Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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Sour - Flanders Oud Bruin
Ranked #77
Ranked #36,570
3.74 | pDev: 12.3%
Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
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Jaasoares from Virginia

3.76/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark, opaque brownish/black with a minimal brownish head which disappears almost instantaneously with no lacing. Aroma is classic to Flanders red ales - big tart cherry aroma with some vinegar like characteristic. Taste doesn't pack the punch of the aroma. Tart cherries with an acidic bite, but the flavor is not as full, sweet or balanced on the acidity as some others in this category. The finish is an unbalanced bitterness.

Jun 15, 2021
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josanguapo from Spain

3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

De Decervecitas. En copa Mahou Barrica. Estudiando Reglamento de PA. Curiosa. Cuerpo ligero, aguado, con una acidez muy comedida y agradables notas a tofi. Con un mayor cuerpo creo que ganaría bastantes muchos enteros.

Apr 26, 2020
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edward_boumil from New York

3.61/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

L: reminicient of cola, dark brown color. Can’t see through. Head dissipates quickly.
S: smells kinda like cherry cola. Notes of dark fruit, raisin,fig. Lots of dark sugar, toffee
T: cola and dark sugar with cherry. Repeat of nose but with a bit more acidity than anticipated.
F: a bit thin, could use more carbonation.
O: a good beer by all means, but probably not worth the $5 I paid for the bottle

Nov 10, 2019
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VABA from Virginia

3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours a hazy dark reddish brownish color with a very slight head and lacing
A- Aroma has fruity and caramel malt hints
M-The taste follows the nose with a fruity and caramel malt flavor
M-A light bodied moderately carbonated beer
O-A well done Flanders Oud Bruin

Aug 25, 2019
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12.7oz green bottle. Gold/black foil wrapped cap and bottle. No bottling date found.
Medium brown colored body. Slight off white colored head, results in skiff and ring. Some spots of lacing left behind.
Smell is malt, yeasty funk and vinous.
Taste is vinous, green apple, malt, and a little yeast funk. Blend of slight sweetness and tart.
Medium mouth feel. Very good carbonation.
Quite refreshing Belgian concoction. Quite of dry at the end with some stickiness through the sip.

May 26, 2019
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

on draft in a bar in Ghent, Belgium. in proper Bacchus 25cl glass

dark red, clear, with both dark ruby and some brownish highlights. pleasant mixture of some caramel malt, dark fruit, and vinous tart flavors. medium bodied.

Dec 17, 2018
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AyatollahGold from Indiana

3.28/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pouring a 12.7 oz. bottle dated 02/14/12 into a wine glass. This beer pours out with surprising carbonation. Bubbles fizzing, form a crown and quickly dissipate in seconds. The beer itself is a dark brown. Like a strong tea. The smell itself is acidic with very little of anything else showing through. Seems bland from the smell. The taste comes in with an almost a tea like sweetness and a tart acidity. Mouthfeel is dry. It ends up being almost like a sour tea, kind of. It's not bad by any means.

Nov 18, 2018
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keithmurray from Connecticut

3.59/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled in 2012

Appearance - deep eggplant color with slight tan head

Smell - grapes, cherries, vinegar

Taste - Cherries, grapes, vinegar, sweetart

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium plus carbonation, cherry/grape upfront, tartness/acidic on the back end

Overall - decent iteration of a style I don't sample very much

price point - $4.99/12.7 oz bottle

Oct 23, 2018
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macrosmatic from Florida

3.47/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 12.7 oz. bottle into a Tampa Bay Brewing Company snifter glass.

A: Quite dark brown, hazy but not quite opaque. Forms a thin off-white head, but it fades fairly quickly.

S: Malty sweetness up front with bits of toffee. Mild funk and bleu cheese, and a hint of acetic tang in the background. A bit weird, but not terrible.

