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Brewed by Trois Dames
Style: Sour Red/Brown
Sainte-Croix, Switzerland
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler

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RATINGS: 147   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Née de la rencontre fortuite d’une stout forte et d’une fermentation d’abricots du Valais qui jamais n’atteignit l’alambic du distillateur auquel elle était destinée, notre Oud Bruin (flamand pour "vieille brune") est une interprétation assez peu orthodoxe de ses cousines belges.
Elle en garde cependant le délicat équilibre aigre-doux, entre une solide ossature maltée assise sur des malts, aux notes caramélisées, chocolatées, rôties et fruitées, dans laquelle vient se fondre le vin d’abricot avec son acidité lactique, ses notes de cuir et d’étable liées aux levures sauvages, et une discrète note d’abricot.
La finale est légèrement amère et le tout se déroule tout en harmonie sur le palais.
Une bière unique, d’une grande buvabilité mais joliment complexe, entre douceur, fruité et acidité. Elle se mariera avec l’agneau, le canard, les moules, les crustacés ou des fromages à pâte molle ou mi-dure.
Série limitée de 1.200 bouteilles de 75cl, 7.2% d’alcool/volume, 35 unités internationales d’amertume (IBU).
Avec un grand merci au Journal de Ste-Croix pour l’aimable mise à disposition d’un local suffisamment tempéré pour la refermentation en bouteille cet hiver!
Santé!



3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Papsoe (25089) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 23, 2009
Bottle 75 cl. Courtesy of fiulijn. Pours a warm orangey brown with a dissipating beige head. Lots of tartness in the nose, woody, metallic and vinous. Medium body, lactic tartness, caramel, dried fruit, metal and blood. Woody finish. 231109

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rastacouere (6123) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 10, 2009
Cloudy mahogany pour covered by a lasting off-white foam. That one required a bit of warmth before opening up. Its gentle toasty malts bear a certain branches/leafiness with acetic metallic undertones. Not woody for a sour beer. While not agressive, the alcohol was easily noticeable, I’d have guessed a solid 8%. Interesting fruity depth randing from blueberries/cherries to more citrusy/orangey fruits, enhancing the acidity with their malic and citric parts. Convincing lactic acidity cuts through the almost minimal residual sugars. The yeast actually displays a fine character, hesitating between cleanliness and mustiness from sip to sip. A convincing attempt, also delivered with tight, actively foamy palate consisting of fine, small bubbles. Looking forward to more.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GRM (2937) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 1, 2009
Brown bottle, 7,5 dl, via Importations Privées Bièropholie (merci Hughes!), savoured on November 1 2009; eye: dark brown with mahogany hue, opaque, slight ring of beige head, no lacing; nose: sourness, cherry, light roasted malt, slight alcohol, slight Brettanomyces; mouth: sourness, cherry, caramel, malt, slight Brettanomyces, finale in sourness with presence of caramel, medium body, average carbonation, slightly sweet and lactic, mildly sour; overall: interesting FRANÇAIS Bouteille brune, 7,5 dl, via Importations Privées Bièropholie (merci Hughes!), savourée le 1 novembre 2009; œil : brune foncée avec des reflets acajou, opaque, petit anneau de mousse beige, pas de dentelle; nez : aigreur, cerise, léger malt torréfié, très léger alcool, très léger Brettanomyces; bouche : aigreur, cerise, caramel, malt, très léger Brettanomyces, finale en aigreur avec présence de caramel, corps moyen, carbonatation moyenne, légèrement sucrée et lactique, moyennement aigre; en résumé : intéressante

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (7746) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 19, 2009
My Bottom Line:
Cherries and berries proliferate alongside a balsamic vinegar nudge before vinous flavors, earthy rusticity, and wise tartness complete each sip of this wonderful Oud Bruin.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A slice of foam decorates the hazy burgundy-tinged brown.
-Apricots are not very apparent in the flavor profile, yet the fruit character is well developed.
-Even though on paper this is not your typical Oud Bruin, the end result is pretty close to being authentic.
-Brettanomyces and lactobacillus are perfectly integrated to the flavor profile.
-The mouthfeel is very healthy, made of soft carbonation and a huggable body.
-The fruitiness is somewhat cut off in the finish, leaving the way for earthiness and light hop bitterness.
-It is clear this brewer knows what he’s doing; I’m looking forward to trying a lot more of his brews!

Bottle.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 4, 2009
Bottle thanks to some swiss chap that brought some awsome bottles to a random tasting at the rake. Alround rating: Pcked full of brett, pale malt, noteably yeasty, tart but the cleaness is distorted a bit by the dusty character. Interesting sour.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bov (9335) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - AUG 19, 2009
my swiss beer number 1000 ! - courtesy of Laurent Mousson - it pours a cloudy reddish-brown colour with almost no foam left (only some shy beige traces subsist); sourish nose of vinegar, prunes and apricot; vinous; sweet and sour with a moderate but regular carbonation; decent malt backbone; the finish is quite dry with long sourish notes and deep fruity tones; well-brewed, very enjoyable and to the point: business as usual from Trois Dames

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (14350) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 8, 2009
2009-07-25, bottle, 7-5-7-4-15=38
Mahogany color with red shades; small creamy head. The aroma is initially a mix of lactic sourness and chocolate; there is also a light fruit touch, very light acetone; then the acetone disappears and some more apricots show up. The body is well structured, maltier than other Oud Bruin; there is less apricot than when I tried it from the tank; the light acetone may be disturbing; but overall it’s well balanced, and it may gain complexity in some time.

2009-04-04, "Mange, c’est de la bière!" at the brewery, from the maturation tank, brewed in Sept 2008, 7 months old, 7-4-7-4-15=37
Brewed using a locally produced apricot wine, 2 years old

Hazy dark amber color. Nice lactic aroma, harmonious, a bit fruity, delicate. Good body strength, dynamic caramel flavor, with light residual sweetness, light acidity and fruitness, well mixed. Correct bitterness. Balanced. Very interesting.


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