snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - MAY 24, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours reddish brown, good sized tan head. Sourish malty aroma. The flavor is slighlty tart, moreso at the finish than upfront. Very nice mouthfeel.
Trappist (284) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 3, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
It reminded me of Goudenband flemish sour. It had a wood to mellow dry flavor about it, and was medium in carbonation. Nice brown to semi-reddish coloration. This was something I did enjoy but could not drink in large numbers.
Fech (283) - Parsippany, New Jersey, USA - APR 10, 2012
1.9 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Strong flavor yet light and no bitterness. A little sour however. Finishes not so well.
Marthinus (276) - DENMARK - MAR 16, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. hazy and very caramel brown with a thick beige head. and aroma as well. Much oldish malty and sweet, too. To much carbonation.
thepeter (274) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 6, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A- pours a dark amber brown with a small head that disappeared and left little lacing.
S- Vinegar, oak wood, dark fruit come out as the beer settles, sour green apple, and a bit of metal are there throughout.
T- Sour cherries, oak, vinegar up front all of that fades as you drink and the aftertaste is a muted version of what you get at first. Nice, but wish flavors were more pronounced throughout. Almost watered down at the end.
M &D- medium to light bodied and feels a bit watered down at times. Carbonation was fine but wish it had a nicer body but all that allowed for better drinkability. Although I could drink quite a few of these, I have other ones I would rather have.
Overall a nice beer but if I am looking for an old Bruin, I am looking for more than this one. Still a nice example and one that is easily accessible.
Trappist1 (273) - Diest, BELGIUM - NOV 13, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Donker bruin met rode glans, licht bruine schuimkraag. Neus, zurig, krieken, vanille. Smaak is aangenaam zurig, hout, beetje oaky. Finish is fris & droog, zurig maar niet extreeem. mooi gebalanceerd, goeie Oud Bruin
steve23mj (273) - Essexville, Michigan, USA - DEC 25, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
97 version. Pours dark red with little to no head. Nose is figgy and vinous. Flavor is sour and noticable presence of Belgian candi sugar. Mild sense of cherry flavor. Tart dry finish.
brewandbbq (269) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 2, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark amber with mahogany hues. A beige head of a half-inch sunk to a full coverage skim-coat. Decent lacework throughout the glass.
Aromatics are vineous and meaty, with wine-soaked raisins and turned earth.
Not a whole lot of presense in the nose however. Lacking intensity and depth.
Creamy, velvety mouthfeel. Rich and soft.
The pallet starts off with a hint of tart vineousity, ripe fruit, juicy malt, and an earthy woodiness.
Hints of figs, worstershire, and lemon follow through.
Alcohol and bitterness are nill, and the beer finishes fairly quick.
An easy drinker, but really too tame in character. The beer just needs a lot more of what it already has.
biermonk (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 5, 2004
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
POured a dark ruby red with a decent sized off white head that lasted for most of the glass...Although the head retention is partly due to the etching on the bottom my tulip...Nevertheless the beer continuously emitted a distinct odor of cherries...Flavor was of Sour cherries but not overly sour quite pleasant in fact...Very sweet malt comes through leading into a slightly acidic finish...Body was a bit thin for my taste...I was suprised at how little of the oaking came through after 20 months...All in all a very decent beer
robloc303 (263) - Erie, Colorado, USA - MAY 1, 2012
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Picked up a bottle at Boulder Liquor Mart. Poured into a bowl glass. Not much on the nose and the head goes away pretty quick, but stays strangely carbonated. Appears like a dark amber or brown ale. The taste is similar to a Belgian lambic, just not as bubbly. Good sour fruit flavors, cherries, maybe green apple, and grapes. I did not pick up anything from the wood. The finish is very nice with lingering flavors of grape juice.. Reminds me of being a kid. Great beer, would defiantly recommend and drink again.