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Zoetzuur Flemish Ale - De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

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Zoetzuur Flemish AleZoetzuur Flemish Ale

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very good

193 Reviews
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Reviews: 193
Hads: 335
Avg: 3.94
pDev: 17.26%
Wants: 30
Gots: 30 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Flanders Red Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: marburg on 11-15-2004

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Reviews: 193 | Hads: 335
Photo of allengarvin
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel glass, this has a rusty brown color, with a persistent and thick inch-tall head. Fruity, very tart aroma, with a nice musty-cellar earthiness. Wow, a lot more brett-like character comes through in the flavor than I expected, or is usual for the style, and less sourness. There's a nice cheesy leather flavor up front, with a sour cherry fruitiness winding things up. There's even some drying bitterness in the middle that makes things rather interesting. Very curious, unique, and quite tasty!

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is really aromatic with some pronounced wood. This beer is definitely a Red with a pronounced sourness to it. There is a really defined Brett character to this one like a lot of homebrews have. The flavor is exquisite with its sweet and sour, cherry and berry medley with a little dryness in the flavor to linger for some time in the finish. There is a little bit of alcohol noticeable late in the finish, but it is quite deceptive at 7%. As the beer warms a little, you get a good bit of citrus coming out. This is a nice beer, and one that I would definitely like to drink again.

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Photo of dstc
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy, ruby brown color with a light tan head. Head falls to a very minimal one. Thinnest of lace.

Nice smell of sour cherries yet has a bit of a sweet aroma as well.

Nice funky farmhouse taste. Tastes of cherries and has a nice sourness to it. Sweet malts are there as well and no real noticeable hops.

Medium bodied in the mouth with mild carbonation.

Awesome, easy drinking beer. Love the sweet/sour quality of the brew. Real nice.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a nice balanced flemish red with a mild sour and a unique mild bitter earthy finish of tobacco and fruit. not as dark as most but still not to off the wall. really nice head. nose of floral cherry and a some alcohol. not too yeasty. earthiness is almost a mildly burnt clove that blend wonderfully with the oak and cherry and soft sweet. not metallic in mineral nature. very nice. very good example of the style.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle split into pint glasses. Got it at Binny's in Orland Park

Pours a dark reddish brown with a fast fading beige head. Cloudy beer, slight lacing. Smells very sour, mostly cherries.

Taste is sweet-tart, cherry and strawberry, very pleasant.

Mouthfeel is light and smooth. Very drinkable as a sour ale. I like it.

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Photo of gueuzeonhigh
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It is indeed a Flanders Red Ale. Pours a red-brown dark transmitting muted tones though the clear walls of the glass.
A tight knit head lacing the glass holds itself in vogue as the body retreats back to the surface.

The nose releases wafts of citrus, wild cherry and bitter hops with an umbra of malt or sweetness.

Flavor is a wonderful combination of tart green apple flavor with a sweet cherry or even citrus. There is enough effervescence to the beer to accompany the flavor's sweet-sour that adds or almost animates the flavor.

The mouthfeel is cordial-- everything about this beer seems to be in balance-- flavor, flavor characteristics, finish, effervescence and alcohol content.

Drinkability is superior. Alcohol is low enough to make a pint or two per sitting quite possible w/o deleterious effects. The flavor is such that it produces an interest to beckon my drinking the beer and tipping the bottle with some disdain realizing it was empty.

This wonderful Flemish Ale could become a regular in my beer cellar.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.29/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - A murky brown body with a ruby tint. The head fades quickly, leaving a bubbly ring of lace and a weather forecast hurricane pattern in the middle of the beer.

S - Tangy, sweet and acidic. Some cherry cough syrup nuances and a good bit of fruit skin and yeast aromas. A mild waft of sweet fall spices.

T - Very tart and tangy up front, with a sturdy metallic bite. Deep yeast complexity and sour cherry/tart fruit skin. Sweet on the lips after the sip. Woody dry flavors and earth notes. Dry biscuity alcohol in the backend.

M - Medium bodied with an intriguing feel. Yeasty beer, champagne like effervescence and wine like dryness. The yeast profile makes this one, drying and cleansing.

O - Superb, a yeast lovers beer. Balanced, sweet and sour as the name says.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
4.29/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy pale reddish brown brew. A sizable tan head and a good amounts of lacing.

S - Intense sour cherries, a little malty, a flash of hops as well.

T - Sour cherries, a little malty, aftertaste is slightly bitter with a faint hidden medicinal flavor. Not a terribly intense medicinal flavor.

