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Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

Style: Flanders Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Oude Tart is our take on a Flanders Style red ale. It has won back to back gold medals in that category at the World Beer Cup (2010 & 2012) as well as a gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival in 2010. This sour red ale ages in oak barrels for anywhere from 6 to 18 months before being carefully blended to taste. The resulting beer is pleasantly sour with hints of leather, dark fruit and toasty oak.

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Photo of Etan
3.89/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml into a wine glass.

A: Pours a murky swamp brown with a small tan head. No retention or lacing.

S: Slight vinegar, raspberry skin, caramel, rich oak.

T: Puckering raspberry tartness, red wine vinegar, brown bread, spice, a bit of oak.

M: Medium-bodied with light carbonation.

O: Very good, but there are better American Flanders-style sours out there.

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Photo of kevanb
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, 2012 vintage, poured into a The Bruery tulip.

The beer pours a lovely, deep burgundy color, hues of ruby red when hit by the light with a khaki colored head, about a finger and a half high, that is quite soapy with good retention that leaves so blotchy lace behind. The aroma is nice, tart cherry, ample funk, toasty oak, green apple, a touch of vinegar with some brown sugar. The flavors are right in line, good amounts of tart cherry with some green apple, leather and a bit of tobacco, chewy white oak, red grapes, brown sugar, plenty of funk with subtle vinegar and acetic character. The malt does come through with caramel and brown sugar flavors. The body is nice, lively yet rich, coats the mouth very well while the finish is a bit abrasive and prickly while being very dry.

Verdict: One of the best examples of an American made Flanders Red. Very nice mix of flavors with very nice balance. While not quite on the level of Rodenbach, I always relish the chance to have this, a very enjoyable brew.

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Photo of callmemickey
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Monks. Philly Beer Week 2010.

A: Dark red-brown body. Almost bordeaux colored. Thin off-white head forms and then quickly recedes. Just the slightest bit of residue left on the glass.

S: Rich, sour cherries. Hearty dose of oak, funk, and general acetic acid notes. Slightly spicy.

T: Delicious. Sour cherries take center stage and are well complimented by oak and its complimentary vanilla and tannic qualities. Leather, red wine, and a bit of earth. Slight vinegar contributions.

M: Medium bodied with gentle, velvety carbonation. Lingering sour finish.

O: A truly wonderful flanders style brew.

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Photo of AdamBear
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A-dark brown with a maroon tint and a thin tan head

S-really freaking tart smelling. Sweet red fruits. Some vinegar. Strong smelling.

T-comes in with an extremely tart taste of sweet red fruits and vinegar. It's extremely sour. It's a tasty and mouth watering taste that is difficult to put down. Has an after-taste that has more Belgian sugars and grains to it.

M-medium creamy carbonation with a creamy finish

O-this is a pretty complex beer that seems to gets more flavor as it goes down. It's like a delicious dessert. It has a sweetness to it and less acidity than other red Flanders ales, yet still has that taste of vinegar.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip. 2015 fall release.

initially looks pretty good, deep brown with some reddish tones and a nice light tan head. the head disappears pretty fast. there are a lot of carbonation bubbles along the side of the glass. no lacing at all.

aroma is only of dark fruits, plums, figs, etc.

does have a nice taste to it. pretty tart, little to no sweetness, a touch of vinegar, but the dominate flavor is a plumy one. no funkiness at all, which is ok by me.

a touch under medium on the mouth, finish is fruity and tart.

overall, I'm just getting into the sours, and this one was pretty good.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Reddish brown with yellow highlights and a bubbly head ring.

S: Nice fruity tart aroma with big oaky vanilla notes and champagne like dryness. Some malt and acidic qualities as well.

T: Darker fruit sour notes comes into play here along with the lighter ones in the nose. I really like the rounded balance of the oak to the fruit in this beer, without too much sweetness.

M: Very carbonated, but it works with whats on the table flavorwise.

A Drinkable beer again from a company that keeps impressing me.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L - Cranberry red with 1 finger of white head and little clarity

S - Sweetart sour! Dried fruit, cranberries

T - Tart! A liquid sweet tart. Dried fruits. Alcohol well hidden

F - Medium bodied and well carbonated.

O - An awesome sour red ale. Delicious!

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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed out of a brown 750 mL bottle with a bottling date of 7/30/13 faintly etched in on the curve of the neck. Poured into a North Coast tulip glass with an exaggerated flare on the rim.

Appearance - Pours a dark, garnet red that reminds me of a ruby when it's absorbing, rather than reflecting, the light around it. So dark that when not held in front of a light source, it could almost look black, with just a sliver of dark crimson around the countour of the glass. Atop the body sits two fingers of tight light brown foam that shows moderate retention. Eventually recedes to a moderate film on top of the liquid. Lacing is sparse and slick looking.

