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Brewed by De Struise Brouwers
Style: Sour Red/Brown
Oostvleteren, Belgium
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler

bottled
common

on tap
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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 293   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
2009 Double Barrel Aged Flemish Oud Bruin aged for two years in Bourgogne and Wild Turkey barrels.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlacoAlto (4125) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 31, 2013
2009 Bottle Date; Sampled August 2013
The bottle is a bit of a gusher, but I have just enough time to get it into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip. A steady pour produces a three-finger thick, light brown tinged, dirty tan colored head. The beer is a dark brown color that shows a hazy, red-tinged, brown hue when held up to the light. The aroma has a full toasted oak character to it, a touch of vanillin, and a bit of woody spice character, there is also a soft tartness to the aroma and a bit of dark fruitiness that is brought out after a short bit. The fruitiness has touches of strawberry to it, some light tamarind notes and perhaps a touch of caramelized date. The aroma really is dominated by the oak notes, but luckily this is actually fairly smooth.

Somewhat tart, with a backbone of smooth toasted oak, and a finish that has an oxidized malt / dark-fruit character to it, this is actually quite vinous in character really. Reminds me of a rich, oaky, red wine that has some sherry blended into it for good measure; though this is actually quite dry. The oak brings a touch of spiciness, some astringency, and a soft vanillin note to this beer. The malt character provides an aged, toasted, brown malt character that has a touch of char to it. A fig jam like character, and a touch of Chinese 5-spice starts to come out more as the beer warms up. The body has a lightness to it, but still has a rich malty texture to it that makes this just a touch chewy. A peppery spiciness from the oak, and perhaps a touch from the alcohol starts to come out as the beer warms up as well.

This is quite a bit better than it seems at first; the oak is definitely dominant, but it is quite well done, and the rich, dark fruit character and aged malt character that comes out the more this beer warms up really just makes this work quite well.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Idiosynkrasie (5855) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - AUG 26, 2013
500ml bottle [Thanx David!]. Dark chestnut colour with average to huge, frothy, fairly lasting, minimally lacing, ochre head. Fruity, spicy, yeasty and tart aroma with hints of grapes, berries, nutmeg, a cautious touch of soy sauce, vanilla. Taste is tart fruity, hints of dark berries, grapes, balsamico, a dry touch of fruit parings; fine pore carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (42524) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 26, 2013

Bottle 500ml.

Unclear medium to dark red amber colour with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, caramel, tart berry, wood, alcohol. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a long duration, berry, wood, alcohol. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft, finish feel is light alcoholic. [20130427]

2.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
kerenmk (3804) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - AUG 24, 2013
Bottle sample at a sour tasting at the Beer & Beyond shop. Thanks beerandbeyond. Murky brown and headless. Oak, sweet, a little sugary aroma, very sour, chocolate, vinegar and cacaphonic. Carbonated and medium-bodied.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TET (2434) - Kaarina, FINLAND - AUG 24, 2013
A dark brown, slightly reddish colour, a head is small bubbled, cloudy, big and yellowbrown. The nose is balanced sour, only hint of vinegar, lots of enjoyable dark fruits, cherries and barrel. Taste is quite strongly sour, cherries, also other dark fruits and barrel. The end is quite dry and slightly herbal, hint of bourbon. Surprisingly, light to drink, even medium bodied, high carbonation. Nice and rich of nuancees, more than usual sourness and fruits.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HogTownHarry (6372) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 22, 2013
August 22, 2013 - 500ml bottle shared by harrisoni. Reddish brown, thin-looking, minimal head. Nice chocolate and light treacle roast quickly overridden by tart oaky barrel. Taste has even more buzzy lemon and oak tannin, moderate alcohol. Slick, biting carbonation, nice acidity. Lovely.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KyotoLefty (8746) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 20, 2013
Bottle from ABS Drinks. Nose of sugar, caramel, wood barrel, chocolate, some vinegar. Almost black, orange tints, persistent lace. Great fruity, tart punch, sour cherry, green apple, very interesting, wood. Light, clean sourness. Very nice, balanced sour.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - AUG 15, 2013
On tap. Clear dark brown with a creamy tan head. Nice floral wine barrel, whiskey, and sour fruit aroma and taste. Creamy medium bodied palate.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jmcgavin12 (492) - Madison, USA - AUG 14, 2013
Cloudy brown pour with faint tan head and an aroma full of tart yeast and a bit of caramel and roasted notes. Very sweet but complex flavor with sweetness throughout, tart crisp finish and a bit of the aged wood to add some toasted notes. Overall a pretty good sour

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FatPhil (12722) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - AUG 14, 2013
500ml bottle (Tuulensuu, Tampere)
Pretty bizarre aroma - some sharp sourness, foody spiciness, but some metallic and oily aspects too - rubber maybe. Bizarro taste too. First a nice sour. But once that taste has primed your palate, the aroma clearly becomes cola beans. Crisp and sharp, but a bit mouth-coating with both stickiness and powderiness. Deep roast behind that. Lots of things going on, but a bit confusing. Later, presumably as it warms and loses any final carbonation, there’s cherry in the aroma too, and it becomes sweeter. Did have +-signs in several places, but this never climbed out of the "pretty good" trough.


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