JorisPPattyn (8895) - Ursel, BELGIUM - DEC 26, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Glass of cream to light beige, ultradense & fine foam, stable, over small layer of dirty orange-brown, heavily carbonated beer. Wood, lactic acid, rainwater. Seriously hampered byt the ridiculous head. Wood, initial bitterness as from paintstripper or walnutpeel; lactic acid acidity underneath. Ironoxyde in the head. More lactic/diary features in the finish. Faint chocolate. Medium bodied, mild acidthinning, velvety texture not in the least thanks to the solid head. Seriously severe. If I may hazard an educated guess, a tad more hops than usual for an Oud Bruin?
Alengrin (3861) - BELGIUM - DEC 19, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Belgiuminabox, nicely wrapped in paper like the old Liefmans (and even Rodenbach) beers, and like the others from this new micro brewery. Opens with a loud bang, but without gushing. Thick and frothy, whipped cream-like, moussy, pale yellowish beige head over an initially clear, warm and deep burgundy coloured beer with ruby hue, dark but translucent in the beginning, evidently becoming clouded and more ’murky’ brown with deposit. Interesting and very appealing aroma of lots of candied figs, marzipan, caramel, passion fruit, balsamic vinegar, blackberry, elderberry, wet wood, some light vanilla tannins, milk chocolate, overripe gooseberry (I can’t seem to get over the berries), dried banana, hazelnut oil, candied cherry, tawny port, cake dough. Tangy, crisp onset, tart and very estery with all kinds of red and green berries dancing around against a background of crabapple, pear, orange and faint banana, quite spritzy carbo but not disturbingly so and lending it a somewhat ’champenoise’ effect, lactic sherryish and lightly sour cream-like tartness proceeds till well into the finish with a gently drying effect, countered by a soft, smooth and full caramelly and lightly nutty malt backbone; finish is a continuation of this maltiness and tartness, including the esters which return retronasally, but also adds a late and soft, earthy hop bitterness for structure as well as some very clear, almost ’furniture-like’ oaky drought and a vague suspicion of vinous alcohol enough to warm the throat a bit, but otherwise very well hidden. Ends notably dry. I absolutely adore the aroma of this beer, it joins dark berries with elegant caramel maltiness and oak - and the actual taste does not disappoint after this. Like the cherry version they made out of this, this is an exemplary ’oud bruin’ (Flemish sour ale) indeed, worthy to withstand the comparison with some of the Rodenbach products which are righteously regarded as the archetype of the style; it is, however, altogether different in laying more emphasis on the malts, as if it wants to nod to Belgian abbey dubbel. If this is the path this new Belgian micro brewery has chosen: kudos, they manage not only to draw attention to the sadly fading ’oud bruin’ tradition, but also to honor it with this highly enjoyable, though somewhat atypical example of the style. I will keep a close watch on this brewery from now on - big cheers for Vandewalle, these people clearly know what they are doing!
freretoc (1374) - Besançon, FRANCE - DEC 14, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bue en bouteille de 75cl au t’ Molenhof à Oostvleteren.
Couleur brune/rubis, belle mousse et énorme effervescence.
Nez sur le fruit rouge et le boisé.
Attaque en bouche sur le bois puis le fruit rouge type framboise, fin de bouche sur l’acidité du bois.
Renobob (1462) - Besançon, FRANCE - DEC 5, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bue en bouteille de 75cl. Couleur caramel. Grosses bulles. Nez fruit noir, bois, tonneau. Palais effervescent, acide. On sent le tonneau. Finale longue.
beastiefan2k (3044) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - OCT 30, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From Lambicus shared at tasting. Cork popped hard and started to slowly gush. So definitely ovecarbonated. Aroma is malty cherry with light fruit lactic. Its sooooooo not acetic, superb malty lactic mix. Slightly buckwheat maltiness. Flavor is similarly cherry malt rich with tartness. Earthy and not sour, just what I imagine this style needs to taste like.
Prufrockstar (1696) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 30, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by Eugene. Deep chestnut pour with thick creamy khaki head. Good lacing. Oak, leathery dark fruit; light chocolate; toast; some vinegar and bile. Medium body. Lots of carb, but still creamy texture. Overall: solid brew.
riversideAK (5934) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - OCT 30, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dusty dark fruity nose sweet balsamic and some yeasty esters. Dark auburn great looking head and lace. Balsamic strawberry some yeast notes fruity medium sweet. Nice carbonation. Well done.
yespr (37603) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUL 10, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
75 cl bottle. Pours hazy dark brown with a small tan head. Roasted and metallic. Overripe fruity. Bitter, light citric and fruity. Toasted malty. Bitter and citric finish.
kraddel (5198) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - JAN 21, 2015
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thnx to kurt. Pours very dark redbrown. Good white foam. Extreme gusher tough. Smell is sour, rather sharp, some wood. Taste is sharp laxticacid, some fruity sweet undertone. Full malty back. Overcarbonated ( or what did you expect?) dry finish.
Jerre (3033) - Waregem, BELGIUM - DEC 30, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Taste this beer @ home on 09.06.’14. (Bottle from Deconinck)
Hazy amberbrown color, with a offwhite head.
Aroma: malts, wood. Medium body.
Taste: very little sweet, woods, sour, berries notes.