Bacchus | Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
Belgium
vanhonsebrouck.be

Style: Flanders Oud Bruin

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Jason on 09-12-2002

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Ranking:
#31,423
Reviews:
216
Ratings:
560
pDev:
12.67%
Bros Score:
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Ratings: 560 |  Reviews: 216
Photo of Nichols33
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of macrosmatic
3.47/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of marcbosch
3.89/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of Tstromer
3.16/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mmilyko
3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Dinglehacker
4.4/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

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Photo of cyrenaica
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
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
$4.50
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.

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Photo of ajdemma
3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of dandy14
3.76/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of patra7
2.67/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of russpowell
3.44/5  rDev -7.3%
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

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Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ArnoldStotzer
1.5/5  rDev -59.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Photo of igl
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of anon
3.57/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of csmrx7
3.87/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of jakea
3.84/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of probert
4.31/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jodio
3.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jrfehon33
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Suds
3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of janubio
3.56/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of peabody
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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