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

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RATINGS: 1358   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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
luvcasks (178) - USA - APR 16, 2006
From a botle in Pizza Paradiso (2005) Aroma: Sour, Sweet, Caramelly these are just words ... not doing justice to the whole thing... (just like describing pieces leaving out the whole!) Appearance: Deep dark caramel with a dusty long lasting tan head Flavor: Green apple, Pineapple and caramel flavors are balanced with a spritzy spicy finish Palate: For such a complex beer it is so light on the tongue.. Overall: Just fantastic.. undeniably complex, subtle intruiguing and engaging all at the same time... For Flemish Ale Seekers a great treat - I personally like the Rodenbach just a little more than this one!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DerWeg (1546) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 15, 2006
33 cl ’05 vintage bottle. Pours a deep impressive foggy-translucent mahogany with a solid, fine head that sticks around a good while. Wow. This comes off all subtle then it really works its charms - super smooth creamy mouthfilling feel, unique, hints of cherry-like sourness and delicate spiciness darting to and fro in the mouth. Refined but enticing tart fruitI aroma - I am soon back to the garage for a second as the sexy, appealing drinkability of this ale is remarkable. To say ’Belgian beer approaches wine’ underestimates beer and yet this beer evokes such a reference. Yet this beer is incomparable really, to toss in still another paradox. Ageing may balance it out still more, rolling off some youthful sweetness in the taste giving full expression to the cellar-like aromas and exqusite tart fruit. The unlabelled tissue-wrapped bottle is certainly meant for hiding away anywhere cool and musty until fate calls upon it. All said, a Flemish well worth it.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cartoonkhaki (1221) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - APR 14, 2006
Rich dark brown amber ale colour. Light brown whips in the head. Finally a chance to try this brew!!!! Stewedfruit aroma figs raisins. Musty aroma... acidic sharp flavour subtle and muted fine bitters. Very Earthy. Tart and sweet.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Quinten (1051) - zaandam, NETHERLANDS - APR 12, 2006
Darkbrown color, lightbrown foamy head, ....oops,....a sour one, my bottle had no label but a folypaper around it. special only fore liqurshop sale. Complex aroma with, caramel, chocolate, coffee, nuts, and citrus, raisin, alcohol, strange combination but overall quit good. not my style

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (10513) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 8, 2006
750 mL bottle. Pours mahagony, slightly muddy with small chunks, and a small fizzy head that dissipates rather quickly. Aroma is caramel malt (cookie, biscuit) and sour fruits (cherries, berries), sugar and yeast (earth). Malty sweet yeast start to the flavor, medium acidity and bitterness that slightly burns and tingles the tongue, sour and tart berry lingering flavor. Medium bodied and fizzy, slightly syrupy palate.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hiphops (286) - caldwell, New Jersey, USA - APR 5, 2006
pours amber with a bright red tint. smells like champagne and raisins and a fine ladies butt. tatse like rasins, and dry wine. it’s also a little roasty and bitter not my favorite sour but not bad at all.

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - MAR 26, 2006
Nose of spice, licorice, vanilla, raisins, and lemon. Pours a dark ruby brown with bright ruby highlights. The average off white frothy head is mostly diminishing with no lace. The brew tastes primarily tart. The acidic level is as high as I’ve sampled. The medium body is bubbly and sticky. Not my favorite style by far.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 25, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2008 Retasted 21/08/2008. Shared with Fritha. Magic beer. That sweet fruity balsamic note is perfectly balanced with the deliciously subtle toasted brown ale. The more I taste this beer over the years (and it’s brothers and sisters), the more it and the brewery stand up in my all-time favourites.
Tasted 24/03/2006. 330ml bottle from Regional Wines and Spirits, Wellington. Murky red, with bright brake-light like tints. Light-medium tan head: thickish, at first, then thinning quickly. Oily looking. Nose hints of cherries, marzipan, toast, sweet balsamic vinegar and, later, a red wine oakiness. Flavour is sour and quite dry (much less sweet than the kriek). Quite tingly, peppery, hopping. Quite sour through the middle. Very tannic in the long, dry, finish, quite reminiscent of a cabernet-sauvignon. Light-medium weight, low carbonation. Powdery, tannic, residue leaves a lingering, complex, peppery flavour, with none of the sourness remaining. A great ale, especially for autumn evening contemplation.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - MAR 22, 2006
2004: Cork taste and staleness detract form the beer. It has the shortest cork I have ever seen. Mildly sour with notes of cork, wood, caramelied sugar, banana, and yeast. After drinking Cuvee de Tomme silver foil, this is hard to get used to. Very nice appearance with a lingering foam that leaves a lasting coat on the entire glass.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - MAR 19, 2006
2005 vintage according to the cork stamp-Dark brown color with some hints of ruby in there when held up to the light.There was very nearly no head at all,and what little was there faded quickly leaving nothing behind.The aroma is faint with just a hint of fruit possibly some cherry almost cherry coke-ish in a way.Very nice flavor,starts out with a nice light flavor of cherry and a mild sourness,theressome other flavors that i’m not really sure of,maybe a little barny or possibly grassy notes hard to say,but for sure i have to say i really like this one and could see myself enjoying this on a hot summer day in session mode.Very easy to drink and has a nice flavor.Well worth trying again.


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