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RATINGS: 113   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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 13, 2007
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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Skyview (5172) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JUL 8, 2007
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.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 6, 2007
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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 1, 2007
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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 30, 2007
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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kinz (3279) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUN 29, 2007
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.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jake65 (2611) - Williston, North Dakota, USA - JUN 25, 2007
Draft at Old Boise Brewfest: Light amber pour with a moderate off-white head. Nose is vibrant and fruity, some caramel and malts. Tastes overly sweet with light citrus fruit notes and caramel. I have a bottle to age and may re-rate on this...

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
hellomynameis (874) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - JUN 25, 2007
Lighter red than i would expect, didn’t get a big head. My notes pretty much say that has a belgian aroma, light flavour and spice, not very sour.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BuckeyeBoy (2692) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 24, 2007
On Tap at the Old Boise Brew Fest 2007 Pours out a clear amber topped with a tan head. A light belg aroma with a little spice. This was not much of a Flemish sour to me.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
IndianaRed (2383) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 23, 2007
On Tap at the Old Boise Brew Fest. Light yellowish amber witha small off-white head. LIght sweet grainy malt aroma with some fruitiness. Flavor was again, sweet, plain, lacking in much character. No lactic or acid souness that I could detect either. I would gladly trade a better product for a less verbose and pretentious commercial description. Dissapointing.


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