Bacchus - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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Ratings: 437
Reviews: 187
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 12.97%
Wants: 9
Gots: 29 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Flanders Oud Bruin |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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(Beer added by: Jason on 09-12-2002)
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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of KevdoggNasty
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Davit
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of DeerNick
2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of bakerm3
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

Photo of MADhombrewer
4/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Photo of BGDrock
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
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

Photo of Julien
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of SLeffler27
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.28/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Photo of parchedjay
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of beerhunter13
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

Photo of BillHilly
4.28/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

Photo of thecheapies
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
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'!

Photo of MeisterSmudge
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.22/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of JAHMUR
3/5  rDev -18.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of KimenTshom
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of DCon
3.33/5  rDev -10%
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.

Photo of beerwolf77
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

375 mL bottle poured into my Allagash chalice.

Appearance - Dark brown with a reddish hue. Nice two finger head with great retention. Not much by way of lacing. Maybe a colony of bubbles here and there down the side.

Smell - A hint of tart cherries and some sweet caramel malt. Not a lot of aroma out of this one.

Taste - More tart than the aroma, but not terribly tart. Again, it has a cherry flavor, but not strong. Oak flavors in the middle add a bit of astringency. The sweet finish is reminiscent of poor oud bruins.

Mouthfeel - Pretty high carbonation. Dry feeling from the oak, but the sweetness makes it feel thin and under-soured, if that's even an acceptable phrase.

Overall - Just slightly better than average oud bruin. Not something I'd drink again, but not something I'm having difficulty drinking right now.

Photo of jophish17
3/5  rDev -18.9%

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