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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: 181   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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!



3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 18, 2015
Deep brown pour the nose is very acetic and tart. A bit of light cherry and some nice fruit. Bright and a little bit woody. Really rich and tasty.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gnoff (8795) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (8619) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocLock (8602) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JorisPPattyn (8576) - 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!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
deyholla (8354) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (8069) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (8000) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sebletitje (7928) - Enghien, BELGIUM - FEB 23, 2011
Bouteille 75cl. Rousse foncée, mousse blanche épaisse. Arôme dégage une fine note d’acidité typique de ce style flamand. Malt est léger et présente une fine couche de malt grillé qui reste un peu en retrait. Cela laisse ample place au vin d’abricot pour se distinguer. On peu clairement y voir la finesse de cette approche des styles entre la stout et cette oud bruin qui sont en parfaite symbiose. En bouche, on a tout ce que l’on attend de ce style avec là encore la touche du maître brasseur qui a su mélanger ce goût abricoté avec un malt à la fois grillé mais aussi légèrement chocolaté. Cela laisse un fini qui est finement acidulé avec des notes de levure tout en conservant un aspect sympa de vin et de fruits; abricots.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7904) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 3, 2010
Bottle via a trade with bu11zeye. Even with a violent pour, only a frothy head over a hazy brown body. Aroma is wine, lightly sour, lacto, earth, cherries and caramel. Taste is cherries, berries, wine, sour, lacto, chocolate, barrel and earthy. Lively bubbles. Dry mouthfeel. Very well balanced and very drinkable.


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