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

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RATINGS: 1294   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.


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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BigDaddyBlues (45) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 17, 2012
There is so much going on here that I feel my palate is not developed enough to give an accurate assessment. A beautiful sweet malty nose. This is a sour ale. You can taste it clearly. If you are someone who thinks you would not like it, take it from someone who thought he would not like it when I say you are wrong. There is a perfect harmony between the malty and the sour. You will not be disappointed.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DwarfeD (1046) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - OCT 18, 2014
375ml bottle at home. Hazy dark amber brown with a full off-white soapy head with low retention. Medium to full body with moderate carbonation. Nice sour and sweet tones. Tart, wood, vanilla, hay, citrus and spices. Quite a nice sour brew.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ABT_S54 (168) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 17, 2014
bottle poured in Duchess de Bourgogne glass. Pours a wonderful garnet colour with a bubbly beige head which lasts a short while. Aroma is wonderful oak, vanilla and tartness. Taste is all these things but more - coffee, vanilla, oak and leather giving was to a perfectly blended redcurrant acidity. This is the most complex beer I have tried. I was sceptical of trying this as usually labels that proclaim such triumphs rarely meet my expectations. This doesn’t either - it far surpasses them and I am now a fan for life.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (5977) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 14, 2014
A ridiculously drinkable beer for 8%. It went down way too easy. WAY too easy! Poured a nice brown color...almost milk chocolate with a tight finger thick tan head. The aroma was wonderfully complex...slightly sour, with roasted notes, fruity notes, spiciness, and a smidge of hops. The mouthfeel is just about perfect, and the beer is smooth as hell. the flavor is again wonderfully complex...tart cherry and dark fruit sweetness, yeast, and roasted malt. Very well balanced. One of the better sours I’ve ever had. First one on tap, though, so maybe that’s cheating... 2011-not quite as awesome in the bottle, but still pretty dang good. 2012/13 - just doesn’t have the pop it originally had. gotta doc a tenth."

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
eduardovl (865) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
330ml bottle served in a Tulip glass. 2011 printed in the cork. A: Pours a dark amber to brown forming a big bubbled and aired beige head. A lot of light brown flakes can be seen in the bottom of the glass. Good retention with many laces lingering in the glass S: Great in the nose. Tart and fruity with delicious notes of gapes, oak, vinegar, red wine, earthy yeasts. A bit metallic. Alcohol absolutely hidden by the tastiness T: Follows the nose. A slightly sweet upfront with strong notes of grapes and oak. Quite close to an acid red wine or vinegar. In overall, a dry and tart beer. Also notes of earthy yeasts and oxidation M: Medium body and good carbonation. Tart and fruit aftertaste with some notes of oxidation O: Excellent beer. I personally like wild ales with higher ABVs. Absolutely drinkable and impressively enjoyable [ BA Review @ 10/7/2012 ]

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmgreenuk (4617) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 11, 2014
Bottle at Jack of all Trades, Slimea, Malta. Poured a clear dark brown with a thin broken white head. The aroma is vinous malt vinegar sour. The flavour is moderate sour with a wild yeast citrus alcoholic sour palate. Medium bodied with average carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
daje (2556) - NORWAY - OCT 7, 2014
Bottle at Belgisch Bierproeflokaal De Zotte, september 25th 2014. Dark brown body with a tiny offwhite head. Aroma of cherries, oak, honey, vanilla. taste of tart cherries, lightly sweetened with honey, fruity yeast esters, slightly sour finish. Actually a quite nice one, good balanced without going very sour.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
solvaris (106) - - OCT 5, 2014
---- personal review, no claim to be representative or neutral ---- repost undesired --- ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

1.2
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
mjik83 (168) - - SEP 9, 2014
37,5cl flesje via De Beyerd, Breda Alcoholpercentage van 8% Uitgeschonken in originele Liefmans glas Uiterlijk: Aroma en smaak: erg zuur, cassis, donker fruit Conclusie: Vlaams bruin/geuze is niet aan mij besteed, te zuur en totaal niet mijn smaak ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Emeister84 (1038) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - SEP 7, 2014
Aromas of tart cherry, plum. Dark brown, almost black, minimal white head. Fruity, tart. Light bodied.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
LBIguard (27) - - SEP 6, 2014
Nose: sour cherries and wet wood. Defiantly some funk. Appearance: dark brown with khaki color head a lot of lacing but the head dissipates quickly leaving an oily surface. Taste: a good brown ale with sour notes. Cherry and a cola sweetness come through. Mouth feel: nice long finish with carbonation highlighted by the sour finish. A little thin in the mid palate Overall: I like this it has the complexity to think did I miss that flavor on the last sip. It changes as you drink it 2012 750ml bottle. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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