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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#31,435
Reviews:
216
Ratings:
560
pDev:
12.67%
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Ratings: 560 |  Reviews: 216
Photo of ssjkyle
4/5  rDev +7.8%

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

Aroma is strong, yeasty and fruity. Pours a dark, slightly hazy brown with a thick, fine-bubbled, persistent light tan head. Rich and fruit flavor is more like a cider than a beer, with a firm apply tone and hints of malt and yeast. Hmmm - don’t believe I’ve ever had a Flanders Oude Bruin before! Smooth texture has good fizz, firm body, and an interesting nip to it. A refreshing and distinctive beer.

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Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.84/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sample bottled March 2009- opened Jan 2012

APP- Light haze, deep ruby brown, low off-white head, became crystal clear as the glass warmed.

Smell- Big caramel with nut, light smoke, light herbal hop, sour cherry, light coffee, light citrus, all delicate under big caramel, allspice, clove, earth, dried prune and apricot.

Taste- Very mellow, only lightly soured, no tart flavor really. Light date, nut, berry, honey covered apple, shortbread, big toasted vanilla, dimension roundigthigs out, cracked pepper, super complex but mellow, easy drinking and highly cohesive flavors.

MF- light bodied, fluffy,creamy, not bracing in any way.

Overall- This is one of the best beers I have ever had. Period. Amazingly complex, a million flavors, but I could suck it back without a thought if I wanted to.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.27/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dull copper color but appears dark burgundy when held to light. Head gently simmers down to a thin collar then was gone completely by mid-glass.

Middling black cherry aroma with a mild vinegar twang. Cinnamon and sugar. Tastes like black cherry with cinnamon sugar edges.

A very balanced and humble version of the style. Hits all necessary points but doesn't excel at anything in particular.

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Photo of Sourgirl714
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

Photo of LoadedSchells
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of clay_i
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark, reddish brown. No head. Like, none whatsoever. Some slight effervescence from the bottom of the pint glass.

N - Tangy and sweet with quite an upfront cherry flavor. I found the sour aspect to be very refreshing and unique compared to what I've had in the past.

M - Medium body. Very acidic as far as I'm concerned. Low to moderate alcohol burn.

O - Enjoyable and drinkable, but I don't think I'd want more than one at a time. Very bold. I think it'd be best to drink alone (as in with no food) or as a night cap.

This is the first self-proclaimed "sour ale" I've had. I enjoyed it quite a bit, but can't give it higher scores without knowing the style better.

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Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of TheBronze
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of nate1357
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
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 theminutemen
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of rderedin
2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

Photo of MrJolly
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of siddhartha
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

Photo of vonnegut21
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of stealth
4.75/5  rDev +28%

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

Pours a dark burgundy amber brown color with a fine khaki tan head, highly carbonated fine bubbles. Minimal lacing speckled in even patterns forms with each sip. Aroma a hint of dark roasted malt character with underlying sliced apple fruit notes, with a lingering acidity noted in each sip. Flavor is outstanding absolutely nice and refreshing oud bruin, not up to the level of Goudenband but damn tasty. Roasted malts come across initially followed by a light acidity and tart apple and pear combob, minimal yogurt zing to it. Not as wild or barnyard as some of the Belgian wild ales I've come across. Mouthfeel finishes dry nicely acidic clean fruitiness enough sweetness to balance it out, carbonation is bubbly cleanses the palate with each sip. Overall a rock solid oud bruin that stands up with some of the best versions out there.

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Photo of SalMineo
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of birchstick
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the 33 Wine Bar in StL

A - pours a dark plum-like color. Deep hues of purple with some hints of brown.

S - the aroma consists of sugary malts and some dark fruits.

T - the taste starts off with sugary malts up front that move to a little bit of vinegar funkiness. The vinegar is mixed in with some tart fruits (sour apples primarily) and a touch of funkiness. Pretty nice.

M - pretty lively mouthfeel with some nice carbonation that sort of smacks your tongue. Ends dry.

D - This is a solid Flanders Oud Bruin. I sometimes find this style to have too much vinegar. but this one has a nice combination of fruits, vinegar, and funk. I would recommend trying this if you get a chance!

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Photo of TobinMitnick
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Review from 1/2011 notes. Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours deep brownish red amber. Virtually no head and no lacing. Sour fruit aroma. Sour cherry, slight vanilla and a touch of wood. Subdued flavors. A bit thin and lightly flavored. Clearly well made, but flavors are not appealing to me. Interesting to try, but probably not again.

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Photo of TheBishopco
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've always like this type of packaging on Belgian beers, just an unlabelled bottle wrapped in paper.

The pour reveals a striking red liquid with a dark brown core. The tan head lasts for no time at all but manages to leave a few meandering lace trails. The aroma shows a light lactic acidity with some fruit notes and malts. Quite a mild nose for the style. The taste is lightly tart with some sour cherry and herbal notes. The mouthfeel is thin with a sparse, big bubbled carbonation. Very light sourness and some mineral notes make up the finish.

This is a very light Oud Bruin. To my tastes its a little subdued, but I can see how this is a great introduction to the style.

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Photo of KevdoggNasty
4/5  rDev +7.8%

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