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Bacchus - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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356 Ratings
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Ratings: 356
Reviews: 177
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 12.47%


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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JudgeRoughneck

Louisiana

4.85/5  rDev +31.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2012 00:55:01 | More by JudgeRoughneck
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

4.55/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer pours a dark amber almost brown color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly into a firm cap of lacing. The aroma is of sour cherries, raspberries, and a hint of caramel. The is full of sour cherries, with a nice tartness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation. Overall, this is a very good beer. I think this would pair beautifully with brunch. I will certainly drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2011 00:23:44 | More by KarlHungus
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paxkey

Ontario (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

scrolled down to read a few reviews after seeing the photo. style on wrapper is flemish old brown.
mine is wrapped and the bottle is green and unmarked. a sticker adorns the plain gold bottle cap with 11-01-2013 appears to be the best before date.

bottle opens with no hiss or pop. tough cap to open.
copper/rust brownish. nice tan head. beer is dark but can see through it.
lots of sweet sour notes on this. very tart. i am salivating from the aroma. reminds of a gueze. jammy fruit smell, raspberry strawberry. nice funky tartness. this beer is enticing. i love a good sour beer.
mild acidity and carbonation leads to a light body with tonnes of flavor in the finish. raspberry and jammy fruit taste. hits the stomach a little hard but the flavor is great.

a great sour beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2011 18:38:23 | More by paxkey
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twiggamortis420

Texas

4.33/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12.7 oz bottled on 090414. Pours a reddish-brown color with a fluffy tan head. Decent retention, spots of lace.

Nose is sweetishly fruity with some darker roasted malt. Little bit of brett on the nose in the form of some rotting wood.

Nice balance of sweet and sour with a cherry-like fruitiness. Sourness is pretty mild and keeps the vinegar aspect low. A bit like the Duchesse, but not nearly as sweet. Carbonation is soft and fine and has a nice mouthfeel. Drinkability is uber-high as the sourness is not too acidic, ABV is moderate and malts are soft and tame. Very good, I will surely buy this again next time I see it.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2010 15:58:50 | More by twiggamortis420
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Traquairlover

Virginia

4.3/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A = Dark copper red, good clarity, light bone white foam covering on surface.

S = Dried cherries, sharp balsamic vinegar, light sea salt.

T = Good sourness level with a fair fruity counterbalance. Lots of cherry, raspberry, little bit of sherry vinegar.

M = Foams on entry into mouth, but very lightly and dissipates quickly. Almost nouvelle cuisine foam food.

D = This is a very good drinkable beer, sour, but not so much as to be astringent, with good fruitiness of character.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2009 14:29:29 | More by Traquairlover
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Filosoof

Netherlands

4.29/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The best Van Honsebrouck I know. It comes very near to Rodenbach and Liefmans. The nose is even better. The taste is a bit less pronounced.

L: good top; chestnut brown colour, caramel, lasting foam of big and small bubbles;
S: great funk and tartness; reminds of gueuzes;
T: round, nice sour, wood and nuts, touch of wine;
M: I like strong beers, but in it's style this is very refreshing, only 4,5%! Start and after: perfect. Then a bit hollow, but ending very nice; great drinkability; not too sour;
O: you could wake me at night to drink one.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2013 15:45:57 | More by Filosoof
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IntriqKen

California

4.28/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.
Love it.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2010 02:17:46 | More by IntriqKen
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BillHilly

Washington

4.28/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

served at 50 degrees in a Duvel tulip

A: nice reds, excellent head, nice yeasting

S: tart fruit esters

T: mild tartness finishes kind of a sweet citrus

M: fantastic, excellent balance

O: worthy of a buy, even at the price...if you like oud bruin, buy this beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 04:09:22 | More by BillHilly
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PerHops

California

4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- very dark. murky brown color. Very little evident bubbles.

S- slight vinegar lots of lemon. a little funk and earth. Very interesting.

T- Tart cherries, apples, a nice very pleasant dry finish for the style

M- Good level of carbonation despite the way it looks,

O- I will buy this one again.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2011 00:11:42 | More by PerHops
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MiScusi

California

4.22/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Stone World Bistro & Gardens. I had this back to back with a Monk's Cafe Flemish Sour. Both had about the same fruitiness to them, but this Bacchus had a slightly more sharp sourness whereas the Monk's Cafe was more muted in that respect. I think the Bacchus also had a somewhat lighter body and the Monk's felt a bit more soft.

