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Bacchus - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.


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Ratings: 355
Reviews: 177
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 12.47%

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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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Photo of 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
Photo of 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
Photo of srandycarter


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
Photo of birchstick


3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the 33 Wine Bar in StL

A - pours a dark plum-like color. Deep hues of purple with some hints of brown.

S - the aroma consists of sugary malts and some dark fruits.

T - the taste starts off with sugary malts up front that move to a little bit of vinegar funkiness. The vinegar is mixed in with some tart fruits (sour apples primarily) and a touch of funkiness. Pretty nice.

M - pretty lively mouthfeel with some nice carbonation that sort of smacks your tongue. Ends dry.

D - This is a solid Flanders Oud Bruin. I sometimes find this style to have too much vinegar. but this one has a nice combination of fruits, vinegar, and funk. I would recommend trying this if you get a chance!

Serving type: on-tap

04-10-2012 23:21:47 | More by birchstick
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South Carolina

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

Served from tap into a Trappe Door tulip. Poured a massively dark red brown with a two finger light tan head that subsided to half a finger slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, tart cherry, cream, sour, and tart. The flavor was of sweet malt, sour cherry, cream, and tart. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. I am a decent fan of this style and this one really didn't disappoint me too much. I like the fact that I was able to pick up on the cream aspect I mentioned in the flavor as it helped to balance out the tart flavors going on. This made the brew much more enjoyable for me. Worth trying if you get the opportunity on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2011 14:34:15 | More by thagr81us
Photo of rvdoorn


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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3.03/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tried on tap at Beer Geeks, 14 Jun 2012. Served in a 13 oz tulip.

Small beige head. Somewhat cloudy reddish brown in color. Aroma is sour cherry-vinegary, maybe some woodiness. Some slight cherry sourness to start. This fades in the middle, becoming slightly watery and fizzy. Finish and aftertaste is slightly sour fruity. Light body, moderate alcohol.

Not bad but lacks the depth and complexity I expect from a Flanders red.

Serving type: on-tap

06-15-2011 00:49:32 | More by htomsirveaux
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3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a faded red body w/ a minimal pinkish head that died quick but left some lace patches. Mostly a faint cherry and tart fruit aroma, but also a minimal amount of oakiness and sweet malt. Taste is same as this is a simple but enjoyable red ale as the tart cherry taste is minor and the thin body passes smooth and clean over tongue. Has a touch of sweetness in there as well for balance and the carbonation leads to a crisp but not cutting backbite. Simple and not best representation of style but enjoyable w/ a meal.

Serving type: on-tap

10-25-2010 12:13:21 | More by clayrock81
Photo of cbutova


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
Photo of ZeroSignal


3.1/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Tap and Mallet

A - Pours a dark ruby red color with a thin, tight head that dissipates quickly. No lacing to speak of.

S - Nose is fruity with a hint of a sharp tartness, nose feels a little light

T&M - Fruity esters with notes of cherry and a twang of sourness. Some sweetness from the malts. No real notes from the yeast.

D - Well, it was decent, but probably nothing worth seeking out. I enjoyed the glass I had and ordered something else.

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2010 00:45:44 | More by ZeroSignal
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at Leon's Full Service

A- deep ruby brown, pretty closed to clear, with not much head, but a nice lace atop the brew.

S- Sour blueberries and dark cherries with hints of oak. Some really nice acetic notes.

T- Strong acidic notes followed by those blueberries and cherries, hint of caramel, and all held together by some oaky tannins. No lactic notes at all.

M- Medium-full bodied and very refreshing. No carbonation, not much alcoholic bite.

D- A delicious Flemmish sour. Moderate amounts of acetic notes, but not even a hint of lactic acid. Extremely refreshing but still deliciously sour. Wasn't sure what kind of beer it was, so I asked the waitress, she said "It's a Flanders Red..." and I interrupted, said I'll take it, right as she said "but it's not as sour as say, Rodenbach, but it's really good and refreshing"

I tried it anyway and I'm glad I did. She was dead on. Not as sour, but still good and refreshing. It was nice given that I was sitting outside in 90 degree heat.

