Alengrin (1347) - BELGIUM - AUG 8, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Fairly straightforward, mass-produced example of "Nederlands oud bruin", which is basically the same style as brown Belgian tafelbier. Made with unmalted wheat, sugar, caramel and (artificially added) lactic acid. Beige, not too stable foam over a very dark chestnut robe with a ruby glow. Sweetish, weak aroma with some faint wheat, candi syrup, cacao powder and vanilla, lactic acid hardly noticeable. Round, sweetish malt taste, smooth, again the lactic acid is hard to find but could have added some complexity - alas, it remains as simple as it began, with only a very faint, late bitterness in the tail. Even for this totally unambitious style they could have done better.
blackisle (668) - IJburg, NETHERLANDS - NOV 13, 2013
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Opaque dark brown, foamy tan head, vanishes quickly, some lacing; roasted, hint of dark fruits, chocolate; taste is sweet, sugary, roasty undertones; light body, watery texture, flat carbonation; sweet finish, hint of bitterness.
DwarfeD (905) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - OCT 24, 2013
1.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
30cl bottle at home. Clear dark brown with a small beige head. Light to medium body with some carbonation, not much. Very sweet caramel. Not my kind of beer, too sweet.
zenkis (567) - Ogre, LATVIA - MAY 27, 2013
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours dark copper reddish brown, tan beige foam, nice ring lacong. Aroma is weak fruity, sweet malty, caramely, Taste is sweet, sugary, honey like. Minimal sour at the end. Light body, watery texture, minimal dry finish. Oa its like honey water, not beer except foam and lasing was very nice.
update: Now when I know what style it is low alco not beer, I will re-rate accordingly.
Travlr (11305) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 21, 2013
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle. Clear maroon color, scant head. Aroma of subtle prunes and raisins. Taste is odd sweet, sour and buttery. Calling this one an oud bruin is false advertising.
Douberd (2227) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - DEC 18, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle of 300 ml at home, poured into a tulip glass. ABV 2.5%
Very thin head, maybe half a finger, beige in colour. It goes off quite fast also.Colour of the beer itself is very dark brown, only when hold against the light takes some amber hues, very dark, again. The head has now gone almost completely, some of it lingers around the glass and a big island of foam has now formed on the surface of the beer.
Roasted malts on the aroma, very strong, it makes it smell like dark chocolate, quite pleasant.
Taste is sweet, and as with most of the Oud Bruins I have tried, there is a metalic aftertaste.Some notes of the roasted malts are being found on the taste too.
Light on the body, with very low carbonation, which in combination with the low alcohol makes it very drinkable, although I find it too "light", some more carbonation would be welcomed.
Overall, a modest one in the genre.
fiulijn (14397) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 12, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Locus Publicus, Rotterdam
Dark mahogany color, medium head. Perfumy caramel aroma. Sweet caramel flavor, no real bitterness. Actually I find it not deep but quite refreshing.
vipinvelp (2144) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - JUN 22, 2012
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
Dark Brown with brownish foam head lacing to the glass. Sweet aroma, taste is pretty sweet, with some wheats. Very little aftertast. (Velp 201206)
JorisPPattyn (7889) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - AUG 19, 2011
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Dirty brown-greige head, small, over muddy dark brown beer with an orange sheen whilst pouring. Sweetish nose, bit of liquorice, and a faint sewer-ish smell, just under the warning treshold. Sugarwater with liquorice and some bready malt. Dissolved brown candi sugar, and trace of overripe banana in the finish. After some time, impression of Traubenzucker. Watery consistency, with a syrupy-sticky thread running through it, as an oiltrace running in the midst of a creek. We would call it tafelbier, and serve it to the kids.
MPA (793) - Amager (form. Nørrebro&Aalborg), DENMARK - AUG 1, 2011
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle. Brown, beige head - sweet and malty aroma of candied sugar with some metal - flavour is sweet and sugary. Not a lot of bitterness or sourness.