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Zoetzuur Flemish Ale - De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

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88
very good

292 Ratings
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Ratings: 292
Reviews: 191
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 13.78%
Wants: 27
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot) visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Flanders Red Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: marburg on 11-15-2004)
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Reviews by kzoobrew:
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kzoobrew

Michigan

3.03/5  rDev -22.7%

Cherry stained amber colored body. A one finger white head sits atop momentarily. The head recedes rather quickly. There is a somewhat surprising amount of lacing left with such a modest head.

Sweet cherry juice overpowering upfront. A sour fruit aroma attempts to temper the sweetness just behind. The aroma is very candy like. Warmth brings forward more brett characteristics which were very subtle when cold. The bit of funk still does little to improve the candied aroma upfront.

Sweet cherry juice upfront becomes a bit more tart as it moves towards the back of the palate. The upfront flavor is again far too candylike. The flavor is most intense on the back of the palate. A combination of leathery, dusty funk and cranberry lingers.

Light bodied, moderate carbonation. The sweetness lingers and keeps the finish from becoming dry.

A rather underwhelming beer. The sweetness is a bit too much, very artificial flavor. Small servings are suggested with this beer. A little goes a long way.

12-18-2011 22:49:25 | More by kzoobrew
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RoyalT

Ohio

3.45/5  rDev -12%

Appearance –The head here was off-white and about a half-inch high on an easy pour. It sat on a very dark, almost brown liquid body.

Smell – The sharp yeasty sourness sticks the nose sharply. It smells like pure lemon in there with a tad of malt.

Taste – The lemon isn’t as big on the tongue as it is in the bouquet, but it’s pretty hefty. The malts are lightly-toasted but not bready in any way. It’s more of a barley-type of flavor.

Mouthfeel – The exciting carbonation and light body in the mouth help the flavors along nicely.

Drinkability – This was fun to drink, but a one on one with a bomber of Zoetzuur is asking a lot of the palate.

01-19-2006 03:11:40 | More by RoyalT
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DaPeculierDane

Wisconsin

4.47/5  rDev +14%

Poured into a snifter a cherry wood light brown with a plenty of white head and decent lacing. Aroma is sharp. There is some funk foretold by the nose, hints of lemon, and plenty of tart cherry. The taste is funky but not unbalanced. Apple and kriek like cherry come through. Mild sourness and tartness meld nicely with the carbonation to play upon the tongue. Somewhat dusty. Straightforward and not terribly complicated but very well done none the less. Guzzelable.

07-02-2007 02:37:33 | More by DaPeculierDane
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Beaver13

Colorado

2.83/5  rDev -27.8%

750 ml bottle. Pours hazy reddish amber with a smallish creamy white head that goes to a thin film and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is tart sour cherries and some funky yeast with a little wood.

The flavor is sweet sugary cherries with a little sour tartness. There are some acidic cardboard notes and a bit of an odd finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, it's almost good. Too sweet with odd off-notes.

02-11-2013 05:30:11 | More by Beaver13
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bishopdc0

Maine

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

12-28-2013 07:39:33 | More by bishopdc0
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Billolick

New York

4.22/5  rDev +7.7%

Large bottle, typical Belgian broad shouldered bottle. Pours tequilla sunrise red, the head is soft, fluffy head a dull shade of medium khaki, that leaves thick sheeting and reveals an earthy nose, with some funky components. This a spiced up and warming brew. Spices seem to be in the neighborhood of mild holiday. Tasty and complex, with notes of ripe cherries and other fruits as it warms and opens up. Delicious brew. Interesting and different. Eclectic Belgian lovers will surely enjoy this one

11-20-2009 04:29:12 | More by Billolick
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev +2%

The beer pours a hazy brown-red color with a white head. The aroma is tart with some sour wheat, lemons, brett funk and vegetables. The flavor is sour wheat, citrus, lemons, sour dark fruit, corn, green vegetables and cherries. A very odd mix of flavors but I think it works pretty well. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

07-01-2010 04:21:17 | More by Mora2000
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magictrokini

California

3.65/5  rDev -6.9%

Bottle. Pours reddish amber with a thick cream-colored head. Aroma of apples and cherries, with some stinky cheese. Taste vastly improves as the beer warms. Cherry, caramel, and malt up front that turns sour quickly when cold, but smoothly when warmer. A tart, sweet finish. Definitely a sipper.

