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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Ratings:
546
Reviews:
209
Avg:
3.67
pDev:
12.53%
 
 
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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Photo of deschutes_fan
3.87/5  rDev +5.4%
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 Goldfish19
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12.7oz bottle

Bottled on: 04/14/09

This has been sitting in my fridge since the beginning of 2011. Bacchus pours reddish brown in color with an almost nonexistent head. The aroma is made up predominantly of sour cherries. I can make out a slight vinegary/musty oak aroma, but it's faint. However, this becomes more apparent as the beer warms up.

By what the smell indicated, I thought I would get more of a tartness in the flavor, but it was mild at best; finishes dry.

Overall: Is Bacchus a watered down version of what a true flanders oud bruin should be? Possibly, but it works here, especially for a beer at 4.5% ABV.

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3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle split between 5oz sampler glasses (for comparison with Rodenbach Grand Cru). Bottled On date is 110705.

Pours cloudy, brown, very small head. Some carbonation. Smell is tart, fruity, very nice.

Taste is tart, but not heavily. Fruity, maybe cherry, fairly mild.

Mouthfeel is dry and smooth. Overall, this is a pretty darn good beer.

In comparison, the Grand Cru seems sweeter and fruitier and brighter in terms of flavor -- it just seems to have more going on.

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look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12.7oz standard pressure-cap bottle into a goblet in high elevation Kalispell, Mont. Reviewed live.

A- One-finger khaki-colored head with active, fat carbonation. Boils down to no head. Nearly black body with no clarity. Meh looking beer.

S- Tart, wooden notes. Slightly sour with a caramel malt.

T- Tart and tasty. Cherries and some fleshy fruits. Belgian notes. Sour and reasonably well balanced.

M- Some fizzy carbonation, slight dry finish. Clean.

O- Definitely not the best sour, but the taste is quite nice. Appearance and smell are both disappointing.

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3.99/5  rDev +8.7%
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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4.32/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The best Van Honsebrouck I know. It comes very near to Rodenbach and Liefmans. The nose is even better. The taste is a bit less pronounced.

L: good top; chestnut brown colour, caramel, lasting foam of big and small bubbles;
S: great funk and tartness; reminds of gueuzes;
T: round, nice sour, wood and nuts, touch of wine;
M: I like strong beers, but in it's style this is very refreshing, only 4,5%! Start and after: perfect. Then a bit hollow, but ending very nice; great drinkability; not too sour;
O: you could wake me at night to drink one.

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Bacchus from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
3.67 out of 5 based on 546 ratings.
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