Smell - Inhaling brings an assault of acidic aromatic profiles, with both acetic and citric joining the fray, but more the former than the latter. Red wine vinegar, oak tannins, and the impressions of preserved black cherries all combine to make this a nicely sour smelling beer.

Taste - The acidic element is still dominant, with acetic acid taking even more of a lead role than it did on the aroma. Again, red wine vinegar and tart black and red currant power through, with a musty note reminiscent of leather and humidor tobacco (but not smoky). As before, the oak imparts a nice woody, tannic quality to the beer, and it almost seems to provide a sense of subtle vanilla to balance the biting acidity.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied and high levels of carbonation that provides for a prickly, puckering feel on the tongue.

Overall, just a really well-done Flanders Red. Personally, I prefer my sour beers to pack a pretty good wallop, and this one certainly delivers. Over a full bottle, you get more than enough puckering to really get that electric sour fix. I'd love to try the version with cherries some day, since the base beer seemed to impart notes of cherry to begin with.

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Photo of Gatch
4.74/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 08/05/13

A: Deep red to purple in color. Shades of brown and a tiny fizzy white head.

S: Fuuuunky! Tart, yeasty, vinegary, fruity, Flemish sour goodness.

T: Incredible. So much funk and yeast and fruit and wood.

M: Dry but deliciously tart and fruity. Sooo drinkable, too.

O: For a sour this is world class. Everything you'd expect from this style is there...and more.

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Photo of cfrances33
3.97/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a HF stem.

Pour: Muddy maroon body with a finger of burnt white head. Recedes to a rim and leaves barely any lacing.

Smell: Tart cherries up front, followed by some pears. Some caramel malts come in next. Thats about it.

Taste: Incredibly sour cherries up front, followed by some tart pear and green apples. A pretty hefty caramel backbone supports, and goes along with a distinct vinegar acidity.

Mouthfeel: Holy sour! Hands down the most sour beer I've had yet, and too much so. Puckering. A sipper for this reason.

Overall: A nice flanders, but this is a bit too 'in your face' for me.

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Photo of artoolemomo
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours up an okay amount of head which has some retention. The head is a medium beige while the body is a hazy but dark maroon that has chestnut notes which appears as a muddy and dark amber when held up to the light. No lacing at the moment. Small spots of lacing later.

Nose- Pretty typical for a Flanders Red Ale. Lots of tart cherry and not much else. Some acetic acid from the glass. The acetic acid is really strong from the bottle. Some hints of strawberry as the tart cherry of the glass fades quickly. Swirling adds nothing.

Taste- Reflective of the nose but far richer and more complex. Huge tart cherries with light acetic acid notes. Very fleshy cherry that starts to suggest leather. Heavy stone fruit such that even peach and apricot are expressed. Light notes of toast in the background but I don't really get any of the oak. Expresses tartness but the sour aspects mellow as the flavor profile progresses. A bit of dryness on the finish. Slight notes of oak start to appear but fortunately, they are slight. A very good and solid beer but seems, at the present, to be lesser than Cuvee des Jacobins Rouge or Rodenbach Cru. This is definitely a negative as all of these beers are cheaper. Acetic acid does grow but is well rounded and quite pleasant. Really good beer but not great. Slight bit of straw appears and makes the flavor profile a little more interesting.

Mouthfeel- A little more than medium bodied with ample carbonation (fits the style well) and light syrup to the texture. Somewhat dry finish matches well with the slight straw.

Drinkability- Fairly easygoing for a “sour” beer. What isn't easygoing is the price- 21 bucks is way too much when comparable or better beers go for much less. Probably won't buy again.

Overall- Really good beer and a solid representation of the style. Definitely worth at try but if you're worried about your wallet, grab one of the aforementioned Flemish Reds. You won't miss much other than a tick.

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Photo of younger35
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received this brew from zestar and have been pretty eager to try this bad boy. I enjoy The Bruery's beers quite a bit and hopefully this doesn't disappoint. Drank from my Ithaca Excelsior tulip while watching the Superbowl. Go Colts!

Appearance- Pours a dark crimson brown with a super nice one finger fizzy off-white head. A fairly decent cap and collar is maintained the entire beer but unfortunately no lacing is able to cling to my glass.
Smell- Nice vinegar like tartness just bursts out of the glass. If I didn't know better I'd say it was aged on sour cherry's because it has a nice fruity aspect. Lots of tart green apples and white grapes as there is almost a wine like side to the nose as well. It's fairly earthy as well with some tobacco and toasted wood mixed in for good measure.
Taste- Oh that's all sorts of nice. It's lightly sour with a red wine vinegar aspect as well as plenty of earthy wood and leather. A nice fruity side of the beer is apparent right away with some of that cherry I got in the nose along with rhubarb and green apples. Definitely a bit of funk in the taste as there is a bit of leather and mushroom. The wood is lightly tannic and woody with hints of vanilla and caramel in the finish. The beer isn't boozy or too acidic either. It all works really nice together.
Mouthfeel- Medium to light body with a nice crisp bite of carbonation. I could use just a hair more body.
Drinkability- Pretty damned tasty stuff and EXACTLY what I was hoping it would be. The beer has a nice solid base and the perfect level of sour. Really tasty brew that I'm glad to have the opportunity to try. Thanks much Jeff!