T: Sweet malts and toffee again, with malic acid tartness and milder acetic acid burn. Some grape juice or low-tannin vinous character, and a candied fruity flavor (like cherries and lemons). Some funk and some cheese and some feet. It finishes with some sweetness fighting the malic and acetic tartness.

M: An average heft to the body. Good carbonation sensation, and the alcohol presence noticeable but not overdone.

O: This is weird, though not completely unenjoyable. It doesn't really strike me as a Flanders at all; if that's what you're looking for, I'd go elsewhere. Still, the flavors aren't objectionable if somewhat style-defying. But nothing to seek out.

Jun 24, 2018
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marcbosch from Netherlands

3.89/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: dark ruby red. Thin but dense and persistent head, plenty of lacing.
Smell: mainly sour with green apple but with a malty backbone.
Taste: Reminded me of sherry. It starts with green grape (not exactly unripe, just grapes of any sour variety), a point of cane/candi sugar. Malty. Complex and satisfactory.
Sensation: medium bodied, strong and fizzy carbonation.
Overall: very pleasant and enjoyable.

Jun 16, 2018
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Dinglehacker from Wisconsin

4.4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into snifter. Dark ruby brown. Nice cream colored head, but no retention.

Cherry and fig nose.

Sour, thick taste follows. Some grape and chocolate.

Smooth mouth. Lightly chewy.

Delicious sour brown. Belgians do not make bad beer.

Apr 10, 2018
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cyrenaica from Canada (ON)

3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle
4.5% ABV
Queen’s Quay LCBO Outlet (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
October 4, 2011
The beer poured a murky brown colour with translucent edges and a thing tan cap. The aroma was tart cherries and vinegar. The mouthfeel was medium bodied with medium high carbonation. The flavour was tart cherries up front, some sweetness in between, and a very sour finish.

Mar 28, 2018
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The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours dark red with almost no head at all. The aroma is for most part suggestive of a sweet beer, albeit with some tartness. However the flavor is very mild and only a little but sweet. Some vinegar notes. Light body for the style. Easy to drink.

Dec 12, 2017
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.44/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent brown/scarlet with a pinky of sandy colored head. Slightly better than average head retention& lacing

S: Musty grain, & a little cherry too once warm

T: Hints of red grape, cherry, dryness & slight sourness up front, aged weedy hops as well. More cherry, a little bit of leafy hops, a touch of red grape & faint tartness as this warms. Finishes tart, with a little cherry & leafy hops

MF: Light body, negligible carbonation

A very muted take on the style, not that impressed. Perhaps I should've drank it sooner? Was expecting it to be more assertive

Oct 22, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a dark rugged brown color with a thin white foamy head that dissipated immediately. Some messy lacing. The aroma starts with some apple cider vinegar, lean sour to sweet with an embracing caramel loved malt. Some green apple fresh tartness flows over the soured malts. The flavor blends the sour to the sweet. Green apple sticky aftertaste leading on into the finish. On the palate, this one sat between a light and a medium on the body. Semi-sessionable sort of mild sour and then sweet sort of funky and then oatiness. Overall, this is a good Flanders Red ale that I could have again.

Jun 23, 2017
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Suds from Missouri

3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My wife and I shared this one on Christmas Eve... it is a ruby-like color with some brown and a tall, fizzy, tan head. The aroma is complex....malt, spice, apples, tartness, wood, earthiness. Interesting. The taste is refreshingly tart, but it doesn't cross the line to sourness. There is, however, an underlying sweetness and malt character. Very nice. Cherry, apple, grape....lots of flavors. The finish is just slightly dry. Quite good.

Dec 24, 2016
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janubio from Spain

3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque red colour, with a medium head that fades soon, leaving a lace that draws figures on the glass. Aroma of grapes, sherry wine, cherries, vinegar. Medium body, with a creamy palate and an average carbonation. Taste is sour, grapes, cherries, wood, sherrie wine, vanilla.

Oct 25, 2016
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stephens101 from Oklahoma

3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown with faint hues of crimson. The tan froth settles quickly into a thin quilting.

