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Barbe Ruby | Brouwerij Verhaeghe

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Barbe RubyBarbe Ruby

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Verhaeghe
Belgium | website

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by JAHMUR on 12-03-2013

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Reviews: 30 | Ratings: 109
Photo of Bluecrow
4.09/5  rDev +9.1%
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 +3.5%
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 Pray_For_Mojo
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
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 Decker
4.38/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: hazy deep burgundy with a pink a head that dissipates quickly. S: straight maraschino cherries and cherry liqueur. T: again, heavy on the maraschino cherries. Not very sour. Mildly artificial tasting. F: medium-light bodied, with good amount of carbonation. O: a fantastic Kriek that I'll definitely pick up again

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Photo of Dentist666
4.21/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into flute.
Pours hazy dark burgundy beer with nice pink head, laces and good retention are in place, sediment poured in.
Smell - cherry, cherry liquor, yeast hue.
Taste - sweet cherry, cherry stone, almond,
Medium body and carbonation.
Excellent fruit beer.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle, it pours a dark burgundy with a pink head, which dissipates slowly. Lots of cherry in the nose. Sweet cheery in the mouth. Yum! Do not expect a traditional sour kriek lambic, but enjoyable!

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Photo of Stevedore
3.23/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz pour on draft. Served in a goblet glass.

Pours a dark reddish body, quite a bit darker than expected, almost wine-like. One finger dark reddish head, fair enough of retention, not much lacing. Smells of maraschino cherry. Not a ton else. Flavour is tons of maraschino cherry, a bit artificial tasting, not much in way of acidity or funk. Mouthfeel is medium-lower bodied, decent carbonation, but not much depth to it. Overall- nothing special. Average.

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Photo of justinp444
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on draft into a snifter it has dark ruby body with a slight pink off white ring head. Smell of black cherry, slight sweet malt, and slight floral. Taste is a ton of cherry, slight tart, little bit of earth, slight citrus, and berry. Mouth feel, carbonation, and body are moderate. A nice crisp straight forward cherry ale that lacks of the base style but is still a nice dessert beer.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
2.25/5  rDev -40%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Poured into a Barbe chalice.

Look: Deep ruby mahogany body with a khaki head that leaves only a wisp and no lacing after dissipation.

Aroma: Belgian yeast, cherry cough syrup.

Taste: Sweet sugar and cherry tart, syrupy and thick. Subtle wood notes.

Moithfeel: Medium to light, gives me heartburn.

Overall: Cherry cough syrup, heart-burn inducing.

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Photo of Wolberjs
4.75/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Looks like awesome sour cherry

Smells like awesome sour cherry

Tastes like awesome sour cherry

Overall is an awesome sour cherry beer.

If you don't like cherry or sour beers do not review this beer. If you do you're a douche.

On draft at small bar San Diego.

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Photo of bnes09
3.26/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Gorgeous ruby red color with a huge head. Candied cherry aroma. Ultra sweet cherry flavor. Barely sour at all. Unbalanced. Sticky, dense, syrupy feel. Descent carbonation.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.21/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a glass. From notes. Reviewed 21 July 2015.
Beautifully purple with a tight pink head.
Cherry syrup. A little cloying.
It tastes amazing. Rich and fruity, and a pretty good balance of sweet and tart.

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Photo of Weixiaobao
4.38/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A beautiful mahogany, purple pour. A pinkish red where the beer meets the foam.

Smell is chocolate covered cherries.

Taste has a surprising sour kick. Really well done. Not too acidic. Quite fruity.

Overall, a surprisingly refined and delicious beer. Love the sour notes on this one when I wasn't expecting it.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.99/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before 9/30/15.

Pours an almost opaque super dark crimson red with a foamy reddish-tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is slightly tart with black cherry, cherry juice, and cherry pie filling aromas. Taste is much the same with sweet and sour cherry juice, cherry pie filling, and cherry soda flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and dry mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice balance of sweet and sour cherry characteristics that make this one tasty and very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of mothmanscott
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a first for me in a beer, a murky, muted burgundy-ruby red hybrid color producing a pinkish, foamy, somewhat lived head leaving only a few wisps & motes of lacing. Aroma is sweet, vinous but ripe fruit cherry, reminiscent of tart cherry pie & cherry soda, undertones of malty caramel & brown sugar. Tastes is sweet cherry soda, tart cherry pie, cranberry &,a subdued dark fruitiness that leans mostly toward plum; the brown sugar & caramel are there but buried deeply under the fruit with a Sweet-Tart candy, musty finish. No hop presence. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation, mouth puckering tartness in the finish, a sandy prickle that can be felt in the back all the way into the throat, juicy wet into finish but drying in the aftertaste.

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Photo of Chessmaster
3.47/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from bottle into Barbe glass (both from Christmas gift pack)

A: The beer pours a hazy medium dark red, with a thin cap of white head which lingers. The beer exhibited some nice lacing on the glass.

S: The smell is a strong cherry smell, rich ripe fruit. No discernible malt or hop aromas. Unlike another beer I tried in the this gift pack, this beer luckily did not have vinegary notes. The smell was overall pleasant.

T: The initial taste is very pleasant, with strong cherry taste to match the smell. In the middle of a sip, the cherry gives way to a powerful tartness which is not as pleasant, and finishes with a pine-like hop aftertaste, which did not seem to match with the cherry flavors. There were no discernible malt flavors, this could have been a fermented cherry juice for all the malt flavor (none) present.

F: Prickly, effervescent carbonation. Light and refreshing.

O: Better than another cherry or sour beer I sampled from the same brewery, but still not really my cup of tea (mug of beer?). It probably falls well inside the style it claims to be (kriek) but again, not a huge fan of the style.

