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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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle at Sin and Redemption. More or less balanced flemish red, actually good for the style, and a gateway sour. Dark grape juice colour with thin white head. Very pleasant smell, cherry. Cherry taste, also grape juice from the sugars. Above average mouthfeel. somewhat palate eraser, not bad for me.Good drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2011 17:48:24 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

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

Pours a dark iced tea color with a 1 inch tan head that fades to a miniscule layer of foam. Lacing is minimal and patchy on the glass. Smell is of mild vinegar, sour cherries, and some woody notes. Taste is mildly sour cherry with a vinegar zing that is somewhat subdued. No bitterness to speak of. Beer has a very lively carbonation that is refreshing but it leaves a sticky coating in the mouth like soda will do. Drinkability is good but I have had better examples of this style, so I probably wouldn't get this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2011 00:39:36 | More by UCLABrewN84
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womencantsail

California

3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer pours a dark amber color with a thin cap of off-white head.

S: A slight vinegar note to the beer to go with what is a fairly sweet Flemish Red. Some nice sour cherry aroma in there and a bit of oak and lactic acid. Decently complex with some additional toffee and bread.

T: Fairly sweet on the palate with caramel, toffee, and sweet dark fruits. Sour cherries, a hint of vinegar, definite oak and tannins, and some vanilla from the oak.

M: Medium in body with a lively carbonation that fills the mouth.

D: Surprising that I've never really even heard this beer mentioned. It's a pretty decent Flanders Red and a good price.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 23:03:59 | More by womencantsail
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brentk56

North Carolina

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

Appearance: Pours a clear rust color with a rocky head that fades with some speed though it leaves some spotty lace behind

Smell: A rather woody aroma infused with caramel and cherry and just a hint of tartness

Taste: Opens with a combination of wood, caramel and cherry flavors, though the cherry becomes dominant by mid-palate, when the tartness starts to become assertive; still, after the swallow, the beer is rather one-dimensional, with none of the anticipated sour complexity and the finish is watery and presents much more sweetness than I would have expected

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation; a bit watery

Drinkability: A rather unchallenging Flanders Red though pleasant enough to drink

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2010 01:33:43 | More by brentk56
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

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

Bottle: Poured a clear red colored beer with a small head that quickly disappeared. Aroma of oak is clearly present thought not has much as in other example such as Rodenbach. Taste is slightly tart with some nice touch of oak and very subtle cheery. Probably of the best effort from this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2005 14:19:21 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A well brewed Flander's Red, albeit a bit on the mild side.

Bacchus pours with a deep crimson/ruby color with a mystic glow and slight haze. A thin lace accumulates on top of the beer and covers most of the beer for most of the session. Good lacing despite the slight foamstance.

Medium tartness rises to the nose, decorated with obvious cherries, under-rippened berries, vinous-wine like notes, tanic oak, and cidery notes. Background aromas of toast and barley malt ride just behind all the fruit and yeast character. Quite complex and rounded.

Early flavors of tartness, cherries, and wood show up in moderately aggressive fashion. But those flavors quickly fade to softer flavors and mix well with the berries, cider, and musty notes. Interestingly the flavors remain muted through nearly the duration of the session. Light flavors of chocolate, nuttiness, and toast give a slight rebuttal to the sharp acidic tastes. The cherry character is more of a black cherry flavor instead of the usual bing or tart cherries. But the beer get quite bland for the style late.

The beer starts out acidic and mildly astringent. But as the sharper notes fall, the malt character rises and gives a bit of a creamy feel late, before fading into a last visit to the tart cherry flavors.

A good Flander's but lacks the intensity of flavors found in Duchesse du Burgogne or Rodenbach.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2010 03:34:24 | More by BEERchitect
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Thorpe429

Illinois

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

From the bottle at BRABO in Alexandria. Served in a Bacchus tumbler.

Pours a moderate reddish-brown with a thin off-white head. Some spotted lacing on the way down. The nose carries some light malt and a bit of sweetness and a very faint presence of cherries and light sourness. The flavor has mostly light malt with a touch of sweetness. Very, very light cherry and acidity. Not much of a Flanders. Medium body and slightly creamy. Decent enough, but not a good example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2011 02:50:32 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear reddish brown in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin beige head that quickly faded away, leaving a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of sour cherries and oak in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of sour cherries, although these aren’t that strong and there are some hints of initial sweetness.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate, a bit watery and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink but the sourness and flavors seem to be somewhat muted compared to other beers in the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2011 00:54:08 | More by metter98
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TMoney2591

Illinois

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

Served in a Sloeber tulip glass.

