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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: 1279   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeM500 (1905) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - JUN 2, 2002
Absolutely no head, in fact, no visible carbonation. Musty, earthy nose similar to my Grandmother’s humid, dusty basement. Overly ripe, sweet plum mixed with the tartness of a sour, green apple taste. Way too sweet at the beginning and way too sour at the end. Tasted more like a homemade wine. An interesting dessert beer in small quantities, I could not finish a pint of this. Musty, earthy, moldy, humid, dusty fruit-burps!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 30, 2002
Very good tart flavor with a strong black cherry base.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 11, 2002
Cherry wine scent. Hazy red colour, some floaties. Sour. Sticky sweet. Has some aging to do. (Best before 2011)

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 6, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2004 1999 edition,consumed in 2004. Deep orange/light brown in color with a small white head.Oaky,acidic aroma,fruity,roasted/toasted malt,sweet/sour character,mild cherry character,smooth and slightly creamy.Alcohol is very well hidden.

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
mutant (854) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAY 5, 2002
Big viuous aroma, deep amber with strong beige head, highly cabonated & many particles. Flavour is some sweet fruit but quickly sour with metalic undertones. Just too sour for me

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - MAY 4, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2004 Deep murky red, blocks almost all light, no head. Nose tart and sour, cherries, strawberries, and vanilla. Bit of woodiness and a predominant musty, horseblanket funk to it. Taste is very funky and sour, a gueuze packed full of sour cherries. Nice bite and acidity at the end, crispness sticks in the mouth for a lovely, long finish. Drinkability is high, smooth, reasonably full and easily quaffable once you get past the heavy sourness. Didn't like this at all the first time, but my palate has considerably changed over time and this is now quite good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 1, 2002
Nice auburn color, Toast, salt and iron flavors. A dry version of the Oudenaarde Brown stlye. A good change of pace from the sweeter/malty versions.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bierkoning (10138) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - APR 29, 2002
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2007 A barnyard aroma (I didn’t know the word, but it really fits), cherry fruit, oak and chocolate. Sweet and sour taste with chocolate and cherry. Long finish. Complex and delicious. Re-rate from tap: Sweet flavor with some apple sourness, pear and oak. Just a hint of metal in the aftertaste. I’ll stick to the original rating. Cask version: 2003, tasted 14th may 2005. Beer of the month in Café Morshuis Albergen. Porto, hint of cherry. Vinous, grapes, chocolate. Sweet and well rounded, low on carbon. Not without complexity. Glorious taste (7 3 8 5 16 = 3.9) Cask version 2003, tasted may 5th 2007: beer in the month in Café Morshuis Albergen. Pear drups and mustard in the aroma. Sugary sweetness challenged by an apple and milky sourness that agrees very much with this beer. Complex beer! Pear drups, mustard, wood even. A nice hopbitterness. Hint of ncherry juice. Excellent and delicious! (7 3 9 4 17 = 4.0)

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - APR 16, 2002
Deep ruby color with hints of sunset orange. Persistent thin head and lace. Nose is full of sourness, cherries, light malt and barnyard smells. Thin to medium bodied, upfront, ya get a sweet-malty cherry/fruit flavor that is dynomite. The middle shifts into sourness and acidity, the end is dry with some vinegar notes which were a bit unpleasant. Complex and challenging, one that certainly grows on you. Interesting to say the least.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerstop (173) - Roanoke, Virginia, USA - APR 1, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2003 Very sour, wine, and barnyard (I"ve never used that one before, but it fits)aromas. Pours a hazy amber brown with almost no head whatsoever. Very tart and zesty on the tongue with green apple, vinous and sweet flavors. Slightly bitter finish (very faint). Light to medium body with fizzy feel on the palate. Reminded me of Lindemans Gueuze that I tried a few months ago, but not as sour or acidic. Definitely worth trying.


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