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Brewed by Liefmans (Duvel-Moortgat)
Style: Sour Red/Brown
Oudenaarde, Belgium
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler

bottled
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common

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RATINGS: 1395   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Infinitely complex in aroma and flavor with notes of maltiness and tartness throughout. An unsurpassed old brown with the richness and complexity of a vintage wine.


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
SudsMcDuff (6944) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - NOV 14, 2006
Pours a brown coca-cola murk...low head, but has a ring...sweet slight berry smell...wow! what an intresting smooth flavourful brew..alchohol is masked beutifully! magic! this is a very tasty different brew, had a cheese platter to compliment things, worked out very well and tasty. complex beer!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
auerbrau (3182) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - OCT 25, 2006
Brillant shimmering nose of ripe apple cores, sour Muscat liquor, soft supple Pluot flesh and ringing aged Balsamic. Clear ruby amber pour, with a fringe of gold and rim of white. Flavor a mildly watered, yet silky luxuriant malt sugar, draped in robes of cassis and sour apples. Delicate and perfumed. Soft and sweet, with dreamy laces of pear brandy and sauteed pork loin. Somewhere a vegetal growth stirs a leafy balance amongst the effusive vapors and the stinging sweet candy. Candied apples, sugared plums and soporific brandy fumes. It’s all so ethereal and escaping. Delicately delicious. Alcohol masked beneath graceful edification. All around a winner.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
frizzzzle (76) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - OCT 21, 2006
This beer pours a medium to dark brown color, very clear with no haziness. The head is fluffy, but not explosive. The head does stick around throughout the drink, and laces the sides of the glass nicely. Aroma is sweet and sour, yeasty and fresh. There may be a bit of fruit in there, strawberry or raspberry. The aroma is by no means overpowering. The flavor is mostly sweet, with a nice tartness in the background. The finish is sweet and light, although the beer does leave a bit of stickiness behind. I’d rate the flavor as moderately strong, but as balanced as it is, I feel like I could have another. Mouthfeel is thin, but perfect carbonation (light and foamy) brings out a nice roundness.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gr0ve (2177) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 20, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2009 Rerated 2009-08-21: Fantastic complexity. Reminds me of a stronger Duchesse de Bourgogne. Fantastic. Floaties in the bottle, but still this is an extremely enjoyable beer. BBD 06/2017. 2006-10-20: 375 ml bottle. Dark brown and clear. Small head that clings to the glass. Sourish raisiny aroma. Aroma is sour and gives an impression of the beer being dry and thin. Red berries. Nutty sourish berry flavours. Restrained sour mouthfeel. Next to no noticeable hops. This time it was a bit disappointing. I remember it as being great the last time I tried it. Will have to revisit soon. 6/3/7/4/16.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beastiefan2k (2868) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - OCT 19, 2006
2001 vintage, which I didnt even know was this old until i pooped the cork. a 12oz score for only 2 bucks. Now I have had Goudenband a lot over the last 2 years and I was always confused. Drinking it I thought "this is a flemish sour?" Well, then I had a La Folie and I was asking myself "THIS IS A FLEMISH SOUR." But this 2001 vintage shows me indeed this is a flemish sour. Pours with no head at all and no lacing either. Smell is woodsy, wet forest, and slightly sour. Taste is nicely sour with slight fruitiness but a distinct woodsy sourness. Mouthfeel is soft and silky due to the lowered carbonation. Now if I rated a new one i wouldn’t rate it this good b/c its almost completely a different beer. But just in case I will break out an ’05 750 in 5 years.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
holdenn (2094) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 16, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2008 1/22/07 On tap at the maproom thanks to their $25 minimum credit charge, but hey a dollar off belgians on monday and free cheeses to pair with it, I can’t complain too much. Dark ruby brown, with a small off white head. Sour aromas, red fruit, berries, and oak. Sour cherries, berries, and red fruits make up most of the flavor. Its nicely tart, with a little oak and a little bit watery. Finishes with a cherry and berry flavor.

Rating 10/16. ’05 vintage bottle. The aroma is strawberries, rubbing alcohol and sweet, but actually not in a bad way. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel with fruity strawberry earthy flavors come through. A hint of alcohol rests in the back of the throat, finishing very dry. 3.7

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
runonbeer (2) - USA - OCT 8, 2006 does not count
This is a perfect beer. Deep red color, good head, strong balanced sourness and acidity. Not candyish like other examples. wish it was still availible here in Texas. The first time I had it I was 18 at a restraunt in Brussels. I was kind of looking at the bottle that the couple next to me were drinking. They noticed and offered me some. Must have contributed to my affinity for this particular beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
frankenkitty (1981) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - OCT 1, 2006
2005 Vintage. This "Flemish Sour" was served at a recent Lambic tasting as "a Lambic refermented with Candy Sugar". That would make it more of a Faro, no? Anyway, this was served as whisky-colored with a thickish head that falls to a thin skin. Holds a vey sweet, malty aroma (almost like a malta). Mild acid content does not interfere with a flavor that displays considerable malt sweetness above the mild yeasty tartness. Enjoyable.

<font size=-4>Sampled at Delilah’s <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/events-detail.asp?eve Annual Lambic Beer Festival.</font>

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - SEP 20, 2006
Protectively wrapped in a white paper, a caged cork, with 2.004 on the short cork, 750 ml. green bottle, sampled at cellar temperature in a chalice. Poured a cloudy reddish brown with a foamy off-white head that settled into thin lacing, very minimal amount of sticking. Aromas of sour fruity esters and spicy yeast, and a light caramel malty, actually quite tasty smelling. Good carbonation and a crisp, dry and smooth lightish bodied mouthfeel. For me, the taste didn’t live up to the smell, pleasant tasting, but I was expecting more, soft caramel malts with a slight metallic edge, sour cherry fruitiness, a spicy yeastiness, the alcohol is well masked, a slight warming in the palate, and a dry with a subtle tartness in the finish. A nice Belgian Oud Bruin ale, smooth and easy drinkability, I am going to try this later when it has a couple of more years on it.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
1FastSTi (3344) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 18, 2006
Paper wrapped corked and caged 375 mL bottle. The corks sure are weird. Really short depth in the bottle. Thanks HogTownHarry for this 2005 vintage. The beer pours to a nice garnet colored body with a lasting tall beige head. The aroma is sour woodsy cherry yogurt with cinnamon. The flavor is also a sour cherry yogurt. It also has notes of a tawny port wine in both the aroma and the flavor. The flavor has a huge oaken profile. Very easy to drink, not exactly "sour" by any means, unfortunately. The palate is smooth, yogurty. I wouldn’t exactly call it a Flemish Sour, but there really isn’t another category for it. A good and distinct beer, nonetheless.


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