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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1274   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
madsberg (10140) - Søborg, DENMARK - NOV 8, 2003
Bottled: Dark amber coloured. Light dusty. Has a reddish huge head. Has a harmonious sweetness mingled with a light sourness and some fruitiness in the aroma. The flavour reminds me of "Hvidtøl" ("danish type of household beer", according to my dictionary). Is fruity, spicy and light perfumed. Is more sour than sweet. Very complex beer. Harmonious aftertaste. Very good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DC (14) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 3, 2003
This brew pours from the bottle into a what impresses me as an antique oak sort of splendor, resplendant with its rapidly dissipating, but amply lace leaving head of off-white. The aroma Is a complexity of ripe red and black fruits, caramel and molasses, imbued with rum. Mouthfeel is somewhat large and creamily cloying; but then it ends and the finish is soft and lingeringly sweet. Good Belgian.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Boutip (4654) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 27, 2003
Pourred a nice deep brown brew with a dark head that stayed on for a while. Very acidic and sour taste with a hint of sugar. This is OK but not my favorite of the Liefmans. Still I noticed that this one has more head then the other Liefmans and lots of sediment at the bottom...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
omhper (19233) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - OCT 21, 2003
Bottled, 1987 vintage. Cloudy nut brown. Acidic nos with lactic acid and coffee, and also hints of blood and metal. Vinous with clean maltiness. Very complex. Citric finish with dash of bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - OCT 20, 2003
This is my first experience with a Flemish Sour. The color is a deep, dark orange color. Flavor is very tart (like SweeTarts). Some sweetness. Ok, but not my favorite.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - OCT 20, 2003
Brown pour with a quickly diminishing off-white head that leaves nice lacing behind. Slight cherry aroma. Some phenol aroma. Flavor is sour but not overly so, cherries are prominent. Body is medium light, seems a bit thin to me. Aftertaste is sour almost like a sweet tart. Not bad, not great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Fulkrum78 (175) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 7, 2003
First off, ClarkVV sums it up better below. My take: I liked it. Though the HUGE pieces of sediment floating around always inspire a bit of dread in me. A fine brown ale!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 5, 2003
Had no idea what to expect. Bottle. Pours a deep dark brown, with tons of huge sediment floating around. Smallish off-white head. Aroma is great. Lots of cider vinegar, apples, tart cherries, raisins, some malt. Opens up sour/bitter but quickly a soy sauce flavore, but sweeter, comes out. Has a nice medium body, slightly grainy and bubbly. Lots of brown sugar sweetness, with lots of vinegar taste, though not as sharp and acidic. Has a wonderful balance, finishes with a lovely touch of hops and yeast. Lingering bitter sweet flavor. Like a nice gueuze with some agnostura bitters and some cider in it. Manages to be very tart, yet has a big sweet flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (11933) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 5, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2005 (Tap at the Three Legged Mare, York, England) Pours an amber color with thin, white head. Has a good balance of complexity and finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Syd (920) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - OCT 3, 2003
Pours very flat; no head if I tried. The aroma is sour cherries. The flavor is starts out malty but finishes tart and fruity; perhaps almost like fruit vinegar. Not as sweet as, say, New Glarus, but this is a real Flemish Sour Ale. Since this is the first I've had of the style, I suppose it could be a bad bottle - but hey, it's sour and Flemish! The palate is nice for the flavor. I really wanted to try this style when I read about it; it meets with my expectations.

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