GarrettB (1391) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 3, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
October 6th, 2012 - O’Dell’s tall bottles never disappoint, and they are the singular most important line of brews I miss now that I am far and away from Colorado. Every time I’m home visiting for the holidays, I invest both time and money securing whatever liquid luxury O’Dell is pumping into its 750ml bottles that month, and for the Fall of 2012 I was staring down the neck of a sour brew: The Meddler Oud Bruin. Touting itself as a blend of seven generations of sour ale all mixed together, there was no doubt that painstaking effort and likely a great deal of pride were crammed in here along the beer, and I was eager to begin my review. I’m working with a dim, ambient room light, but there’s a depth and darkness to this brew that makes me think’s a shade more brunette than a simple brown, with pearls of carbonation poured on top to put about an inch of foam between the brew and my nose. There (that is to say, the nostrils and therein) I find a rich, satisfying peal of sour smells, beginning with the high, pinching scent of fresh lemon zest, the mellower acidic tang of orange juice, the sweeter side of a tart cranberry, and even a little bit of lime: a whole cohort of good-for-you fruits packed into the bouquet, and bolstered by a lighter smell of sweet cream, and all of it light and spritely. A light, loose palate delivers a spark of lime juice and that same sour profile found in the nose, and then transitions to a slower, more savory set of flavors including basil, and thyme. These linger in a sour, acidic melange, which is mild enough to give the beer that citrus coating, but not so much that it’s like licking a 9-volt battery. Not to sweet, but just toothsome enough, with a citrus start and an herbal aftertaste, this is a unique, delicious sour beer that was well worth the pilgrimage back to Colorado.
persevereinbeer (2) - Idaho, USA - MAY 22, 2014 does not count
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bottle, no date. As somebody else mentioned, HUGE cork pop, telling of its high carbonation. Initial half finger head and good lacing seem above average per the sours ales I’ve had, but I’ve only just started seeing them with any regularity in the last few months or so, so take all this with a grain of salt...
First nose from the bottle is definite creamy lacto and hints of some indistinguishable sour fruit. I need to develop my sour palate further. For science. Really opens up on the pour though, to wonderful caramel notes and balanced sour plum/raisin aromas. Just a hint of cocoa, but that may be me projecting on it’s darkness.
Rich mahogany color with as previously mentioned half finger head that doesn’t sit too long with a careful pour. Retains great lacing and a lasting film of bubbles. It reminds me a little of a science experiment in the best way.
Taste begins with hints of white wine, slightly green apple on the back of the throat. Not like acetyl to me but if it is then I guess I approve? Mouth watering sour beats out the dryness. Transforms quickly into creamy/oaky plum and peach while preserving the sour feel and aftertaste. Some bitterness accompanies the dryness, but it’s interesting and doesn’t detract from the beer, but again, I’m no expert on the style.
One of my new favorites.
fiercepanda (615) - Missouri, USA - MAY 1, 2014
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A dark cider colored beer. The aroma is estery and sour. The flavor is all sour fruits.
hopscotch (10532) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 31, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle… Cloudy brown ale with a mid-sized, creamy, mushroom-colored head. The aromatics supply gobs of caramel, singed sugar cookies and loads of fruity cherries. Medium-bodied with intense, airy carbonation. The flavor is fruity and super tart, but not sour. There is also an undercurrent of caramel. Lengthy, tangy and lightly bitter finish. Bottle courtesy of biggsbowler!
boisebeerguy (175) - boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 15, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Out of bottle. Sourness is not as present with the age. But still good. Rather drink a petrus though
AdamChandler (4265) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 1, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very fig coloured. nice head. huge cork pop…almost overflowed. Nice Oud Bruin. Like tons of cherry and figs and peaches. very oaky. Yeah, this is quite nice. very tart. Great beer sadly, not my style but, to style very nice
brystmar (1314) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 2, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy brown, tons of tan head and lace. Thick and frothy like after a raunchy Santorum. My glass is absolutely filthy after a few sips. Gorgeous.
Nicely blended, plenty of oak and fruits, relatively straightforward. Dark cherries. Solid.
DoublEE (782) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - OCT 9, 2013
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Flavor is definately more sour than roasty. It has a nice lightly toasted malty base but the yeast is really the star. Great sour/tart flavor and good balance keeps it from being overpowering.
merc7186 (2859) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 7, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A: Brownish/Reddish Hue, Passes Mild Light, White Head, Some Lacing
S: Dark Cherry, Red Plum, Mild Lacto
T: Red Plum, Cherry, Lacto Acid, Mild Sweet Bread
M: Decent Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Mildly Sour, Mildly Tart
Overall, a really nice easy drinking oud bruin...solid flavors and totally great sour.
devman171 (1221) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - SEP 23, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours brownish red with nice bubbly tan head. Aroma is dark fruits and tart, taste is similar with a nice dry tart finish. nice sour!