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Zoetzuur Flemish Ale | De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

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BA SCORE
3.91/5
Very Good
347 Ratings
Zoetzuur Flemish AleZoetzuur Flemish Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
Belgium
proefbrouwerij.com

Style: Flanders Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by marburg on 11-15-2004

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#7,259
Reviews:
196
Ratings:
347
pDev:
13.04%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Gots:
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Photo of Budlum
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

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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4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly hazy reddish orange/copper color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big tart cherry, cranberry, strawberry, raspberry, lemon, lime, pear, apple, plum, red grape, fruit skin, hay, straw, grass, oak, caramel, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, light pepper/leathery funk, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of fruity/earthy/funky yeast, cherry juice, and moderate dark/bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big tart cherry, cranberry, strawberry, raspberry, lemon, lime, pear, apple, plum, red grape, fruit skin, hay, straw, grass, oak, caramel, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, light pepper/leathery funk, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Light fruity/acidic tartness and yeast/tannic oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of cherry, berry, lemon, lime, pear, apple, plum, red grape, fruit skin, hay, straw, grass, oak, caramel, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/earthy/funky yeast, cherry juice, and moderate dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/tart/spiciness balance, and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light dryness from tart/tannic notes, lightly increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready, fairly acidic/tannic, and slightly slick balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 7%. Overall this is an outstanding fruited Flanders red ale! All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/earthy/funky yeast, cherry juice, and moderate dark/bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the balanced acidic/tannic flavors. Very complex on the Brett flavors, with lighter underlying lacto presence. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of shelby415
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jjwisenheimer
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MickeyHops
2.96/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of stevoj
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown / ruby in color, with small beige foamy head and lots of soapy lacing. Cidery aroma, sharp acetic taste, but smooth enough to enjoy . lingering sweetness and a bit of tartness.

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Photo of Jame515
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Hellpop65
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bigred89
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JMS1512
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beginner2
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

"Sweet and sour" is what Zoetzuur means in Flemish. Accurate .
MJ reviews this one beer at length, giving a great explanation of the uniqueness of Belgian yeasts and, by implication, the Flemish character.
Starting on page 197 of His "Great Beers of Belgium", I recommend this passage for anyone who is a fan of the style. And if you are not a fan (like I am not), it may just open your mind... as it may have for me.

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3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.52/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of trekie86
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Stillmakingnoise
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of OKFine
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sparty55
2.63/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of whatname
4.16/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Eziel
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 347 ratings
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