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Bacchus - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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Ratings: 449
Reviews: 193
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 12.97%
Wants: 9
Gots: 37 | 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 bluejacket74
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12.7 ounce bottle, label says bottled on 090414. Served in a tulip glass, the beer pours a murky brown color with a half inch cola-like tan head. Head retention is very good, and there's a small amount of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is tart cherries, green grapes and some vinegar. It tastes like tart cherries, oak, plums and a bit of brown sugar. Nice balance between the sweet and tart flavors, but I think it's more sweet than tart. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy with good carbonation. I think it's a decent brew.

Photo of avalon07
3.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a brown color and a thick consistency. There was an inch and a half of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Nonexistent lacing.

S: Lots of cherries and other fruit, but not much else. Somewhat fragrant.

T: Tasted of cherries above all else, with a little apple, but was a bit on the thin side, especially in the finish. Definitely an uneven flavor.

M: A generally well-carbonated beer with a slick finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is one of those beers that has some OK qualities, but is too uneven to wholly recommend.

Photo of mrasskicktastic
2.78/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

A - A ton of carbonation. The head came and went like this is soda. The beer itself is a reddish brown.

S - A nice belgian nose, that yeasty, sweaty. A touch of nutmeg, cinnamon and cherries.

T - A hint of tart cherries, but very little sweetness overall. Mostly it is dusty, sweaty and sour. The aftertaste is slightly metallic. The flavor is muted and not well rounded.

M - Ugh!!! By far its worst point. It is thin, watery and leaves the roof of my mouth feeling half slimy and half like I sucked on a grape skin or ate a huge bowl of just sauteed spinach. On top of the carbonation is so high that it numbs the tongue - reducing the ability to taste it well. Very unpleasant.

D - Worst mouthfeel (aside from curdy, perhaps) I can imagine.

Photo of STKPICR0720
3.22/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Just tried this brew. I have to say I like it better than Lindemans. A good Flemish sour but not the greatest. A bit tangy, oak aged, fruity and floral aromas make for a delightful experience but I am just not ready for it yet. I do believe this is an up and comer in the Flemish sours worth a double take and try.

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.03/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tried on tap at Beer Geeks, 14 Jun 2012. Served in a 13 oz tulip.

Small beige head. Somewhat cloudy reddish brown in color. Aroma is sour cherry-vinegary, maybe some woodiness. Some slight cherry sourness to start. This fades in the middle, becoming slightly watery and fizzy. Finish and aftertaste is slightly sour fruity. Light body, moderate alcohol.

Not bad but lacks the depth and complexity I expect from a Flanders red.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.06/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the bottle at BRABO in Alexandria. Served in a Bacchus tumbler.

Pours a moderate reddish-brown with a thin off-white head. Some spotted lacing on the way down. The nose carries some light malt and a bit of sweetness and a very faint presence of cherries and light sourness. The flavor has mostly light malt with a touch of sweetness. Very, very light cherry and acidity. Not much of a Flanders. Medium body and slightly creamy. Decent enough, but not a good example of the style.

Photo of Knapp85
3.13/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours out as a bubbly reddish brown color with a fizzy light brown head. The head vanishes very quickly and doesn't leave any lacing. The smell of the beer has a fermented cherry aroma with some oaky aromas too. The taste is slightly tart with some soft cherry flavors in the aftertaste. There is a bitter vinegar flavor in there too. The mouthfeel has a generous amount of carbonation. Overall it's a decent Flanders Red. Not overly thrilled with some of the flavors.

Photo of sweemzander
2.63/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12.7oz. bottle poured into a stemmed glass. Bottled on 09-04-14.

(A)- Pours a deep/dark muddy brown color with reddish highlights. Produced a nice frothy tan head that dissipated to bubbles.

(S)- Not much coming through on this. Some subtle dry oaky vinegar funk.

(T)- A mild vinegar/vinous quality. Very subtle oaky acidity. A very shallow/clean finish.

(M)- A clean/smooth carbonation level. Very shallow and an empty mid-palate and finish.

(D)- Too straightforward and mild. Not a whole lot going on here to mention much at all.

Photo of tbeckett
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at Drink Bar in Tallinn. Served in a wine glass. From notes.

A - Poured a dark, dark red with a brownish one finger khaki head. No visible carbonation. Leaves good retention and no lacing.

S - Sour cherry, candi sugar, and oak.

T - Sour cherry and a serious woody component. Not as nice as the aroma.

M - Strong carbonation and a light body. Finish is odd as it just vanishes without lingering at all.

O/D - Not too bad but the finish was a little disapointing. Definately a starter for the style.

