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


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RATINGS: 153   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
YogiBeera (2554) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 1, 2004
Hazy brown red amber colored. Little layer of a head, leaving laces. Vinegar - like apple wine vinegar nose, woody, sour milk taste. Unreal.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 15, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 20, 2008 Generously shared by a chap at the bar who had ordered a bottle, not realising it was 750ml, which he was not allowed to take away from the bar. Turned out he was the brewer of Grand Union Brewery and had certainly heard of RateBeer. In fact, he described some of SilkTork’s comments on his beer as "almost libellous". Watch out ST! This was the last (supposedly) batch of the 5.5% version brewed by Clarysse and I was very excited to try it. Sadly, the beer itself was less exciting. It was very woody, with a phenolic chemical edge and not as sour as I expected. I agree with Joris that there is a sweetness that masks the sourness. I have no idea when this one was made and bottled. It is always sad to see a traditional beer style dying out but I have to say that, although it was fascinating to try, I just didn’t like it that much (although I’ve tried to mark it objectively). 750ml bottle, GBBF 2004, day 1. RE-RATE: As Verhaeghe Felix Oud Bruin at London Drinker Festival, April 2006, 5.1%. Now brewed at Verhaeghe. Distinctly woody and vinous, but not very tart or sour. Noticeably sweet, in fact. But I thought the original had some sweetness too. Same score.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rickgordon (3846) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 9, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2007 Old bottle. Murky redish-brown colour. Berry aroma with malty, sweet-sour notes. Very full-ish. Flavour is not as pronounced, it’s metallic and pretty empty compared to aroma. Mouthfeel is fizzy and light.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nate (3827) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 28, 2004
Nice malt aroma, fruity, light acidity. Dark brown amber cloudy with light off-white foamy lacing head. Sweet-tart start, malty and lactic. Chalky bitter finish. Fruity cherry notes, with lactic gueuze quality. Nice beer.

   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!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
rlgk (15802) - Göteborg, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (17458) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madsberg (11166) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorisPPattyn (8912) - Ursel, 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
imdownthepub (12163) - 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.

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