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Zoetzuur Flemish Ale - De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

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Zoetzuur Flemish AleZoetzuur Flemish Ale

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88
very good

289 Ratings
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Ratings: 289
Reviews: 191
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 13.74%
Wants: 27
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
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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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LightnerLiquorKS

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

07-23-2014 01:19:08 | More by LightnerLiquorKS
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elec

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +1.8%

12-31-2011 02:23:15 | More by elec
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paulthebeerguru

Florida

4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2009 01:24:32 | More by paulthebeerguru
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bradfordjohnson

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

08-24-2013 19:11:14 | More by bradfordjohnson
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halo913

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

11-14-2012 03:25:11 | More by halo913
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giblet

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2008 17:19:21 | More by giblet
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Goldorak

Quebec (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2005 16:00:37 | More by Goldorak
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Hoppy_McMalt

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

06-22-2013 03:41:37 | More by Hoppy_McMalt
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shbobdb

Indiana

3.38/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2006 06:05:41 | More by shbobdb
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ZethOfTheNorth

Louisiana

3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

03-25-2012 15:26:33 | More by ZethOfTheNorth
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Canti4341

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

11-03-2013 22:20:12 | More by Canti4341
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madtowndmb1

Wisconsin

3.35/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2009 00:04:33 | More by madtowndmb1
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Jonada

New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2014 01:51:17 | More by Jonada
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BeerZack

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2008 03:53:21 | More by BeerZack
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Viciousknishs

Virginia

4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2011 22:05:18 | More by Viciousknishs
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lpotter

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

11-04-2012 19:09:21 | More by lpotter
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roblowther

Texas

3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2009 21:14:54 | More by roblowther
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Romulux

Michigan

4/5  rDev +1.8%

05-20-2012 19:51:56 | More by Romulux
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Joshgonzales79

Texas

4/5  rDev +1.8%

09-30-2012 01:28:40 | More by Joshgonzales79
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Geuzedad

Arizona

4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2011 14:51:23 | More by Geuzedad
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LostHighway

Maine

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

02-18-2012 18:44:18 | More by LostHighway
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rowbow

California

4/5  rDev +1.8%

06-06-2014 17:04:45 | More by rowbow
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teromous

Virginia

4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: It pours a light tan, the color of tea. It's hazy in the glass and has a thin bubbly head.

S: It has a very strong sour smell to it. I pick up a little hint of alcohol smell. There is a hint of cherry smell to it...reminds me a lot of cherry lip balm. I get some slight earthy barn-like smells too.

T: It has an initial sourness but it fades into a malty back-flavor. The malt really stands up to the sourness and it doesn't leave my mouth puckering at all. The aftertaste is fruity, and reminiscent of fresh plums.

M: As I mentioned in the taste portion, it's not puckering at all. The mouthfeel is perfect. It has just the right amount of sourness to bitterness ratio to balance it out. It's great!

O: Overall this was a really great beer. I expected that it would be really sour and it wasn't. This is the perfect beer for people to try who want to enjoy a slightly sour beer without it being overwhelming.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2011 01:10:04 | More by teromous
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wspscott

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml in Duvel tulip

A: Dark reddish brown color with a little bit of haze, pours with a huge fluffy white head that drops quickly, but leaves a ton of lace.
S: Relatively muted when cold, just a hint of sweet/sour notes. As it warms, there are hints of fruits (cherries) and wood.
T: Tart and sour, but a lot of sweetness underneath. Lots of cherries, both sour and sweet. As it warms it gets a little astrigent, but not in a bad way.
M: On the mouth filling side vs. the over-attenuated side (Duvel). Highly carbed, but not crisp, comes across as thin and "rich" at the same time. Even as it warms, it still has a "creaminess" to it, but doesn't come across as heavy.
D: My first sip was awesome, the next weren't so awe-inspiring, but this is a great beer. I am having no problem finishing this 750, not sure I would reach for another right now, but I would happily drink this again. Well worth seeking out, highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2009 22:34:44 | More by wspscott
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Sinewave

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

12-18-2011 20:32:27 | More by Sinewave
Zoetzuur Flemish Ale from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
88 out of 100 based on 289 ratings.