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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%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.3
DruncanVeasey (8225) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - JAN 6, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2008 Aha! Didn’t realise this was made by Verhaeghe. Red amber pour with a white halo. Intensely heady, mouldering apple aroma, wth fruit juice sweetness, vinegar and barrelwood. Brine, apple juice and iron. Sweet-sour, but leaning towards sweet, with caramel and more yeasty pear/apple humming fruit booziness. Bit too syrupy and a bit synthetic, but a pleasantly odd commercial sour ale.

3.6
reakt (950) - Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 13, 2007
Bottle from Drunken Geese. After seeing David have it at Moeder I was a little curious, so I brought one back. Sour balsamic vinegar, cherry, yeast and a hint of candi sugar in the nose. Again balsamic vinegar with sweet caramel, reminds me of a red wine gravy I’ve made a couple times with caramelized brown sugar in it, some apple notes also. Nice syrupy palate and a bit of yeast in the finish. Maybe just a little too sweet for my liking, being my only gripe, but not all that bad really.

2.7
Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 4, 2007
Bottle, Moeder Lambic. Hazy amber. Light 1cm white head. Sweet and sour blend. Quite caramelly on top of fruity flavours that take the shape of mild apple first, but after a few sips is rather obviously acetaldehyde. Bready yeastiness, not very woody and too subtle in its acidity. Still, the taste seems better than the nose, but this remains my least favourite Verhaeghe.

4.2
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - AUG 12, 2007
250ml bottle. Red coloured with a white head. Aroma is sour, woody and vinegary. An extremely sweet beer that is never too sweet and has a long and sour finish. Lots of flavour and better than expected. Very good.

3.5
ante (3373) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 11, 2007
Bottled. Hazy amber with a small white head. Wonderful balsamic aroma of tart black cherries and hay. Acidic cherries, mild vinegar, wood and lemon in the full flavour. Burnt sugar with tart notes of cherries in the long aftertaste.

3.3
bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 21, 2007
(Bottle, BB 10-04-08) Pours a clear amber body with a spare white head. Aroma of cherry sourness, earthiness, and vinegar. Flavor of sourness, bit syrupy, and malt.

3.8
GilBier (75) - Dendermonde, BELGIUM - JUN 20, 2007
Nice brass colored beer with fine white head. aroma is sweet and slight sour, applels, rubarbe jam, cookies, sweet bread and some herbes. the taste is well balanced sweet and sour, it has hints of sweet cidre de normandie, with a malty caracter and a bready texture. Afthertaste is clean ans askes for more. Great summer beer.

3.5
oberabcbbsok (692) - Hoboken, BELGIUM - MAY 1, 2007
A sweet and little soure beer. Drunk in bottle. It have something from a gheuze, but still has his own taste

3.2
CapedBrewsader (265) - Brasschaat, BELGIUM - APR 25, 2007
25cl bottle labeled Caves het bier van Lier. Pours a clear, bright, ruby with goledn edges. Thick creamy head that quickly dwindles away. Immediately hit with balsamic, fruit, and vinous. That quickly calms down and allows sweet caramel malts to come through. Again, this aroma starts to fade and let something else come through, oddly sweet, almost smelling like sugar substitute. The aroma of wood now comes through quite apparently. Mouthfeel is thicker than you would imagine from the smell. I was expecting a dryness like you would find in an average Oud Bruin. Taste is quite sweet, with quite a bit of acid bite. Notes of earth and vegtables, perhaps sprouts. The odd sweetness that was in the aroma comes back in the flavor. The sweetness can be a little cloying, although it does atempt to back it up with the sourness. I understand that the original "caves" beer style from Lier is no longer brewed, but when it was it was not a sour beer. Knowing that, I am confused with what this beer is trying to be.

4
MiP (15650) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - APR 21, 2007
Bottle, 5.8% as Caves - het bier van Lier. Sweet, fruity, caramelly aroma with a nice underlying sourness. Muddy dark orange colour. No or very unstable head. The flavour is quite sour, nicely citric and vinegary. Quite sweet to balance. Reminds me of Goudenband, and is almost as good. This one has a lower ABV which can be a bonus.


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