Barbe Ruby
Brouwerij Verhaeghe

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Style:
Fruit and Field Beer
Ranked #42
ABV:
7.7%
Score:
87
Ranked #15,206
Avg:
3.92 | pDev: 15.31%
Reviews:
46
Ratings:
155
From:
Brouwerij Verhaeghe
 
Belgium
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  4
Gots
  28
SCORE
87
Very Good
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Notes: “Barbe Ruby” is one of the four “Barbe” beers. The name of the series of “Barbe” beers refers to the Liege brewery “Barbe d’Or”. Brewery Barbe d’Or was a medieval brewery in the old town of Liege (Belgium) and belonged to the family “de Romsée”, an ancient Liege family whose coat of arms adorns the logo of the “Barbe” beers.

“Barbe Ruby” is a top-fermented beer. The “Barbe Ruby” is the fruity beer in the series of “Barbe” beers. Its taste has aromas of fruit with hints of almonds and light sour cherries. The taste is initially sweet and fruity and keeps nicely the balance with a refreshing aftertaste.
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Reviews by Keepnitrl:
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Keepnitrl from Washington

3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Apr 08, 2017
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Ginger-tipple from Belgium

3.47/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

Sep 04, 2016
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Lorihall1 from Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Jul 09, 2014
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npendres from Wisconsin

2.83/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Feb 13, 2016
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Dweedlebug from Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Mar 09, 2016
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wallbj from Oklahoma

4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jun 23, 2015
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MAUEX_MFA from Alaska

3.2/5  rDev -18.4%

Sep 10, 2014
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Rado from California

3.1/5  rDev -20.9%

Aug 28, 2014
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
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!

Second bottle much closer to it's end date is still great!

Jan 18, 2016
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VeganUndead from Virginia

4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Mar 16, 2015
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Axnjxn from North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle.

pours a bright ruby red with a huge head. the smell is MASSIVELY fruity...damn. the taste is so intensely sweet and fruity (strawberries, cherries) that it borders on undrinkable for me. im guessing this is how its supposed to be..but its just too sweet for me. medium bodied with high carbonation. too much carbonation in my opinion.

overall not for me. others may like it if they like an intensely sweet and fruity beer.

Dec 21, 2013
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Bluecrow from New York

4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

May 05, 2016
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jjamadorphd from Florida

3.59/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

I liked this and I hated it and it left me confused...

Right from the get-go this beer had me intrigued and not -so-happy with it all at once. It poured this disturbing blood-red color that I did not find appealing in the least, but then dropped good foam and incredible lacing down the glass. The smell was good - in fact, I loved it - sweet and tangy notes of cherries to go with a background of malt to tie it all together. The mouthfeel was light- to medium-bodied with an astringent feel on the tongue at the back end. Then I get to the taste - it reminded on the one hand of cough syrup, but the more I drank the more I started to think of it as what "good" tasting cough syrup might be...I just couldn't get into this. Anyway, I'm sure there are those who will find this fascinating and desirable, but this is one I will be on the lookout to avoid moving forward.

Apr 07, 2018
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Beer-A-Lot from Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +4.6%

Dec 13, 2014
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Pacioli1445 from South Dakota

3.57/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Mar 04, 2019
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Stevedore from Oregon

3.23/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

Jan 17, 2016
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mrcraft from California

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oct 30, 2015
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KevinGordon from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Dec 29, 2013
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Cashbail from New Hampshire

4.52/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sep 07, 2019
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NickThePyro from Washington

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mar 21, 2018
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Skyjmpr from Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Mar 30, 2015
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TubaDan from Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Jun 16, 2014
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WCW from Michigan

4.17/5  rDev +6.4%

Oct 29, 2014
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Barbe Ruby from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 155 ratings