kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Name: Old Bruin
Source: Tasting, RBSG 2007
clear brown, fine beige head,
tart chocolate and caramel aroma,
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
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - AUG 14, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
Beaver (1510) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 10, 2007
2.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
1L bottle with waxed swing top, dated 4/11/2007. Pours a ruby red-brown with a very little head that quickly disappears.
The aroma is tart/sour fruits and oak with some smoky charcoal and leather.
The flavor is very washed out and watery. There is some cola and sweet and tart fruits, with a slight washed out bitterness at the end. The mouthfeel is pretty thick and slightly syrupy which is weird considering how watery it tastes. There is almost no carbonation.
Overall, it’s a very washed out and watery flemish. Even if the flavors were bolder, I think they would not compare well to other sour beers. definitely not worth the $12. It’s not offensive, there’s just not much there.
BeerandBlues2 (11064) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 29, 2007
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
1 L swing-top, waxed bottle purchased at Liquor Max in Loveland. Pours cloudy tawny with a small, fizzy, light brown head, mostly diminishing, spare lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (bread, caramel), average hops (flowers, lemon), average yeast (dough, earth) with notes of cherry and raspberry. Light bodied, slick texture, average carbonation and a chalky finish. Short duration, light sweetness, acidity and bitterness. This is a far cry from a Flemish Sour.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 13, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to skyview for sharing at RBSG07. Took me a month to figure out the grand and the teton on this one, though the oud bruin came through just fine. A light red brown color with no head. Nice sour cherry nose with a similar body.
Skyview (5360) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JUL 8, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Stopped at the Grand Teton Brewing Company near Victor, Idaho and picked up three of the Cellar Reserve brews for the RBSG ’07 Grand Tasting. Since Old Bruin was available, we’ve added a fourth Grand Teton for the tasting. Pours a clear amber brew with a nice off-white head that dissolves to a fine film. Aroma of sour pears, caramel malt, and some tart cherries. Taste is slightly tart with a medium body and light carbonation. Finish is a little watery, with some earthy yeast and dry bitter aftertaste.
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 6, 2007
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
750cl bottle: Cherry, oak, dust, and toffee aromas; pors with a creamy, short head over a deep ruby colored body; the flavor is lightly fruity (cherries and pear), slightly sour, and somewhat spicy; rather dull, actually, and quite watery; pales to most any real Flemish brown. I expected more.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 1, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear reddish amber body with a small off-white head. Sweet cherry aroma with some light sour and caramel. Sweet caramel flavor with some light cherry and a tart ending.
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 30, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
RBSG 2007: Poured copper with a white head. Aroma, fruity, sugary, caramel, toffee, some sour notes. Flavor, caramel, yeasty, some brett, fruits, a little sour, but not much.
Kinz (3567) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUN 29, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Last sampel courtesy of maniac in my echo of the RBSG 07. Medium amber. Still some decent carbonation. Great nose of sour cherry and bitter almond with a touch of brett. Flavor unfortunately is considerably more muted, with almost hefe like flavors of clove and banana dominating, with no real sourness. Great nose, too bad the flavor wasn’t anything like it. I probably should have put the aroma at a 9 and the flavor at a 6, but you get the idea.