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RATINGS: 117   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.95   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mep3222 (941) - East Greenbush, New York, USA - NOV 19, 2013
Aroma of Belgian yeast and spice. Taste is more like a dubbel than an oud bruin. No sour. Descent but nothing special. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
cbfobes (2733) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2013
On tap at The Looking Glass, pours a dark clear amberish red with a thin head, the aroma is awful, I mean truly offensive, garbage water mixed in with nail polish, holy hell this is going to be a fun one, flavor is of straight vinegar on the front end with some cherries that taste like they were soaked in wet socks for weeks, honestly, this shouldn’t be served to the public and anyone purchasing a bottle should get their money back. I have still yet to try a beer from CIB, but I can’t imagine it getting much worse than this.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
arminjewell (8752) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 12, 2013
Pour out of bottle, dark brown pour with thin off white head, aroma was slight vinegar, some dirty grain and caramel notes, slight cardboard, some odd fruity notes, not right. Taste was a mix of odd fruits, vinegar into a bit of a garbage-y note, finishing slightly sour, pretty sweet. No thanks.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Bacterial (2365) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - OCT 21, 2013
Ok I bought a bomber of this in hopes that it would be interesting and good. It was neither. The best thing about this beer was the color - a deep slightly hazy red. Very little head. Nose is malty and bland. There is almost nothing going on here, slightly sour, slightly sweet but mostly blah. Its drinkable, but that in and of itself is not really an accomplishment. I even tried a swig directly from the bottle - yep, still not very good. Correction. The best thing about this beer is the label. That is pretty cool. RAWR!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Nsanders (789) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - OCT 19, 2013
Tap at JL Beers. Red brown with a thin tan head. Yeasty, under ripe and ripe cherries and bread. Taste is a weird bitter, sour, sweet flavor, all light. Watery body. More bitter than sour.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
NachlamSie (3025) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 7, 2013
10 oz at Renegade Publik House. This could be the worst attempt at the style I’ve had. The aroma has notes of nail polish, nut shells and thin cherry. The flavor has a weird sourness, quite unclean. It’s astringent, metallic and reminiscent of plastic. Finish is medicinal. I found no enjoyment in this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nuffield (3900) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 30, 2013
A lot of consensus on this one amongst raters. Pours amber, and has some light sour/acetic notes but nothing deep or resonant. One dimensional, weak finish. Low malt sensibility, but not a lambic either. I wouldn’t want to drink much of this. (bottle, 2013 Ale Jail festival, St. Paul, MN)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Travlr (16909) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 14, 2013
Bottle at maniac’s, courtesy of manic. Giant fliptop bottle with imadvisable and inconvenient wax. Aroma of plums, light raisins, subtle fruit. Taste is softly sour fruit. Simple.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (10841) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - SEP 14, 2013
C&C Liter shared by maniac at the Baltimore Late Late Summer Gathering, 9/14/13. Pours a clear dark red-amber color with a thin frothy head. Good head retention. Aroma of tart dark earthy funk, some vegetal notes, dark fruits. The taste is dark fruits, caramel, stone fruits, mild funk. Medium bodied, slight lingering tartness, decent balance.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
stevoj (3027) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 26, 2013
Oud bruins are more Dutch than Belgian, and are sweet, not sour. Not sure if this is a just a play on words for the word Bruin. Definitely sour, medium amber with a skin of beige head and very lazy carbonation. Aroma is grapes/wine, apple cider. Taste is more cider with a malt backbone. Finish is kind of flat. Nice try, but not close.

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