Zoetzuur Flemish Ale - De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
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3.35/5 rDev -14.5%
All in all, a good Flemish Red.
The color is beautiful, yet the head seemed a bit weak.
On the down side, I detected a slight disagreeable component in the smell, almost certainly caused by the cherry juice. This beer's flavor is a bit weaker than other personal favorites (Duchesse and Rodenbach), but there is no doubt of it being a straight-ahead Flemish Red.
I would have no hesitation with buying another bottle.
11-27-2011 19:27:52 | More by WynnO
5/5 rDev +27.6%
A- Cranberry hue with ample carbonation and a gorgoues white head.
S- Apple, cranberry, cherry. Very juice like.
T- Cranberry and cherry dominant. Very pleasent.
M- Light bodied.
O- This is one of my favorite beers of all time. Perfection in a glass. This is a 5 for me. I was suprised though at the lack of sourness this beer had. Note: This cork is very difficult to get off!
11-22-2011 04:30:57 | More by dcook11
4.3/5 rDev +9.7%
De Proef Zoetzuur Flemish Ale
(according to the bottle, brewed with Kriek juice)
Pours a nice ruby color, off white head and nice lacing. Aroma of berries, so quite fruity and slight hint of funk. In the taste, a nice tart sourness, mild acidity, sugary malt, and a hint of cherry juice. Very well balanced with a perfect mix of sweet, sour, malt, and fruit. Ever so slight touch of red wine vinegar. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and drying. Overall, one of the best examples of the Flanders style, and the fruit is downplayed and left in the background where it belongs. Well done.
11-14-2011 00:33:45 | More by Stinkypuss
4/5 rDev +2%
Aroma: The funk of lambic complexity, with its notes of rhubarb and oak, leaning in this case toward vinegar/acetic. Dark cherry and malt sweetness. Vanilla. Oak. Spiciness which dissipates relatively quickly with time. No diacetyl. No hops.
Appearance: Clear, medium amber with an off-white, creamy head that persists as a creamy film and laces the glass – a Mort Subite goblet for this tasting. I expect this head may last till morning if I left it.
Flavor: Prominent – though short of bold -- fruit flavors of plum and cherry, toasty-bready malt sweetness, all accompanied by a complimentary sourness/tartness. Hints of vanilla which I presume to echo its time in oak. Bitterness is low and there is no hop flavor. Yeast character is expressed in the spicy, “Belgian” –type phenolics and dark fruit character. The long finish is sweet and tart with a red wine-like character, yet less astringent.
Mouthfeel: Medium leaning toward medium-full bodied. Chewy, creamy texture with a mild, tingly astringency. Mild carbonation to lift it, followed by a noticeable but unobtrusive alcohol warming on the way down.
Overall: A slightly fuller bodied, less spritzy-assertive version of Flanders Red than Duchesse De Bourgogne, which I consider the cranberry soda of the beer world. Very drinkable, but not quite as sour as I anticipated, which is not a knock; this is well within style. I do live very close to the Jolly Pumpkin, however, and anticipate more than a complimentary sourness in sour ales as a result. This might be a good launching point for anyone wanting to be introduced to the sour ale category.
10-28-2011 22:18:38 | More by BrauKilR
4.2/5 rDev +7.1%
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.
09-25-2011 22:59:57 | More by WickedSluggy
4.15/5 rDev +5.9%
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.
09-21-2011 23:15:40 | More by claytong
3.65/5 rDev -6.9%
25oz into Dupont widemouth glass.
Murky, cloudy brown body with just a faint off-white film. Quite still.
Aromas are great - lots of sweetness, with notes of brown sugar, cinnamon, candied cherries, and a fair amount of spice. Decent amount of red wine vinegar in the finish.
Flavors unfortunately end up being a bit of a disappointment after that aroma. Dull, overripened dark fruits - plum primarily. Lots of sweetness from the aroma, and has a fair amount of earth/dirt and funk. Gym sneakers come through as it warms. Could've used a bit more vinegar quality.
Mouthfeel is pretty dull, but not off the mark. No carbonation, and just a slight pull on the palate.
Overall, this one was a bit too sweet for my liking, but is a decent representation of the style.
09-19-2011 00:33:45 | More by BeerImmediately
3.98/5 rDev +1.5%
A: This poured a cloudy reddish mahogany with fluffy light tan head.
S: It smelled like rich sour cherry with some vinegar and oak, and a little metallic and candi sugar.
T: It tasted like smooth sweet cherry and brown sugar, with earthy oak and tart vinegar and a bit of candi sugar. It had a mellow sweet and sour aftertaste.
M: It was watery with a little carbonation. Too thin.
D: This was a nice Flanders red. The sourness was very balanced with sweetness. The body was a bit weak, but there was no alcohol noticeable, so it was very easy to drink. Probably best fresh, because the cherry character will likely fade with age. Recommended.
07-19-2011 01:07:43 | More by Pencible
4.38/5 rDev +11.7%
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.
07-05-2011 01:10:04 | More by teromous
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
3.9/5 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
3.6/5 rDev -8.2%
This deep garnet beer was had back to back with Duchesse De Bourgogne. It didn't hold up that well against what I consider to be the benchmark for this style, but is decent in own right.
The cherries in this carry the sweetness burden, along with some raisins and currants. Bitterness is mild and peppery. Overall the flavor comes across a bit thin to me. Like most beers of this style, I'm getting a red wine message that I like quite a bit.
