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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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Badger6

Virginia

3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12.7 fl oz bottle, bottled on February 14, 2012. Sampled on March 30, 2014. Over 2 years old.

A: Hazy reddish tinted brown body with a minimal tan head that vanished completely, leaving a small ring of bubbles at the glass edge.

S: Distinctly tart in the aroma. Cherries, wet grains, leather.

T: Follows the nose. Tart flavor is more pronounced. Sour cherry notes are clear, accompanied by some other tart fruits and hints of caramel sweetness. Finishes cleanly and dry.

M: Medium body, almost carbonation. Dry on the palate.

O: The bottle recommends a temperature of 41°F, a temperature some might think is too cold for a specialty beer. Absolutely sample it at this flavor, as it really allows the tartness of this beer to shine. It is funky in flavor, but this is part of the character, and actually quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 17:13:31 | More by Badger6
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Goalcam

California

3.61/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I recently bought several different Belgians to try out after a trip to Brussels. This one is good quality Belgian Dark Ale. Has subtle tastes of spices with minor after taste. It works well with charcuterie and cheeses. It's a good overall beer but I wish it had more flavor. But does not stand out and for the price you can find better brews.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2014 19:14:02 | More by Goalcam
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Immortale25

North Carolina

3.56/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on-tap at Bier Garden Asheville. Served in a Bacchus pint glass.

A- Pours a reddish medium brown color with a 1/2 inch tan head that retains decently before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a thick ring behind.

S- Vinegary aroma with some hints of cherry and other dark fruit.

T- Mildly tart cherry flavor with not as much vinegar as in the aroma. Slightly glassy and a bit watery.

M- A bit dry with a very slight pucker. Medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- Lacks character. Needs to be more sour or at least have more fruit flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2014 16:51:14 | More by Immortale25
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StaveHooks

Oklahoma

3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7oz dark green bottle served in Westy12 chalice.

A - Clear ruby/brown color with a feeble tan head that vanishes completely.

S - Wet grain, oxidation, cherries, apple cider vinegar when warmed, old caramel, musty leather, sharp.

T - Follows the nose with the exception of more tartness. Wet grains, cherry syrup, it's sweet but tart like SweetTart candies. Apple cider vinegar, lactic sourness. As the beer warms it increases in tartness. Notions of caramel and tart fruit. Finishes, dry and lactic.

M- Medium body, low carbonation, slightly syrupy,

Heavily oxidized and not very tasty when cold but has good tartness when warmed up. Do not drink this cold! It transforms from tasting like a mistake to a snappy, apple cider vinegar sourness that bites with sharpness and still has sweetness to round it out. Glad I let it warm up.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 02:45:31 | More by StaveHooks
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charlzm

California

3.99/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Consumed February 14th, 2014 from a 12.7 ounce bottle labeled "Bottled on 02/14/2012". I had it on its second birthday! Beer was poured into tulip glass.

Dark/medium brown fluid with beautiful garnet highlights. A fizzy one finger head formed and dissipated into nothing at all within about one minute.

Aroma is sour cherries.

Flavor: sour cherries (surprise!), somewhat woody and richly malty: nutty. Very low bitterness. Well-balanced between tart and sweet, with neither flavor character dominating. Cheesy funk is a grace note in the background.

Unremarkable mouthfeel.

Nicely executed and easy to drink. We'll meet again...

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2014 02:17:16 | More by charlzm
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.84/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Usual wrapped, cork and caged 37.5cl bottle: opened in De Kuppe, Brugge on 31st Jan 2014.

Pours a murky brown with a red hue here and there, the head a thin covering of off-white.

Off wine aroma with some sour cherry hints: not as powerful as I expected though, nor as acidic or sour.

The taste is tart though, mixed old fruit barrel feel to the flavour, woody, earthy and with an overriding semi-sourness from the fruitiness.

A beer I've been meaning to try on my last three or four visits to Belgium, glad I made the effort to finally buy one.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2014 11:36:54 | More by BlackHaddock
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buzzardman

California

3.29/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Aroma: Nice funky smells itch hint of fruit which drops away as quickly as the head.

Appearance: Clear Reddish brown. Head builds then falls quickly to nothing.

Flavor: light tartness, fizzy like sparkling cranberry, background malt.

Mouthfeel: Dry slightly tart. Very thin light body.

Overall: My First Flanders red. Not bad but not much to it. Very fruity cranberry taste not much on the sour side like the first smell would suggest. Don't think id buy again.
12.7oz bottle $6.99

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2014 03:42:07 | More by buzzardman
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.31/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The beer is a rusty brown hue. Initially, there is a small head but this quickly fades to nil, giving a still appearance. The aroma brings sweet and sour cherry, musty basement, vinegar. Tart fruit, cranberry, raisins. Perhaps more sweet than sour. Apple juice and maraschino cherries. Low carbonation with a sugary finish. This was just ok.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2014 04:42:19 | More by Huhzubendah
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VincentFrey

Maryland

2.93/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pour / Appearance: Muddy brown, with heavy carbonation. Almost overflowed the bottle, but poured better. No real head or lacing to speak of once the initial bubbles fade. Not a pretty beer at all, and much more fitting to the oud bruin style than I was expecting from the red mug being held by the fellow on the bottle. Worth noting is that this is aged from 9/30/11.

