Bacchus - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
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4.85/5 rDev +31.1%
Sample bottled March 2009- opened Jan 2012
APP- Light haze, deep ruby brown, low off-white head, became crystal clear as the glass warmed.
Smell- Big caramel with nut, light smoke, light herbal hop, sour cherry, light coffee, light citrus, all delicate under big caramel, allspice, clove, earth, dried prune and apricot.
Taste- Very mellow, only lightly soured, no tart flavor really. Light date, nut, berry, honey covered apple, shortbread, big toasted vanilla, dimension roundigthigs out, cracked pepper, super complex but mellow, easy drinking and highly cohesive flavors.
MF- light bodied, fluffy,creamy, not bracing in any way.
Overall- This is one of the best beers I have ever had. Period. Amazingly complex, a million flavors, but I could suck it back without a thought if I wanted to.
07-10-2012 00:55:01 | More by JudgeRoughneck
3.95/5 rDev +6.8%
12.7 ounce green bottle, black foil over the cap, no bargain at $5.99 @ DeCicco market in Ardsley, NY. Bottled on 4-14-09. Dark brown with a burnt red hue. Thick light mocha head, that stays and stays, then goes to a thick film, collar, and respectable if not amazing strands of lace. I get a healthy load of must and tart fruit in the nose. Ah Flanders Red, what a wonderful style and this one was not bad, moderatly tart, no real sour bite, some tart cherry notes. A bit more musty character midway and in the finish. Not bad, I think some stinky cheese and crusty bread would compliment this selection well. Worth a try. Good gateway sour/Belgian red.
03-22-2010 23:30:33 | More by Billolick
3.28/5 rDev -11.4%
Appearance: brown, minimal head, medium carbonation, cloudy
Smell: sour mix, wood, earth, and dark cherries
Taste: sour mix, wood, earth, faint chocolate, and dark cherries
Mouthfeel: slightly sour, tart, watery, light body, low carbonation
Drinkability: I like this style and would choose this beer over several styles. That being said, this one is very light, and the sourness that I usually get is quite subdued. If I was looking for a beer, I would pick this up. If I was looking for a Flanders Red, I would see if there was something else on the shelf.
06-10-2010 16:30:14 | More by tigg924
4/5 rDev +8.1%
Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle at our recent sour tasting.
The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is oak, tannins and red wine. The flavor is similar to red wine with some oak notes and caramel malt. Mild tartness and very dry. The beer has a somewhat watery mouthfeel and low carbonation.
05-31-2010 18:18:43 | More by Mora2000
3.53/5 rDev -4.6%
Single bottle from the Yonge and Wellesley LCBO. Wrapped in fancy paper, but the bottle itself is completely unadorned. Marketed as an Oud Bruin.
Poured into an oversized wine glass. Chestnut, murky, and with just a hint of cherry red when held aloft. Leaves a decent-sized off-white head, good lacing. Nice looking brew.
Nose is apple vinegar and mild sour cherry, not much else. Like a mild kriek.
The initial blast of sour cherry led me to think I had opened a puckery kriek, but this burst of flavor quickly abated, leaving only a mild tart cherry, apple vinegar and musky finish. Surprisingly hollow. Medium bodied, sticky, potent carbonation.
A good introductory Flemish red, but not nearly as bold and puckery as I would have liked.
