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Bacchus - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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BA SCORE
83
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356 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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FLima

Brazil

3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very dark brown colour. Almost no head, good carbonation with small bubbles.
Sour predominant aroma. Also, as expected a sour taste and vinegar, fruity, specially citric lemon. Great beer to drink as a bridge to the most lambic sour beers. Great drinkability, good surprise.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2012 21:25:58 | More by FLima
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eric5bellies

Australia

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

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2012 19:17:26 | More by eric5bellies
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roblowther

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2012 23:27:03 | More by roblowther
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BedetheVenerable

Missouri

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

Presentation: 12.7 oz green bottle, nice simple label, clearly marked bottled on date (this one's right around a year old). Into a Chimay chalice.

Appearance: Brilliant warm mahogany hue with a nice ivory cap with decent retention.

Smell: Red wine barrel, light Brett funk, some musty malt, and tart apple/grape notes. Honestly, really quite pleasant.

Taste: Not quite as complex as the aromas, unfortunately, but still pretty nice. Light caramel tones, tart grapey fruit, a hint of Bretty funk, and a light, cleansing tartness. Hint of minerality and crackery malt on the finish. Actually, this is kind of growing on me throughout the glass.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated, tingly, tart, refreshing, and begs for another sip.

Overall: Definitely a sort of 'table' Bruin with the low gravity and less intense malt flavors than the bigger examples, but this was still enjoyable. This would likely make a very good gateway beer to introduce people to traditional Belgian sours, but is also quite refreshing and would likely pair well with a bit of Don Vino goat cheese and crackers, or perhaps a nice goat cheese marinara and toasted baguette.

Only big downside, $6.00-plus for a 12.7oz bottle...I'd give this an 84-85, B.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2012 03:33:29 | More by BedetheVenerable
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korguy123

Ontario (Canada)

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

BB Jan 2013

A- Muddled opaque brown with red/purple highlights around edges. Thin ring around glass, minimal lacing.

S- Grape skins, grape juice, apple skin, some sweetness of honey and a touch of funk, very minimal.

T- Nice tartness up front, followed by some grape juice and a touch of sweetness. I call this a good entry into the world of sours.

M- Light bodied, lively carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2012 23:55:39 | More by korguy123
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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)
bottles 090818

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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Cyberkedi

Georgia

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

Aroma is strong, yeasty and fruity. Pours a dark, slightly hazy brown with a thick, fine-bubbled, persistent light tan head. Rich and fruit flavor is more like a cider than a beer, with a firm apply tone and hints of malt and yeast. Hmmm - don’t believe I’ve ever had a Flanders Oude Bruin before! Smooth texture has good fizz, firm body, and an interesting nip to it. A refreshing and distinctive beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2012 02:24:46 | More by Cyberkedi
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JudgeRoughneck

Louisiana

4.85/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sample bottled March 2009- opened Jan 2012

APP- Light haze, deep ruby brown, low off-white head, became crystal clear as the glass warmed.

Smell- Big caramel with nut, light smoke, light herbal hop, sour cherry, light coffee, light citrus, all delicate under big caramel, allspice, clove, earth, dried prune and apricot.

Taste- Very mellow, only lightly soured, no tart flavor really. Light date, nut, berry, honey covered apple, shortbread, big toasted vanilla, dimension roundigthigs out, cracked pepper, super complex but mellow, easy drinking and highly cohesive flavors.

MF- light bodied, fluffy,creamy, not bracing in any way.

Overall- This is one of the best beers I have ever had. Period. Amazingly complex, a million flavors, but I could suck it back without a thought if I wanted to.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2012 00:55:01 | More by JudgeRoughneck
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dull copper color but appears dark burgundy when held to light. Head gently simmers down to a thin collar then was gone completely by mid-glass.

Middling black cherry aroma with a mild vinegar twang. Cinnamon and sugar. Tastes like black cherry with cinnamon sugar edges.

A very balanced and humble version of the style. Hits all necessary points but doesn't excel at anything in particular.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2012 11:32:53 | More by donkeyrunner
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clay_i

Georgia

3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark, reddish brown. No head. Like, none whatsoever. Some slight effervescence from the bottom of the pint glass.

N - Tangy and sweet with quite an upfront cherry flavor. I found the sour aspect to be very refreshing and unique compared to what I've had in the past.

