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RATINGS: 316   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Zuur – or Sour – is our collaborative Flemish sour brown ale. A beer whose style arises from the mists of brewing history. It uses mixed fermentation, real fruit, significant aging, and master blending. All of these are ancient and revered Belgian techniques. This unique Flemish sour brown ale is complex, tart with a touch of sweetness, lightly malty and gently hopped. Zuur is a unique blend created in collaboration between Brewery Ommegang and Brouwerij Liefmans

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wlajwl (3817) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - NOV 3, 2011
Very tart, bordering on sour in aroma as well as some barnyard/mustiness. The flavor is tarty with a good but not overwhelming amount of cherry flavor that leads to a slightly dry finish. Good quality, the sourness was close to being too much, but not quite, otherwise this was pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChainGangGuy (4366) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - SEP 14, 2011
11 ounce goblet - $8.75 at Taco Mac (Prado) in Atlanta, Georgia.

Appearance: Served up a very dark brown body, garnet at the far edges, and with no head, just a very thin, ivory-colored ring.

Smell: A first noted whiff of cola, sour cherry cola, to be a bit more precise, then notes of berry-accented wine, spice, toasted bread, and, as it warms, a hint of caramel.

Taste: Opens with a tartish sip of cherry-flavored cola, with a very faint toasted bread hint, and very, very faint roastiness. As it warms, a small bit of caramel is detected. Continued sour cherry character. Moderately acidic. Some papery traces. Light, spicy phenols scattered around. Thinning, watered down sour cherry cola on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Low carbonation.

Overall: It’s fine, I suppose, kinda light though, and reminded me a bit like a lighter, less interesting La Folie.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
l1br4r14n (451) - Rancho Cucamonga, California, USA - AUG 23, 2011
Pours a cherry cola with a fizzy head. Gentle sour aroma, some red wine, plums, and a decent malt profile. Flavor is lightly sour and tart, remarkably easy to drink. A pleasant sour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
changeup45 (1716) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - AUG 10, 2011
This pours a murky dark brown color with a big fizzy head that tapers off to a lasting thin layer. The first thing I notice in the aroma is a light acetone smell that’s followed by plum, leaf, wild berry, and a lot of funky Belgian yeast. This is light, refreshing, and easy to consume. While this has some tart berry flavor (if I’m supposed to specifically pick up cherries, I don’t), it has a lot of Belgian Ale/Saison quality. I get quite a bit of yeast, some sweet bready notes, and very mild acetic character in the finish. This is a pretty nice beer. I was thrown off a bit at first as this isn’t really all that sour and is a bit of a hybrid beer but the more I drank it the more I enjoyed it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ethereal (2417) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 10, 2011
Bottle, at ChrisO’s Christmas Tasting, 28th Dec 2010. Red brown with a diminishing beige head. Woody, malty nose with a lot of boozy strength. Good palate, slightly sticky. Dry, fruit finish. Not too sour, perfect for my palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
emacgee (4009) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUL 25, 2011
Enjoyed this one. Copper ruby pour with one finger sandstone head. Rusty nose with some cherry skin notes and moderate acetic character. Similar flavor, acetic character with cherry skin and a dubbelish character.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 22, 2011
bottle at dak’s 8/14/10. cherry tinted brown color with an off white head which leaves some droopy lacing. initial sweet malt and rich cherry pie aromas are met with dust, herbs, red wine vinegar and earth. the flavor is the same... unsweetened cherry filling with an astringency on the finish. it is tart, thin and fizzy. 7/4/6/3/15

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 12, 2011
Bottle on 12/27/2010 from River City Cellars. Clear reddish brown body with ruby highlights and a small creamy off-white head. Sweet cherry, fruit and light tart aroma. Tart fruit flavor, some dry grain, light metallic notes and a bit of cherry. Light body with moderately high carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nuplastikk (4347) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 19, 2011
Dratt at Dexters. Stained glass red-brown color. Thin, soapy off-white head. Funky sour aroma. Quite authentic, medium bodied, with lots of sourness and a mellow sweet undertone. Easy drinking, manages the tartness well. Delicate lemon-clove action. Light oak? Awesome beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Heathen (1458) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 9, 2011
THOUGHTS: Wow. Nice and sour. But the sourness disappeared in the finish at first. Intense up front, but flavor is a little thin in the finish. It stayed more sour throughout, when it got a little warmer, but was still a little thin in the end. TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a dark, reddish brown with red highlight in bright lighting and a small to average, off-white head that mostly diminished and left fair lacing. The aroma had a hint of roasted malt and/or dark chocolate; moderate to heavy dusty, funky and sour yeast; sour cherry; red wine; tobacco; and slight wood. The initial flavor was sour and slightly sweet; while the finish was rather sour, lightly sweet and tart with a fairly long duration that was a little short for the style. There was mostly sour cherry and funky yeast; but there was also regular sherry, ever so slight roasted or dark chocolate malt, some wood and cherry stone. The medium body was oily and then rather dry with lightly fizzy and tingly carbonation and a dry and moderate to heavily astringent finish.

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