Aroma: Vinegar, cherries, and lactic. All there at once and intermingled. It's complex to pick out some of the individual notes, but nothing entirely great. As muddled as the coloration. The time in the bottle doesn't seem to have done it a ton of good anywhere but carb from wild yeasts.

Taste: Cherry and cranberry. Almost sickeningly sweet, actually, until a big lactic punch on the tongue. Still, so softened by fruit, it's not much to speak of. Is this secretly a kriek or any kind of fruited red? Apparently, after a little research, they also make a Bacchus Frambozen but no labeling here indicates I got the wrong bottle. Hrm. Basically, this is not at all what I expect from an oud bruin and worse for it.

Overall: I don't really care for it, but it's not bad. It's probably quite good for someone just getting into oud bruin or sours in general, and it's got less vinegar than a lot of the style (that said, the lack of acidity predicates this).

Bottom Line: I won't be buying again, but you might like it if you enjoy krieks, frambois, any sort of fruited lambic or oud bruin. I'm not entirely sure what I paid, but I'm sure it'd covered the cost of a 750ml of Rodenbach Grand Cru or a 4pk of Festina Peche. Rather have either of those.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2013 18:52:21 | More by VincentFrey
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MrBoz21

Colorado

3.76/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Poured with ½ inch tan foam, settles into persistent tan cap. Thick lacing runs down side of glass, but does not stick. Dark caramel color, 75% opaque. Moderately effervescent.
Aroma – plum wine and raison and cherry.
Taste: Mild tanginess, cherry tart, not sweet – some sour apple… flavor rests on tip of tongue, but dissipates in mid mouth. Finishes dry.
Mouthfeel: Dry and champagn-like tingly.
A very refreshing and balanced but lacks depth.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 05:54:49 | More by MrBoz21
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deschutes_fan

Idaho

3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

375mL bottle dated 02/28/12

- Pours a deep chestnut brown, minimal foam but some carbonation.

- Smells of nice fruit, funk, vinegar tart... like a good belgium oud bruin should.

- Taste is mostly a mild cherry tart with some malt and maybe hints of oak. Flavor profile is straight forward and pleasant.

- Overall a decent oud bruin, nothing offensive and nothing too special. Lacking complexity and I was hoping for more of a sour punch, as the nose was hinting it could have. At the price of $7/375mL, I would choose Rodenbach Grand Cru instead, everytime.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2013 02:15:22 | More by deschutes_fan
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Goldfish19

New York

3.69/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12.7oz bottle

Bottled on: 04/14/09

This has been sitting in my fridge since the beginning of 2011. Bacchus pours reddish brown in color with an almost nonexistent head. The aroma is made up predominantly of sour cherries. I can make out a slight vinegary/musty oak aroma, but it's faint. However, this becomes more apparent as the beer warms up.

By what the smell indicated, I thought I would get more of a tartness in the flavor, but it was mild at best; finishes dry.

Overall: Is Bacchus a watered down version of what a true flanders oud bruin should be? Possibly, but it works here, especially for a beer at 4.5% ABV.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2013 01:03:21 | More by Goldfish19
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snaotheus

Washington

3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2013 21:43:23 | More by snaotheus
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Murrhey

Montana

3.36/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12.7oz standard pressure-cap bottle into a goblet in high elevation Kalispell, Mont. Reviewed live.

A- One-finger khaki-colored head with active, fat carbonation. Boils down to no head. Nearly black body with no clarity. Meh looking beer.

S- Tart, wooden notes. Slightly sour with a caramel malt.

T- Tart and tasty. Cherries and some fleshy fruits. Belgian notes. Sour and reasonably well balanced.

M- Some fizzy carbonation, slight dry finish. Clean.

O- Definitely not the best sour, but the taste is quite nice. Appearance and smell are both disappointing.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2013 03:51:03 | More by Murrhey
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TruePerception

California

3.99/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Previous review, transferred from beer journal)

Castle Brewery Van Honsebrouck's Bacchus: Flemish red, a finger of lopsided (?) head, fades quickly; mid-dark reddish brown; Smell: pretty good amount of tartaric, raisin; Taste/Mouthfeel: nicely active carbonation, moderate tartaric, black cherry, kinda dry; good; 4.5% ABV.

Poured into a pint glass.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2013 17:43:46 | More by TruePerception
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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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Axnjxn

North Carolina

3.79/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at beer study in chapel hill.

reddish brown look. no head

slight vinegar and cherries on the nose, but not strong. decent taste...not tart or sour enough... but complex. it grows on you. good cherry taste, not sour though. interesting. medium bodied with low carbonation.

overall didn't love it at first but it grew on me. give this one a chance.

