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RATINGS: 28   MEAN: 3.69/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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Brewed to the Oud Bruin style with orange and lemon zest, then aged in Makers Mark barrels where the brewers added classic holiday fruits such as cranberries, figs, dates and raisins. Paying homage to the fruitcakes granny used to make with the only difference being, you won’t want to re-gift this one!


sitzds' rating

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sitzds (318) - - JAN 23, 2014
375ml bottle shared during #bottlecherwednesday at Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach. Poured into tulip. Beer is clear dark amber with a tall khaki head that quickly collapses to nothing. Aroma is citrus, oak, spice, dried fruit, and brett funk. Taste is tart/sweet citrus and dried fruit, woody/nutty bitterness, and just a touch of bourbon heat. Medium bodied, creamy texture, soft carbonation, and a long drying, warming finish.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bacterial (1675) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - NOV 22, 2014
Bottle shared by Ryan - thanks!! Very carbonated. Brownish red pour with s tan head. Interesting nose, apples, lemongrass and oak. Interesting taste. Acetic, slightly lactic and fruity (apple, pear and lechee).

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
andrewje41 (585) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - NOV 15, 2014
2013 bottle pour at the brewery. Pours a dark red color with a thin patchy head. A slight sour cherry aroma. Really easy drinking mellow sour fruit flavor with cherry and maybe a bit of plum. Finishes sour with a tiny bit of spice. Amazing beer here.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
b3shine (5714) - Indiana, USA - OCT 15, 2014
375 ml bottle to snifter. Looks good; a very hazy dark amberish brown with light beige head that steadily dissipates into lacing. Smells of oak, citrus zest, and all of the fruits in the description. Nice, and I hate fruitcake. You geta scent of the bourbon interavting with the fruit as well. Tastes like it smells with a medium-bodied mouthfeel that hides the abv pretty well. Semi-dry. Good beer, and a nice spin on the style.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BuckeyeBoy (2852) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 12, 2014
375ml bottle at the bend pub. Pours out a dark brownish amber topped with a touch of hear. Nose is nice sour funk fruit and some green apple. Taste is as the nose with a good pucker brett kick.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mathieuc (1443) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 12, 2014
Bottle thanks to nate321, thanks a lot Nate! Pours a nice dark ruby with a medium offwhite head that leaves nice lacing. Nose is of cherries, alcohol and light bourbon. There is also some bourbon-induced coconut that makes an appearance. Tamer than your usual american sour but this is also an oud bruin so this might be OK I guess. Taste is a little sweet, offers vanilla and coconut, not what I was expecting if you ask me! A bit swill-y... Alcohol isn’t too present in taste, surprisingly. Body is medium, carbonation medium-high and the alcohol content dries the mouth quite a bit. Overall a good beer but more of an after dinner sipper, I had different expectations.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
brenn79 (1557) - Idaho, USA - JUL 25, 2014
12.7 oz corked and wax dipped bottle- Pours dark brown to red with a thin light tan head that reduces to a thin blanket fairly quickly. Aroma is oak, tart, dark fruits, primarily cherries, plums and raisins. The taste is strong in oak, dusty books, dark fruits, bourbon, very complex and good. Body is medium and carbonation is a bit thin, which i understand with beers like this you sometimes need to forgive, but not even close to flat either. Overall i enjoyed it, i wish there was more of the soured beer and less of the Makers oak barrels, tasty still.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Experiment_Ale (1042) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 11, 2014
On draft at Crux with Taylor on a fantastic Friday at sunset. Pours redish brown, no head. Aroma is tart dark cherries, light and kinda clean for a funky beer. Mouthfeel is grainy slick. Taste is funky, some amber, Belgium fruits.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
djd07 (3820) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 3, 2014
Bottle thanks to Will. Pours a cloudy amber with small frothy white head that lasts. The aroma is strong oak, funk, figs, raisin. Medium mouthfeel with dark fruits, raisin, and oak with light dryness. Good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stevoj (2292) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 3, 2014
Nicely done oud sour. Dark amber with minimal beige head. Aroma is pure sour, tart and elements of, some wine essences. wood aging. Taste is dark wood and malt, smooth yet tart.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ernest (6307) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 3, 2014
Bottle (bottled Nov 29, 2013) Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly lasting. Body is hazy medium amber to light brown, bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, cookie), with notes of cherry, wood, orange peel, vanilla, raisin, honey, calvados, alcohol. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery/velvety texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. I quite nearly scrolled past this one due to the goofy-sounding recipe...I thought it would be an absolute mess and a sugar-and-alcohol bomb. But no, this is absolute nectar. Extremely complex nose, and very enticing as well...so much going on and nothing sticks out amongst the rest, which leaves your brain constantly trying to decide what to focus on. And thankfully the mouth experience is not a let-down...I thought it would be goopy, syrupy sweet with harsh alcohol. But there’s quite a lot of acidity and a strong bitterness in the finish as well, so combined with the modest alcohol burn the sugars are thwarted very well. And the sugars themselves are not at all out of line in the first place; the body is neither thin nor thick, but rather in a nice sweet spot that allows contemplative sipping with no fatigue whatsoever. A surprisingly precision-crafted beer; elegant and full of depth and allure. The high price tag is unfortunate, but it’s easier to take that pain when the experience is so delightful. Crux is a bit hit-and-miss, but when they hit, they hit big.


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