Barbe Ruby | Brouwerij Verhaeghe

Barbe RubyBarbe Ruby
BA SCORE
66.4%
Liked This Beer
3.81 w/ 125 ratings
Barbe RubyBarbe Ruby
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Verhaeghe
Belgium
brouwerijverhaeghe.be

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by JAHMUR on 12-03-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#15,596
Reviews:
36
Ratings:
125
Liked:
83
Avg:
3.81/5
pDev:
16.27%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
22
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 125 |  Reviews: 36
Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.49/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is just a super fun beer. It pours dark red with a small pink hued head. The aroma is of huge cherry and cherry candy. The flavor is nicely balanced between sour and sweet even though the latter lingers for a bit longer. Lots of cherry again. Some mild funkiness and oakiness toward the end. Medium body.

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Photo of ShawnL
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Keepnitrl
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Barbe Ruby pours a dark reddish color, with a small lacing head. Big sweet aroma with noticeable notes of dry cherries. Flavor, is very balanced, nice dry natural cherry flavor. Very good feel, nice body of flavors. Overall, a very good fruit beer, natural flavors that is not too sweet.

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Photo of spreadword
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Oleg85
4.81/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of GreenMind
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Haybeerman
4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of sjdevel
4.37/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: 1-finger head. Deep almost blood red in color. Head fades fast (expected to be lighter on carbo). Quite hazy.
Smell: Very aromatic. Strong tart cherry and other dark fruits (grape, plum, etc.). Nice red wine scent. Slight hints of cider vinegar.
Taste: Quite tart and spicy at first. Gets very sweet and syrupy. A little savory/earthy in flavor next. Sweetness only backs off slightly. Cherries are pretty intense. Very good.
Feel: Full, but lower end. Nice and syrupy. Stays effervescent with a decent foam ring.
Overall: Very good. Dessert-like. Didn't taste like cough syrup like some cherry beers. Would make a nice glaze or mix into frosting.

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Photo of Treycotton
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jrfehon33
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AMarkle6524
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mmmbeer89
1.12/5  rDev -70.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I didn't realize i bought a bottle of wine until i popped open the cap. It was overwhelming wine smell right away, tastes just like red wine but with a gross carbonated thickness to it which makes it even worse than wine. Stay away from this if you hate wine like i do. I managed to finish the bottle just because i can never pour out alcohol no matter how gross it is, at least it has a nice ABV% which is the only good thing i can say about it.

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Photo of Greasy
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ginger-tipple
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am a great fan of Verhaeghe's beers and was excited about tasting this one. The look was great. The smell had a clearly sweet cherry overtone. The conflicting flavors of the sour brown base with sweet cherry did not come together. I experienced a similar problem when making my ginger kriek.

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Photo of Nat1975
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dzu
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from tap.
L: Dark red with a brown foam head.
S: Strong sourness, cherry.
T: Supersaturated taste, cherry, sourness.
F: Full body and high carbonisation.
O: Good saturated belgian.

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Photo of AlexAfonin
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of baggedlunch
3.46/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Nickcal
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bluecrow
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

-3 months after the "best before" date, bottle to glass. ( There is a huge inventory, but some never-discounted dust bombs in my local shop).
-pretty, deep cherry-brown color, initial froth is big-bubbled and soda-like, but a fine carbonation follows. A sweet cherry nose matches the tasty, cherry bite. There is a lot of fruit. tartness/acidity < sweetness. I'll try a tap pour if I ever see it.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Because Verhaeghe makes a couple of famous sour browns and because I am getting tired of so many people liking this style but me, I postponed drinking this bottle. But in the last month of "best buy" date, I decided to take the plunge and pop the top.

Imagine my surprise to find a very fruity, cherry beer.... very much like the wildly popular Wisconsin Belgian Red. In fact, that was what my buds first thought. My second taste separated the two, Barbe being a bit less tart in the finish... but still not too sweet, as is a less-than-sure brewer's temptation to please the crowd.

No worries here. This is a well-made ale ... but you should read the labels more carefully than I and have it fresh !

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Photo of samEBC
3.34/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Pray_For_Mojo
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip from the bottle.

Appearance: Beautiful. Dark ruby with a light pink head. This is the perfect Valentine's Day-appearance beer.

Aroma: prominent cherry with some faint menthol or medicinal phenols or fresh plastic off gases.

Flavor: very prominent cherry flavor. Sweet, like a cherry cough drop - the kind that are more candy than medicine. The plastic-medicinal flavor detracts from this beer considerably. As the beer warms, this flavor grows increasingly stronger and further compromises the overall quality of this beer. This beer is not tart but is quite sweet.

Mouthfeel: medium. A bit heavier than expected given the style, but this beer is 7.7%.

Overall: This beer starts out very promising, but the off flavors ruin it. It is worthwhile to try, but more than one would be a commitment, and there are far better examples of the style for the same price or less.

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Photo of Hayley_86
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Barbe Ruby from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
Beer rating: 66.4% out of 100 with 125 ratings
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