kramer (4380) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 18, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Pours a clear dark ruby body with a nice frothy beige head that left some nice sticky lacing. The nose is a mix of sweet caramel, oak, tart cherry fruitiness, and a touch of vinegar. The flavor is pretty weak, thereís not much intensity to it, making it seem a bit watery. Some light cherry like tartness, some minimal light vinegar, a bit of woodiness on the back end. Finishes with a bit of a wet cereal grain note. The lightness of flavor makes it pretty easy drinking, but Iíd like a little more body. Light bodied with soft gentle carbonation. Not sure I care for this one all that much, it needs a bit more of an edge.
Earlier Rating: 12/12/2007 Total Score: 3.5
11.2 oz bottle, via jbrus. Pours a dark garnet body under a very fizzy off-white head that faded to a whispy partial covering quickly. Nice tart and slightly sour nose with a hint of balsamic vinegar. Cherry skins, light oak, and dark fruits round it out. The flavor is lightly acidic with an herbal component, kinda like the aftertaste of spaghetti sauce. Just lightly sour with some oak tannins, sour cherry, and almond on the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a slight stickiness and a little dryness on the finish. Overall, this was decent, kinda what I expect from these middle of the road slightly obscure Oud Bruins.
harrymel (930) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 20, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Best by: 07NOV15
A: pours a treated dark rawhide color with a 1.5 finger peanut head which falls in a couple minutes to a capped sheet. Cobweb lace. Good border clarity.
S: Dark cherries, strawberries, lemon, leather, mineral hints, plenty of woody oak. A little bit of sweetness, pretty for the style.
T: much sweeter than I had imagined. A medicinal cherry flavor is dominant with oak, tannins and bitters bringing up the back end. On the finish I get a hint of band-aid mixed with nougat. The acetyl aspect of this beer is limited; so much so I with there was more vinegar in this one.
M: Medium on heavy with moderate and spritely carbonation. Semidry and smooth finish.
O: Not a bad beer, would be interested to see if it gets more sour with time. Itís not a bad beer by any means, the flavor has some off-tones and thatís my primary complaint - itís in the finish that Iím put off.
Serving type: bottle
Ferris (1310) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 20, 2013
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle - Vintage 2012 - Red wine and barrel notes, sour funk and a bit of berry. Cloudy maroon with a rich beige head. Front end sourness that masks lots of flavor, cherries and a bit of oak come up after finishing sweet and sour. Flavors are a bit muddy, I have seen much better versions of a Flemish.
bytemesis (2177) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - DEC 10, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at the birch. Pours deep clear ruby, large tan creamy head, nice lacing. Aroma is funk, wood, cherry. Flavor follows, medium sweet, light tart, bit of funk, tons of wood, fruity, oranges. Medium body. Interesting, but too sweet.
after4ever (5740) - Brier, Washington, USA - DEC 9, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750, corked and baled. Pours a very dark rubied ebony with a dense and creamy tan head that sticks around and leaves lots of lace. Mild balsamic, brown sugar, and cherries on the nose. Creamy medium body with lively carb. Balsamic, cherries, and molasses on the mid palate; fairly mild. Soft finish.
Lectvay (16) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 9, 2013
2.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Labeled as Strubbeís Grand Cru, in the December Rare Beer Club shipment, which is disappointing, since this is not rare and not all that great. Very faintly sour, a little sweet with a fruity, cherry flavor. Nothing unpleasant about it, but kind of lackluster.
JDBaker11058 (1070) - Maryland, USA - DEC 7, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: dark purple with a short, fizzy, slightly bubbly head; not terribly much to look at. Aroma: nice sour nose of light balsamic vinegar and stone fruit, over a base of brown sugary malts. Taste: not nearly as sour as the nose indicates; rather, this is all about the fruit--lots of cherry, raspberry, plums, red and green apples, and some red grape juice. Finish: lingering slight fruity/cola sweetness, with decent carbonation prickles and just enough sourness to scrub the palate. Notes: This was lightly, delicately sour rather than the in-your-face sourness of, say, a Rodenbach. This beer was all about the fruit. It was more like a less tart lambic mixed with a less sour Bourgnone. It was a nice change of pace from the traditional sours Iíve had recently; alternatively, it would be a nice intro to the style for someone with little to no experience with sours. ME LIKEY. Bottle from the Rare Beer Club under the Strubbeís Grand Cru aka.
camborne (594) - Hopkins, Minnesota, USA - NOV 30, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Has decent funky sour nose. Palate is not very sour. Was really surprised how tame this one is. Dark fruit does add nice flavor profile.
Renobob (74) - - NOV 21, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Voilà une vieille brune qui vaut le détour ! Un équilibre quasi-parfait pour une dégustation agréable en tout point.
DrnkMcDermott (2718) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - NOV 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Purchased at Binnyís, May 2010. Everyoneís hosting sour beer events in advance of FoBAB, so Iím having one, too. With a soft French triple cream brie. Opened carefully since so many of my re-fermented beers have gushered, I instead get a happy "psssht!" and a deep, reddish-brown pours with a short, bubbly head. Smell is a little light in sourness. Probably a good thing, because my mind reaches to recall dirty gym towels for comparison. Luckily the taste helps drive that impression away. The usual tartness of sour cherries, but not very strong. Goes great with the last rinds of my cheese. In fact, after a bite of cheese, the beer seems sweeter. Alcohol is present, and of course itís a little gassy. With all the strong flavors here, I canít decided I taste the oak or not. Iíll just say being in a barrel gave it its own population of bugs for sourness.
Danyel (336) - Colorado, USA - NOV 6, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours red with white minimal white head. Smells oaky, raisins, slight sourness. Has an interesting sweet and sour thing going on in the taste. Really sweet, I wish it had a little more balance with something because the flavors it does have are very good...just need something else to balance them. Overall, an okay beer- needs a little work to be great.