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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
546
Reviews:
209
Avg:
3.67
pDev:
12.53%
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
55
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 546 |  Reviews: 209
Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
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 acurtis
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark iced tea color with a 1 inch tan head that fades to a miniscule layer of foam. Lacing is minimal and patchy on the glass. Smell is of mild vinegar, sour cherries, and some woody notes. Taste is mildly sour cherry with a vinegar zing that is somewhat subdued. No bitterness to speak of. Beer has a very lively carbonation that is refreshing but it leaves a sticky coating in the mouth like soda will do. Drinkability is good but I have had better examples of this style, so I probably wouldn't get this beer again.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
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 kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Knapp85
3.13/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours out as a bubbly reddish brown color with a fizzy light brown head. The head vanishes very quickly and doesn't leave any lacing. The smell of the beer has a fermented cherry aroma with some oaky aromas too. The taste is slightly tart with some soft cherry flavors in the aftertaste. There is a bitter vinegar flavor in there too. The mouthfeel has a generous amount of carbonation. Overall it's a decent Flanders Red. Not overly thrilled with some of the flavors.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of metter98
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear reddish brown in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin beige head that quickly faded away, leaving a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of sour cherries and oak in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of sour cherries, although these aren’t that strong and there are some hints of initial sweetness.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate, a bit watery and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink but the sourness and flavors seem to be somewhat muted compared to other beers in the style.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
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 biboergosum
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

375ml bottle, with a paper-wrap label holding all the deets. What is it with this brewery and artificial sweetening agents?

This beer pours a clear, dark orange-brick brown colour, with three hefty fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and mildly bubbly tan head, which leaves a bit of my kid's dinosaur cookie profile lace around the glass as things quickly dissolve.

It smells of tart cherry, plum, and apple juice, white wine vinegar, a twinge of sour yeast, and semi-sweet bready, grainy caramel malt. The taste is quite in line, with mixed and matched plum, raisin, red apple, and cherry underripe fruit notes, cooking vinegar, grainy, lightly doughy pale and caramel malt, and a sort of free-range, but understated and thin brown sugar thing.

The carbonation is fairly frothy and a tad fizzy, but keeps it mostly reined in, the body on the light side of middleweight, and generally smooth, with a soft airy creaminess arising as it warms. It finishes off-dry, the somewhat tart fruitiness still predominating.

A pleasant enough rendering of the style, the tart, complex fruitiness sliding right in alongside the base caramel malt, while any other astringencies keep the noise down. Worthy of checking out if you're into sour beers that don't destroy your palate.

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Photo of emerge077
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On-tap at Map Room.

Brown body that glints red in the light. Some decent irregular lacing in the tulip glass. Cherry pit aroma, malt with slight sweetness.

Tastes of mild cherry with a hollow, thin carbonation. Initial vague tartness, that fades into a very light malty note, becoming sweet in the middle. Soda-like, not much firm lactic tartness at all. Dissolves to nothing pretty quickly. The sweetness seems a little artificial, but not cloying.

At 4.5% it's actually pretty drinkable, if not one-dimensional. It paired pretty well with a roast beef sandwich.

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Photo of brentk56
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear rust color with a rocky head that fades with some speed though it leaves some spotty lace behind

Smell: A rather woody aroma infused with caramel and cherry and just a hint of tartness

Taste: Opens with a combination of wood, caramel and cherry flavors, though the cherry becomes dominant by mid-palate, when the tartness starts to become assertive; still, after the swallow, the beer is rather one-dimensional, with none of the anticipated sour complexity and the finish is watery and presents much more sweetness than I would have expected

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation; a bit watery

Drinkability: A rather unchallenging Flanders Red though pleasant enough to drink

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.47/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear red colored beer with a small head that quickly disappeared. Aroma of oak is clearly present thought not has much as in other example such as Rodenbach. Taste is slightly tart with some nice touch of oak and very subtle cheery. Probably of the best effort from this brewery.

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Photo of zeff80
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, light burgundy color with a two-finger, caramel colored, bubbly head. It left minimal lacing.

S - It smelled of sour cherries and that's about it.

T - Good sour cherry flavor with some grape-like notes. No bitterness at all.

M - Crisp and puckeringly sharp. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is a very nice Flanders Red Ale but there are better out there.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.86/5  rDev +5.2%
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 superspak
3.78/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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