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97
87
style
Brewed by Liefmans (Duvel-Moortgat)
Style: Sour Red/Brown
Oudenaarde, Belgium
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler

bottled
common

on tap
common

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RATINGS: 1536   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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3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 1, 2012
Appearance: browns with deep garnet highlights along the edges. A tan head fades into a creamy layer with scattered bubbles along the edges. Swirls creamy and thick.
Nose: sour with sweetness along the edges. Soured burgundy wines and old leathered wine sacs. Musk browned apples and pears with a touch of funk. Plums and grapes with skins and seeds for tart, tannic, sweet, and nutty. Whispers of brown sugar covered dates.
Palate: tartness skirts along the edges then slams the middle of my tongue, never letting go. Leathery and creamy and supple with red wine tannins and whole wheat breads. Grape and plum and more leather. Funk in the breath with horse and orchard musk. Old earth in the back. Brown sugar and dates comingle in the middle. Black breads.
Final Thoughts: at first a bit unassuming, but with each subsequent quaff, layer after layer of flavorful personality unraveled for my eager tastebuds to enjoy. Between the Cuvee Brut and GoudenbandI cant pick a winner. Instead, Ill pick both so that depending on my state of mind, I can have one or the other and come out a winner on both counts. Delicious!


3.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
MMR (752) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 28, 2017
I normally dont enjoy sour ales that much but this one was great. The balance between sour and sweet is just fantastic.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
davidf93 (70) - Stellenbosch, SOUTH AFRICA - MAR 24, 2017
Oaked cherry with spices almost like chutney. Deep red/brown colour. A great complex beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
shoulderbroken (4116) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 7, 2017
Bottle. Bit cheesy, leather and oak, bit of dark fruit. Taste is very Belgian, light sourness, fruity, bit of sweetness, cherry, nice.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Moravius (1211) - Beijing, CHINA - MAR 7, 2017
Flasche (75 cl, MHD: 10/2023, einige Jahre gelagert). - Tiefstes Kastanienbraun, dunkelbeigefarbener Schaum. - Nase krftig suerlich mit schnen Balsamico-Noten, elegant gealtert. - Antrunk kernig suerlich mit guten, nicht zu extremen wrzig-holzigen Noten, Karamelmalzbittere und fruchtiger Restse (Boskoop). Perfekte Karbonisierung, angenehm erfrischend. Etwas kurz und schwach ranzig im Abgang. - Sauer, herb und scharf, aber (bis auf den etwas unschnen Abgang) sehr gediegen. Sehr gut!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
xaddar (3) - FRANCE - MAR 6, 2017 does not count
Interesting. Good acidity and candy like fruity taste. Finnish a bit short but maybe my beer was too cold. Tasted draft at Le PLB Poitiers, France

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Demens (384) - Budapest, HUNGARY - MAR 5, 2017
0,33l bottle. From 2015. Thick, hazy deep ruby/brown colour with quickly shrinking and disappearing tan head. Aroma: First a winey/funky wine basement aroma with raisin, other dried fruits (sour cherry) with soft caramel, chocolate notes. Elegant and complex. Taste: Has a very fruity and tarty start (sour cherry, almond, chocolate, red wine) but also has a very soft/light bitter (and also sour) mouthfeel. Very gentle, oily texture. Has a very light acidic caracter. The alcohol is very well hidden, isnt noticable at all in the taste. Medium body with almost no carbonation. Medium lasting tarty finish. A fantastic sour ale.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
schnubbie (47) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - MAR 1, 2017
Sour.really sour with a full body. You can feel the taste of cherrys a lot. Not my kind of beer taste

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mzaar (3205) - Varberg, SWEDEN - FEB 28, 2017
Flaska @ Mono, Varberg. Klar rdbrun med ett snyggt smutsvitt skum. Dofter av rda frukter, tr och vinger. Smakinslag av rda br, tr, damm, lime och surt rdvin. Syrlig avslutning. Torr munknsla.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ozzatoadisback (141) - ITALY - FEB 21, 2017
Dark brown with nice reddish hints. Low off-white head, scarse retention and lacing. Aroma is vinous with fruity (expecially cherries) notes. Tartness is there but it feels quite soft with sugar bringing attenuation. Taste has a very good balance of sweet and sour notes, with none standing out. Chocolate malts, sugar, tart fruit (again, cherries), slightly vinous notes. Medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, pleasantly prickly on the tongue while still very easy and smooth. Hides the abv wonderfully and even feels quite refreshing. Overall this may not be the most complex sour out there but its so well balanced and drinkable. Very good stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
john44 (2928) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 14, 2017
Bottle. Dark reddish brown. Vinous. Very fruity (raisins, cherries). Malty sweetness, subtle sourness, Big yeasty sediment; lots of floaties. Nice sour, dry finish. Flavoursome beer. (2008)


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