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

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1557   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.6
holdenn (2116) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 16, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2008 1/22/07 On tap at the maproom thanks to their $25 minimum credit charge, but hey a dollar off belgians on monday and free cheeses to pair with it, I can’t complain too much. Dark ruby brown, with a small off white head. Sour aromas, red fruit, berries, and oak. Sour cherries, berries, and red fruits make up most of the flavor. Its nicely tart, with a little oak and a little bit watery. Finishes with a cherry and berry flavor.

Rating 10/16. ’05 vintage bottle. The aroma is strawberries, rubbing alcohol and sweet, but actually not in a bad way. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel with fruity strawberry earthy flavors come through. A hint of alcohol rests in the back of the throat, finishing very dry. 3.7

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runonbeer (2) - USA - OCT 8, 2006 does not count
This is a perfect beer. Deep red color, good head, strong balanced sourness and acidity. Not candyish like other examples. wish it was still availible here in Texas. The first time I had it I was 18 at a restraunt in Brussels. I was kind of looking at the bottle that the couple next to me were drinking. They noticed and offered me some. Must have contributed to my affinity for this particular beer.

3.4
frankenkitty (2012) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - OCT 1, 2006
2005 Vintage. This "Flemish Sour" was served at a recent Lambic tasting as "a Lambic refermented with Candy Sugar". That would make it more of a Faro, no? Anyway, this was served as whisky-colored with a thickish head that falls to a thin skin. Holds a vey sweet, malty aroma (almost like a malta). Mild acid content does not interfere with a flavor that displays considerable malt sweetness above the mild yeasty tartness. Enjoyable.

<font size=-4>Sampled at Delilah’s <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/events-detail.asp?eve Annual Lambic Beer Festival.</font>

3.8
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - SEP 20, 2006
Protectively wrapped in a white paper, a caged cork, with 2.004 on the short cork, 750 ml. green bottle, sampled at cellar temperature in a chalice. Poured a cloudy reddish brown with a foamy off-white head that settled into thin lacing, very minimal amount of sticking. Aromas of sour fruity esters and spicy yeast, and a light caramel malty, actually quite tasty smelling. Good carbonation and a crisp, dry and smooth lightish bodied mouthfeel. For me, the taste didn’t live up to the smell, pleasant tasting, but I was expecting more, soft caramel malts with a slight metallic edge, sour cherry fruitiness, a spicy yeastiness, the alcohol is well masked, a slight warming in the palate, and a dry with a subtle tartness in the finish. A nice Belgian Oud Bruin ale, smooth and easy drinkability, I am going to try this later when it has a couple of more years on it.

3.9
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 18, 2006
Paper wrapped corked and caged 375 mL bottle. The corks sure are weird. Really short depth in the bottle. Thanks HogTownHarry for this 2005 vintage. The beer pours to a nice garnet colored body with a lasting tall beige head. The aroma is sour woodsy cherry yogurt with cinnamon. The flavor is also a sour cherry yogurt. It also has notes of a tawny port wine in both the aroma and the flavor. The flavor has a huge oaken profile. Very easy to drink, not exactly "sour" by any means, unfortunately. The palate is smooth, yogurty. I wouldn’t exactly call it a Flemish Sour, but there really isn’t another category for it. A good and distinct beer, nonetheless.

4.6
Jerre (3391) - Waregem, BELGIUM - SEP 18, 2006
Taste this many times. Bottle Red-brown clear ale with a small, creamy, beige head. Fruity aroma with notes. The flavor is a touch fruity, but sweet more than anything else. Alcohol is well-disguised. Medium-body. Finishes fruity. One off my favorites from Liefmans.

4
thebeertourist (5189) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 17, 2006
On draught at Brasserie Erasmus, Brugge. Dark rubyred with a big offwhite lacing head. Sour and sweet fruit nose. Flavours are initially sharp and sour, but with a mellowing fruit yoghurt flavours. Good carbonation, nice mouthfeel. One of the great Belgian classics.

4.1
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - SEP 9, 2006
dark hazy brown with red highlights. Aroma is funky with some tart fruit and dark malts. Taste is funky and tart, tart cherry like taste with dark malts, caramel. body is full.

4.3
reakt (950) - Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 29, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2007 Bottle from Dovetail. WOW. What a bier!!! Wild card from the menu, disgraced only by the Palm Speciale glass it was served in. Far too many levels to properly describe after only one bottle. This is a rate that needs building upon. Dark caramel in colour with off white, abrubt head. Smell comparable to that of Gouden Carolus Christmas. Worth sticking your nose in, I assure you! Brown sugar and a suprising twist of citrus fruits linger. And then there’s the taste... A wonderful sweet start - Christmas pudding, drenched in Brandy, set ablaze. A nutty interlude is followed with a shocking, but wonderful finish: black cherries. Tart, yet still sweet. Perfectly balanced and unique. Absolutely impeccable. The sort of thing where no justice is served by mere words.

3.5
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 28, 2006
Pours brown and more or less flat. Smells of sour fruit, vinegar and sugar. Taste is woody with some sour berries and vinegar.


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