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Bacchus - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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421 Ratings
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Ratings: 421
Reviews: 183
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 13.01%
Wants: 9
Gots: 26 | FT: 0
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:
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(Beer added by: Jason on 09-12-2002)
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1/5  rDev -72.9%

cfalovo97, Nov 07, 2012
Photo of DuncanMcBommer
1/5  rDev -72.9%

DuncanMcBommer, Sep 23, 2014
Photo of Sirre
2.25/5  rDev -39%

Sirre, Jan 05, 2014
Photo of goschool
2.35/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served on-tap from Blue Palm in Hollywood, CA.

Appearance: The pour looks promising. It's dark, dark red in color with a finger of foamy tan head.

Smell: The beer has a very tight nose. A faint cherry cough drop aroma is about all I picked up.

Taste: This tastes almost exactly like the drippings coming out of a cherry snow cone. Barely any carbonation, no sourness, just watery cherry syrup. I feel like I should be drinking it out of the small opening of a wet paper cone.

Mouthfeel: It's watery with minimal carbonation.

Drinkability: I haven't purchased a snow cone in maybe 17 years, but I can't imagine they cost more than $2 today and that's certainly cheaper than a $6 beer, plus, with the snow cone, you get to enjoy the icy flavorful part first.

goschool, Jan 04, 2009
Photo of thelargeone
2.48/5  rDev -32.8%

thelargeone, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of Zbeetleman
2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

Zbeetleman, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of rderedin
2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

rderedin, May 12, 2012
Photo of eric5bellies
2.53/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Drank from my Ciney sniffer

A - Pours a dark clear mahogany colour with a two fingered head that dies quick

S - Oak and vinegar

T - Very watery flavours that is acidic with little fruit but more vinegar

M - Light body with medium carbonation. More carbonation and body required.

O - disappointing, because it lacks flavours and body

eric5bellies, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of phisig137
2.55/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A- Pours a fairly dark mahogany brown, slightly murky, with a one finger head. Good retention drops into a dense layer of soft lace on top of the glass.

S- Not quite a sour as others of the style. Smells very woody, with nice malt and herbal overtones. Restrained, but quite nice.

T- Unfortunately, a bit thin on flavor. I get very little malt or yeast flavor at all. just a thin malt vinegar acidity on the finish. Very watery and quite boring.

M- Thin, but lively carbonated.

D- Decent I guess. Nothing to stop it from being quaffable.

Overall, quite a disappointment. There are far better examples of the style for a similar price, notably "Duchesse" and Rodenbach. Extraordinarily boring in most every way.

phisig137, Jan 24, 2010
Photo of andrewinski1
2.55/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a tulip. The color is gray-brown with a hint of red. The color isn't really appealing, but the head is relatively large and has a slight rose tint to it. There isn't much lacing.

The aroma is mostly slightly sweet cherry. The malt isn't detected much past the fruit.

The taste starts out with a bit of sweet cherry but quickly turns into mild tartness with some cola in the finish. There is a bit tinny flavor in the finish as well.

The body is light and the carbonation slightly aggressive; emphasizing the cola qualities included in the taste.

This falls a bit short for me. I don't really care for the cola flavor, and the tartness seems like an afterthought. The most appealing part is the aroma, though it is one dimensional.

andrewinski1, Jul 13, 2011
Photo of sweemzander
2.58/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12.7oz. bottle poured into a stemmed glass. Bottled on 09-04-14.

(A)- Pours a deep/dark muddy brown color with reddish highlights. Produced a nice frothy tan head that dissipated to bubbles.

(S)- Not much coming through on this. Some subtle dry oaky vinegar funk.

(T)- A mild vinegar/vinous quality. Very subtle oaky acidity. A very shallow/clean finish.

(M)- A clean/smooth carbonation level. Very shallow and an empty mid-palate and finish.

(D)- Too straightforward and mild. Not a whole lot going on here to mention much at all.

sweemzander, May 28, 2011
Photo of TheEclecticGent
2.68/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I had this beer on tap in its signature glass at the Brasserie Beck in Washington, DC. It poured a medium/dark ruby color with an off white medium head (abt. ¼ inch). The smell is light, tangy, and ever-so-slightly musty. The taste is a bit watery. It has all the ear marks of a Flemish Sour but they all seem too light to my palette. It has a mild lactic bite, but not enough, it aftertaste is also weak. Mouthfeel is medium with light carbonation.
I like it OK but not super impressed. I would have it again but I can think of several that I would prefer over this one.

