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Bacchus - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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432 Ratings
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Ratings: 432
Reviews: 184
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 12.97%
Wants: 9
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
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Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V. visit their website

Style | ABV
Flanders Oud Bruin |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Jason on 09-12-2002)
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Photo of Naugros
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown with a ruby tinge, the beer is clear enough to see the carbonation that sustains the foamy ring around the top, but you can't see through it. The smell is sour, of course, and sweet with stone fruit and grape The fruits and sourness carry over into the taste, but the sweetness is knocked back a bit and it's surprisingly drier than the nose led me to believe. There is a tingle from the carbonation and the sour notes play on the tongue adding to the tingling sensation. Light to medium-bodied this is a beer for you sour beer lovers out there, but if you're looking for major pucker this one won't supply it. It's a little fruity, not overly sweet and moderately sour.

Naugros, Mar 01, 2011
Photo of KarlHungus
4.55/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer pours a dark amber almost brown color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly into a firm cap of lacing. The aroma is of sour cherries, raspberries, and a hint of caramel. The is full of sour cherries, with a nice tartness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation. Overall, this is a very good beer. I think this would pair beautifully with brunch. I will certainly drink it again.

KarlHungus, Mar 01, 2011
Photo of ArrogantB
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

375ml bottle thanks to brewerdan, appreciate it! Dark red-brown like you would expect with minimal head. Smells a little bit like vinegar but not enough for my liking. Taste is mildly sour, mellow, almost too mellow. I honestly have a hard time finding Flanders reds that I like. Duchesse and Zoetzuur are probably the only ones I really, really like.

ArrogantB, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

UCLABrewN84, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

womencantsail, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of albern
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The problem with this beer is that Rodenbach and Duchesse are the best of a small sampling of Flemish Red Ales and it's very hard to live up to these exemplars. Alas, Bacchus is clearly in a lower tier from these beers. I had a Rodenbach Grand Cru immediately after the Bacchus and let us say that I'm in absolutely no rush to grab another Bacchus.

The beer looks good and has the nose characteristic of the style with maybe a touch too much vinegar. That by the way is the story with this beer. There are too many wild yeast flavors, some moldy cheese notes, with too much vinegar that really detracts from the characteristic sours and sweets of the style. The beer is decent but why settle for second best. There isn't enough tart cherry, not enough complexity, not enough wood barrel notes, and just too much of the wild yeasty vinegars. It's okay, but I'll stick with Rodenbach and Duchesse any day.

albern, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of kbutler1
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Poured into a Duvel tulip a clear deep copper reddish orange color with a light tan 1 finger head. Lots of flavors in the nose; apple, cinnamon, and banana all with an underlying sour grape aroma. Light mouthfeel with a decent amount of carbonation. Starts with a dark fruit like sweetness with a tinge of sourness like lemon that slowly fades and ends rather cleanly. I don't pick up too much oak in this except maybe at the end but ever so slightly. Complex? No, not really but its pretty easy drinking and has a mild sourness that I find nice.

kbutler1, Feb 12, 2011
Photo of zeff80
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

zeff80, Feb 08, 2011
Photo of mmmbeer
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This Vlaams Oud Bruin comes in a 375 mL green champagne bottle with a crown cap and foil seal; bottled 090414, which could actually be the best-by date. Pours with filtered clarity the color of cherrywood, highly-carbonated, with a moussy head that climbs out of the glass and has great retention. The aroma is light, but it's enough to kick in the saliva glands. Nice sweet/sour balance, with stonefruits, toasted/caramel malts, and a light, but surprising green hop flavor on top of a light and dry, almost tannic body, with a nice carbonic tingle. Very easy to drink, and would make a painless introduction for those leery of sour reds, but I don't feel it is to style - it almost tastes like a red ale that has had lactic acid added to it or has been mildly soured and then pasteurized. Either way, it's not too shabby, but perhaps not worth going out of your way to find it.

mmmbeer, Jan 24, 2011
Photo of thepeter
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark Brown with a reddish hue around the edges. Head lasts only secons and appears still in the glass.

S - light Vinegar, wood, grapes, cherries, sweetness, vanilla is there as well

T - Starts off with a puckering dryness of mild acidity, some cherry, wood and vinegar show themselves in the middle and has a dry finish with a hint of Vanilla. Not as complex as others in the style

MD - LIght and lively wiht abundant carbonation, quite a thin beer though, not much body to it at all. Easy drinking, refreshing and light.

