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

bottled
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RATINGS: 1283   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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
thewolf (12274) - Kolding, DENMARK - SEP 11, 2006
Pours clear dark amber with big fizzy off-white head. Yeasty and malty sweet aroma. Some berry feelings as well. Quite spritzy. It has a sweet taste though with caramel and a clear oak-like flavour at the dry end.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 5, 2006
Chestnut colour with a beige head. Malty, dark fruit sweet aroma with a light tart note and hints of wood and yeast. Malty, light tart fruity flavor with a vague note of wood.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kramer (6313) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 2, 2006
12 oz bottle. Pours a clear dark garnet colored body under a fizzy light brown head that faded to a thin film quickly. Aroma is lightly tart and acetic with some sour cherry, oak tannins, and candied fruit. Flavor is acetic and biting up front but the finish is sugary and dry with a nice muted oak character. Almost a light brett-like presence late in the finish? Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a fizzy efforvescent carbonation that makes for a lively feel. Overall, this was pretty basic and pedestrian for a Flemish Sour, but Ill take a half-decent Flemish Sour over most styles top rated beers any day.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Tessic (1079) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 31, 2006
This ale poured a dark orange with a off white head. This beer to the nose is very strong scented with cider vinegar and very ripe fruit. almost fermented ripe fruit. First taste wasthinner than I thought it might be. Sour to taste with the cider vinegar taste coming through slowly. Slightly metallic with a stomach acid flavour to the palate. Very different.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
shadey (2093) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 31, 2006
Very dark red color with dark cream lace. Aroma is deep sour. Flavor is almost a creamy sourness. Pretty tastey actually, if a bit simple.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - AUG 29, 2006
Pours brown with a tan head. The aroma is barnyardy, earthy, fruity, and sour. Flavor is mild with a mild sour impact on the palate along with elements of some fruit and spice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 28, 2006
Pours brown with a decent light brown head. Smells of funk, wood, earthy hops, some fruitiness. Taste is more sweet than sour with some decent fruity elements.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
STEPHENDR (478) - California, USA - AUG 21, 2006
Cola colored- white head faint nose of sour raspberries, maple syrup, green vegetation and mold taste is initially malt then sour raspberries as one swallows, medium body aftertaste short

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kepano (267) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 10, 2006
I grabbed a bottle of Petrus Oud Bruin hoping for a good surprise in a style I already love. The pour did not radiate optimism, leaving me rather impassive to its vapid brown body and fizzy gray head. Nonetheless, the nose successfully combines natural aromas of green apples, brown sugar, pepper, and caramel to surprising scents of soap, banana yoghurt, leather and chocolate chip cookies. This sweet and airy fragrance does not translate well onto the palate, unfortunately, as it seems faint and watered down. Flavors of sour cherries, grapes, oak, coffee, caramel and a slight metallic tone blend with little impact, seemingly sharing a will to vanish in neutrality. The Flemish Sour Ale generally resounds as a strong and characterful style, but this example is decidedly antagonistic.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bluevegie (3073) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 7, 2006
Tried in Belgium but now also available at the IBS Perth. Cherry aroma - aged - musty. Deep cherry body with light tan head, reasonable sweet taste that is not too overpowering. Some spice, cloves zestiness throughout.


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