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Bacchus - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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385 Ratings
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Ratings: 385
Reviews: 181
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 12.2%
Wants: 10
Gots: 18 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 09-12-2002)
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2.93/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pour / Appearance: Muddy brown, with heavy carbonation. Almost overflowed the bottle, but poured better. No real head or lacing to speak of once the initial bubbles fade. Not a pretty beer at all, and much more fitting to the oud bruin style than I was expecting from the red mug being held by the fellow on the bottle. Worth noting is that this is aged from 9/30/11.

Aroma: Vinegar, cherries, and lactic. All there at once and intermingled. It's complex to pick out some of the individual notes, but nothing entirely great. As muddled as the coloration. The time in the bottle doesn't seem to have done it a ton of good anywhere but carb from wild yeasts.

Taste: Cherry and cranberry. Almost sickeningly sweet, actually, until a big lactic punch on the tongue. Still, so softened by fruit, it's not much to speak of. Is this secretly a kriek or any kind of fruited red? Apparently, after a little research, they also make a Bacchus Frambozen but no labeling here indicates I got the wrong bottle. Hrm. Basically, this is not at all what I expect from an oud bruin and worse for it.

Overall: I don't really care for it, but it's not bad. It's probably quite good for someone just getting into oud bruin or sours in general, and it's got less vinegar than a lot of the style (that said, the lack of acidity predicates this).

Bottom Line: I won't be buying again, but you might like it if you enjoy krieks, frambois, any sort of fruited lambic or oud bruin. I'm not entirely sure what I paid, but I'm sure it'd covered the cost of a 750ml of Rodenbach Grand Cru or a 4pk of Festina Peche. Rather have either of those.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2013 18:52:21 | More by VincentFrey
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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Poured with ½ inch tan foam, settles into persistent tan cap. Thick lacing runs down side of glass, but does not stick. Dark caramel color, 75% opaque. Moderately effervescent.
Aroma – plum wine and raison and cherry.
Taste: Mild tanginess, cherry tart, not sweet – some sour apple… flavor rests on tip of tongue, but dissipates in mid mouth. Finishes dry.
Mouthfeel: Dry and champagn-like tingly.
A very refreshing and balanced but lacks depth.

Serving type: bottle

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Romania

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California

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deschutes_fan

Idaho

3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

375mL bottle dated 02/28/12

- Pours a deep chestnut brown, minimal foam but some carbonation.

- Smells of nice fruit, funk, vinegar tart... like a good belgium oud bruin should.

- Taste is mostly a mild cherry tart with some malt and maybe hints of oak. Flavor profile is straight forward and pleasant.

- Overall a decent oud bruin, nothing offensive and nothing too special. Lacking complexity and I was hoping for more of a sour punch, as the nose was hinting it could have. At the price of $7/375mL, I would choose Rodenbach Grand Cru instead, everytime.

Serving type: bottle

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New York

3.69/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12.7oz bottle

Bottled on: 04/14/09

This has been sitting in my fridge since the beginning of 2011. Bacchus pours reddish brown in color with an almost nonexistent head. The aroma is made up predominantly of sour cherries. I can make out a slight vinegary/musty oak aroma, but it's faint. However, this becomes more apparent as the beer warms up.

By what the smell indicated, I thought I would get more of a tartness in the flavor, but it was mild at best; finishes dry.

Overall: Is Bacchus a watered down version of what a true flanders oud bruin should be? Possibly, but it works here, especially for a beer at 4.5% ABV.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2013 01:03:21 | More by Goldfish19
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snaotheus

Washington

3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle split between 5oz sampler glasses (for comparison with Rodenbach Grand Cru). Bottled On date is 110705.

Pours cloudy, brown, very small head. Some carbonation. Smell is tart, fruity, very nice.

Taste is tart, but not heavily. Fruity, maybe cherry, fairly mild.

Mouthfeel is dry and smooth. Overall, this is a pretty darn good beer.

In comparison, the Grand Cru seems sweeter and fruitier and brighter in terms of flavor -- it just seems to have more going on.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2013 21:43:23 | More by snaotheus
Bacchus from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
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