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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Ratman197 (15624) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 13, 2007
! litre swing top poured a clear reddish brown with a minimal lingering tan head. Aromas of toffe, carmel, fruitiness, light chocolate and a hint of spice. Palate was light to medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of toffee, carmel, light cherry and hints of chocolate and spice with a crisp lightly sweet finish. Nothing sour going on here. More like an abbey ale.

tyler_mn (2464) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - SEP 3, 2007
1 liter swingtop bottle. It had been sitting in my fridge, undisturbed for a few hours and when I opened it, a geyser of beer erupted and sprayed all over my kitchen. Annoying... on to the beer. Pours a murky brown/amber with lots of particulate. Aroma of tart cherries, wood and a hint of vanilla and sour yeast. Much the same on the palate. Fairly dry and sour, but nothing too over the top. Medium bodied and finishes a bit watery.

kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Name: Old Bruin
Date: 06/24/2007
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, RBSG 2007

clear brown, fine beige head, tart chocolate and caramel aroma, creamy body, rich chocolate flavor, nice caramel, just enough sweetness for balance, very low tartness

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 11/20
Rating: 3/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *4

BückDich (5477) - McCall, Idaho, USA - AUG 14, 2007
Draught @ The Front Door in Boise. The nose is lightly fruity with some cherry and wood, some clean malt and very light yeast and hops. The flavor is nice and balanced. An amber ale with a lightly tart fruity finish. Clean and balanced. An all around great session beer, but nowhere near as intense as a beer with a huge grizzly bear on the front should be.

Beaver (1869) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 10, 2007
1L bottle with waxed swing top, dated 4/11/2007. Pours a ruby red-brown with a very little head that quickly disappears.

The aroma is tart/sour fruits and oak with some smoky charcoal and leather.

The flavor is very washed out and watery. There is some cola and sweet and tart fruits, with a slight washed out bitterness at the end. The mouthfeel is pretty thick and slightly syrupy which is weird considering how watery it tastes. There is almost no carbonation.

Overall, it’s a very washed out and watery flemish. Even if the flavors were bolder, I think they would not compare well to other sour beers. definitely not worth the $12. It’s not offensive, there’s just not much there.

BeerandBlues2 (14018) - Escondido, California, USA - JUL 29, 2007
1 L swing-top, waxed bottle purchased at Liquor Max in Loveland. Pours cloudy tawny with a small, fizzy, light brown head, mostly diminishing, spare lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (bread, caramel), average hops (flowers, lemon), average yeast (dough, earth) with notes of cherry and raspberry. Light bodied, slick texture, average carbonation and a chalky finish. Short duration, light sweetness, acidity and bitterness. This is a far cry from a Flemish Sour.

BDR (2535) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 13, 2007
Thanks to skyview for sharing at RBSG07. Took me a month to figure out the grand and the teton on this one, though the oud bruin came through just fine. A light red brown color with no head. Nice sour cherry nose with a similar body.

Skyview (6115) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JUL 8, 2007
Stopped at the Grand Teton Brewing Company near Victor, Idaho and picked up three of the Cellar Reserve brews for the RBSG ’07 Grand Tasting. Since Old Bruin was available, we’ve added a fourth Grand Teton for the tasting. Pours a clear amber brew with a nice off-white head that dissolves to a fine film. Aroma of sour pears, caramel malt, and some tart cherries. Taste is slightly tart with a medium body and light carbonation. Finish is a little watery, with some earthy yeast and dry bitter aftertaste.

ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 6, 2007
750cl bottle: Cherry, oak, dust, and toffee aromas; pors with a creamy, short head over a deep ruby colored body; the flavor is lightly fruity (cherries and pear), slightly sour, and somewhat spicy; rather dull, actually, and quite watery; pales to most any real Flemish brown. I expected more.

maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 1, 2007
Clear reddish amber body with a small off-white head. Sweet cherry aroma with some light sour and caramel. Sweet caramel flavor with some light cherry and a tart ending.

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