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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1395   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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 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.

   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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DanielBrown (4143) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
PorterPounder (6287) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - DEC 17, 2003
Dark reddish mahogany hue, excellent head formation. Aroma of sour cherries, chocolate and damp wood. Sweet cherry like flavors at first, remaining sweet throughout but with a subtle balancing sourness. Thickish on the palate with a touch of syrupyness half way through, moderate suggestions of coffee and chocolate add considerable complexity and depth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nickchalk (229) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 29, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2003 Rather dark amber beer, with a small off-white head. Sour aroma with some sweetness, some roasted almonds. Strong taste of rich malts, winy sourness, some alcohol, rather complex. Sour finish. Somewhat syruppy on the palate, with pleasant carbonation. Drink this one slowly before going to bed. Bottle.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jayb0 (1097) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - NOV 24, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2004 Rerate: Upping the flavor and overall impression. Flavors really hit me this time, more dark fruit, wood, and possibly anise. Previous: Nice brown-red color topped with decent off-white head. Aromas of candy sugar and malt. A slight tartness. Very pleasant malt up fron giving way to a slightly sour, dry finish. Some suspended chunks floating around. Nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerking99 (199) - Virginia, USA - NOV 13, 2003
Aromas of malt, candi sugar and faint must. Brown color with a tan head that fades fast. Flavor is malt and fruit up front, with yeast and spice in the tail.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
wulfhere (217) - Billings, Montana, USA - NOV 12, 2003
Bottle, imported. Nice head that is just a bit off white. Nose is of sweet malt/brown sugar and a pungent sour--also a heavy mildew ordor that isn't really very pleasing. I'm not sure that's supposed to be in this beer, but with a really aged Belgian (90), who the hell can tell what it's supposed to smell or taste like. The head sticks around for a while, the color is a deep copper.dark tan like well tanned leather. There are elements of fruit, candy sugar, acidic bite, mold, and a smooth velvet mouthfeel to this one. Very complex and damn hard to describe acurately. Sweet fruity aftertaste.

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