Serving type: on-tap

08-12-2010 02:54:29 | More by jmhart
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap at hopcat

A: Pours a slightly hazy murky shade of reddish brown with a small tan head. No retention or lace.

S: Aromas of sour berries, mild spice, and a hints of sweet cherry juice.

T: Flavors of red berries, both sweet and tart. Mild wood, vanilla, and spice.

M: Medium in body, pretty smooth.

D: Easy to drink. Not the best, but solid as a whole.

Serving type: on-tap

04-12-2010 14:22:54 | More by tpd975
Photo of Gueuzedude


3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Sampled 1702, Tucson AZ; September 2009
This beer arrives from the tap served in a tulip glass. It is topped by a frothy, almost two-finger thick, amber tanned head. The beer is a darkish, brown-amber color that shows a deep, clear red color when held up to the light. The aroma smells quite fruity with rich cherry notes taking the lead role here. Tartness seems to be missing from the aroma, at least it isn't overly noticeable by me, though it is likely an acetic note that is bringing out the cherry notes. Cherry skin note add some complexity here and the nose smells somewhat sweet, other notes of children's aspiring and some berry notes add a hint of complexity to what is otherwise a somewhat weak aroma.

Despite the sweetness in the nose the beer tastes quite dry as it first hits my tongue. The beer is most definitely tart, thank goodness, despite not smelling tart at all. The flavor really comes off as washed out though, even watery somehow. There is a soft acetic presence along with a lactic sourness; this is more tart tasting than sour and there is a sweetness that kicks in towards the middle of each sip and continues through to the sweetness; this light sweetness tempers the tartness even more. The beer tastes fruity as well, though perhaps not as pronounced as it was in the flavor; cherry notes are most noticed, but perhaps there is a hint of raspberry as well. A hint of tannins adds some structure towards the finish and there is a very soft malt presence (a hint of toasted malt and a touch of caramel are just perceptible). Really the flavors are just too light here, I really feel like someone took the volume on a normal sour beer and muted the hell out of it. Fairly light bodied, though not overly thin, this beer seems made for quaffing by the pint.

There is quite a nice mix of flavors to this beer, but it really has just been watered down too much. A more concentrated version would likely be phenomenal & for this reason I find this beer quite disappointing.

Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2010 16:01:17 | More by Gueuzedude
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3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Poured from the tap with a nice 1/2" high tan colored head, which was well-retained throughout the drink, and slowly gave way to some little bits of edge lacing. The body was a beautiful clear garnet color. No carbonation was observed from the sides of the glass.

S- Smells of sweet cherries and burnt candy sugar... also smells anticipatedly lactic. Beautifully pungent!

T- A surprisingly mild flavor... this is actually quite a let-down. The nose hinted towards big taste, but alas, all the fruitiness and candy sugar notes are subdued... and the lactic sourness, while still prominent, is lesser than anticipated as well, emerging only in the finish. I wouldn't call this an unpleasant taste... just weak.

M- Thin body... much thinner than I would like from the style. It is highly attenuated, and the carbonation is a little coarse.

D- Despite its downfalls, this beer is very drinkable... sessionable even. I might even go so far as to call it a thirst quencher.

Serving type: on-tap

11-25-2009 02:49:45 | More by jgasparine
Photo of adamette


3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at HopCat in Grand Rapids, MI two days ago. Review from notes taken at the bar. Poured into a clean, clear glass.

A Medium brown translucent body with red hues. Minimal light brown head dissipated within a few minutes to a ring around the top of the beer. 4.0

S Red "sour" smell of a typical Flemish Red. 3.5

T Nice tart Flemish Red Ale taste, kind of classic, not complicated in its taste to me. 4.0

M Tartness raised the mouthfeel bar for me a bit. 3.5

D Fair to good. 3.5

Notes: This is a classic Belgian brewery's Flemish Red Ale which was solid. It was great to find it on tap at HopCat, a world class Beer Advocate place.

