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

bottled
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common

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RATINGS: 1370   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.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
burcusabrews (106) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2004
2003 vintage: nutty dark belgian fruity aroma, slight traces of Brett. creamy white head. Color is dark brownbut translucent. creamy mouthfeel with flavors of light roasted coffee and cherries. very distinguishable Brett flavor (barnyard) suprisingly refreshing

1.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
ericnixon (741) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 16, 2004
Sitting in the glass it has no head at all over a dark brown color. it has a nasty aroma that completley reminded me of some kind of medicine that my mom used to make me take as a kid. very carbonated mouthfeel with that same nasty aroma smell in the flavor. yuk.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
obisbeer (565) - Barcelona, SPAIN - AUG 16, 2004
Amber Maroon, Brown with thick off white head. Sour musty nose, w/cherry faint honey and a vanilla/wood thing going on. Nice prickle in the mouth with medium weight. Lingering carmel and honey finish. Tart front palate w/subdued sweetness in the mid-palate. Bit’o’funk(brett), woodiness, light nut quality, milk chocolate, and very enjoyable. THough I don’t know much of the style and am not sure if this is in the spirit of it, I really like it in it’s own right!

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
steview (1036) - Petaluma, California, USA - AUG 13, 2004
duvel tulip glass: sugary brown ale with champagne qualities. recommended by beer guy from Sams Wines Chicago for a sour ale. this isn’t sour, or this isn’t what i expected. for a lambic/sour ale i demand a puckering thang. this is good, but not what i want for the style albeit i’m naive.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - AUG 12, 2004
08.12.04 bottle. The pour, a slick looking maple-ruby-brown with only a trace of head. Big sour, apple, rum-soaked raisin, and solid alcohol presence on nose. German wine vinous. Cheek puckering sourness attacks frontally, carries across the palate, and lingers after the finish. Riesling, pear, marachino cherry. Outrageously delicious. Highly acidic in an enamel stripping kind of way. Wonderful.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ivan9856 (189) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - AUG 8, 2004
I sampled a draft version in the appropriate snifter glass. By the time it reached my table, there was virtually no head, but a brilliant deep brown and red color (and thin tan head) revealed ample visual interest. This was my first experience with this style. I enjoyed the strong aroma of raisin and sour mash. The flavor was equally pleasing and very strong, and there was a slight hint of the high alcohol content. The complex palate revealed cherries, citrus and the drying and agreeable sourness that lends its name to this style of beer. Carbonation and finish were excellent.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeMcPhee (8837) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 6, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2005 Rerate 2004 375 ml bottle. I wish I could hold onto one of these for a few years, but I can’t. Dark brown with a thick sticky brown head. Aroma of cherry, brown sugar, plums, grape, and wood. Fairly sweet flavour up front, but is cut by a touch of lactic acidity. Oaky flavour on the finish rounds off all of the sweet fruits from up front. Creamy texture and sweetness really hides the high ABV. Better balance than I remember. Very tasty brew. Dark brown beer witha huge brown head. Very fruity aroma, grapes, cherries, and a subtle oakiness. Flavour is surprisingly light for a 8% brew. Faint maltiness, wood, cherry, slight sweetness in the middle before a nice lactic sourness in the finish. Very tasty, but I would have preferred a bit less sweetness. 7/4/7/4/14

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
harvey (40) - Milano, ITALY - AUG 3, 2004
The sourest of all the Flemish reds I’ve tasted actually, this 8% ABV ale is really complex. Sour and citric, with almost no head, sour fruits’ aroma and sour kaki impression all around the mouth. Alcohol was not so evident.

2.2
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - JUL 26, 2004
(on bottle) Being the only one reading this, Im afraid to repeat myself in this day of flemish rating. Where´s the complementing detials in a brew like this? Nice dark browishred, I just had a flat feeling drinking this. ther´s somenotes of wood and dry fruits and maybe even some leather, but absolutely nothing to contradict those fat flavours. it seemed flat and a bit boring to me.

3.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2004
Bottle at Bieres et Compagne in Montreal. The paper wrapped bottle was impressive, once decanted, however, not much to look at. Great bready, malty aroma (could have just hung my nose in the snifter all night). But the sour flavor just didn’t sit well with my taste buds.


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