Bacchus | Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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BEER INFO

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
Ratings:
546
Reviews:
209
Avg:
3.67
pDev:
12.53%
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
55
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 546 |  Reviews: 209
Photo of Roybert
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EdgarGerik
3.61/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Trappist119
4.29/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of YvesB
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of mattsander
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DangerDawg
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Duffman79
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of biboergosum
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

375ml bottle, with a paper-wrap label holding all the deets. What is it with this brewery and artificial sweetening agents?

This beer pours a clear, dark orange-brick brown colour, with three hefty fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and mildly bubbly tan head, which leaves a bit of my kid's dinosaur cookie profile lace around the glass as things quickly dissolve.

It smells of tart cherry, plum, and apple juice, white wine vinegar, a twinge of sour yeast, and semi-sweet bready, grainy caramel malt. The taste is quite in line, with mixed and matched plum, raisin, red apple, and cherry underripe fruit notes, cooking vinegar, grainy, lightly doughy pale and caramel malt, and a sort of free-range, but understated and thin brown sugar thing.

The carbonation is fairly frothy and a tad fizzy, but keeps it mostly reined in, the body on the light side of middleweight, and generally smooth, with a soft airy creaminess arising as it warms. It finishes off-dry, the somewhat tart fruitiness still predominating.

A pleasant enough rendering of the style, the tart, complex fruitiness sliding right in alongside the base caramel malt, while any other astringencies keep the noise down. Worthy of checking out if you're into sour beers that don't destroy your palate.

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Photo of MLoxxer
2.83/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I poured this beer from a 12.7 oz bottle dated May 22 2014 into a 14.75 oz porter/stout glass. The head dissipated very quickly, almost like that of a soda pop. It did however leave a remnant of foam around the periphery. The color is a rich, dark brown, through which light does not pass easily. The beer's aroma is very unpronounced, it does have a very slight nose which pleasantly reminds me of a lambic. Flavorwise this beer is pretty mild with a pleasing sourness but not at all fruity. The mouthfeel is very good, there is a nice tannic presence. Not having tried any other Flemish Oud Bruins I have nothing to judge it against. I do like it, it's just a little too mild and understated for what I expect from a $6.00 per bottle Belgian though.

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Photo of sporklift87
4.29/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Arthuros
3.1/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Vieille brune. Old dark beer, ciderey like as you'd expect.

If that's what you're into, its delicious. Otherwise, it's surprising, a bit aggressive, bit pleasant after a few sips. Still unusual though.

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Photo of Vylo
4.75/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of blisscent
4.07/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of MaddDogg84
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sathanas
3.81/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dar482
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours in a dark garnet.

The aroma offers tart cherry, vinegar, candy sugar, red grapes, vinous flavors.

The flavor follows with a medium candy sweetness, hints of Luden's cough drops, grape, red wine, a medium tart quality with a touch of vinegar, vinous, although the finish falls apart onto some malt.

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Photo of n2pux
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of vinivini
3.57/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MichialTanner1
3.17/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of timothybarney
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jaszucs
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nightrain87
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of lillitnn92
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Quonmisc
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DeadeyeOTDO
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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