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Bacchus - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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397 Ratings
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Ratings: 397
Reviews: 181
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 12.16%
Wants: 8
Gots: 24 | 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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3.94/5  rDev +6.5%

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.

02-22-2014 02:45:31 | More by StaveHooks
Photo of charlzm


3.99/5  rDev +7.8%

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...

02-18-2014 02:17:16 | More by charlzm
Photo of BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.84/5  rDev +3.8%

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.

02-12-2014 11:36:54 | More by BlackHaddock
Photo of buzzardman


3.29/5  rDev -11.1%

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

02-10-2014 03:42:07 | More by buzzardman
Photo of ManforallSaisons


3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

02-08-2014 18:17:19 | More by ManforallSaisons
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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

02-05-2014 15:00:21 | More by psoriasaurus
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District of Columbia

3.31/5  rDev -10.5%

The beer is a rusty brown hue. Initially, there is a small head but this quickly fades to nil, giving a still appearance. The aroma brings sweet and sour cherry, musty basement, vinegar. Tart fruit, cranberry, raisins. Perhaps more sweet than sour. Apple juice and maraschino cherries. Low carbonation with a sugary finish. This was just ok.

02-03-2014 04:42:19 | More by Huhzubendah
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

01-28-2014 03:38:17 | More by ThreeFishes
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South Dakota

4/5  rDev +8.1%

01-25-2014 22:00:16 | More by SD-Alefan
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

01-12-2014 23:48:31 | More by bsnone
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2.25/5  rDev -39.2%

01-05-2014 18:19:13 | More by Sirre
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

01-02-2014 18:59:58 | More by Synapstic
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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

01-02-2014 02:07:11 | More by rrski198
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

12-30-2013 00:03:36 | More by kylehay2004
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

12-29-2013 18:11:30 | More by tard24
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

12-23-2013 20:17:42 | More by MaxOhle
Photo of VincentFrey


2.93/5  rDev -20.8%

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.

12-21-2013 18:52:21 | More by VincentFrey
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South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

12-21-2013 04:53:14 | More by BeahDrinkah
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

12-17-2013 04:40:40 | More by humulusphile
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3.76/5  rDev +1.6%

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.

12-14-2013 05:54:49 | More by MrBoz21
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

12-13-2013 04:14:13 | More by craft_shannie
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

11-30-2013 00:54:37 | More by caverog
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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

11-27-2013 21:02:29 | More by BigTrubble
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

11-25-2013 01:03:54 | More by davewlfpckfan29
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Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -18.9%

11-22-2013 16:14:02 | More by HATS4BATS
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