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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1413   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 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
caledonian (367) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 22, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2006 Dark reddish-brown with a beige head. Slightly tart, it does share some aspects of a good red wine. The fragrance fills the nose and mouth with each sip. Earthy, complex, and generally enjoyable to have in hand.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
shintriad (700) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 19, 2006
Pours a beautiful dark red with a beige-brown head, spotty lacing, and a vigorous twister of carbonation spiralling at the bottom of my chalice. Warm, pleasant balsamic vinegar in the nose. Not nearly as sour as Rodenbach (my only other comparison point so far) and is balanced with a mild fruity sweetness rounded out by dryness in the finish, like pomegranite. Incredibly refreshing, even when room temperature, and astonishingly subtle. Smooth, almost creamy palate. The alcohol doesn’t show up at all. Wonderful.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - APR 17, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2009 Sour balsamic vinegar dominates the aroma with hints of chinese baby corn. Ruby/brown in color with a lazy white head tha diminishes rapidly. Fore is tart and slightly vegetal and is followed by some sweeter fruit notes including cherry and slghtly caramel accented malts. Leaves a tongue tingling sourness in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pootzboy (1673) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - APR 17, 2006
Corked, mini champage bottle. Poured a murky chestnut brown-amber with a rocky, sticky cap that laces. Sweet and sour aromas of musty spice and sharp medicinal smells against caramel sweetness. Moderate body is slightly sour uop front with a tart cherry or grape tase that then becomes mellowed in the body by a luxurious whack of caramel malts. Finish is slightly drying as the hops are detected with metallic aftertastes. This is probably the better of the Flanders browns I have tasted...the malt is more pronounced and it is more drinkable than Petrus or Rodenbach.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chicagobears (441) - Elk Grove Village, Illinois, USA - APR 16, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2007 Poured ruby brown and spicy. Strangely, I found this to be not as sour as expected. A good eathey malt tone, nutty, and a wild souriness. This is a delicious brew that has a subtle unique complexity. Will certainely try again! I’ve had few bottles since my first rating and I found them to be subpar. So Ive decreased my score from 4.3 to 3.9. Maybe they’re some inconsistencies with this Brown sour ale?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
luvcasks (178) - USA - APR 16, 2006
From a botle in Pizza Paradiso (2005) Aroma: Sour, Sweet, Caramelly these are just words ... not doing justice to the whole thing... (just like describing pieces leaving out the whole!) Appearance: Deep dark caramel with a dusty long lasting tan head Flavor: Green apple, Pineapple and caramel flavors are balanced with a spritzy spicy finish Palate: For such a complex beer it is so light on the tongue.. Overall: Just fantastic.. undeniably complex, subtle intruiguing and engaging all at the same time... For Flemish Ale Seekers a great treat - I personally like the Rodenbach just a little more than this one!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DerWeg (1568) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 15, 2006
33 cl ’05 vintage bottle. Pours a deep impressive foggy-translucent mahogany with a solid, fine head that sticks around a good while. Wow. This comes off all subtle then it really works its charms - super smooth creamy mouthfilling feel, unique, hints of cherry-like sourness and delicate spiciness darting to and fro in the mouth. Refined but enticing tart fruitI aroma - I am soon back to the garage for a second as the sexy, appealing drinkability of this ale is remarkable. To say ’Belgian beer approaches wine’ underestimates beer and yet this beer evokes such a reference. Yet this beer is incomparable really, to toss in still another paradox. Ageing may balance it out still more, rolling off some youthful sweetness in the taste giving full expression to the cellar-like aromas and exqusite tart fruit. The unlabelled tissue-wrapped bottle is certainly meant for hiding away anywhere cool and musty until fate calls upon it. All said, a Flemish well worth it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cartoonkhaki (1223) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - APR 14, 2006
Rich dark brown amber ale colour. Light brown whips in the head. Finally a chance to try this brew!!!! Stewedfruit aroma figs raisins. Musty aroma... acidic sharp flavour subtle and muted fine bitters. Very Earthy. Tart and sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Quinten (1054) - zaandam, NETHERLANDS - APR 12, 2006
Darkbrown color, lightbrown foamy head, ....oops,....a sour one, my bottle had no label but a folypaper around it. special only fore liqurshop sale. Complex aroma with, caramel, chocolate, coffee, nuts, and citrus, raisin, alcohol, strange combination but overall quit good. not my style

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (11057) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 8, 2006
750 mL bottle. Pours mahagony, slightly muddy with small chunks, and a small fizzy head that dissipates rather quickly. Aroma is caramel malt (cookie, biscuit) and sour fruits (cherries, berries), sugar and yeast (earth). Malty sweet yeast start to the flavor, medium acidity and bitterness that slightly burns and tingles the tongue, sour and tart berry lingering flavor. Medium bodied and fizzy, slightly syrupy palate.

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