Alengrin (2815) - BELGIUM - MAR 31, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
One of the great classics on the Belgian beer map and certainly in the ’Vlaams oud bruin’ style. Originally called IJzerenband, the name was changed in 1956. It fortunately survived till this day, but has changed shape every now and then; I once managed to get my hands on a vintage bottle still made by the ’original’ Liefmans, i.e. from before Riva took over in 1990, and it was a great old beer to taste, but I’m afraid I still lacked experience back then to fully understand it. The Riva version went up and down, with some batches being better than others, but in the years before Moortgat took over (2008), I remember the lactic acid component had been all but abandoned, resulting in a decent, but cliché beer, more a dubbel than a true oud bruin. Moortgat then saved the day and the present-day version has again that lactic, tart, yoghurty character which defines this ancient sour ale style. It bears a light beige, creamy head and has a deep, hazy bronze robe; apart from the yoghurt-like tartness, the flavour is also very fruity and estery, with hints of redcurrant, raisins, red apples, apricot, sherry, passionfruit and lots of caramel, but feeling natural and genuine; some woody, vanilla-like tannins are noticeable too. Tastes sweetish, estery, fruity, with a drying lactic acidity refreshing the palate; quite full-bodied, with woodiness in the finish as well as echoes of herbal hop bitterishness and a nicely warming alcohol effect. Crisp, ’honest’ and doubtlessly very important sour ale, luckily saved from oblivion and still one of those Belgians classicly fit for cellaring. I’m glad Moortgat kept the old blue paper wrap around the bottle as well, albeit somewhat restyled.
kambei70 (741) - - MAR 29, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2015 bottle. Pours a dark brown with a garnet hue to it. An effervescent light tan head. A distinct caramel malt taste with dark grapes and raspberry. Slightly sweet and sour. A little chocolate at the end. Light-medium body, well carbonated, and a semi-dry finish.
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nihtila (1164) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 26, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
26.9.2014. Appearance is like cola. Sour aroma has berries and cherries. Taste is soursweet, cherries, plums, some notes like wine, some like homemade juice.
Jenner707 (7) - DENMARK - MAR 17, 2015 does not count
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Dark Brown sparkling beer with a light brown head. On the label it says brown ale, but I must say that was not what i will define as a brown ale. But i’ll go with Ratebeer.com’s chosing of style: Sour. Red ale
When i first tasted the beer it was sour and sweet at the same time, with a bit of fruitty flavors including cherry and apple.
All in all a funny beer that has the sparks of a soda the look of a beer and the taste of a port wine
holsgaard (2) - Køge, DENMARK - MAR 17, 2015 does not count
0.5 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
Øl jeg helt sikkert ikke smager igen. Det var ikke min kop the.
smager af vin. Husk det drenge
rgf001 (175) - München, GERMANY - MAR 15, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Bangers Austin. Aromas of licorice, caramel, toast, citrus, basement aromas, leather, raisin, vanilla. Totally flat. Flavors of caramel, bread, toast, citrus, raisin, licorice and plum. Medium dry finish. I had much better versions.
Batavi (65) - Waalwijk, NETHERLANDS - MAR 10, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Liefmans Goudenband uitgeschonken in tulp bierglas. Donker roodbruine mahoniekleur met kleine beige schuimkraag die snel wegtrekt. Geur van hout en ook fruitig iets van kers. Het smaakpallet is lekker complex met wat zurige en tannine achtige tonen van rode wijn en balsamico azijn, maar ook zoetere smaken van bruine suiker en rood fruit. Verder tonen van eikenhout, karamel, vanille, walnoten, bierkelder, kersen en chocolade. Echt een mooi en goed gebalanceerd Vlaams Bruin, met meerdere en complexe smaaklagen. Mondgevoel is licht zurig met een zachte carbonatie, afdronk is medium, zurig en houtig. Mooie bierstijl! Interessant bier om meerdere jaren te bewaren in de kelder, voor de smaakevolutie, als het lukt..
rkehlet (20) - - FEB 25, 2015
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Nice red brown glass. Sour and sweet and astringent. Spices, sherry, fruit green apples malt, caramel liquorice
maxwelldeux (4035) - Everett, Washington, USA - FEB 23, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown color with a moderate light tan head on there. Nose has sour caramel and is darkly fruity as well. Taste is sour throughout, but has some sweetness that pervades subtly. Interesting.
abcfan (786) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 21, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Whew! Pours deep brown / purple. Aroma is sour grape and tart. Taste follows suite. The Finish will make you pucker up and say Ah.