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


on tap

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RATINGS: 185   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   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!

FlacoAlto's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlacoAlto (4045) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 9, 2013
A steady pour into my teku glass produces a pale brown tinged, one-finger thick, tan colored head. The beer is a concentrated brown color that shows opaque when held up to the light. The aroma smells of tart, concentrated raisins, ample prune juice, and some salted dried plum notes. There is some slight toasted grain character, a sort of nutty, light sherry like note, and a touch of concord grape juice. As the beer warms up the toasted malt character starts to lean towards toasted oak notes

The beer has a light tartness, and a sort of savory, almost smoky character to it. The beer is rich on the malt side of the spectrum, with lots of aged malt character; toasted nut flavors, light sherry, aged caramel, a rich toasted brown grain character, and some rounded, toasted oak like flavors. The body has some viscosity and texture to it, this is certainly not on the light side of the spectrum, but is not overly heavy either. The tartness here melds really well with the nutty oxidation and the rich malt character; it is lactic and perhaps just a touch acetic in character, but this last is fairly subtle.

This is a nice, rounded, sort of soft, but still rich example of an Oude Bruin. Quite enjoyable, and a great way to finish off an evening.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (10577) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 20, 2015
On tap at Engine House No 9, pours a deep dark brown with a large beige head. Aroma brings out dark tart cherries, some balsamic vinegar, and leather. Flavour is along the same lines, with notes of leather, tart dark fruits, some acetic / vinegary notes, and a little tart cherry. Cohesive, complex and well-refined. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ferris (8958) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 20, 2015
Draft - Soured dark malts, cherry and wood. Jet black with a rich light brown head. Chocolate, cherry and nice tartness. Really nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rondphoto (3170) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - NOV 10, 2015
bottle @ Party Source / Bellevue KY --- Cloudy brown color, heavy beige head that slowly drops to a cover, a few lace dots. Aroma of sour grain and sour fruit. Taste is both tart and sour grain that adds a little berry and prune on the swallow, maintaining the sour through a full-bodied, lingering finish. An excellent example of an Oud Bruin.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
anstei (531) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - SEP 6, 2015
Tap at CBF. Some saison aroma, but lots of bruin. Nice sour taste, and quite dry. Beautiful!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AndySnow (5573) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 24, 2015
How: Bottle, as Trois Dames Grande Dame.
Where: Systembolaget.
Appearance: Amber colour with a small off-white head.
Aroma: Raisin, grapes, fruit, vinous, a bit sour.
Body: Medium body and carbonation.
Flavour: Berries, raisin, grapes, vinous, some vinegar, caramel, tart.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gription79 (2716) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - JUL 20, 2015
Poured from a 750ml bottle. There is a big apricot character, dried apricot. The acidity is balanced against the maltiness. A very interesting interpretation of the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
edgallow (3077) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 18, 2015
11.2 oz bottle pours hazy brown with a thin tan head. Aroma of raisins, brown sugar, vinegar and malts. Taste is dried fruit, tart and sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClubGonzo (4903) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUL 15, 2015
Bottle. Pours a deep rust-hued brown body with a small off-white head. Nose is raisins, mild balsamic, dark fruits and hints of wood, apple vinegar and rose water. Taste is sour lactic tones, leather, balsamic, raisins and hints of lemon juice, grains and apricot. Medium body and high, near-fizzy carbonation. Original and rather nice, though somehow not quite my cup of tea.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
krumbum (752) - truckee, California, USA - JUL 6, 2015
Smells like sour figs. Chestnut brown with a light brown red head. Surprisingly woody with an underlying tart. Dry woody rolls to a charcoal roast carried on a tart platter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
shigadeyo (3388) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 20, 2015
6/19/2015: Grand Dame Oud Bruin... Aroma has brown sugar, berry, red wine, hint of vinegar; red brown color; flavor is acidic and funky with undertones of red berries, currant, cocoa powder, cherry, oak, red wine vinegar, and caramelized malt; Medium bodu, very carbonated (too much); interesting, good, seems fairly typical of the style.

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