M - Medium body. Very acidic as far as I'm concerned. Low to moderate alcohol burn.

O - Enjoyable and drinkable, but I don't think I'd want more than one at a time. Very bold. I think it'd be best to drink alone (as in with no food) or as a night cap.

This is the first self-proclaimed "sour ale" I've had. I enjoyed it quite a bit, but can't give it higher scores without knowing the style better.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2012 23:25:24 | More by clay_i
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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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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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birchstick

Colorado

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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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Review from 1/2011 notes. Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours deep brownish red amber. Virtually no head and no lacing. Sour fruit aroma. Sour cherry, slight vanilla and a touch of wood. Subdued flavors. A bit thin and lightly flavored. Clearly well made, but flavors are not appealing to me. Interesting to try, but probably not again.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2012 03:08:46 | More by LiquidAmber
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CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

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

I've always like this type of packaging on Belgian beers, just an unlabelled bottle wrapped in paper.

The pour reveals a striking red liquid with a dark brown core. The tan head lasts for no time at all but manages to leave a few meandering lace trails. The aroma shows a light lactic acidity with some fruit notes and malts. Quite a mild nose for the style. The taste is lightly tart with some sour cherry and herbal notes. The mouthfeel is thin with a sparse, big bubbled carbonation. Very light sourness and some mineral notes make up the finish.

This is a very light Oud Bruin. To my tastes its a little subdued, but I can see how this is a great introduction to the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2012 01:18:14 | More by CAMRAhardliner
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MADhombrewer

Oregon

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

12 oz bottle with a bottle date of 090818. I assume that is Aug 18 2009.

A- Muddy brown appearance. Tan head that dissipates quickly. Lacing drips down the sides quickly.

S- Sour cherry tartness. Some clove. Maybe apple pie with crust as well.

T- Cherry tartness with a pie crust background. Tart apples in the end.

Mouthfeel- Heavier than most sours. I like that, though. High carbonation.

Overall- Good sour. I am glad to have had it. A bit pricier than some, but better tasting than some. I liked the heavier mouthfeel it has.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2012 23:34:26 | More by MADhombrewer
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BGDrock

Ontario (Canada)

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

From notes:

Appearance: head builds briskly but clears quickly, you can hear it crackling; deep ruby/brown colour; almost opaque

Aroma: almost of a wine at first, vinegary; a little floral

Taste & Mouthfeel: immediate sharp flavour; rasberry/strawberry tones; acidic, like vinegar; leaves a pleasant fruity taste on the tongue; almost a cleansing feel on the palate; tart, dry finish

Overall: cutting flavour; would be great as a dessert beer and the tartness is just right

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2012 00:00:14 | More by BGDrock
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SLeffler27

New York

3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours tawny brown, but is dark copper in the glass. There is a fine tan head that lasts throughout, producing no lacing.

Mouth watering and sour up front with sulfur holding it back. Berries linger behind the scenes.

Initially fruity, acidic and sour. Bacchus is very sweet and one-dimensional with a lingering, sour finish. This brewer makes stellar examples of Flanders Red Ales. Unfortunately, this is not one of them.

A thin body with an over abundance of carbonation and prominent astringency.

Consumed from a Dogfish Head snifter, this is better paired with fatty, strong flavored foods. However, the green bottle may have done an injustice and I will have to try it another time.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 13:19:47 | More by SLeffler27
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

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

Bottled on 090414.

A: Pours a hazy mahogany brown with a thin off white head. The head dissipates almost instantly leaving just the thinnest ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. Some lacing on the glass but not a lot.

S: Very light smell overall but I pick up some hints of malts, citrus, dark fruit, and vinegar.

T: Flavors are mild tartness, some dark fruit, and candy sugar. There is the slightest hint of something metallic or iodine like in taste but I cannot identify exactly what it is. Not as bold a flavor as I would have liked, almost a little light in flavor.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: I enjoyed this beer and would gladly have it again. Pretty easy to drink and I could definitely enjoy a few of these in an evening. The only bad thing I would say about this beer is that the smell and taste were not as intense as others in the style so it did not live up to my expectations.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 21:52:08 | More by dbrauneis
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber to brown in color with a light tan head. In the aroma, sour and faint white grape. In the taste, sour white grapes and pears, with a nice dry end. A sour bite and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry sour white grape in the aftertaste. A nice sour, with a touch of fruit and a nice dry end.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2012 22:48:36 | More by OWSLEY069
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BillHilly

Washington

4.28/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

served at 50 degrees in a Duvel tulip

A: nice reds, excellent head, nice yeasting

S: tart fruit esters

T: mild tartness finishes kind of a sweet citrus

M: fantastic, excellent balance

O: worthy of a buy, even at the price...if you like oud bruin, buy this beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 04:09:22 | More by BillHilly
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

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

375ml bottle, dated 08/18/2009, poured into a Duchesse de Bourgogne glass.