TheEclecticGent, Feb 07, 2008
Photo of abuliarose
2.7/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a tulip, revealing burnt ruby red body and a sizeable, fast-fading head. Good and bubbly, not so much lacing. Smells like a dessert wine/ale mixture. Lots of vinous notes in the bouquet, slight limey-citrusy floral hop aroma.

Tastes like watered down Welches' sparkling red grape juice gone sour, or like one of those organic cirtus grape fruit juice spritzers. I honestly wasn't sure what to expect, but I guess it could be worse. What kills me is the lime concentrate citrus overtones to the taste. Not sure where that comes from, but perhaps it's a byproduct of the acidic carbonation and the hop. More sour than bitter. Some malts in there somewhere at the end. Carbonation is ok and mouthfeel is almost medium-bodied thickness. Because of the taste/aroma combo more than anything, it's not too drinkable to me.

Worth a try, though. Maybe it's someone else's thing.

abuliarose, Dec 04, 2009
Photo of ptykozoon
2.73/5  rDev -26%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Ugly dirty brown.

Oak, sour grape, unripe apple.

Raisin, cherry, too sweet.

Syrupy sweetness gets in the way of body, taste and complexity. Flavors aren't particulary outstanding either.

Below average flanders red for me. Should have been less sweet, the sweetness should have been tastier and a tad more sour wouldn't hurt.

ptykozoon, May 15, 2011
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2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

NoetheMatt, Aug 13, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

DeerNick, Mar 17, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

RoyFokker, Apr 28, 2014
Photo of mrasskicktastic
2.75/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

A - A ton of carbonation. The head came and went like this is soda. The beer itself is a reddish brown.

S - A nice belgian nose, that yeasty, sweaty. A touch of nutmeg, cinnamon and cherries.

T - A hint of tart cherries, but very little sweetness overall. Mostly it is dusty, sweaty and sour. The aftertaste is slightly metallic. The flavor is muted and not well rounded.

M - Ugh!!! By far its worst point. It is thin, watery and leaves the roof of my mouth feeling half slimy and half like I sucked on a grape skin or ate a huge bowl of just sauteed spinach. On top of the carbonation is so high that it numbs the tongue - reducing the ability to taste it well. Very unpleasant.

D - Worst mouthfeel (aside from curdy, perhaps) I can imagine.

mrasskicktastic, Jun 24, 2011
Photo of ebin6
2.78/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Dark ruby red pour; moderately high amount of head with decent retention. A good looking beer

S - Sharp, sweet currant smell with some malty notes if you dig for them

T - Again, fairly sweet; not much sourness to it. Almost a touch of saltiness on the back end which was not welcomed

M - Not very tantalizing in terms of a Flander's Red Ale. Does not measure up in my opinion

D - Although it is smooth, I feel I have to deduct based on style. What makes a Flander's Red so drinkable for me is that more acidic, sour taste which this does not deliver. It doesn't capture my palate's attention for that long

ebin6, Jun 18, 2010
Photo of roblowther
2.85/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Dark reddish brown with a thin tan head with tiny Don Ho-like bubbles. Smells like oak, cherries, and leather. Sounds like an ad for 70's aftershave, somehow. The taste is very mild, with prominent sour cherries and some of that leather. Did I mention that its mild? I think my 70's aftershave model has mellowed in his old age. The mouthfeel is very slightly carbonated, not much to write about. Overall its lighter than I expected. Its not nearly as intense as some in the style, maybe this is the beginner version.

roblowther, Sep 19, 2012
Photo of VincentFrey
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.

VincentFrey, Dec 21, 2013
Photo of mattfancett
3/5  rDev -18.7%

mattfancett, Aug 26, 2014
Photo of Lurkerson
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Lurkerson, Apr 17, 2013
Photo of colforbin73
3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

i thought the rondenbach grand cru was dreadful... so, you might say i am not a big fan of the style. but i will try and give a fair review here.

pours a murky red brown with a thin rim of tan foam. the smell alerts you: Warning! this is not a beer -- sweet and sour, slightly spicey.

the taste is, again, not very beer/ale like. it's carbonated but it's juicy -- kind of like a sour juice -- more like a strawberry soda, than a beer. it's not bad -- but i don't get a lot of malt, and basically 0 hops -- qualities i appreciate in my ale and beer.

i am still drinking this only out of curiosity -- trying to imagine when i might want it -- maybe on a sail boat. i could see drinking it on a super windy day with a red-onion-on-rye sandwhich.

otherwise -- note to self: avoid Flanders Red Ale

colforbin73, May 24, 2011
Photo of jkane101
3/5  rDev -18.7%

jkane101, Jun 06, 2013
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Bacchus from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
83 out of 100 based on 421 ratings.