VAN HONSEBROUCK BACCHUS Oud Bruin recently became available in our area, and it was our pick for a beer from Belgium to BrewView this week. We have enjoyed the KASTEEL and ST. LOUIS beers from them as well, and found them to be of great quality.
APPEARANCE / THE POUR:
4.5% ABV. Poured into a tulip shaped glass at 55°F. The pour is a hazy, reddish-brown with a nice 2-finger, dense off-white head with large bubbles. The meniscus is medium to slow rising. The Brussels lacing is good, once the head starts to collapse due to the acidity of the beer. The head does hold a nice 1/4″ density throughout consumption time.
AROMA / BOUQUET:
Has the classic fruity esters to it- plums, prunes, sour black cherries. The sour black cherry bouquet is dominant. Sweet toffee in the background. The black cherry bouquet intensifies during consumption time.
Upon first taste, you’ll taste the extreme sour acidity, very sherry-like in it’s dryness. You can also taste the oakiness as well. This is an “old” Oud Bruin.
MOUTHFEEL / PALATE:
Medium bodied, classic “sweet and sour” mouthfeel and aftertaste to it. The acidity wakes up the tip and the back of the tongue.
FOOD PAIRING SUGGESTIONS:
APPETIZERS: Fresh cherries and raspberries. ENTRÈES: Barbequed meats with rich sweet sauces. DESSERTS: Chocolate Pots de Crème, Cherry cheesecake.
We thoroughly enjoyed Bacchus. It is a very complex Oud Bruin in our opinion, excellent to world class level. Seek this one out.
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