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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1497   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
piscator34 (2362) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 23, 2007
Dark brown in colour and quite fizzy. Aromas of malt, coffee, a bit of smoke, stewed prunes, and sour red berries. In the mouth it’s fairly malty to start, but the red berry, sour cherry, and earthy hop undertones show themselves mid-sip. Eventually we move into more woody, vanilla territory with some vineous and light lemon sourness carrying through until the end. The richness of the palate and the fizzy carbonation seem at odds rather than achieving some sort of balance. A bit too sweet and heavy to be considered top class, but still very damn good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Marko (4991) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - MAR 23, 2007
0.375l bottle at the Hopdevil in Zagreb
Poured a murky, dark. opaque red-brown colour with only a small dirty white ring of head. A distinct red wine-like nose, berries, a bit acidic, a touch of malt and yeast. Fresh and likable. The taste is very pleasant and the mouthfeel is superb. Berries, wood, yeast (funky), weak notes of prickly pear and/or bubblegum. A nice, "medium" (for a FSA) acidity, that carries loooong in the aftertaste. Not a tremendous variety of notes and flavours, but what little it has merges perfectly to create a harmonious taste, and no off tastes like in some other FSAs. All in all, a fine, very fine FSA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
vyvvy (5893) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAR 21, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2008 Flemish sours are becoming one of my favorite styles and this one is one of the reasons why. Pours dark bronze with a soapy light tan head. The aroma is sour and musty with dark cherries, toasted malt and vanilla. Medium body that is sharp and crisp while having a grainy feel and some light semi-soft carbonation. Starts with more malt than expected that is quite toasty. There is also sharp spice, grainy malt, cherries and light wood. The finish has a pleasing sharp citric bite and a rush of peppery spice. Thumbs up for this well crafted Flemish Sour ale. (original rating - 7/4/8/3/15 - 3.7)

Rerate notes: Mainly bumping up numbers from my original rating. The only aspect I see missing from the original notes is the noticeable presence of alcohol that is not customary to the style ~ although it is a pleasing warmth. Excellent beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
bombshelter (349) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 18, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2007 bottle from total wine. dark amber brown, decently carbonated. aroma is mild sourness, some malt in the back. medium body, the flavor is a long-sitting caramel/fruit maltiness that immediately mixes with a tart fruit element that finishes a delightful shade of tart. perfectly balanced. this is a gem. Notes from the big bottle of ’87 we had at ’t Brugse Beertje. clear on the edges, opaque red in the center, tan head (surprisingly carbonated). Flavor is up front tart cherries, some caramel, woodsy, and then any initial sweetness is obliterated by a bone-dry, vinegar/sherry finish. Hazelnuts, and a bit of oxidization. For 20 years, brilliant. Probably better at 10 years, though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Headbanger (3880) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAR 17, 2007
12oz bottle- A dark brown body with floaties and a very small ring for a head. Aroma of tartness and sourness. Taste of sourness and tartness. A nice sour ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
LadyCooper (100) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - MAR 13, 2007
Pours a lovely dark caramel colour with a small, brown head. Has a fruity aroma with a hint of vinegar. The flavour, oh wow, is rich, malty, and tart.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
smcd (366) - USA - MAR 11, 2007
Acetic. Dryer than expected. Tan head. Deep brown. Soft, but relatively big carbonation. A nice beer I almost never order ... but probably should more often!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
MiP (15305) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - MAR 6, 2007
Bottle, 8% at Kafe Belgie in Utrecht. Sour vinegar aroma. Semi-stable light brown head. The flavour is a little sweet with a distinct sourness to balance. The sourness is like vinegar and fresh lemon. Good mouthfeel. Very drinkable in spite of the acid flavours, not puckering, but burns my throat a bit. Very flavourful and good. I do not really taste the alcohol much.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hoser (372) - Cowtown, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 4, 2007
Have had this a couple times and this is not a good now as the great brown ale MJ says it was. Page 282 of Michael Jackson’s Great Beer Guide and only 337 out of 500 Classic Brews to go.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrnkMcDermott (3009) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAR 3, 2007
375 ml bottle. Brown color slightly different than any other beer. No foam. Smells like a nice dry sherry. Taste is very dry, and can be intimidating. Sour as a Jolly Rancher, yet low on specific fruit notes, until a bit of cherry comes in further down. Some good oak notes, too. Great taste, even with a slightly watery mouthfeel.

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