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Bacchus - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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418 Ratings
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Ratings: 418
Reviews: 183
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 12.74%
Wants: 9
Gots: 26 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V. visit their website
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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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

huntermop, Jun 26, 2014
Photo of MonkeyDunk
4.19/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12.7 oz bottle, bottled on 2/14/2012, drunk on 6/20/2014 (2+ years old).

A: Poured a root beer brown.

S: Nose of banana, orange peel, leather. Funkdified.

T: Flavor is banana, sour orange and grapefruit, plums, jasmine flowers, then as it warms in my mouth it changes to leather and meat. Lightly sweet and low bitterness. Excellent--complex, unique yet smooth and quite balanced.

M: Champagne bubbles in the mouth, giving it a creamy, velvety mouthfeel, but it's not viscous. Dry finish, sour lingers.

Overall one of the best flemish reds I've had (and I've been tasting a number of them lately), can't wait to introduce this one to friends.

MonkeyDunk, Jun 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

Texasfan549, Jun 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

tykechandler, Jun 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

NWHopinator, Jun 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

kybeerdrinker, May 11, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Boski, Apr 28, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

RoyFokker, Apr 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

SierraJosh, Apr 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

510a, Apr 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

afsdan, Apr 08, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

snakeayes11, Apr 05, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

DudMan, Mar 31, 2014
Photo of Badger6
3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12.7 fl oz bottle, bottled on February 14, 2012. Sampled on March 30, 2014. Over 2 years old.

A: Hazy reddish tinted brown body with a minimal tan head that vanished completely, leaving a small ring of bubbles at the glass edge.

S: Distinctly tart in the aroma. Cherries, wet grains, leather.

T: Follows the nose. Tart flavor is more pronounced. Sour cherry notes are clear, accompanied by some other tart fruits and hints of caramel sweetness. Finishes cleanly and dry.

M: Medium body, almost carbonation. Dry on the palate.

O: The bottle recommends a temperature of 41°F, a temperature some might think is too cold for a specialty beer. Absolutely sample it at this flavor, as it really allows the tartness of this beer to shine. It is funky in flavor, but this is part of the character, and actually quite enjoyable.

Badger6, Mar 30, 2014
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3.61/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I recently bought several different Belgians to try out after a trip to Brussels. This one is good quality Belgian Dark Ale. Has subtle tastes of spices with minor after taste. It works well with charcuterie and cheeses. It's a good overall beer but I wish it had more flavor. But does not stand out and for the price you can find better brews.

Goalcam, Mar 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

LooseMoose1978, Mar 07, 2014
Photo of Immortale25
3.56/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on-tap at Bier Garden Asheville. Served in a Bacchus pint glass.

A- Pours a reddish medium brown color with a 1/2 inch tan head that retains decently before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a thick ring behind.

S- Vinegary aroma with some hints of cherry and other dark fruit.

T- Mildly tart cherry flavor with not as much vinegar as in the aroma. Slightly glassy and a bit watery.

M- A bit dry with a very slight pucker. Medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- Lacks character. Needs to be more sour or at least have more fruit flavor.

Immortale25, Feb 25, 2014
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3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7oz dark green bottle served in Westy12 chalice.

A - Clear ruby/brown color with a feeble tan head that vanishes completely.

S - Wet grain, oxidation, cherries, apple cider vinegar when warmed, old caramel, musty leather, sharp.

T - Follows the nose with the exception of more tartness. Wet grains, cherry syrup, it's sweet but tart like SweetTart candies. Apple cider vinegar, lactic sourness. As the beer warms it increases in tartness. Notions of caramel and tart fruit. Finishes, dry and lactic.

M- Medium body, low carbonation, slightly syrupy,

Heavily oxidized and not very tasty when cold but has good tartness when warmed up. Do not drink this cold! It transforms from tasting like a mistake to a snappy, apple cider vinegar sourness that bites with sharpness and still has sweetness to round it out. Glad I let it warm up.

StaveHooks, Feb 22, 2014
Photo of charlzm
3.99/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Consumed February 14th, 2014 from a 12.7 ounce bottle labeled "Bottled on 02/14/2012". I had it on its second birthday! Beer was poured into tulip glass.

Dark/medium brown fluid with beautiful garnet highlights. A fizzy one finger head formed and dissipated into nothing at all within about one minute.

Aroma is sour cherries.

Flavor: sour cherries (surprise!), somewhat woody and richly malty: nutty. Very low bitterness. Well-balanced between tart and sweet, with neither flavor character dominating. Cheesy funk is a grace note in the background.

Unremarkable mouthfeel.

Nicely executed and easy to drink. We'll meet again...

charlzm, Feb 18, 2014
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3.84/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Usual wrapped, cork and caged 37.5cl bottle: opened in De Kuppe, Brugge on 31st Jan 2014.

Pours a murky brown with a red hue here and there, the head a thin covering of off-white.

Off wine aroma with some sour cherry hints: not as powerful as I expected though, nor as acidic or sour.

The taste is tart though, mixed old fruit barrel feel to the flavour, woody, earthy and with an overriding semi-sourness from the fruitiness.

A beer I've been meaning to try on my last three or four visits to Belgium, glad I made the effort to finally buy one.

BlackHaddock, Feb 12, 2014
Photo of buzzardman
3.29/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Aroma: Nice funky smells itch hint of fruit which drops away as quickly as the head.

Appearance: Clear Reddish brown. Head builds then falls quickly to nothing.

Flavor: light tartness, fizzy like sparkling cranberry, background malt.

Mouthfeel: Dry slightly tart. Very thin light body.

Overall: My First Flanders red. Not bad but not much to it. Very fruity cranberry taste not much on the sour side like the first smell would suggest. Don't think id buy again.
12.7oz bottle $6.99

buzzardman, Feb 10, 2014
Bacchus from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
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