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RATINGS: 118   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.96/5   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
stevoj (4015) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
doublebock (556) - California, USA - AUG 24, 2013
Appearance: Light brown and orange with thin white head Aroma: Yeasty with banana Taste: Grassy with hints of orange. No soutness whatsoever and no maltiness of Old Bruin. More like a hefeweizen Overall: Qiite disappointing. Grand Teton does some great interpretations of styles like its Doublebock buy this sour was unfortunately a fail

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - AUG 16, 2013
On tap. Hazy light brown with almost no head. Sweet caramel and lightly tart fruit aroma and taste with a bright palate. Fairly one dimensional.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RobertDale (5518) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - AUG 12, 2013
750 ml. bottle. Pours a golden brown with a decent biege head. Aroma of malt, fruit, yeast, and caramel. Taste is malt, dark fruit, yeast, caramel, and wood. Interesting stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
zickbeer_ye (441) - 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 (2161) - 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 (1575) - 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 (3747) - 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 (224) - Washington, USA - 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 (2044) - 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.

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