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


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RATINGS: 200   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
adnielsen (10490) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 22, 2011
Bottle @ home. Pours a deep brown appearance with a small tan head. Spicy, almost chai-like aroma with a mild sourness. Medium sourness, fairly spicy, minty, all spice, red fruits, apricot, malty flavor. Spicy, medium sour finish. A very interesting, unique beer that I could imagine enjoying with Christmas dinner.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KimJohansen (10423) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - NOV 23, 2009
Cloudy dark amber with a tiny beige head. Sour aroma with lacto, sour berries and roasted malt. Sour flavour with lacto, roasted malt, sour berries and woody notes. Finished sour. Nice one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
deyholla (10220) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 19, 2011
Bottle thanks to someone. Pours a hazy amber with a grey head that dissipates quickly to the edges. Aroma has a good amount of tar cherries with a bit of sweet grains and acid. Flavor has tart cherries with some acid and a hint of funk.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocLock (9999) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2014
Bottle shared at Craft Ale House. Poured turbid reddish brown with khaki head. Nose was tart cherry fruit, funky yeasty malt. Tasted tart, lactic, funky, with cherry notes, yeastiness in the finish, and a high complexity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - JAN 10, 2011
750mL at DC Elite. Pours a hazy mahogany with a small, tan head. Aroma of cinnamon, big spice, spicy red wine vinegar, Flemish red complexities like spicy oak, chocolate ganache. Taste is dry, bland, chalky, tart but not sour, metals, lemon, cardboard. Softly carbonated on the palate. Too much lemon tart and not enough Flemish red oomph.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (9610) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 2, 2014
Bottle, shared with Parksy and Grippitis. Very hazy medium brown with a lively white head. Sour pittted fruits up front, doughy caramel malts lend body and sweetness. As yeasty and malty as it is sour. I liked it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gnoff (9594) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - JAN 22, 2015
As "Grande Dame" at 7%. Bottle 75 cl thanks to Johan K (not on ratebeer), on January 17, 2015. BB Dec 2015.
Hazy to cloudy brown color, small yellow to tan head. Light acidic to lactic, apricots fruity, a bit sweet scent. Acidic dry, tart, red currants, berry peel/skin taste. Medium mouthfeel to fizzy, very low bitterness. Some apricots taste as well. Tart, fruity aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (9568) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - SEP 14, 2012
Pouring at the Night of the Funk. Pours a hazed amber brown with a thin white head. Light cheesy notes, soft cocoa, chocolate. Acetic right away but gentle and fruity. Acid, fruit, malt, chewy tannins, long and fruity. Cocoa, soft fruit. Lingering acid, faintly acetic. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JorisPPattyn (9532) - Ursel, BELGIUM - MAR 5, 2010
Deep red beer with a brownish shine; light-brown dark head. Lactic nose, wood, very convincing aromas, buttermilk. Woody, more burnt than expected from an Oud Bruin, covering the lactic a bit. Finish is completely authentic Flemish Oud Bruin, balsamico vinegar. Medium bodied, refreshing. Give me this blind, I’d swear it is a genuine Flemish product. Chapeau! Thanks to Jean H. for recommending it!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (9411) - 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!


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