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RATINGS: 114   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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
zickbeer_ye (274) - Virginia, USA - AUG 5, 2013
Some berries malts and caramel. Slight off white head and rusty brownish red body. Malts, berries, slight caramel some alc notes. Crisp and carbonated on the palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Emeister84 (985) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - AUG 5, 2013
Aromas of caramel and nutty malts, with mild dried fruit. Hazy amber with a quickly fading beige head. Dry, fruity, earthy, and sour. Light-medium bodied, well carbonated, and finishes with lingering earthy tartness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ApisAles (1576) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - JUL 31, 2013
Props to anyone trying to make an oud bruin, but this one falls a bit short. Thin sweet malty character with little to no sourness. Maybe since I had it on tap it was still a bit young, but overall pretty underwhelming.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tmoreau (2424) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JUL 30, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2013 On tap and snifter served at Lunar Brewing Co., displaying a clear & bright, ruby highlighted, mahogany hue, with a quickly diminishing, off white head, and maybe a few spots & streaks of lacing. The aroma was sweetness, fruit as berries and dark cherry, and some tartness. A hint of vinegar was also noticeable as the beer warmed. The flavor offered low hop bitterness, esters that were not as expressive as the nose, not very lively carbonation, and a little less than medium body that seemed to thin out a little to expose some watery texture. Not bad, but somewhat disappointing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
penstemon (127) - - JUL 30, 2013
Orange-mahogany with a light tan head. No residual lacing. Aroma of yeast, bread, musty and woody, very slight tart dried cherry. Taste of brown bread/molasses, yeast, dried fruits, musty woody spice reminiscent of wild ginger (Asarum caudatum). Doesn’t have the characteristic tartness I was expecting. More of a generic dark Belgian and tasty enough for that, but disappointing in comparison to the bottle’s description.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
TheHOFF43 (1751) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - JUL 27, 2013
Sample at APN. Pour is unclear red, some sour cherry but not very good at all. Not even sure this is really a sour, just not very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
vyvvy (3989) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUL 24, 2013
Pours hazy reddish brown with a small light tan head. The aroma has cream, some fruitiness, earthy yeast, caramel and toffee. It has a medium / full body that’s a bit rich then has some huskiness and light carbonation. The flavor starts out with spice, plums, caramel, berries and an overall watery aspect to everything. The finish has a tinny sourness, metallic aspects and earthiness. This is okay, but not sure what style it’s trying to be. Sure doesn’t taste like the description on the bottle.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
gramity (1307) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 22, 2013
Amber pour with a small head. Slightly sour nose, hits pretty flat and watery on the palate. Kind of a poorly executed sour.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
madvike (2729) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 17, 2013
Bottle - Pours copper amber with a thin foamy tan head. Nose is baking spice, dry bready malt, and not really any fruit. Taste is lots of baking spice, a touch of cherry, and some lightly sour bready malt. No tartness to speak of. High carbonation and a little slick. Pretty bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
LtDan (1784) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JUL 7, 2013
Appearance: Pours a dark amber with no head. Not on the pour or after a gentle swirl around the glass.

Aroma: Cocoa powder, sweet cherry, Mountain Berry Kool-Aid.

Taste: Milk chocolate covered strawberry and a touch of oak. Faintly tart from that strawberry note, and I’m being generous. No signs of beer bugs, tartness or sourness.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with average carbonation.

Overall: I was looking forward to a puckering adventure, and was disappointed This beer is not sour or tart in the least, which made me sad. With all that said, the beer in my glass was tasty, and there is a chance this beer blossoms into what was advertised.

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