Thanks to jdiddy and the Heavy Metal BIF for this bottle!

Clapton's "The Shape You're In" just makes me wanna drink something. If only 'twere about beer... This guy pours a dark ruby-tinted brown topped by finger or so of dark-ish ecru foam. The nose comprises red grapes, watered-down vinegar, a light must, black cherries, and a hint of raspberries. The taste tones the vinegar down to a nice degree, adding only a subtle twang of acidity. The fruits and berries remain, with the must being toned down a notch as well, with some figs, nutmeg, and mandarin oranges thrown in for good measure. The body is a stalwart medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a nearly sticky finish. Overall, a nice Flanders Brown, not the most characteristic of the style, but tasty and enjoyable nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2010 03:45:59 | More by TMoney2591
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Van honsebrouck Bacchus, Castle Brewery, no info whatsoever beyond, "Belgian ale".
Bottled on: 090414. What, is this a time traveling bottle of beer?

Cloudy and brownish red. Half inch of soft brown foam above.

Aroma: sour cherries off the bat, a little twist of tart, matched with sweet malt. Nice, soft sourness. Lovely stuff.

Taste: bracingly sour and puckering at first, sweet and sour cherries, lush and luscious. Rather mild, while still sophisticated. Sweetness rises, and is matched by the minor sour notes.

This one won't win accolades from the soreheads among the beer geek crowd, but it'll hit a sweet note with a wider public.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 09:21:07 | More by feloniousmonk
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emerge077

Illinois

3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On-tap at Map Room.

Brown body that glints red in the light. Some decent irregular lacing in the tulip glass. Cherry pit aroma, malt with slight sweetness.

Tastes of mild cherry with a hollow, thin carbonation. Initial vague tartness, that fades into a very light malty note, becoming sweet in the middle. Soda-like, not much firm lactic tartness at all. Dissolves to nothing pretty quickly. The sweetness seems a little artificial, but not cloying.

At 4.5% it's actually pretty drinkable, if not one-dimensional. It paired pretty well with a roast beef sandwich.

Serving type: on-tap

11-19-2008 04:09:08 | More by emerge077
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WesWes

New York

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

The beer pours a cloudy dark brown color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a solid pale and crystal malt scent along with a mild sourness. It doesn't appear to be too complex, but it's refreshing nonetheless. The taste is decent as well. It has a very thin crystal malt flavor along with a crisp, refreshing sourness. It's incredibly simplistic with little malt complexity. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a forgettable Flanders ale. I'm not a fan of the malt profile. It's too light and devoid of complexity.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2010 23:51:56 | More by WesWes
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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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zeff80

Missouri

3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, light burgundy color with a two-finger, caramel colored, bubbly head. It left minimal lacing.

S - It smelled of sour cherries and that's about it.

T - Good sour cherry flavor with some grape-like notes. No bitterness at all.

M - Crisp and puckeringly sharp. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is a very nice Flanders Red Ale but there are better out there.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2011 02:29:52 | More by zeff80
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

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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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.08/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours out as a bubbly reddish brown color with a fizzy light brown head. The head vanishes very quickly and doesn't leave any lacing. The smell of the beer has a fermented cherry aroma with some oaky aromas too. The taste is slightly tart with some soft cherry flavors in the aftertaste. There is a bitter vinegar flavor in there too. The mouthfeel has a generous amount of carbonation. Overall it's a decent Flanders Red. Not overly thrilled with some of the flavors.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2011 22:40:32 | More by Knapp85
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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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WVbeergeek

Ohio

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

Pours a dark burgundy amber brown color with a fine khaki tan head, highly carbonated fine bubbles. Minimal lacing speckled in even patterns forms with each sip. Aroma a hint of dark roasted malt character with underlying sliced apple fruit notes, with a lingering acidity noted in each sip. Flavor is outstanding absolutely nice and refreshing oud bruin, not up to the level of Goudenband but damn tasty. Roasted malts come across initially followed by a light acidity and tart apple and pear combob, minimal yogurt zing to it. Not as wild or barnyard as some of the Belgian wild ales I've come across. Mouthfeel finishes dry nicely acidic clean fruitiness enough sweetness to balance it out, carbonation is bubbly cleanses the palate with each sip. Overall a rock solid oud bruin that stands up with some of the best versions out there.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2012 16:14:02 | More by WVbeergeek
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Halcyondays

California

3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a dark cherry red, with a small white head, leaves quite extensive lacing.

