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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pDev:
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Ratings: 555 |  Reviews: 214
Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle at Sin and Redemption. More or less balanced flemish red, actually good for the style, and a gateway sour. Dark grape juice colour with thin white head. Very pleasant smell, cherry. Cherry taste, also grape juice from the sugars. Above average mouthfeel. somewhat palate eraser, not bad for me.Good drinkability.

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Photo of jmhart
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at Leon's Full Service

A- deep ruby brown, pretty closed to clear, with not much head, but a nice lace atop the brew.

S- Sour blueberries and dark cherries with hints of oak. Some really nice acetic notes.

T- Strong acidic notes followed by those blueberries and cherries, hint of caramel, and all held together by some oaky tannins. No lactic notes at all.

M- Medium-full bodied and very refreshing. No carbonation, not much alcoholic bite.

D- A delicious Flemmish sour. Moderate amounts of acetic notes, but not even a hint of lactic acid. Extremely refreshing but still deliciously sour. Wasn't sure what kind of beer it was, so I asked the waitress, she said "It's a Flanders Red..." and I interrupted, said I'll take it, right as she said "but it's not as sour as say, Rodenbach, but it's really good and refreshing"

I tried it anyway and I'm glad I did. She was dead on. Not as sour, but still good and refreshing. It was nice given that I was sitting outside in 90 degree heat.

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Photo of Badger6
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12.7 fl oz bottle, bottled on February 14, 2012. Sampled on March 30, 2014. Over 2 years old.

A: Hazy reddish tinted brown body with a minimal tan head that vanished completely, leaving a small ring of bubbles at the glass edge.

S: Distinctly tart in the aroma. Cherries, wet grains, leather.

T: Follows the nose. Tart flavor is more pronounced. Sour cherry notes are clear, accompanied by some other tart fruits and hints of caramel sweetness. Finishes cleanly and dry.

M: Medium body, almost carbonation. Dry on the palate.

O: The bottle recommends a temperature of 41°F, a temperature some might think is too cold for a specialty beer. Absolutely sample it at this flavor, as it really allows the tartness of this beer to shine. It is funky in flavor, but this is part of the character, and actually quite enjoyable.

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Photo of bryehn
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first experience with this style, love the paper wrapper. Poured into an oversized wine glass.

Pours a deep ruby-chestnut colour with a moderate off-white head that gets retained as a collar.

Rather sour aroma with an unripened green apple or white grape tone. Earthy malt, fresh grains and a honey note are also present.

The taste is also sour, but subdued and approachable. I get a lemony flavour backed by yeast and a light, syrupy malt tone with a subtle woody finish. Nice, but could use a little more punch.

Fairly thin with a nice pop on the tongue. Low carbonation overall, but the long-lasting collar and yeast keep things bright. Slightly sour, acidic and dry aftertaste.

Very pleasant introduction to the style, really reminds me of a lambic or gueze minus the strong fruit tastes/smells. Will seek this beer/style out again for sure.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A well brewed Flander's Red, albeit a bit on the mild side.

Bacchus pours with a deep crimson/ruby color with a mystic glow and slight haze. A thin lace accumulates on top of the beer and covers most of the beer for most of the session. Good lacing despite the slight foamstance.

Medium tartness rises to the nose, decorated with obvious cherries, under-rippened berries, vinous-wine like notes, tanic oak, and cidery notes. Background aromas of toast and barley malt ride just behind all the fruit and yeast character. Quite complex and rounded.

Early flavors of tartness, cherries, and wood show up in moderately aggressive fashion. But those flavors quickly fade to softer flavors and mix well with the berries, cider, and musty notes. Interestingly the flavors remain muted through nearly the duration of the session. Light flavors of chocolate, nuttiness, and toast give a slight rebuttal to the sharp acidic tastes. The cherry character is more of a black cherry flavor instead of the usual bing or tart cherries. But the beer get quite bland for the style late.

The beer starts out acidic and mildly astringent. But as the sharper notes fall, the malt character rises and gives a bit of a creamy feel late, before fading into a last visit to the tart cherry flavors.

A good Flander's but lacks the intensity of flavors found in Duchesse du Burgogne or Rodenbach.

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Photo of dcmchew
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of dshiplet
3.81/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of Sathanas
3.81/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.82/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Usual wrapped, cork and caged 37.5cl bottle: opened in De Kuppe, Brugge on 31st Jan 2014.

Pours a murky brown with a red hue here and there, the head a thin covering of off-white.

Off wine aroma with some sour cherry hints: not as powerful as I expected though, nor as acidic or sour.

The taste is tart though, mixed old fruit barrel feel to the flavour, woody, earthy and with an overriding semi-sourness from the fruitiness.

A beer I've been meaning to try on my last three or four visits to Belgium, glad I made the effort to finally buy one.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.82/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Van honsebrouck Bacchus, Castle Brewery, no info whatsoever beyond, "Belgian ale".
Bottled on: 090414. What, is this a time traveling bottle of beer?

Cloudy and brownish red. Half inch of soft brown foam above.

Aroma: sour cherries off the bat, a little twist of tart, matched with sweet malt. Nice, soft sourness. Lovely stuff.

Taste: bracingly sour and puckering at first, sweet and sour cherries, lush and luscious. Rather mild, while still sophisticated. Sweetness rises, and is matched by the minor sour notes.

This one won't win accolades from the soreheads among the beer geek crowd, but it'll hit a sweet note with a wider public.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (25cl) tasted in 1999, matured in oak barrels
Appearance: dark beer with a beautiful hat foam
Smell: nose vinegared
Taste and mouthfeel: Forested mouth with hints of caramel, in a final slight acidity
Drinkability: a good beer in the style of red Flemish ales

Review added 12-08-2007, translated from french 1-20-2008.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received this as an extra from a generous BA! Thanks!

