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

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RATINGS: 1450   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MarkoR (864) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 5, 2006
SImply delicious! Superb beer pours a brown colour. Generous head. Taste of fruits. This is what beer is all about!

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 26, 2006
Sour lactic aroma with hints of luscious cherries. deep reddish-purplish brown with trace head. Lactic sour oak barrell, raw brown sugar crystals. sour bitter finish, delicate sweetness. becomes tart like a red wine as you drink it.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tranquillity (1697) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - NOV 22, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2008 Bottle, wrapped in paper. Aroma of red grapes and apple. Dark brown colour and a head that disappears. Taste like red wine, but has kind of a short finish. rerate: changed overall from 15 to 16.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
StueyD (1554) - Heacham, Norfolk, ENGLAND - NOV 19, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2006 A dark, reddish brown coloured beer with a frothy, but weak white head. The nose is an immediate hit of sour fruitiness, cherries, unripe plums, sloes, slightly vinous, with an underlying maltiness throughout. The taste follows suit, with a complex sour fruit flavour, again, cherries, plums, sloes, plus crab apples and a sour wine element. Then there is the underlying maltiness that gives the finish a fine, sour taste. (Bottle - courtesy of Mark & Marie @ The Fox & Hounds, Heacham, Norfolk).

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beer5000 (5640) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 16, 2006
Dark nut-brown body, almost clear. Nice, short lasting head. Light acidic aroma, gives me associating of an old cellar. Still a refreshing feeling somehow. Flavor is sweet, sour in a harmonic and complex way. Difficult to describe, I really love this beer. A nice example of flamish sour.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
SudsMcDuff (7660) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - NOV 14, 2006
Pours a brown coca-cola murk...low head, but has a ring...sweet slight berry smell...wow! what an intresting smooth flavourful brew..alchohol is masked beutifully! magic! this is a very tasty different brew, had a cheese platter to compliment things, worked out very well and tasty. complex beer!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - OCT 25, 2006
Brillant shimmering nose of ripe apple cores, sour Muscat liquor, soft supple Pluot flesh and ringing aged Balsamic. Clear ruby amber pour, with a fringe of gold and rim of white. Flavor a mildly watered, yet silky luxuriant malt sugar, draped in robes of cassis and sour apples. Delicate and perfumed. Soft and sweet, with dreamy laces of pear brandy and sauteed pork loin. Somewhere a vegetal growth stirs a leafy balance amongst the effusive vapors and the stinging sweet candy. Candied apples, sugared plums and soporific brandy fumes. It’s all so ethereal and escaping. Delicately delicious. Alcohol masked beneath graceful edification. All around a winner.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
frizzzzle (76) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - OCT 21, 2006
This beer pours a medium to dark brown color, very clear with no haziness. The head is fluffy, but not explosive. The head does stick around throughout the drink, and laces the sides of the glass nicely. Aroma is sweet and sour, yeasty and fresh. There may be a bit of fruit in there, strawberry or raspberry. The aroma is by no means overpowering. The flavor is mostly sweet, with a nice tartness in the background. The finish is sweet and light, although the beer does leave a bit of stickiness behind. I’d rate the flavor as moderately strong, but as balanced as it is, I feel like I could have another. Mouthfeel is thin, but perfect carbonation (light and foamy) brings out a nice roundness.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gr0ve (2177) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 20, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2009 Rerated 2009-08-21: Fantastic complexity. Reminds me of a stronger Duchesse de Bourgogne. Fantastic. Floaties in the bottle, but still this is an extremely enjoyable beer. BBD 06/2017. 2006-10-20: 375 ml bottle. Dark brown and clear. Small head that clings to the glass. Sourish raisiny aroma. Aroma is sour and gives an impression of the beer being dry and thin. Red berries. Nutty sourish berry flavours. Restrained sour mouthfeel. Next to no noticeable hops. This time it was a bit disappointing. I remember it as being great the last time I tried it. Will have to revisit soon. 6/3/7/4/16.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beastiefan2k (3208) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - OCT 19, 2006
2001 vintage, which I didnt even know was this old until i pooped the cork. a 12oz score for only 2 bucks. Now I have had Goudenband a lot over the last 2 years and I was always confused. Drinking it I thought "this is a flemish sour?" Well, then I had a La Folie and I was asking myself "THIS IS A FLEMISH SOUR." But this 2001 vintage shows me indeed this is a flemish sour. Pours with no head at all and no lacing either. Smell is woodsy, wet forest, and slightly sour. Taste is nicely sour with slight fruitiness but a distinct woodsy sourness. Mouthfeel is soft and silky due to the lowered carbonation. Now if I rated a new one i wouldn’t rate it this good b/c its almost completely a different beer. But just in case I will break out an ’05 750 in 5 years.


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