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Zoetzuur Flemish Ale - De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

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88
very good

295 Ratings
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Ratings: 295
Reviews: 191
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 13.78%
Wants: 27
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of giblet
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

i had a hard time figuring out the label. i did not have a hard time drinking the beer. poured a nicely into the glass with about three inches of head that settled to about one and a half inches. steady carbonation. nice sweet-sour aroma. nice sour flavor of sour sweet apple. nice tingle in the mouth. good lace in the glass. this is a downright tasty brew.

suckem up and movem out.

giblet

giblet, Jul 22, 2008
Photo of ballewblake
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From bottle into my Duvel tulip.

First pour resulted in a 2 finger white head on a dark purple body. Great lacing on the glass through out the drink. Some light grapes on the nose, but nothing in your face aroma wise. Tasty mild sour though. I'd say this is a good starter sour in the vain of Duchess de borgone. Very similar, with maybe less vinegar on the tongue. Easy to drink, light in alcohol, but pricey next to duchess at almost 14 bucks for a 750.

ballewblake, Jan 24, 2009
Photo of Geuzedad
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Grape and Gourmet. Poured a nice reddish brown into my tulip with a 1 finger thick fizzy head and lots of lacing retention.

Smell was a definite Flemish Red. Lots of barnyard funk with cherries, vinegar, and a hint of spice.

Taste was definitely a tart sour with a hint of sweet in the middle and a sour finish but not what I expected.

Mouthfeel was medium with slight carbonation noted. Overall not bad.

I split this with GalenGeueze. We decided this was worth a repurchase but as it was a 750 ml bottle, it not something we would want to drink alone as it was more of a dessert style and not a session beer.

Geuzedad, Mar 19, 2011
Photo of donkeyrunner
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark burgundy with a large of white head. Great retention, lasts longer than most of this style.

Smells primarily of cherry juice with a dessert-like cinnamon brown sugar edge. Hints of MaCintosh apple peel.

Tastes like cherry juice up front with a hint of darker fruit in back. Grape? Black cherry? Something like that. "Fluffy mouthfeel." Brown sugar and bruised apple.

Not as funky as I'd like in a red. The malt possesses great depth and character but needs more funky foil.

donkeyrunner, Jul 13, 2012
Photo of jlindros
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky light brown and rosy hue beer, with a light fizzy head with a bit of lacing.

Nose of sour fruits, plum, some cherries, a bit of funk, a little bit of malt vinegar.

Taste is pretty good too, sour cherries, a bit of malt vinegar, fairly tart with oak and lacto acidic flavors. Finishes with a long tart acidic vinegar and sour cherry.

Mouth is medium to lighter bodied, plenty of carbonation.

Drink is pretty good, sour/tart flavors hit hard but not overwhelming, some vinegar and acidic flavors, but overall pretty drinkable.

jlindros, Dec 22, 2010
Photo of silenius
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured with an ecru moderately sized head that left nice lacing in the oversized wineglass.

Smell is wonderful with strawberry and peach aromas, balsamic vinegar bite, brown sugar, and a slight vanilla and mint combination. Very pleasing to me.

Flavor is bright strawberry with a nice acid zing that is balanced and refreshing. The aftertaste has a nice peachy roundness.

Very easy to drink and refreshing. A welcome discovery.

silenius, Jun 02, 2006
Photo of Chico1985
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml shared by atremains. Thanks Dan!

Pours hazy maroon with an off-white head. Retains at a finger easily leaving some nice lacing.

Brett is really great in the scent, funky barnyardy cherries are huge. A pleasure to smell this one.

Follows the nose pretty closely except the brett is a bit weaker, it does come through more as it warms. Cherries, funk, vinegar, a little earthy. Good for sure but a little one-dimensional. The name translates to "sweetsour" I believe and it is exactly that, a good balance of sweet and sour.

Very smooth, light, drinkable. Carbonation is spot on. I'm pretty unfamiliar with this style but this felt pretty solid.

Chico1985, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of kajerm
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours reddish-brown and cloudy with fine, brisk carbonation.

The aroma is a balance of Brett stuff-- mustiness, acetic acid, and apple cider. It's Brett-dominated, but more subtle than some Belgian farmhouse beers I've had, in that I can smell more than just vinegar in my glass.

