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RATINGS: 115   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.94   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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The “Oud Bruin” or “old brown” style beers, brewed in and around Oudenaarde, on the river Scheldt in East Flanders, are notable for their complex combinations of malt, long boiling times (which provide some caramelization of the wort), and multi-strain, top-fermenting yeasts, some with lactic and acetic character. These are often “provision beers,” bottle-conditioned for cellaring, to be brought out when they can be savored. Their thirst-quenching sweet-and-sour character makes them perhaps the most refreshing beers in the world. Our Oud Bruin is firmly in the East Flanders tradition. We used American 2-row barley and German melanoidin malt (for red color) as well as maize (to lighten the body). The wort was simmered in the kettle for 24 hours, then hopped lightly with English Kent Goldings for balance. We fermented with a Flemish blend of yeast and bacteria cultures, including lactobacillus, pediococcus, and brettanomyces. It took six months at cellar temperature for the culture to achieve the style’s characteristic quenching sourness. Finally, we bottle-conditioned the beer according to the “methode champenoise,” so it, too, can be laid down, to be brought out when it can be truly enjoyed. Because of its lactic and acetic sourness, this is a wonderful beer for cooking and pairing with food. Unlike any wine, Oud Bruin complements vinegary dishes such as salads or even pickles. Its flavors will enhance those of shellfish, liver, rabbit, and game birds like quail. The acidity of the beer tenderizes beef and is ideal for braising—try it in the classic Belgian Carbonade Flamande.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
MartinT (8247) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 29, 2014
My Bottom Line:
Lactic connotations and vegetal undertones wade within this storyless Oud Bruin.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam covers the dull, misty pale red.
-A touch of butyric acid (spoiled milk) is found in the nose.
-Mouthfeel is a tad fluffy, which doesn’t work with the style (for me).
-Acidity levels are low for the style.
-After 4 different brews, this brewery just doesn’t do it for me.

Bottle; 2013 vintage.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
slowrunner77 (6278) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 4, 2014
What a letdown this one. GT has always been solid, if not spectacular, and this, as a sour, is just crap. Smells and tastes of barn, yes...but in that dusty old smell. Very little tartness or sour (or really a whole lot of anything going on) in the aroma and flavor. Too gassy. More like a straight belgian, and a somewhat boring one at that. One timer for sure, not worth half what they charge. Stick to what you know guys, and sour ales ain’t it."

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
madchemist83 (118) - USA - JUN 9, 2014
More like watered down barely wine. Too much of the malt interfere with flemish yeast character

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Narnad (1482) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - MAY 14, 2014
Aroma is fruity with apples, grapes and prune with a strong caramel sweetness under the fruity flavors. The beer has a rich caramel color and a modest tan head with some light cloudiness. Flavor is sweet with a strong raisin presence, light toasted malt which is well balanced with the sweetness. Body is modest with low carbonation. Overall a pretty good brew with a lot of sweetness present.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
brenn79 (1623) - Idaho, USA - APR 13, 2014
750 ml bottle- Pours an extremely hazy orange with minimal head that reduces to a collar. Aroma is extremely malty similar to a barleywine actually. The taste is similar, age has not been kind to this beer, malts similar to a barleywine. The vintage is 2013, PDT is 01/13, about 15 months, a true sour should stand up to much more than this ( possibly the retailer stored it improperly, huge windows shining sunlight right on the bottles?). From what I’ve read its the beer, WTF, extremely malty, not a sour at all!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83 (5259) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAR 10, 2014
1L swing top? bottle. Thanks to maniac! March 2014 DC Tasting. Poured a ruby clear color without a real head to speak of. Aroma was malty, sweet notes. Malt finish, some nutty notes. Age has oxidized this a bit (bottle was first opened in Sept), the sour/acid is missing, but was still enjoyable enough.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 6/20
Westchesterco (1215) - mclean, Virginia, USA - MAR 9, 2014
Poured from a bottle at a rb tasting the color is a dark amber it is cloudy and the aroma is of sour apples. The taste is is sour and has a taste of sour apples

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Iphonephan (3856) - McLean, Virginia, USA - MAR 9, 2014
From a 22 oz bottle shared at the March 2014 DC RB gathering. Pours cloudy brown with a thin ecru head. Caramel nose. Flavors of cherry and caramel. Medium to thin bodied. Soft carbonation. Slight tart finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
bmerz (719) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAR 7, 2014
Bottle. Pours a reddish brown with almost no life at all. Aroma is very thin malty sweet with vague lactic sourness. Flavor is about the same but with a mild rancid butter and bitter finish. Feel is thin and a bit silty with very light carbonation. Shame. I was in the mood for an oud bruin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Reimer96 (1411) - Alberta, CANADA - FEB 17, 2014
Pours a clear reddish brown with a light tan head and average retention. Aroma of fruity esthers, caramel, plums, figs, prunes and spicy phenols. Taste is tannic, malty and fruity with some carmelization type characters, sweet dried fruits and some earthy characters. Overall its malty and fruity with a faint sourness...needs more sourness and is unbalanced by being too sweet.

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