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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: 1270   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dortmunder (961) - Herdecke, GERMANY - FEB 15, 2005
Bottled. 375 ml. Dark red colour, medium-sized, off-white head. Woody, sour, slightly peppery, vineous aroma. Tart, woody, vineous, rather sweetish taste. Notes of vinegar and pepper. Acidic. Medium- to fullbodied, with a good mouthfeel. I found it quite complex, yet couldnīt really distinguish all the flavours, but still, for me this was the most enjoyable sour ale Iīve had. Not too extreme in sourness and sharpness, the edges smoothed by a good dose of sweetness and being very palatable in general.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rudolf (2340) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 12, 2005
4 year old bottle. Oakey cidery nose. Vinous with cherries, very sour. Flavor is oak, cherries, acidic citrus (more lemon than orange) and slightly musty. More cherry than I expected.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Radek Kliber (6368) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - FEB 7, 2005
Brown woody but under strong light you will see ruby copper substance. Winter dried fruits, apple, cherry, all covered in dark chocolate. Desert like. Light sour front but rather in subtle way presented, more chocolate malt feel. Earthy notes follow on later sips. Plenty of flavours here but they seem to be a little toned down.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ChrisPants (317) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 4, 2005
Pours dark copper, aroma cherry. Plums, coriander, and camomile dominate the crisp yet substantial palate. Finish is Jolly Rancher fruity combo with sour twang. Iíll try again for sure.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
egajdzis (5266) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2005
Poured a brownish red color, with a light tan head, that left light lacing on the glass. Herbal, vegetable, grapes, and oak aroma. Sweet caramel, dried fruits, and other malts, and no sourness. Doesnít even compare to the 1985 Kriekbier that we just had.

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
envane (567) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2004
Not as sour as I was expecting - maybe it could be a little more sour to balance the sweetness. Nice nice overripe pear and cherry malts. Creamy, velevety palate. Dessert beer.

1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
SilkTork (5166) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2004
Iíd stored the bottle for two years, then opened it for a nice meal during the Christmas period. Damn. This stuff is unpleasant. I loved Duchesse de Bourgogne and thought Iíd have a treat with this famous oud bruin. Nope. Iíve tried it chilled and Iíve tried it all the way up to room temperature. It tastes like an old beer. Thereís flavours for sure - chocolate, vinegar, hint of cherry, etc - but nothing is pleasing. Iíve not enjoyed Liefmanís products, and I think this will be the last time I try any of their products. I struggled through 3/4 of the bottle, but now Iím giving up and tipping the rest in the sink.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
asheft (2482) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 17, 2004
[From bottle at Le Petit Moulinsart] Ruddy dark copper with a thin lacy head. Complex aroma including obvious sourness and a little horseblanket. Fruitiness: strawberry and banana. Felt smooth and creamy with a medium body. Flavour includes some bitterness and orange, but is very complex. Perfect balance of sour, bitter, and warmth. Excellent.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Cornfield (5452) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2004
Having a murky brown color with a slight white head, this has a sour, vinegary aroma. The flavor is of sour cherries, vinegar, and a hint of sweet malts. Itís got a tart finish that leaves my mouth watering. Interesting.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
footy (345) - scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 28, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2007 Bottled 750 ml. 2003 and 2001. Brown with medium offwhite head. Sour aroma. Sour cherry taste. good body. Good but not as flavorful as Duchese de Bourgogne. Did well with aging.


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