RussianDragon (574) - - JUN 27, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle is 2004 vintage shared by Devin. Thanks man! Pours a hazy brown with creamy white head that left mild lacing. Aroma is cool humid basement, yeast and spicy notes. Flavor is oak sweetness and wild yeast, but far more complex from the age on this bottle. Finish was tart and sour. From notes 1/23/10 (Geist Dark Lord tasting)
crossovert (10643) - Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
different label, not sure if its the same. It said barrel aged on the bottle. Very light tartness, bottle was like 5 years old.
jcartamdg (2804) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 25, 2013
3.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a light brown with no head. Aroma of nail polish remover. Taste is malty, sour , really sour. Really acidic, crazy sour.
Huhzubendah (3326) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 27, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
"2004 vintage. Thanks to Devin for sharing this.
A: brown, mild lacing
S: musty, basement, yeast, spices
T: oak, wild yeast. The six years of age on this brew added a lot of mustiness and funk. Very complex.
M: bold kick in the finish, a bit musty in the feel
D: a small sample is all you need. I’d drink this again. It was much different than other Flanders Oud Bruin I’ve had."
JulienHuxley (5405) - Trois-Rivičres, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 13, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at the brewpub. Dark brown pour with a bit of head. Aroma is quite "sour", lots of oud bruin aromas coming off: vinegar, brown sugar, cherries (lots of cherries), a bit of a hay aroma coming through there too. Taste is sweet, lots of cherries at first before finishing off very sour and dry. Palate is well carbonated and medium to full bodied. I really enjoyed this unknown.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 9, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle, labeled as Brasserie Gregg Barrel-Aged Sour Brown Ale. Bottled in April 2009, and aged exactly 2 years in the bottle. The pour gives a hazy, dark, chestnut colored body with an amberish tint around the outer edges and thin spots. Na modest head of smooth, grayish-khaki foam settles to a thin but lasting blanket, leaving behind small, sheety, tissue-thin flares of lacing. The nose is decidedly chocolaty, suggesting of fermenting figs rolled in an aged cocoa powder dusting, hinting also at well attenuated caramel and raisinettes in the malt base. There’s a bit of a lactic feel to the cocoa, nodding at Milk Duds, while notes of wet oak funk provide a sharp, almost vinous tartness. Flavors are decidedly tannic, hinting that the barrel formerly held a red wine. Notes of dry, almost chalky chocolate touch every dark, fruity element within, from fig to plum and raisin (all heavily attenuated, mind you). Soured oak funk is buggy and damp, permeating all else, yet remaining fairly restrained. The palate is medium statured and well carbonated, providing a lively tingle from first sip to last, and showing sufficient dryness and fairly low residual sugar. Still, it is just a tad bit too sticky on the finish for my taste. Overall, I’ll call it a solid brew. It seems a little dirty and unrefined at points, but I’d not refuse another glass. Good stuff.
FlacoAlto (4125) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 8, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
April 2009 Bottle Date; Sampled October 2010
The cork was a harder than hell to get out of this bottle, after futilely twisting for a while I had to pull out a cork screw. A solid pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a fluffy, three-finger thick, pale brown tinged, full tan colored head that leaves thick lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer is a nice, dark brown color. The aroma is quite nice with ample lactic notes backed by a base level earthy funkiness, a rich maltiness and a oak character that becomes more noticeable as the beer warms up. The malt character reminds me of a well browned, complexly whole grain, rustic bread crust. A touch of cherry-like fruitiness mixes with a buttery, ripe cheese note (that leans towards funky), perhaps a touch of sweaty, musky foot-like stench, notes of a rotting, earthy mushroom and maybe even a touch of acetone just barely noticeable at times in the finish. At times the fruitiness in this beer’s nose is quite nice and I really like the rich, darker malt character found in this beer. As the beer warms up it gets a bit fruitier and has a more balanced funkiness and a touch of spicy, nostril warming alcohol becomes noticeable as well.
Perhaps a little on the cold side for me (45*F or so), my first sip tastes lightly sweet up front, but much of this is accentuated by the acidity of this beer. The finish has a toasted brown bread crust character to this and a lingering lactic acidity. There is a berry like fruitiness up front that leans towards strawberry at times & makes me think that there is a touch of acetic acid that accentuates this character. The finish has a nice touch of malt to it as well with an almost roasted, definitely toasted, brown malt character to it. This is really nicely tart and, while not super aggressive, it has a solid acidity to it that I can even feel a bit in my pre-dinner belly. A musty earthiness and a touch of plastic like phenolics add some funkiness as does some earthy, woody mushroom notes; the malt and the phenolics combine to produce a hint of an ever so ephemeral smokiness. The body of this beer is quite nice, especially as it warms it has a nice, lush texture to it that is fairly creamy, but it has enough effervescent carbonation to it to keep ti fairly quaffable. A fair amount of oak character plays an important role in this beer; a definite spiciness to the finish, and accentuating woody note as well as a certain buttery-oak quality and perhaps a hint of vanillin are all perceptible here.
Really this is just a very nice beer; the combination of malt character with the acidity, softer fruitiness and funkiness makes for a delicious beer and the texture is just about perfect. This is the second time I have had a bottle of this batch (I still haven’t managed to get an intact label from the bottle though), and I wouldn’t mind having a whole lot more of this in my cellar as this is one fantastic experience of a beer.
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 7, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A decent offering, well worth the money and i’d definitely get it again. Just didn’t knock my socks off. thin, bubbly, acedic, missing other components that are common in style.
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 27, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle. Pours a swampy brown with a small off white ring. Nice semi tart notes of oak, cherries, some candied sugar. Mild on the palate, only slightly tart, nice and crisp.
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 10, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Arbor Greff Brune.. Thanks to Derek for all tho bottles
tonight... Pours a dark opaque toffee brown with a thin to medium
soapy white head... Light cinnamon and cherry brown nose with an
underlying spice note underneath... Flavors of earthy mineral sour
cherry with a oud bruin bent. Liked this arbor more so than the others
outside of the overly acidic reserve.