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
Ranking:
#28,581
Reviews:
218
Ratings:
563
pDev:
12.67%
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
60
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 563 |  Reviews: 218
Photo of srandycarter
3.06/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Ruby redish brown, fairly clear, Big head leads to small quick, then to ring. No lace.

S - Tart cherries. Cannot discern much else.

T - Thinner than hoped, tart cherries, artificial cherry flavor as well.

M - Light body, light carbonation, balance a little on the cloy side on finish.

D - Not my favorite, but glad to try.

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Photo of ambruns1979
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of FLima
3.66/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very dark brown colour. Almost no head, good carbonation with small bubbles.
Sour predominant aroma. Also, as expected a sour taste and vinegar, fruity, specially citric lemon. Great beer to drink as a bridge to the most lambic sour beers. Great drinkability, good surprise.

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Photo of roblund
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of ceetee26
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of HanaFriend
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of eric5bellies
2.53/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Drank from my Ciney sniffer

A - Pours a dark clear mahogany colour with a two fingered head that dies quick

S - Oak and vinegar

T - Very watery flavours that is acidic with little fruit but more vinegar

M - Light body with medium carbonation. More carbonation and body required.

O - disappointing, because it lacks flavours and body

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Photo of backlash
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of roblowther
2.84/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Dark reddish brown with a thin tan head with tiny Don Ho-like bubbles. Smells like oak, cherries, and leather. Sounds like an ad for 70's aftershave, somehow. The taste is very mild, with prominent sour cherries and some of that leather. Did I mention that its mild? I think my 70's aftershave model has mellowed in his old age. The mouthfeel is very slightly carbonated, not much to write about. Overall its lighter than I expected. Its not nearly as intense as some in the style, maybe this is the beginner version.

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Photo of seth72104
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of yossarian14
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

Photo of Dyerseve
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of Molson2000
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of aflies
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12.7 oz green bottle, nice simple label, clearly marked bottled on date (this one's right around a year old). Into a Chimay chalice.

Appearance: Brilliant warm mahogany hue with a nice ivory cap with decent retention.

Smell: Red wine barrel, light Brett funk, some musty malt, and tart apple/grape notes. Honestly, really quite pleasant.

Taste: Not quite as complex as the aromas, unfortunately, but still pretty nice. Light caramel tones, tart grapey fruit, a hint of Bretty funk, and a light, cleansing tartness. Hint of minerality and crackery malt on the finish. Actually, this is kind of growing on me throughout the glass.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated, tingly, tart, refreshing, and begs for another sip.

Overall: Definitely a sort of 'table' Bruin with the low gravity and less intense malt flavors than the bigger examples, but this was still enjoyable. This would likely make a very good gateway beer to introduce people to traditional Belgian sours, but is also quite refreshing and would likely pair well with a bit of Don Vino goat cheese and crackers, or perhaps a nice goat cheese marinara and toasted baguette.

Only big downside, $6.00-plus for a 12.7oz bottle...I'd give this an 84-85, B.

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Photo of acat25
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of DioS
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of beerpadawan
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of slowdaddy
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of JRod1969
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

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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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of cowboy83
4/5  rDev +7.8%

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

(Served in a teku)
bottles 090818

A- This beer pours an opaque garnet body with a light tan lumpy head that last as a meniscus film. A few lazy microbubbles trail up the side of the glass.

S- This beer has a nice mellow tartness with some dark cherry and vinegar hints to it but it is otherwise pretty clean.

T- The nice gentle tartness has some cherry qualities to it and a soft water and cola flavor in the finish. There is a tart fruit hint in the finish.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a gentle fizz in the finish that takes on a bit of a creamy character with no alcohol heat or astringency noticed.

O- This has some nice classic Flanders character but it is a bit one-dimensional with not much depth. It is smooth and soft and grows a bit as it opens but never gets much character.

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Bacchus from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
Beer rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 563 ratings