M - A bit foamy, seems thin, but there is a thickness, maybe from the foam only. Pretty refreshing.

D - It is a refreshing beverage. Strong for a Flanders red. I like the flavor and I love the smell. DEfinitely worth seeking out. This brewery has impressed me. I will definitely look for more beers from them. Although I do love Flanders red ales.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of joe1510. Thanks Joe!

A big pop when I removed the faux cork, it pours a clear ruby red with a one finger head of foam and shows a ton of nice lacing.

The smell is fruity sour with big notes of cherries and a very light note of something sweet. Maybe I'll figure that out when I taste it.

The taste starts off tart with the cherries and green apples but quickly is matched head to head with a nice honey like and maybe fruity sweetness. Man, this one is sweet & sour but neither wants to take center stage and for me, that works very damn well for my palate, not so much for what I'd expect for the style. It sure is easy to drink though so I can't complain all that much. Heck, now I'm tasting a bit of funk that I didn't notice when the beer was a bit colder. A plus in my book.

Medium bodied with medium carbonation, it finishes decidedly on the sweet side. Head rention seemed to get better with every pour and the lacing is just outstanding.

Drinkability? No problems with the abv, plenty of flavour, I'll have no problem finishing the last pour from the bottle which, btw, is decidely cloudy now. A very enjoyable brew and I again thank Joe for his generosity and spirit of adventure as I don't think that I'd have ever sought this beer out on my own. When I visit a beer store with a lot of Belgians, I get overwhelmed! ;^)

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Photo of cbutova
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Atremains for sharing this one. Always nice to try a new Flanders/funky beer.

A- Murky dark red with a light pink, creamy head with good retention. Tons of creamy lace coats the whole glass.

S- Tons of cherry up front, sweet overall feel and just a bit of tart. An amazing barnyard fence/pasture/hay/funk mixed with oak. Very nice. Reminds me of hanging around a farm as a child.

T- Ripe cherries with lots of sweets. Some zest and a good bit of oak. Cork/Brett/funk/barnyard shows up with slight raisin and spice, complex.

MF- Creamy with silky smooth carbonation. Goes down very easily. Lighter end with slight tart.

DB- Sweet but it doesn't bother me at all here. The smell is absolutely fantastic. Complex with nice cherry.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a tulip glass. The color is a red amber with a good light tan head and some lacing. The nose is red wine, tart cherries, mild vinegar, and a bit of funk. The taste adds in a bit of oak and is a bit heavy on the acetic acid. Good puckering feel with some light funk and oak. Drinks quite well; another enjoyable brew from De Proef.

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Photo of dedrinker
4.26/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kind of a murky rust color with a thin cream colored head that clings to the glass on its way down. Aromas of sour cherry and horse blanket with a little sweetness. The flavor is quite similar with an underlying sweetness that is balanced against the sour, acidic quality. Medium bodied with a fine, slightly sharp carbonation that quickly mellows before becoming prickly. An acidic and metallic finish that is somewhat refreshing. Well done.

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Photo of Darkale
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Odd to see myself drinking a Flanders Red Ale; when I first got into good beer, I thought beers like this were little more than carbonated vinegar, but I find myself enjoying this brew quite a bit.

The beer is a beautiful murky deep reddish-butterscotch orange, with a thin layer of tan head and spotty lacing.

Aroma is musty, sour, but only a hint of vinegar, just a tad sharp and acidic.

I can taste sour apple, more vinegar, but a round creamy background keeps it in check. Excellent mouthfeel - creamy and sweet against the sour.

A fun beer to drink -- interesting and different. Perhaps not as radically funky and sour as some are used to, but a good introduction to sour beers for the relatively uninitiated, and a pleasant sipper for an evening.

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Photo of Beerzebub
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, served in a big wine glass at 59 F/ 15 C.

Deep orange-red color, thick lumpy light beige head, plenty of sticky finely textured lace.

Pungent smell of tart cherry, sweet ripe apple, sweet and sour strawberry rhubarb pie, honeylike and doughy malts, some restrained bacterial damp earth and even a bit of wet animal, but quite wholesome - like a farm after a rain storm - some Pine-Sol, solvent, and spiciness.

Tastes much less sweet than it smells, and even a bit less sour and a bit less funky, but there is still a lot going on. First fruit, medium tart and mildly sweet, with underlying leafy vegetal bitterness. The leafy bitterness grows and is joined by pronounced ironlike minerality, and the beer becomes almost completely dry. Some mild but complex sharp earthy cheese rind funk is present. Lingering dry leafy mineral bitterness.