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Photo of PhillyStyle
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750mL bottle - 2014 edition:

Poured into a tulip glass...this is an outstanding beer. A deep color color, while it produced an off-white head, which was not well retained, it did leave a nice ring throughout the drink. Gave off a nice tart aroma...cherry, perhaps, which was followed up by the taste...I thoughts of Monk's Flemish Red, but a bit more woody. The beer had the right feel, lower carbonation, but extremely easy to drink and very refreshing and satisfying. I would by the beer over and over again, only if it weren't for the price.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2015 vintage served cold in a teku

Appearance: very clear and a rich mahogany with a thin cap of creamy pale bubbles.

Nose: Brett funk, oaky dryness, cherriea, lactic sourness, acetic acid, vanilla, very complex and classic

Taste: followed the nose very well. Sour cherries, raspberries, oaky, vanilla, Brett funk, complex and creamy. Wonderful mouthfeel but I would like more carbonation

Overall: this was an epic win for me. I believe it to be one of the best Flanders Reds out there. It is expenice in relation to say Rodenbach Grand Cru. I think I paid around $20 for my bottle whereas the same size of Grand Cru is little more than half that. Still an excellent beer and I would have it again.

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Photo of chugalug06
4.64/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2010

Dark, deep and roasted color. Big foamy off-white head. No lacing. Clarity is nice too

Tons of roasty cherry. Oakey and vanilla too. Tart and acidic. Milky, but cherry is almost over whelming..

Sweet and sour; Cherry and dry. Tart, acidic, smooth, delicious, slightly bitter and dark red cherry. The only thing I would dismiss is some of the super dark roasty cherry flavors, slightly detracts from the mouthfeel.

Awesome brew! I can't believe this is the first time I've had it... Highly recommended and can't wait for next years release. Exactly the beer I wanted.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.86/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a Bell's tulip. It's a really nice-looking pour. The beer is very, very dark clear red with a pretty good head for a sour. Retention is also quite good. The nose is so sharp and pungent it reminds me of a hit a wasabi. I get lively tart acidic notes, some sweet cherries, and hints of oak.

Light body and extremely sour flavor. Flanders Red Ale? In name only. This is an American Wild Ale. Lots of tart cherries, granny smith apples, and green grapes up front. At mid-palate, the acidity softens a bit in the mouth, offering a welcome reprieve from the opening salvo. Tannic and wine-like on the back of the palate. The finish leaves my mouth about as dry and withered as it ever gets while drinking beer.

Not the sourest beer I've had (Tart of Darkness destroyed my palate more than this one did), but probably one of the 3 or 4 sourest. The flavor lacks some of the complexity I have experienced in other sours and it could really use just a bit more sweetness for balance. Nevertheless, I know those BAs for whom sours can never get sour enough probably love this beer. I'll have to drink this bomber over two days, otherwise it will destroy the lining of my stomach.

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Photo of russwbeck
3.6/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Epic tasting shared with nhindian. Thanks beerman4 for picking this up for me!

A: Brown pour with hints of red along the edges. About a finger of white head leaves some nice lacing and decent retention.

S: The nose is full of tartness and a slight amount of cherries. Slight funkiness and some malts seem to provide the base for this guy.

T: The taste is really lacking for me. I was expecting something that would really blow me away, and this failed to deliver. Light cherry taste mixed with some tartness and slight vinegar. Very dry and acidic finish that leaves my mouth watering. As I finish the beer off, the booziness really takes over.

MF: Light body with average carbonation. The aftertaste is a bit strange, but no alcohol is noted.

O: Pretty disappointed here. Was expecting a far above average sour, but got nothing but average to below average. Just not a strong enough flavor profile, and enough of a balanced taste for it to be rated with an A average.

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Photo of tastybeer
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep brown with a copper glow. Head is a nice tight 1/2 inch. Pretty, but time to stop looking and start sniffing....

S: A whole lot of smells here. Cinnamon, nutmeg, a hint of licorice, woody dusty aromas, bright (almost lemony) floral, and stinky barnyard hay... A nostril pleasure indeed.

T: Deeply sweet and very mouth wateringly tart. Cherries, white wine fruity, leafy woods, and much more. Nice implosive drying through and beyond the finish.

M: Smooth and soft with a sharp edge. Mmmm.

