Bacchus - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
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3.3/5 rDev -10.6%
12.7oz bottle poured to tulip
Nice deep brown color, fairly opaque. 1 finger of well tanned head lays over quickly, but a decent lace of bubbles persists
Aroma is strongly barnyard: bit of horse, bit of runoff from the horse. That dissipates as it breathes to a mild tang with some brown sugar / molasses notes
Taste has some sour and a bit of oak, Nice, but not particularly memorable
Good carbonation with a fairly thing body, pretty lively brew on the tongue
Very nice polite likable brown, perhaps a nice mild springboard if you were introducing someone to belgian sours. For my own purposes, there are some better examples I'd reach for over Bacchus
07-13-2014 02:41:00 | More by ryannosaurus
3.39/5 rDev -8.1%
This is not the best looking beer- kind of a murky brown with a quickly disappearing head. Appearances aren't everything, though, especially in this corner of the beer world. The aroma is very mellow, but I get dried fruits, a touch of leather, dark brown sugar, and an overall Orange Brandy quality (kind of like Cointreau). It could definitely use some more punch, but is pleasant nonetheless.
The palate is kind of the same way- needs a little zip. There is a definite sour presence, but it only goes to 7. The flavors are more earthy, and the dark sugar dominates. The balance and mouthfeel are right where they should be, and it's quite easy to drink, but would be helped by some more complexity of flavors. The key word seems to be 'pleasant', where 'memorable' is unfortunately what the price commands. Under the right circumstances I could see knocking a few back, though.
07-06-2014 19:57:39 | More by TongoRad
4.19/5 rDev +13.6%
12.7 oz bottle, bottled on 2/14/2012, drunk on 6/20/2014 (2+ years old).
A: Poured a root beer brown.
S: Nose of banana, orange peel, leather. Funkdified.
T: Flavor is banana, sour orange and grapefruit, plums, jasmine flowers, then as it warms in my mouth it changes to leather and meat. Lightly sweet and low bitterness. Excellent--complex, unique yet smooth and quite balanced.
M: Champagne bubbles in the mouth, giving it a creamy, velvety mouthfeel, but it's not viscous. Dry finish, sour lingers.
Overall one of the best flemish reds I've had (and I've been tasting a number of them lately), can't wait to introduce this one to friends.
06-21-2014 05:54:38 | More by MonkeyDunk
Bacchus from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
83 out of 100 based on 405 ratings.