The flavor is extremely cidery with a big snap of sourness on the finish, which is dry as hell. Alcohol is absolutely nowhere to be found. It's refreshing and nicely balanced.

The mouthfeel is briskly carbonated, crisp, and dry; super-drinkable (unless you hate sour beer.)

kajerm, Apr 23, 2007
Photo of GJ40
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 750ml bottle. Nice appearance with a reddish brown color and a moderate beige head. Lively. Aroma has fruit and a hint of the sour/tart/funk to come. The sour/tart/funky flavor is balanced and well behaved yet complex and inspiring. I really enjoyed it from start to finish.

GJ40, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of djeucalyptus
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a hazy yet glowing mahogany and cherry juice hue, with caramel and gold highlights. A beautiful fluffy three-finger head of a cherry-tinged off-white sticks around for a good while, eventually leaving some impressive lacing to the bottom of the glass.

Cherries, a bit of funky and spicy yeast, apples, a bit of golden raspberry and muscat grape. a bit more barnyard spice and a bit of fresh oak and earthiness, mixing with some caramelized cherries. smells intoxicating.

Taste follows aroma for the most part, with the brett funk and sour cherry notes showing strongly up front. A citric tartness and vanilla-oak woodiness smooth out the fruit. muscat grapes, a hint of white port, and more wet straw and earthiness. sour, almost unripe acidic raspberry sourness intermingles with more woody drying cherry notes.

mouthfeel is clean, especially given the accompanying funky flavors. a crisp, woody drying throughout with a nice dry tart finish. Silky and smooth, it's a hair lighter than I'd prefer... a bit thicker/fuller/slightly higher carbonation and this would be absolutely perfect.

the smoothness in the mouthfeel creates a pretty palatable brew with good drinkability for the style... but like any Flanders, this one's a sipper. A bit heavy on the funk, but the strength of the cherry notes really wins me over and the perfectly drying body with just a slight warming quality works beautifully. Definitely a must try.

djeucalyptus, Mar 15, 2009
Photo of chefkevlar
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a ruby red color with a thick layer of finely textured peach colored head.

S: The cherry is present in the aroma, along with hints of honey, spice, and a little bit of belgian funk.

T: The flavor is complex, with a slight tartness to balance out some sweet fruit flavors. Overall the flavor is slightly less bold than I expected, but it is exceptional.

M: Medium to light body with plenty of carbonation and

D: Not something that can be downed quickly but definately a very enjoyable beverage.

chefkevlar, Sep 11, 2010
Photo of DogFood11
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Certainly a sight to see. Corked and cage 750ml bottle poured into a tulip. It forms a meaty off white head that leaves a pretty good cover. Body is a light copper with reddish hue around the edges. Swirling fine carbonation.

Not as tart as some and leans more towards a sweet and sour type brew. The tart portion is up front and eventually gives way to a maltier sweet side. Purple grape skins and a touch of funk round this out. Not alot of oak comes through to me but the aging seems to have mellowed out the usual pucker up type tartness. A jolly rancher type sweet finish.

Notes: I liked this quite a bit. Far from the in your face versions. Maybe even a nice introductory offering. Kept my interest all the way through. Good.

DogFood11, Jan 31, 2007
Photo of xmorgan
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750ml Bottle form Bev-Mo.

Poured into chalice, 1 inch white head, that does not completly go away. Leaves some foamy lacing. Color is Brownish red, more brown then red. The head remains similar to a stout, in the sense that it's color and ability to hang around.

Has a lambic-like acidic fruit nose.

the taste is much more complex then the nose.

It is sour and fruity, with a not to dry after taste. If you aerate the beer in your mouth, it really releases the CO2.

It would do well as a beer to server with medium to strong cheese.

I would buy it again, to share. I polished the 750 myself and was not sorry.

xmorgan, May 20, 2009
Photo of davexisxrabid
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Bruery tulip. Nice copper/amber color, cloudy when held up to the light. Nice fluffy inch tall head, lots of lacing, good retention.

Aroma is typically sour, lemon rind, sweet and sour sauce aroma.

Light wheat bread taste at first, then hits with a sour twist. There seems to be a citrus hop bitterness in there as well. Not too tart and a slightly sweet flavor finishes up at the end.

