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Bacchus - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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385 Ratings
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Ratings: 385
Reviews: 181
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 12.2%
Wants: 9
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
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Belgium

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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MikeBuff

California

3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7 oz green bottle, born on date 090414, served in a pint glass.

A- Nice burnt red color with no head. When poured the head subsided quicky leaving nothing.

S- You do get a sour nose on it but does no scare you away. This is a great sour for those getting into the style. I smell a little bit of oak or malt that is rounding out the nose.

T- A refreshing flemish with mild sourness. The finish is clean and dry.

M- The higher mouth feel is balanced out by the dryness of the finish.

I think this is a great little beer. I would recommend this to any one getting into sours.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2010 05:10:03 | More by MikeBuff
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phisig137

Virginia

2.55/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A- Pours a fairly dark mahogany brown, slightly murky, with a one finger head. Good retention drops into a dense layer of soft lace on top of the glass.

S- Not quite a sour as others of the style. Smells very woody, with nice malt and herbal overtones. Restrained, but quite nice.

T- Unfortunately, a bit thin on flavor. I get very little malt or yeast flavor at all. just a thin malt vinegar acidity on the finish. Very watery and quite boring.

M- Thin, but lively carbonated.

D- Decent I guess. Nothing to stop it from being quaffable.

Overall, quite a disappointment. There are far better examples of the style for a similar price, notably "Duchesse" and Rodenbach. Extraordinarily boring in most every way.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2010 00:48:31 | More by phisig137
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bret27

California

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thick green glass bottle to tulip glass.

A::: Dark Brown w/ruby hint through the light. minimal off-white head w/some sporadic lacing.

Smel:::Cherries, sour, little funk, medicine

Taste::: Fruity, cherries, tart but not too sour/astringent, woodiness

M/D:::Medium thin mouth. Very drinkable w/the dry sweet finish. but not too sweet or sour.

Overall: A not bad, refreshing oud bruin. I found it in a Michael Jackson's beers of the world book. Would be a good intro to the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2009 17:54:15 | More by bret27
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sisuspeed

New Hampshire

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

Poured this into a small tulip glass. The color is a clear raisin maroon with a thin white head on top.

Lots of fermented grape and wine notes on the nose. A little bit of stinging vinegar as well. I get the image of something sweet and syrupy.

This is my first Flanders Oud Bruin so I really have no idea what to expect. Quite the deviation from what I normally drink, but after the first sip I can say that I'm liking it. The flavor has a fruity, vinous character with some nice sourness. The aftertaste is dry and vinegar like with some sweeter malts mixed in. Slightly bitter at times and a little peppery.

The mouthfeel is good, well carbonated. Drinkability is also better than I expected. I didn't think I'd really get into the sour thing much, but I find my hand keeps reaching back for the glass to get another taste.

Overall, I thought this was a pretty good beer. My first introduction to sours and I can say that I'd like to try a few more. Would probably even pick this up again if it were a little cheaper around here.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2009 01:32:06 | More by sisuspeed
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abuliarose

New Hampshire

2.7/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a tulip, revealing burnt ruby red body and a sizeable, fast-fading head. Good and bubbly, not so much lacing. Smells like a dessert wine/ale mixture. Lots of vinous notes in the bouquet, slight limey-citrusy floral hop aroma.

Tastes like watered down Welches' sparkling red grape juice gone sour, or like one of those organic cirtus grape fruit juice spritzers. I honestly wasn't sure what to expect, but I guess it could be worse. What kills me is the lime concentrate citrus overtones to the taste. Not sure where that comes from, but perhaps it's a byproduct of the acidic carbonation and the hop. More sour than bitter. Some malts in there somewhere at the end. Carbonation is ok and mouthfeel is almost medium-bodied thickness. Because of the taste/aroma combo more than anything, it's not too drinkable to me.

Worth a try, though. Maybe it's someone else's thing.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2009 01:28:58 | More by abuliarose
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jgasparine

Maryland

3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Poured from the tap with a nice 1/2" high tan colored head, which was well-retained throughout the drink, and slowly gave way to some little bits of edge lacing. The body was a beautiful clear garnet color. No carbonation was observed from the sides of the glass.

