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RATINGS: 113   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.


2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
puzzl (3249) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 13, 2008
Bottle shared by PilsnerPeter. Well, at first the aroma of this was pretty nice, a light vinegary sour pretty close the style. But after only 30 minutes of breathing this smells certifiably rotten. The taste is far worse, at once extremely thin while being loaded with cardboard, oil, chili peppers, trash. Yuck. Really hard to drink. It’s a shame, they clearly put a lot of effort into this beer, but man is this a disaster.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
decaturstevo (4920) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - MAY 3, 2008
A sample at the sexual chocolate tasting. Slightly hazed orange pour with off white head and lace. Aroma of spiced malt. A flavor of Belgian yeast and some fruitiness. Carbonation is ok for the style. Overall a very good drinker.

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 31, 2008
Foam Rangers tasting. Dark brown pour with nose of cherries, wood, caramel malts and toffee. Flavor is rather boring, which is too bad considering the nose. Rather thin and uninviting.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 25, 2008
The Dan Journal #156. Tasted 3/24/08. Wax dipped swing top. Slightly thin and watery. Odd meldnigincluding the "black out" middle. Caramel and burnt coffee. Sugary. Tight lingering effervescence. Meh...

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
swanmann (589) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 12, 2008
This had been sitting in a corner in the garage for around 8 months. Very particulate mahogany color with mellow tan head. Aroma of warm dark fruits, plums, cranberries. I can only assume the flavor had mellowed, because I tasted a sweet, smooth, not quite winey beer. Definitely allow to come to temperature.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerdedone (2584) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2008
Bottle. Pours a reddish brown with a nice off-white head. Aroma of tart cherries, oak, caramel, and a hint of toffee. Flavor is caramel, light fruit, sourness, and some notes of toffee with a medium body and a tart fruity finish. A decent sour ale.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TURDFERGUSON (3943) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 3, 2008
Bottle shared by a mystery person at the pre-sex gathering. Appearance is a cloudy orange amber with lots of yeast floating around. Aroma is slightly bready and yeasty with a bit of tartness. Flavor has a bit of tartness, some citrus, wood, and light malt. Pretty nice and smooth overall. Unlike most raters here, I thought this was pretty good.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Aubrey (3430) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JAN 27, 2008
Red-amber color; floaties from bottle conditioning; big, lofty head. Mouthfeel was light and fluffy; mildish carbonation. Malts provided some flavors of brown sugar and toast, but overall I found them to be kind of weak. I didn’t notice much sourness, unlike some others. Yeast flavors were thin. Bitterness was weak. Overall, I thought the beer was decent to drink, but it kind of bored me rather quickly.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
EithCubes (4724) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 26, 2008
Big one-liter via a special shipment from jake65 - thanks! Gold-waxed swing-top. Strongly sour and acrid pour, and an excitable pour at that, with a difficult-to-open bottle. Some grapey/vinous notes and touch of vinegar. Burgundy-brown body, dim with a large, rocky, beige/off-beige head. Taste is aggressive but not as sour as expected. Vanilla and meringue but no bread, rather a dominant doughy/yeasty undercooked-croissant tone with a little macro-grain and -metal. A touch of raspberry, wood, and nutmeggy spiciness. Light bitterness, light sweetness, and absolutely no tart. Mf is really, really soft (a tad flat), and the body medium / light. This suffers a bit from its categorization; it’s a poor rendition of an oud bruin, but, as others have hinted below, would probably fare better - at least psychologically - if lumped in with the ambers or tamer abbey ales.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Headbanger (3230) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 10, 2008
1L waxed bottle(10/07)-A cloudy amber with a nice huge off white head. Taste of sourness, belgian yeast, and some slight malt. Nice brew.


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