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Photo of CHickman
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at The Lark in East Northport, NY: Pours ruby red with a 1 finger tan head that faded slowly and left minimal spotty lacing.

Smells like black cherry soda, brown sugar, caramel, cherry, fruity candy and sweet juice like a fruit punch Juicy Juice. It smells really damn good, nice and fruity but not cloyingly sweet.

Tastes like it smells and is just like a black cherry soda, with a mix of strong cherry, plum and other dark fruits, brown sugar, caramel, fruity candy like Skittles and Razzles, fruit punch Juicy Juice, and a slight tart sour pucker in the finish. It may be a little too sweet but is still very tasty with complex fruity flavors, and a nice mix of fruit that also brings in nice some malty sweetness and a slight sour finish. The fruit tastes real and not artificial.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a watery feel, a sweet mild sourness that is slightly bitter yet its still very tasty. Overall a very good and unique beer that was really well done for a fruit beer. I liked it so much that I ordered a second glass and several of my friends tried it and agreed that it tasted like a black cherry soda, was quite different and enjoyable for a beer and one of them even ordered their own glass. Very un-beer like, but a good change of pace brew.

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Photo of Lemke10
3.41/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This pours a deep maroon color with a pinkish head. The aroma is sweet, tart and bursting with cherry flavors. The taste is sweet, smooth and full of cherries. It’s not as rich or bursting with flavor as I would have imagined but it is still fairly decent for the style.

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Photo of GRG1313
2.78/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

This is a glass that looks fine with a super red color and a very fast fading pink head. The smell is just awful! It smells like super cheap strawberry licorice and the taste, while still has a very sweet strawberry character follows the nose albeit a bit more tolerable. Very strawberry soda in all respects. For some people this very sweet beer may be appealing. For a "beer person" this may well be undrinkable.

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Photo of CatfishBrewery
3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a fun fruit beer. I did expect it to be tasty. The cherry is "bright". I'm really new at rating. I don't want to go crazy. If I'm off, show a little grace. Mouthful to me would be the ease of flow and amount of thick malt feel, this runs a little thin. Head, radish and came up on the pour, thinned out pretty quick, no real aftertaste other than the fruit. Warm and bready long aftertaste. Warm on the alcohol. Great hot day early afternoon beer or skip dessert and have this after ribs.

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Photo of benfons
3.29/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: dark ruby colour; very active but not a big head

S: cherry, but not overtly sweet, also some crispyness, plums and blueberry

T: a lot of sweet cherry, not much else

M: rather flat, not a lot of alcohol, okay

O: as far as cherrybeer goes not overtly sweet but still sweeter than I like. Not complex but okay.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
2.39/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Pours a red color with a pink head. The aroma is full of overripe cherry bordering on syrup. In the taste, sweet cherry, table sugar, and a very slight tartness. This is much more of a mainstream fruit beer than anything else. Medium bodied and quite sugary. Overall this is an O.K. Belgian fruit beer at the very best but pretty much cloying. Cough syrup is the closest comparison, needs more sourness. Disappointing, especially since they produce the fantastic Duchesse de Bourgogne in the same brewery.

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a crimson red color and a thick texture. There was an inch and a half of fizzy, off-white, somewhat long-lasting head. Not a whole lot of lacing.

S: A big aroma of cherries (no surprise there) and a bracingly sour component.

T: Tasted of black cherries (a lot of black cherries), a little malt and the sour element. This is an slightly odd flavor, but somehow enjoyable. It's almost like a cherry soda and beer had a baby. Interesting.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a sour, sharp finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

O: Not surprisingly, this is not a beer for everyone. It's kind of a strange one, and not in keeping with the style, but pretty drinkable nonetheless.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Taking a break from the common Flemish sour taste, this time its those rich and tasty indigenous cherries of Belgium that hold their own. With a monotone Belgian beer taste underneath, its the unadulterated fruit that takes command early and often in Barbe Ruby.

And indeed "ruby" it pours, capturing the color of cherry in its dark rouge and crimson saturation. And once the ale embarks upon the nose and palate, the intense cherry character overwhelms the senses. Strong black cherry saturates the palate early and often, introducing more succulent fruits of blackberry, plum and red grape.

On the middle, the cherry sweetness and weight acts like lifesaver candies, the cherry flavored ones of course, but also offering up the moderate fruit acidity to balance its sweetness and to give a mild cider-like and cabernet-like complexity.

As its sweet finish quivers slightly, the continued tang of cranberry, tart apple and under-ripened raspberry continues to balance the malt and fruit sweetness as they highlight a malty-dry finish. Its playful tartness never reaches astringency while a dessert-like candied taste lingers deeply after.

As tantalizing as the cherry flavors are, they are obviously dedicated however somewhat one-dimensional and unable to dry to complete satisfaction in finish. Its also hard to shake the notions of cough drops and syrups as well. Even though there's no artificial flavors about the ale, its candied character limits its drinkability.

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Photo of JayQue
3.91/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice fruity summertime beer. Poured into my Grape and Gourmet store tulip from a 330 ml bottle. Fizzy pink head that dies fast and a brownish hazy body that lets in ruby tones when held to a light. Head retention and lacing are slim to none.

Smell is of sweet black cherries. Fairly potent and pleasant.

Taste is very good. The initial sip is sweet black cherries in a malty beer. The next sip introduces a mild, pleasant "sweet tarts" tartness to go along with the black cherry flavor. Very nice.

Mouthfeel is light crisp and tart. No hint of the 7% plus abv. If this was served in a Big Gulp cup, I would drink the whole thing.

Well worthwhile for sipping on a warm day.

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