S: Strawberry, small stone fruit, acid, oak.

T: Very tasty fruit flavour of strawberry and cherry coming just from the malt and the oak aging, very good. Gets sugary and sweet at the end.

M: Not the driest Flemish red ever, tastes a little bit like they added sugar to this one, watery at times. Probably the least acidic sour I've had so far.

D; Not a bad Red by any means, not up to par with Rodenbach, but a good sour ale in its own right, I enjoyed it.

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2008 22:47:33 | More by Halcyondays
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours brownish mahogany in color, with a very small just off white head. smells like a sour beer, with some notes of cherries and toffee in the shadows. flavor is brett like sour at first, but in a slightly sweet tempered way, relaxed compared to others. notes of sugary dried fruit come into play as well. feel is a bit sticky in the mouth, not as crisp as i like these beers to be, i feel it detracts from the overall experience, turning into a rather funky aftertaste in time. still, good carbonation and medium body, i would have another. i need to experiment more in this style.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2012 00:41:38 | More by StonedTrippin
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Billolick

New York

3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12.7 ounce green bottle, black foil over the cap, no bargain at $5.99 @ DeCicco market in Ardsley, NY. Bottled on 4-14-09. Dark brown with a burnt red hue. Thick light mocha head, that stays and stays, then goes to a thick film, collar, and respectable if not amazing strands of lace. I get a healthy load of must and tart fruit in the nose. Ah Flanders Red, what a wonderful style and this one was not bad, moderatly tart, no real sour bite, some tart cherry notes. A bit more musty character midway and in the finish. Not bad, I think some stinky cheese and crusty bread would compliment this selection well. Worth a try. Good gateway sour/Belgian red.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2010 23:30:33 | More by Billolick
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

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

(Served in a teku)
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A- This beer pours an opaque garnet body with a light tan lumpy head that last as a meniscus film. A few lazy microbubbles trail up the side of the glass.

S- This beer has a nice mellow tartness with some dark cherry and vinegar hints to it but it is otherwise pretty clean.

T- The nice gentle tartness has some cherry qualities to it and a soft water and cola flavor in the finish. There is a tart fruit hint in the finish.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a gentle fizz in the finish that takes on a bit of a creamy character with no alcohol heat or astringency noticed.

O- This has some nice classic Flanders character but it is a bit one-dimensional with not much depth. It is smooth and soft and grows a bit as it opens but never gets much character.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2012 13:05:31 | More by rhoadsrage
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DoubleJ

California

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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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bacchus is the kind of brown colour I imagine looks something that like of the wooden barrels it was temporarily aged in. Slivers (no pun intended) of ruby and orange are kindled along its base but transparency is tough to come by, even though the beer's complexion is clean. Its concrete-coloured halo is thick and persistent.

The aroma beckons of tart cherry fruit, low-grade sherry vinegar, wood must, and a fair bit of toasty caramel malt. The common initial reaction would be to liken it either to an odd red wine or an expensive balsamic vinegar, both of which are understandable first impressions. It is both fairly fruity and tannic whilst also dark, syrupy and sweet.

The so-called "Flemish Ales" all share strong characteristics of acetic acid, unfermented sugars and, often, a bit of alcohol. The best Flanders Oud Bruins, however, are similar to an authentic balsamic vinegar whereas the Red Ales are more like sherry vinegar: not as dark or savory, but noticeably more nutty and fruity.

Indeed the flavour lay bare to more cherry fruit and nutty malt. Acetic acid provides a tickling (lemon-like) tartness but it doesn't counteract sweetness entirely; lots of toasted malt comes through loud and clear. The finish is dry as expected with some acidic burn but it lasts only seconds. All fruity and vinegary flavours depart disappointingly quickly.

Bacchus is just the thing to serve those people who think of beer as nothing but bland, yellow soda-water. It showcases that the complexities in flavour, smell and texture achieved from malted grain can rival (even somewhat mimic) every bit those of fermented grapes. It should also greatly appeal to those like whiskey sours and similar cocktails.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2011 19:48:13 | More by biegaman
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes...
On tap at TJ's Everyday.

Appears a transparent red with a small white head that fades into a mild cap and collar. Scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is oaky, malty vinegar, cherries, with notes of raspberries.
Taste echoes the aromas with sweetness up front and a mild tartness settling to the sides of the palate.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with tartness leading to a dry, thin finish.

Serving type: on-tap

10-24-2008 00:41:16 | More by weeare138
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Bacchus from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
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