Barbe Ruby | Brouwerij Verhaeghe

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3.84/5
Very Good
133 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Verhaeghe
Belgium
brouwerijverhaeghe.be

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by JAHMUR on 12-03-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#15,052
Reviews:
38
Ratings:
133
pDev:
16.15%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 133 |  Reviews: 38
Reviews by benfons:
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3.29/5  rDev -14.3%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of Ginger-tipple
3.47/5  rDev -9.6%
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 acurtis
2.84/5  rDev -26%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Justdoit1234
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of russpowell
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crimson/brown with a pinky pinkish/tan head. Nice purple colors when illuminated. Head falls off quickly, near zero head retention & lacing

S: Strong cherry notes, some berry notes

T: Some cherry, blackcurrant & raspberry notes, with tartness up front. Slight jammy notes as this warms, black cherry sweetness, somewhat reminds of fresh cherry juice Like I used to buy in Colorado. Finishes dry, tart with berry & cherry notes

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation

A decent beer for the style, a little too sweet, drinks easy, ABV is well hidden. Needs more tartness & is a bit too clean tasting

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Photo of Keneally43
4.96/5  rDev +29.2%

Photo of MartyIU13
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GRG1313
2.78/5  rDev -27.6%
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 Antyk
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of VeganUndead
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KevinGordon
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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3.2/5  rDev -16.7%

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

Photo of jaydoc
3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of enelson
4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Lindemans stange. Pours a dark cherry red with a three finger light red head with good retention and nice lacing. Aroma is pretty much pure cherry juice with slight tartness. Flavor follows, rich ripe and tart cherry juice and marzipan sweetness. Sweet to start, but finishing with a bright tartness. Light bodied with active carbonation. This a cherry kriek from top to bottom. Cherry dominates the flavor and gives a nice flavor progression from sweet to sour. The finish has a bit of astringent sourness that is an off-note, but otherwise quite enjoyable. Possibly the closest I've come in a beer to pure cherry juice. Not for the cherry averse. The ABV is totally covered and I could have been fooled into thinking I was drinking intense cherry juice.

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Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of mendvicdog
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of spreadword
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Skyjmpr
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of plaid75
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ShanePB
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of jarrett123
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of jjamadorphd
3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of CHickman
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
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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Barbe Ruby from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 133 ratings