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Bacchus - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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195 Reviews
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Reviews: 195
Hads: 483
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 11.26%
Wants: 9
Gots: 48 | FT: 1
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:
Beer added by: Jason on 09-12-2002

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Reviews by snaotheus:
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3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle split between 5oz sampler glasses (for comparison with Rodenbach Grand Cru). Bottled On date is 110705.

Pours cloudy, brown, very small head. Some carbonation. Smell is tart, fruity, very nice.

Taste is tart, but not heavily. Fruity, maybe cherry, fairly mild.

Mouthfeel is dry and smooth. Overall, this is a pretty darn good beer.

In comparison, the Grand Cru seems sweeter and fruitier and brighter in terms of flavor -- it just seems to have more going on. (476 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of beerhunter13
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.84/5  rDev +33%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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. (799 characters)

Photo of Tiernan
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of tbryan5
3.57/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kjanisch7
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of SD-Alefan
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of Beerswag
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of kaiyote
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Billolick
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (654 characters)

Photo of tigg924
3.32/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (561 characters)

Photo of aquazr1
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Torey
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (326 characters)

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (744 characters)

Photo of vinivini
3.57/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NoetheMatt
2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

Photo of Marius
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fruit, malt, tartness and spice on the nose. Pours dar brown with a thin film of a cap. The palate is sour and fruity over rich malt sweetness. The balance is tilted slightly to the sweet. (188 characters)

Photo of BGDrock
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes:

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 (477 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (838 characters)

Photo of chefpeet
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

Photo of valkyre65
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of glid02
3.08/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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. (938 characters)

Photo of rastaman
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Quite a refreshing ale, sweetish start, with a tart sourness towards the finish, as always a cherry-ish flavour and slight caramel maltyness, enjoyable flanders red, even though its not the best. (195 characters)

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Bacchus from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
82 out of 100 based on 195 ratings.