Zoetzuur Flemish Ale - De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
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3.78/5 rDev -3.6%
Pours a hazy dark mahogany with red tinges. A large off-white head gives way to a half-finger of foam and a lot of lacing after a while. That signature Brett smell hits immediately, with all of its usual sour, musty character; the sour cherries only come through afterward, though they are quite strong. The funk dominates the taste as well, with citric sourness and leather both prominent. A hint of chocolaty roasted malt comes next, with the real cherry taste only evident after a few sips. A definite woodiness in the background. Another great beer from the Proefbrouwerij.
01-06-2009 22:33:15 | More by philipquarles
4.01/5 rDev +2.3%
Pours brown with tinges of ruby and purple. Smells fruity and sour like lemon yogurt. Used a Teku glass for sampling.
Sour cherry note predominates. The sourness is a bit on the mild side but it makes for a very friendly beer. Hints of clove and black pepper linger toward the finish. Given the sweet and sour nature, this finishes quite dry. Medium-light in body. Carbonation could be a touch more heightened to liven up the mouthfeel a bit more. But as it stands, it is a nice food beer. We enjoyed vegetarian stir-fry noodles and it complimented but cut through the soy flavor nicely.
07-21-2013 22:34:02 | More by Zraly
4.35/5 rDev +11%
Caged&Corked 750 with a real solid pop.
First pour was a bit cold, but I warmed the glass in my hands.
Rich redddish brown and a bit watery when poured. Monster beige head thanks to a bad pour.
Musty wood, vinegar apples and underripe fruit, most notably cherries and pear. Good earthy spice. If anything, just a tad bit too vinegar.
Incredibly drinkable woody and earthy tartness. THe vinegar is subsided in the taste. Good brett presence gives it a rather saison bandaidy flavor. Good smooth creamy soft body. A fine flanders!
08-19-2008 16:20:08 | More by SurlyDuff
4.13/5 rDev +5.4%
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.
03-15-2009 06:33:48 | More by djeucalyptus
4.28/5 rDev +9.2%
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.
03-09-2009 01:24:32 | More by paulthebeerguru
4.05/5 rDev +3.3%
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.
07-22-2008 17:19:21 | More by giblet
3.35/5 rDev -14.5%
This poured the classic mahogany color with almost no head and a little fizz rising up. The smell was nice, mildly fruity with a dry hint in there. The taste was lacking in my opinion. Not much depth, the up front kriek was there from them adding "cherry juice", but no dryness to back it up. It was drinkable but I probably wouldn't go after it again. Monk's Cafe is a decent amount better as an entry in to the style for some.
07-31-2009 00:04:33 | More by madtowndmb1
3.73/5 rDev -4.8%
Appearance: Dark amber brew, with a thin layer of miniscule bubbles woven together to form the head.
Smell: A sweeter shade of horseblanket, it was caramel/candi sugar sweet and reminded me of a Faro.
Taste: Lots of caramel again in the taste, some red fruits as well, with an interesting balance of sweet and sour mnemonic of New Glarus Belgian red. The low carbonation brings out the sweetened malt that bursted with cherries. Very low alcohol. May be a little too cloying for some, I enjoyed it.
12-26-2005 16:00:37 | More by Goldorak
3.7/5 rDev -5.6%
750ml bottle with no freshness date poured into a wine glass
Appearance: Pours a red brown color typical to the style. Standard pour yielded 2 fingers of a light beige head with moderate spotty lacing. Body is dark but relatively clear with moderate visible carbonation.
Smell: Balsamic vinegar, sweet cherry juice, light funkiness, apple and a slight lactic character. There's a sugary candy character to the aroma as well, almost like cherry pixie sticks.
Taste: Sweet and sour cherry, vinegar, oak, darker fruit, decent amount of maltiness. Sourness is on the low end.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium soft carbonation. Reasonably high drinkability.
Overall: Not extremely memorable, but still a good beer. Not sure that I would get this again, but would recommend as a good beginner beer for someone new to sours.
01-02-2014 01:51:17 | More by Jonada
3.38/5 rDev -13.8%
After experiencing some members of the Flemish Primitive series, I was expecting this beer to be funky-as-hell.
Raised expectations caused the French Revolution.
I guess my problem is that when I think 'Flanders Red' I think of Rodenbach Grand Cru and La Folie -- two incredibly acidic, nail-polish remover-like beers as opposed to the softer offerings such as Monk Cafe and Duchess. This beer definately belongs to the latter catagory.
Why is that bad? Well, the Flanders Red is supposed to be a very quaffable, thirst-quenching style but this beer sits in an awkward sweet-sour area. There is enough malt flavour present to be sweet and not enough acid to create a crisp, clean finish. So, instead you get a wishy-washy undecided ending to the beer that lingers and lingers.
Neither the malt nor the acid managed to really find a quorum and instead the beer sits in an strange limbo between the two. Perhaps if some hops were included to help balance out the fight, or if one side were simply allowed to 'win' that would be OK.
I like sour beers, I like sweet beers . . . but this half-and-half isn't to my liking.
To make matters worse, the mouthfeel is strangely cloying, so I can't really even say this beer is an easy drinker.
12-28-2006 06:05:41 | More by shbobdb
4.15/5 rDev +5.9%
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.
10-31-2008 03:53:21 | More by BeerZack
4.43/5 rDev +13%
A- pours a ruddy brown color with a healthy finger and a half of off white head. Retention is decent but recedes into a ring of bubbles.
S- starts out with a great tart acidity with a traditional Flanders vineous note. Sweet dark cherry juice gives a nice juxtaposition to the initial tartness. A thin blanket of funk blends in nicely with a musky earthy note. Finishs with a dry bready malt.
T- Tart up front with a low acidity. The vineous character gives it some traditional flavors. Branching away from tradition a gigantic sweet dark cherry juice explodes on the palate. Finishs with a funky Brett flavor with a earthy character.
MF- slick smooth mouthfeel with a sweettart tart character. Medium body with averge carbonation.
D- very drinkable introductory sour. Yum!
06-23-2011 22:05:18 | More by Viciousknishs
3.73/5 rDev -4.8%
750ml rubber corked & caged. Poured into a chalice glass, its an opaque tan brown with no real head. Smells sugary, like black cherries. Sweet only while you hold it in the front of your mouth, then instant sour tartness. The cherry taste predominates. Not much complexity, it just has the same flavor characteristics throughout, with which it beats you. Mouthfeel has a nice slight carbonation & nice slickness, but is a bit thin in the end. Drinkability is not bad, the sourness leaves you with a shadow of its sweet counterpart. Good to try but I'd stick with the Duchess de Bourgone if I was to stick.
04-11-2009 21:14:54 | More by roblowther
Zoetzuur Flemish Ale from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
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