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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: 1276   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - JUL 21, 2003
Dark amber with a small disappearing off-white head. A wooden winelike aroma and taste. The taste is fine but there are no real secondary flavors in this ale.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 23, 2004
nice dark brown colour somewhat metallic in taste though. I was surprised to discover its a flemish sour... I was certain it was trying to be a belgian strong ale. There is a definite sour taste. Its not that great.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beer Snob (501) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 26, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2005 Looks like coke - maybe my bottles were a bit flat. Malty, sour and (heres a word Ive never used to describe a beer before) "tangy". Quite nice, but a bit thin for my taste.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 7, 2005
Bottle. Looks dark brown, but held to the light, more of a ruby red. Small white head - long lasting. Cherries and some spiciness in aroma. Mouthfeel was thin and fizzy. Big strong sour cherry taste immediately, followed by slight bitterness. This also tastes like a strong beer, I had to check the alcohol to be sure. I thought it was a little thin tasting overall - not quite enough body to back the strong flavours up. There was also a slight bottle like quality to the whole package, like a slight bottle taste or something, even though the bottle appeared to be fresh and new. Overall, I found this far more drinkable that the Rodenbach Grand Cru I recently sampled, but it still isnt one Id reach for consistently.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
heemer77 (5313) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 5, 2005
Bottle from pintbypint. From a 250 ml bottle best by August 6, 2006. The body is a very dark brown with some ruby highlights. The head on my initial pour is huge. The aroma is sour apples and cherries. There is also some oak. The taste is slightly sour cherries with some dark bread. There is also a little bit of Sprite. A decent beer, but this lacks character. I really like the style, but I want more taste and body.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 14, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2006 Smell was muted. Some vague sourness and tartness, but really not much of that or anything else. Brown color with a lazy thin head. Watery with a mild sourness. but there is something in the background a kind of bready and sweet flavor that is compelling. Not overly impressed all in all.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FlagstoneHill (215) - Erie, Colorado, USA - DEC 29, 2005
Bottle.. ...Dk Brown, cloudy. Not much of a head.. ...Sour predominating, with sweet malty notes. Hints of Fruits (cherry, raspberry?).. ...Sour with malty hints. Has a funky mustiness in the finish.. ...Med body. Moderate carbonation.. ..Interesting flavor. Sour, but not overdone. Flavor is a bit thin.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 1, 2006
Beer pours a clear, medium-dark, reddish-chestnut color with a small, palest rose, frothy, average, mostly and quickly diminishing head. Some lacing left on the glass. The aroma is lightly malty with a notes of toasted grain, cookie and caramel; moderately yeasty with a note of cellar; miscellaneous notes are shy; fruity, sweet and vinous. Composed of moderately strong cherry and balsamic vinegar, and a slightly overwhelming moderate-to-strong note of copper/metal. The flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic and lightly bitter with a short, lightly acidic, moderately bitter, slightly unclean finish. The body is light, the texture is watery and the carbonation is average. Falls pretty darn short overall in complexity and interest in comparison to other FSAs.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kepano (265) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KAME (160) - California, USA - OCT 14, 2006
Pours a deep reddish brown with a thin white head. Lacing is minimal. Aroma of red vinegar and spicy maltiness, Flavor is malty sweet and slightly sour. Mouthfeel is fairly light and this is very easy to drink. Overall a nice brew.


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