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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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 1, 2007
Clear reddish amber body with a small off-white head. Sweet cherry aroma with some light sour and caramel. Sweet caramel flavor with some light cherry and a tart ending.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
krumbum (523) - truckee, California, USA - JUN 17, 2013
It looks a fine wood, It smells like a fine wood and it tastes like a fine wood. Like a deep mahogany, delicious flavors, I wish there was a bit more sour to its power but the taste that was there was delicious.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbill (3509) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tejas (874) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 7, 2007
Sampled at the brewey tasting room. Light brown with a good light tan head. Sweet fruity aroma. I typically don’t go for these types because they’re just to darn sweet for me but this was very good and at only 6% makes it an easy drinker. Wish I had of bought the big bottle

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kinz (3347) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUN 29, 2007
Last sampel courtesy of maniac in my echo of the RBSG 07. Medium amber. Still some decent carbonation. Great nose of sour cherry and bitter almond with a touch of brett. Flavor unfortunately is considerably more muted, with almost hefe like flavors of clove and banana dominating, with no real sourness. Great nose, too bad the flavor wasn’t anything like it. I probably should have put the aroma at a 9 and the flavor at a 6, but you get the idea.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
decaturstevo (5198) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
douglas88 (6250) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
poisoneddwarf (1744) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (11173) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TURDFERGUSON (3963) - 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.


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