Bourgogne Des Flandres - Brouwerij Timmermans-John Martin N.V.
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3.95/5 rDev +13.5%
Poured into a stemmed tulip: Deep plum-brown body with faint crimson highlights under a finger of khaki head.
Smells of Concord jelly, tart cherries, slight balsamic vinegar. A little on the sweet side for my liking but not bad. Some cocoa shows up, & a toasted, sweet breadiness, like pie crust.
Tart cherry skins at first in the taste, some green apple, mild cocoa, a little caramel, with that vinegar twist kicking in again. Again, on the sweet side, but some pretty good flavors going on here.
Medium-bodied, but somehow turns a little thin & (I'm not sure how else to put this) artificial, like the sweetness from a lollipop. Lightly chalky, in a good way.
As mentioned several times, this was a little too sweet for me to be loving it, but I'd have another one any day.
07-11-2012 21:49:35 | More by OneDropSoup
2.3/5 rDev -33.9%
Thanks for opening this with me, UCLABrewN84!
(Aged for 2+ years)
Clear dark crimson and burgundy with a small light khaki colored head that leaves spots of lace down the glass.
A very sweet aroma with some medicinal cherry and grape aroma. There's some candied strawberry syrup aroma as well. There's very little tart/sour character.
The flavor too is astoundingly sweet. This reminds me of strawberry and cherry syrup with just a touch of bitterness. There's very little oak flavor or complexity, either.
Medium bodied with low carbonation.
Not a very good representation of the style.
06-28-2012 22:26:39 | More by ehammond1
3.53/5 rDev +1.4%
Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.
Pours chestnut and then hits with and extremely dark brown with barley a hint of red body. A tan head is made with perhaps some fluffy consistency but settles slowly, but leaves a good collar. Dark brew.
Nose is sweet and interesting. Dry sweet clove, perhaps mace and brown sugar.
Palate hits with a very grape box sweetness. Grape juice Welches quality to the palate with a mild brown sugar. Light bodied with some density but a little hit of wet. Prickly carbonation, matches the sweetness and blurs the line between grape soda and prickly beer.
Overall this is a little too sweet for my tastes, and it's also a bit too soda like strangely. I would have it over many other beers, but I certainly don't feel the need to want to have this again.
06-27-2012 00:30:50 | More by smakawhat
4/5 rDev +14.9%
Cork date 2.2010.
This pours a ruddy brown with tremendous foam sitting atop it. Looks good.
The aroma is reminiscent of sour cherries, or gourmet/fancy maraschino cherries, with a flavor to match. I think of sweet vermouth and black cherries, like 2/3rds of an expertly made Manhattan, with a sweetness matched by a mild tartness. I get some of that vermouth/bitters aroma, a layered, aged sense of different herbs and spices coming together and mellowing out, and the taste of cherries running throughout. Terribly enjoyable and readily accessible.
06-12-2012 19:33:49 | More by elNopalero
2.43/5 rDev -30.2%
Bottle I brought to share at DarthKostrizer's tasting.
Bottled on 1/7/10.
Pours a clear brown with a khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, sugar, and some very slight sour aromas. Taste is of malt and sugar with no tartness whatsoever. This beer has a pretty good level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty poor beer and a horrible example of the style.
06-03-2012 21:43:09 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.38/5 rDev -2.9%
Clear amber brown body. Decent off white head dissapates quickly.
Light caramel aroma. Slightly funky. Little sour, rasins. Not an intense aroma.
Flavors are subtle as well. Lightly sour dark sweet malt. Rasins maybe a touch of vanilla.
Enjoyable sour. Won't light the world on fire, but easy dinker. The duchess light.
05-14-2012 00:56:55 | More by bfields4
United Kingdom (England)
3.43/5 rDev -1.4%
I just brought this back from a trip to Belgium, and I think it may have suffered during the flight. The bottle was still sealed, but missing a portion of the contents - perhaps it leaked out at altitude? Who knows, but I thought I'd better get on and crack it open. Still slightly carbonated, so hopefully not a complete disaster....
A 330ml bottle with a BB of March 2014. Picked up from a supermarket in Bruges last week. The bottle image features the famous belfry from the city centre.
Poured into a Delirium chalice. A deep reddish-brown hue with low carbonation. Virtually no head; a hint of light brown froth that vanishes fleetingly. A sweet, sour, woody aroma - notes of tart cherries, subtle sherry, brown sugar and a vinegary twang in the background.
The taste is sweet, with a fruity sourness and a short, dry finish. Notes of cherries, sherry, brown sugar, malt and hints of vinegar and wood. A dry acidity upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and dry but a tad flat (even for a supposedly aged style). Lacks body. Mild aftertaste of vinegary sourness and tart cherries.
Not bad, though I find it a little too sweet and in need of improved body. The low carbonation is also a weak point, though this may have been caused by poor handling (my fault). Otherwise, it has the classic fruity sourness of a flanders red - distinct but restrained. A decent representative of these unique Belgian beers. Worth trying.
05-12-2012 00:56:54 | More by jazzyjeff13
3.8/5 rDev +9.2%
330 ml bottle-date 10/26/2010. Poured bottle into pint glass.
A: Brown with reddish hues when held up to light. A couple fingers worth of foam which lingers throughout the beer
S: Malts, sugar, fruits
T: Taste for me was better than the smell. Sweet & tart taste of cherries. Good balance between the two. Was kind of surprised at the finish: that the tartness/sweetness didn't linger at all.
M: Medium mouthfeel, surprising amount of carbonation with this beer being 18 months old.
O: Picked this one up on a whim. Saw this bottle right next to Duchesse De Bourgogne at my local bottle shop and figured worth a try. About to open the Duchesse de Bourgogne and will post on that one soon.
04-12-2012 00:19:14 | More by Firkin-Bunghole
3.4/5 rDev -2.3%
11.2 oz bottle, poured into a tulip.
Starts off with a finger of eggshell head, which diminishes to a light covering within a few minutes and then sticks around. Dark maroon, with a ruby red tint to it, and not a ton of light making it through.
The smell has a funky yeastiness to it, with tart cherries at the forefront.
Balanced and easy drinking. Up front, this ale meets the palate smoothly, with a sweet, almost soda-like cherry flavor. Sweetness is in check, but definitely something to have when you're in the mood. A pleasing dark cherry aftertaste, would be really nice if it lasted just a tad longer. The mouthfeel suits the taste: lightly carbonated, wet, refreshing.
Easy going, perhaps unremarkable. I enjoyed drinking Bourgogne des Flandres Brown Ale, but it'd be hard to justify dropping the dollars to have it again.
02-25-2012 03:01:20 | More by troysoy2
4/5 rDev +14.9%
Arrives amazingly dark, Ruby would be paler in comparison. Nice 1" head sits atop it though it is gone in a couple of minutes. Good lacing.
Smell is very tart and sour with cherry dominant and lesser notes of cardboard and vanilla.
Taste is cherry and malt, sour and tart. Delicious.
Medium bodied and medium effervescence. ABV is not at all noticeable. Aftertaste is less tart, more malt. Not as good, to me at least, as Duchess du Borgogne, but in the neighborhood.
02-10-2012 02:55:04 | More by PorterLambic
Bourgogne Des Flandres from Brouwerij Timmermans-John Martin N.V.
79 out of 100 based on 256 ratings.