Brewed by Bavik-De Brabandere
Style: Sour Red/Brown
Harelbeke, Belgium
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler


on tap

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RATINGS: 1283   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
Dark ruby red red as wine. The style is also called the Burgundy of Flanders, and is a very typical and common beer in West Flanders
Created by a secret blend of the aged and sour mother beer with fresh brewed sweeter beer, this beer produces a sour-sweet balance, set off by the underlying bitterness of the hops. A discovery! The best in its style! Light in alcohol, exciting complex flavors and tastes come to the forefront.
Although serving cold is recommended, taking time to drink it will release more aromas towards the end of your glass.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dorqui (2213) - Brescia, ITALY - DEC 8, 2005
Creamy and much supporter foam, good persistence. Brownish red color, much loaded and hazy, impenetrable. Fresh acidulous scent, notes of wine cellar and red yield. Extremely pungent and lively taste. Not much round in the mouth, better to the nose. Notes of cherry and sour black cherry, not too much sour like other Rodenbach type. Medium end.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
blankboy (7430) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 24, 2005
Bottle. Pours a clear bubbly dark reddish-brown with a small diminishing light-brown head. The slightly sour and woodsy aroma of malt, fruit, spices and alcohol was not much to my liking. The flavour follows the aroma and is also quite sour but not in a good way, theres something "off" about the sour taste -- I found myself wondering if I had a bad bottle but then I remembered it was like this last time I tried it as well. Mouthfeel was thin. Flemish Sour Ales are not my favourite kind of beer to start with but there are so many better ones than this one, I think my rating is fair as this beer is mediocre at best.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - NOV 18, 2005
An almost headless chestnut body gave off a strong aroma of sou/tart cherries and hints of oak. Pronounced carbonation. Medium bodied. The flavor was very sour, biting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocLock (10215) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2005
Pours ruby with a 3-4 finger off-white head. The aroma is oaky malty, with nuts, bourbon, brown sugar, port, merlot, and some funk. This tastes initially like a slightly sweet Flemish sour, but gains a solid merlot flavor profile and palate feel, coupled with some oaky malts and berries. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 22, 2005
A Mes rate: Sampled at Quinns in Camden and I am pretty sure this is way over chilled. Decent but standard "old brown" aroma. Flavour has a disturbing hint of beer puke. Not regular puke but come on we all know what beer puke tastes like. Slight woody notes too but no real evidence of the gentle tartness you would find in other flemish sours. Creamy then a touch of bitterness. The tarty zing I was expecting just about comes through for the very brief finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CampbellWilson (533) - SCOTLAND - OCT 15, 2005
Bottle from Beers of Europe. Hazy reddish brown with persistant beige head. Aroma of oak, cherry, balsamic vinegar, yeast. Medium mouthfeel with sweetish finish. Not bad at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 13, 2005
Darkness in the glass, a deep brown, thoroughly opaque, 1/2" of creamy foam above. Aroma: Smooth, spicy, yet complex in the fruit, dark, nearly sour, twisted. Taste: rich and well-rounded, the brown ale mixed with dark fruit, tasty...oaky...big carbonation, big zest, big fruit, very tasty...did I say that already? Medium bodied, fullness in the mouth, the brown ale and the cherry, playing happily amidst the oak and the crisp, brisk snap. Very nice. Enjoy, please.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - OCT 10, 2005
Pours dark brown, reddish color when held to the light. Tan head fades very quickly to just film. Aroma is sour cherry, but rather weak. Flavor much the same, very dry finish. Very carbonated. Just doent cut it for a flemish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
emptytankard (36) - Illinois, USA - SEP 30, 2005
Wonderful tart aroma very reminiscent of a gueuze. Pours deep amber with a nice fluffy pale head. Flavor is mellow, actually a bit mild for a Flemish sour. A pleasant introduction to the style, but too thin overall. Finish is a bit dry and could have used a bit more tart fruitiness. Still not a bad brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - SEP 22, 2005
Pours a clear ruby with purplish tints. Head is full, fluffy and of reddish-brown tinted bubbles. Smell is all flemish sour, after I believed this one to be a brown. Sweet and acidic, it makes the nose pucker. Taste is strong balsamic vingegar, concord grapes, on top of a healthy amout of caramel. Nice flavor base. Subtle oak rounds out the palate, keeping the aftertaste mellow like an afternoon smoke instead of tannic, like some sours tend to be. For me this is enjoyable, but it is somewhat of a tweener, as the palate has some belgian dubbel ale qualities to it that arent apart to sours. Damn good beer, though...and interesting!

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