Liefmans Goudenband Barrel Aged Oude Brune

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This is a tough beer. Even for a beer aficionado such as myself. I hope Beer Hawk don't publish my previous review but just in case here is a more balanced review. Do not make the mistake as I did yesterday and attend a beer festival first before sampling and reviewing this!
Make no mistake, this is one of the most robust Flemish Reds there is out there. Think Rodenbach Grand Cru on heat and with no sweetener to hide its true heart. Matured in wine barrels for almost a year. Unlike some other reviews I have read elsewhere, the sourness is not subtle- gueuze tastes sweet by comparison. The initial taste is strong almost sweet oaky cherry with a noticeable malt backbone, followed by the wine flavour kicking in. Finally, you will be hit with a breathtakingly and almost overwhelming balsamic lactic sourness with a long tart dry finish. It would take years to soften this edge, although subsequent refrigeration has helped (the 750ml bottle goes a long way). Nicely packed yeast at bottom of bottle and so can easily pour without disturbing the sediment if so desired. Spritzy fizz shows this beer is fresh- it really is supposed to be this sour. I would have like to have seen a cork rather than a cap. This is one complex beer that you will not forget in a hurry.
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