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Bacchus - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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Ratings: 397
Reviews: 181
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 12.16%
Wants: 8
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
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Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Flanders Oud Bruin |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 09-12-2002)
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alpinebryant

Connecticut

4.13/5  rDev +11.6%

Bottled 9.14.09

Pours a dark amber with brown around the edges. Very clear looking with white bubbles. A little darker than I am used to for the style, but looks good

Smell of oak, cherry, sour cream,

Taste of sour cream, flanders red with oak, cherry and biscuits. Definitely some vinegar, mixed with tart cherry. A good example, not my favorite. Finishes with some puckering astringency that is probably more a result of the sourness than how it was brewed.

Medium mouthfeel and a strong carbonation. Very impressive for a beer of 4.5% abv. One would think this is a much stronger beer and is amazing at that low of an abv

06-13-2010 04:02:07 | More by alpinebryant
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.28/5  rDev -11.4%

Appearance: brown, minimal head, medium carbonation, cloudy

Smell: sour mix, wood, earth, and dark cherries

Taste: sour mix, wood, earth, faint chocolate, and dark cherries

Mouthfeel: slightly sour, tart, watery, light body, low carbonation

Drinkability: I like this style and would choose this beer over several styles. That being said, this one is very light, and the sourness that I usually get is quite subdued. If I was looking for a beer, I would pick this up. If I was looking for a Flanders Red, I would see if there was something else on the shelf.

06-10-2010 16:30:14 | More by tigg924
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.78/5  rDev +2.2%

A well brewed Flander's Red, albeit a bit on the mild side.

Bacchus pours with a deep crimson/ruby color with a mystic glow and slight haze. A thin lace accumulates on top of the beer and covers most of the beer for most of the session. Good lacing despite the slight foamstance.

Medium tartness rises to the nose, decorated with obvious cherries, under-rippened berries, vinous-wine like notes, tanic oak, and cidery notes. Background aromas of toast and barley malt ride just behind all the fruit and yeast character. Quite complex and rounded.

Early flavors of tartness, cherries, and wood show up in moderately aggressive fashion. But those flavors quickly fade to softer flavors and mix well with the berries, cider, and musty notes. Interestingly the flavors remain muted through nearly the duration of the session. Light flavors of chocolate, nuttiness, and toast give a slight rebuttal to the sharp acidic tastes. The cherry character is more of a black cherry flavor instead of the usual bing or tart cherries. But the beer get quite bland for the style late.

The beer starts out acidic and mildly astringent. But as the sharper notes fall, the malt character rises and gives a bit of a creamy feel late, before fading into a last visit to the tart cherry flavors.

A good Flander's but lacks the intensity of flavors found in Duchesse du Burgogne or Rodenbach.

06-09-2010 03:34:24 | More by BEERchitect
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ccrida

Oregon

3.15/5  rDev -14.9%

375ml crown capped champagne bottle (bottled on 4/14/09). Poured into a tumbler, Bacchus is a clear caramel brown with a small tan head leaving scattered lace.

Smell is initially a bit metallic, iron/blood, sweet malt and a hint of red wine vinegar.

Taste is ok, very light on the tartness, which is something I love about Flanders Reds, and thin on flavor in general, not even particularly sweet or malty. Consequently, the iron note from the nose seems to dominate unpleasantly.

Mouthfeel is fairly acidic in spite of the lack of tartness in the taste. I can feel it coating my teeth, like tannins, which I don't think it is as I don't taste oak, and Flanders Reds are normally aged in stainless (it's oude bruins that get the oak, and normally have less tartness). Light body.

Drinkability is okay, in that it's bland and light (my palate adjusted to the iron and I was able to easily forget about it about a 1/3rd of the way through. However, it doesn't have the tartness or complexity that I look for in the style, and therefore was not worth the $7 it cost me to ever revisit. I can get a 750 of Rodenbach Grand Cru for only a little bit more!

06-06-2010 02:24:20 | More by ccrida
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev +8.1%

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle at our recent sour tasting.

The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is oak, tannins and red wine. The flavor is similar to red wine with some oak notes and caramel malt. Mild tartness and very dry. The beer has a somewhat watery mouthfeel and low carbonation.

05-31-2010 18:18:43 | More by Mora2000
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crossovert

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev +14.1%

375ml green capped bottle. Bottled on 09.04.14.

Pours into my tulip a deep purpleish red with hues of brown and a frothy light tan head that leaves a little lacing as it recedes.

It smells of oak and cherry, a nice blend of the two. Under that is a bit of vinegar and sour but not really enough to make the nostrils tingle.

This one has a really great flavor to me. One of the downfalls of this style is that it ends up being overly sweet, this one is the opposite. And it isn't very sour, but rather tart cherries. There is some oak in the flavor as well, and some nice complementary malts that add a bit of extra depth to the cherry. Initially there was some metallic aftertaste, but it quickly fades.

The mouthfeel is nicely carbonated and very nice for the style. It isn't overly syrupy.

This might be the best of this style that I have had, a solid beer.

05-27-2010 19:47:27 | More by crossovert
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augustgarage

California

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Completely different label art on mine. Bottled April 14, 2009. Poured from a 330mL bottle into my White Birch flute/tulip.

Dark murky burgandy body with sinopia and amber highlights. A sizable pearl head recedes to a quarter-finger head which leaves behind sandy lacing.

Light red wine vinegar along with a touch of toffee and faintly toasty malt in the nose.

