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Odell The Meddler Oud Bruin

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RATINGS: 132   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tderoeck (6906) - Gent, BELGIUM - JAN 31, 2013
19/I/13 - 75cl bottle @ RBBWG 2013 - BB: n/a (2013-38) Thanks to Travlr for sharing the bottle!

Bit cloudy, red brown beer, small beige to off-white head, unstable, bit adhesive. Aroma: dusty, caramel, some vanilla, bit fruity, grains, bit sugary. MF: ok carbon, medium body. Taste: sour, lactic, red fruits, citrus, bitter, tobacco, earthy, wood. Aftertaste: red fruits, overripe fruits, some vanilla, hint of caramel, sour touch as well and a little hoppy. Now that’s more like it!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12367) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 29, 2013
(Draught and 750ml bottle) Pours a cloudy dark brown body with a small off-white head. Aroma of cherry, chocolate, raisins, toffee, and vanilla. Flavor of chocolate, cherry, lacto, dates, brett, and oak.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Nuffield (3912) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 27, 2013
I love sours but I found this one out of balance and not so enjoyable. Lots of lactic sourness and acidity, with plenty of wood and some cherry fruit. It revealed some levels while it warmed but the sour was too lactic for me. Bottle.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
brucebruce81 (318) - Wyoming, USA - JAN 23, 2013
This beer is ok it has that wild yeast off flavor much like a lambic it was a very sour finish to it

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Martinus (4282) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - JAN 22, 2013
Brown colour, slightly hazy, off-white head. Aroma of wyeast brett, caramel and red fruit. Sweet flavour, sour touch, fruits and prunes. Finish caramel, sour fruits, funk and malts.
Not really an Belgian Oud Bruin, but it does have some similarities. Not bad though, not bad at all.
(From 75cL bottle @ RBBWG II, 2013. Courtesy of Travlr. Thanks for sharing, Gene!)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
freeofthoughts (688) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - JAN 20, 2013
Pours dark brown with some beigeish head. The aroma is dense sour vinegar and Belgian yeasts with some lightly toasted grain. The rich darker grains barely come through a robust vinegar tartness and layered Belgian fruitiness. Flavors of dark berries and some lemon peel with light orange citrus come through with a bit of bitterness. The yeast carried a lot of flavor that is hard to sort out. It is naturally sweet with the grain and and lively carbonation but between some light earthy herbal hops and the sour/tart yeast it leaves a drying grainy sparkling tart palate. Great complex sour that is easy to drink but I find myself sipping it as it is a rich treat. It loses nothing with temperature.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
77ships (6144) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JAN 20, 2013
Thanks to Travlr for sharing this one. 65 cl. bottle sampled @ RBBWG 2013. Brown reddish beer with a beige head. Nose is lots of the typical USA brett / sour malt profile, cherries, sour dark fruits, toffee, sour wood. Taste is similar USA sour malt / brett profile, cherries, prunes, wood, sour dark fruits, toffee, sour fruits, sour barrel, quite enjoyable, tang, spices, touch of red wine wood,… sour malt sour body. Quite enjoyable American sour. Not really an Oud Bruin for me or at least, I do not feel like this is what is understood under a Oud Bruin traditionally over here, profile-wise not method of production. Doesn’t matter, it is a yummy beer & a nice sour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sebletitje (8116) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JAN 20, 2013
75cl bottle sample @ RBBWG 2013, courtesy of Travlr. Brune/acajou, col beige. Arôme présente ce beau bouquet de barrique, suivi par un malt caramel laissant aussi des notes résiduelles de boisé entrecoupées par une effluve de fruits noirs. Palais est agréable avec une belle balance entre barrique suivi par ce côté distinct de brune flamande, alternant entre fruité noir, et un léger malté caramel, chocolat, pointe de biscuité suivi de suite par le brett et le houblon ponctue la fin de bouche avec une légère amertume.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (17708) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 20, 2013
Bottle. Cloudy dark brown color, large brown head with good retention. Aroma of funky dark fruit, prunes, raisins. Taste is softly sour summer fruit, dates, sour cherries. A good example of the style.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Benzai (11359) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JAN 19, 2013
Sampled from bottle @ RBBWG 2013. Hazy opaque brownish color, medium beige head. Smell and taste sourish, molten plastic, some fruitpeel. Dry finish, low to medium body and carbonation.

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