Serving type: on-tap

10-21-2009 03:35:13 | More by adamette
Photo of BarrelO


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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3.28/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Cheeky Monk in Denver. Clear dark red color with a small off-white head. Aroma is both sweet and sour with cherry, apple, oak, and mild funk. Flavor is a tiny bit tart but mostly just sweet, with cherry, apple, sweet malt, and a metallic, acidic finish. The description calls this "wine-like?" Not very accurate. Body is medium-light with moderately high carbonation. Drinkability average-plus, but the metallic flavor hurts it here. Not a huge fan overall.

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2009 19:45:44 | More by nickd717
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3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at FFF

A- Pours a clear darker brown with ruby highlights when held up to the light. 1 finger off white head that died down pretty quickly leaving next to no lacing.

S- Lots of fruit in the nose with this beer. Berries and cherries is what I pick up with a malty undertone. Has a slight vinegar smell that is faint in the whole aroma.

T- Nice tart upfront with the cherries really coming through the forefront. The middle of this beer highlights the sweeter maltiness. The ending is a tart berry with a hint of vinegar sourness to it. Nothing really too good but nothing too bad as well.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is very weak in this beer. Could use a little more...reminds me of a flat juice. Sour notes linger on the palate after this beer flows across the palate.

D- This would be more drinkable if it had a little more carbonation to it. Overall not the worst beer in this style but far from the best.

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2009 09:34:12 | More by alleykatking
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3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Thre Floyds brew pub served in an Ommegang goblet.

This beer brown ruby color with a thin layer of egg white/cake batter color head.

The smell is of faint sour cherries and sweet tarts.

The first sip gives me some slight sour fruit and and sweet candies. There isn't much going on here.

It's quite drinkable with the lower abv%, but I'm not sure if I'd want a ton of this.

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2009 20:39:22 | More by beertooth
Photo of PhillyStyle


3.13/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Brasserie Beck, Washington, DC:

Menu states that it is exclusively brewed for the restaurant:

Appeared a nice dark, but clear ruby red with a slightly off white head that was not retained well, except for a slight sliver.

Aroma was light with a hint of cherries. Nothing all that special.

Taste was light, sour cherries with a tart aftertaste.

Light body, smooth and easy to drink. Overall, an average beer, but I have had better and I expected a lot more from this beer. I would probably give it a shot if I found in a bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

03-30-2009 20:02:44 | More by PhillyStyle
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3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Verdugo Bar, on to the beer:

This is a less intense version of a sour red. It has a brownish amber color to it, a sweet berry maltiness, and carmelized malts. Like drinking caramel strawberries. The intensity of the sourness is low on this one, but it's there. A good beer of its style for the beginner, but still solid for the veteran to appreciate.

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2009 05:14:49 | More by DoubleJ
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3.08/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-11-2009 04:55:02 | More by glid02
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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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-04-2009 21:14:31 | More by goschool
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3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Hamilton's Tavern in San Diego during the RBSG 08 pubcrawl. Dark orange bronze with a tan head. Aroma is acidic with tart cherries and a slight metallic character. Flavor is berries with an acetic sharpness. Fairly tart but a little too sweet. Poor man's Duchesse du Bourgogne. Still not bad.

Serving type: on-tap

12-25-2008 06:48:49 | More by illidurit
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3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dark reddish body with hints of brown in it. Tiny white head that doesn't leave any lacing behind.

Big fruit aroma here. Mixture of berries, cherries and maybe even some grapes. Smells a little bit like vinegar too.

A little bit of tartness up front and in the finish, but nowhere else. Neither instances provide any true sourness, which is a negative trait to me. The middle carries a little of wine or vinegar flavor. Both of these characteristics are overshadowed by the constant, huge, sweet fruit flavors. Cherry and mixed berries, just like the aroma. Taste like these flavors might be artificially added, but I could be wrong. Not a bad tasting beer, but definitely relies on sweetness instead of sourness.

Light mouthfeel, medium carbonation, nothing major to report in this department.

This goes down pretty easily. Although the the sweetness dominates the brew it is not sickening or off-putting. I could see this as a nice brew on a hot day.

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2008 02:45:38 | More by Hojaminbag
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Bacchus from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
83 out of 100 based on 355 ratings.