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


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RATINGS: 198   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 (4133) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
thedm (5551) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUL 9, 2016
This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured no head or was fully diminished. The body was semi-transparent brown colored with no lacing. The nice aroma was funky farmhouse tart and sour. The flat mouth feel was weakly tingly at the start and at the finish. The funky flavor contained notes of tartness and was sour. Not one that I would likely drink again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ads135 (4060) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 19, 2016
This is what I like my Oud Bruins to taste like. Syrupy, some Worchestershire sauce, and a lingering thick sweetness tempered by some funk. Bought at Beertopia in 2016.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MetalNHopHead (1298) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - APR 24, 2016
My first brush with Trois Dames and one of the better Oud Bruins I’ve gotten to enjoy. Brown pour with a short-lasting head. Aromas of must (as in decay, not wine - that’ll come later), funk, earth, hay, dank wood, vinegar, and cherry. Flavors are complex and can be tricky to pinpoint at times. There’s a big vinegar note, but not like you might often experience in a sour beer. It IS acidic, but it’s got a vinous character that’s rich and nearly meaty. Almost like red wine vinegar or balsamic vinegar. Tart cherry taste, too - plenty of rotted and soured qualities to the fruitiness. It’s all finished by a dry feel. This Dame’s got class.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oldrtybastrd (4951) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 11, 2016
Pours a clear reddish brown color. Aromas of stonefruit, yeast, vinegar, and a touch of wood. Flavor is sour, yeasty, wood, with a tart sour finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cybercat (4984) - Georgia, USA - MAR 28, 2016
Pours opaque chocolate brown with a fairly thick, though not long-lasting, tan head. Aroma features a strong note of sour fruit, pear, cherry, berry, and a little apple. Flavor is seriously sour - if you like your beers sour, you will enjoy this Grande Dame! Pear, apple, cherry and berry tones contribute to a taste that will make your whole face do the Sour Brown Shuffle. Mouthfeel presents firm, smooth body if not a lot of fizz. This one could have you speaking French even if you don’t know much!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
superspak (4471) - Michigan, USA - JAN 31, 2016
330 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours fairly crystal clear dark reddish brown color with a small dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a spotty lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big tart raspberry, cranberry, cherry, red grape, apricot, green apple, hay, straw, brown sugar, toasted oak, light chocolate, red wine vinegar, light pepper/funk, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, oak barrel, and moderate malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big tart raspberry, cranberry, cherry, red grape, apricot, green apple, hay, straw, brown sugar, toasted oak, light chocolate, red wine vinegar, vanilla, light pepper/funk, and yeast/oak earthiness. Light-medium fruity/acidic tartness and yeast/oak spice on the finish; with lingering notes of raspberry, cranberry, cherry, red grape, apricot, green apple, hay, straw, brown sugar, toasted oak, red wine vinegar, vanilla, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, oak barrel, and moderate malt flavors; with a great malt/tart/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness form acidity as well. Light-medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly acidic, and light creamy/bready balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Flanders brown ale style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, oak barrel, and moderate malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink with the balanced acidity. A very enjoyable offering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
dandeman (799) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 21, 2016
Achetée au Beer Cellar a Waterbury en May 2015 et vieillie en cellier depuis. L’olfactif nous propose une belle complexité de fruits sur une base vinaigrée et tannique, aux tons de vieux cuir. L’abricot y est bien sur présent avec de légères notes de raisins secs, de prunes et de cerises de terre. Une immense mousse beige et rocailleuse se colle pendant de longues minutes sur le liquide marron et très opaque. L’entrée en bouche est très acidulée. On y perçoit un peu de boisé. La finale est également vineuse et légèrement alcoolisée. Présence légère de chocolat. La bouche me déçoit un peu. Les fruits de l’olfactif sont absents. Ne restent que le chocolat et l’acidité. Bof!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gaultier (1415) - SWEDEN - DEC 21, 2015
Beer tasting @ fillepolo 21/12-15. Bottle from Systembolaget. Fruity, bretty and acidic with woody notes. Body is medium, the finish is dry, fruity and acidic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jorn69 (2585) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - DEC 21, 2015
Beer tasting @ fillepolo 151221. Bottle (750 ml) from Systembolaget. Fruity and woody, bretty and caramely, medium body with a watery to oily texture. The finish is dry, fruity and bretty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fillepolo (503) - SWEDEN - DEC 21, 2015
Bottle from systembolaget. beer tasting @ my place. Pours a brown to redish beer with a medium head. Fruity and sour with Woody notes. Dry sour finish.

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