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


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RATINGS: 35   MEAN: 3.51/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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 5-7C/41-45F. Slowly pour into a clean and dry glass and serve at a temperature of 9-10C/48-58F.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
77ships (8965) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beastiefan2k (3771) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alengrin (5006) - 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 cant 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeinDahlem (1478) - Berlin, GERMANY - SEP 26, 2012
Interesting take on an old brown, showing off oak itself rather than tart fruit or balsamic from half-wild yeast. Attractive red-brown with fluffy head. Extremely mellow acidity and light oxidation provide the vinous character. Somewhat tannic and fairly dry, with light caramel impression of sweetness and plain old wood in the aroma and flavor. The brewer may try to add more bugs, but I think I like this the way it is.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kavu (4519) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 10, 2016
0,5l bottle shared by a friend @ One Pint Pub. Pours cloudy brown with a medium off-white head. Aroma is sour malts with some vinegar. Flavor is sour malts, vinegar and some hops. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bartlebier (3771) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - JUL 4, 2016
75cl bottled OKT 2015, Geers. - Vivacious pour, 60% towering beige head on an acajou furniture body. - Viscous balsamico rosso in aroma joins strawberry jam caramels, raisins and roasted hazelnuts. Pleasantly dry body with all acidity and sweetness neatly tucked away under a lively blanked of roast. Flavour: bitterness and tannins seem to add to the small batch roughness coming from both the roasted barley caramels, generous Poperinge hop loads and the wood? High attack of roast and vinegar on vivid carbonation. Lovely small batch Oud Bruin with a personality - will revisit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tderoeck (9029) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUN 27, 2012
Note: this is the combined rating of two bottles, one 3 months old, the other 2 years old. Its clear that this beer needs to mature for a long time before it develops its full potential.

24/VI/2012 - 75cl bottle shared with the brewer @ the brewery (Reninge) - 3 months old (2012-650) Thanks to Chris for the tour and sharing the bottle!

Ar: 7, Ap: 4, T: 6, P: 3, O: 13, Total: 3.3
Clear red brown beer, small sediment floating around under a big creamy beige head, pretty stable, little adhesive. Aroma: tart apples, red forest fruits, red lace candy, a bit dusty, citric, red wine vinegar. MF: lots of carbon, medium body. Taste: apples, bit dusty, touch of caramel, mocha, bitter hops, bit fruity, some tart apples. Aftertaste: touch of dried fruits, caramel, little mocha, soft sourness.

24/VI/2012 - 33cl bottle shared with the brewer @ the brewery (Reninge) - brewed: 22/VII/2010, bottled: 16/I/11 (2012-650) Thanks to Chris for the tour and sharing the bottle!

Ar: 9, Ap: 4, T: 8, P: 4, O: 16, Total: 4.1
Clear ruby red to red brown beer, big fizzy beige head, pretty stable, little adhesive. Aroma: lots of dried fruits, mocha, honey, molasses. MF: good carbon, medium body, bit creamy texture. Taste: tart start, caramel, mocha, some hop bitterness, citrus, brown sugar, dried fruits. Aftertaste: little bitter from the hops, mocha, dry woody touch (possibly from the new oaken barrel), nice sour ending, little caramel, tart green apples.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
riversideAK (6259) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - OCT 30, 2015
Dusty dark fruity nose sweet balsamic and some yeasty esters. Dark auburn great looking head and lace. Balsamic strawberry some yeast notes fruity medium sweet. Nice carbonation. Well done.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kraddel (7286) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - JAN 21, 2015
Bottle thnx to kurt. Pours very dark redbrown. Good white foam. Extreme gusher tough. Smell is sour, rather sharp, some wood. Taste is sharp laxticacid, some fruity sweet undertone. Full malty back. Overcarbonated ( or what did you expect?) dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (42641) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUL 10, 2015
75 cl bottle. Pours hazy dark brown with a small tan head. Roasted and metallic. Overripe fruity. Bitter, light citric and fruity. Toasted malty. Bitter and citric finish.

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