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!
edgallow (3680) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 10, 2016
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz bomber pours brown with a off white head. Aroma of fruit, yeast, malts and some funk. Taste is cherries, tart and very good.
Emeister84 (2170) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - SEP 3, 2016
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
2014 vintage. Aromas of vanilla, toasted coconut, shortbread cookies, doughy, tart and funky cherry. Clear murky red with a somewhat lasting white head. Flavor starts out great, vanilla-driven, toasty barrel-aged flavors, tart cherry, then funky wet dog and broken balance. Medium-full bodied.
superspak (4751) - Michigan, USA - AUG 28, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass; 2015 vintage, best after 10/30/2016. Pours fairly crystal clear deep ruby red color with a 1-2 finger dense offf white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big sour cherry, berries, green apple, lemon, red grape, plum, fig, date, caramel, brown sugar, toasted bread, hay, straw, oak, and musty funk; with lighter notes of pepper, vanilla, red wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, cherries, wine barrel, and moderate dark/bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big sour cherry, berries, green apple, lemon, red grape, plum, fig, date, caramel, brown sugar, toasted bread, hay, straw, oak, and musty funk; with lighter notes of pepper, vanilla, red wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Light-moderate fruity/acidic tartness and yeast/tannic oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of sour cherry, berries, green apple, lemon, red grape, plum, fig, date, caramel, brown sugar, toasted bread, hay, straw, oak, funk, pepper, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, cherries, wine barrel, and moderate dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/tart/spiciness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light dryness from acidic/tannic notes, lightly increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly acidic/creamy, and lightly tannic balanced mouthfeel that is awesome. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding Flanders Oud Bruin! All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, cherries, wine barrel, and moderate dark/bready malt flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the big ABV. One of the most balanced in the style that I have had. A highly enjoyable offering.
TEJA (2469) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 30, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by Karl Meyer thanks. No head and clear dark amber color. Big clean lactic aroma. The aroma and taste is like a good Flanders red beer. Big lactic acidity
weihenweizen (3182) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - JUN 14, 2016
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Refrigerated brown 2014 bomber poured into a Teku. Clear medium red with small off-white head. Aroma is really nice cherry, medium/light body, medium carbonation, and little lacing. Taste is cherry and some wood.
drpimento (3184) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 3, 2016
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is decent. Flavor is OK except for the finish, where it gets very funky, boozy, and not so good.
bchifley (5) - Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2016 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
A perfect Flanders Oud Bruin/Red, just the right amount of sourness and wood. Should age well.
BrettTaylor (738) - Radford, Virginia, USA - MAR 7, 2016
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a reddish gold with white head. Sour and just a touch of funk underneath. Medium sour with some light brett character. Totally absolutely delicious.
deekyn (1459) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 3, 2016
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A- pours a clear ruddy amber with a thin dirty white head that thins and clings to the glass. Nice lacing.
S- sour oak, cherries, raspberries and vinous notes are all strong. Some vanilla, coriander, thyme, and like zest. Slightly musty.
M- light to medium sticky body with a light burn. Decent carb.
T- cran cherry juice and edited sugars seems strong on the palate. Muddled berries, lemon and lime sprite. Werther's originals towards the end. Ending is quick and clean with faint zincs and grasses followed by a lingering cherry. A little bit of cough syrup too.
bluejacket74 (1848) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - FEB 19, 2016
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce wax capped bottle, 2014 vintage, best after date of 10/27/15, 10.7% ABV. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a slightly hazy reddish/amber color with about a half inch off-white head. Head retention is decent, and there isn’t much lacing at all. The brew smells like tart cherries, red grapes/wine, oak, and some figs. Taste is similar to the aroma, there’s tart cherry, oak, red grapes/wine, and some green apple and vinegar flavors noticeable. This is a brew that you don’t want to drink too cold, I thought it only got better as it warmed up (and I took it out of the fridge for about 10 minutes before opening it). Mouthfeel/body is medium, it’s smooth and a bit coating with low/moderate carbonation. I liked this brew, I’ll have to pick up a newer vintage of it! $14.99 a bomber.