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RATINGS: 150   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 14, 2013
Gigantic thanks to Brett for hooking me up with this one! Dark plum/sepia color with vivacious white head that dissipates quickly but with good lacing. Nose and flavor bring, delightfully, present but low acetic acid, some lovely wild blackberry and raspberry character (not jam, but earthy and freshly picked), as well as tart cherry, pomegranate, greek yogurt, lactic tang, and hints of unripe plum. The booze is there on the palate, but it fits, and the carbonation is strong. Very solid.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
budznsudz (582) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - APR 12, 2013
Pours dark brown with a thick off white head. Aroma is sour apple and pear, vinegar, and red wine. Taste is tart and earthy with hints of sour fruit and caramel. Smooth but bubbly on the palate. Refreshing and intriguing.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
camborne (656) - Hopkins, Minnesota, USA - APR 4, 2013
Sour fruit nose. Very unique color, palate was sweet with sour finish. Sour cherry was predominate

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ryborne (53) - - APR 4, 2013
Hits like a sour fizzy glass of merlot, but gets tamer as you go on. sourness is beaten by the intense wine flavor.prefect carbonation and great flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BVery (9387) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - MAR 26, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2013 Tap at Pracna. This must just hit me in the right spot, but I’m absolutely loving this. Dark pour with a creamy sticky head. Sour and tart cherry, chocolate, slight caramel malt. Soooo good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TSJ4000 (3) - Iowa, USA - MAR 8, 2013 does not count
Yo! Meddler is a great American version of a Old Brune from Belgium. Although a lot of sours get their heads chopped off this one had not enough head for me. It wasn’t overly sour on the palate and the wood was well balanced with the dark ale. I let this come to room temperature and it drank much better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wedgie9 (2595) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 4, 2013
Tasted on 3/4/13 from a corked and caged 750mL bottle purchased at Sun Devil. Pours very dark brown with a thick tan head that slowly recedes to average lace, leaving messy lace residue along the inside of the glass. The nose is nice chocolate and caramel malt with a nice sour note underlying. The flavor is more sour than the nose, with plenty of bready caramel and dusty chocolate malt. The body is medium with lively, stinging carbonation, and a long sour and chocolate malt finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jgentgesdo (692) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 2, 2013
Pours deep translucent brown with a medium tan head that lasts well. Nose is very complicated. Sour cherries, cream, Stiltson. A bit of sweatsock in a good way. There is a bit of stalish allspice. Flavor is perfectly balanced between sweet and sour. Nice, slightly chalky mouthfeel. Buy this and drink it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
smith4498 (3500) - Miami, Florida, USA - MAR 2, 2013
Bottle from a trade with cbkschubert. Pours cloudy brown color with tan head. Aromas of sour cherries and oak. Tart cherry and vinegar flavors with some woody notes. Medium body with average carbonation. A nice oud bruin.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
M82 (469) - Kansas, USA - FEB 23, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2013
Served at 45º and warming into 13.25oz Stölzle Berlin
The tartness on this seems to have grown quite a bit for just nine months (cellared at 55-65º); lemons and oak tannins now reign supreme over the red and green apple bite, coffee cake, and cherries with little else able to show through; this bottle has also become a slow gusher despite being refrigerated for several days before opening, popping the bottle stopper multiple times before I finally gave up and let it be free; I preferred this one fresh (and left the fresh rating), but still enjoyed the oak characteristics and brawny tartness which seems to have approached gueuze level sourness; we’ll see what happens with my last bottle in 2016…

Notes from Dec 2012
Hazed pecan body with 1.5 fingers of desaturated khaki head. Peninsulas and polka dots of lacing. Nose is sour green and red apples transitioning into sour cherries, smooth mint bursts, pecan pie, coffee cake, soft chocolate, silky oak, and brown sugar all layered together flawlessly. Tartness mingles with sweetness on a medium body with solid carbonation. Very good.

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