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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1357   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 18, 2004
I thought it would be a good idea to do a side-by-side with this and Rodenbach Grand Cru, but I think I made a big mistake. RGC blew this out of the water. Great fluffy head, deep red-brown colour. Some big chunks of yeast at the bottom of the glass. Aroma screams vanilla! Tropical fruit and ice cream, toffee and diacetyl. Seemed a lot more like a regular Belgian (Chimay Bleu or Scotch Silly) than something like Rodenbach. Quite a sweet and malty flavour with chocolate, nutmeg, some alcohol, wood and only the lightest sourness. A bit fizzy too. Really seemed a lot more like aged Chimay than Rodenbach Grand Cru, though it was nowhere near as good as either. Thanks to beer_ledgend!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
stephen louis (164) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 17, 2004
2002 vintage. Pours a ruby amber red with a tan head,and tonnes of floaties...the nose is slightly sour,and malty. On the Taste:yellow plums,spicy yeast,tangy cherrys,and a metallic bite,that mellows into candy and carmel,the finish drys up real nice,and leave a warm glow in the mouth and belly. well worth your time.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hendo (110) - Sint Anthonis, NETHERLANDS - OCT 16, 2004
Swallied in De Blaauwe Hand in Nijmegen (NL). Imagine the best qualities of a dark lambic, this is it! It doesn’t feel like an 8% beer, they have it so well balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mustang3 (254) - Whitby, CANADA - OCT 9, 2004
mmm this was amazingly complex and delicious. Initally out of the bottle it was very metallic, but it got infinitely better. The flavour is initially vinous and tannic, very dry. I then moves into a wonderful sour kriek flavour. This was delicous.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mctous (131) - Herndon, Virginia, USA - OCT 5, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2004 Upon decorking, the distinctly sour, then yeasty nose practically fills the room. Lightly carbonated with almost no head retention, Goudenbond appears murky but drinks like white wine, with plenty of fruity malt-yeast interaction behind the tartness. Very clean, dry finish with lingering acid, but watch out for the sediment!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - OCT 5, 2004
a new style for me. poured a murky brown color with a thin sligtly off white head which had minimal retention at best. Aroma was malty and tart as was the flavor/ Flavor had some cranberry and lemon like qualities. Not a heavy beer at all.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - SEP 30, 2004
Copper with no appreciable head. This style is an acquired taste that I haven’t as yet acquired but I continue to try. Very tart aroma and flavor. Just not a very enjoyable drink for me.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 19, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2004 I suppose there is an art to appreciating flemish sours. Though they do tend to rank rather highly.. this one is certainly no exception. Dark Brown cola color with a thin light brown head. not so heavy on the sour or the and fruity (although there are definitely some cherries). Moderately carbonated and holds a rather woodsy and chalky mouthfeel. A good followup to the quelque chose... SMOOTH!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gorbalev (2988) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 15, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 8, 2006 Re-rate. Again, revisiting a beer I tried very early on in my beer tasting experience. Pours a lovely golden brown with a small tan head - looks nice. Strong rich aroma or cherry, sweet malt, a hint of sourness, earthy, and yeasty - wonderfully complex aroma. Taste follows suit, but leans more on the sour side with a good deal of tartness at first. Finishes with alcohol and bitterness. Wow, I really really enjoy this, sipping on it on a cold April afternoon while watching the Jays game. Complex, sour, yet earthy, and I love the almost Bock like sweetness thrown in too. The tart cherry hints are like the finishes touches of a dessert. I may have to buy more. And $5 a bottle is not expensive; go tot Buffalo to Premiere and then tell me what is expensive. original 7/4/6/3/13 Bottle, smokeless Joe’s. My second Flemish ale, didn’t enjoy it near as much as my first. Dark Cherry Red colour, little head. Strong alcohol and fruit (cherry) in aroma, lots more in taste. Certainly tartness there, but not overwhelming - well balanced. A beer that intensifies as it warms, but I was a little let down by the lack of complexity here - outside the strong cherry and alcohol, I didn’t find too much else. Tastes much stronger than 8%. I enjoyed it, but just a little let down.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
icarus (57) - The Colony, Texas, USA - SEP 14, 2004
Sweet malt and winy tastes, this is not a pucker bomb I was expecting from the name Flemish sour ale but decent ale none the less.

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