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Bacchus - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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385 Ratings
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Ratings: 385
Reviews: 181
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 12.2%
Wants: 10
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Flanders Oud Bruin |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 09-12-2002)
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BedetheVenerable

Missouri

3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12.7 oz green bottle, nice simple label, clearly marked bottled on date (this one's right around a year old). Into a Chimay chalice.

Appearance: Brilliant warm mahogany hue with a nice ivory cap with decent retention.

Smell: Red wine barrel, light Brett funk, some musty malt, and tart apple/grape notes. Honestly, really quite pleasant.

Taste: Not quite as complex as the aromas, unfortunately, but still pretty nice. Light caramel tones, tart grapey fruit, a hint of Bretty funk, and a light, cleansing tartness. Hint of minerality and crackery malt on the finish. Actually, this is kind of growing on me throughout the glass.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated, tingly, tart, refreshing, and begs for another sip.

Overall: Definitely a sort of 'table' Bruin with the low gravity and less intense malt flavors than the bigger examples, but this was still enjoyable. This would likely make a very good gateway beer to introduce people to traditional Belgian sours, but is also quite refreshing and would likely pair well with a bit of Don Vino goat cheese and crackers, or perhaps a nice goat cheese marinara and toasted baguette.

Only big downside, $6.00-plus for a 12.7oz bottle...I'd give this an 84-85, B.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2012 03:33:29 | More by BedetheVenerable
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constantine_272

Oregon

4.06/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown with a deep haze. A cross between dark muddy water and black tea. Viscous sticky dotted tan foam. Low carbonation.

S: Slightly sour black cherry and prunes. Earthy. Rich brown leather and wet wood chips. Tangy and slightly lactic.

T: Starts off cool, watery and refreshing. Rich tanginess of cherries, cranberry and pomegranate. More dark salty chocolate and sour raspberry comes through. Slight mild fruit sweetness finishes long with a little tingle.

M: Thin light and refreshing. The tanginess finishes the beer clean. Very mild sweet dryness finishes.

O: I really liked this one. The mix of slight sour, dark fruit and rich earthiness really worked well together. This beer had a lot of flavor, but in a well rounded way unlike other beers that just try to be the most sour or the most roasty.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2014 03:21:00 | More by constantine_272
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Howlader

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +8.4%

07-20-2014 15:14:58 | More by Howlader
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GRG1313

California

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

07-19-2014 22:46:42 | More by GRG1313
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SocalKicks

California

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

07-19-2014 16:04:27 | More by SocalKicks
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jakewatt135

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

07-17-2014 04:52:56 | More by jakewatt135
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jmkoscie

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +8.4%

07-17-2014 02:17:14 | More by jmkoscie
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leitmotif

Romania

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

07-14-2014 21:37:06 | More by leitmotif
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ryannosaurus

Arizona

3.3/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

12.7oz bottle poured to tulip

Nice deep brown color, fairly opaque. 1 finger of well tanned head lays over quickly, but a decent lace of bubbles persists

Aroma is strongly barnyard: bit of horse, bit of runoff from the horse. That dissipates as it breathes to a mild tang with some brown sugar / molasses notes

Taste has some sour and a bit of oak, Nice, but not particularly memorable

Good carbonation with a fairly thing body, pretty lively brew on the tongue

Very nice polite likable brown, perhaps a nice mild springboard if you were introducing someone to belgian sours. For my own purposes, there are some better examples I'd reach for over Bacchus

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2014 02:41:00 | More by ryannosaurus
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qchic

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

07-12-2014 01:31:50 | More by qchic
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Tiernan

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

07-11-2014 03:10:33 | More by Tiernan
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

07-10-2014 04:05:59 | More by oriolesfan4
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ocl1536

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

07-09-2014 01:46:39 | More by ocl1536
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KTien

New York

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

07-07-2014 16:31:43 | More by KTien
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TongoRad

New Jersey

3.39/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is not the best looking beer- kind of a murky brown with a quickly disappearing head. Appearances aren't everything, though, especially in this corner of the beer world. The aroma is very mellow, but I get dried fruits, a touch of leather, dark brown sugar, and an overall Orange Brandy quality (kind of like Cointreau). It could definitely use some more punch, but is pleasant nonetheless.

The palate is kind of the same way- needs a little zip. There is a definite sour presence, but it only goes to 7. The flavors are more earthy, and the dark sugar dominates. The balance and mouthfeel are right where they should be, and it's quite easy to drink, but would be helped by some more complexity of flavors. The key word seems to be 'pleasant', where 'memorable' is unfortunately what the price commands. Under the right circumstances I could see knocking a few back, though.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2014 19:57:39 | More by TongoRad
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gtermi

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

07-05-2014 23:39:24 | More by gtermi
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byronic

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

07-04-2014 12:30:22 | More by byronic
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paulcdc

Virginia

4/5  rDev +8.4%

07-04-2014 01:21:27 | More by paulcdc
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BKotch

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

07-03-2014 05:30:07 | More by BKotch
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kjkinsey

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

07-02-2014 22:48:25 | More by kjkinsey
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KAF

Iowa

3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

07-02-2014 02:52:58 | More by KAF
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ArrogantPrick

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

06-30-2014 23:16:54 | More by ArrogantPrick
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huntermop

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +8.4%

06-26-2014 19:43:24 | More by huntermop
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MonkeyDunk

California

4.19/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12.7 oz bottle, bottled on 2/14/2012, drunk on 6/20/2014 (2+ years old).

A: Poured a root beer brown.

S: Nose of banana, orange peel, leather. Funkdified.

T: Flavor is banana, sour orange and grapefruit, plums, jasmine flowers, then as it warms in my mouth it changes to leather and meat. Lightly sweet and low bitterness. Excellent--complex, unique yet smooth and quite balanced.

M: Champagne bubbles in the mouth, giving it a creamy, velvety mouthfeel, but it's not viscous. Dry finish, sour lingers.

Overall one of the best flemish reds I've had (and I've been tasting a number of them lately), can't wait to introduce this one to friends.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2014 05:54:38 | More by MonkeyDunk
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Texasfan549

Texas

4/5  rDev +8.4%

06-19-2014 03:42:30 | More by Texasfan549
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Bacchus from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
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