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

bottled
common

on tap
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.


julian's rating

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
julian (30) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 1, 2012
Liefmans Goudenband 1974 Sweet malty aroma of raisin, toffee, dates, very mild chocolate, and some slight tartness and acidity. This has no signs of oxidation and still has decent carbonation. Mouthfeel is very smooth and almost creamy. For a beer that’s over 38 years old this has stood up exceptionally well.


2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
rkehlet (16) - - FEB 25, 2015
Nice red brown glass. Sour and sweet and astringent. Spices, sherry, fruit green apples malt, caramel liquorice

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maxwelldeux (3964) - Everett, Washington, USA - FEB 23, 2015
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown color with a moderate light tan head on there. Nose has sour caramel and is darkly fruity as well. Taste is sour throughout, but has some sweetness that pervades subtly. Interesting.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
abcfan (773) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 21, 2015
Whew! Pours deep brown / purple. Aroma is sour grape and tart. Taste follows suite. The Finish will make you pucker up and say Ah.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Maakun (985) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - FEB 17, 2015
Bottle at home. Dark brown with small light beige head. Grapes, sour berries, red wine, nuts, musty cellar, old bread. Starts weirdly dry, going fast into a medium sourness and ends with a light sweetness with underlying herbal light bitterness. Medium bodied. Nice stuff, quite unusual but I like it.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ysok02 (146) - MOns, BELGIUM - FEB 13, 2015
Robe rouge, mousse quasi absente. Nez puissant qui allie des notes de cerise amère, de prune sur un fond de noyau et d’amande amère. Bouche tout en élégance avec un bel équilibre fruit, fraîcheur et longueur, très belle finale sur la prune. Un régal, mais surtout un équilibre impressionnant.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kleurplaatje (73) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - FEB 10, 2015
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2015 Pours brown with no head. Nice balsamico aroma. Light sour, moderately sweet taste with clear oaky tones, balsamico vinegar, honey and some nice dark forest fruits. Some hints of raisins as well, especially in the aftertaste, which gives a nice mildly sweet, bit bready kick in its mildly dry and woody finish. Pretty drinkable as well. Medium bodied, and the mouthfeel is not too thin. Very well brewed sour brown.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cervmagpt (261) - PORTUGAL - FEB 10, 2015
Review based on the BJCP2008 guidelines (style 17C, adapted). Bottle 75 cl - Batch 08 01S34. AROMA: nice and complex aromas of cherries, some figs, sweet malty toffee, woody and barrel like notes. All mixed with a sherry like aroma with slight acidic notes. no hop aromas. APPEARANCE: dark red-brown color and clear. thin head with low retention. TASTE: mild cherry and some raisins flavours combined with a soft caramel-like malty note. some sherry-like notes with a woody component are present, mixed with a slight acidic taste, rendering a sweet-and-sour overall. low bitterness with a semi-dry, almost tartaric and barrel-like finish. PALATE: low body with low carbonation. OVERALL: an interesting and complex aged Belgian Brown ale that lacks a bit more body.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Erzengel (4516) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - FEB 8, 2015
*Old rating from 2008, bottle best before end 2014. Säuerlich-fruchtiges Bier. Angenehm milde Holztöne, für die 8% sehr süffig. Intensiv-dickflüssig, sehr viel fruchtige Säure, tolles Bier.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
thomashall (201) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - FEB 8, 2015
Sample tasted at Casanova Liquors. Pours clear dark reddish with almost no head. Smell is sour fruits like grapes. Taste similar with some tart and dry finish. Nor bad.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leini (1069) - SWEDEN - FEB 8, 2015
750ml bottle. Dark brown body, with some red elements, topped by a low brief head. Vineous notes, cherries, plums, tart and wood.


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