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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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
BVery (7387) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 6, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2013 Tap at Happy Gnome. Amber pour with a small head. Slightly sour nose, hits pretty flat and watery on the palate. Kind of a poorly executed sour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
unclemike (2403) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - JUN 5, 2013
The nose is lightly fruity with some cherry and wood, some clean malt and very light yeast and hops. The flavor is nice and balanced. An amber ale with a lightly tart fruity finish. Clean and balanced

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
douglas88 (6713) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 3, 2013
On tap at Vino Rosso. Pours a mostly clear red color with a medium white head. A big sour nose with cherries and wood. The flavor was sour cherries, some sawdust, Brett, light tartness, not really acidic, but fruity and tart. I liked it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jcnielsen (2400) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAY 23, 2013
Bottle. Pours a reddish color with white head. Tart cherry, white wine, light vinegar aromas. Sediment, light barnyard flavors. Hmm, not great. Not worth the $12 or whatever I paid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beernovice39 (3223) - Montana, USA - MAY 21, 2013
On tap at the brewery. Deep orange to red with a white top. Yeasty tart nose. Taste Is sweet and only a hint of tartness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
deyholla (7484) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 18, 2012
Bottle thanks to Scott. Pours a cloudy amber with a tan head that dissipates quickly to the edges. Aroma has a good amount of sweet grain with a backing tart red fruit note. Flavor begins a bit thin with a growing sweet grain and tart red fruit.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
oldrtybastrd (3222) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 10, 2010
Deep reddish-brown colour, slight malt feel to it, acidic and sour, rather like that of a lambic, not much of a head on it, fruit flavours linger.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 12, 2009
Pours brown with a wit white head. Smells of residual sugar, some dry malt, tarte cherries. Tastes tarte and dry with some residual sugar and an acidic vinegar tartness on the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fonefan (37269) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUL 9, 2009
Bottle 100cl. @ Papsoes blindtasting. [ Bottle #1. ]
Unclear with medium body particles, medium orange amber color with a average, frothy to creamy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, fruity - beery notes ala strawberry, wood, oak, light to moderate yeasty, barnyard. Flavor is moderate sweet and light acidic with a average to long duration, and peppery notes. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20090501]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 15, 2009
Bottle sampled on 2/1/08: Pours a transparent copper orange with a large, frothy pillowy light tan head. Aroma of slightly tart semi-sweet caramel malt with some funky brett. Starts mildly sweet and tart with some muddled drier brett flavor and toasted caramel malt. Finishes earthy and chewy. Needs some more tartness for balance.

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