Light to medium bodied. Well carbonated but not overdone. The lingering sweet and sour flavor is interesting; doesn't seem sour enough to give you heartburn or anything.

Good flavor all around and a nice presentation. A nice flemish ale that I would have again if the opportunity presented itself.

davexisxrabid, Nov 24, 2009
Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

tempest, Jan 17, 2011
Photo of BeerZack
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark caramel or mahogany color with nice foamy covering that laces well.

Smells sweet and tart with alcohol notes. Very fruity fresh tart cherries, raspberries, cranberry, breadiness, a bit of funk and some alcohol.

Sweet and fruity up front with a good bit of tartness and some hints of vinegar that leads to funky earthy yeastiness on the dryish puckering finish.

Somewhat acidic, light carbonation, but not flat feeling, kinda creamy.

Very drinkable for the stlye.

BeerZack, Oct 31, 2008
Photo of claytong
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance - beautiful crimson red and a semi off white one inch head off controlled pour which sticks around very well. amazing lacing, covers the top minus a few little circles.

smell - cherries (sweet), vinegar, sugar, perhaps red wine perhaps a wood (very faint)

taste - much of the same. vinegar is not really there except on end. not much sourness going on. in fact its definitely on the sweeter side.

mouthfeel - want a bit more sour in there. great to perfect carbonation. medium to thick body. no cloying. extremely drinkable.

claytong, Sep 22, 2011
Photo of bkett01
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a quarter inch cream/white head over a dark ruby red ale. Appearance is very enticing and it is well carbonated. The smell is tart with with cherries and a mild funk in the nose.

First taste is very lively with a big sour cherry-fig start that finishes mildly sweet on the tongue. Tough to touch on all the flavors in this but I'm also getting other dark fruits with no bitterness.

At 7% this is very drinkable, at least until you can't take the sour flavors anymore. Great example of the style, and one I'd recommend giving a try.

bkett01, Aug 19, 2008
Photo of koopa
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle purchased at Buyrite Liquors in South Plainfield NJ.

Appearance: When held up to the light the body is an attractive blood orange with pure orange corners. Nice 2.5 finger head of slightly off white head. Great retention and lacing everywhere.

Smell: Overripe tangerines and blood oranges meet bret yeast. Its bold and powerful but not my cup of tea.

Taste: This is NOT a good example of a Flanders Red by any stretch of the imagination. However, this FR meets Wild Ale cluster F@ck is mighty tasty. The Bret. yeast is really stealing the show. The initial taste is a touch sweet but the finish is pure dryness.

Mouthfeel: Quite creamy and well carbonated. Medium bodied.

Drinkablility: Good for being such a bret. driven brew.

koopa, Nov 27, 2008
Photo of Halcyondays
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle,

A: Pours burgundy red with a light off-white head, good retention, light lacing.

S: Smell is great and complex. Ripe strawberry, with cherry juice, light balsamic vinegar and funk.

T: Strong fruit character, as in the smell strawberry jam is dominant with a light cherry kick. Mild oak astringency and solid lactic acid character balance the sweetness.

M: Moderate acidity, though not as much as I like in this style, but solid. Light bodied, quite easy to drink, with the H+ character, still quite smooth.

D; A real nice Flemish Red here. Its got the solid acidity this style needs with a lot of complexity. Very enjoyable.

Halcyondays, Jan 15, 2009
Photo of jrallen34
4.18/5  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.

jrallen34, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of Ego
4.18/5  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...

eyes...
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.

nose...
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.

verdict?
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).

Ego, Feb 03, 2006
Photo of WickedSluggy
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice garnet color is dark enough to make clarity difficult to determine. A thin pale foam layer remains to form sparce lacing.

Aroma is a combination of that familiar bretty, winey beauquet along with the unmistakable aroma of sour cherries.

Flavor is drier than I expected. Not extreamly sour either but a nice refreshing combination of the two base flavors - Quite refreshing very drinkable with a supple mouthfeel that invites another retained swishing mouthful.

WickedSluggy, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of watchnerd
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

watchnerd, Feb 21, 2008
Photo of Billolick
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
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

Billolick, Nov 20, 2009
Zoetzuur Flemish Ale from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
88 out of 100 based on 295 ratings.