Bacchus - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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Ratings: 472
Reviews: 200
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.67%
Wants: 9
Gots: 45 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Flanders Oud Bruin |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Jason on 09-12-2002

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Photo of realbigsteve
5/5  rDev +34.8%

Smoother than Duchesse. Tastes very good

Photo of Elainan
4.87/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Love it. Surprisingly delicious. The sour taste is slight, but enjoyable.

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.84/5  rDev +30.5%
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.

Photo of Pug
4.58/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

It's a damn good oud bruin, accessible for someone new to sours while still holding up several years later.

Photo of KarlHungus
4.55/5  rDev +22.6%
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.

Photo of paxkey
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

Photo of Filosoof
4.32/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

Photo of Traquairlover
4.29/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

Photo of IntriqKen
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

Photo of BillHilly
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

Photo of PerHops
4.23/5  rDev +14%
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.

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
4.21/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

Photo of MiScusi
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

Photo of crossovert
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

Photo of Sunn
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is definitely a great intro into this style like others have said. It's not a WOW beer in my opinion at all, but it's damn tasty and represents all the aspects of this style really well.

The beer had a nice look. Dark red but the head disappeared within seconds. The smell was surprisingly faint for the style, but it made up for it in taste and drinkability. Unfortunately the price tag is very high which I think turns a lot of people away from this. Pricing aside, the beer is definitely worth a try. Out of the few Oud Bruins I've had this one does everything right and overall a great tasting beer.

Photo of Stocean1
4.19/5  rDev +12.9%
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

Photo of CloudStrife
4.17/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Photo of MonkeyDunk
4.16/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

Photo of Heferwiezer
4.16/5  rDev +12.1%
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!

Photo of BarrelO
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

Photo of cbutova
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Photo of OneDropSoup
4.12/5  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.

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