If I hadn't drank this against Duchesse, I probably would have liked it more. Overall it's nice, but not great.
04-28-2011 04:03:45 | More by Rayek
3.8/5 rDev -3.1%
Just by looking a quickly smelling, I think this might be solid gold right here...
The basics: $10.99/750ml bottle and 7% ABV...OK on both...
I dug the Van Twee so let's see where this bottle carries us...
In a great mood today as the busiest season for us tax types has finally come to a virtual end...It's all downhill from here...
Nice orange-red-amber, kinda cloudy, kinda not, if you get the meaning...Well carbonated. Sopay head that settles into a nice creamy half finger of persistence. Great lacing...
Aroma is so interesting...It's like sunshine bouncing off cherries in early Summer...It's crisp, clean, floral and fruity. Not overpowering and only the slightest hint of funk...The latter quality could be a bad sign as the funk usually lets us know it's well made...
Whoa, this is a bizarre drink...The carbonation is almost too much. It kills the initial sourness a bit. Nicely sour, but not puckeringly so...The cherry notes are kinda lost amid the whole crazy flavor profile...If you burp you certainly notice the cherry flavor, but in the drink it's washed away by so much else. I get some sour cherry once the fizz dies down, a hint of funk. The Brettanomyces is hardly apparent in here...They must have tossed it in as an afterthought...The touch of sweetness is very nice as it helps balance the whole out. The beer is very refreshing, but the flavor profile seems a tad confused to me...Like the brewers weren't sure what to do with the whole thing. It's still works out well, though, as the flavors open up as it warms. Finish carries a nice sweetness and a slight bitterness. Overall not as impressive as the Van Twee, but still good. I'd track it down at this price point as it's unique and refreshing.
What I like most: The unique flavor profile.
What I like least: The price and partly confused flavors profile.
Verdict: Good and unique beer that's worth the price.
04-17-2011 23:27:16 | More by SolomonGrundy
4/5 rDev +2%
The beer is growing on me a bit as it warms. This is a beer that definitely has to settle and can't be too chilled. It pours a very nice brown and ruby color with lots of really nice lace, creamy head, with some retention. The nose isn't particularly pronounced but it is slightly vinegary, vinous, cherry toned, with some sweet malts noticeable. The nose is good, but slightly understated.
The taste is a little tougher to measure. The beer falls somewhere between the sweetness of a Duchesse and the tartness of a Rodenbach, but not quite as good as either. The beer is tilted towards the sweetish side, but has a tartness, some cherry mouthpuckering, and lots of Belgian yeastiness to complement the sweetness. The beer definitely gets more balanced as it warms. Too chilled, and the tartness is just not felt. The beer is complex, has plenty of unique yeast qualities that bring out the sourishness in the otherwise fairly sweet malts. The cherry flavors are also quite complex and run the gamut from mouthpuckering tartness, to slightly sour, to marachino like in their sweetness. There's lots going on in this beer, lots to like, but I prefer a Duchesse or a Rodenbach just a bit more. The Flemish Red style is a real treat. L'Chaim.
04-09-2011 00:45:25 | More by albern
3.83/5 rDev -2.3%
Poured this one into my new Losy Abbey tulip....
Aromas of cherries and leather and oak along with some funk as well... Unusual aromas... Not as tart smelling as others of the style... There's a sweetness here that has me interested...
Very vinous aspects in the flavors... Slightly tart with some sweetness... I'm getting cherries here as well along with hints of vinegar and an earthiness that tones the sharper flavors down some...
Pretty good Flemish here... I didn't find this amazing but I can see myself grabbing this one again...
03-23-2011 17:24:16 | More by Tilley4
4.1/5 rDev +4.6%
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.
03-19-2011 14:51:23 | More by Geuzedad
4.03/5 rDev +2.8%
Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Zatec fluted glass. Pours a very hazy, amber/cherry cola color with some nice sudsy off white head, about a finger. Very nice lacing and some good retention. Smells very barrely/funky. Some cherry and dried fruit coming through. A little of that sweet Belgian sugar scent and a light spicy yeast smell. Flavor is very soft for a sour. Sweet upfront, middling tartness. Cherries throughout. Definitely on the sweeter side of things. Nice consistent creamy little bubbles. Gonna be a stretch to finish this whole bottle, but all in all, a good brew.
03-06-2011 03:19:26 | More by WestValleyIPA
2.48/5 rDev -36.7%
Unknown age on the bottle, but it was in the discount bin, which means it was at least one year on the shelves...
Poured to NB globe.
A: Pours a hazy mahogany ale with little to no head formation despite turbulent pour. Affluent peanut colored film is broken sans evident carbonation.
S: Raisins, prunes,,,,dark fruits dominate the nose. Quite difficult for me to discern. As advertised, sweet and sour. Very reserved as far as flemish ale's go.
T: More tart than I had anticipated. This is quite nice. However, the fruits continue to limit the appreciable flemish qualities one would anticipate. As the ale resonates, I start to sense the cherries typical of the style.
M: medium bodied, low carbonation.
D: Having a hard time enjoying this one. It's tolerable, but I wish the bottle wasn't 750ml's. ended up pouring half out.
02-06-2011 07:13:39 | More by harrymel
Zoetzuur Flemish Ale from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
88 out of 100 based on 292 ratings.