12-05-2008 22:59:49 | More by magictrokini
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harryragg

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +27.6%

11-22-2013 00:00:41 | More by harryragg
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dza360

Kansas

4.53/5  rDev +15.6%

Pours a muddy opaque copper, thin white head lingers throughout the glass.

Smell immediately leaves a sour and musty funk impression which leaves my mouth watering. Beyond the initial funk is some earthy and metallic notes.

The beer tastes outstanding... having tried 3 or 4 different takes on the style this one stands out as the most balanced I have come across. The sour is present for sure, but it has so much more to offer compared to the other examples of the style I have tried. Their is a distinct dryness coupled with a green apple bite like you might find in a white wine. Nothing is overbearing and I am just enjoying the bottle more and more as it warms. The carbonation is moderate to low and just fine for this brew.

I would rate the drink ability high for this style because of the great balance achieved. With other sours I have had a hard time finishing a bottle, but this one keeps me wanting more.

Can't say enough about how much I admire this brew from a fine brewery. De Proef has been a great find for me so far and this brew is at the top of the list.

12-01-2009 05:46:54 | More by dza360
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mj001jk

California

4.83/5  rDev +23.2%

Pours a hazy amber with reddish tones. Thick and creamy head of foam which persists, leaving an aromatic carpet of foam which jumps with citrus, cherries and bourbon. The hops cut the crisp maltiness with its subtle character and it is all freshness, very vibrant and joyful. I am really getting into the nose here...give me a minute or three...

Perfect carbonation and mouthfeel, a vibrant yet substantial character which slowly releases sweetness and dried fruit as it subsides. Dried apricot, sour cherries and ripe apples dominate the finish. The sourness accentuates but doesn't overpower, just like the champagne-like dryness; it is a tightrope act of finesse and balance, much appreciated by a novice to the world of sour beers. This one takes the cake for me.

I ended up pouring some into my 5gl batch of Kriek fermenting away in the bathroom. It is going to end up quite the potpourri.

03-25-2010 04:25:33 | More by mj001jk
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valkyre65

Texas

4/5  rDev +2%

01-05-2013 20:35:32 | More by valkyre65
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OStrungT

California

4.58/5  rDev +16.8%

This beer pours a slightly cloudy brown color with a thick off white head. The head fades very slowly, leaving massive laces. After 30 minutes, whe head still remains.

This beer has a very pleasent aroma. It smells of cherries. It smells sweet and slightly tart. It has a slight spicy aroma also. A little citrus is present. It has a very slight earthy yeast aroma.

This beer is slightly sour, but surprizingly smooth. It has hints of cherries. It is very sweet, but not overbearing. Slight citrus flavor is detectable. It has a slight woody taste to it also.

This beer is very smooth. It leaves a sour cherry aftertaste. This beer is well carbonated.

I think this beer would make an excelent session beer. It is very easy to drink. I think I will have to go back and buy many more.

04-14-2006 03:59:09 | More by OStrungT
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TheLevi4000

New York

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

09-19-2013 01:18:27 | More by TheLevi4000
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ste5venla

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

08-01-2013 20:15:51 | More by ste5venla
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sloejams

California

4.43/5  rDev +13%

I'm finding that my fondness for sour ales is growing. No sour is better than a proper Flanders Red Ale Sadly, there are few quality high quality ones readily available. The most common available is Duchesse De Bourgogne and my last few have been somewhat disappointing. I was exited to see that my local shop has now added De Proefbrouwerij's beers to it's shelves, especially since it would give me the opportunity to try Zoetzuur.

Zoetzuur pours an amber-red color with a slight pink head. The aroma hints at cherry and the strong Belgian yeast strain, Brettanomyces: a husky, clove-spice flavor. The taste is slightly sweet and tart, as well it should be, with a sour cherry aftertaste. It's sour yet refeshing. The pucker is pleasant.

This is a fine beer - a good bridge for anyone willing to cross the lambic line into more beery Belgians, but not ready for the lose the sweetness.

04-24-2006 19:52:38 | More by sloejams
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BBeerL

Maryland

4.88/5  rDev +24.5%

One of the most complete Flanders Red Ales I have had the pleasure of trying. In my experience arfter a bottle of some red ales my mouth is left a sour puckering mess. Not with this guy. It has a full rich body( for a flanders) to go with the dry sour taste. I truely loved this beer.

