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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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RATINGS: 1274   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AdiBeer (931) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 25, 2014
Aroma: fruits, caramel, dark berries. Appearance: dark brown/black, medium beige frothy head. Taste: light sweet. Palate: fruity, bitters vining up quickly, refreshing, light sours. Overall: excellent Sour Ale, actually quite sweet in tsar and palate. Pint at The Times, Ypres.

1.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 3/20
upatamby (22) - - MAY 25, 2014
Is dit wel bier? Nauwelijks koolzuur. Ruikt en smaakt naar azijn met hinten van fruit erdoorheen, aangevuld met een scheutje maggi. Niet mijn bier. Wilde gist kan heel boeiend smaken, maar hier proef ik een mix van smaken en geuren die elkaar tegenwerken.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bjakk (319) - Skagafjordur, ICELAND - MAY 22, 2014
Dark brown with yellowish foam that lasts somewhat. Sour with tones of wood and chemicals in the aroma. Sour, raisins, a bit of alcohol and sweet bitterness in the aftertaste, Hits you in the back of the mouth to the sides. Great beer where you can really taste the oak it was lagered in. High in carbon.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
BAMF (78) - Albion, Michigan, USA - MAY 17, 2014
Aroma is complex with esters cherries slight spiciness and some sourness. Dark cherries dominate the aroma. It pours a deep brown with ruby red highlights. A light tan moderate head with moderate retention. Flavor is malt forward with the dark cherries dominating. Some sour upfront finishes tart with no hop. It has a medium mouthfeel with moderate to high carbonation where style dictates moderate carbonation. A sweet tart slightly dry finish. Overall it's malt forward with lots of dark cherries and dark fruit with a sourness that follows. It needs less carbonation which is necessary so as to not distract from the complex flavor profile.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ElManana (205) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - MAY 17, 2014
Sour, acetic acid, and distinct soy sauce aromas. Sounds disgusting but the first impression soon gets worse. I was then introduced to old oxidized hard raisin flavors mixed with rotting plums. But as always, this seems to grow on me by at least midway.... The light medium body, low residual sugar, and low medium effervescent body is amazingly quaffable. Some fruit and cookie/graham cracker flavors enhance what has grown on me. Surprisingly nice. This always seems like my first approach to sashimi, slightly reticent approach, initially repulsed and then something of a love.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Experiment_Ale (918) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 14, 2014
Draft at Georgia Keeley. Pours clear bronze. Aroma is oak barrel, tannic, acidic sour, cherry. Taste is very banic and grainy, medium to heavy sour, big vinegar. Finish lingers nicely and finishes on a great note.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bursprak (448) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 7, 2014
375 ml bottle. Pours a light brown reddish color, tiny head that disappears instantly. Nose has red berries, vanilla and you can sense a light tartness. Taste is nicely balanced between the sweet malts and the tartness. Cherries, herbal notes and vanilla. Not as aggressively tart as other sour browns. No trace of the ABV and very easy to drink.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerhunter111 (6917) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAY 7, 2014
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein dunkel braunes Bier mit geringer Schaumkrone. Geruch sehr fruchtig, leicht säuerlich. Geschmack leicht säuerlich fruchtig, saure Waldfrüchte.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
airrick2003 (450) - Louisiana, USA - APR 27, 2014
Appearance: this beer pours with a large tan fizzy head that dissipates quickly, the beer is a pretty dark brown color but light does get thru it at the edges Aroma: cherry, tart, red wine, sourness, a bit faint Taste: has red wine undertones, some sourness but not really sour, tart, hints of alcohol Palate: average carbonation, light mouthfeel, leaves very faintly bitter aftertaste, also alcohol on the finish Overall: seems like the red wine aroma and taste dominates the experience, it’s a good sour beer, not great though

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
neuromatt (1107) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 23, 2014
2012 vintage. 750 mL bottle from the LCBO, served in a tulip. Pours hazy chestnut with a moderate tan head that remains and leaves a large amount of fine lace. The nose has subtle notes of plum and apple cider, along with caramel, brown sugar, oak, earth, barnyard and a subtle fruity tartness. The flavour is well balanced between moderately sweet, caramelly malts on the one hand and soft tart fruity notes on the other. Oak, earth and malt vinegar also come through nicely. The finish is medium in length and malty with a slight sour fruit accent. On the palate it is medium in body with a smooth, milky texture and average carbonation. Overall, this is a very nice sour brown ale; it is nicely complex and exquisitely balanced between malts and delicate fruity tartness. 2014-04-23


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