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2008 16:02:06 | More by MiScusi
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Heferwiezer

Wisconsin

4.22/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bought this and had no idea what style it was, a definite hit though.

Poured into a white wine bottle, 1/3 inch head recedes quickly to just a ring of foam that sticks to the inner side of the glass. no lacing. Deep earthy red mahogany color. Very translucent- no bits and pieces floating around.

Smell is funky, a lot of vinegar upfront with wiffs of oakiness and sweet cherries. Maybe a tad of lightly toasted caramel.

Wow have never tasted anything like this before! Upfront you get citric cherry fruitiness, in the mids the vinegary oakiness hits. The finish is dry and causes the back of your tongue to tingle. Very exceptional experience.

Mouthfeel is astringent, creamy and mouth coating all at the same time.

I could drink these all day any season of the year!

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2009 06:15:06 | More by Heferwiezer
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crossovert

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml green capped bottle. Bottled on 09.04.14.

Pours into my tulip a deep purpleish red with hues of brown and a frothy light tan head that leaves a little lacing as it recedes.

It smells of oak and cherry, a nice blend of the two. Under that is a bit of vinegar and sour but not really enough to make the nostrils tingle.

This one has a really great flavor to me. One of the downfalls of this style is that it ends up being overly sweet, this one is the opposite. And it isn't very sour, but rather tart cherries. There is some oak in the flavor as well, and some nice complementary malts that add a bit of extra depth to the cherry. Initially there was some metallic aftertaste, but it quickly fades.

The mouthfeel is nicely carbonated and very nice for the style. It isn't overly syrupy.

This might be the best of this style that I have had, a solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2010 19:47:27 | More by crossovert
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GONZALOYANNA

Spain

4.22/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml hand wrapped half champagne bottle served in a Flute glass.Enjoyed on oct´11.Identified on the package as an OUD BRUIN.
Pours light mahogany in color.Beige crown with large bubbles.Good retention.Flowers,green wood & mildy toasted malt aromas.Citric sourness upfront followed by sweet malt flavor.Light body & gentle high carbonation.Grapefruit finish.Lemony malty aftertaste.Refreshing & drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2011 10:52:03 | More by GONZALOYANNA
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bacchus
Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V

Pours a brownish red, clear and little head retention. Aromas of red wine vinegar, sugary malts and a belgian yeast fruityness. In the taste, a nice lactic sour, candi sugar sweetness, and a touch of wood tone tannins. Nice tartness and light to medium bodied feel. Overall, a solid Oud Bruin with a good deal of funk. I can dig it.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 18:31:10 | More by Stinkypuss
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Stocean1

Ontario (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Unwrapped this oddity from the newspaper and poured the unmarked green bottle (felt like I discovered it in an abandoned tunnel used during WWI) into a pint glass. Little off white head with patchy lacing. A nice one finger head would pop up with a swirl of the glass. A ruby chestnut colour.

The smell is something else: lots of wine; grape; malt, dark fruit, black shitty earth (somehow not in a bad way); and light floral hops.

Taste follows the nose, cheap wine combined with belgian dark ale, frankly unique to me.

Mothfeel is earthy, tart, dry, slightly bitter with little carbonation and medium body

Overall a real interesting and rewarding brew

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2011 00:10:11 | More by Stocean1
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BarrelO

Virginia

4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Brasserie Beck. Served in a Bacchus tumbler.

A: Deep red body. Head is rather eh.

S: Cherry overload. Like sniffing cherry cough syrup. But in a good way.

T: Again with the cherries. A nice balance of bitter and sweet. Kind of like a Jolly Rancher.

M: Light and fairly effervescent.

D: It's not jaw-droppingly complex, but it is incredibly refreshing. I wish I had tried this in the summer. Recommended for fans of sour ales.

Serving type: on-tap

10-03-2009 00:20:32 | More by BarrelO
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CloudStrife

New York

4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2013 23:21:12 | More by CloudStrife
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alpinebryant

Connecticut

4.13/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 9.14.09

Pours a dark amber with brown around the edges. Very clear looking with white bubbles. A little darker than I am used to for the style, but looks good

Smell of oak, cherry, sour cream,

Taste of sour cream, flanders red with oak, cherry and biscuits. Definitely some vinegar, mixed with tart cherry. A good example, not my favorite. Finishes with some puckering astringency that is probably more a result of the sourness than how it was brewed.

