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Bacchus Vlaams Oud Bruin


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Castle Brewery Van Honsebrouck
Ingelmunstersestraat 46
Emelgem (Izegem)
8870
West Flanders, Belgium


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Beer Style

Old Flemish Brown Ale



The Beer

In the same vein that gueuze beer typifies the Pajottenland region, this beer is also a genuine Flemish regional product. In the Roman pantheon, Bacchus (son of Jupiter) was the god of wine, inebriation and general drunkenness.

The beer thus acquired its name in 1954 due to its wine-like taste. Bacchus is one of those beers that was placed on the beer map thanks to Castle Brewery Van Honsebrouck).

When Luc Van Honsebrouck decided to stop brewing pils, he clinched a deal with Krüger from East Flanders. Krüger would start serving Bacchus in his cafés and quid pro quo, Luc would sell Krüger pils in his establishments. Proportionally, Bacchus was in far greater demand.

The beer’s real breakthrough came in 1975 when the demand for Rodenbach (another 'Oud Bruin') increased exponentially and the brewery was unable to keep up with demand. Thus, the production of Bacchus was stepped up. Within a few years’ time, production increased to around 25,000hl.


Alcohol

4.5 % ABV

Fermentation

Mixed fermentation, matured in oak barrels.

Ingredients

Bacchus is brewed with natural basic ingredients: water, malt, hops, yeast and sugar.

Colour & Transparency

Bacchus is a genuine 'roodbruin' beer with crystal clarity. It is very noticeable that this beer has matured in used wine barrels. Offers a rich and creamy head when poured correctly.


Serving Temperature

5 °C / 41 °F

Serving Glass

In common with all beers in the Castle Brewery Van Honsebrouck range, Bacchus has its own glass and its own logo. It may not be the most modern or elegant drinking vessel but there is no need for that. This glass gives off a vintage vibe that is a perfect fit with this artisanal and traditional beer.


Character, Tastes & Aromas

Fruity aroma, touches of wood and vanilla. Mildly and fruitily sour, although compared to many other beers of the Oud Bruin type the sour taste is less pronounced.

Also comes with accents of red wine and gives a pleasantly long finish.


Culinary

This beer was not designed to be a culinary or gastronomic beer, unlike some other beers within the extensive Van Honsebrouck range. It goes without saying that Bacchus is one of the oldest products offered by this brewery.

When Oud Bruin was developed as a beer style, no thought was given to gastronomy when brewing beer...

This beer does have wine-like touches though, which makes it eminently suitable for use in the kitchen or to accompany and enhance a range of dishes. As long as you take into account the slightly sour accents it gives you.


Keeping and Storage

Bacchus can be kept for a period of time and will undergo a taste evolution.

Testimony to this are the “grand cru” and “vintage” editions launched by certain breweries producing this type of beer.


Availability

Bottle ✔       On Tap

Oud bruin has taken a dive in popularity. Quite a few breweries have disappeared which means that this beer style is sometimes described as ‘endangered’.

Nevertheless, Bacchus remains (together with the raspberry and cherry versions) an important pillar supporting the range of beers offered by Castle Brewery Van Honsebrouck. It is produced all year long but may be a bit harder to obtain in supermarkets than the general Kasteel range.

Although, thanks to the brewery’s flourishing export business, you can get hold of this beer outside of Belgium.


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