O: Excellent.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from 2012

A: poured into a Duvel Tulip to a deep brown with a slight red hue. the beer is topped by a fluffy and rocky two finger light tan head that fades to a nearly invisible collar around the edge of the glass
S: smells of sour cherries, vanilla, funk and oak
T: taste is sour cherries, with a strong acetic sourness, a bit of funk, some vanilla, slight caramel and oak. swallow is more sour cherry, funk, and oak
M: lighter side of medium in body with soft and adequate carbonation. this beer has a drying finish
O: This is a fantastic beer and a great representative for the style. It just doesn't get much better

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 Version

A - Pours a dark reddish-brown with a two-finger off-white foamy head. The head fades rather quickly leaving some very light lacing.

S - Aroma of tart cherries, vinegar, and leather.

T - The flavor starts tart immediately with vinegar upfront. The sourness is toned down mid palate by tart cherries, malt sweetness, and oak. The beer finishes sour with lots of lactic acid and vinegar.

M - Medium bodied with low carbonation. Very crisp mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O - This is a strong Flanders Red from the Bruery. Lots of bracing bitterness with just enough sweetness for balance.

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Photo of craytonic
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Bit of a gusher, cloudy copper-brown with a big off-white head, not much lacing.

Smell: Tart cherry, toasted oak, faint leather, light funk, touch of vinegar

Taste: Tart cherry & some hints of apricot, brown sugar, and lots of toasted oak. There is apple also, but it is a mix of red and tart green, also some light funk. Good example of the style.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation; decent but not overbearing heft.

Overall: Goes down easy enough, this is decent but I would reach for a la folie or others first. I am bumping my score a bit as the new batch is improved. Good balanced flavors.

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Photo of nataku00
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip glass, 2012 release. Beer pours a dark cola brown with half a finger of loose off white head. Head dissipates quickly, no lacing or remaining head. A few bubbles visible at the edge of the glass.

Nose is red berry and cherry, acetic acid balsamic vinegar, sharper lactic acid sourness, a brown sugar sweetness, light woody notes.

Taking a sip, brown sugar and cherry, then a hit of balsamic vinegar and sour red berry, a light almond flavor, and red wine tannins. Finish is dry, with a light sourness from sour fruit and lactic acid.

Light to medium body with a good amount of sharp carbonation that lightens the effect of the sourness.

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Photo of Radome
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a globe glass.

L - Medium brown color with some red highlights. Very clear. Head initially light tan and fluffy, but quickly disappears. Little lace, but some "legs" on the glass.

S - Huge aroma of sweet berries contrasting with leather, horseblanket and other sour notes. Low graham cracker, brown sugar, plums and raisins in the background. Very complex.

T - The Brett. flavors are totally dominant. Sharp, puckering acid sourness on the tongue and the back of the throat. Leather and horseblanket. Very little malt and no hops flavors come through.

F - Thin to medium body with acidic astringency. Low, almost imperceptible carbonation. Solid hops bitterness and light alcohol burn.

O - This is a very assertive sour beer. In the original Belgian versions, I prefer examples that have more malt complexity and less over-the-top sourness, but this is a well-made, clean tasting beer that has its own good qualities.

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Photo of alpinebryant
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour a dark amber / brown with a decent head

Smell of funk, dark fruits, pilsner malts

Taste of tart dark cherries, dry finish from brett yeast, brown sugar and caramelization. I was expecting this to be extremely tart based on the name, but was slightly surprised that it was very drinkable. Not a whole lot of vinegar like presence as some other Oud Bruins have. Not quite as sour as a Rodenbach Grand Crue. Slightly subdued in that sense, which was a welcome fact for drinkability. Medium carbonation and a relatively light body.

Drinkable? absolutely. This tasted cleaner than I had expected.

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Photo of teromous
3/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: It has a very dark brown body and it is hard to interpret the clarity. There is no head at all. There are literally just a few bubbles...to the point where I could count them. No head means no lacing and no retention. I can't hear any carbonation in the glass either...this beer is completely still...

Aroma: Even before approaching the glass I get the aroma of tart cherries. The sourness is strong enough in the scent that it makes my mouth water just smelling it. There is light musty aroma in there as well, but it is mostly fruity.

Taste: It has a mellow sourness to the beer like eating a fruit that is just about to turn. It's nice.

Mouthfeel: It's not carbonated at all. It washes onto the palate like water and leaves it just as plainly. The sourness perks up the palate just enough to make it drinkable. The sourness does not linger on the palate for long. It is there and it is gone within seconds. It's very tart but drinkable.

Overall: I wasn't impressed by the beer. The lack of carbonation might have been a fluke but I probably wouldn't waste my time getting another one to find out. The flavors were decent and the aroma was excellent but the beer overall was a flop given the lack of presence on the palate. It was like I was drinking a beer that had been left out for a few days.

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