JoeMcPhee (9244) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 24, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy of beerbill. Many thanks. Deep garnet pour. Aroma is softly sweet with a light cherry sweetness. Softly vineous with a very soft lactic tartness. A really rich cherry note and a bit of light balsamic character as well. Rich cherry/berryish aroma that accents the soft tartness. Soft cherry and light berryish fruit with a lovely balance of fruit and lean pale malt. Light funky aroma and a bit of sweetness as well. Pretty solid brew. More Flemish Red than Flemish brown to me, but either way, it’s pretty nice.
theisti (3767) - Kansas, USA - JAN 23, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2008 Vintage 22 oz. bottle courtesy of bvc. This bottle is double wax sealed, which is interesting. Aroma of acidic black cherry fruit and oak woodiness right off the bat. Behind that is boozy grainy maltiness. The Brett yeastiness is present, though certainly in the background. Overall, a nice balanced nose. Taste is black cherry tartness with the oak booziness. The sour funk is present as a liner around the overall taste experience. Nice melding, though the alcohol is pretty bright. Palate is smooth and silky, medium and really drinkable. This was a fun one, thanks for sending it my way Brandon!
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - JAN 18, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cheeseman strikes again! Pours a lightly hazy copper maroon, with a light white head. Smells of yeast, sweet fruits, mild acidity and tannins, with a noticeable maltiness. Very sharp biting sourness up front right away. Nice acidic tannins and sweet sour fruits mixed together. Not overly sweet which I enjoyed, but not totally dry either. Nice little balance to it. Not an upper echelon sour, but certainly better than average for me.
boFNjackson (4198) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 18, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap @ their Portland Public House... Poured into a snifter looking foggy, reddish with an off white head that created a ring around the glass throughout the whole brew. Aroma of wine-like characters and almost lambic in nature. Really thick palate that filled and expanded nicely in the mouth. This brown style had a little more bitterness and darker malt notes than its Red counterpart, and it seemed the wild yeast really did a nice job with this recipe/batch. You could taste a hint of barley-grains in the finish. It was nice to have this in the same week as the Roots Flanders Red. Even though they scored similar to me, it was nice to see the immediate contrast between the Brown style and the Red style. Thanks to Mike Starzec for the complementary round.
brewandbbq (269) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 16, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours hazy amber with a ruby hue. A quarter inch head rose up before settling down to a placid surface, with a few errant dots of lacework.
Aromatics hit the nose as soon as the beer goes into the glass, with fruity acid wafting up.
Cherries, red wine, balsamic vinegar, ripe malt, and warming spice. Hints of cinnamon, peppercorns, cedar, sherry, and rhubarb follow through.
Medium bodied, with a lightly prickled mouthfeel, and drying.
Ripe, red fruits, acid, and oaky tannins are supported by a malty base on the palate.
As the brew warms hints of subtle spice step forward. Nutmeg, anise, and Schezuan peppercorns. Plenty of acid without being lactic or sour.
Finishes with cherries, sherry, balsamic, pepper-studded earthy cedar, and warming alcohol.
Wowza. Great beer now, but just wait a few years for this one to really meld, mellow, and complexify. The Pinot Noir barrels add a tremendous depth that is not typically found in Oud Bruins.
The tartness level now is firm, but allows the brew to be very drinkable. I’m curious to see if some cellar time will add much sourness.
Do yourself a favor and let this one warm up to room temperature.
Big ups to BA Urwatuh8 for answering the call once more!
TURDFERGUSON (4039) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 15, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by durhambeer. Pours a hazy dark amber with a small white head. Nose is cherry pits, tannins, oak, light tartness. Flavor is wood, cherry, nice malts. Vinous and dry mouthfeel with the alcohol very well hidden. I expected to not think this was sour enough, but the lack of extreme sourness works well in this beer and as Oud Bruin it makes sense. Very nice interpretation of the style. A very pleasant surprise.
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 15, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks much to Eugene. Tastes and smells like young wood to me... not the dusty, oaky, barrel wood, but more like freshly cut wood. More wood than sour cherry notes, but those are there as well in a tannic way. Quite malty and the alcohol is well hidden.
alexanderj (3513) - Branson, Missouri, USA - JAN 14, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, courtesy of golubj. Poured a rich amber-auburn color with a medium, but quick diminishing head. Aroma was nice, with sour, funky notes, cherries, fruit, earth, and oak. Was not extremely sour, or maybe I am just getting more used to the style. Alot of cherry in the flavor with hints of wood and cocoa. Hints of barnyard funk and yeast, with generic fruit tones. Actually really nice and I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. Can’t believe I rated it higher than Jon.
Bartzilla (600) - La Mesa, California, USA - JAN 11, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great example of the style. Thanks, WeeHeavySD, for this. It’s been on the radar for a while and I figured I’d never try it. I have. It’s delicious. Tart, musky and exactly what I expected it to be.
beerbill (3601) - Laurel, New York, USA - JAN 10, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle courtesy of trades with both mashmaster and bitbucket. As an aside before I begin my rating, I have to say that I really like the label graphics for this beer, very cool. Thankfully, the wax on this bottle is soft and easy to cut through. The beer itself pours a deep golden amber with a thin off-white head. The aroma is pleasantly sour with just enough funk to give that barnyard smell but not be so strong as to mask the other attributes. A generous amount of sour cherry in the nose as well. The flavor is equally nice with old leather, barnyard funk, sour cherry and oak. The tannins in the finish remind me more of a cabernet than of beer. Sour ales are a style that I probably have the most difficulty with, as I really don’t enjoy (and I guess appreciate) the uber sour beers, but this one I thought was just excellent. My wife, who doesn’t like sours at all, also thought this was very good.