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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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RATINGS: 1483   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   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.


2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 26, 2007
375 mL, with too many floaties. I love yeast at the bottom, but not so much that I can only decant half the beer. Muddy brown with a full Belgian foam. Aromatically mediocre. It’s very applely, with a blend of granny smith and red apples. Also hints of banana bread. Definately more sweet than sour, and a beer that’s rumored to have gone through numerous changes the past decade. Maybe this was once a classic, but that was before my time. Now it’s just a sweet, drinkable, approachable brown ale. It has a unique taste, but is just too sweet and one dimensional.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
daniele (7959) - ITALY - JUL 25, 2007
scura sapore agrodolce forse piu tendente al dolce ma bilanciato buon corpo quasi vinoso

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
crosswalk (1) - USA - JUL 24, 2007 does not count
A wonderful combination of Flemish sour ale and malty brown ale making it an incredibly complex and easy to drink ale. Kept reminding me of Lindemans Peche lambic ale.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
waolsen (1375) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - JUL 23, 2007
bottle. mahogony with thin tan head. sweet fig, baked bread, raison, floral hops, yeast and sugar, citric aroma. very crisp. nice moderate sourness. hard cider like tartness. burnt caramel malts, sugars, nuts, dark fruits. well balanced. delicious

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lethe (177) - New York, USA - JUL 20, 2007
Lively carbonation and foamy head round out a brown ale pour that has a nose of flemish sour tartness and a fair amount of woody toast. Palate is dry and sparkling with the best of the sours. The flavor of this brew is really quite rich. The tartness and astringency of the sour ale are complemented by the maltiness of the brown ale with a refreshing nutty finish. This is an excellent pairing of styles and an explosively rich brew overall.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
OleR (4804) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUL 20, 2007
Bottle@Plan B, Copenhagen. Small khaki head quickly fading into a small layer of foam. Clear dark burgund body. Fresh and fruity, almost tart acidicy to the nose. Surprisingly mellow and rounded taste, compared to the aroma: A gentle fruit-sweetness along with a mild lambik-like sourness in perfect balance. Good body. Dry and slight vinous mouthfeel. Nice fruity finish. A wonderful beer, a classic!

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Palidor19 (3151) - Brandon, Florida, USA - JUL 19, 2007
not much to look at, like prune juice. still it gives off a fruity punch, with a sharp bite. a keeper

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
nick76 (4372) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 19, 2007
The aroma has funky yeast, sourness, tartness, and brown sugar. The appearance is like a flat cola with a foamy head. The flavor is like the aroma. The palate is average. Overall I don’t really like it.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BitchesBrew (715) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 13, 2007
[bottle, 2006] Tart aroma, fruity with some woody oak character and slight acidity. Looks great-- dark brown with a ruddy tan head. Nice lacing. Funky vinegar and malt flavors, with some good tartness throughout. Nice sweet and sour balance. Full bodied; the alcohol content hides nicely, providing a little warmth in the finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 12, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2011 Murky mahogany pour slight red tinge with a little white froth for a head. Acidic aroma not too offensive for a flemish sour. Body is sticky sweet with minimal carbonation, would be better if it was a little more airy maybe. Flavor is quite good a little bit nutty brown a little bit flemish sour, neither seems to be dominant but rather in balance. Would be better if the body was less sticky. 8.4.8.3.16 rated 7.12.07 . . . . . . [rerate 9.5.11, bottle about a year old] 8.4.8.4.15, so same score... it was good, probably use some more age... or less. oxidation character was a bid distracting.


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