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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: 159   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!



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4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
drtbrewster (40) - Arizona, USA - JAN 12, 2014
Really sour taste and aroma, packs a bunch and is quite pronounced. A great beer for it’s style.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gnoff (8006) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GarrettB (1117) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 21, 2015
June 20th, 2013 - My tasting notes for Trois Dame’s Oud Bruin (formerly known as Grand Dame) are based on a short sip from a friend’s glass, but I can tell even from that small sample that this is a sweet and oaky sour. More nuance requires more beer, which my friend was not having, but I did notice some clean strawberry notes, and enough sourness to be pronounced, but not enough to collapse the mouth in flesh-rending acidity.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
_angst_ (3158) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 17, 2015
Bottle @ Gnoff. Pours hazy reddish brown with a frothy brownish beige head that leaves some sparse trace on the glass while dissipating. Smell is smell is malty and fruity with dark bread, caramel, lemon juice, apricots, grape juice, moist wood, hay, soil and lemon zest. Taste is sour, salty, slightly malty and fruity with dark bread, lemon juice, apricots, apple cider vinegar, white grapes, moist wood, hay, soil, minerals and lemon zest. Mouthfeel is slightly sharp, dry, tart and medium bodied. Finish is sour with dark bread, lemon juice, apricots, apple cider vinegar, moist wood, dry soil, minerals and lemon zest. Nice citric acid centred apricot sour.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
AbouAli (151) - SWITZERLAND - DEC 5, 2014
Grand Dame - oud bruin Belle exemple d’une fausse oud burin. On retrouve certains éléments tel que l’acidité acétique mais elle manque de complexité par rapport à une goudenband ou même une duchesse de bourgogne. il existe désormais plusieurs cuvées de la "Grande Dame"

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
King_Alex_II (173) - SWITZERLAND - NOV 27, 2014
Disclaimer: grand same (oid bruin with abricots) Smells sour with some fruity notes (the lable suggests abricots, but I am not very good at distinguishing fruits) The description as a sour brown is very accurate with an additional emphasis on sour.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eduardovl (987) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
500ml bottle poured in a chalice A: Pours a deep brown cloudy color. The head is almost unexistent, only a thin and beige head is formed and that instantly disappears. Practically no lacings are left S: Smell is fruit-estery and acid. Apples and vinegar are quite evident. Biscuity (Diacetyl?) T: Lactic sourness, but not extremely acid. Softer than a Lambic, for example. So that you can feel some malts and hops. Again, fruity, apples and pears mainly M: Medium body. Bit molasses. Very low carbonation. Acid with a bit bitter end. O: Great beer [ BA Review @ 10/15/2011 ]

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
ekstedt (5654) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 26, 2014
Bottle (75 cl) from Systembolaget. Dark chestnut, medium beige head. Smoked manure aroma, mature cheese, some red fruit. Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Semi dry, medium acidity.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pilsnerrogge (2553) - Finspång, SWEDEN - SEP 12, 2014
Bottled:
Pours deep redish brown with a mid sized head.
Sourish aroma of raspberries, cherries, funk and chocolate.
Sour taste with notes of grapefruit, cherries, funk and apricots.
Really good!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nisse666 (4561) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 16, 2014
Big bottle from SB cons 2014-08-16 Göteborg AR: sour, kriekish, dust, dadels AP: dark brown reddish, fizzy stouthy créme brown head F: sour, kriekish, youghurt, rich carbonation, dry, tart,

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SamTheBarrel (509) - Vallentuna, SWEDEN - AUG 9, 2014
750ml 2014 years vintage brown bottle labelled Grande Dame Oud Bruin, label pictures a woman sipping beer, poured into a Tulip glass. Appearance is cloudy sienna brown with a small khaki colored head that quickly reduced. Aroma of cherries, plums and notes of oak wood. Flavours of cherries, plums, oak wood notes, vanilla and a hint of vinegar and chocolate. Taste is light sweet, medium bitter and medium sour. Palate is medium bodied, smooth texture and soft carbonation. Overall Grande Dame is delicious, a pleasant tartness and flavour complexity.


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