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Brewed by Verhaeghe
Style: Sour Red/Brown
Vichte, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
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RATINGS: 131   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34   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).


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
DrBeer (829) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 29, 2002
Sampled bottle was from 1998. Purple-red beer with good beige head. Sourish aroma with sourcream tone and a hint of citrus. The flavor is very full with citrus and sourcream notes and a malty finish. It is very smooth and rounded. I agree with omhper, I just love it

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
omhper (19187) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAY 26, 2002
Sampling of the 1998 version in 2002. Very dark brown. Wonderful balsamic, slightly acidic aroma. Medium bodied, vinuous. Perhaps not the most complex of beers, but I just love it.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Mads Langtved (2245) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - SEP 19, 2002
the head is velvety. Sweet and sour. Very subtle composition of sourness and sweetness. A nice fine-adjusted Red Ale.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 28, 2002
Quite an old bottle purchased from bottles in London. This is AT LEAST 4 years old, as the use by dates on the side of the bottle were up and till 98, and none of them had been punched in to indicate a used by date. On to the beer. Wow!!!! amzingly cherry-like and chocolotely nose, sour aroma. Very sour, smooth, chocolately, fruity (cherry), and a touch of balsamic vinegar. Very interesing. i love it.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Molenbrouwer (5) - Bodegraven, NETHERLANDS - SEP 22, 2008 does not count
Vintage 1993 75cl corked. woody wine aroma, light hoppy Apple and Raspberry aroma. Beautiful head for a beer this age stays exellent, off white mostly lasting. Flavour light acidic and wood(old oak/ essen) long finish. Body light to medium,dry soft carbonation. Thanks Hugh for this add on to my taste palet.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 11, 2007
A Mes rate: 75cl bottle from the Kulminator. 1989 bottle no less according to Leen and it looked it. Thick with dust and cobwebs with a very flakey label. None of this new school rubbish this is the genuine 5.5% article from Clarysse and poo the bed is it good. All that age but its still lively enough to prickle the palate. Superb Flemish sour nose. It wasn’t too great initially but once it had been open for a while and allowed to acclimatise it gave up wonderful balsamic notes with fruity red wine and gently sweet malt. Some slight brown sugar and custard in there too. Great looks, Simply fantastic. Thick thick head settled to a thinish film that lasted all the way down. The stunning chestnut brown body turns almost blonde at the edges. Really and amazing looking beer. In the mouth there are stong balsamic notes and lots of chewy caramel malt with some chocolate too. Slight metallic notes but we will let that slide. Totally out of the blue hops jump out of nowhere for the finish which almost instantly turns sweet and raisiny. Simply stunning. Damn rate beer being so over the top sometimes and not allowing this to be listed where it should be, with the Clarysse brewery and not with this substandard version.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Erzengel (2327) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - MAY 28, 2012
Angenehmer, sauer-dunkler-dickflüssiger Geruch. Der Antrunk ist süß-malzig, leicht sauer, dabei sehr vollmundig. Schmeckt nach mehr als die 4,8%. Der Hauptteil ist lang anhalötend, voll, dunkel-dickflüssig und angenehm leicht säuerlich mit toller Holznote. Auf der Zunge bleibt eine dunkle, (röstmalzige) Holznote, dabei eine angenehm süßliche Säure. --> sehr interessantes Bier!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hildigöltur (5104) - København, DENMARK - OCT 9, 2002
Very velvety and smooth, fruity and refreshingly sourish. I am looking forward to try it aged.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Carlus12 (361) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 7, 2008
Bottle @ Microbar, Clapham. Ruby colour with thin head. Aroma is sour, bready, vinegar, berries. Taste is malty, vinous, fruity, peel, woody. A great beer!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - NOV 13, 2001
Iron and framboise aroma. Tastes a little iron, light and a bit sweet. Finishes very fruity and a little sour.


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