A- Body is a beautiful glowing red/brown hue that is completely transparent. Pours with a 2-3 finger foamy off-white slightly rusty head. This fades to a thin collar and little to no lacing is left behind in the glass.

S- Nose is fairly mild. Dark cherry, oak, a slightly acidic tartness, these blend pretty well.

T- Taste is mild and pretty similar to the nose. Dark cherry, oak, a hint of vanilla, the barrel really comes through for the finish as well as a hint of tartness to balance everything out.

M- medium carbonation and slightly thin-but still full and smooth body.

D- This is a classy classic example of this style. Its not a vinegar mess like the most well known example of this style-and its not anywhere near as tart or extreme as the American examples. Its simply flanders red-with a lot of oak barrel flavor and some vanilla, some charry, and some tarness. My only complaint about this is that the body is slightly thin. If the flavor were a bit fuller this would be world class.

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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 BGDrock
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes:

Appearance: head builds briskly but clears quickly, you can hear it crackling; deep ruby/brown colour; almost opaque

Aroma: almost of a wine at first, vinegary; a little floral

Taste & Mouthfeel: immediate sharp flavour; rasberry/strawberry tones; acidic, like vinegar; leaves a pleasant fruity taste on the tongue; almost a cleansing feel on the palate; tart, dry finish

Overall: cutting flavour; would be great as a dessert beer and the tartness is just right

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Photo of Naugros
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown with a ruby tinge, the beer is clear enough to see the carbonation that sustains the foamy ring around the top, but you can't see through it. The smell is sour, of course, and sweet with stone fruit and grape The fruits and sourness carry over into the taste, but the sweetness is knocked back a bit and it's surprisingly drier than the nose led me to believe. There is a tingle from the carbonation and the sour notes play on the tongue adding to the tingling sensation. Light to medium-bodied this is a beer for you sour beer lovers out there, but if you're looking for major pucker this one won't supply it. It's a little fruity, not overly sweet and moderately sour.

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Photo of korguy123
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BB Jan 2013

A- Muddled opaque brown with red/purple highlights around edges. Thin ring around glass, minimal lacing.

S- Grape skins, grape juice, apple skin, some sweetness of honey and a touch of funk, very minimal.

T- Nice tartness up front, followed by some grape juice and a touch of sweetness. I call this a good entry into the world of sours.

M- Light bodied, lively carbonation.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours brownish mahogany in color, with a very small just off white head. smells like a sour beer, with some notes of cherries and toffee in the shadows. flavor is brett like sour at first, but in a slightly sweet tempered way, relaxed compared to others. notes of sugary dried fruit come into play as well. feel is a bit sticky in the mouth, not as crisp as i like these beers to be, i feel it detracts from the overall experience, turning into a rather funky aftertaste in time. still, good carbonation and medium body, i would have another. i need to experiment more in this style.

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Photo of Whitey_from_Remedy
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Photo of peensteen
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown with ruby highlights, one finger of off white head, no lace to speak of. Smell is yeasty, funky wild notes, some cherry and other berry aromas present, lightly oaky at points. Taste is tart and yeasty, lots of fruit, cherry and red grape, vinous, some dark fruit, in finish with some malt, nice sourness. High prickly carbonation, light to medium body, nice feel. Solid stuff, very drinkable, on the more approachable part of the spectrum for the style.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.86/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

After visiting Russian River and loving their sours I now find myself gravitating in that direction. Seeking out sours I am even more convinced that RR does them right, having said that this is a pretty decent sour, abiet quite different but still darn tasty.

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Photo of deschutes_fan
3.87/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

375mL bottle dated 02/28/12

- Pours a deep chestnut brown, minimal foam but some carbonation.

- Smells of nice fruit, funk, vinegar tart... like a good belgium oud bruin should.

- Taste is mostly a mild cherry tart with some malt and maybe hints of oak. Flavor profile is straight forward and pleasant.

- Overall a decent oud bruin, nothing offensive and nothing too special. Lacking complexity and I was hoping for more of a sour punch, as the nose was hinting it could have. At the price of $7/375mL, I would choose Rodenbach Grand Cru instead, everytime.

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

Photo of Halcyondays
3.87/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a dark cherry red, with a small white head, leaves quite extensive lacing.

S: Strawberry, small stone fruit, acid, oak.

T: Very tasty fruit flavour of strawberry and cherry coming just from the malt and the oak aging, very good. Gets sugary and sweet at the end.

M: Not the driest Flemish red ever, tastes a little bit like they added sugar to this one, watery at times. Probably the least acidic sour I've had so far.

D; Not a bad Red by any means, not up to par with Rodenbach, but a good sour ale in its own right, I enjoyed it.

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Photo of kaiyote
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of 100floods
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a vinegar brown with no head. This beer smells pleasantly of vinegar/ketchup. There have been a few other's in this style, namely the Duchess, that have a similar smell, but this has more a vinegar aroma. Medium carbination, the sweet flavors kick through the bubbles the most. If this beer was ketchup it would be the best ketchup ever. I'm not well versed on Flanders Red Ales, but i'm a huge fan nonetheless. This combines a hint of sour with a nice sweet flavor found in bruins. The bottle tells you nothing of the beer's style and I was pleasantly surprised to pour this beer to find out its style. To be honest, there's nothing super special about his beer other than it's very tasty. It's less intense than the Duchess which is good for people interested in the style. CHECK THIS SHIT OUT!

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