Bacchus | Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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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Ratings: 553 |  Reviews: 212
Photo of seavercm
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of DaveHS
3.03/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a coppery red with a half inch of khaki head that recedes quickly. Very little tartness in the nose. Mild sweetness,a grainy something or other. Honestly, there is so little going on in the nose it's almost not worth mentioning. Thin, soft mouthfeel. Not nearly enough sharpness or acidity for the style. A delicately tart cherry sweetness with a grainy finish that fades almost instantly. This beer was a tease. It did not satisfy my craving for a Flemish sour.

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Photo of zookerman182
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rvdoorn
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2004 vintage from tap at the vlaamse reus in Wageningen.
Look: dark reddish-brown color with almost no head, but a nice lacing in the glass.
Smell: Sweet and sour, candi sugar, oak, vinegar, red fruits and dark fruits
Taste: Similar to the nose: sweet with a slight sour aftertaste. Cherries, candi sugar and dark fruits, with some wooden tones in it. No hop taste.
Mouthfeel: Low carbonation and medium-thick body
Overall: Very nice and balanced. Much better than the fresh one, although still a bit too sweet for the style

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Photo of constantine_272
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown with a deep haze. A cross between dark muddy water and black tea. Viscous sticky dotted tan foam. Low carbonation.

S: Slightly sour black cherry and prunes. Earthy. Rich brown leather and wet wood chips. Tangy and slightly lactic.

T: Starts off cool, watery and refreshing. Rich tanginess of cherries, cranberry and pomegranate. More dark salty chocolate and sour raspberry comes through. Slight mild fruit sweetness finishes long with a little tingle.

M: Thin light and refreshing. The tanginess finishes the beer clean. Very mild sweet dryness finishes.

O: I really liked this one. The mix of slight sour, dark fruit and rich earthiness really worked well together. This beer had a lot of flavor, but in a well rounded way unlike other beers that just try to be the most sour or the most roasty.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of OneDropSoup
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a stemmed tulip, bottled on 8/18/09: Deep reddish-brown with ruby highlights under a finger of tight tan head that dissipates & leaves thin covering.

Smells of tart cherry candy, green apple, a sweetness reminiscent of maple syrup or a little toffee. There's a kind of chalky mustiness or the smell of old, dusty paper - not bad at all (moth balls?). Pretty complex, I keep going back as different notes assert themselves at different times. Fades a bit, but still good.

Tastes good, not as complex as the smell would suggest: more green apple, tart cherry, a tiny bit of molasses. Fairly acidic but overly so, very light breadiness at the back end. Tastes a little like Fresca, maybe?

Medium-bodied, bracingly acidic, has some weight. Scrubbing carbonation.

Not as complex as some other examples of the style, but no real flaws or turn-offs. Pretty tasty brew, I really enjoyed this.

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Photo of slimntubbs
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of jayhawk73
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a dark red color w/ a one finger brown head, which quickly goes away. Lacing is average at best, probably a little below that. Good looking beer overall.

S- Smell is that of woody-ness, cherry, and a slight tartness. A little on the weak side from some others I've tried in this category. Seems a little one dimensional to me.

T- Very smooth for this category of beer, and not in a good way. It seems as all the flavors have been muted or watered down from what they should be. The taste also disappears faster than any beer I ever remember trying. It's literally gone in about 5 seconds. This might be a good introduction into this style of beer, but it misses the mark w/ me.

M- Lacking the tartness and feel of the best in this category. That's about it...

O- This is a good beer, it just seems as though it has been watered down in a lot of ways. Definitely check it out if you're new to the style, but there are better out there.

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Photo of MarioM
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dr_Fox
4.28/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jcubz
4.26/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Pug
4.58/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

It's a damn good oud bruin, accessible for someone new to sours while still holding up several years later.

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Photo of Roybert
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dweedlebug
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of gory4d
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of TicoCali
5/5  rDev +34.8%

Photo of Bierleichen
3.69/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hellhammermario
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of TruePerception
3.99/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Previous review, transferred from beer journal)

Castle Brewery Van Honsebrouck's Bacchus: Flemish red, a finger of lopsided (?) head, fades quickly; mid-dark reddish brown; Smell: pretty good amount of tartaric, raisin; Taste/Mouthfeel: nicely active carbonation, moderate tartaric, black cherry, kinda dry; good; 4.5% ABV.

Poured into a pint glass.

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Photo of MeisterBurger
3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark and dense with ruby/purple highlights topped by a thin beige head.

Acidic aroma with raspberry

Taste is like cherries and grape pop, with a powdery sugary sweetness that makes the raspberry tartness barely detectable, but it slowly builds as apple cider vinegar flavour come to the fore. Finishes clean and quick.

Medium-light body with heavy carbonation.

It's good, but not nearly sour enough.

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Photo of Peyton5410
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

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 jakewatt135
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of sisuspeed
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this into a small tulip glass. The color is a clear raisin maroon with a thin white head on top.

Lots of fermented grape and wine notes on the nose. A little bit of stinging vinegar as well. I get the image of something sweet and syrupy.

This is my first Flanders Oud Bruin so I really have no idea what to expect. Quite the deviation from what I normally drink, but after the first sip I can say that I'm liking it. The flavor has a fruity, vinous character with some nice sourness. The aftertaste is dry and vinegar like with some sweeter malts mixed in. Slightly bitter at times and a little peppery.

The mouthfeel is good, well carbonated. Drinkability is also better than I expected. I didn't think I'd really get into the sour thing much, but I find my hand keeps reaching back for the glass to get another taste.

Overall, I thought this was a pretty good beer. My first introduction to sours and I can say that I'd like to try a few more. Would probably even pick this up again if it were a little cheaper around here.

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