Zoetzuur Flemish Ale - De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
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3.23/5 rDev -17.6%
750mL into a tulip. Pours a clear amber w/ a 2-finger head that leaves behind a thin web of lace, moderate carb.
Aroma is tart and fruity. Sour cherries, dry oak.
Taste leads off with a disagreeable grainy quality. Ruh-roh. Crushed aspirin, copper penny. Not nearly as much tartness as the nose implied. Vague sour cherry tempered by sweet fruity malt, but that metallic taste mutes everything else.
Mouthfeel is light, crisp, dry. Soft on the palate, good carbonation.
Overall I just didn't enjoy this very much. The flat medicinal grainy taste ruined it for me.
10-29-2012 05:57:23 | More by draheim
4/5 rDev +2%
Pours medium brown with reddish hues and a foamy white head. Some spotty lacing.
Nice sour cherry and tart malt notes.
Sour fruit in the mouth, with some stone fruit pit bitterness coming up from the rear. Nice malt and fruit balance, with a little malty/bitter give and take at the end. Nice beer.
Medium bodied, nice mouthfeel.
Overall, solid version f the style. A welcoming volume with the bomber providing plenty to appreciate. Try this.
08-25-2012 22:51:01 | More by OtherShoe2
4.1/5 rDev +4.6%
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.
07-12-2012 23:09:32 | More by donkeyrunner
4.23/5 rDev +7.9%
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.
06-26-2012 20:52:39 | More by imasloth
4/5 rDev +2%
totally different than any other flemish red ive had. pours a little redder than copper, with a touch of haze and a one inch tan head that has nice patchy retention. smells smokey, familiar but i dont know how. also lots of tart cherries in the nose. yeasty too. flavor is so weird, earthy, but its got a beef jerkey sort of flavor that comes from the aroma. hard to describe really, any cherry or brett flavors take a back seat to that beefy meaty smoke flavor. i dont dislike it, but its really different. feel is good, well carbonated with a medium body at the most. a 750ml is a lot of this beer, but it works for me i guess. worth a try for its distinct aromatic and flavor profile, but dont come in expecting a traditional flemish sour.
06-02-2012 18:19:37 | More by StonedTrippin
3.73/5 rDev -4.8%
Huge fluffy tan/pinkish head. Brew is wonderful clear red color. Mild lacing.
Awesome huge sour cherry nose. Mild sulfur scent on the back end.
Obviously cherry, but on the lighter side. Not nearly as tart as the nose would lead you to believe... Kinda disappointing. Wet and nicely carbonated.
Not as sour as I hoped... Recommended, but don't go in expecting too much.
04-24-2012 00:09:01 | More by chugalug06
4.38/5 rDev +11.7%
750 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours hazy reddish brown color with a nice 1-2 finger dense khaki head with great retention that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Some nice soapy lacing on the glass as well. Aromas of big tart cherry, cherry skin, apple, cranberry, earthiness, funk, grass, oak, light acidity, and yeast spices. Nice and well balanced aromas with good complexity. Taste of tart cherry, cherry skin, apple, cranberry, pepper, earth, grass, light vinegar, oak, and yeast spices. Light tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of tart cherry, apple, cranberry, pepper, and yeast spices on the finish for a bit. Nice tart and sweet flavor balance and complexity; with cherry sweetness being more prominent. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly slick and syrupy mouthfeel as expected. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming after the finish. Very smooth to drink but is a bit of a sipper. Overall this is a fantastic, very pleasant, and enjoyable Flanders red ale. Nice complexity and balance; and very smooth to drink. I had no trouble finishing the 750.
04-18-2012 03:37:06 | More by superspak
3.5/5 rDev -10.7%
750ml brown glass bottle with hood and wire cap over a cork served into a Guinness goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the style and to an extent the brewery. I know Mikkeller brews at De Proef a lot, and I'm quite fond of his work, but I do think that this brewery might be a bit too scientific and clinical to pull off a proper sour.
Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: Pours a 1.5 finger head of some limited cream, pretty good thickness, and great retention for the above average ABV. Colour is nontransparent non-opaque caramel-red. Generally appealing, but far from ideal for the style. No floating yeast particles are visible - perhaps due to the nontransparency.
Sm: Brett yeast - lending it some complex funkiness, other yeast, some cream, hints of bacteria, and tart fruit. A moderate strength aroma. Both complex and subtle. I'm excited to try it; it's certainly alive. I'm hoping the taste lives up to the promise of the aroma.
T: Pleasant cream opens it up to the nicely brett-laden flavour profile, complete with bacteria, tart cherry, and yeasty notes that manage to add complexity and a light spicy character without feeling overly biscuity. Cream resurges on the climax. The cherry juice might mute the profile a bit; it feels a bit timid. No alcohol comes through - not a bad feat given the 7.00% ABV. Balanced nicely. I'd like it to trust its flavours more and really bring the boldness, but it's pretty mellow - to its detriment. Complex, layered, and subtle. The malts don't come through hardly at all even as an aspect of the foundation, which I think is to its benefit but also lends it a certain emptiness that detracts from the body; consequently it comes off a bit weak and not nearly as full-bodied as I'd like.
Mf: Light on the palate, delicate, and silky smooth, with some cream throughout as an undertone. Perfectly carbonated. It's thin, but this strangely works for the beer. That said, it just doesn't have a strong impact on the palate, a characteristic amplified by its weak body.
Dr: Very drinkable, especially for the relatively high ABV. I could easily drink this all night - and would want to, if not for the somewhat limited quality and high price. I had high hopes for this beer and while it didn't meet them, I wouldn't call it a disappointment. I wouldn't purchase it again without some age on it, but I might recommend it to fans of this specific style. As sours go, it's far from exemplary.
Drank fine out of me goblet.
Would pair well with a vinaigrette black olive salad.
04-10-2012 07:15:52 | More by kojevergas
3.98/5 rDev +1.5%
Pours a murky brown with a 3 inch foamy beige head that settles to a craggy cap on top of the beer. A foamy latticework of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt/grain, earthy yeast, funk, and some sour cherry aromas. Taste is of sour cherry and mild Brett funk up front with some earthy grain flavors on the finish. This beer lives up to its name and is indeed sweet and sour at the same time. There is a lower level of carbonation with only a slight crispness. Overall, this is a good beer that is quite tasty and easy to drink.
04-04-2012 02:10:52 | More by UCLABrewN84
Zoetzuur Flemish Ale from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
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