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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KimJohansen (10350) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - JUN 2, 2009
Clear amber with a medium beige head. Sweet and mild sourish fruity aroma with caramel notes. Flavour had berries, mild lacto, caramel and woody notes. Finished mild sourish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Papsoe (25079) - Lyserødovre, DENMARK - MAY 12, 2009
Bottle 100 cl. Courtesy of Skyview. Pours an almost clear amber golden with an off-white head. Lightly tart woody nose. Fairly light body with a vague tartness, woody accents and a dry lightly bitter finish. Extreme gusher. 010509

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theis (13864) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 5, 2009
#01 - Amerikaner Blind-Smagning 01-Maj-2009 hos Papsoe. Cloudy red/amber - offwhite head. Light sourness, caramel, fruity, berries, soapy, light bitterness, tart, brown sugar, light light brett notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ungstrup (29950) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAY 3, 2009
Bottled.An amber beer with a thin light tan head. The aroma is sweet with a light tart note and notes of fruit and berries. The flavor is sweet and tart with notes of berries - especially raspberries, leading to a lightly tart finish. The body is a bit thin.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Pinball (10962) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 2, 2009
#1 at papsø’s blind tasting appears clear brown, small white head. aroma is mild, not much going on. flavor is slightly sour, malts, very slightly citrussy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
joergen (21730) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 2, 2009
Bottle #1 at Papsø’s blindtasting. Cloudy orange red coloured with a medium sized off white head. Fruity aroma of caramel and berries with notes of spices and brett. Fruity flavour of caramel and spices with notes of berries and brett. Fruity and warming alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Grovlam (4157) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 2, 2009
# 1 Bottle. [Papsoe grand American tasting] Small fizzy beige head that mostly diminished. Spare display of lacework. Light cloudy amber color with particles in flow. Mild toasted malt, hint of grain, fruity and some light sour notes. Over the palate came toasted sour fruity notes with mild wood like dryness. Medium boded with a soft carbonation and light dry texture. Moderated sweet malty flavor, mild acidic. Strong malty lingering finish with mild undertone of sourness. 7 / 3 / 7 / 3 / 13 = 3.3

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (32981) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAY 2, 2009
From bottle, Papsoes blindtasting #1. Pours cloudy orange to hazzlenut brown with a small white head. Mild fruity, light yeasty and roasted caramel malt aroma. Mild fruity, light acidic touch. High carbonation. Vague caramelish. Bitter and mild citric flavoured finish, vague throat burn. Light infection like note.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
timmy300 (203) - bloomington, Illinois, USA - JAN 18, 2009
not a ton of sourness, this was quite an interesting beer, and it was a gusher when i popped the bottle. wine like flavors and then i get a little lost.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - SEP 30, 2008
1L impenetrable swingtop, courtesy of acrdz. Thanks, Mike! Pours a slightly hazy, orange-amber color; off-white head with patchy lacing. Basic cherry syrup, medicinal notes, and red fruits in the aroma; flabby, with a touch of balsamic. Medium mouthfeel: relaxed carbonation; chewy red fruits and overripe cherries, cough syrup (light), and very small amounts of tannins and acidity; flabby, basic presentation; not very good, not tart at all, and bland overall; touches of band-aid and very light vinegar. Medium finish: chewy red fruits and basic toastiness; balanced.

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