Can fizz up too much, but swirled and drunk gently, the texture is full and silky instead of fizzy. The bubbles seem extremely small.

The dryness and leafy vegetal minerally bitterness don't just build character, they also make for quite a refreshing drinkable beer, after acclimatization.

An immensely characterful beer, certainly worth a try.

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Photo of dogfooddog
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml served at 50f, pours 40% head into a lambic glass. Nose is the first surprise, most resembles a lambic nose with some malty notes thrown in. So much for the flemish red expectation.

Taste is several different things happening at the same time. Initially is the sourness I would expect from a gueuze, but also there is a strong heavier taste undertone which is woody and almost sweet. The complexity in the taste is amazing, as or more complex than most lambics and any flemish reds I have had.

Later into the bottle the taste alternates between initially sweet and then (a second or less later) sour, I don't think I have ever run into this contrast in a beer before. The alcohol is nicely invisible.

The aftertaste is woody and musty; this may be the least impressive feature of this very impressive beer.

This is a must-try beer if you enjoy lambics (traditional) or flemish sour ales, and worth trying in general for the amazing dance of flavor the brewer has crafted here.

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Photo of wchesak
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into spiegelau tulip glass

A - see through more red than brown amber color, head is khaki with a slight pink tinge, very rocky meringue like head, leaves lots of long trails of lace

S - red wine vinegar soaked cherries, some barnyard like funk in the back, vanilla, cherry cough syrup

T - sweet then sour then sweet then sour - jesus what a transition across the palette - each one is cherry but its different manifestation changes it; more vanilla is seen in this flavor; slight funky/sour aftertaste, bit medicinal

M - smooth, almost velvety, perfect carbonation for the style - plenty of bubbles, even though the pop on the cork was minimal

D - after pouring I knew I was going to really enjoy this beer, had a moment a few years ago when i got big into sours/oud bruins/etc and this beer might have restarted it - will seek out the Cantillons and Drie Fonteinens of the world

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Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: pours an opaque pale ruby color. light tan head. outstanding head retention. huge curtain lacing.

S: sour cherries, light citrus, major tartness. a little sugary. light berries as well.

T: very interesting palate. apples, cherries, a light amount of citrus. starts off very sweet, then turns to sours rapidly. light hint of spices. some caramel.

M: solid carbonation level, a little bubbly. wonderful opposite mouthfeels with the sweet and sour tartness. medium bodied.
very smooth and mellow for the style.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Like mu shu pork dishes, De Proef's rendition of sweet Kriek and and sour Lambic brings the intertwine of sweet and spice together in harmonious fashion.

And with the cherry fruits front and center, the beer's hue takes on the color of cherry in a deep honey-amber tone. A creamy blanket of cottony froth coats the ale and laces with intricate patterns while trailing with sturdy retention.

And again in aroma, the scent of cherries are prevalent- both sour and sweet versions show with the intensity found in fresh baked cherry pies. Complex earthen notes waft over the nose with sea air, wet hay, and a mild wood spice twang.

Once again, its fruit-forward taste is reminiscent of "Sour Patch" candies and reduced cherries- both tart and black. Saved by the musty underpinnings of brine, dried limes, light leather, weathered cedar and hay all provide a depth of mature tastes that balance the fruit to perfection. Spicy late, the ale is mildly peppery, acidic, and somewhat medicinal for a counter to the tart sweetness that commands the early palate.

Medium-light in body, the sour ale is malty and moderately creamy until the acidic sharpness cuts right through the malts and favor a wine-like finish with a balsamic pang. Its alcohol is hardly detectable while the sourness provides the dryness that's experienced in its conclusion.

The beer isn't as sweet as the more popular cherry sour ales but isn't as dry as the more authentic Kriek Ales. Its medium intensity and medium weight makes it ideally suited for like-minded cuisine- like Mu Shu Pork?

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Photo of nickfl
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - One finger of off-white head that settles quickly but leaves excellent lace. The body is dark reddish brown and very hazy.

S - Strongly acidic with notes of caramel and dark, sour cherries. Subtle vanilla oak note with noticeable, cheesy brett funk.

T - Dramatically sour with a brown, malty flavor to balance. Carmel and balsamic vinegar notes in the middle with very intense woodiness taking over in the finish. Quite a lot of wild funk in the finish along with a powerful tannic bite from the wood.

M - Medium-high carbonation, medium body, and a very dry, tannic finish.