S- Smells of sweet cherries and burnt candy sugar... also smells anticipatedly lactic. Beautifully pungent!

T- A surprisingly mild flavor... this is actually quite a let-down. The nose hinted towards big taste, but alas, all the fruitiness and candy sugar notes are subdued... and the lactic sourness, while still prominent, is lesser than anticipated as well, emerging only in the finish. I wouldn't call this an unpleasant taste... just weak.

M- Thin body... much thinner than I would like from the style. It is highly attenuated, and the carbonation is a little coarse.

D- Despite its downfalls, this beer is very drinkable... sessionable even. I might even go so far as to call it a thirst quencher.

Serving type: on-tap

11-25-2009 02:49:45 | More by jgasparine
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Heferwiezer

Wisconsin

4.22/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bought this and had no idea what style it was, a definite hit though.

Poured into a white wine bottle, 1/3 inch head recedes quickly to just a ring of foam that sticks to the inner side of the glass. no lacing. Deep earthy red mahogany color. Very translucent- no bits and pieces floating around.

Smell is funky, a lot of vinegar upfront with wiffs of oakiness and sweet cherries. Maybe a tad of lightly toasted caramel.

Wow have never tasted anything like this before! Upfront you get citric cherry fruitiness, in the mids the vinegary oakiness hits. The finish is dry and causes the back of your tongue to tingle. Very exceptional experience.

Mouthfeel is astringent, creamy and mouth coating all at the same time.

I could drink these all day any season of the year!

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2009 06:15:06 | More by Heferwiezer
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adamette

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at HopCat in Grand Rapids, MI two days ago. Review from notes taken at the bar. Poured into a clean, clear glass.

A Medium brown translucent body with red hues. Minimal light brown head dissipated within a few minutes to a ring around the top of the beer. 4.0

S Red "sour" smell of a typical Flemish Red. 3.5

T Nice tart Flemish Red Ale taste, kind of classic, not complicated in its taste to me. 4.0

M Tartness raised the mouthfeel bar for me a bit. 3.5

D Fair to good. 3.5

Notes: This is a classic Belgian brewery's Flemish Red Ale which was solid. It was great to find it on tap at HopCat, a world class Beer Advocate place.

Serving type: on-tap

10-21-2009 03:35:13 | More by adamette
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BarrelO

Virginia

4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Brasserie Beck. Served in a Bacchus tumbler.

A: Deep red body. Head is rather eh.

S: Cherry overload. Like sniffing cherry cough syrup. But in a good way.

T: Again with the cherries. A nice balance of bitter and sweet. Kind of like a Jolly Rancher.

M: Light and fairly effervescent.

D: It's not jaw-droppingly complex, but it is incredibly refreshing. I wish I had tried this in the summer. Recommended for fans of sour ales.

Serving type: on-tap

10-03-2009 00:20:32 | More by BarrelO
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nickd717

California

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

On tap at the Cheeky Monk in Denver. Clear dark red color with a small off-white head. Aroma is both sweet and sour with cherry, apple, oak, and mild funk. Flavor is a tiny bit tart but mostly just sweet, with cherry, apple, sweet malt, and a metallic, acidic finish. The description calls this "wine-like?" Not very accurate. Body is medium-light with moderately high carbonation. Drinkability average-plus, but the metallic flavor hurts it here. Not a huge fan overall.

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2009 19:45:44 | More by nickd717
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Traquairlover

Virginia

4.3/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A = Dark copper red, good clarity, light bone white foam covering on surface.

S = Dried cherries, sharp balsamic vinegar, light sea salt.

T = Good sourness level with a fair fruity counterbalance. Lots of cherry, raspberry, little bit of sherry vinegar.

M = Foams on entry into mouth, but very lightly and dissipates quickly. Almost nouvelle cuisine foam food.

D = This is a very good drinkable beer, sour, but not so much as to be astringent, with good fruitiness of character.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2009 14:29:29 | More by Traquairlover
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alleykatking

Indiana

3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at FFF

A- Pours a clear darker brown with ruby highlights when held up to the light. 1 finger off white head that died down pretty quickly leaving next to no lacing.

S- Lots of fruit in the nose with this beer. Berries and cherries is what I pick up with a malty undertone. Has a slight vinegar smell that is faint in the whole aroma.

