1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Bacchus - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

Not Rated.

Educational use only; do not reuse.

440 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 440
Reviews: 188
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 12.7%
Wants: 9
Gots: 30 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V. visit their website

Style | ABV
Flanders Oud Bruin |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 09-12-2002

No notes at this time.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 440 | Reviews: 188 | Display Reviews Only:
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%

Photo of OneDropSoup
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a stemmed tulip, bottled on 8/18/09: Deep reddish-brown with ruby highlights under a finger of tight tan head that dissipates & leaves thin covering.

Smells of tart cherry candy, green apple, a sweetness reminiscent of maple syrup or a little toffee. There's a kind of chalky mustiness or the smell of old, dusty paper - not bad at all (moth balls?). Pretty complex, I keep going back as different notes assert themselves at different times. Fades a bit, but still good.

Tastes good, not as complex as the smell would suggest: more green apple, tart cherry, a tiny bit of molasses. Fairly acidic but overly so, very light breadiness at the back end. Tastes a little like Fresca, maybe?

Medium-bodied, bracingly acidic, has some weight. Scrubbing carbonation.

Not as complex as some other examples of the style, but no real flaws or turn-offs. Pretty tasty brew, I really enjoyed this.

Photo of DeezGunz14
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of rekel
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of pperez38
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of clegolfski
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of deapokid
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of TicoCali
5/5  rDev +35.1%

Photo of DoctorB2B
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of adrian21
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Mit
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark red colour with decent lasting head.

Has a sour wine like odour that is not unpleasant. Has the typical cloying belgian sweetness.

Hmmmm definitely sour....def dark fruit as was mentioned....some yeasty type flavours....

Solid mouthfeel for the abv IMO.

Solid solid beer...def different and really for the beer geek IMO. You would be hard pressed trying this out on a macro friend(and it might be a waste)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured in to Founder's tulip.

A - Poured medium brown/amber colour with a small amount of cream coloured head that receded to a ring around the edges of the glass.

S - Bready malts, some dark fruit and a tart/sour aroma. The sour aroma is noticeable but not dominant as I expected. A touch of spice is evident in the background.

T - Sour/tart taste up front that is dominant but is not to the point of being puckering. Some balsamic vinegar and dark fruit in the background.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation.

Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a Trappe Door tulip. Poured a massively dark red brown with a two finger light tan head that subsided to half a finger slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, tart cherry, cream, sour, and tart. The flavor was of sweet malt, sour cherry, cream, and tart. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. I am a decent fan of this style and this one really didn't disappoint me too much. I like the fact that I was able to pick up on the cream aspect I mentioned in the flavor as it helped to balance out the tart flavors going on. This made the brew much more enjoyable for me. Worth trying if you get the opportunity on tap.

4.22/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml hand wrapped half champagne bottle served in a Flute glass.Enjoyed on oct´11.Identified on the package as an OUD BRUIN.
Pours light mahogany in color.Beige crown with large bubbles.Good retention.Flowers,green wood & mildy toasted malt aromas.Citric sourness upfront followed by sweet malt flavor.Light body & gentle high carbonation.Grapefruit finish.Lemony malty aftertaste.Refreshing & drinkable.

Photo of PerHops
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- very dark. murky brown color. Very little evident bubbles.

S- slight vinegar lots of lemon. a little funk and earth. Very interesting.

T- Tart cherries, apples, a nice very pleasant dry finish for the style

M- Good level of carbonation despite the way it looks,

O- I will buy this one again.

Photo of liamt07
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the LCBO, best before November 1, 2013. Packaged in a big sheet of paper, that clearly identifies this as an Oud Bruin - not sure why it's a Flanders Red here. Into a wine glass.

Pours a dark maroon, with some mahogany highlights. Light offwhite head, moderate density but soon fades to some bubbles and a thing head. Almost zero retention. Nose has some light sourness, grapes and berries, light metallic and woody notes. Some acetic qualities. Taste is drying right off the bat, some lightly acetic berries with some wood. Becomes a bit grape-ier near the end. Bittersweet finish with a pucker. Pretty high carbonation, but avoids being fizzy. Dry enough to encourage constant sipping. A nice little sour that could be a lot nicer with a bit more depth and complexity.

Photo of biegaman
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of Stocean1
4.18/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Unwrapped this oddity from the newspaper and poured the unmarked green bottle (felt like I discovered it in an abandoned tunnel used during WWI) into a pint glass. Little off white head with patchy lacing. A nice one finger head would pop up with a swirl of the glass. A ruby chestnut colour.

The smell is something else: lots of wine; grape; malt, dark fruit, black shitty earth (somehow not in a bad way); and light floral hops.

Taste follows the nose, cheap wine combined with belgian dark ale, frankly unique to me.

Mothfeel is earthy, tart, dry, slightly bitter with little carbonation and medium body

Overall a real interesting and rewarding brew

Photo of paxkey
4.35/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

scrolled down to read a few reviews after seeing the photo. style on wrapper is flemish old brown.
mine is wrapped and the bottle is green and unmarked. a sticker adorns the plain gold bottle cap with 11-01-2013 appears to be the best before date.

bottle opens with no hiss or pop. tough cap to open.
copper/rust brownish. nice tan head. beer is dark but can see through it.
lots of sweet sour notes on this. very tart. i am salivating from the aroma. reminds of a gueze. jammy fruit smell, raspberry strawberry. nice funky tartness. this beer is enticing. i love a good sour beer.
mild acidity and carbonation leads to a light body with tonnes of flavor in the finish. raspberry and jammy fruit taste. hits the stomach a little hard but the flavor is great.

a great sour beer.

Photo of spinrsx
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375ml Bottle

Appearance – Reddish brown colour with a large size frothy and fizzy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation visible and there is a fairly good amount of lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, dark fruits, vinegar

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, raisins, and something along the lines of balsamic vinegar. There is also a rustiness and a fair amount of tart citric flavour. It finishes with a malty aftertaste with a bit of a lingering citric tart aftertaste.

Overall – This would be a good stater beer for someone new to the style. The flavours are there, but they aren't too over the top and in your face. It's actually pretty drinkable, I could have a few. I also really like the bottle and the packaging. Worth buying.

Bacchus from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
84 out of 100 based on 440 ratings.