Brewed by Verhaeghe
Style: Sour/Wild Ale
Vichte, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler


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RATINGS: 122   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31/5   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
Caves is een amberkleurig bier van hoge gisting van 5,8%. Het bier wordt gebrouwen van gerst, tarwe en hop, zonder kleurstoffen of conserveermiddelen en zonder toevoeging suikers. Volgens Alphonse Swartelee, brouwmeester en bierhistoricus, zou Caves van alle heden gebrouwen bieren, waarschijnlijk het meest het middeleeuws bier benaderen: zoet en zuur.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rubin77 (1879) - Brussels / Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAR 7, 2017
F: thin, egg-white, not long lasting. C: red to coppery, clear. A: dark berries, vinegar, red vine, grapes, hint of Brett. T: red berries, hint of vinegar, foeder, balsamic, caramel lactic tones with subtle spicy, medium body, low to medium carbonation, quite good, 0,25l bottle from Bierhalle Deconinck.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
sjogro (3763) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 20, 2016
Sampled from bottle at deansos. Bottle courtesy of deanso. Clear pale amber with thin off white head. Sweet malts, apple vinegar, sugar, woodglue, dusty cardboard. My favorite aromas nudge nudge wink wink. Over mesium sour compensated by shitload of sugary sweetness. Medium body, sparse carbonation and plastic finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Maakun (5174) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 20, 2016
Bottle shared thanks to deanso. Clear amber with off white head. Green apple, apple vinegar, light acetone, lots of sugar, some stale cardboard. Medium sweet and sour. Medium bodied. Basically massive apple vinegar with sugar.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
huineman (669) - Madrid, SPAIN - MAY 6, 2016
Gummarus Feesten 2015 edition, 25 cl bottle, drank at In St Gummarus, Lier. Pours dark amber, persistent tan head. Aroma is intense: mustard, honey, Modena balsamic vinegar, dark fruit, tobacco, chili pepper. Strange, complex and wild. Taste is dry, very dry. Thin, fizzy and sour. Long persistence with hints of leather and, again balsamic vinegar. Strange and rich.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mike_77 (6346) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - APR 1, 2016
Clear brown colour with thin soapy head. Aroma has lots of oak and a touch of malt vinegar. Theres a genuine sweetness to the flavour and it mellows the intensity of the sour notes nicely.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BlackHaddock (7059) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - FEB 15, 2016
250ml bottle in the Bier Paleis, Brugge on 5th Feb 2016. Red hue to the brown body, the head a thin cream coloured affair. Semi-sour, tart feel, cherries and raspberry flavoured: interesting but a little too sour for my palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
corkyrory66 (1862) - BELGIUM - SEP 22, 2015
Bire mrie en foudres de chne, avec du malt dorge et du froment, pour la gilde des Heren van Lier, dun niveau abv de 5,8% mais dune capacit de 25 cl (lamentable). Couleur ambre moyen, la clart nette. Bulles fines partout en myriades, trs bien. Mousse beige moyen, qui nappe 1 mm. Armes de bois de ft, vinaigre de vin, pointe de Sherry et Riesling. 1re bouche douce, sur du raisin, bois de ft, avec aigreur. Arrire-bouche sur laigre dun beau vinaigre de vin. 2me douce sur un vin chaud la cannelle. Arrire-bouche bien lie, avec laigreur cette fois tempre. 3me au bel quilibre bois/raisin, mais ensemble trop sucr!!! Arrire-bouche qui attnue le sucre, mais laisse une impression de mivre. Longueur le belle douceur, mais aucune complexit. Jambes fines, marques, un peu collantes. Alcool faible, il tient malgr tout sur la longueur (si lon peut dire 25 cl !!). Finale sans envergure, un peu sirupeuse. CONCLUSION: beste bier van de wereld selon Flix Timmermans, qui ny va pas de main morte!!, et qui confond bire et sirop!! Il ajoute un peu imprudemment om geen wijn te bezien Je lui rponds quant moi: dat staat nog te bezien ...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fin (10382) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 20, 2015
On tap at Caf Sint-Gummarus , Lier, Friday 20th March 2015 Amber in colour with a slim white head. The nose is very similar to Rodenbach, in fact the taste is also similar. Sharp, and zippy, sour and fruity and tart. Refreshing sour beer. Nice. A7 A4 T7 P4 Ov14 3.6

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
77ships (9350) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - FEB 2, 2015
330 ml. bottle split with Kogymo. Procured from Willems & Zoon. I have never heard about this nor have I ever seen it before but apparently the name has quite a bit interesting history behind it. This is nothing like the original beer, no recipes appear to have been written down for the original & the original that was sold in Lier was apparently a sour & golden beer of 11,7% ABV, so nothing like this one. Pours a dark brownish amber. Nose is sweet foeder, barrel, balsamic vinegar & sugar. Taste is lightly metallic like some lesser glasses of Rodenbach Foederbier, tastes of malt, cherry, foeder, brown sugar sweet, light herbs, balsamic vinegar, flowers, caramel. Lightly watery. A lesser brother to Duchesse De Bourgogne but still this drinks pretty well even if its clearly not at the top of the game.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wekker84 (2280) - etten-leur, NETHERLANDS - JAN 22, 2015
Bottle a red brown colored beer with a white head aroma malts spicy red fruits apple and sourness flavor red fruits caramel spicy sourness candy and some caramel and sourness in the finish

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