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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
EithCubes (5138) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 26, 2008
Big one-liter via a special shipment from jake65 - thanks! Gold-waxed swing-top. Strongly sour and acrid pour, and an excitable pour at that, with a difficult-to-open bottle. Some grapey/vinous notes and touch of vinegar. Burgundy-brown body, dim with a large, rocky, beige/off-beige head. Taste is aggressive but not as sour as expected. Vanilla and meringue but no bread, rather a dominant doughy/yeasty undercooked-croissant tone with a little macro-grain and -metal. A touch of raspberry, wood, and nutmeggy spiciness. Light bitterness, light sweetness, and absolutely no tart. Mf is really, really soft (a tad flat), and the body medium / light. This suffers a bit from its categorization; it’s a poor rendition of an oud bruin, but, as others have hinted below, would probably fare better - at least psychologically - if lumped in with the ambers or tamer abbey ales.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Headbanger (3426) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 10, 2008
1L waxed bottle(10/07)-A cloudy amber with a nice huge off white head. Taste of sourness, belgian yeast, and some slight malt. Nice brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerVirgin72 (880) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2007
Bottle shared amongst the locals. Light reddish/brown pour. Taste was of sour maple syrup, with some cherries and malt in there.Left for a sour like finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
RSRIZZO (1872) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - OCT 20, 2007
Very little aroma. Color is a solid brown with overactive carbonation and yet a thin head. Taste is a mild sour feel with an odd yeast flavor. On the end its bitter with an odd malt flavor. they should have called it Odd Bruin because that’s what it taste like, just odd.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ernest (6485) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 1, 2007
Annoying 1L wax-dipped swing-top bottle (which spewed upon opening despite a couple months of sitting motionless, and sprayed bits of wax and foam all over the counter...Grand Teton, please stop using these stupid things and get some tried-and-true bombers or 750’s instead). Head is initially average sized, frothy/fizzy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is hazy medium to dark amber, bottle conditioned. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (cookie, caramel), with light notes of cherry, wood, nutmeg, and band-aid, hint of wort. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation. Another one that "should have" been great, but is just kind of boring. Not much tartness, not much aroma, and a ho-hum mouthfeel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bu11zeye (12039) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 17, 2007
(1L Bottle) Pours an amber brown body with a spare white head. Aroma of sour cherry, old shoe, oak, and plastic. Flavor of caramel, toffee, sour, and chocolate with a somewhat sticky finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ratman197 (10438) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 13, 2007
! litre swing top poured a clear reddish brown with a minimal lingering tan head. Aromas of toffe, carmel, fruitiness, light chocolate and a hint of spice. Palate was light to medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of toffee, carmel, light cherry and hints of chocolate and spice with a crisp lightly sweet finish. Nothing sour going on here. More like an abbey ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - SEP 3, 2007
1 liter swingtop bottle. It had been sitting in my fridge, undisturbed for a few hours and when I opened it, a geyser of beer erupted and sprayed all over my kitchen. Annoying... on to the beer. Pours a murky brown/amber with lots of particulate. Aroma of tart cherries, wood and a hint of vanilla and sour yeast. Much the same on the palate. Fairly dry and sour, but nothing too over the top. Medium bodied and finishes a bit watery.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Name: Old Bruin
Date: 06/24/2007
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, RBSG 2007

clear brown, fine beige head, tart chocolate and caramel aroma, creamy body, rich chocolate flavor, nice caramel, just enough sweetness for balance, very low tartness

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 11/20
Rating: 3/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - AUG 14, 2007
Draught @ The Front Door in Boise. The nose is lightly fruity with some cherry and wood, some clean malt and very light yeast and hops. The flavor is nice and balanced. An amber ale with a lightly tart fruity finish. Clean and balanced. An all around great session beer, but nowhere near as intense as a beer with a huge grizzly bear on the front should be.

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