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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: 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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jiffypark (31) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 14, 2004
Hazy ruby body with some head. Chock-full of fruit and a bit of alcohol... Uhh, I’d have one more, please.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 24, 2004
Ruby-brown body. Head is off-white and velvety but a little loose. Subtle aroma is of earthy malts, sour dark fruits, and brett. Some cherry and plum sourness that is not mouth-puckering and backed up well by the malts. Warms nicely. Subdued and good, but never especially exciting.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Crockett (1002) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 20, 2004
Unmarked paper wrapped bottle. Cork read: 2002-17. For whatever that is worth. Pours deep red brown. Hazy with a large amount of sediment. Thin burnt butter head. Lightly yeasty, musty fruit nose. Well carbonated. Cherry/raspberry tart flavours. Prickly mouthfeel. Medium sourness. Bolder in fruits as it warms. Smooth clean malts. Alcohol comes out in the finish. A fine beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hansen (6199) - Assentoft, DENMARK - MAY 10, 2004
Wello, I really don’t know about these sour ales. Have to try a lot more before I get to love them. But this one has the potential.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeanDip (117) - Florida, USA - MAY 2, 2004
Smoother and maltier than I was expecting. Not much tartness. Mild on fruit character. Dried cherries or raisins, plummy. Tastes much the same. Little like a somewhat flat cola. I can smell a hint of the 8%. Nice carbonation. Lovely, malty finish. Very nice but kept longer for a bit more bite.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
clutchrogers (90) - Broussard, Louisiana, USA - APR 29, 2004
aromas of sour cherries, plum, malty chocolate cookie. ruby tinged color with a huge creamy off white head. orange, cherry sour tartness. slight malt flavor apppearing then fading back into sour fruits. alcohol, brandy and portish flavors. a wonderful complex ale.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - APR 22, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2004 On tap at the Liar's Club. A complex, sour ale but just not as flavorful as I thought it would be. Slightly thin, moderate tartness. I liked it much better the second half of the glass. Low on the carbonation with no head. I must try this again sometime. RE-RATE - In the bottle this time. Very dark brown hue with a nice head. Oh-no! The top of the bottle is a little chipped, will the be a bad bottle? Oh yes! It's still incredibly complex and tasty. Higher marks this time. Still too then on the palate for my tastes. Quality.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AFisher (1) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - APR 20, 2004 does not count
Poured well, not much sediment. Fantastic dark ruby brown color. Smells of cherry,citrus and oak. Tastes very nice with a complex fruit flavor, quite spicey but leaves the mouth straight away. 2003 Cork. A quality beer.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
r464 (1785) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 16, 2004
2003 cork. Dark brown in color with a light tan head. Oak and fruit aroma. Tastes earthy with a raisiny fruit base. Sour, but not so much as a lambic. Full flavor, not very bitter. Dry finish.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (7481) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 16, 2004
This is a very nice beer. Nice paper wrapper with a corked green bottle. Pours dark brown colored with extreme complexity in aroma and flavor. Tart finish. I caught aromas of citrus, brown sugar, earth, toffee, cognac, slight port, and cherries in this one, and all those aromas are present to some degree in the taste. I am out of this now, and I haven't seen it anywhere in over ten years.


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