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RATINGS: 31   MEAN: 3.45/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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All of the sourness in the flavor comes from the process of souring the mash. To create the ideal mash for souring we doughed in at 164įf. The mash eventually stabilized at 149.5į. We then proceeded with saccrification, followed by a vorlauff to clarify the turbidity of the mash. Once the extract was clarified we brought the temperature of the mash down (using the heat exchanger) to 130į. We added a handful of unmalted wheat to the top of the mash bed and floated a "bed" of Argon gas over the mash for about a half hour, displacing the oxygen in the mash tun and creating an "inert gaseous zone," making the atmosphere anaerobic. Then we left the mash to do its thing over the weekend. We arrived to the smell of pineapples and weird esters I had never encountered in a mash tun. We then ran off the extract as usual and brewed the wort, hopping it lightly and adding some malto-dextrin and lactose to sweeten up the wort, knowing the final product would be quite sour and might need some balance. That is how we made the sour mash Brune.


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DarkMagus (472) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 27, 2008
Pours a dark brown/reddish color with a short-lived Delicious sour candy aroma with loads of sour green apple, citrusy esters, a bit of cola. Huge fruity, sour candy flavors, (sour patch kids come to mind), green apples, lemon/citrus, and more COLA. I have a hard time remembering that Iím drinking "a beer" when Iím experiencing something like this--very hard not to just guzzle down in an instant. Soft, gently carbonated and velvety smooth mouthfeel. Awesome, amazingly delicious. LIQUID (SOUR) CANDY

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 8, 2008
Handbottle from brewandbbq. Pours a hazy reddish-copper color. A small, foamy, cream colored head leaves random micro-spots of lacing behind. Aromas include sour red cherries, vinous red grapes, a touch of muscat sweetness, and some red wine vinegar. The nose really opened up and became softer and less acetic as it warmed. Likewise, the flavor starts with intensely tart red cherries and grapes, with a semi-obtrusive vinegar note present throughout. As it warmed, the vinegar faded, leaving a clean, refreshingly tart, vinous flavor behind. Medium-bodied and very dry, with moderate carbonation, I found the brew to be incredibly drinkable. Very interesting, for sure. I enjoyed this quite a bit despite the vinegar notes that showed early on.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 29, 2008
From a 22oz Bottle. Transparent, cedar brown coloed pour with a thin layer of off-white head. Aromas of nutty coconut and caramel greet the nostrils right away. Notes of vinegar, mild wood, and cherry. Fruity and sour. Light bodied, lightly carbonated mouthfeel with a moderately lactic acidity up front, with flavors that get increasingly acetic as the palate develops. Flavors of sour cherries and a moderate apple cider acetic note. Some mildly toasted malt character comes through as well as some fruity apple-laced sugars to balance the acidity. Very nice beer overall, but never develops enough complexity in the palate or finish to take it to that next level.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Oakes (12612) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 26, 2008
Dull chestnut colour. Fun nose mixing dark fruits. Quite funky. Very tart. Kind of acetic and woody. So dark fruitiness. Interesting.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - MAY 11, 2008
Bomber @ Billís Sour tasting, hand labeled from deftim, Tim you rock so hard. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Nose is woody and malty. Taste is sweet and sour and woody and pretty damn nice.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DenverLogan (796) - MileHi, Colorado, USA - MAY 1, 2008
Ambe with small head. Oh baby...lovely crazy brown like a Flemish Red Brown...absolutely lovely overall for this style. Iíll take another please.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BitchesBrew (714) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 27, 2008
[bottle] Lactic, sour fruit aroma. Reddish brown in color, very minimal head formation. Tart, strong fruit flavors, acetic. Cherry and apple certainly come to mind. Very dry, lingering finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - APR 20, 2008
Bottle was shared at Dr. Billís. Thanks to whomever brought it. complex, yet smooth, v ery drinkable. nicely balanced sour flavor.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - APR 6, 2008
22oz bottle shared by Tim. Thanks Tim! Tried at Lost Abbey with Julian and deftim13. I canít believe there are only 2 ratings for this beer. Tim points out some diacetyl, but I, not being an expert, just sense by products of a sour beer. I would have guesses pediococcus, but what do I know. Lots of lacto-sour aroma. Light amber color. An excellent combination of sweet and sour. Super easy to drink. Very similar to Rodenbach with itís sweet and sour one-two punch, but less sweet than Rodenbach (which is good). Sourness is mild. I really like this beer.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
brewandbbq (269) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 27, 2008
Pours hazy amber with a ruby hue, and a one-inch head of white. Retention was brief, and some stray lacework clung for the first several sips. Aromatics are extremely fruity and sour. Tart cherries, spoiled peach pits, malt vinegar, musty suede, with hints of rotted cedar and sherry. The mouthfeel is medium, puckering, and a bit sticky. Over-ripe fruit and sherry vinegar lead off the pallet. Cherry stones, tannic citrus pulp, lemon pith, and acidic malt. Finishes with a lingering sourness and fruit, and fades with a drying tartness. Thereís enough cherries in the nose to pose as a flanders red, while the pallet is more "brune" in character. The typical vineous, oaky character found in either of those styles is not here though, instead thereís just a whallop of acid. Bring on the bugs and barrel-aging and this beer would be remarkable.


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