09-20-2011 01:32:55 | More by JohnnyBarman
3.88/5 rDev +4.9%
Appearance: head builds briskly but clears quickly, you can hear it crackling; deep ruby/brown colour; almost opaque
Aroma: almost of a wine at first, vinegary; a little floral
Taste & Mouthfeel: immediate sharp flavour; rasberry/strawberry tones; acidic, like vinegar; leaves a pleasant fruity taste on the tongue; almost a cleansing feel on the palate; tart, dry finish
Overall: cutting flavour; would be great as a dessert beer and the tartness is just right
02-27-2012 00:00:14 | More by BGDrock
4/5 rDev +8.1%
Pours a dark burgundy amber brown color with a fine khaki tan head, highly carbonated fine bubbles. Minimal lacing speckled in even patterns forms with each sip. Aroma a hint of dark roasted malt character with underlying sliced apple fruit notes, with a lingering acidity noted in each sip. Flavor is outstanding absolutely nice and refreshing oud bruin, not up to the level of Goudenband but damn tasty. Roasted malts come across initially followed by a light acidity and tart apple and pear combob, minimal yogurt zing to it. Not as wild or barnyard as some of the Belgian wild ales I've come across. Mouthfeel finishes dry nicely acidic clean fruitiness enough sweetness to balance it out, carbonation is bubbly cleanses the palate with each sip. Overall a rock solid oud bruin that stands up with some of the best versions out there.
04-23-2012 16:14:02 | More by WVbeergeek
3.08/5 rDev -16.8%
Had this on-tap at Brasserie Beck in Washington DC - according to the menu this beer is exclusive to them in the U.S. but it appears as though that's not the case.
Pours a clear ruby-brown color with a thin off-white head. The head dissipates quickly into a wispy layer of bubbles on top that leaves almost no lacing.
Smells of sweet cherries and berries that contain trace amounts of tartness. Also present is a bit of oak.
Tastes similar to how it smells. There's tartness present in the fruit cocktail up front and right before the dry ending, but the sweetness remains throughout, with an oak-y backbone. I could definitely use some more tartness here.
Mouthfeel is alright. It's a bit on the thin side with active carbonation.
Drinkability is alright. I finished mine, but definitely did not want to order another - the sweetness is not balanced with any other flavors.
Overall this is a drinkable beer but it about ends there.
02-11-2009 04:55:02 | More by glid02
4/5 rDev +8.1%
(Served in a teku)
A- This beer pours an opaque garnet body with a light tan lumpy head that last as a meniscus film. A few lazy microbubbles trail up the side of the glass.
S- This beer has a nice mellow tartness with some dark cherry and vinegar hints to it but it is otherwise pretty clean.
T- The nice gentle tartness has some cherry qualities to it and a soft water and cola flavor in the finish. There is a tart fruit hint in the finish.
M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a gentle fizz in the finish that takes on a bit of a creamy character with no alcohol heat or astringency noticed.
O- This has some nice classic Flanders character but it is a bit one-dimensional with not much depth. It is smooth and soft and grows a bit as it opens but never gets much character.
08-02-2012 13:05:31 | More by rhoadsrage
4.15/5 rDev +12.2%
12.7 oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled Sept 30, 2011.
A: Pours a cloudy ruby brown with a 1 finger slightly tanned head. Can see some visible carbonation through the mostly opaque body. Head dissipates in a minute or two. Spots of lacing.
S: Get that authentic Flanders smell right off the bat. A good funky yeastiness with hints of cherry and other tart fruits.
T: I get a lot of cherry up front. Has some sour characteristics on the backend but it finishes with more of the cherry. More sour comes in at bottom of the bottle.
M: Crisp and dry body. Light on the palette with a good amount of carbonation. Pretty easy drinking when you like this style.
Overall another good Flanders. Slightly more focused on the cherry as opposed to other malts or funkiness. Good for those who have had a lot of Lambics and are looking to expand.
01-02-2013 23:21:12 | More by CloudStrife
4.28/5 rDev +15.7%
A soft tan head of tight bubbles tops a clear, very dark mahogany in the glass.
Nose is mild yet distinctive with a typical flanders sour cherry softened with very mild vanilla and woodiness.
Taste follows aroma. Sour cherries, mild vanilla adding a richness and very light oak.
Mouthfeel is comfortable for this style...not at all thin like many sour beers tend to be. Soft carbonation from tiny bubbles keeps it full and sparkling on the tongue.
Aftertaste is mostly sour cherry but a sweetness follows which really balances this brew.
12-26-2010 02:17:46 | More by IntriqKen
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