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Brewed by Seizoensbrouwerij Vandewalle
Style: Sour Red/Brown
Lo-Reninge, Belgium
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler

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RATINGS: 41   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
High fermentation beer with positive taste evolution by secondary fermentation in the bottle. Handcrafted beer based on natural ingredients: water, malted barley, hop of Poperinge and live yeast. Unfiltered and unpasteurized. Store upright in a cool and dark place. Preferably at a constant temperature of 5-7°C/41-45°F. Slowly pour into a clean and dry glass and serve at a temperature of 9-10°C/48-58°F.

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4.3
77ships (11051) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - SEP 2, 2014
75 cl. bottle split with Kogymo. Procured @ De Hopduvel. Bottled on valentines day 2014. Lots of pressure on this one, opened very, very slowly, luckily not a gusher. Hazy brown, non-lasting head. Ripe fruits upfront, light decay, oak, malt-rich, spices, quite a bit of murky wood, lightly murky vinous leading into substantial but balanced balsamic vinegar, oak, sour finish, almost reminiscent of Rodenbach Vintage. Not very complex or attenuated but very satisfactory. Looking at previous reviews, either this brewery has really stepped up their game or I got lucky.

4.3
Grzesiek79 (4435) - Radom, POLAND - OCT 8, 2017
375ml. Bottled in 10 October 2015. Papier, korek wystrzelil, dymek i ten aromat niesamowicie wodzacy nos swieza wisnia zerwana z drzewa, swiezutenka i mloda sliwka, wlasnie sliwki tu najbardziej mi sie kojarzyly. Do tego piekna buzujaca juz w butelce spore cisnienie bylo mimo ostroznosci i nie wstrzasania ja. Piana rosnie i sie zwija dobrych ponad 5cm ponad szklaneczke lindemansa. Caly czas zapach sliwki sie przebija nawet prez te wiecznie trwala piane. Piwo na poczatku jest delikatnie kwaskowe i winne. Potem taka stara tostowa slodowosc, znow wino sliwkowe. Delikatne i przyjemne. Barwa bardziej intensywnie brazowa niz czerwona. Chmielu Poperinge w zasadzie nie czulo sie. Ale w tym stylu nie o to tu chodzi. Super.

4.2
Kampfar (285) - Osnabrück, GERMANY - JUN 10, 2017
From bottle at VCBF; puts hazy brown coloured. Aroma is wood, yeast and sourness. Taste follows the aroma, light bitter, slightly sweet, wood, slightly sour. Delicious! Light to medium body, average carbonation.

4.2
SylvainCFC (348) - Brussels, BELGIUM - JUN 20, 2017
Robe brune foncée, reflets roux. Mousse beige, compact, moyennement crémeuse, surface très mouvante, un cratère se forme au-milieu. Nez très fermenté, boisé, cave, poussière léger. Fruit rouge. Bouche assez légère, très fermentée, très boisée, acidité franche, balsamique, astringence forte en fin de bouche. Fruits rouges présents, mais très sec, douceur très faible. Finale assez longue, acidité moyenne, astringence. Corpulence légère, texture rapeuse, belle rondeur.

4.2
ALIBALI (2482) - Kiel, GERMANY - AUG 1, 2017
BrettMask, DryWaldberryMadness & A Short Trip To The GueuzeMoon✨. Sprudelnde LimettenRaspelSourness ink. 👌❤. 0,75l Bottle vom BELGIAN BEER SHOP Leuven.

4.1
MarcoDL (5381) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 28, 2017
Bottle, 2 years old. Brown muddy pour. Aroma of strong horseblanket, oak, tart, red fruit and raisin. Taste has nice vinous red fruit, tart, oak, vanilla, horseblanket, dry funkyness and a dry tart oaky finish. Rich complex finish. Very nice, this has aged well. Just a bit too carbonated.

4
beastiefan2k (4082) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - OCT 30, 2015
From Lambicus shared at tasting. Cork popped hard and started to slowly gush. So definitely ovecarbonated. Aroma is malty cherry with light fruit lactic. Its sooooooo not acetic, superb malty lactic mix. Slightly buckwheat maltiness. Flavor is similarly cherry malt rich with tartness. Earthy and not sour, just what I imagine this style needs to taste like.

4
Alengrin (5722) - BELGIUM - DEC 19, 2015
Bottle from Belgiuminabox, nicely wrapped in paper like the old Liefmans (and even Rodenbach) beers, and like the others from this new micro brewery. Opens with a loud bang, but without gushing. Thick and frothy, whipped cream-like, moussy, pale yellowish beige head over an initially clear, warm and deep burgundy coloured beer with ruby hue, dark but translucent in the beginning, evidently becoming clouded and more ’murky’ brown with deposit. Interesting and very appealing aroma of lots of candied figs, marzipan, caramel, passion fruit, balsamic vinegar, blackberry, elderberry, wet wood, some light vanilla tannins, milk chocolate, overripe gooseberry (I can’t seem to get over the berries), dried banana, hazelnut oil, candied cherry, tawny port, cake dough. Tangy, crisp onset, tart and very estery with all kinds of red and green berries dancing around against a background of crabapple, pear, orange and faint banana, quite spritzy carbo but not disturbingly so and lending it a somewhat ’champenoise’ effect, lactic sherryish and lightly sour cream-like tartness proceeds till well into the finish with a gently drying effect, countered by a soft, smooth and full caramelly and lightly nutty malt backbone; finish is a continuation of this maltiness and tartness, including the esters which return retronasally, but also adds a late and soft, earthy hop bitterness for structure as well as some very clear, almost ’furniture-like’ oaky drought and a vague suspicion of vinous alcohol enough to warm the throat a bit, but otherwise very well hidden. Ends notably dry. I absolutely adore the aroma of this beer, it joins dark berries with elegant caramel maltiness and oak - and the actual taste does not disappoint after this. Like the cherry version they made out of this, this is an exemplary ’oud bruin’ (Flemish sour ale) indeed, worthy to withstand the comparison with some of the Rodenbach products which are righteously regarded as the archetype of the style; it is, however, altogether different in laying more emphasis on the malts, as if it wants to nod to Belgian abbey dubbel. If this is the path this new Belgian micro brewery has chosen: kudos, they manage not only to draw attention to the sadly fading ’oud bruin’ tradition, but also to honor it with this highly enjoyable, though somewhat atypical example of the style. I will keep a close watch on this brewery from now on - big cheers for Vandewalle, these people clearly know what they are doing!


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