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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: 1320   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hammenlind (737) - Sundbyberg, SWEDEN - AUG 1, 2005
Pours dark brown with a quite decent white head. Spicy, slight yeasty and liquoricy nose. Acidic flavour with hints of green apples. Medium bodied. Long aftertaste.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 28, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2007 Unexpected this, i was sure this was an unblended lamic, but i now know this isnt the case. Anyway, aroma is smaller than expected but as it warms it has alot more malt and sweetness going on than i thought, similar to a dubbel. Taste is full, fruity, slightly sour though not as much as i expected, and a sweetnes to it also. Alround a very pleasent suprise, need to get it again as iv found 2 places in glasgow that now have it. Same score re-rate, 1987 botle from the kulminator, beers should be like this at all times. RETARE: 1.5L magnium from the kulminator 2002 bottle. Amazing what 5 years has done, theres hints of tart fruit but no sourness at all, rum and raisin are present, over ripe fruit. Smashing beer that never lets me down.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2005
im not a big fan of the sours, pours dark drown with a reddish hue, little head that quickly fades away. the taste was sour, fruit (fermented cherries), sweentness, & some spice present also, the sourness was overwhelming on first sip, but by you 3rd sip hardly noticeable.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUL 25, 2005
- 2001 bottle sampled 7/20/05. Pours a deep brown with red highlights and an inmmediately dissipating head. Aroma is heavy bretta with sour cherries, horse blanket, vanilla and some cookie maltiness. Flavor is heavy sourish with chestnut and vanilla. Loads of sour cherries too. Body is med. Finish is as dry as death valley. A very complex and delicious beer. Hard to drink much of it though with all the acidity.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - JUL 24, 2005
375ml bottle, 2001 cork. Pours dark red/brown w/ no head. Aroma of cherries, oak, some agrarian yeast character. Drinks w/ a nice body and the tart finish is quickly apparent. Some underlying sweetness and moderate acidity. Nice beer and makes a great carbonade.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PandoraGreen (27) - Windsor, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 22, 2005
Dark colour, brown/black, opaque. Little head, mottled. Smells GOOD. Sweet fruity scent. Coffee undertones, toasty, complex and flavorful. Didn’t have the pucker aftertaste I was looking for.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gilvanblight (801) - Windsor, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 20, 2005
Dark opaque brown amber. Strong fruity aroma. Fruity in the mouth with a slightly bitter unknown aftertaste. Goes down very easy and is not at all rich.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
ALLOVATE (2471) - 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 (1866) - 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.


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