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RATINGS: 115   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.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
LtDan (1796) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
scooterbub (874) - Lander, Wyoming, USA - JUL 7, 2013
25.4 ounce bottle. Pours a golden amber with a thin light tan head. Taste is of fruit, yeast, malt, spice, caramel and some hops. Similar, but cleaner aroma. Has a decent, sticky body. The finish is sour, a bit warming and of spice. Improves a bit as it warms, more sourness, fruit and spice comes through. Not bad.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ajnepple (2566) - Conifer, Colorado, USA - JUL 6, 2013
22 oz bomber. Red with minimal white head. Yeasty estery aroma and flavor. Medium body with soft carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbill (3542) - Laurel, New York, USA - JUL 5, 2013
On draught at the brewery. Arrived a clear red with a moderate linen white head that lasted through the first quarter of the glass and left no lace. Pleasant aroma of malt with raisin and honey. The flavor is malt and mild fruity Belgian yeast. Nice caramel silkiness to the mouthfeel. Very mild bitterness at the finish. Medium bodied.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Scopey (7455) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 5, 2013
2013 bottle at Octobachi, Charleston. It pours cloudy red-brown with a small beige head. The nose is red berry, tanginess, mild vinegar, sweet red grape, jam and sour wood. The taste is smooth, dark fruit, dried berry, faint sourness, damp wood, brown sugar and earth with a dry finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Perhaps more on the sweet side than sour.... Tasted fine with spicy food, but on its on so-so.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cards04 (1848) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JUL 4, 2013
Nice reddish brown pour. Sour cherries and oak on th nose. Some dark fruit too. A bit watery, but not bad.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
poisoneddwarf (1767) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - JUL 4, 2013
750 ml bottle with a mean-ass ugly-looking bear on the label. Bottled on 4/1/13; a little over three months old. Pours cloudy brown to burnt orange with a collapsing beige head; falls into a ring of big-bubbly foam. Aroma consists of vinegar, Brett, clove, wood. Smells really nice; I’m surprised at the low scores for this. Tastes good, too. Taste is lightly sweet and sour (4/10 on a sour scale). Along with the yeast and bacteria flavors, I get caramel, dark fruit. Body is medium, texture a little watery. Although I prefer my sours much more sour than this, it’s not too bad. It is thirst-quenching, as the label denotes.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
illidurit (2175) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUL 2, 2013
On tap at TAPS in Petaluma. Pours copper with very little head. Aroma is sweet artificial strawberries with a tart lactic tinge. Flavor is devoid of any tartness, rather it’s basically lactose and fruit juice. Some bready malt backbone to it as well. Misses the mark by a lot.

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 6/20
brokensail (11613) - Orange County, California, USA - JUN 30, 2013
Stone Sour Fest 2013. Murky amber pour with an off-white head. Nose is onion, banana, and metal up front. Oak, some grass, and really no acidic or acetic qualities. Some sweet caramel is present. The flavor is just as unpleasant. Heavy on the onion and banana notes. Sweet caramel, metal, oak, and some vegetables.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
onceblind (4670) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 27, 2013
At Avery Sour Ale Fest 2013. Hazy dark copper with a fast-dissipating white head. Aroma of sour earthy caramel yeast with a bit of a metallic tone. Flavor is rustic with earthy toffee and funky barrel notes as well as a bit of leather and earthy malt.


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