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Bacchus - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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403 Ratings
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Ratings: 403
Reviews: 181
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 12.43%
Wants: 8
Gots: 25 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 09-12-2002)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +2.2%

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.

08-17-2011 17:48:24 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

09-08-2012 23:58:18 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

4/5  rDev +8.1%

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.

02-22-2011 00:39:36 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

09-20-2013 01:17:07 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.05/5  rDev -17.6%

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.

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

New York

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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.

08-11-2011 00:54:08 | More by metter98
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -5.9%

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

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

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

09-20-2013 01:18:40 | More by acurtis
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -5.9%

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.

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

Kentucky

3.78/5  rDev +2.2%

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.

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

California

3.78/5  rDev +2.2%

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.

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

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

07-02-2014 22:48:25 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

4/5  rDev +8.1%

06-19-2014 03:42:30 | More by Texasfan549
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

11-15-2011 02:58:53 | More by ygtbsm94
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spycow

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

03-11-2013 04:59:56 | More by spycow
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GRG1313

California

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

07-19-2014 22:46:42 | More by GRG1313
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

12-30-2013 00:03:36 | More by kylehay2004
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

11-03-2013 15:27:24 | More by jaydoc
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.08/5  rDev -16.8%

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.

06-09-2011 22:40:32 | More by Knapp85
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

08-23-2010 03:45:59 | More by TMoney2591
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emerge077

Illinois

3.35/5  rDev -9.5%

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.

11-19-2008 04:09:08 | More by emerge077
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zeff80

Missouri

3.58/5  rDev -3.2%

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.

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

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -18.9%

01-02-2012 17:41:12 | More by JAHMUR
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SocalKicks

California

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

07-19-2014 16:04:27 | More by SocalKicks
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4/5  rDev +8.1%

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.

04-23-2012 16:14:02 | More by WVbeergeek
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Bacchus from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
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