Ommegang Sour Brownhole
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RATINGS: 4   MEAN: 3.2/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.07/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
A base brown ale was fermented over raspberries and then dosed with just enough Rodenbach to give the beer a nice sour balance.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 31, 2006
Pour is hazy ruddy amber with a thin tan head...smell is funky and grainy along with raspberry syrup...taste is sugary sweet...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ClarkVV (5804) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 25, 2006
BCTC 06 (draught).
Auburn-tinged burgundy with some lighter bright red tints on the edges. Off-white head receded to cover fairly rapidly, but did leave a fair amount of webby lacing on the glass. Large bubbles rising to the surface frequently and a medium clarity.
Nose is sour, dry, lactic almost with a strong undercurrent of red raspberries that chip at the nose with a lightly juicy acidity. Very, very attenuated, grainy and displaying some oily/musty yeast notes. Only a passing thought of dark malts, not even acetic or caramel-like, so Im not really sure why they called it a brown ale. But the raspberries are fresh and real and not overdone (though the malt is underdone).
The malt deficiency seems to come out most strongly in the flavor, where light herbal hop notes combine with dry, grainy malt residues to produce a tart (from the raspberries) and slightly mineralic (yeastiness) beer that could stand a rather large helping of body and malt influence. Not that Im opposed to it being well-attenuated, but the raspberries are left to build up too much so and acidify and torment the palate on the finish, while the strong yeast character only exacerbates the problem. Sweetness, almost bittersweetness really, builds up over time. Didnt really see the brett thing here. Texture reminded me of that of a brewpub raspberry wheat (thin, nearly watery, bubbly).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - JUL 22, 2006
BCTC 06. Pale red cloudy in color with a little white head that left a nice lacing. Grainy and fruity aroma. Rasberry notes. Fruity with a nice balance of brett in the flavor. Sweet and fruity. Medium bodied. Finish is tart. Very nice beer. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
egajdzis (6105) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 18, 2006
[BCTC 06] Poured a hazy, pale red color with a small, white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of light brett, farmhouse, some cereal, and fruity raspberries. Taste was tart upfront, lots of raspberries, which got a bit sweet, almost yogurty. Quite enjoyable overall.

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