Bios Vlaamse Bourgogne | Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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Bios Vlaamse BourgogneBios Vlaamse Bourgogne

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

Style: Flanders Oud Bruin

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by rastaman on 09-19-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 33 |  Reviews: 24
Photo of Marius
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at THT June tasting. Dark ruby with a thin espresso head. Sour and sweet with notes of red wine and vinegar.

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Photo of jrob21
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Robloc303
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Pours a very deep brown, maybe even a reddish hue. Nose smells like communion :) Just as it smells, dark grape juice is the main flavor that stands out. tart cherries, slightly sour, very well carbonated, but defiantly is like drinking sparkling grape juice. It was rather enjoyable, though I could only drink this on occasion, but would defiantly drink it again and recommend.

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Photo of Howlader
4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

Photo of Stillyman11
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of KAF
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of davidwhatshisnam
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of aztraz
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of gory4d
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of barnzy78
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of Knapp85
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This poured out with a deep brownish red color. The head was fluffy at first but settles rather quickly and doesn't leave much behind in lacing or retention. The smell of the beer had a wine like quality to it and smells pretty tart on the nose. The taste follows the same basic path at the smell does. The mouthfeel is dry and tart, it's got some very light carbonation. Overall this Beer isn't too bad, I'd say it's worth checking out.

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Photo of nickd717
3.23/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Review dated 12/19/2008, from the tap.

Called "Monks Cafe Flemish Sour Red Ale" at La Trappe in SF. Came out of the gates strong but pulled up a little lame maybe halfway through. This is a novelty beer, with a strong sweet vinegar flavor and cherries, but it is a little too much by the time you get to the end of it. Maybe I just had too many sour beers that day.

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Photo of beerpirates
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottel @ kulminator 25 cl vintage 2003 !!

The beer pours a dark brown color with a beige head.
The aroma is tart apple and tart grapes.
The taste is caramel malt as well as tart apples and grapes. The apple is dominant. Low-medium carbonation and a thin mouthfeel. A pretty nice sour beer that is a not as sour as some, but has a nice fruity flavor.

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Photo of rarbring
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark ruby beer, a tan, with pink tones, head, rather small and quickly receding but wit some lacing.

Smelling of red sour fruits, cherry and rhubarbs.

The taste is actually quite sweet, dextrose with sour fruits, cherry, both the skin and the seeds.

Rather high carbonation, a foamy and refreshing feeling, a very light dryness.

A very good and solid original beer, refreshing in it's lack of hop character.

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Photo of beergod1
3.41/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Also called "Monk's Café Flemish Sour Red Ale" Pours hazy reddish brown into a tulip. Fine bubbly head with nice retention. Sour cherry and vinegar notes and flavor is just like the aroma. Thin with a bitter cherry finish. light to med body. A Nice sipper.

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Photo of jgasparine
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served at Cambrinus Restaurant, Bruges, Belgium.

A- Poured from the bottle with a slightly opaque ruby-tinged brown body. Little bit of visible carbonation. The head was substantial, rocky, proteinaceous and off-white head with wonderful lacing.

S- Smells like a classic Flanders Red- sweet and sour, good maltiness with some lactic notes. A touch of oak in there as well.

T- In the mouth it's actually wonderful. Classic rich Flanders Red flavor- a wonderful balance of candy malt and crisp tartness from lactic/acetic acid. No hops detected, just a touch of oak. Very dry finish.

M- Thin body. The carbonation is relatively soft. Nothing too impressive. Quite average.

D- A lovely classic Flanders Red that goes down super-smooth. Very thirst quenching and delicious.

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Photo of Travlr
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle.
Appearance was deep ruby red with a medium white head that settles quickly.
Smell of sour cherries, must and malt.
Taste was of wine vinegar, sour but with a slightly sweet beginning.
Reminded me of a less complex version of Rodenbach, similar to their "Alexander" which is no longer brewed. Interesting. Would love to taste an aged version.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to bosse for tossing this into our trade. I'm under the impression this beer is an ancient predecessor to Monk's Cafe Flemish Sour Red Ale. My bottle lists an ABV of 6% and has a best before range of 1987 through 1990 with no date punched - I suppose it's between 22 and 27 years old? Served in a wine glass.

