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

bottled
common

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common

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RATINGS: 1287   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   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.


4.4
   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 Iíve 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 (4566) - 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 donít 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. Canít say whether Iíll have it again. But probably will

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Geiserich (3385) - Linz, AUSTRIA - JUN 2, 2005
Bottled:
Yeasty aroma, very fruity, sugary. Sweet flavor with a nice fruity acid note and hints of candy and cherries. A very pleasant, complex beer.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Otje (677) - Veendam, NETHERLANDS - MAY 29, 2005
this is just great. aroma:wood, sherry, cherries. taste: sourish, citrus, woody, sherry, straw-like(barnyard), bit of licorice. finish is more sweet then sour, sticky and long. this is a like it or hate it beer. (the lady didnít like it, so i got 2 glasses:)

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 17, 2005
Appley, fruity malt notes in the aroma--very much like fresh apple cider. Quite sour and lemony tart flavors predominate. Deep brown with a very slight, almost purple look. Little carbonation and a thin head. A very deep flavor profile.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Papsoe (25085) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 14, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2006 (Bottle 75 cl) 1991 vintage at 5,1% ABV: extremely pretty reddish brown beer, typical flavor blend of malty sweetness and sourness. Prickly feel to your tongue. Unique. 190893

1998 vintage: Riva turned the sourness down and the alcohol up. Still a great beer indeed but very different from the original. 7/4/7/3/14=3,5

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 4, 2005
Pours with a reddish-brown body with little head or lacing. Itís slightly sour with a touch of sweetness and a slight flowery note. Medium bodied and smooth with a touch of dryness.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hunsell (400) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - MAY 3, 2005
On draught, ABT-beer of the month. Redbrown dark clear beer with a nice darkyellowish head. Sweet, very fruity aroma. Very nice fruity flavour with some bitter notes (like orangepeel) coming through better at the end. More sweet than sour, could have been a bit more sour, but nevertheless, this was very enjoyable.


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