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

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RATINGS: 1285   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JAN 3, 2008
11.2oz - Aroma of sour cherry, grape juice, raisin, dark malts and spicy yeast. Pours deep garnet with lots of bubbles, a medium head and great lacing. Flavor is a much more subdued version of the aroma which is really a shame. Palate is thin, soft and too clean for a sour. If the flavor lived up to the aroma and the palate a little more tart, this could be a great brew. Still very drinkable.

3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 2, 2008
From a 330mL Bottle. Pours a transparent, ruddy brown color with a thick finger of quickly dissipating beige head. A crisp, cherry tinged brett aroma wafts from the beer, ripened by fermented lemons and dusty cobwebs. A bit musty, and is livened up by some gentle apple cider acetic notes in the background. Leathery caramel malts and faint chocolate nougat is noticeable behind the acidity and brett. Medium light bodied, zesty carbonation that dissipates quickly, leaving behind a relatively bland, flabby cocoa malt sweetness. Whereas the aroma is a delightful blend of acidity and malt, the flavor comes across bland and unexciting. Ho hum. Very little brett character comes across in the flavors, and the acetic character is missing as well. I dont generally want more acetic character in my beer, but it would be a welcome addition to this flavor stagnation. Boring chocolate malt flavors with no finish. OK, so there is a smidgen of apple cider crispness in there mid-palate, but the finish is too clean and watery. I dont remember this beer tasting this un-sour in past samples Ive had, but this is the third time Ive had it in the last two weeks, twice from a bottle and once on draft, and it was a bit of a disappointment each time. This rating reflects the sample Im enjoying while entering this rate, as Im actually giving this beer my undivided attention. And yes, my rating number has actually improved. The snifter glass really showcases the nice aroma, but the flavors and palate are a total let down.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - JAN 1, 2008
A disappointment, nice brown color body, thick white head with great lacing. Aroma was of lemon and wheat, but came across being rather astringent. Flavor was also astringent, very little malt to balance out the sourness. I couldnt detect any oak notes. Carbonation was slightly above adequate.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
barncatmatt (2281) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 31, 2007
330 ml botlle. birthday present from my brother. pours dark brown with no head. sour aromas, fruity with yeast but mostly sour. flavours are sour fruits with a dry woody finish. its also pretty thin whats there is nice there just isnt enough of it. this was ok but not something id go out of my way to get again.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 28, 2007
Bottle thanks to my festivus master: Pours a mahogany, with a creamy tan head. Aroma, light tarntess, some fruits, sugars, yeast, and some woody notes. Flavor, acidity, dry fruity notes, oak. Finishes dry, not bad.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
gilvanblight (821) - Windsor, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 28, 2007
Nice bubly tan head over a burnt sienna pour. Amazing scent. Beeries, wood, smoke, and sweetness. Very nice taste, full of tart berries and dark smokiness. There is a touch of sweetness with a flavour that reminds me of a sweeter red wine. A very dry finish. One of the best beers I have had in recent memory.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TopherDrinks (96) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 25, 2007
Bottle. Pours a dark mahogany with a nice off white head. Aromas of sour grapes, wood, Belgian yeast and sweet malts. Some mustiness, light fruits, and slight horse blanket come through as this warms a bit. Taste is slightly delayed and somewhat watery. Starts off malty and nearly sweet with light notes of oak, and a tart fruit finish. Not quite what I was expecting (due to the sour nose). Average carbonation and light bodied makes this an easy drinker. Perfect dry finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nahthan (129) - Oakland, California, USA - DEC 25, 2007
On Tap at the Trappist in Oakland, CA. Nice dark amber appearance, great head retention. Cool sour wet horse blanket notes on the aroma that are mostly in aroma, not so much in the actual taste. Pretty low carbonation for the style. Much sweeter in the finish than you would expect from the aroma. Nice complexity when you want a balance of sweet/sour. Great complexity of flavors considering the alcohol content. Very drinkable and enjoyable.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 25, 2007
The aroma was light and malty. The nose hinted at a sourness that wasnt present on the palate. Kind of upsetting, but nonetheless, still a good beer. The beer poured a deep semi-cloudy brown color with good thick head. The flavor was rich with dark fruit and wood, with notes of apple and apricot. I was left wanting from the lack of sour. The mouthfeel was light to medium bodied with good carbonation. Very nice beer.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jgentgesdo (693) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 24, 2007
Pours murky brown with a medium foamy tan head. Nose reminds me of my last fruit beer while fermenting... slightly rotten fruit and yeast. Flavor is sour apple, apricot, prunes. Only mildly sour. Oaky, woodsy finish, fairly dry. Not bad.


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