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

bottled
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RATINGS: 1273   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
ALLOVATE (2349) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUL 3, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2005 Have a few bottles sitting in the cellar ageing but decided on a young specimen, now available in bulk from the Dianella Liquor Merchants (conveniently down the road). Tasted from the 37.5cL bottle just below room temperature and poured into a Grimbergen chalice. Deep cola brown body, ruby tinges, with a large fluffy off-white head that became dense and laced webs down the glass. Tart, spicy fruit and complex malt nose, dried grapes, plums and berries, leather and cured beef, peppery alcohol and yeast, and a little burnt sugar. Lovely inviting nose continues into the mouth. Creamy and smooth, light bodied and mild in carbonation. Intensely flavoured yet delicate, low vinous notes, dried fruits, prunes, raisins and sweet sultanas, a little tart and only lightly sour, sugary malts and toffee, and an odd balancing hint of herbs. Quite dry and a little short in the swallow but made up for by the mouth-feel, manages to reach into every corner of the mouth and leaves a lasting impression. No noticeable alcohol, which amazed me as it was quite wine-like. Deceptive and beautifully blended Old Brown, and a perfect beer for my No. 300. Absolutely lovely drop, perfect for the winter months and another gem from Liefman’s.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JUN 21, 2005
1996 vintage, 750 ml bottle. Cloudy amber/brown with a decent sized head. Aroma and taste does have a bit of cork flavor but thats fine. Some tartness, some leather. Dry and sweet with a lively mouthfeel and a bit of a sweet finish. Not that tart but it held up very well. To steal a phrase, "the bottle was dusty but the liquor was clean".

3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
tjthresh (1865) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - JUN 20, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2005 Muddy brown with chunks of yeast sediment. No head. The lactic or brett over powers almost everything. You can get som chocolate and dark fruit in the nose. Sweet and sour, like one of those Charms lollipops, but heavier on the sour. Quite full bodied, but the sour finishees puckering. I guess that’s the way its supposed to be.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
larsniclas (5552) - Billdal, SWEDEN - JUN 19, 2005
Bottled. Dark copper. Sourish; vinegar. Champagneish, round and full-bodied.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hefevice (72) - Brisbane beer desert, AUSTRALIA - JUN 11, 2005
Bottle. My first Flanders Oud Bruin. Dark amber with ruby tints and a bubbly light tan head which left good lacing. Sweet malt and sour aromas with a little ester in the background, but somewhat muted and subtle compared to say a Belgian Dark Strong. Taste is nicely balanced between sweet and sour, with almost no bitterness and dry but very slight metalic finish. There is almost no hint of the relatively high ABV, and it gets better the more you drink. Palate is divine, fine carbonation results a light touch despite a medium body. Eminently quaffable.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MoritzF (8402) - Bochum, GERMANY - JUN 11, 2005
(bottle at Léon de Belge in Essen/Ruhr) Dark and reddish amber body with sediments in the glass and a small beige head. Fruity (apples) and slightly acidic aroma with traces of caramel and tobacco. Initially sour but also roastmalty and fruity (apples, cherries) with well balanced tart, dry and sour finish. Very complex and excellent.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - JUN 10, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2005 Pretty damn good beer. Nice tart slightly bready aroma. Very well balanced in body and flavor. Interesting tart aftertaste that gets my homebrewing motor running. Not a style that I’ve tried too much of. Guess I will have to explore...

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
nicholai (100) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 10, 2005
Earthly brown, hazy, slightly brownish head - some belgian lace. Most noticable thing is the abundance of sediment of al sizes. Some particles up to 2 or 3 mm in diameter. The smell is wonderful, with grapes, caramel, yeast, and some barnyard. The taste is very difficult to pin down, tart and sweet at the same time. This beer is a veritable taste collision in the mouth, with what I can best describe as white wine mouth feel and no impressions of alcohol whatsoever. This is an old favorite of mine.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 4, 2005
Cork labeled 2004. Pours a hazy cherrywood hue with a dense light tan head. Lots of lace. Smell is spicy. Plum, sour cherries, oaky and vinuous. Taste is also that fruity sourness. Sweet spice (cinnamon, clove) and sour cherry and berry. Acidic and underpinnings of vinegar. That sounds bad but somehow it works. Some funky brett as t warms. Yeasty. Mouth is thinner than you would expect but lots of flavor. A nice smooth beer and one of my favorites. A bit younger than I like this beer but still complex and tasty.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dwyerpg (4508) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUN 4, 2005
Mostly I would have to say this is a like it or hate it beer...but I just don’t know myself. Lots of floaties. Strong old alcohol paint smell but not too bad. Almost no head. Instnat blast of sourness, which disappears to a wide, complex fullness, but slowly grows back to sour/sweet finish. My dad thinks its "rotten" and "spoiled". Certainly a new type of beer and experience for me. Can’t say whether I’ll have it again. But probably will


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