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

bottled
common

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common

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RATINGS: 1345   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.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheBeerGod (5409) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUN 2, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2003 Had this at 't Materke Inn on 5-16-03. Ruby brown with a pleasant fruity and malt-ish aroma. Sour taste but permeates fruit like apples, strawberries, and raspberries. Finishes sour but there is a dryness and sweetness that introduces itself. Not bad.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - MAY 28, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2005 No head but a small vulcano instead! Red-brown body. Aroma; over-ripe fruits, berries (cherry?), champagne, raisins. Taste; sweet, fruity, finishes tart and dry. Lovely.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (29989) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAY 22, 2003
The aroma is very fruity, sweet, and earthy with notes of wild yeast, raspberry, other berries, and rhubarb. The color is a deep red hazy one with a fine though fast disappearing head. The flavor is sweet, sour, and metallic from the wild fermentation with notes of rhubarb - somewhat undescribable. It ends on a pretty earthy note - with no hints of the ABV. A little disappointing for me - but my expectation was high.

1.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 3/20
biff (3) - colorado springs, Colorado, USA - MAY 21, 2003 does not count
This beer confuses me. I thought this was a skunk. No carbonation.No bubbles. Sour. It's a sour ale, born to mix. Now, I realize why the monks add fruit. This beer is a mixer, try adding your favorite tasteless American brew, I tried Schlitz and the taste is sublime.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - MAY 5, 2003
This Flemish sour ale pours a very dark, murky brown color with lots of yeast floating around. The beer has no head at all. The aroma is very tart and fruity with some wood and malt notes. Medium to full body with little to no carbonation, the flavor is malty up front with a subdued tart and slightly sour flavor. The finish is full of cherry fruit flavors and malt with a touch of acidity, chocolate, and sourness. This is an excellent and very complex brew, the sour tartness is perfectly balanced by the heavy malt and fruit flavors.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAY 4, 2003
My wife walked by, took a sip, and said - "This is wine, what are you doing drinking wine?" Cork indicated 2000 vintage. Poured a deep dark brown/red - full of speckled floaties; headless and little to no carbonation. Sour/tart with a little acidity. Medium sour cherry and raspberry flavors, some smoother sweet malts also - a silkyness. Finish stayed a long time, but was also very dry. The feel was thick and full of flavor, even though it seemed thin at the same time. Not quite as intense as some of this style, but very well done.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RobBestwick (625) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - APR 28, 2003
sweet aroma, cloudy brown hue with a small dark head, the flavours are distinctive, irony and salty and toasted, moderate carbonation, thick creamy texture, slightly sour with a warming alcohol note in the finish

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ludwig (60) - USA - APR 8, 2003
This has to be one of my favorite brown ales out right now. The complexity of this brew is outstanding.

2.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
wheatbeerboy (103) - Addison, Illinois, USA - APR 7, 2003
No head. Although somewhat complex tasting, this beer tastes too much like wine to me. I guess I don't care for this style of beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 29, 2003
Cloudy medium brown color. Sweet complex aged aroma. Semi-sweet woody oak flavor with a dry warming finish. Good sweet and sour cherry fruit balance. A pretty good Flemish sour and the best Liefmans beer I've had.


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