Medium mouthfeel and a strong carbonation. Very impressive for a beer of 4.5% abv. One would think this is a much stronger beer and is amazing at that low of an abv

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2010 04:02:07 | More by alpinebryant
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cbutova

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Sierra Grille. Surprised by the rating.

A- Murky dark red-brown. Nice creamy off white cap with good retention. Tons of spotty, fine lace. Sexy.

S- Vinegar and dark fruit, raspberry and cherry. Good strength. Really reminds me of a a dressing, not surprised though.

T- Vinegar goes to the background. Very light and tasteful. Dark fruit notes, but more subdued than any I have encountered. Belgian yeast hints too. Very malty finish.

MF- Extremely light body, wow. Nice, low carbonation goes well with subdued flavors. SMOOTH.

DB- Very interesting. Best described as Monks Cafe light. Very subdued and well balanced flavor. I love interesting beer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2010 02:21:36 | More by cbutova
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rvdoorn

Netherlands

4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2004 vintage from tap at the vlaamse reus in Wageningen.
Look: dark reddish-brown color with almost no head, but a nice lacing in the glass.
Smell: Sweet and sour, candi sugar, oak, vinegar, red fruits and dark fruits
Taste: Similar to the nose: sweet with a slight sour aftertaste. Cherries, candi sugar and dark fruits, with some wooden tones in it. No hop taste.
Mouthfeel: Low carbonation and medium-thick body
Overall: Very nice and balanced. Much better than the fresh one, although still a bit too sweet for the style

Serving type: on-tap

07-12-2011 10:07:04 | More by rvdoorn
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OneDropSoup

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a stemmed tulip, bottled on 8/18/09: Deep reddish-brown with ruby highlights under a finger of tight tan head that dissipates & leaves thin covering.

Smells of tart cherry candy, green apple, a sweetness reminiscent of maple syrup or a little toffee. There's a kind of chalky mustiness or the smell of old, dusty paper - not bad at all (moth balls?). Pretty complex, I keep going back as different notes assert themselves at different times. Fades a bit, but still good.

Tastes good, not as complex as the smell would suggest: more green apple, tart cherry, a tiny bit of molasses. Fairly acidic but overly so, very light breadiness at the back end. Tastes a little like Fresca, maybe?

Medium-bodied, bracingly acidic, has some weight. Scrubbing carbonation.

Not as complex as some other examples of the style, but no real flaws or turn-offs. Pretty tasty brew, I really enjoyed this.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2011 02:15:54 | More by OneDropSoup
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber to brown in color with a light tan head. In the aroma, sour and faint white grape. In the taste, sour white grapes and pears, with a nice dry end. A sour bite and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry sour white grape in the aftertaste. A nice sour, with a touch of fruit and a nice dry end.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2012 22:48:36 | More by OWSLEY069
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dogfooddog

Panama

4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

very dark red beer, pours with small head and has an attractive, somewhat sweet malty nose. there is something slightly sour about it (I didn't realize this was flemish sour style until I smelled this). Label notes sugar as an ingredient.

taste is somewhat malty, again, with the typical sourness of the style being slightly less prominent. I wonder how old the components of this beer are, and what % of unaged beer might be in it - the only 'information' on the label states that this is made 'respecting an old flemish recipe.'

Overall the sourness is mild and refreshing, and the beer is decent enough. Many afficionados of the style will want something with more punch (panil bariquee or rodenbach, for example) but this is pleasant enough and a nice thirst-quencher.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2006 03:42:36 | More by dogfooddog
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yemenmocha

Arizona

4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours very dark amber, almost chestnut brown. White head is creamy smooth and leaves a nice rim layer. Aroma is fairly full with some ripe fruits. On the palate is a pleasant sweet/sour that is awfully similar to what I get with Duchesse du Bourgogne. Passion fruit, light vinegar (good way), and amazing carbonation to help give it a stellar mouthfeel. Finishes smooth on the palate with the above flavors mingling nicely.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2010 03:01:07 | More by yemenmocha
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2010 18:18:43 | More by Mora2000
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Bacchus from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
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