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

bottled
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RATINGS: 1320   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 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - JAN 2, 2004
Poured a medium to dark brown, short lived white head. Pour carefully or you'll get huge chunks of yeast. Aroma was musty, fruity, and a bit malty. Flavor is initially sweet, turns to sour apple and malt vinegar. Some vinous notes as well. Rounded mouthfeel, dry finish from the sour. Interesting and quite good.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 31, 2003
Medium brown with a tiny white head. Aroma is musty, with some cider and alcohol notes. Flavor is of apples, vinegar with a nice sour feel in the middle. Finishes up dry and hoppy with some of the sourness lingering. Quite good.

3.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DanielBrown (3925) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2003
Bottle, from Stirchley Wines and Spirits, Birmingham. Enormous chunks of something were floating merrily around the glass as I poured. Looks chestnut brown, but when you hold it up to the light is actually an attractive Krieky red. Loose white head. Fruity, cough medicine aroma. Slight tart/sourness, balaned with sweet fruit (grape, blackcurrant). Not harsh, and only hints at 8%. A very full flavour (but not overpowering) soft, but fruity on the back of the palate. Less sour, but equally less engaging than Rodenbach Grand Cru.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
booyaatribe (453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2003
My first brown sour ale. Not as tangy and sour as the red ones from Rodenbach and their ilk, but a lovely sweetness, sourness, and complexity overall. Kind of a pleasant mustiness as well.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
PorterPounder (5712) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 18, 2003
My first rating of a Flemish Sour Ale. Starts off with a headless, dark, ruby red pour with bits of sediment floating about in suspended animation. Aroma is of sour cherries and slight alcohol. Sour, fruity flavor, full bodied - good thick mouthfeel. Alcohol is hidden fairly well. Not a drink to have after mowing the yard. Could see this being a good companion to dessert.


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