T- Nice tart upfront with the cherries really coming through the forefront. The middle of this beer highlights the sweeter maltiness. The ending is a tart berry with a hint of vinegar sourness to it. Nothing really too good but nothing too bad as well.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is very weak in this beer. Could use a little more...reminds me of a flat juice. Sour notes linger on the palate after this beer flows across the palate.

D- This would be more drinkable if it had a little more carbonation to it. Overall not the worst beer in this style but far from the best.

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2009 09:34:12 | More by alleykatking
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jrallen34

Illinois

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

Drank from the bottle into a chalice in Brussels.

This was a surprising beer considering it came wrapped in a paper bag, didn't know quite what to expect.

The beer pours as brownish red with a huge white head.

It smells cherry tart but sweet.

This is great tasting beer with a start of sweet cherry and a great sour finish..

Re-reviewed this, and not nearly as impressed this time.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2009 18:54:47 | More by jrallen34
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beertooth

Illinois

3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Thre Floyds brew pub served in an Ommegang goblet.

This beer brown ruby color with a thin layer of egg white/cake batter color head.

The smell is of faint sour cherries and sweet tarts.

The first sip gives me some slight sour fruit and and sweet candies. There isn't much going on here.

It's quite drinkable with the lower abv%, but I'm not sure if I'd want a ton of this.

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2009 20:39:22 | More by beertooth
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PhillyStyle

Georgia

3.13/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Brasserie Beck, Washington, DC:

Menu states that it is exclusively brewed for the restaurant:

Appeared a nice dark, but clear ruby red with a slightly off white head that was not retained well, except for a slight sliver.

Aroma was light with a hint of cherries. Nothing all that special.

Taste was light, sour cherries with a tart aftertaste.

Light body, smooth and easy to drink. Overall, an average beer, but I have had better and I expected a lot more from this beer. I would probably give it a shot if I found in a bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

03-30-2009 20:02:44 | More by PhillyStyle
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DoubleJ

California

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

On-tap at Verdugo Bar, on to the beer:

This is a less intense version of a sour red. It has a brownish amber color to it, a sweet berry maltiness, and carmelized malts. Like drinking caramel strawberries. The intensity of the sourness is low on this one, but it's there. A good beer of its style for the beginner, but still solid for the veteran to appreciate.

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2009 05:14:49 | More by DoubleJ
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glid02

Georgia

3.08/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this on-tap at Brasserie Beck in Washington DC - according to the menu this beer is exclusive to them in the U.S. but it appears as though that's not the case.

Pours a clear ruby-brown color with a thin off-white head. The head dissipates quickly into a wispy layer of bubbles on top that leaves almost no lacing.

Smells of sweet cherries and berries that contain trace amounts of tartness. Also present is a bit of oak.

Tastes similar to how it smells. There's tartness present in the fruit cocktail up front and right before the dry ending, but the sweetness remains throughout, with an oak-y backbone. I could definitely use some more tartness here.

Mouthfeel is alright. It's a bit on the thin side with active carbonation.

Drinkability is alright. I finished mine, but definitely did not want to order another - the sweetness is not balanced with any other flavors.

Overall this is a drinkable beer but it about ends there.

Serving type: on-tap

02-11-2009 04:55:02 | More by glid02
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goschool

California

2.35/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served on-tap from Blue Palm in Hollywood, CA.

Appearance: The pour looks promising. It's dark, dark red in color with a finger of foamy tan head.

Smell: The beer has a very tight nose. A faint cherry cough drop aroma is about all I picked up.

Taste: This tastes almost exactly like the drippings coming out of a cherry snow cone. Barely any carbonation, no sourness, just watery cherry syrup. I feel like I should be drinking it out of the small opening of a wet paper cone.

Mouthfeel: It's watery with minimal carbonation.

Drinkability: I haven't purchased a snow cone in maybe 17 years, but I can't imagine they cost more than $2 today and that's certainly cheaper than a $6 beer, plus, with the snow cone, you get to enjoy the icy flavorful part first.

