Zoetzuur Flemish Ale | De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

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3.91/5
Very Good
Zoetzuur Flemish AleZoetzuur Flemish Ale
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Brewed by:
De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
Belgium
proefbrouwerij.com

Style: Flanders Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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#14,485
Reviews:
196
Ratings:
348
pDev:
13.04%
 
 
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Reviews: 196 | Ratings: 348
Reviews by Douglas14:
Photo of Douglas14
3/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out a dark amber color withblittle to no head. The smell is very interesting. It has a slight lactic and acetic sourness along with a meat-like quality. Partially good partially bad. On the palate it is much better. There is a slight residual sweetness to acompany the sourness that is very nice. A downside is the same aroma comes back up through the back of my nose, bringing with it the meat quality. The beer grows on me though as I drink more of it.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.68/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

$ 10.81 (Including tax)/750 mL ($ 0426/oz.) at Central Market, Alamo Heights, TX
Undated cork and cage bottle at 42 degrees into a hand washed and dried JK snifter. Opens with a soft “pffft”.
Aroma – faint odor of cherries and a little Brettanomyces “funk”, overall very enticing.
Head – large (Maximum 4.5 cm, aggressive pour), light tan, frothy, diminishing to an irregular six to ten mm ring with lacing and a thick heaped island with rocks. Second pour yields a much dense head.
Lacing – excellent. Wide rings of tiny to small bubbles connected to the remaining pour lace by thin columns of tiny bubbles.
Body – a quite attractive red amber with some slight chill haze,
Flavor – begins with a slightly sweet cherry flavor which has a slightly bitter tail. It ends slightly dry, as advertised. Malt flavor is absent. Hops, alcohol, and diacetyl are all absent from both the aroma and taste. Overall, fruity and nuanced.
Palate – medium, watery, lively carbonation

This is a very good Flanders red and should be renamed “Michael Jackson’s Zoetzuur” since he helped develop it. I’ll buy all this I can find.

Appearance 4.5, Aroma 4.5, Flavor 5, Palate 4.5, Overall 4.5

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Photo of Mineo
3.12/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

there's no sour flavor or Brett character whatsoever. maybe my bottle is too fresh? either way, this wasn't a very good beer for the price. cherry and grape flavors come through but the backbone is a clashing between typical ale breadiness and non-existent Brett. this needs some age to sour it up, I guess.

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Photo of scottwurst
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of lic217
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of bsuedekum
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of kojevergas
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml brown glass bottle with hood and wire cap over a cork served into a Guinness goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the style and to an extent the brewery. I know Mikkeller brews at De Proef a lot, and I'm quite fond of his work, but I do think that this brewery might be a bit too scientific and clinical to pull off a proper sour.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger head of some limited cream, pretty good thickness, and great retention for the above average ABV. Colour is nontransparent non-opaque caramel-red. Generally appealing, but far from ideal for the style. No floating yeast particles are visible - perhaps due to the nontransparency.

Sm: Brett yeast - lending it some complex funkiness, other yeast, some cream, hints of bacteria, and tart fruit. A moderate strength aroma. Both complex and subtle. I'm excited to try it; it's certainly alive. I'm hoping the taste lives up to the promise of the aroma.

T: Pleasant cream opens it up to the nicely brett-laden flavour profile, complete with bacteria, tart cherry, and yeasty notes that manage to add complexity and a light spicy character without feeling overly biscuity. Cream resurges on the climax. The cherry juice might mute the profile a bit; it feels a bit timid. No alcohol comes through - not a bad feat given the 7.00% ABV. Balanced nicely. I'd like it to trust its flavours more and really bring the boldness, but it's pretty mellow - to its detriment. Complex, layered, and subtle. The malts don't come through hardly at all even as an aspect of the foundation, which I think is to its benefit but also lends it a certain emptiness that detracts from the body; consequently it comes off a bit weak and not nearly as full-bodied as I'd like.

Mf: Light on the palate, delicate, and silky smooth, with some cream throughout as an undertone. Perfectly carbonated. It's thin, but this strangely works for the beer. That said, it just doesn't have a strong impact on the palate, a characteristic amplified by its weak body.

