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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1364   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.

rsauermann's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rsauermann (38) - Arlington, Texas, USA - AUG 19, 2007
My first venture into Flemish Browns. Definitely a different beer. malty, and tart, I could drink these back to back to back. No sourness though, was looking foward to it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrGD (47) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 6, 2015
Bottle. Dark ruby colour with beige foam. Aroma: red fruits, spices, wood. Taste: fruity and sour, raisins, black cherries, cinnamon, wood, alcohol presence. Smooth mouthfeel. A great, complex beer that everyone should try!

-- rated with beerbasher/winphone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
thirstyrabbit (1330) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 6, 2015
Small corked and wrapped bottle with a printed impression of someone’s autograph and all. Dark red/brown body. Aroma has simple tart cherries and some oxidised sweet malt mixed with hints of alcohol. Basic cherry/oxidised malt taste. What complexity? This is a very basic sour beer. I don’t know or care to know how good this beer was in the past, currently it rates "meh". Ratebeer seems to have an unhealthy fascination with anything related to sour. I wonder whether the highest rated potao chips on Ratebeer would have vinegar or sour cream in taste...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jmagnus87 (2857) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - MAY 4, 2015
Draft at Olympic. From notes. Spicy and fruity. Notes of red berries and cinnamon. Nice.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
huineman (100) - Madrid, SPAIN - MAY 2, 2015
Dark brown. Minimal head. Aroma is intense and reminds of wine: loads of fruit (depending on the age of the beer there is variation: younger beers smell of strawberry and cherry; older ones of prunes, dates, figs and raisins); liquorice, chocolate, molasses, caramel, even Maggi and Lea&Perrins sauces. Sheer sourness, light body, no bitterness. Not for everyone; nevertheless it will please those who are capable to understand it. It’s a great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
martjoobolut (1287) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 30, 2015
Bottle (from Wines of Galilee). Pours dark ruby with beige head. The head stays for a moment. Aroma is sour, cherries, malt. Flavor is sour, oak, cherries, malt. Alcohol is well covered. Overall: good one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hamirubi (203) - Waarschoot, BELGIUM - APR 28, 2015
The Goudenband Liefmans is a mammoth beer: A genuine ’must beer’. A brew to drink from time to time. I had a 10cl sample at the Zythos Beer Festival (Leuven, April 25th 2015), where I tried the 2004-batch. Very sweet and spiritful, but maybe a tat too ripe (I better had it from tap?). Accompanying the sweetness, there are many pleasant sour notes. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mkam (322) - POLAND - APR 22, 2015
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a small white head. Aroma is spicy with some sourness and barrel. Taste is medium sour tart, some red currants. Smooth, velvet finish. Good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wiedrzensky (184) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - APR 12, 2015
Shared bottle. Dark ruby/brown with thick beige head. Aroma of caramel, nuts, very fruity, porto like, vinous, tartness. Taste is sour with notes of caramel and red fruits. Dry finish. Great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
llcooldave (1161) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - APR 10, 2015
Finally after all these years of staring at this bottle with the nice blue paper wrapper on the shelf, I decided pull the trigger. Dark leathery brown in color. Spicy fruit nose. Some apple and pear with cinnamon. Nice smooth sour tart tang with a velvety finish on the palate. Overall, a nice brew... glad I finally decided to pick it up.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alex_leit (203) - Minsk, BELARUS - APR 8, 2015
Bottle. Brown with ruby, a thin foam. Aroma: red port wine, malt, fruit, dried raisins or dates, a little bit of caramel and toffee. Taste with acidity, fruity, malty, a mixture of cherries, grapes, plums, apples, warm, with a slight bitterness from a mixture of hops, alcohol and oak.

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