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RATINGS: 155   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 267   ABV: 8.9%
Inspired by a resurrected style from the Flemish region of Belgium, The Meddler Oud Bruin is a blend of several generations of brown ales that were barrel aged for over 18 months. Wild yeasts, Lactobacillus, and Brettanomyces meddle with the beer creating complexity and depth of flavor. Intricate, yet balanced, The Meddler has an 8.9% ABV.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (4152) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 31, 2012
A steady pour into my Bruery tulip produces a three finger thick, light amber tinged, dark tan colored head. The beer is a dark brown color that shows a brilliantly clear, concentrated ruby hue when held up to the light. The nose has a sharp acidity to it that is influenced by acetic acid, though this is just about at the right level (meaning fairly low). A deep inspection yields a toasted, dusty, somewhat musty, definitely nutty, and even a touch roasted, malt character. The acidity mixes in with, and accentuates a light fruitiness that leans towards cherries and currants.

Lightly tart tasting from the beginning, through to the finish where it accentuates a hint of roasted, astringent, toasted malt character. Mostly lactic in its sourness, but it has a definite acetic edge to it that adds some spiciness. The finish has a soft nuttiness to it before the hint of roast kicks in. As the beer warms up a bit it starts to pick up some soft malt, caramelized sweetness, which goes a long way towards adding some needed balance to this beer. The body is somewhat light, quite quaffable, though it does have some viscosity to it.

Not bad, enjoyable even, quite clean, and well fermented; my big complaint is that the beer doesn’t have much complexity. It could use a richer malt base, somehow this comes off a bit wan somehow, or it could be more expressive in its wild fermentation character; this is mostly tart, and could certainly use some more earthiness and funkiness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
garmonbozia (429) - Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA - DEC 22, 2012
Bottle from Wine and Cheese Place. Beautiful brown color with great carbonation. Taste was tons of sourness and bready notes. It has a balsamic taste too which is awesome in my opinion. Cranberry’s were present with malt. This beer really surprised me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
poisoneddwarf (2297) - Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, USA - DEC 16, 2012
750 ml corked and caged bottle. Pours dark brown with a medium beige head that falls into a blanket of foam after a minute. Aroma is extremely woody with notes of caramel and vanilla; has an undercurrent of dark fruits and barnyard funk. Taste is sweet and tart, but not mouth-puckering--it’s more reminiscent of Duchesse De Bourgogne than something like La Folie; finishes dry. Mouthfeel is a little on the foamy side with a full body. I like it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gription79 (2839) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - DEC 13, 2012
Thanks Craig. Poured from a 750ml bottle. There were notes that were fruity, toasted malt, caramel, tart, cherry. I found this to be very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
portableparty (2293) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 11, 2012
750 ml. bottle to snifter. Pours brown with a tight foamy khaki head that slowly fades to a film. Aroma has a really nice sourness and tart scent along with some wine and funky malt. Taste is again smooth sourness and hints of wine and wet corks, plum and cherry with a malt backbone that has a hint of faded tootsie roll. Palate has a good lively fizz and finishes tart and dry. This is fantastic!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
crossovert (11424) - Illinois, USA - DEC 6, 2012
A decent one. Carmally and stronger than the norm. Carmal up front and a nice sourness on the back end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ads135 (4254) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - DEC 4, 2012
Not at all like the Oud Bruins I’ve had before, but better than all of them. This beers most prominent characteristic is its sourness, but this isn’t a one trick pony. Malty and dark with a balancing brown sugar sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (9231) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 3, 2012
Bottle shared by bhensonb. Pours cola with a thin but attractive beige head and a sour fruit aroma. There is a very brown flavor that is a bit more hearty than most of the oud bruins, but there is a tasty subtle sourness that seems quite authentic and a pleasant oaky finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (14172) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 3, 2012
Bomber from Wine & Cheese in Clayton, MO. Pours cola color with a slight beige head. Sturdy sour aroma. Med body. Flavor is woody, winey and sour. Maybe a little hint of chocolate. Finishes very, very laid back and tasty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerdrinker79 (2047) - Idaho, USA - NOV 30, 2012
750 ml. bottle- Pours a very hazy dark brown to red with a light tan two finger head that slowly reduces. Aroma is tart and funky, the kind of funk I have been looking for all my life! I don’t even know what that means, but this is good, aromas of dark fruits like plums and cherries. The taste is dark fruits too, cherry, plum, figs, moderately tart, almost overripe fruits though. Dig the complexity, the Flemish tribute, have had better, but this is definitely the best of the night, maybe even the week!

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