Dr: Very drinkable, especially for the relatively high ABV. I could easily drink this all night - and would want to, if not for the somewhat limited quality and high price. I had high hopes for this beer and while it didn't meet them, I wouldn't call it a disappointment. I wouldn't purchase it again without some age on it, but I might recommend it to fans of this specific style. As sours go, it's far from exemplary.

Drank fine out of me goblet.

Would pair well with a vinaigrette black olive salad.

High B-

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Photo of archero
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of vandemonian
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Zoetzuur has a cloudy red-amber colour and a a huge foamy head that lasts forever. It has a strong smell of sweet cherries and hops.
The strongest taste is the sour cherries and some hops. There is a good balance between the maltiness and the hops though. Fruity alcohol and sourness was evident in the aftertaste. There is very little carbonation so it was a little flat in the mouth. As I drank more of this, the sourness became too strong.

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Photo of draheim
3.3/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750mL into a tulip. Pours a clear amber w/ a 2-finger head that leaves behind a thin web of lace, moderate carb.

Aroma is tart and fruity. Sour cherries, dry oak.

Taste leads off with a disagreeable grainy quality. Ruh-roh. Crushed aspirin, copper penny. Not nearly as much tartness as the nose implied. Vague sour cherry tempered by sweet fruity malt, but that metallic taste mutes everything else.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp, dry. Soft on the palate, good carbonation.

Overall I just didn't enjoy this very much. The flat medicinal grainy taste ruined it for me.

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Photo of Twal
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of ste5venla
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of pumptrick
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of bubseymour
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Funky with a hint of cherry.

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Photo of elec
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of XmnwildX12
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Geuzedad
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Grape and Gourmet. Poured a nice reddish brown into my tulip with a 1 finger thick fizzy head and lots of lacing retention.

Smell was a definite Flemish Red. Lots of barnyard funk with cherries, vinegar, and a hint of spice.

Taste was definitely a tart sour with a hint of sweet in the middle and a sour finish but not what I expected.

Mouthfeel was medium with slight carbonation noted. Overall not bad.

I split this with GalenGeueze. We decided this was worth a repurchase but as it was a 750 ml bottle, it not something we would want to drink alone as it was more of a dessert style and not a session beer.

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Photo of crobinso
2.5/5  rDev -36.1%

Photo of dprophet
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of harrymel
2.42/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Unknown age on the bottle, but it was in the discount bin, which means it was at least one year on the shelves...

Poured to NB globe.

A: Pours a hazy mahogany ale with little to no head formation despite turbulent pour. Affluent peanut colored film is broken sans evident carbonation.

S: Raisins, prunes,,,,dark fruits dominate the nose. Quite difficult for me to discern. As advertised, sweet and sour. Very reserved as far as flemish ale's go.

T: More tart than I had anticipated. This is quite nice. However, the fruits continue to limit the appreciable flemish qualities one would anticipate. As the ale resonates, I start to sense the cherries typical of the style.

M: medium bodied, low carbonation.

D: Having a hard time enjoying this one. It's tolerable, but I wish the bottle wasn't 750ml's. ended up pouring half out.

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Photo of afsdan
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of imasloth
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Bright red with a large, quickly dissipating white head. Barely a peep when we pulled the cork but carbonation was certainly there. fine, but quickly disappearing lacing.

S- Tart, with even a Sweet-Tart characteristic, and cherries, the tart kind. A bit vinous.

T- Cherries (sweet) and alcohol to start. Then the sour kicks in a rules the day. Maybe a hint of green apple. Dry. Very interesting flavor profiles, with perhaps even a milky aftertaste. I'm into it.

M- Smooth and medium-bodied, with a wine-like taste on swallow. Some dryness in afterfeel.

O- I really like this one. I'm new to the style so maybe that's part of it, but I'm pleased.

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Photo of micstache
3/5  rDev -23.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of BT_Bobandy
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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Zoetzuur Flemish Ale from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 348 ratings