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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1303   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NJBeerman013 (1052) - Hamilton Twp., New Jersey, USA - NOV 4, 2002
Wow. Very bitter fruit flavor. Absolutely no carbonation. Wonderful fruit aroma - cherries. This beer is very complex. Refreshing as well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rauchbier (3627) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - OCT 31, 2002
Bottle conditioned, cork stoppered. Ruby red-rusty brown with moderate condition but no head. Good aromas of caramel and oak with a suggestion of tartness that is confirmed in the mouth along with a taste like cream soda mixed with blood. Full bodied and tart finish with a backdraft of alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - OCT 30, 2002
sweet creamy malts with some sour cherry nose. Lots of sediment, maroon. Nutty Carmelness. I could drink this for an eternity.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - OCT 22, 2002
sour cherries and looks incredie!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
motelpogo (6876) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - OCT 17, 2002
was only 30 degrees when i drank it but i got the idea. 2nd time round it was 25 degrees. maybe that wasn´t warm enough

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kåstå (1273) - Mol, BELGIUM - OCT 8, 2002
Slightly milky amber coloured beer with a small head. Sour Rodenbach like aroma. Old sour fruity taste with a hint of port wine.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jfishback13 (275) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - OCT 8, 2002
I was expecting the best brown beer ever... they said that much... what I got tasted, smelled, left an aftertaste just like a Gueuze... if I was expecting one, it wasn’t half bad, but I wanted a brown ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 4, 2002
The beer pours a dark cloudy brown, the head is minimal, the lace is quite tenuous. Nose is vinous, fusel alcohol, over ripe fruit. Front is sweet, the top light, the finish is sharp, tangy, astringent, lightly hopped, just the way a ’Flanders Red Ale’ should be. Ranks #348 on my current 1000 beer master list.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ernest (6319) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 30, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2011 750ml bottle (Sep 2010 bottling). Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is hazy dark amber to medium brown, bottle conditioned. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (cookie, caramel), lightly yeasty (cobwebs), with notes of cherry, cask wood, cinnamon, cola. Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately to heavily acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately to heavily acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, watery/velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. Lacking the vibrancy and depth of the best in this style, but still quite pleasant.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dhurtubise (568) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 26, 2002
Pours cloudy with chunks of yeast rising to the top on a thin cream, short lived head (despite high levels of carbonation). A flemish brown ale (there are very few flander’s red (or belgian red)- rodenbach is one of them) to be sure with a faint malty, sour aroma. It has a strong lactic (sour) character with sharp thin maltiness - almost soya or worcester sauce-like, no bitterness, sour character overides everything else and lingers in the mouth for a long time. Overall the interplay of the various malts, yeasts and acidity is quite complex. Another beautiful beer by Liefmans.

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