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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: 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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
stouby (4108) - Holbśk, DENMARK - JUN 8, 2006
Bottle at Paters Vaetje. Redbrown with a little light brown head, mostly lasting, ok lacings. Aroma heavy fruity. Flavor heavy fresh, as well sweet as acidic, in good balance. Light body, watery, some carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
eaglefan538 (2958) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 6, 2006
Poured a reddish brown with very little head and near to no lacing. Lots and oodles of sediment in this one. Aroma was malty and of sweet fruits. The flavor was of a caramel malty base, some breadiness (both odd for this style?), and spiced (coriander? again, odd for the style?), while the tart fruits took over ítil the finish of each sip (with a semi-sweet ending). Mouthfeel was flat, but nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
macbar (30) - ITALY - JUN 5, 2006
Dark reddish-brown with a beige head. Slightly tart, it does share some aspects of a good red wine. The fragrance fills the nose and mouth with each sip. Earthy, complex, and generally enjoyable to have in hand.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
blankboy (6633) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 5, 2006
375ml bottle. Pours a hazy ruby-brown with a large mostly lasting off-white head. Aroma (which is milder then I expected) of fruity malt, mild vinegar, spices, a very slight tartness and some hops. Fruity malt flavour without any of the sourness that I expected, thereís only a very mild tartness. Medium bodied and very carbonated. Itís O.K. but it didnít knock my socks off, I expected much better.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
harrisoni (15319) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAY 30, 2006
37.5cl bottle. I didnít know what to expect from this. Iíve liked previous Liefmans beers. This is a brown/ruby colour with lasting beige head. Cherry fruit (both red and black) on the aroma. Some brown sugar sweetness in mouth. I really like this, tad too sweet though and could be sourer for both my palate and balance.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fantomas23 (463) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 28, 2006
Much more than what I was expecting. But, then again, I was really have any expectations. I was familiar enough with the style to know what I was getting myself into, though. It was sweeter than anticipated and tasted like a raspberry Tootsie Pop. That was good enough but then it finished with this throat clutching bitterness. Quite good.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Quevillon (2674) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 26, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2014 750 ml bottle from Brewery Ommegang store on June 21, 2013. Copper brown, little head. Aroma of candied fruit spicy, sweet enough. Red fruit juice taste sour, slightly dry, a few notes of citrus, fruity aftertaste. It was a pleasure to drink it again!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - MAY 21, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2007 Updated: I finally got my bottle with better carbonation and it was vastly improved. Incredible beer, very big toasty malt start, caramel earthy tones, plum, prune, big cherry. Good sourness with a long cherry finish. Not sure on the quality of this bottle, upon uncorking there was very little pressure in the bottle, had to pour very hard to get any head on it at all. From the aroma I was expecting this beer to be much more sour and acidic, but the flavor showed more sweet fruit and subtle carmel flavors. Tastes very much like a cran-grape juice up front on the palate, only after it settles in do you get any wild yeast flavors and some subtle sour notes. Very watery on the palate with just a gentle acidity to it. Iíd like to compare this to a bottle that has a bit more carbonation to see if I can get a bit more of the Flemish Sour out of it.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - MAY 6, 2006
1998 vintage. Crystal clear and red with a thin tan head. Very malty, musky, dank caramel aroma with some multivitamin and just a hint of sourness. Smells almost like a dopplebock. Tart, caramel malt flavor. Smooth and dry. This one has held up well.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MikeMac (185) - Wyandotte, Michigan, USA - MAY 5, 2006
1.5 liter bottle 2000 vintage... I waited foe the right time to crack this bottle and indeed it was. In great compant as well! Pours a ruby brown huge aroma right out of the bottle. nive off white head.. Nice dry flavor due to aging ... Aroma was fuity and yeasty.. flavor was a dry sour with nice fruitiness .... I would write more but I am in a middle of the glass and damn I want to drink it..


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