My bottle says it's an Oude Brune but seems to be the same beer though. Nothing overly special about this one but certainly a nice drink.

thepeter, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of IntriqKen
4.28/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A soft tan head of tight bubbles tops a clear, very dark mahogany in the glass.
Nose is mild yet distinctive with a typical flanders sour cherry softened with very mild vanilla and woodiness.
Taste follows aroma. Sour cherries, mild vanilla adding a richness and very light oak.
Mouthfeel is comfortable for this style...not at all thin like many sour beers tend to be. Soft carbonation from tiny bubbles keeps it full and sparkling on the tongue.
Aftertaste is mostly sour cherry but a sweetness follows which really balances this brew.
Love it.

IntriqKen, Dec 26, 2010
Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received this as an extra from a generous BA! Thanks!

A- Body is a beautiful glowing red/brown hue that is completely transparent. Pours with a 2-3 finger foamy off-white slightly rusty head. This fades to a thin collar and little to no lacing is left behind in the glass.

S- Nose is fairly mild. Dark cherry, oak, a slightly acidic tartness, these blend pretty well.

T- Taste is mild and pretty similar to the nose. Dark cherry, oak, a hint of vanilla, the barrel really comes through for the finish as well as a hint of tartness to balance everything out.

M- medium carbonation and slightly thin-but still full and smooth body.

D- This is a classy classic example of this style. Its not a vinegar mess like the most well known example of this style-and its not anywhere near as tart or extreme as the American examples. Its simply flanders red-with a lot of oak barrel flavor and some vanilla, some charry, and some tarness. My only complaint about this is that the body is slightly thin. If the flavor were a bit fuller this would be world class.

PittBeerGirl, Dec 15, 2010
Photo of Mitchster
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

$5.49 for a 12.7 oz green bottle. Bottled on 04-14-09. Pours out to a hazy dark amber, forming a modest light tan head with good retention and solid sheets of lace. The carbonation level is moderate. Aroma opens with nuts, vinegar, funky barnyard, chlorinated pool locker room, and musty basement. The mouthfeel is soft, surprisingly not overly carbonated, with a medium light body. The taste is a recap of the aroma, but the taste is quite light, matching the light body, and there is not much sweetness to offset the tartness. I wish it were a touch sweeter. The finish isn't as dry as I expected, but it's still pretty dry.

This is a good, but not great, Flanders Red. Not as tasty as Rodenbach Red or Duchesse, but still decent.

Mitchster, Dec 13, 2010
Photo of trevorjn06
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy walnut/brown color with slight red highlights. One finger of tight, white foam recedes quickly to a layer on the surface of the beer.

Aroma is fairly mild overall and has elements of caramel, strawberries, figs, oak, vanilla and tartness. Fairly straight forward for a Flanders but pleasant nonetheless

Taste is tart (moderately so) with hints of caramels and some fruits (plum and currant). The finish leaves a bit of sweet and sour on the tongue with raspberries and hints of oak.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall this Flanders ale is a bit more mild and straight forward than others I have had, but it is refreshing and tasty as well. Very drinkable! I would have this again.

trevorjn06, Dec 09, 2010
Photo of drpimento
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My bottle got froze. So. Pours with I think is a damaged by freezing weird looking head, but still not bad: foamy, frothy, fluffy, sudsy and clumpy, that lasts forever and lots of lace. Color is a cloudy medium brown. Aroma is a bit fruity, tart, malt, and actually fresh. Flavor is malty, tart, fruity. Body still has some ice in it, so there you go. Finish is like flavor and not bad. Kind of tasty actually.

drpimento, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of WesWes
3.28/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a cloudy dark brown color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a solid pale and crystal malt scent along with a mild sourness. It doesn't appear to be too complex, but it's refreshing nonetheless. The taste is decent as well. It has a very thin crystal malt flavor along with a crisp, refreshing sourness. It's incredibly simplistic with little malt complexity. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a forgettable Flanders ale. I'm not a fan of the malt profile. It's too light and devoid of complexity.

WesWes, Dec 02, 2010
Photo of cooch69
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a light brown with some amber highlights. There is a small loose head on this one.
Nose consists of lactic overtones, a sweet maltiness, and a musty barrel notes.
This beer is really juicy and sweet. It has apples and a bit of raspberry and mango. Its hard to nail down exactly all of the esters in here, it's really got a nice bouqet. The woodiness in here is a bit chalky and musty upfront. It almost tastes as if the wood was practically rotting. But as far as I know most barrels used in this kind of procedure are up to 100 years old. The sore thumb that this shows actually winds up blending in quite nicely a ways into the bottle. It turns out to be quite a nice example of this style. The bottle was over a year a half old. I might try a fresh pressed one to see what kind of differences were made if any.

cooch69, Nov 20, 2010
Photo of twiggamortis420
4.33/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12.7 oz bottled on 090414. Pours a reddish-brown color with a fluffy tan head. Decent retention, spots of lace.