Serving type: on-tap

07-10-2013 22:25:36 | More by Axnjxn
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Sludgeman

District of Columbia

3.51/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 9-30-2011 (about 1.5 years old). Poured into a tulip glass.

Not a pretty beer, but refreshing. Reminds me in some ways of a dry wine cooler. Nothing more than an average Flanders style beer. One that I would be willing to drink again if my choices were limited. You might want to give it a try.

A - Very well carbonated. Pours a cloudy dark brown/amber with a two-finger rocky head, which quickly disipates. Did not see any sediment. Minimal lacing.

S - Sour cherry, slight sweetness.

T - A citric tartness. No latic sour, rather dry, pale maltiness.

MF - Sharp, fizzy, dry.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2013 02:47:53 | More by Sludgeman
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HabiMendes

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This dark brown beer has a poorly retained neck (the style expects more retention). The aroma brings cherries, peppery tones, and molasses - and wood-like tones. The malt, both in aroma and taste, should be more pronounced, here expressed as toffee. The aroma expressed well the acidity, and, despite the aging of 2.5 years, no vinegar notes. The cheeriness is expressed both in aroma and taste, and is very pleasant. The body is medium, super carbonated, oily, and smooth. The end is acid, pleasant, but brief.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 03:22:52 | More by HabiMendes
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srhoadsy

Florida

3.96/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served chilled into a fluted tulip.

Pours a deep mahogany color with a quarter inch beige head that quickly recedes leaving light surface layer with moderate to heavy lacing.

Aromas of carmelized sugars and tart berries.

Flavors of tart berries and cherries, carmelized sugar with a musty mineral background.

Medium bodied with a crisp, dry finish.

I really liked this beer. It is a little on the pricey side but makes for a nice sour.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2013 23:23:11 | More by srhoadsy
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KajII

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

[Suggested Glassware: Tulip Glass]

The pour was a murky medium chestnut brown with an average (1-2 finger) light brown creamy head that receded at a steady pace, down to a light scattered film and medium collar with excellent full sheeting of lacing.

The aroma was of a toasted sweet grain malt and a musty Belgian yeast with notes of candi sugar, dark fruit (plums and cherries), a hint of red wine and a light oak cask presence.

The taste was sweetly tart and rather yeasty with a large dose of dark fruit (plums I believe) and a hint of candi sugar that lasted throughout, with the finish having a mild wine presence, a touch of sour berries and a light woody taste towards the end. The flavor lasted an average time after the swallow, with a bold fruity tartness left lying on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was a shade or two below medium in body and lightly dry in texture with a strong fizzy carbonation.

Overall this was a nice fruity brew that that possessed a somewhat bold tartness along with a mild sweet candi flavor, which worked very well together to make sure that no one characteristic overpowered the other...

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Serving type: bottle

02-27-2013 22:07:26 | More by KajII
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bashiba

Iowa

3.44/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured a deep red/brown with bright clean ruby highlights along with a thick and creamy long lasting head, tons of carbonation filtering up from the bottom for a long time.

The smell is a little bland, just lightly musty and bretty with a touch of sweetness.

The flavor has a very musty deep dark basement quality to it, not really sour, just and underlying tartness and funk, a very hint of sweetness along with some cedar notes. The finish is especially musty.

The mouthfeel is super creamy and rich.

I like certain aspects of this beer a lot, but feels a bit thin where it counts, smell & taste. Still, its not to bad.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2013 03:43:55 | More by bashiba
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flagmantho

Washington

3.96/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 375mL bottle into a tulip. Bottled 7/5/2011.

Appearance: rich dark ruby hue with a haze-free body and a strong effervescence. Head poured three fingers of frothy tan foam but dissipated quite quickly indeed with no lace left on the glass. Nice, but a better head would have been nicer.

Smell: sweet caramel malt with a hint of molasses aroma and just the right amount of tartness. There's nothing particularly complex here, but each part is balanced very well. I like it.

Taste: much like the aroma, the sweet caramel flavor is balanced with a bright tartness right up front. The flavor develops a little bit of brown-sugar character as well, which I quite like.

Mouthfeel: body is quite light and carbonation is pretty strong, yielding a big but evanescent creaminess. Not bad, but lacking a little bit of body.

Overall: this is one tasty and refreshing beer. Granted, I like the style in general; still, I would gladly have this again and gladly recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2013 02:17:17 | More by flagmantho
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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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srandycarter

California

3.05/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Ruby redish brown, fairly clear, Big head leads to small quick, then to ring. No lace.

S - Tart cherries. Cannot discern much else.

T - Thinner than hoped, tart cherries, artificial cherry flavor as well.

M - Light body, light carbonation, balance a little on the cloy side on finish.

D - Not my favorite, but glad to try.

Serving type: on-tap

10-24-2012 03:26:46 | More by srandycarter
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Bacchus from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
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