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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.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fonefan (34777) - 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]

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (31020) - 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.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ungstrup (29224) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Papsoe (25088) - Frederiksberg, 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

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
joergen (20662) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theis (13373) - 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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bu11zeye (11940) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 17, 2007
(1L Bottle) Pours an amber brown body with a spare white head. Aroma of sour cherry, old shoe, oak, and plastic. Flavor of caramel, toffee, sour, and chocolate with a somewhat sticky finish.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Travlr (11146) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 14, 2013
Bottle at maniac’s, courtesy of manic. Giant fliptop bottle with imadvisable and inconvenient wax. Aroma of plums, light raisins, subtle fruit. Taste is softly sour fruit. Simple.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (11079) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 19, 2007
on tap-pours a light tan head and amber color. Aroma is dark/medium malt. Taste is dark/medium malt, vinuous/fruity, vinegar, yeast-clove, secondary earthy hops/interesting. OK carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (10950) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 9, 2013
Capped 750 from Wine & Cheese in Clayton, MO. Pours hazy ruddy copper with a foamy light beige head. Aroma is rather red berry. Med + body. Flavor is caramel, red berry and banana ester? Strange. It’s more sweet than sour? I am so conflicted. Well, it is what it is, and I’m not getting a lout of sour here. The malt seems to have managed to stick around. Otherwise, it is actually a fairly tasty ale. Maybe it needs to age for 10 years?


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