MrMeadMan (73) - Amesbury, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 2, 2016
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(2015 bottling, 11.1%ABV) Oak conditioning comes through in the aroma along with a good nose of cherries. Sour bite is front and center with the cherries adding a great complement to the overall flavor. Astringency of oak present but not overpowering or objectionable. Smooth for a high alcohol brew. Definitely a "sipper" but also definitely worth savoring every drop!
thepatrickman (781) - Durham, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 29, 2016
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared at tbub18’s place back in June. One heck of a sour -- this thing is big, boozy, and super tart. There are some funk and barnyard smells working here, but the overall impression was sour and tang. Mighty fine.
CanIHave4Beers (3999) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JAN 23, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, shared by me... in my dining room... just now.
Pours a deep reddish orange, sort of rust like color with a fluffy off white head and some lacing on the glass.
The aroma is certainly inviting with plenty of tart cherry, earthy funk, and wood galore. It absolutely comes off as boozy in the aroma, which is really the downfall to the bouquet here considering all the pleasantries.
The flavor is nice but far far too wood forward at this age (2015 bottling)... The sourness is restrained and pleasant, there is almost no detectable acetic character, it’s reasonably dry & it’s got a good tart cherry thing happening. But damn if it isn’t boozy. The overwhelming wood & booze just really are put offs for me with this beer, scale those two things back and this is an out of the park flanders red, but it’s really hard to dig past the dominance of those two flavors & the whole thing ends up hot and unbalanced.
This is a beer I’ve waited to try for easily 5+ years, I’m not wholly disappointed, but I was hoping for something... different.
Would it age well? Probably, but I’m not paying another $17 to find out.
kaser (5563) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 17, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from 22oz bottle at home. Amber clear color. Sour and yeast, cranberry and raisin notes. Pretty tasty. Boozy
Bulk_Carrier (3630) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - JAN 10, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2014 bottle. It says best after "10/27/15."
This was poured into a tulip.
The appearance was a semi-hazy to burnt amber color with a quickly dissipating fizzy white head that left no lacing.
The smell had some sour cherries up front with a subtle sweetness to it. Light woody character rounds it out. Subtle acceptable vinous grapes.
The flavor rides on the sour cherries with the woodiness coming back dryly. Sticky sweet cherry to woody aftertaste leads into the finish.
On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sipping to sessionable quality about it. Carbonation runs fairly light allowing the stickiness to build on my tongue, still acceptable for the most part.
Overall, I say this was a pretty nicely done Flanders Oud Bruin that I would have again.
robinvboyer (4109) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 3, 2016
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2010, 10.5%. Cloudy reddish brown, with a large off white head. The aroma right off the bat is funk! Some big lambic style barnyard aromas, wet hay, with alot of vinegar, sour cherries, earthy wood, overly ripe fruit, and lactic overtones. Solid mouth feel, good carb, surprisingly good carb considering the beer is 5 years old. The finish is sour, and funk, with big sour cherries, and general soured fruit. Big wet hay, and lambic style funk. Great stuff.
doublebock (554) - California, USA - DEC 28, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance: Clear reddish brown with little head
Aroma: sour cherry and charred oak
Taste: Oaky with a sour bite. Some tart cherries and tobacco.
Overall: very similar to a traditional Kriek flavor oud bruin
furiousdman (12) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 26, 2015
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beautiful foam and bronze color. Subtle yet strong flavor. Nice mild funk with lingering sourness. I had the 2008 thanks to IrishBoy. Thanks!
bulldogops (1988) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 26, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rating #1491 - Bottle from Wine & Beyond Windemere 12.03.2015 - Sour N Funk Fest Prep - Pours a deep reddish brown with a bubbly head that disapparates rather quickly. Aroma is wild cherries, sour plum tartness - rich, fruity texture. Palate is well balanced - lots of tart cherry, sweetness from the barrel component - lovely sour/bruin.
jbruner (3924) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - DEC 4, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2015 reserve. Pours a deep brownish red from the bomber with bubbly off-white head that dissipates quickly to leave light lace. Aroma of lactic sour up front, dark fruits, hint of spice, big oaky tannins on the back end. Taste is like a big flanders red, booze is a little high, but nothing too extreme. Soft, bubbly carbonation, lingering acidity that fades to fruitiness. Just really really nice.