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Rince Cochon Rouge

Rating: 3.2

This one is another beer I reviewed recently as a gift from my parents on their reutrn for France, although the beer itself happens to be a Belgian beer. This one follows on from the recently reviewed Grimbergen Ambrée and is the second of three beers I was given that I’ll be reviewing here. This one is a fairly strong fruit beer from the Haacht brewery but it was originally brewed by the Huyghe brewery from its inception in 2008 until the following year before Haacht took over production in 2010. Whilst not a beer that I’ve ever noticed for sale before, the beer is available to pick up online from various website but I very much doubt it’s one I’d have picked up on my own so I’m glad to have received a bottle.

Rince Cochon Rouge

Appearance (3/5): Pours a clear, pinkish red colour with a few fine bubbles rising to the surface. The beer is topped with a white and bubbly head that starts about a centimetre tall before fading to leave a thin and slightly patchy lacing across the surface of the beer.
Aroma (7/10): Naturally quite sweet on the nose with a strong raspberry and red berries aroma that features quite a lot of sugar and some syrupy cherry smells as well. Despite the fairly high alcohol content for a fruit beer, the alcohol itself is pretty much masked completely with the fruits covering it well and making it pretty hard to detect much else on the nose.
Taste (6/10): As expected going by the nose, this one is a really sweet tasting beer with a lot of cherries, some raspberry and plenty of sugar too. It’s not quite sickening thankfully but I imagine trying to drink more than one bottle would prove challenging. There is a little strawberry in there as well and the beer turns ever so slightly bitter towards the end but unsurprisingly it’s the sweetness and fruits that dominate.
Palate (3/5): Smooth, incredibly sweet and bringing a slight tang with it and the faintest bit of bitterness towards the end. The alcohol content is masked very well though and there is a syrupy, almost sticky feel to this one.

Overall (14/20): Not a bad fruit beer, yes it was very sweet and other than some bitterness towards the end there wasn’t a whole lot else going on but it was a pleasantly sweet taste and it never felt sickening or overly sweet. I particularly liked that it was stronger than most other fruit beers I’ve seen but managed to hide this behind the fruits and sugar pretty well. A decent fruit beer but nothing special and as I’m not a huge fan of the style it’s probably not one I’d be likely to pick up again in the future.

Brewed In: Boortmeerbeek, Flemish Brabant, Belgium
Brewery:  Brasserie Haacht
First Brewed: 2008
Type: Fruit Beer
Abv: 7.5%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: France
Price: Gift

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