RATINGS: 119   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.97/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
The “Oud Bruin” or “old brown” style beers, brewed in and around Oudenaarde, on the river Scheldt in East Flanders, are notable for their complex combinations of malt, long boiling times (which provide some caramelization of the wort), and multi-strain, top-fermenting yeasts, some with lactic and acetic character. These are often “provision beers,” bottle-conditioned for cellaring, to be brought out when they can be savored. Their thirst-quenching sweet-and-sour character makes them perhaps the most refreshing beers in the world. Our Oud Bruin is firmly in the East Flanders tradition. We used American 2-row barley and German melanoidin malt (for red color) as well as maize (to lighten the body). The wort was simmered in the kettle for 24 hours, then hopped lightly with English Kent Goldings for balance. We fermented with a Flemish blend of yeast and bacteria cultures, including lactobacillus, pediococcus, and brettanomyces. It took six months at cellar temperature for the culture to achieve the style’s characteristic quenching sourness. Finally, we bottle-conditioned the beer according to the “methode champenoise,” so it, too, can be laid down, to be brought out when it can be truly enjoyed. Because of its lactic and acetic sourness, this is a wonderful beer for cooking and pairing with food. Unlike any wine, Oud Bruin complements vinegary dishes such as salads or even pickles. Its flavors will enhance those of shellfish, liver, rabbit, and game birds like quail. The acidity of the beer tenderizes beef and is ideal for braising—try it in the classic Belgian Carbonade Flamande.

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Bitterbill (2104) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - OCT 26, 2017
From Jul 2007 Purchased from Poplar Wine & Spirits in Casper for US$10.50. Pours from 32oz waxed and sealed swing top bottle (bottled Apr 22 3007) a cloudy deep amber-brown with a smallish head of foam but it sticks around for the entire session and it has some lacing. The smell is big on the yeast! I'm also getting some sourness and some fruit but the yeast smell is strong and oh.... the sour notes are taking center stage now and I can't wait to take a sip. The taste is really fruity up front. There's a definite sour flavour that dominates the initial taste but that is offset by some good malty caramel sweetness and it has a lot of earthy tones in the background that become more noticeable as I take further sips. It's an unusual mixture of flavours but I find that it works for *my* taste buds and I find myself taking more and more sips. Pretty drinkable in my book. Further sips in and the sourness is still there but the malt presence balances out the brew nicely. I think Grand Teton has done a nice job within the style. I'm glad I bought 2 botttles for myself and 1 for a trade to another fan of the Grand Teton's Cellar Reserve series. This one is, imho, another well crafted brew. Thanks Grand Teton!

JohnGalt1 (1721) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 4, 2015
3 finger head that left very nice lacing atop a hazy amber brew. Aroma is funky sweet and sour.. reminds me of a sweeter smelling Orval.. spicy. Flavor begins with a spicy slightly sweet malty blast and trails into some nice bret mid palate and finish is fairly dry with a lingering bret and mild hop flavor. Green apples and a faint oakiness. Light/medium palate with only a touch of carbonation.

Craftbrewhaha (80) - - OCT 1, 2015
Had this on draft. Gentle acidity, complementing malt backbone. Great aroma. Not my favorite Oud Bruin, but not far from the top of the list!

PartyFowle (954) - - MAY 8, 2015
Not an oud bruin. Smells very sweet -- malty, worty. Caramel, red apple, pear, bake bread. Got the malt side right; needs some acidity. Super-sugary flavor. Bread, caramel, toffee, apple cider, a bit of bretty funk. Zero Flanders acidity, and if this is actually 6 percent alcohol, I’ll eat my own shoes. Tastes more like a quad than anything, and not like a very good one.

MartinT (10240) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 29, 2014
My Bottom Line:
Lactic connotations and vegetal undertones wade within this storyless Oud Bruin.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam covers the dull, misty pale red.
-A touch of butyric acid (spoiled milk) is found in the nose.
-Mouthfeel is a tad fluffy, which doesn’t work with the style (for me).
-Acidity levels are low for the style.
-After 4 different brews, this brewery just doesn’t do it for me.

Bottle; 2013 vintage.

slowrunner77 (13908) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 4, 2014
What a letdown this one. GT has always been solid, if not spectacular, and this, as a sour, is just crap. Smells and tastes of barn, yes...but in that dusty old smell. Very little tartness or sour (or really a whole lot of anything going on) in the aroma and flavor. Too gassy. More like a straight belgian, and a somewhat boring one at that. One timer for sure, not worth half what they charge. Stick to what you know guys, and sour ales ain’t it."

madchemist83 (272) - USA - JUN 9, 2014
More like watered down barely wine. Too much of the malt interfere with flemish yeast character

Narnad (1521) - Crystal Lake, Illinois, USA - MAY 14, 2014
Aroma is fruity with apples, grapes and prune with a strong caramel sweetness under the fruity flavors. The beer has a rich caramel color and a modest tan head with some light cloudiness. Flavor is sweet with a strong raisin presence, light toasted malt which is well balanced with the sweetness. Body is modest with low carbonation. Overall a pretty good brew with a lot of sweetness present.

Beerdrinker79 (2188) - Idaho, USA - APR 13, 2014
750 ml bottle- Pours an extremely hazy orange with minimal head that reduces to a collar. Aroma is extremely malty similar to a barleywine actually. The taste is similar, age has not been kind to this beer, malts similar to a barleywine. The vintage is 2013, PDT is 01/13, about 15 months, a true sour should stand up to much more than this ( possibly the retailer stored it improperly, huge windows shining sunlight right on the bottles?). From what I’ve read its the beer, WTF, extremely malty, not a sour at all!

radagast83 (8827) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAR 10, 2014
1L swing top? bottle. Thanks to maniac! March 2014 DC Tasting. Poured a ruby clear color without a real head to speak of. Aroma was malty, sweet notes. Malt finish, some nutty notes. Age has oxidized this a bit (bottle was first opened in Sept), the sour/acid is missing, but was still enjoyable enough.

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