Serving type: on-tap

01-04-2009 21:14:31 | More by goschool
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illidurit

California

3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Hamilton's Tavern in San Diego during the RBSG 08 pubcrawl. Dark orange bronze with a tan head. Aroma is acidic with tart cherries and a slight metallic character. Flavor is berries with an acetic sharpness. Fairly tart but a little too sweet. Poor man's Duchesse du Bourgogne. Still not bad.

Serving type: on-tap

12-25-2008 06:48:49 | More by illidurit
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dark reddish body with hints of brown in it. Tiny white head that doesn't leave any lacing behind.

Big fruit aroma here. Mixture of berries, cherries and maybe even some grapes. Smells a little bit like vinegar too.

A little bit of tartness up front and in the finish, but nowhere else. Neither instances provide any true sourness, which is a negative trait to me. The middle carries a little of wine or vinegar flavor. Both of these characteristics are overshadowed by the constant, huge, sweet fruit flavors. Cherry and mixed berries, just like the aroma. Taste like these flavors might be artificially added, but I could be wrong. Not a bad tasting beer, but definitely relies on sweetness instead of sourness.

Light mouthfeel, medium carbonation, nothing major to report in this department.

This goes down pretty easily. Although the the sweetness dominates the brew it is not sickening or off-putting. I could see this as a nice brew on a hot day.

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2008 02:45:38 | More by Hojaminbag
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brewcrew76

Wisconsin

3.43/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Deep cherry red with a thin off white head and spotty lacing.

S - Sweet cherry with maybe some other berries mixed in and a touch of maltiness.

T - Cherry and mixed berry (almost juice like), pretty sweet. Touch of tartness in the aftertaste but this is pretty much sweet throughout.

M - On the lighter side with low carbonation.

D - Tastes artificially sweetened with either juice or sugar. Refreshing, just not as tart or sour as I had expected.

Serving type: on-tap

11-23-2008 01:22:54 | More by brewcrew76
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emerge077

Illinois

3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On-tap at Map Room.

Brown body that glints red in the light. Some decent irregular lacing in the tulip glass. Cherry pit aroma, malt with slight sweetness.

Tastes of mild cherry with a hollow, thin carbonation. Initial vague tartness, that fades into a very light malty note, becoming sweet in the middle. Soda-like, not much firm lactic tartness at all. Dissolves to nothing pretty quickly. The sweetness seems a little artificial, but not cloying.

At 4.5% it's actually pretty drinkable, if not one-dimensional. It paired pretty well with a roast beef sandwich.

Serving type: on-tap

11-19-2008 04:09:08 | More by emerge077
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes...
On tap at TJ's Everyday.

Appears a transparent red with a small white head that fades into a mild cap and collar. Scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is oaky, malty vinegar, cherries, with notes of raspberries.
Taste echoes the aromas with sweetness up front and a mild tartness settling to the sides of the palate.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with tartness leading to a dry, thin finish.

Serving type: on-tap

10-24-2008 00:41:16 | More by weeare138
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neenerzig

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served to me in a 13 oz tulip glass at the Sunset Grill on my still currently ongoing vacation here in Boston, MA. This beer is a clear dark color that reminds me of Coca-Cola or Dr. Pepper. Has deep amber, ruby highlights when held to the light. The white head was about 1/3-1/2 inch when served. Settles to a thick ring lining the inside of the glass. Had a mild, sort of malty and sour aroma. The smell was not very strong. The flavor was sour, yet sweet at the same time. Some candy like sweetness along with a slightly tart, fruit flavor of cherry and maybe cranberry. Perhaps slight hints of caramel and/or cinnamon. Has a crisp, sort of smooth, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate to heavy carbonation. Easy to drink the way good beer should be.

Eric

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2008 17:41:37 | More by neenerzig
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Halcyondays

California

3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a dark cherry red, with a small white head, leaves quite extensive lacing.

S: Strawberry, small stone fruit, acid, oak.

T: Very tasty fruit flavour of strawberry and cherry coming just from the malt and the oak aging, very good. Gets sugary and sweet at the end.

M: Not the driest Flemish red ever, tastes a little bit like they added sugar to this one, watery at times. Probably the least acidic sour I've had so far.

D; Not a bad Red by any means, not up to par with Rodenbach, but a good sour ale in its own right, I enjoyed it.

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2008 22:47:33 | More by Halcyondays
Bacchus from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
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