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RATINGS: 144   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 267   ABV: 8.9%
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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.


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4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bill Becker (716) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - SEP 30, 2012
A really dark pour, looks black to me, with a 1 finger head of foam with some great lacing. I get a big fruity tartness on first smell, second smell..some hints of chocolate and vanilla. Blimey, the label mentions the latter 2. Fruity/vinegar sourness and vanilla up front in the taste. Some sugary sweetness mixed in there that is nice but confuses my palate somewhat. It finishes sour and gives me a blast of the alcohol. On the upper end of medium bodied with lively carbonation, it’s a good mouthfeel here and is pretty drinkable. I think this is a very good take of, based on my limited experience with, the style. It’s surely worth a try.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SG111 (982) - New York, USA - APR 29, 2016
Tap at the Republic, Minneapolis. Pours dark brown, slightly plum, off white head. Aroma is lots of fig, dark fruit, plum, sour funk, dark cherry. Flavor is fig, plum, dark fruit, sour. Nice bruin. Just a bit sweet. Still good.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
asheft (2891) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 26, 2016
On tap at 7West, Duluth. Sour cherry and white grape aroma with some dried fruit and vanilla. Opaque dark brown with clear highlights. Sour cherry and oaky vanilla flavour with a dry, sour finish. Medium light body, medium carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rougeau13 (2424) - Richmond, Texas, USA - APR 22, 2016
Tap at Yard House. Dark clear reddish-brown with very little off-white head. Aroma of sour fruit, funk, and a little barrel. Sourness is moderate; taste is otherwise lightly sweet fruit with a touch of barrel. Light-medium bodied; slick. Pretty tame.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kidmartinek (4331) - austin, Texas, USA - APR 11, 2016
Almost black. Thin off white head. Cool. Smells like old grapes and plum. Thick and syrupy. Sweet.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arnold931 (1181) - Iowa, USA - APR 6, 2016
Draft at Bricks. Pours cola color with thin off white head. Nose and taste is sour and some brown sugar sweetness. Really good.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nsanders (928) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - APR 3, 2016
Tap at Pizza Luce. Brown orange with no head. Raspberry, balsamic vinegar, milk chocolate, sour milk and caraway rye. Berry vinegar sour flavor. Heavier body with a slick, fizzy feel.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
IndianaRed (3430) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 2, 2016
On Tap redish brown with a thin tan ring. Mild modest woody toasted malt flavors. A little sourness. Tame to be sure. But balanced and pleasant.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
GreatDane1632 (1152) - North Dakota, USA - MAR 31, 2016
St Patty’s Day -- on tap. Great sour brown. Can taste a hint of barrel and that adds a great level of complexity.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
unclemike (2816) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - MAR 6, 2016
On tap holy cow this was awesome 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

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HuskerTan (1427) - Kearney, Nebraska, USA - FEB 28, 2016
Draft/Fest. A- Cherry, funky, slightly sour. A- Brown color, cloudy liquid, minimal head. T- Cocoa, subtle cherry. P- Medium body, gritty texture, average carbonation, unique finish. O- Not sure why this is retired as there are fresh bottles at a local bottle shop and I just had this on tap at a fest. A bit odd. Tasted almost gritty and had some chocolate/dry cocoa taste to it. Also looked like sewer water.


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