A - Upon removing the cage the cork started to come out on its own. After moving to the sink the cork made a loud pop, but there was thankfully no gushing. Poured a semi-transparent dark brown and copper color with a finger of tan foam that quickly dissipated to a solid cap and ring. Pretty good looking after all these years!

S - The smell also exploded out of the bottle, filling the room with funky horse-blanket, sour cherries, red wine, rum-soaked dark fruits, and caramel. It actually reminded me a little of the Enigma I had last week but with more acidity to it. In any case it smelled terrific, and exceptional considering the age.

T - Unfortunately time has not been as kind to this element of the brew. The taste is very mellow, with a strong butterscotch/caramel flavor and a touch of oxidation. There is an element of tart cherry that builds on the top of the palate after a few glasses, but the age has smoothed out most of the interest.

M - Medium body, slightly sticky finish, light carbonation tingle. It's appropriate for a Flanders Oud Bruin, but nothing special.

D - My wife, Greg (gory4d), and I split the 750ml bottle three ways and it was pretty easy to drink - I had no problems downing a couple glasses. This brew is probably past its prime, but was still pretty enjoyable.

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Photo of bonbini26
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ the Ginger Man, listed as Bios Vlaamse Bourgogne, but I was told that this is pretty much the same beer that Monk's Cafe Flemish Sour Red Ale

Poured a deep ruby red/brown color into a tulip glass with a thin, fluffy, off white head. The smells of balsamic sour woodiness, with hints of burnt cherry. Tastes of lightly toasted bread, oak, cherries, and suttle chocolate Mouthfeel starts sweet and tart and finishes dry. I was hoping to have a little more complex brew here, it was a little of a let down

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Photo of MightyCow9
4.57/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I can't see colors so it get a good rating. This beer was really good. I brought it back from my Belgium trip. The Old Brown style was tougher to find than I thought. This one was a great example though. The sweetness that would be expected from a Brownish style of beer but heavily hit up with Brett sourness. I think that the sour was a good mix, slightly more powerful than the maltiness in this beer.

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Photo of indiapaleale
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber with some reddish hues and little to no head, lots of sediment in the bottle.

Smells is very strong of tart cherry, vanilla and vinegar/funk.

Taste is delicious with all the thirst quenching bittersweet sourness that these beers provide. This one definitely has a bit of that barnyard funkiness from the Brett but it works well.

Really enjoyed this "Bio" beer, they seem to be a bit of the trend right now in Belgium. Just like the "Organic" beer trend here in the States.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown. Foggy. Minimal creme head. Nose is biting. That sharp Brett infused kind of thing. Wood and cherry tones are there. Flavor is a biting vinegar. A little too much so IMO. I'd like a bit more wood and fruit tones. Still though, it works well enough for sour freaks like me. There is still a good enough balance to it. Feel is typical. Liquid is good and carbonation is a bit biting. You really have to appreciate the sours to be able to dig this one. If you're in that boat, you'll like it.

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Photo of Kiyoko
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Vintage bottle from 1988.

Saw it on the menu of Bishops Arms, Stockholm, and just had to try it. Looks like exclusive rum; very clear darkish amber. Heavy, sweet smell of raisins and rum. Smooth taste with more of the same, you can really feel the years in this one. Although it's not as heavy as a glass of rum, you have to drink it slowly and savor every sip.

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Photo of hopdog
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

250ml bottle. Bottle labeled 19/07/07.

Poured a medium reddish / brown color with a small sized off white head. With this one, I got wood (oak), cherries, toffee and I would call this one vinous. Tastes start off with stronger sour cherries then give way to chocolate (mmm, chocolate covered sour cherries), wood, and some other dark fruits. Nice cherry presence with lots of wood.

Notes from 12/27/06

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very murky dark brown in color with ruby highlights. Smell is extremely sour. Catches you off the bat. Very sour. Taste is very sour. Very highly carbonated, but still very sour. Some nice dark fruits, but the sourness takes over the beer and dominates. Very good beer. I would put this up against Rodenbach or the Ommegang Grand Cru that I just had a growler of. Well done.

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Bios Vlaamse Bourgogne from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 33 ratings