D - Very nice overall with a great sweet and sour interplay, especially in the nose. The tannins are a bit excessive for my palate, and the funk might be overdone as well, but all in all, one of the best Flemmish Reds I have come across.

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Photo of Billolick
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of imasloth
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Bright red with a large, quickly dissipating white head. Barely a peep when we pulled the cork but carbonation was certainly there. fine, but quickly disappearing lacing.

S- Tart, with even a Sweet-Tart characteristic, and cherries, the tart kind. A bit vinous.

T- Cherries (sweet) and alcohol to start. Then the sour kicks in a rules the day. Maybe a hint of green apple. Dry. Very interesting flavor profiles, with perhaps even a milky aftertaste. I'm into it.

M- Smooth and medium-bodied, with a wine-like taste on swallow. Some dryness in afterfeel.

O- I really like this one. I'm new to the style so maybe that's part of it, but I'm pleased.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the chalice light amber with an off-white low persistent head which lasted to lace the glass.

The aroma was tart and acidic with a bit of a lactic nature. Behind the acidity lurked a light caramel presence. The aroma was estery with a light cherry fruity nature and an earthy and slightly citrus light hop presence.

The flavor was very lightly tart and tangy with a bready nature and some Brett presence. The flavor was a nice balance of malt presence and acidity with a lightly earthy and again slightly citric character. A bit of oak was notable.

The finish was dry with lasting pleasant tarness and citric character into the aftertaste. The body was medium with a moderate carbonation. The tartness was well restrained in the flavor making a very interesting combination of flavors which were easy to consume.

750 ml bottle.

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Photo of watchnerd
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750ml bottle.

While not in quite the same league as the Rodenbach Grand Cru, this comes in very close to the Rodenbach Classic.

But there are differences in style, for sure. While the Rodenbachs lean more towards berry-tasting, this baby leans strongly towards the apple end of the spectrum, with strong notes of hard cider, partially fermented green apples, and even a touch of apple vinegar. Also more sour, and less sweet, than the already tart Rodenbachs. But in a good way and very refreshing.

Impressive drinkability: I would never have guessed this is 7% from the taste. I could easily drink a bottle of this a week.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml corked bottle, poured into my Narke glass...A dirty medium copper, hints of amber. A huge creamy light tan head. A big lasting cap, great retention, awesome lacing...Nice aroma, brett, cherries, yeast, very musky like a saison. A hint of vinegar on the very finish. A touch of to much brett, but pretty nice and balanced overall...The taste flips the aroma as the front is musky brett with a slight cherry finish. Not as balanced as the nose, or as enjoyable. The finish is really awesome though, surprised how fruity the cherry note is...Feel is perfectly carbonated with a great finish.

This isn't a flanders red to me, but a really nice brett wild ale. I recommend this.

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Photo of Ego
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

thanks to yelterdow for breaking this open for brunch the other day. obviously the one flanders red I know intimately (almost too much) is rodenbach... so that is my benchmark I suppose...

hazy rodenbach pour with a good head, looks just right for the style with perhaps a darker tinge than rodey... This has a nice stickness to it in the glass, very nice over all.

belgian farmhouse ("sweet manure") funk is the first sensation, then some geuze-ish lemon tone, then some kriek notes (from the black cherry juice that was added to this brew as per the michael jackson DVD)... this smells like rodenbach not smoothed out (aged).. or "Rodenbach Gone Wild". They used cultured and semi-wild yeast to brew this and it definitely shows in the aroma here. What an interesting blend of flavors in the belgian spectrum... really really good here.

taste etc...
Kreik ! At first you really think you are drinking a kriek as the cherry flavor is quite pronounced. As you settle in on this one the lambic quality begins to shine through... with the nose working the yeasty funk works itself in as well. Like the nose this is a balanced experience. The carbonation is prickly and refreshing, carrying the brew quite perfectly across the mouth. Mouthfeel is near perfect for the style imo. This has a real sweet/sour dance to it. As drinkable as Rodenbach ? hmmm I would have to say no in the long haul. But splitting this between 2 people was near bliss.

if you like Rodenbach or Krieks or Lambics (say like mild Cantillon stuff) etc you should like this variation on the themes in all those brews as all things are present here to be savored. I would have my doubts as to how this one would age with the mix of ingredients and the fact that it is made from a tasting house specifically for tasting now... I would drink it now if you can find it (just my opinion).

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Zoetzuur Flemish Ale from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
88 out of 100 based on 193 ratings.