Formerly brewed at Brasserie de l’Union - Alken-Maes (Heineken)
Style: Sour Red/Brown
Jumet, Belgium
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler


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RATINGS: 58   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.83/5   EST. CALORIES: 141   ABV: 4.7%
A brown beer, full bodied with a sweet and slightly acid flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Alengrin (4594) - BELGIUM - NOV 10, 2014
Classic oud bruin invented by the Zulte brewery decades ago, taken over by Alken-Maes in 1988 when that brewery ceased activities and in 2007 discontinued altogether. The Alken-Maes version was made with the artificial addition of lactic acid but still remained something of a classic in the style, a dark chestnut coloured beer with thinnish off-white head and malty profile with dry fruitiness and clear but superficial and artificial lactic acidity, dryish chocolatey malty finish, thinnish body. Was a simple, artificial, almost ’industrial’ example of an otherwise very artisanal style. I for one don’t miss it, but given its local popularity, some others do.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (12705) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 22, 2014
1988 bottle from DHVL. It pours clear deep brown with a small beige head. The nose is earth, wood, toast, cocoa, raisin and light spice. The taste is smooth, lightly tart, dark fruits, berry, light caramel, raisin, apple and sherbet notes. Light-medium body and soft carbonation. Pretty well rounded and rather drinkable stuff. Not bad for a 25 yr old!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kraddel (6362) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - JAN 10, 2014
bottle ( prob 1987 vintage ) at the cellar Pours dark redbrown, rather clear . very small white foam . smells sweet, dusty . good carbo still . taste is dusty, bit sweet, fallen appart to some wattery brew, but the aftertaste is realy nice . complex, bit port , some idea of fruityness , nice

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KimJohansen (10423) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - MAR 14, 2010
Clear mahogany with a medium beige head. Sour aroma with roasted malt, sour berries and balsamic notes. Sourish flavour with sour berries, lacto, roasted malt and balsamico. Finished sourish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sunevdj (3963) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - MAR 12, 2010
Bottle at T&M’s. Pours a dark brown with a tiny tanned head. Quite sweet with aromas of malts and apple juice. Also some malt aromas. Light bodied. High carbonation. Dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 12, 2010
Bottle at home - shared with Sune. Dark brown - offwhite head. Light sourness, brown sugar, lacto, red berries, glue, rubber, roasted. Watery body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Wim (3677) - Weelde, BELGIUM - MAY 24, 2009
expired dark brown coloured body with a off white head a malty fruity aroma a malty fruity sweet taste with a sweet bitter finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Yves (2850) - Turnhout, BELGIUM - MAY 24, 2009
Epired yet 17/02/07. Dark brown coloured beer with small off-white head. A malty roasted aroma. Full sweet palate. Finish is bit sour sweet ending roasted and dry. Although way past due date still an enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (44144) - VestJylland, DENMARK - FEB 24, 2009
Bottle 25cl. [ Vintage 1988 ].
Clear dark red brown color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, dark bread, roasted, caramel, raisin, sour notes. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and light to moderate acidic with a average duration. Body is medium to light, texture is watery to oily, carbonation is soft. [20081212]

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tarjei (1954) - Bryne, NORWAY - MAY 15, 2008
25 cl bottle at Plan B, Copenhagen. BB 9/9-06. Reddish brown color, big beige head. Aroma is fruity,with some sourness. Flavoris berries, sweetnes and a nice sourness. A bit watery, but in this beer that is ok.

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