msnelling09 (72) - Beverly, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 10, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The beer pours with a fierce, hissing carbonation that forms a head of medium sized, off-white bubbles that quickly fizzles into nothing, leaving a clean and calm top of the beer without any head. Carbonation bubbles continue to tear to the top of the glass however, and appear reminiscent of highly carbonated soda bubbles. In color, the beer is a deep ruby brown, almost maroon, with a distinct ruby glow in the light. The beer’s body is slightly viscous with a darkness that makes it opaque, though the beer appears clean of any particles or cloudiness. On the nose, the beer smells of green apples, malt vinegar, cherry fruit leather, and fresh strawberry jam. Rich funky scents cover the nose from this beer, blending with the light malt character to bring a touch of plum, raisins, and a soft trace of toffee. Touches of sherry coincide with the rich smell of strawberry jam, which is quite bizarre, yet inviting. On the tongue, the beer tastes tart with lactic and malic acidity, traces of malty sweetness run across the tongue, and a very faint touch of roasted bitters can be sensed in the finish. Balance is slightly tart, but nice and not assaulting on the tongue. Fruit esters are strong and complex. In flavor, the beer begins as tart green apple, then cherry pie, then cherry fruit leather. Malt vinegar does work its way into the flavor along with sherry-like notes in the mid-palate. Just as the beer hits the back of the tongue, a sweet and sour sauce flavor can be sensed along with some of the strawberry jam from the nose. On the finish, the beer softens its tartness enough to bring soft coffee, caramel roast, and a touch of barnyard funk on the tongue alongside the fruit esters, providing a beautiful finish that lasts for quite a while on the tongue. In the mouth, the beer feels medium bodied with a middling carbonation that carries a bit of a prickle and a touch of astringency. Mouthfeel is smooth, and after the beer leaves, the mouth is left wet and gently puckering. Overall, I really like this Oud Bruin. This beer has a great funky character, a nice balance, and finishes with a great malt presence that really pulls together the beer and provides for a fascinating sip. I would love to pair this beer with richer meals to see how the acidity and malt play with food. This is a great beer with perfect complexity for the style.
UncleKorm (474) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 30, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle poured a deep brown hue w/ a big fizzy brown quickly and fully diminishing head. Bold wine barrel aroma. Initial flavor is light sweet w/ a bold sour finish. Tastes are red wine, lemon citrus, and musk. Bold bodied and tart.
wedgie9 (1664) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 15, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasted on 11/14/13 from a capped, squat 330mL bottle purchased at Woodland Wine Merchant. Pours very dark brown with a very thick, slow building beige head that slowly recedes to no lace whatsoever. The nose is sweetish caramel malt with plenty of brown sugar, red wine vinegar, a touch of bread, some funk, and lemon acidity. The flavor is more aggressively sour with the lemon and red wine vinegar, moving to a more roasted, dark caramel and bread than on the nose. The body is fairly light with some tannic structure, lively, stinging carbonation, and a long tart, sour, and lightly toasted finish.
Yves (1988) - Turnhout, BELGIUM - NOV 10, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Black coloured beer with small off-white head and no carbonation visible. Malty red wine hinted aroma. Sour full sparkling palate. Finish is very sour and dry. A bit too sour.
thewolf (10538) - Kolding, DENMARK - NOV 5, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours deep brownish black with a medium, staying, frothy, beige head. Aroma has caramel, toffee, oak, raspberry, mild tartness. Medium, prickly carbonation, fine dry and a bit light mouthfeel. Flavour has soft tartness, oak, subtle red fruits. Apple zest. A bit thin but otherwise fine.
Frovigalning (2479) - Örebro, SWEDEN - OCT 14, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample at SBWF 2013. Smell of sugar and caramell. Sour taste with dark fruits.
Staffan47 (691) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - OCT 6, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sur och fräsch. Något dämpad doft kanske. Lättdrucken och läskande. Monks på SBWF 2013
skoisirius (1347) - Earth, Washington, USA - SEP 18, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A true oud bruin right here, no joke. Muddy brownish pour with bits of sediment. Slightly nutty and dried grape, yet funked nose. Hints of dirt, lactic acid, brett, vinegar, and nuts on the palate, all blended quite well. You can really taste the no hop presence. Great brew!!
curepute (41) - - SEP 12, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Mahogany color, tan head that disappears quickly. Sour malty raisin nose. Starts out with a little sourness which opens up to a bigger sour tart acidic finish. Tastes of cherries and moldy oak (in a good way). It’s the third time I’ve got this beer and I love it, very solid ould bruin.
MarcoDL (956) - NETHERLANDS - SEP 7, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I liked it better than the Morpheus itself. Tastes like some old, medieval beer. Almost unhopped, but still rather tasty.