Zoetzuur

Zoetzuur
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
80
Aroma:
18 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Appearance:
5 / 6
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20
Description 

From the Flemish translation for "sweet-sour." This is a unique amber colored ale of multi yeast strain fermentation, with a hint of Belgian Kriek (cherry) juice added. The brewer has combined these elements in a subtle and complex blend where sour notes are balanced by tart fruit, hints of wood, and a velvety finish. 

Profile

ABV: 
7.0%
IBUs: 
21
Judges Review 
Nelson Crowle's picture
Judges Rating:
80
Aroma:
18 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20

Upon pouring, a good-sized beige head of small bubbles quickly fades, topping a hazy, copper-colored liquid. The aroma has slight bready notes, a background tartness and a fairly light combination of fruity esters including plums, cherries and orange zest. The typical Flanders Red has a complex fruitiness and sourness that this example does not. The first taste shows the cherry fruit as almost a background, with a bit higher orange juice and zest dominating the fruitiness. A bit of bready malt, a very light tartness -- definitely not the sourness that you typically get in a Flanders Red -- and a low level of floral and spicy hop character with a low bittering produces a slightly malty finish that is quite dry. This beer features a medium body with a fairly high carbonation -- some carbonic acid creates a prickly sensation, but the lactic acidity is missing in action (as is a light touch of acetic acid vinegar that some examples have). Basically the acidity is a bit too one-dimensional; this beer is missing what you get using the Lactobacillus and Brettanomyces that is typical of the style.

Brewery Introduction

The “proef” brewery is specifically equipped for the development and production of beers for third parties.

We brew on a relatively small scale: most often between 10 and 140 hectoliters per order. Our customers include beer architects (who most often contribute their own recipe), start-... Read More

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