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Bacchus - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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Ratings: 421
Reviews: 183
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 13.01%
Wants: 9
Gots: 26 | 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:
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(Beer added by: Jason on 09-12-2002)
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Photo of PhillyStyle
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.

PhillyStyle, Mar 30, 2009
Photo of DoubleJ
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.

DoubleJ, Mar 09, 2009
Photo of glid02
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.

glid02, Feb 11, 2009
Photo of goschool
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.

goschool, Jan 04, 2009
Photo of illidurit
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.

illidurit, Dec 25, 2008
Photo of Hojaminbag
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.

Hojaminbag, Dec 02, 2008
Photo of brewcrew76
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.

brewcrew76, Nov 23, 2008
Photo of emerge077
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.

emerge077, Nov 19, 2008
Photo of weeare138
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.

weeare138, Oct 24, 2008
Photo of neenerzig
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.


neenerzig, Oct 20, 2008
Photo of Halcyondays
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.

Halcyondays, Jul 19, 2008
Photo of GClarkage
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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 +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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 +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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 -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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 +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.
84 out of 100 based on 421 ratings.