Bacchus | Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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Brewed by:
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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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.51/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 9-30-2011 (about 1.5 years old). Poured into a tulip glass.

Not a pretty beer, but refreshing. Reminds me in some ways of a dry wine cooler. Nothing more than an average Flanders style beer. One that I would be willing to drink again if my choices were limited. You might want to give it a try.

A - Very well carbonated. Pours a cloudy dark brown/amber with a two-finger rocky head, which quickly disipates. Did not see any sediment. Minimal lacing.

S - Sour cherry, slight sweetness.

T - A citric tartness. No latic sour, rather dry, pale maltiness.

MF - Sharp, fizzy, dry.

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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

This dark brown beer has a poorly retained neck (the style expects more retention). The aroma brings cherries, peppery tones, and molasses - and wood-like tones. The malt, both in aroma and taste, should be more pronounced, here expressed as toffee. The aroma expressed well the acidity, and, despite the aging of 2.5 years, no vinegar notes. The cheeriness is expressed both in aroma and taste, and is very pleasant. The body is medium, super carbonated, oily, and smooth. The end is acid, pleasant, but brief.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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3/5  rDev -19.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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Photo of srhoadsy
3.96/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served chilled into a fluted tulip.

Pours a deep mahogany color with a quarter inch beige head that quickly recedes leaving light surface layer with moderate to heavy lacing.

Aromas of carmelized sugars and tart berries.

Flavors of tart berries and cherries, carmelized sugar with a musty mineral background.

Medium bodied with a crisp, dry finish.

I really liked this beer. It is a little on the pricey side but makes for a nice sour.

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3.52/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

[Suggested Glassware: Tulip Glass]

The pour was a murky medium chestnut brown with an average (1-2 finger) light brown creamy head that receded at a steady pace, down to a light scattered film and medium collar with excellent full sheeting of lacing.

The aroma was of a toasted sweet grain malt and a musty Belgian yeast with notes of candi sugar, dark fruit (plums and cherries), a hint of red wine and a light oak cask presence.

The taste was sweetly tart and rather yeasty with a large dose of dark fruit (plums I believe) and a hint of candi sugar that lasted throughout, with the finish having a mild wine presence, a touch of sour berries and a light woody taste towards the end. The flavor lasted an average time after the swallow, with a bold fruity tartness left lying on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was a shade or two below medium in body and lightly dry in texture with a strong fizzy carbonation.

Overall this was a nice fruity brew that that possessed a somewhat bold tartness along with a mild sweet candi flavor, which worked very well together to make sure that no one characteristic overpowered the other...

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3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured a deep red/brown with bright clean ruby highlights along with a thick and creamy long lasting head, tons of carbonation filtering up from the bottom for a long time.

The smell is a little bland, just lightly musty and bretty with a touch of sweetness.

The flavor has a very musty deep dark basement quality to it, not really sour, just and underlying tartness and funk, a very hint of sweetness along with some cedar notes. The finish is especially musty.

The mouthfeel is super creamy and rich.

I like certain aspects of this beer a lot, but feels a bit thin where it counts, smell & taste. Still, its not to bad.

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