Brewed by Timmermans (John Martin)
Style: Sour Red/Brown
Itterbeek, Belgium
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler


on tap

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RATINGS: 252   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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Bruges’ typical brown ale, matured 6 months in oak casks.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (5536) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JAN 23, 2011
Bottle. Dark ruby-brown pour with a short, beige head. Aroma is fruity and tart with berry notes, sweet malt, wet wood, and candi sugar. Taste is tart berries, dark fruit (cherries and raisins mainly), sweet malt, candi sugar, oak, and yeast notes. Body is light-medium with a soft carbonation. Ends with more tart berries, dark fruit notes, Belgian yeast, sweet malt and woody notes. Not sour enough to be a sour ale and too sour to be an abbey dubbel, it lies somewhere in between.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BaroneBirra (315) - Gorizia, ITALY - JAN 19, 2011
o.33 bottle. looks brown, cloudy, with a minimal tan foam. impressive strong aroma of wine, brandy and alcohol. first taste is sweet, covered by a fruity sour, raisin and prunes. a little toasted final. full body, sticky feel, lively carbonation, astringent ending. very intresting beer, seems more alcoholic than 5%!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
FatPhil (10678) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 18, 2011
330ml bottle (Drink Shop, Tallinn) - marked as 5.2%
Is this really different from the Bier of identical name, identical style (yes, this is an Oud Bruin, not an Abbey Dubbel, ignore what ratebeer says, ratebeer’s stoopid), and almost identical strength (5.0% rather than 5.2%)?
7 Lovely sweet and sour classic Flemish Sour Brown, rich brown caramelly sweetness, woody spicyness, and tart fruity sourness.
4 Deep reddy brown, persistent tiny beige head, decent lacing.
6 Pleasant tang in the retronasals, a touch aged and woody. Taste fairly sweet, and sourness a little too transient.
4 Full mouthfeel due to the residual sugars, and with pleasant crispness from both the gentle acidity and the moderate carbonation. Finish is a touch sweet, as I said the sourness barely lasts at all. Middle finish has some pencil shavings, which I don’t like so much from hops.
12 Didn’t deliver on the lovely aroma, but looked good, and was a very easy drinker.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nellie (349) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 2, 2011
(thanks to bu11zeye) caramel, not too sweet, lightly nutty. almost has a funky aftertaste. dates, golden raisins, very complex.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
dagimp (817) - Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2011
From a 375 into a snifter. Pours a very nice brown with a few inches of head which dissipates quickly. Not much aroma but what’s there smells of grape and cola. Mouthfeel is very light but I wouldn’t call it crisp. A good amount of carbonation but just too much. Taste is pretty much like a tart diet cola... mix that with some grape kool aid and there you go. Meh, this one should be avoided.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kidmartinek (3741) - austin, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2010
Dark brown, slightly cloudy. Holds a tan head. Brownle and belgian yeast aroma. Delicious flavor of sweet musty belgian yeast. Light brown sugar and weak fruit peel flavor. Delightful texture, meium bite, full,yet light and satisfying.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
altonbrownd (3752) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - DEC 22, 2010
Bottle from Beer Mania. Copper see through body with slight tan head. Nose of fruits and malts and tart too. Taste is malty, sweet with a strain of tart - that was wasted on me. Slightly metallic. Okay.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NachlamSie (2942) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 20, 2010
11.2 oz. bottle from Bruisin’. This is a deep brown color with a ring of white head. The aroma has some mild malt vinegar notes, prunes, clove and copper. It has a satisfying sweet foundation with bread and dark fruit notes while sour cherry character keeps things a little tart. I’d say it’s predominantly fruity with some interesting hints at spices and just a little tart. Not too bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
mensch (280) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - DEC 10, 2010
Again rb, you got the style wrong. This is no abbey/dubble, but rather a belgian brown, much too light for a dubble. Aged six months in oak. That being said, it is quite nice for a light bodied, fruity & sparkly ale with a touch of belgian oak-aged character. The sweet cherry aroma and flavor was so strong that I was looking for them in the ingredients. Beautiful carmel color and fine belgian lace. Sweet/tart.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2010
330ml: Smells of malt, light fruit, light cherry, and light tartness. Poured copper/brown in color with a small, tan head that lasted throughout. Clear. Sparkling. Some small particles throughout. Flavor is lightly sweet and a tad tart. Tastes of malt, light fruit, light cherry, slight wood, dust, and metal. Medium body. Lightly tingly, then dry texture. Average to slightly lively carbonation. Light to medium sweet, malt, cherry, fruit, and metal finish is dry.

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