Weak coffee, tart cherries, bread crusts, and a light vinuous flavor on the palate. I wouldn't mind a little more sourness and/or some funk. No off notes. Finishes fairly dry.

Mild astringency, brisk but moderate carbonation.

Decent, unexceptional example of the style - it might make a good introduction to sours, but there are more interesting variants out there...

05-09-2010 06:20:19 | More by augustgarage
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100floods

California

3.9/5  rDev +5.4%

pours a vinegar brown with no head. This beer smells pleasantly of vinegar/ketchup. There have been a few other's in this style, namely the Duchess, that have a similar smell, but this has more a vinegar aroma. Medium carbination, the sweet flavors kick through the bubbles the most. If this beer was ketchup it would be the best ketchup ever. I'm not well versed on Flanders Red Ales, but i'm a huge fan nonetheless. This combines a hint of sour with a nice sweet flavor found in bruins. The bottle tells you nothing of the beer's style and I was pleasantly surprised to pour this beer to find out its style. To be honest, there's nothing super special about his beer other than it's very tasty. It's less intense than the Duchess which is good for people interested in the style. CHECK THIS SHIT OUT!

05-09-2010 02:40:14 | More by 100floods
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popery

California

3.78/5  rDev +2.2%

A decent sour, though a bit mild. This one is mostly acidic, but the beer is rather light in flavor and feel, at least relatively fresh, so it's still fairly easy to drink. Bacchus pours a deep red with a shade or two of brown, small ecru head. Aroma is too mild but there are some nice sweet and sour cherry notes and hints of grain. Flavor is a bit better with more acidity, a light funk and mild malt. Feel is a bit thin, which isn't really a big surprise, but it's still a fairly easy beer to drink.

04-26-2010 04:05:30 | More by popery
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tpd975

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

on tap at hopcat

A: Pours a slightly hazy murky shade of reddish brown with a small tan head. No retention or lace.

S: Aromas of sour berries, mild spice, and a hints of sweet cherry juice.

T: Flavors of red berries, both sweet and tart. Mild wood, vanilla, and spice.

M: Medium in body, pretty smooth.

D: Easy to drink. Not the best, but solid as a whole.

04-12-2010 14:22:54 | More by tpd975
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Billolick

New York

3.95/5  rDev +6.8%

12.7 ounce green bottle, black foil over the cap, no bargain at $5.99 @ DeCicco market in Ardsley, NY. Bottled on 4-14-09. Dark brown with a burnt red hue. Thick light mocha head, that stays and stays, then goes to a thick film, collar, and respectable if not amazing strands of lace. I get a healthy load of must and tart fruit in the nose. Ah Flanders Red, what a wonderful style and this one was not bad, moderatly tart, no real sour bite, some tart cherry notes. A bit more musty character midway and in the finish. Not bad, I think some stinky cheese and crusty bread would compliment this selection well. Worth a try. Good gateway sour/Belgian red.

03-22-2010 23:30:33 | More by Billolick
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.48/5  rDev -5.9%

Sampled 1702, Tucson AZ; September 2009
This beer arrives from the tap served in a tulip glass. It is topped by a frothy, almost two-finger thick, amber tanned head. The beer is a darkish, brown-amber color that shows a deep, clear red color when held up to the light. The aroma smells quite fruity with rich cherry notes taking the lead role here. Tartness seems to be missing from the aroma, at least it isn't overly noticeable by me, though it is likely an acetic note that is bringing out the cherry notes. Cherry skin note add some complexity here and the nose smells somewhat sweet, other notes of children's aspiring and some berry notes add a hint of complexity to what is otherwise a somewhat weak aroma.

Despite the sweetness in the nose the beer tastes quite dry as it first hits my tongue. The beer is most definitely tart, thank goodness, despite not smelling tart at all. The flavor really comes off as washed out though, even watery somehow. There is a soft acetic presence along with a lactic sourness; this is more tart tasting than sour and there is a sweetness that kicks in towards the middle of each sip and continues through to the sweetness; this light sweetness tempers the tartness even more. The beer tastes fruity as well, though perhaps not as pronounced as it was in the flavor; cherry notes are most noticed, but perhaps there is a hint of raspberry as well. A hint of tannins adds some structure towards the finish and there is a very soft malt presence (a hint of toasted malt and a touch of caramel are just perceptible). Really the flavors are just too light here, I really feel like someone took the volume on a normal sour beer and muted the hell out of it. Fairly light bodied, though not overly thin, this beer seems made for quaffing by the pint.

There is quite a nice mix of flavors to this beer, but it really has just been watered down too much. A more concentrated version would likely be phenomenal & for this reason I find this beer quite disappointing.

03-07-2010 16:01:17 | More by Gueuzedude
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MikeBuff

California

3.68/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

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

Virginia

2.55/5  rDev -31.1%

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.

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

California

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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.

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

New Hampshire

3.53/5  rDev -4.6%

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.

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

New Hampshire

2.7/5  rDev -27%

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.

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

Maryland

3.35/5  rDev -9.5%

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.

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

Wisconsin

4.22/5  rDev +14.1%

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!

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

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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.

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

Virginia

4.15/5  rDev +12.2%

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.

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

California

3.28/5  rDev -11.4%

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.

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

Virginia

4.3/5  rDev +16.2%

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.

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

Indiana

3.48/5  rDev -5.9%

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.

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

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -1.4%

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.

07-13-2009 18:54:47 | More by jrallen34
Bacchus from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
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