Pours a muddy red-brown with some serious haze. 3/4'' of sudsy foam cap that sizzles like a soda. I can HEAR the carbonation from this one.

Rich fermented cherry nose with the usual lactic acidity. Red wine vinegar, basil leaf, farmer funk, and a bit of green apple. Smells pretty incredible. No signs of damaging oxidation yet.

Okay. I have to use a few standards as comparison. I fuse Flanders Reds and Flanders Oud Bruins into much the same category. So, using Rodenbach, Duchesse de Bourgogne, Petrus Aged Pale, Petrus Oud Bruin, and others as a barometer, I can judge this brew.

First of all, thin in taste, and slightly metallic. It's held up well, that doesn't seem to be the problem. The acetic acid is backdropped by some muddled flavors of composted fruits and bitter tannins. The first bite of it is flavorful, but it waters down on the palate pretty easily. Actually, that's when the tart cherry shines overtop of a somewhat generic dark ale medium. More bitter than Rodenbach or Duchesse or any of the others that I can recall, for sure. Dry, but without good pucker, unlike Rodenbach. Fruity, but not juicy, unlike Petrus Aged Pale or Duchesse. The aftertaste is a little stale.

**Mind you, I'm enjoying this pretty thoroughly, as this is of the style of some of my favorite beers. But, this doesn't have the punch or complexities or succulence of my favorites.**

Medium-bodied with a good carbonation that has held up nicely over time. Thick in a fruit juice kind of way (merely watery in taste). Good sudsy feel. Commending.

I'm so glad to have finally tried this. My first bottle happens to be a vintage one. From what I understand, this is a classic to the style. I pay my respects. Would pick up again. Love the 'Burgundies of Belgium'!

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 04:49:42 | More by thecheapies
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bacchus
Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V

Pours a brownish red, clear and little head retention. Aromas of red wine vinegar, sugary malts and a belgian yeast fruityness. In the taste, a nice lactic sour, candi sugar sweetness, and a touch of wood tone tannins. Nice tartness and light to medium bodied feel. Overall, a solid Oud Bruin with a good deal of funk. I can dig it.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 18:31:10 | More by Stinkypuss
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DCon

Missouri

3.33/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought a 12.7 FL.OZ bottle from Lukas Liquor in Ellisville, MO for $5.19. Poured from the Green bottle w/ black celafain paper & a castle on a sticker & a man about to enjoy a over poured Flanders Oud Bruin on a clear label into a 16oz Tulip Glass. Has Bottled on: 090818 on the back.

Aroma- Mild amount of malt and characteristic. A bit of citrus or light fruit and then some goat. Nothing hits the nose hard though.

Appearance- Pours a 1 finger head that is bubbly but dies quickly. Has a dark brown colored, semi-cloudy body. Not much lacing is left either.

Flavor- Ton of citrus and sweet malt characters from the beginning. Then almost cider like...Not much sourness except in the finish.

Mouthfeel- Light Bodied, High Carbonation, Easy Going, Smooth, and then has a nice tart finish.

Overall Impression- Very easy for the style... I've had this on-tap before but this time didn't go over so well with the palate. Sweet and citrus tasting but not much body or anything else. Would like to try many other brews in this style but am going to look out for bigger and better ones.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 23:57:20 | More by DCon
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beerwolf77

Wisconsin

3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark red nearing brown hue. Small wisp of head. Nose is mostly tart cherry and vinegar. A bit of bready malt as well. Flavors are lightly sour cherry, vinegar and toffee. Medium body with very mild carbonation. Not a big sour blast but it gets the job done. I like this much more than Monks or Duchess in the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 20:49:05 | More by beerwolf77
Bacchus from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
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