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


on tap

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RATINGS: 687   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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Drake (13300) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DruncanVeasey (8225) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thornecb (5815) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CanIHave4Beers (4181) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
kwik-lime (1861) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 12, 2009
Pretty much no head and it dissipates immediately...only one point for appearance from me. Great aroma of apples and raisins. Sweet n sour flavour thats dominated by apple, a bit vinegary as well. Not really my thing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nickd717 (4557) - Sofia, BULGARIA - OCT 2, 2009
On tap at the Cheeky Monk in Denver. Clear dark red color with a small off-white head. Aroma is both sweet and sour with cherry, apple, oak, and mild funk. Flavor is a tiny bit tart but mostly just sweet, with cherry, apple, sweet malt, and a metallic, acidic finish. The description calls this "wine-like?" Not very accurate. Body is medium-light with moderately high carbonation. Not a huge fan overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MoritzF (9759) - Ottobrunn, GERMANY - SEP 11, 2009
(wrapped bottle) Clear, effervescent dark ruby coloured hue with a thick beige foamy head. Sour and fruity aroma of red berries and cherries with a light notes of sweet malt. Mildly sour flavour, light bodied with a smooth mouthfeel. Rather slim malty taste with soft fruity notes; moderately dry and slightly acidic finish with a balancing malty sweetness. A stronger body would be appropriate, otherwise a pleasent Oud Bruin. 11.IX.09

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SSSteve (4006) - - AUG 28, 2009
clear ruby/purple with a small off-white head. sour cherry,vinegar aroma. flavor of grape, berry and cherry fruits. not very acidic. easy to drink. light-moderate sour. soda-like palate. nice but not super complex.

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