Smells of grain,brown sugar and ripened plum.

Tastes sweet with a sharp tartness that passes quickly. More plum and brown sugar and even a touch of berry. Very dry and light to medium in body.

Not a tart bomb, but hey that's ok with me.

Oct 02, 2016
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superspak from North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours crystal clear deep ruby red/brown color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of lightly tart cherry, berry, raisin, plum, red grape, apple, caramel, brown sugar, toasted bread, light nuttiness, oak, hay, straw, herbal, light funk, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, oak, and dark/bready malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of lightly tart cherry, berry, raisin, plum, red grape, apple, caramel, brown sugar, toasted bread, light nuttiness, oak, hay, straw, herbal, light funk, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate fruity/acidic tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of cherry, berry, raisin, plum, red grape, apple, caramel, brown sugar, toasted bread, oak, hay, straw, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, oak, and dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/tartness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness fro macidity as well. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth and lightly creamy/acidic/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.5%. Overall this is a very good Flanders brown ale. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, oak, and dark/bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink. A bit tame on complexity, but still showcases nice classic style character overall. A very enjoyable offering.

Jul 24, 2016
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Dzu from Russian Federation

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into chalice.
L: Dark brown color,transparent with a weak white foam head.
S: Sweet red wine notes, caramel.
T: A little sourness, spicy, tart may be raspberry notes , but too ordinary.
F: Low carbonation, average body.
O: Interesting but not my kind of beer.

Jul 14, 2016
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dshiplet from Maryland

3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle purchased at Drink Vanuxeem in Ploegsteert Belgium in May 2016. Cap on bottle said 20/10/2017.

Pours a clear mild brown color with very little head. What head did form dissipated in a few seconds.

Smells of fruit and vinegar, but very mild.

Tastes the same with a moderate acidity. Very pleasant on the tongue. Not as sour/tart as many other Oude Bruins.

Feels very smooth with just a slight carbonation. Low carbonation for a Belgian!

Overall very drinkable. I'd drink it again if I could find it easily.

Jul 05, 2016
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ngusset from Oregon

4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Goulden Carolus chalice on 5/5/16, bottled on 5/22/14. Beautiful rich dark brown malt color. Impressive grey brown head. Smells faintly of cider or raspberries, and rust. Crisp mellow tartness, very refreshing, good mouth feel, light yet not too thin.

May 06, 2016
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Beginner2 from Illinois

3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

MJ's "Great Beers of Belgium" calls the West Flanders shop Van Honesbrouck "prolific" and says it "has in the local style a beer called Bacchus: lightly toffees, with an almond nuttiness, and a spritzy raspberry-like tartness in the finish."

As for my notes, they can't be deciphered. I should have Bacchus again.

Apr 26, 2016
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dorianmarley from Ohio

3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is dark brown with a very fluffy tan head and nice lacing.

Nose is tart, with apple cider vinegar, cardamom, crusty bread.

Taste is mildly tart, with malt vinegar, cherry juice, RC Cola.

Mouthfeel is refreshing with medium-mild carbonation.

Overall, not the best Flemish in the world--mild in flavor and personality--but I'm not asking for my money back either.

Feb 13, 2016
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BeerWithMike from Nebraska

4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampling right now on 1/13/16. Comes in a heavy single 12.7 ounce green bottle that I purchased today at Whole Foods in West Omaha for $5.99. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a 14 ounce "STORZ" snifter glass.

Brew pours a deep mahogany in color with a small beige foamy/creamy head. Some light spotty lacing is seen when sipped but not a whole lot. Aroma is of tart dark fruit which might be cherries with some 'vinegary' overtones. Taste follows the nose with tart sourness. Actually goes down easy with no harshness or bitterness. Lighter-bodied with perfect carbonation. Like a sour ale which I actually like. A different tasty brew that is worth a try.

Jan 13, 2016
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