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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: 1241   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.


3.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2004
Bottle at Bieres et Compagne in Montreal. The paper wrapped bottle was impressive, once decanted, however, not much to look at. Great bready, malty aroma (could have just hung my nose in the snifter all night). But the sour flavor just didnít sit well with my taste buds.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sammy (8094) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 14, 2004
2002 vintage. Surprisingly delicious as tart rather than expected very sour. Beautiful red apple colour with moderate creamy head. Rum spice aroma. Refreshingly and long finish. Nice restrained hops, cherry fruit. A mature taste but liked by younger

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OKBeer (1168) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - JUL 5, 2004
375 ml Bottle. Best Before end of 12/2008, cork dated 12/2002. Ruby red colour with a lot of large particles floating around - perhaps I should have poured a bit more carefully. Mostly lasting frothy tan colured head. Lightly acidic, musty, and sour cherry plus port and very apparent alcohol aroma. Lightly tart with plummy, bready, cereal, port, oaky, and alcohol flavours. Rich, full bodied, silky, and smooth mouthfeel. Rated today in honour of it being listed by the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation, my local government monopoly. Probably won't be here for another six months, but since I had one, I figured it was a good way to celebrate.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - JUL 2, 2004
Vinegar, cider, must, lots of must, horsey funk, chocolate, plums, raisins--maroon ruby color, no head. Taste: leather, vinegar, funk, dust, complex but not refreshing. Super acid when warm. Warming flavor but too tart, not quite sweet enough. Thanks, wunder!

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
EtownEraser (63) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 2, 2004
Sparingly carbonated, with a murky brown appearane. The aroma was banana like and does not match the sour citrus taste. I oringinally opened this before dinner and once it was mixed with the food (burgers), the taste was somewhat subdued. It was my first Sour Ale.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Perceptron (32) - USA - JUN 29, 2004
Spritzy carbonation - the initial glass from the 750 ml bottle pours ruby red and clear. Aroma of plum and raisin. Taste is raisiny malts giving way to a sweet/tart finish. The tart lingers on the tongue but does not overwhelm. An excellent beer that I have not had in years in Dallas but is a welcome friend here in Colorado.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrockLanders (770) - Panama City, Florida, USA - JUN 29, 2004
This bottle was from 2003. Pours a murky brown, yet slightly translucent. A small off-white head develops, but dissipates after a bit leaving some residual on the periphery. Nice fruity aromas---raisins, plums, and a definite maltiness. The taste is sweet, but not too much, and proceeds to reveal a tartness bordering on sour. Quite good. Not too much there on the finish, but maybe thatís the intent. I havenít had enough of these brown ales to know. It is very good, a very enjoyable glass. I have two left...maybe I can let them sit for another year or so. I doubt it.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dorwart (2341) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JUN 25, 2004
Almost no head to speak of with little carbonation. Strong, deep aroma. Reminds me of a fruity scotch ale. Loads of malts, some port, raisins and a bit of sour overtones. Color is a muddy dark brown. Flavor is very reminiscent of a dry white wine. Bit of sourness (vinegar) but not too strong. More fruit in there and make the throat pucker up. Finish is a little thin, dry and sour with a hint of alcohol. Not sure what to expect from this beer as this is my first sour ale. Not bad but I have nothing to judge it against. Very complex though.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Silphium (3158) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUN 20, 2004
2001 vintage. Poured deep red with a thin off-white head and plenty of nasty-looking sediment. Interesting aroma of sour, red wine, oak barrel, vinegar, and musty cheese rind. The body was quite tart and sweet and dominated by balsamic vinegar with notes of oak, red wine, and brie cheese rind. Reminded me a bit of Verhaeghe Duchesse de Bourgogne but the latter beer was cloying, thin, and sweet with no sour balance. This beer is more complex and hits the right "sour" notes. A tasty sipping beverage.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 19, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2008 Deep, rusty brown-red with a slight haze and a compact crown of light tan bubbles. Thick aroma of juicy, sugar-macerated black cherries and warm sourdough bread. honey on rye bread adds a little spice, as do some white grapes and pepper. Overall impression of being fruity-acidic and sour with generous malt underneath. Copious amounts of soft and supple oak -- not harsh in the least. The flavour is pleasantly tannic and full of oak with a restrained sourness and punchy, fruity acidity all over a slim honey sweetness. Soft and slick texture on a medium body with delicate carbonation behind it all. The aroma is missing a bit of complexity and the flavour some power, but this was still quite a treat.

12 oz bottle, tulip glass. Chocolate, caramel, cookie (H); raisin, prune, port, cask wood. Deep red-brown, no head. Moderately sweet, lightly sour flavor becomes a lightly sweet, heavily sour finish. Medium body, oily texture, flat carbonation. The bottom line is: a little too sour without enough balancing sweetness.


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