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Bacchus - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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Ratings: 410
Reviews: 182
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 12.43%
Wants: 8
Gots: 25 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 09-12-2002)
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Photo of GClarkage
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%

4/20/08- Had on tap at the Toronado during Belgian Beer Month.

Presentation- Via the tap into a tulip-wine style glass.

Appearance- Deep chestnut in color, 1/4 inch off white dirty looking head. Excellent lace sheeting.

Smell- Very mild scented nose. Touch of semi-sour cherry and a dash of roasted malt.

Taste- Very mildly sour for a Flanders. Semi sweet-sour candied cherries. Sour bite is very short lived, but it is very flavorful.

Mouthfeel- Medium to lower carbonation rate with a more sour aftertaste than during the actual consumption??? Odd.

Drinkability- Perfectly fine Flanders. Wish it was a bit more sour, but it does work nice the way it is.

GClarkage, Apr 23, 2008
Photo of MiScusi
4.22/5  rDev +14.1%

On tap at Stone World Bistro & Gardens. I had this back to back with a Monk's Cafe Flemish Sour. Both had about the same fruitiness to them, but this Bacchus had a slightly more sharp sourness whereas the Monk's Cafe was more muted in that respect. I think the Bacchus also had a somewhat lighter body and the Monk's felt a bit more soft.

MiScusi, Mar 22, 2008
Photo of TheEclecticGent
2.68/5  rDev -27.6%

I had this beer on tap in its signature glass at the Brasserie Beck in Washington, DC. It poured a medium/dark ruby color with an off white medium head (abt. ¼ inch). The smell is light, tangy, and ever-so-slightly musty. The taste is a bit watery. It has all the ear marks of a Flemish Sour but they all seem too light to my palette. It has a mild lactic bite, but not enough, it aftertaste is also weak. Mouthfeel is medium with light carbonation.
I like it OK but not super impressed. I would have it again but I can think of several that I would prefer over this one.

TheEclecticGent, Feb 07, 2008
Photo of thierrynantes
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%

Beer bottle (25cl) tasted in 1999, matured in oak barrels
Appearance: dark beer with a beautiful hat foam
Smell: nose vinegared
Taste and mouthfeel: Forested mouth with hints of caramel, in a final slight acidity
Drinkability: a good beer in the style of red Flemish ales

Review added 12-08-2007, translated from french 1-20-2008.

thierrynantes, Dec 08, 2007
Photo of dogfooddog
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%

very dark red beer, pours with small head and has an attractive, somewhat sweet malty nose. there is something slightly sour about it (I didn't realize this was flemish sour style until I smelled this). Label notes sugar as an ingredient.

taste is somewhat malty, again, with the typical sourness of the style being slightly less prominent. I wonder how old the components of this beer are, and what % of unaged beer might be in it - the only 'information' on the label states that this is made 'respecting an old flemish recipe.'

Overall the sourness is mild and refreshing, and the beer is decent enough. Many afficionados of the style will want something with more punch (panil bariquee or rodenbach, for example) but this is pleasant enough and a nice thirst-quencher.

dogfooddog, Nov 20, 2006
Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%

The beer poured into the Unibroue tulip (just seemed like the right size), slightly hazy amber brown with a low head that dissappeared in an instant to leave no traces of lace on the glass.

The aroma was earthy and slightly tart with a low acidic character. The aroma was dirty in a Belgian ale sort of character, but not overly sour from the aroma.

The flavor was not sour and not dry. This beer was probably sweetened. The flavor contained a light a present sweetness that was not quite balanced by a drying sourness. The flavor was fruity with cherries being the most prevalent but still presented at a low level.

The finish was dry with just a light chalky flavor that continued lightly into the aftertaste. The body was medium and the carbonation was fairly low. Nothing much to get excited about.

25 cl bottle. 05-2006 on label.

GCBrewingCo, Nov 29, 2005
Photo of bruachan
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%

wee 25cl bottle. pours into my st. bernardus chalice with little head (even with an aggressive pour) that quickly heads for the door, despite tangible coarbonation. fairly dark tobacco sunburst effect with ruby highlights. the nonhead leaves some decent lacing, incidentally

funky aroma of aging (though the label says march). tart flanders red aroma with some sweet cranberry

nice tartness but not overly tasteful. little fruitniness. i'm a sucker for the style, so i liked it, but it's no rodenbach

bruachan, Nov 28, 2005
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%

Bottle: Poured a clear red colored beer with a small head that quickly disappeared. Aroma of oak is clearly present thought not has much as in other example such as Rodenbach. Taste is slightly tart with some nice touch of oak and very subtle cheery. Probably of the best effort from this brewery.

Phyl21ca, Oct 03, 2005
Photo of Globetrotter
3.1/5  rDev -16.2%

Found in a Moscow grocery store, this brew comes in a tiny 25cl brown tapered bottle with a fairly plain label. Unfiltered and bottle conditioned, the ingredients fit the purity law. Best before April 2004, I opened it on 9/9/03.

Interestingly, the Russian translation of the label declares this a "pale" beer. Not likely. Deep mahogany red that is remarkably clear for an unfiltered beer. The head was very fizzy and so short lived I didn't even get a chance to notice the color. My guess, based on the collar that still sits above the liquid, would be reddish tan. The nose is full of cherry. The mouth is very carbonated and heavy with fruit sweetness. The cherry attacks the tastebuds immediately, hitting with both sweet and sour. Malt lurks somewhere in the background, but never overcomes the fruit. The aftertaste is clearly sour cherry. Not bad, if this is what you like. I don't, particularly.

Globetrotter, Sep 09, 2003
Photo of rastaman
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%

Quite a refreshing ale, sweetish start, with a tart sourness towards the finish, as always a cherry-ish flavour and slight caramel maltyness, enjoyable flanders red, even though its not the best.

rastaman, Sep 12, 2002
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Bacchus from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
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