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Barbe Ruby - Brouwerij Verhaeghe

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Ratings: 62
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 15.73%
Wants: 1
Gots: 7 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Verhaeghe visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: JAHMUR on 12-03-2013

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Ratings: 62 | Reviews: 21
Reviews by JayQue:
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3.91/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice fruity summertime beer. Poured into my Grape and Gourmet store tulip from a 330 ml bottle. Fizzy pink head that dies fast and a brownish hazy body that lets in ruby tones when held to a light. Head retention and lacing are slim to none.

Smell is of sweet black cherries. Fairly potent and pleasant.

Taste is very good. The initial sip is sweet black cherries in a malty beer. The next sip introduces a mild, pleasant "sweet tarts" tartness to go along with the black cherry flavor. Very nice.

Mouthfeel is light crisp and tart. No hint of the 7% plus abv. If this was served in a Big Gulp cup, I would drink the whole thing.

Well worthwhile for sipping on a warm day.

More User Reviews:
Photo of russpowell
3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crimson/brown with a pinky pinkish/tan head. Nice purple colors when illuminated. Head falls off quickly, near zero head retention & lacing

S: Strong cherry notes, some berry notes

T: Some cherry, blackcurrant & raspberry notes, with tartness up front. Slight jammy notes as this warms, black cherry sweetness, somewhat reminds of fresh cherry juice Like I used to buy in Colorado. Finishes dry, tart with berry & cherry notes

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation

A decent beer for the style, a little too sweet, drinks easy, ABV is well hidden. Needs more tartness & is a bit too clean tasting

Photo of Keneally43
4.96/5  rDev +32.3%

Photo of GRG1313
2.78/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

This is a glass that looks fine with a super red color and a very fast fading pink head. The smell is just awful! It smells like super cheap strawberry licorice and the taste, while still has a very sweet strawberry character follows the nose albeit a bit more tolerable. Very strawberry soda in all respects. For some people this very sweet beer may be appealing. For a "beer person" this may well be undrinkable.

Photo of VeganUndead
4.32/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KevinGordon
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of MAUEX_MFA
3.2/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of enelson
4.43/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Lindemans stange. Pours a dark cherry red with a three finger light red head with good retention and nice lacing. Aroma is pretty much pure cherry juice with slight tartness. Flavor follows, rich ripe and tart cherry juice and marzipan sweetness. Sweet to start, but finishing with a bright tartness. Light bodied with active carbonation. This a cherry kriek from top to bottom. Cherry dominates the flavor and gives a nice flavor progression from sweet to sour. The finish has a bit of astringent sourness that is an off-note, but otherwise quite enjoyable. Possibly the closest I've come in a beer to pure cherry juice. Not for the cherry averse. The ABV is totally covered and I could have been fooled into thinking I was drinking intense cherry juice.

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of mendvicdog
3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of plaid75
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ShanePB
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of jarrett123
3.76/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of CHickman
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at The Lark in East Northport, NY: Pours ruby red with a 1 finger tan head that faded slowly and left minimal spotty lacing.

Smells like black cherry soda, brown sugar, caramel, cherry, fruity candy and sweet juice like a fruit punch Juicy Juice. It smells really damn good, nice and fruity but not cloyingly sweet.

Tastes like it smells and is just like a black cherry soda, with a mix of strong cherry, plum and other dark fruits, brown sugar, caramel, fruity candy like Skittles and Razzles, fruit punch Juicy Juice, and a slight tart sour pucker in the finish. It may be a little too sweet but is still very tasty with complex fruity flavors, and a nice mix of fruit that also brings in nice some malty sweetness and a slight sour finish. The fruit tastes real and not artificial.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a watery feel, a sweet mild sourness that is slightly bitter yet its still very tasty. Overall a very good and unique beer that was really well done for a fruit beer. I liked it so much that I ordered a second glass and several of my friends tried it and agreed that it tasted like a black cherry soda, was quite different and enjoyable for a beer and one of them even ordered their own glass. Very un-beer like, but a good change of pace brew.

Photo of chefbigjon
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of patrick802
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of WCW
4.17/5  rDev +11.2%

Photo of GWAR
4.4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Sour cherries reminds me of grandmas sour cherry pie from traverse city.

Photo of JDizzle
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of WynnO
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of Shawnspl
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Stinkypuss
2.39/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Pours a red color with a pink head. The aroma is full of overripe cherry bordering on syrup. In the taste, sweet cherry, table sugar, and a very slight tartness. This is much more of a mainstream fruit beer than anything else. Medium bodied and quite sugary. Overall this is an O.K. Belgian fruit beer at the very best but pretty much cloying. Cough syrup is the closest comparison, needs more sourness. Disappointing, especially since they produce the fantastic Duchesse de Bourgogne in the same brewery.

Photo of teromous
4.57/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown body that only allows hints of red when held directly to a light. The head is a very delightful unsaturated purple and pink color with tiny bubbles that leave some lacing on the glass.

S: It smells of fresh sweet smelling cherries. It's very one dimensional, but direct and to the point in a very pleasant manner. Wonderful. Despite its lack of complexity it does one thing, and one thing well. Cherry.

T: Sweetness covers the palate at first, like biting into a fresh sweet cherry. A tartness and mellow sourness quickly follows, leaving a bit of roughness on the back of the palate like drinking a glass of fresh cranberry juice. There is a hint of musty character that lingers but does not dominate. Slight residual tartness on the sides.

M: It has great carbonation and is very lively with its puckering sourness and pleasant sweetness.

O: Overall it is a very sweet kriek. I feel that it is important to declare that from the start as both a welcome and warning sign. As a kriek it is amazing. Wonderful flavor and aroma, great appearance in the glass, and just enough pop in the mouth. Again it is very sweet, so I would not recommend it to those who would shy away from a sweet "sour." I would happily drink it again if I could find it. I would not call it balanced, as it favors sweetness over sour. Quite a bit of overcompensation, but still very tasty.

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Barbe Ruby from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
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