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Brewed by Verhaeghe
Style: Sour Red/Brown
Vichte, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler

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RATINGS: 129   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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Genuine Oudenaarde old brown top-fermented beer. Traditionally brewed. Matured for over one year at the brewery. Used to be brewed by Clarysse (now closed).


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - JUL 28, 2004
(Felix Oudenaards Bruin, mayby 2000) and isen´t it just amazing. I get a bottle of this from JakobLöwenlund (thanx J) it turns out to be my favorite flemish sour...................and I find out that its retired! Well, it´s a very sweet, caramel and wood nose, being unfiltred, it HAD(retired, my b**) a hazy ruby color. Starts of with cherry-balsamics, but smoothes into a soft and roung finish. Loads af carbonation makes it a (once in a lifetime :(, champagnyfeeling witch would ave been a perfect aperiatif...if it wasen´t RETIRED!

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
rlgk (9492) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - JUL 7, 2004
Amber, ok head. I cant say I liked this one very much. Had an artifical and kinda strange flavor. Spicy and aggressive, not really bad, but I cant put it on my toplist.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (13533) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 28, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2010 2010-05-11, bb 2006-12, ~5 years old, 8-5-7-3-16=39
Beautiful dark brown color; medium-sized creamy head. Very nice aroma, vinous, a bit sour, light vinegar, fruits, chocolate, butter. The body is thinning, almost no residual sweetness, but the mouthfeel is quite smooth; caramel flavor, but also aggressive sourness, vinegar. The final has some chocolate too, but it’s quite short. Still good and interesting.

2004-05-28, bottled 2000-03, 4 years old, 6% ABV, 7-5-8-4-15=39
Beautiful amber color; creamy head. Nice aroma, malty, sour, woody and corky. Good body structure, quite aggressive; medium sourness, some malt but not sweet; IMO lacking some fruitness. Quite dry and astringent at the end.
Good but doesn’t reach the top.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madsberg (9651) - Søborg, DENMARK - APR 20, 2004
Bottled 4 years old: Reddish colour. Brownish head. Vanilla, fruit, sweetness and spices in the aroma. Light watery flavour. Sweet and fruity with some sour accents. Has a light sour aftertaste. Thanks Jacob and Martin for sharing.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorisPPattyn (7717) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - APR 9, 2004
(No this beer is not retired. It's the brewery, Clarysse that's folded. And no, the old label going till 1998 is still used, bottling date stenciled on the label, by the new brewery. But nobody seems to know who's responsible.) Hazy red-brown; brownish yellow head. Cookies, wood, lactic acid, estery nose. Woody taste, strange sweet flavour, peanuts, honey, lactic acid. Sourness strengthens gradually, but there's a sweetness supressing it, that is not 100% natural. Bit nutty palate. Slight acidburn, warming too. Body is very difficult to estimate, sour thins it, slick mouthfeel and woodiness beef it up. For the record, Clarysse had a draught version, a simpler old brown, in their pubs, that was always superior IMO to the bottled product.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
imdownthepub (9636) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 10, 2004
Bottle Conditioned. Brown ruby with malty head. Tart, sharp brown beer, smokey and woody. Not lacking interest and mildly pleasant but not a great beer.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
caesar (4716) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - MAY 3, 2003
Red brown color, slightly hazy. Aroma of cask wood, oak, tart cherry, bit cork. Taste is weak cherry, oak, old taste. Decent flemish sour ale, but more old and not as fruity as fresh ones.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jerohen (1962) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - MAY 3, 2003
May 2003 (BB 2001, bottled at least before 1993). Brown coloured, bit cloudy, black yeast particles. Sour, fruity nose, woody with a bit cork. Sour, tart flavour, woody, some cork. Not as fruity and outspoken as other flemish sour ales, but that's perhaps because of the age. The label indicated 5.5% ABV.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
bierkoning (9829) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - MAR 12, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2008 Bottled in 2000. Acicic caramel aroma with oak. Sweet with a good deal of sourness, with caramel, oak and cherry. Dry, somewhat alcoholic mouthfeel. Just a bit of mocha. Amazingly complex, rougher and more sourness than a Liefmans Goudenband.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
SilkTork (5121) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 7, 2003
Quite refreshing in large gulps, but rather thin when sipped. Pleasant enough, but not a good example of Flanders Red.


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