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RATINGS: 47   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Our complex, Belgian-style wild beers are aged for several months or even years in our oak barrels. Each barrel contains a different base beer (with distinct color, flavor, body, alcohol, malt and hop character) which undergoes spontaneous and prolonged fermentation with wild critters including Brettanomyces, which is a non-spore forming genus of yeast which lives on the skins of fruit in the wild. The genus name Dekkera is used interchangeably with Brettanomyces and was discovered at the Carlsberg brewery in 1904 by N. Hjelte Claussen, who was investigating it as a cause of spoilage in English ales but which is appreciated and encouraged in certain traditional Belgian-style ales.

BARREL #1: Flanders/Oud Bruin

Belgian style Flanders/Oud Bruin naturally soured by spontaneous/wild secondary fermentation and aging for over two years.

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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Andrew196 (1739) - Katy, Texas, USA - MAR 15, 2017
Draft - Pours a lovely reddish-amber. Aroma of souring plums, red grape. Taste is soured stone fruit, grape, caramel, earth...a hair on the flat side of a feel but overall pretty good.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (7449) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 19, 2017
Sampled on draft at 3R6P this beer poured a dark brown color with a reddish hue and a small beige head that fades quickly and left no lacing. The aroma was sour with red wine vinegar and a bit of soy sauce. The flavor w assour with cherry, berry, soy sauce, red wine vinegar and a hint of wood. Long finish. Medium bodied but too flat. In the ballpark of the classics of the style in flavor but ends up a pale imitation. Ok.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
glennmastrange (2779) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - JAN 11, 2017
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2017 Bottle. Light grain and hay for the malt, light herbs for the hops, moderate to heavy earth, musty basement and dried leaves for the yeast, with cherry and red wine vinegar in the background. Head is small, fizzy, tan, with a slippery ring of lacing and is almost fully diminishing. Color is clear dark brown. Flavor starts moderately to heavily acidic and acetic, then finishes moderately to heavily acidic, lightly bitter and sour. Palate is light to medium, watery with a lively carbonation and a lightly dry finish. A really nice Sour Brown with a bit of a bite but is very drinkable.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gregwilsonstl (2343) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 31, 2016
Brown. Funky. Oxidized. Subtle sour. Tasted at carters NYE party. Not my mind of thing

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
heemer77 (5340) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - OCT 22, 2016
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2016 Tap at el Bait Shop. Deep brown that is nearly black. Tan head. Nose of tart cherries and leather. There is also wood and a little tobacco. Taste is Brett type funk and lots of wood. There is also cherry pits and leather. Slightly salty finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlacoAlto (4176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 26, 2016
Barrels 25-27, 35-36; Batch year 2013; Sampled March 2016
A stead pour produces a one-finger thick, amber tinged, dark tan colored head. The beer is a deep red / amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, ruby hue when held up to the light. The beer is quite aromatically fruity, I can smell it even as I visually inspect it, with notes of plum, berry jam, and perhaps some raisin. There is a smooth, acetic & lactic acidity here that accentuates the fruit character; notes of strawberry, and cherry join the other notes. There is a solid oak character here, without getting overwhelming it contributes a solid wood-like background note, a bit of spicy oak, and a suggestion of vanilla and toasted coconut. A solid, dark malt, nuttiness becomes more noticeable over time, and there is a certain, musty oxidation character that is also found in the nose.

Somewhat dry up front, but there is a very soft, rounded, caramelized malt character here, that I wouldnt really call sweet. Nicely tart, with a touch of spicy acetic acid, and a solid base of lactic acidity. The tartness accentuates a fruit character that has touches of caramelized cider, prune like notes, some tart raisin, as well as a sort of berry / cherry character. Some nutty notes linger on the palate and seem contributed by some dark malt notes, as well as from some touches of savory oxidation.

Again, this is a really nice sour beer from this brewery. I will have to keep my eye out for more of these, as they are certainly worth trying.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (5223) - Michigan, USA - JUN 30, 2016
500 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 9/14/2015. Pours hazy nearly opque dark brown color with a 1-2 finger dense and fluffy khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big sour cherry, berry, green apple, raisin, plum, red grape, caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, light chocolate, toasted oak, bourbon, vanilla, hay, straw, leather, pepper, musty funk, light red wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, bourbon barrel, and moderate dark/bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big sour cherry, berry, green apple, raisin, plum, red grape, caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, light chocolate, toasted oak, bourbon, vanilla, hay, straw, leather, pepper, musty funk, light red wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Good amount of fruity/acidic sourness and yeast/tannic oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of sour cherry, berry, green apple, raisin, plum, red grape, caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted oak, bourbon, vanilla, hay, straw, leather, pepper, musty funk, light red wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, bourbon barrel, and moderate dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/sour/spiciness balance; and zero astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from sour/spiciness as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, acidic/tannic, and fairly creamy/grainy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding Flanders brown ale. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, bourbon barrel, and moderate dark/bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink; even with the high level of sourness/acidity. A highly enjoyable offering.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kaser (6015) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 23, 2016
Reddish dark pour from 16o bottle at home. Aroma is cherry and red wine. Taste is similar - dry, tart, really fruity, berries and a little red wine and vinegar. Good stuff

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tmoreau (4091) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2016
Shared 16.07 oz. bottle poured to snifters showing a fairly clear, mahogany color, with a presentable layer of bubbly, tan head foam, and dots & dashes of lacing. The nose was woody/oaky, esters as dark cherry & concord grape, with a rather vinous nature. Medium bodied, with moderate carbonation, the taste was on the sour side of tart, along with a finishing dryness that created a pleasant puckering on the palate. A fine example of a quality Flanders Brown Ale/Oud Bruin.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DialSquare (4731) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 9, 2016
Old note. On tap at Crest in Clintonville. Random notes: leather, light vinegar, cherry, wine, bit muddled, little tinny. fairly thick. light to moderate sour.


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