Nose is sweetishly fruity with some darker roasted malt. Little bit of brett on the nose in the form of some rotting wood.

Nice balance of sweet and sour with a cherry-like fruitiness. Sourness is pretty mild and keeps the vinegar aspect low. A bit like the Duchesse, but not nearly as sweet. Carbonation is soft and fine and has a nice mouthfeel. Drinkability is uber-high as the sourness is not too acidic, ABV is moderate and malts are soft and tame. Very good, I will surely buy this again next time I see it.

twiggamortis420, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of yemenmocha
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours very dark amber, almost chestnut brown. White head is creamy smooth and leaves a nice rim layer. Aroma is fairly full with some ripe fruits. On the palate is a pleasant sweet/sour that is awfully similar to what I get with Duchesse du Bourgogne. Passion fruit, light vinegar (good way), and amazing carbonation to help give it a stellar mouthfeel. Finishes smooth on the palate with the above flavors mingling nicely.

yemenmocha, Nov 13, 2010
Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12.7oz bottle into a goblet, a red ruby port like color with a minimal off white/reddish head and very little lacing throughout.

Had a slight sour cherry flavor with other dark fruit notes. Some slight carbonation. The mouthfeel was very light and crisp on the finish.

I enjoyed this beer, not as sour as expected, but very drinkable for me. Will pick up a few more bottles of this...

InspectorBob, Nov 11, 2010
Photo of theboozecruise
3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I bought a bottle of this at Calandro's the other day... served in a green 12.7 fluid ounce bottle. The beer pours a dark reddish-brown color with a small off-white head. Not much retention at all. Still a decent looking beer.

The smell is very Belgian, spices, hints of fruit, a bit of caramel as well. I think it smells fantastic, and inviting.

The taste is tart up front with sour fruits... not much else comes through to me. It definitely tastes stronger than it smells, and I'm not picking up the same caramel and spices that I found on the nose. It's pretty overpowering, so if you like sour flavors, you might love this one.

It's a little watery I think, light bodied for such a boldly flavored beer.

Hard to give high marks for drinkability... the strong tart flavors are going to make drinking this whole beer tough, I certainly won't need another anytime soon.

Definitely an interesting brew... not what I was expecting at all, but I'm happy to have tried it.

theboozecruise, Oct 28, 2010
Photo of clayrock81
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a faded red body w/ a minimal pinkish head that died quick but left some lace patches. Mostly a faint cherry and tart fruit aroma, but also a minimal amount of oakiness and sweet malt. Taste is same as this is a simple but enjoyable red ale as the tart cherry taste is minor and the thin body passes smooth and clean over tongue. Has a touch of sweetness in there as well for balance and the carbonation leads to a crisp but not cutting backbite. Simple and not best representation of style but enjoyable w/ a meal.

clayrock81, Oct 25, 2010
Photo of brentk56
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

brentk56, Oct 07, 2010
Photo of cbutova
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Sierra Grille. Surprised by the rating.

A- Murky dark red-brown. Nice creamy off white cap with good retention. Tons of spotty, fine lace. Sexy.

S- Vinegar and dark fruit, raspberry and cherry. Good strength. Really reminds me of a a dressing, not surprised though.

T- Vinegar goes to the background. Very light and tasteful. Dark fruit notes, but more subdued than any I have encountered. Belgian yeast hints too. Very malty finish.

MF- Extremely light body, wow. Nice, low carbonation goes well with subdued flavors. SMOOTH.

DB- Very interesting. Best described as Monks Cafe light. Very subdued and well balanced flavor. I love interesting beer.

cbutova, Sep 18, 2010
Photo of meatyard
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours out perfectly clear, dark, ruby/mahogany with a short, light tan head that recedes quickly to a thin cover without lacing. It looks promising.

The smell is sharply sour at first, mild vinegar and a little fruit, cherries mostly.

The taste is pretty boring for a Flanders Red. The sourness is very mild and it's too sweet in the end. There are moments of cherries and oak in the flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium and well-carbonated.

Drinkability: This isn't a bad beer but the best thing I can say about it is that the color, when held to a light, is very pretty. It just doesn't compete well with any number of other Flanders Red beers. Many will find it OK and comfortable if they have no expectations for it being a good beer for the style.

meatyard, Sep 11, 2010
Bacchus from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
84 out of 100 based on 432 ratings.