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

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1295   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - FEB 29, 2004
Very cloudy brown color with no head. Sour cherry and slight metallic vinegar aroma. Very tart cherry, lemon, vinegar, wood and barnyard hay flavors. Almost no carbonation, but it's so acidic that it feels kind of tingly. I really enjoyed this!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - FEB 29, 2004
Muddy brown/ruby color with no head. The aroma was full of balsamic vinegar, very tart cherrie, wet wood, and sourness. The flavor was extremely acidic...almost made this flat beer feel carbonated. Tart cherries, balsamic vinegar, sour lemon, and wet wood tones were present in the flavor as well. The feel was almost completely flat...the acidic aspect of this beer made it feel quite crisp on the tongue.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 24, 2004
1999 Vintage: Deep ruddy ruby hue. Small fizzy cream head. Winey sour nose. Great wine like sweetness. Fruit, gooseberry, cherry, tart, smooth, finishing acidic and perfect. Woody notes, pleasant body and mouthfeel. This is a hell of a great beer, perfect for cooking! I really need to lay my hands on the Rodenbachs!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Malakin (469) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 15, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2004 My bottle is 2003/05 so fairly fresh compared to some I see here. Pours with almost no head, nose is sweet and fruity. Tastes sour and fruity, a little too sour my tastes but the rich complex flavour makes up for it.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (4988) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 15, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 3, 2013 This is a fantastic beer that only budgetary concerns keep from being a regular drinker for me. The first beer I ever rated and still my favorite in this style. Definitely a world classic +++ Sampled from a 12 oz green bottle this beer pours a dark brown color with a small tan head that lingered and left decent lacing. The aroma was sour and tart oak and bread. The flavor is dryish, tart and sour with notes of vague dark fruits, molasses and bread. Long tart and sour finish. Fairly full bodied. No longer the most sour beer I have personally tried, but still one of my favorites of the sour beers. Too sour for many of my friends though. A world classic none the less.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jutuahol (189) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - FEB 14, 2004
Deep dark red color. Nose is sweet, wine-like with notes of yeast and alcohol. Medium to full body, pretty smooth. Flavor is wine-like, a bit dry and sour, aromatic with notes of plum, raisin and alcohol. Dryer, more acidic, malty and sweet long finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 4, 2004
1999 drank in 2004: Ruby orange with tons of floaties and a super-thin head. Sour woody aroma, with some earthy tones and a bit of vinegar. Sour and acidic flavor with a long aftertaste. Full fizzy body, and the alcohol isn't really noticeable.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 25, 2004
Rating # 360
I like the way Liefmans wraps their bottles in the tissue paper, it really makes me feel confidant that the beer is not skunked. I don’t know if there is ant validity to that tissue paper comment but anyway…….
Damn, the cork reads Vintage 1998, I’m shocked it’s so old!!
Pours an exceptionally effervescent robust mahogany body, with a rocky kaki colored mountain of head. The aroma is a dry bitter/sweet tartness, a lot like a red wine. Notes of oak and balsamic vinegar, fresh pressed grapes and apples. WoW this is fruity! The flavor has a very pleasing tartness, but large toffee notes really sweeten and keep the acidic vinegar notes repressed….. I just poured the most enormous chunk of sediment out into my glass…it made a “plop” when it hit the beer.
This is very complex. It’s pretty salty…. Something reminds me of Pumpernickel bread; it’s like: fresh apples, blueberries, and kiwi on toasted pumpernickel with a dripping of balsamic vinegar and a pinch of rosemary. This is a pretty remarkable beer, much more than I was expecting.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jfm (1724) - Holbæk, DENMARK - JAN 11, 2004
Dark brown color with a nice beige head. The taste is sweet with a complex mix of different malty flavours. Finishes sour and bitter..

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aldrighetti (163) - Coltura, ITALY - JAN 5, 2004
2002 Bottle. Hazy, garnet colour, with a lot of sediment in suspension. Light nut-brown head, fully diminishing in a thin lace, glass sticking. Irregular perlage. Sweet, caramel aroma (cola), dark malt (munich?), green wallnut aroma, red fruits (sour cherry, prune), a hint of smoke. Taste of dark wort, roasted malt, cola. Light to medium body, watery tewture, very thin sour taste in the finish. I am a bit disappointed by this beer, I thought it has more character. Maltiness is similar to a dark german doppelbock.


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