Photo of colforbin73
3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

i thought the rondenbach grand cru was dreadful... so, you might say i am not a big fan of the style. but i will try and give a fair review here.

pours a murky red brown with a thin rim of tan foam. the smell alerts you: Warning! this is not a beer -- sweet and sour, slightly spicey.

the taste is, again, not very beer/ale like. it's carbonated but it's juicy -- kind of like a sour juice -- more like a strawberry soda, than a beer. it's not bad -- but i don't get a lot of malt, and basically 0 hops -- qualities i appreciate in my ale and beer.

i am still drinking this only out of curiosity -- trying to imagine when i might want it -- maybe on a sail boat. i could see drinking it on a super windy day with a red-onion-on-rye sandwhich.

otherwise -- note to self: avoid Flanders Red Ale

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

A: This poured a clear dark crimson with quickly dissipating tan head.
S: It smelled like sweet prunes and sour cherries, with tobacco and caramel and candi sugar and oak. Kind of like a barrel aged cherry vanilla coke?
T: It tasted like juicy sour cherries and tart oak and sweet vanilla, with a little candi sugar and prunes. It had a very clean sweet and tart aftertaste.
M: It was thin and very bubbly, like champagne. Decent body for this style.
D: This was not nearly as sour or tart as expected, with nice sweet balance. Decent body and low alcohol made it easy to drink. I would consider this a gateway beer into the sour ales, but it's a bit bland if you're already used to lambics or more tart beers.

Photo of ptykozoon
2.76/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Ugly dirty brown.

Oak, sour grape, unripe apple.

Raisin, cherry, too sweet.

Syrupy sweetness gets in the way of body, taste and complexity. Flavors aren't particulary outstanding either.

Below average flanders red for me. Should have been less sweet, the sweetness should have been tastier and a tad more sour wouldn't hurt.

Photo of Kshock
3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

There was a lot of things i liked about this particular beer, but none of them took over and made the beer amazing. I feel its kind of stuck in the middle area between not bad, but not great, just ok. Nice sour notes on the palate, but not much nose to it. Its a well rounded beer, but nothing that makes me seek this out again, just another beer on the craft beer journey.

Photo of musicforairports
3.11/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours brown, with a nice head that goes fast and doesn't leave much lacing, as these beers tend to go.

Smell is muted and of overripe, tart cherries.

Taste is the wateriest I've had of the Flanders styles. The flavor that is here is mildly tart black cherries, but it's lacking much of a lactic sour component and isn't even very sweet, like some of the less sour ones tend to be. Quite watery.

Carbonated on the mouth and goes down easily.

The taste isn't bad, but it's not much. I'd go for lots of other Flanders beers over this, and they don't cost any more.

Photo of jayhawk73
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a dark red color w/ a one finger brown head, which quickly goes away. Lacing is average at best, probably a little below that. Good looking beer overall.

S- Smell is that of woody-ness, cherry, and a slight tartness. A little on the weak side from some others I've tried in this category. Seems a little one dimensional to me.

T- Very smooth for this category of beer, and not in a good way. It seems as all the flavors have been muted or watered down from what they should be. The taste also disappears faster than any beer I ever remember trying. It's literally gone in about 5 seconds. This might be a good introduction into this style of beer, but it misses the mark w/ me.

M- Lacking the tartness and feel of the best in this category. That's about it...

O- This is a good beer, it just seems as though it has been watered down in a lot of ways. Definitely check it out if you're new to the style, but there are better out there.

Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this beer up a couple days ago at Hop City in Atlanta. The guy who worked there said that they call this a "starter" Flanders, so I don't know how much I expect from this one. It is a "starter" Flanders for me too, but that is because this is the first one I am having before a Rodenbach. Here we go:

Appearance: Pours a pretty clear deep garnet color with a 1/2" of tan foam on top that was thick and creamy with some lace already being deposited on the glass just from the pour and a little swirling. After a couple minutes, the head was still a solid 1/2", and when you hold the beer to the light, you can see that there are numerous bubbles rising. There is some pretty solid lacing left after drinking.

Aroma: I am already getting some of the dark caramel and sweet/sour cherries that you expect with this style. As you get deeper into it, there is some subtle vinegar coming out. As the beer warms up some, the fruitiness is getting a bit stronger, but that is about the only other thing notable about the aroma.

Taste: The flavor is quite mild and light from the notes that you could pick up in the aroma. The body is medium to light with high carbonation, so it comes across the palate very drinkable...more so than most examples of this style, which I am not sure is a good thing. The malt is in charge of this beer from the beginning of the sip to what is to linger, but there are a whole bunch of other notes mixed in there to add subtle complexity. The finish is dry because of the carbonation and attenuation, but there isn't any harshness left on the back of the throat from roast, hops, or anything else.

Opinion: This really is a pretty good beer. I prefer my Flanders to be MUCH more bold, like Rodanbach, but this is still a good representation of the style and as they Hop City guy stated, it would be good for someone new to Flanders. It is actually easier to try than the Duchesse. All this said, I will stick to other examples, but I am glad that I tried this one and would definitely recommend it if you 9or your girlfriend) wanted to try something different and you aren't familiar with the Flanders styles. This would be a very good introduction to the style.

Photo of gatornation
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12.7 oz bottle code 090414

A-pours a clear dark garnet color with a small head and very little lacing reveals a film of fresh collar

S- smell fruits like cherries mixed with vinegar and musty oak
with barnyard wet hay some currant fruit

T- is a sour cherry with vinegar and wood some tart fruits and grape

M- is medium with low carbonation its tart lots of dark fruit ,with a vinegar taste

D- its a sour flanders but pretty easy to drink a 12.7 oz was enough for me..i will drink this one again but wont be seeking it out

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.

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.

Photo of ArrogantB
3.36/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

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.

Photo of womencantsail
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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.

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.

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.

Bacchus from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
84 out of 100 based on 449 ratings.