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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: 151   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!



4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
crossovert (7302) - Illinois, USA - SEP 16, 2011
750ml green capped bottle. Aged for a bit. It pours a deep, dark brownish red with a nice off-white head that leaves a bit of sticky lacing. It is a nice looking beer. The smell is nice too. It has sour cherries, some barnyard, lemon, vinegar, and caramel. It is sweeter perhaps than a normal one but is still funky and sour in the scent. The flavor starts sweet but then goes into sour, then funky. It isn’t overly sour but has a nice mild pucker. Tart cherries seem to be the main flavor along with some lemon and apple. There is even some raspberry and balsamic in there along with an underlying of malt. It is a bit sweet as you go but still a pretty fine Oud Bruin that reminds me a it more of American examples than Belgian ones. I recommend aging this one.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerhunter111 (7160) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAR 15, 2014
Trübes dunkel rötlichbraunes Bier mit geringer Schaumkrone. Geruch säuerlich, fruchtig, Beeren, Holz, Karamell. Geschmack fruchtig säuerlich, dunkle Beeren und Früchte, holzig.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (6851) - Alamo, California, USA - OCT 23, 2012
Draft. Dark mahogony beer with a dark tan head. Light sour aroma with strawberry. Strawberry and tart/sour flavor with rhubarb and light oak. Medium bodied. Tartness/sourness and light oak lingers with light acetic notes, strawberry, and light rhubarb.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (6669) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sebletitje (6641) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
deyholla (6605) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (6584) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (6436) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 10, 2010
Bottle from Monument Wine. Pours reddish brown with a decent beige head and a vinegar aroma. There is a sour fruit and smoked malt flavor, quite vinous and tasty, that improves with warming. A good brown ale.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Plovmand (6355) - Helsinge, DENMARK - NOV 28, 2009
Bottle. Reddish brown with a medium tan head. Fruity aroma with faint plum and a sour kick. The flavour is sweet malty with dark fruit and light sour. Nice one.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ernest (6199) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 23, 2010
Bottle. Head is initially small, fizzy, brown, fully diminishing. Body is hazy medium to dark amber. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (caramel, toasted grain), lightly yeasty (cobwebs), with notes of wood, sour apple, cherries, cinnamon, hamburger w/ketchup. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery/syrupy texture, lively/fizzy carbonation, lightly alcoholic, moderately astringent. The nose has some allure, although it does have that resemblance to hamburger-and-ketchup that some other Flemish sours have, which I’m not a big fan of. A bit uneventful to the eye and mouth, though...head dies completely and quickly, and the mouthfeel and balance are a bit "blah" (needs more acidity and less bitterness). Ok, but there are much better examples out there.


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