chemical bitterness aftertaste (Acesulfame K). Sour ale for beginners.

thornecb (5914) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 25, 2009
Pours deep mahogany into a snifter. Tan head quickly recedes to nothing. Sour cherry and oak aromas. Tart and dry upfront with cherry turning to a lasting lactic finish.

Rusty (1547) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - OCT 20, 2009
Pours a brownish red with a nice off white head. Aroma is cherry, cider, some sourness, oak. Flavor is cherry, a light tartness, a bit watery, oak, apple. Fairly dry, slightly cidery and very easy to drink. An imperial version would be awesome, but this is just ok.

CanIHave4Beers (4184) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - OCT 19, 2009
This comes in a much fancier bottle than the one over there. Pours a nice reddish brown with an enormous head thick creamy head. Aroma is dry fruits some raisins and some oaky and cidery notes to compliment, the overall aroma is nice if a bit faint. This has a sweet on sour flavor that seems to work better in this one than it has in numerous other examples, it is neither intensely sweet nor is it intensely sour but this is a very mild ale with nice tart notes, some oak, some fruitiness of tart cherries and red apple. There are no off sugary flavors or points where this beers tart and sour character fight with the sweetness. I really enjoy this beer and could see myself drinking it often if it were available to me.

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