Brewed by Verhaeghe
Style: Sour Red/Brown
Vichte, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler


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RATINGS: 161   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
Genuine Oudenaarde old brown top-fermented beer. Traditionally brewed. Matured for over one year at the brewery. Used to be brewed by Clarysse (now closed).

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diabel (1715) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - MAR 31, 2008
Bottle Off-white/lightly brown head with a good lace. Clear, caramel body. Aroma of malts (caramel), molasses, lactic acid, ... Very complex, fruity aroma of banana, citrus, sherry. Aroma is a bit dusty (but not annoying). Moderately sour, lightly sweet initial flavour. Lightly sour, lightly sweet finish. Moderately bodied. Flavour of fruit, flowers, port. The flavour is not as complex as the aroma but still well balanced and nice and it lasts quite long.

yespr (45869) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAR 25, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2008 25 cL bottle. Pours almost clear golden amber/red with a lacing tan head. Sweet malty, breadish and brown sugar aroma, mild note of fruit. Flavour is light breadish, subdued fruit note and a very mild sourness/tartness. Ends with a very minor metallic note and a dry malty flavour. Very minor berry fruit note too.6-5-7-3-13=3.4

75 cL bottle from 1982. Pours clear and golden orange with no head. Dry overripe fruity and light alcohol note. Sweet and light metallic with a nice fruity accent. Solid metallic notes too.6-3-6-3-13=3.1 - I guess only appearance didn’t age well.

Carlus12 (361) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 7, 2008
Bottle @ Microbar, Clapham. Ruby colour with thin head. Aroma is sour, bready, vinegar, berries. Taste is malty, vinous, fruity, peel, woody. A great beer!

DownsouthGav (601) - Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 7, 2008
Bottle @ Microbar, Clapham, London. Nose of tomato, sourness, malt, cream, vinegar and a hint of skunk. Pours a dark red brown beer. Taste is of vinegar, aspartic, malty, butter, salt. The finish is smokey. Lovely.

Maria (10211) - Thisted, DENMARK - FEB 2, 2008
Red mahogany with a huge, creamy head. The aroma is sourish with light notes of caramel. The flavour has a light touch of vinegar, but more malt, caramel and light sweetness. The long finish has notes of citrus. It’s and Ok sour, but not nearly as nice as the Duchesse De Bourgogne from the same brewery.

bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 19, 2008
(Bottle) Pours a mahogany body with a small beige head. Aroma of toasted wheat bread, cherry, vinous, vinegar, and molasses. Flavor of sour, toasted malt, nuts, and vinegar.

TBone (17699) - Pori, FINLAND - JAN 15, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2008 Bottled as "Speciaal Oudenaards" (BB 08/2007)
Couple of years old bottle. Deep ruby red color, small beige head. Sour vinegar or balsamico aroma. Sourish flavor: vinegar, portwine, some sweetness. Malty, toasty background. Not such a tart beer as eg. Duchesse De Bourgogne, more like "session sour ale". Fizzy mouthfeel. Hints of metal in the aftertaste. (6/4/7/3/13 3.3)
Just for reference: [email protected] Grand Tasting 2008
Vintage 1982 courtesy of Jacob L. Clear amber color, no head. Oxicidazed, fruity nose. Soya sauce as well. Flat, apple flavored, a bit sour earthy with prunes and alcohol in the finish. (5/3/7/3/12 3.0)

KimJohansen (10509) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - DEC 14, 2007
Pours dark brown with tiny head. Classic sweet and sour aroma. Flavor is vinious and in good balance. Sweet and sour. Ok beer.

ekstedt (6881) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 1, 2007
Bottle (25 cl) from hildigöltur’s beer cellar (thanks Jacob). Murky reddish brown with a small head. Fruity and cidery aroma with notes of dark berrries, wood, and some soy- or vinegar-like saltiness. Quit thin in body with low carbonation. Mildly sweet with a moderate sourness, some apple peel bitterness and a salty tone. Quite good but not as great as expected.

Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 4, 2007
I’m not sure how old this is, but it has to be a few years old. Murky caramel off-white light cover. Surprisingly malty with a Vienna-type toastiness that comes across almost caramelly. Rather mineral in mouth and displaying a sulphur note that slightly detracts fro the enjoyment. Quite sweet and developing just a mild sourness really with branches-like and almost herbal woody tones. Everything is muddled in thick, veiled Belgian yeast to the point of being dusty. Not quite in the shape I hoped, but I like myself a musty ale from time to time.

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