01-27-2008 06:02:39 | More by BBeerL
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pumptrick

California

4/5  rDev +2%

08-14-2012 01:13:02 | More by pumptrick
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +12.2%

Pours a big billowy head, off-white and remarkably creamy. The liquid is indeed quite red, a fiery, rusty, burnt red. Slashes and splats of lace all around the glass.

Wonderful aroma, sure to tickle the nose hairs of any Belgian enthusiast. Yeast is fruity and slightly funky, a little bit musty, and overall the vibe of cellar-stored crates of various fruits prevails (apples, grapes, cherries).

Intensely fruity and reasonably funky on the tongue. Fruits so far mentioned are joined by an almost melon-like uniqueness (muskmelon, honeydew). Kind of a woody exterior too, like old, musty wood, which adds some complexity and earthiness, and mellows the other flavors. It doesn't seem to have all that much depth at first, but with each sip a new facet emerges. I also dig that this isn't one-dimensionally sour, the way some of these kinds of beers tend to be.

Body is fairly crisp; finishes dry, when a slight and manageable pucker reminds you what sort of Belgian you're drinking. A little lighter in body than expected, but that only increases its accessibility.

Ridiculously easy to drink, especially at 7%. DeProef continues to be my favorite Belgian brewery at the moment. Their list of amazing beers is something else, and I'm not even considering the people they contract-brew for.

04-22-2010 22:28:13 | More by Metalmonk
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RockyTopHeel

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -8.2%

Pours a hazy red-brown with a thin, beige head. Aroma is sweet and sour.

Decent sourness up front, with a sweet, cloying element. I was pretty excited for this beer, and it leaves a bit to be desired. Not enough sour, too sweet, and no real complexity.

I like it fine, but I don't think I'll be making a return trip.

04-09-2008 23:54:59 | More by RockyTopHeel
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fairdinkum2

Georgia

3.8/5  rDev -3.1%

Poured from a large bottle in to a tulip glass. This Flemish ale is a very murky brown, almost muddy appearance with some particulates evident in the bottom of the glass. What little head quickly disappeared. No lacing to speak of.

Smells pretty typical of the style, sour cherries and apples.

Taste is a litlle disappointing. Doesn't have the tang of a Rodenbach or quite the pucker of La Folie. Has some cherry and sour fruit notes, but overall the taste profile is just a little flat. Low carbonation, so this is pretty easy to put away, but I probably would look at other choices.

03-27-2010 22:18:26 | More by fairdinkum2
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zaphodchak

Virginia

3.9/5  rDev -0.5%

Dark amber body with 2 finger off-white head that laces like a champ.

Nose is very faint-- tart/vegetal, but faintly metallic... not too objectionable, but still.

Taste is interesting; sweet at first growing sour towards the middle. Faint bell pepper. There's kind of a sticky aftertaste (slightly sweet and sour), but this is not too objectionable.

Mouthfeel is creamy enough to undercut what would otherwise be a bitter lemonade taste. Nice.

Overall, a good example of a style for the Flemish sour. Not as sour as Dutchess or Monk's Cafe, nor as vegetal as Bourgogne de Flandres: a very effective compromise

05-01-2011 03:47:51 | More by zaphodchak
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cjgator3

Florida

3.83/5  rDev -2.3%

750ml bottle

A- Corked and caged bottle poured into a large tulip glass. Pours a dark brownish amber color with a light tan colored head that leaves a ring of lace around the glass.

S- The aroma is very sweet and fruity with a lot of sour cherries, grapes and some oak.

T- The taste is a nice mixture of sweet and sour with some cherries, oak and a dry finish. The taste can be a little on the sweet side for me.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.

D- The 750ml bottle of this beer may be a bit too much for me due to the sweetness. However, this is a pretty unique and interesting beer that is definitely worth a try.

02-17-2009 04:02:11 | More by cjgator3
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somnus

California

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

02-26-2012 19:29:26 | More by somnus
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tempest

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +5.9%

Split a large bottle at The Farmhouse. Wow, I think this is the best Flemish Red I've had. It lacks the sickly-sweet hit, like in Duchess, and instead has an almost dry fruit punch taste with apples and berries. Of course, the beer is dominated by by sour brett character with an Orval-like catty flavor over sweaty funk and lemon peel.

01-17-2011 16:12:52 | More by tempest
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Zoetzuur Flemish Ale from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
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