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


on tap


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RATINGS: 159   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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Maria (10213) - 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. Its and Ok sour, but not nearly as nice as the Duchesse De Bourgogne from the same brewery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (12878) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TBone (16438) - 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)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
KimJohansen (10434) - Frederiksberg C, Dnemark, 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ekstedt (6577) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 1, 2007
Bottle (25 cl) from hildiglturs 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 4, 2007
Im 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RoyceH (1198) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - AUG 30, 2007
Bottle, RBESG Grand Tasting 07. Thanks to jacob for this. 1982 vintage. Murky brown, thin off-white head. Malty alcoholic, wheaty, warm and something else that I couldnt think of, perhaps it was almond? Mouth is lively and oak aged. Malty sweetness, lots of fruit there too. Finishes sweet and slightly stale, but still excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DonMagi (5593) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 28, 2007
Huge thanks to Jacob, bottle from 1982 and early 90s. Rating is for 1982, thought the early 90s bottle was great also. Alround, early sweetness, tart fruit, syrupy find of fruit balanced by the woody sourness, hints of dusty funk, good lasting finish. I managed to get a few glasses of this so chin chin the cad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
Stefano (1986) - Thisted, DENMARK - AUG 26, 2007
Reddish brown. Decent foam. Lots of carbonation. Sweet, syrupy aroma. Tart fruit flavor with a sour milky note. Not my type of beer.

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