RATINGS: 118   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.96/5   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 styles 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 braisingtry it in the classic Belgian Carbonade Flamande.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUN 29, 2007
Last sampel courtesy of maniac in my echo of the RBSG 07. Medium amber. Still some decent carbonation. Great nose of sour cherry and bitter almond with a touch of brett. Flavor unfortunately is considerably more muted, with almost hefe like flavors of clove and banana dominating, with no real sourness. Great nose, too bad the flavor wasnt anything like it. I probably should have put the aroma at a 9 and the flavor at a 6, but you get the idea.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jake65 (3493) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - JUN 25, 2007
Draft at Old Boise Brewfest: Light amber pour with a moderate off-white head. Nose is vibrant and fruity, some caramel and malts. Tastes overly sweet with light citrus fruit notes and caramel. I have a bottle to age and may re-rate on this...

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
hellomynameis (876) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - JUN 25, 2007
Lighter red than i would expect, didnt get a big head. My notes pretty much say that has a belgian aroma, light flavour and spice, not very sour.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BuckeyeBoy (6969) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 24, 2007
On Tap at the Old Boise Brew Fest 2007 Pours out a clear amber topped with a tan head. A light belg aroma with a little spice. This was not much of a Flemish sour to me.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
IndianaRed (4135) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 23, 2007
On Tap at the Old Boise Brew Fest. Light yellowish amber witha small off-white head. LIght sweet grainy malt aroma with some fruitiness. Flavor was again, sweet, plain, lacking in much character. No lactic or acid souness that I could detect either. I would gladly trade a better product for a less verbose and pretentious commercial description. Dissapointing.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 21, 2007
12 ounce bottle, not for retail sale sample. Very light in color, with a filmy head. Sweet fruits and pumpkin spice aroma, seems way off for the style. Flavor is absolutely nothing like an oud bruin. Where do I begin? Sweet beyond belief, not sour at all, no barrel character.was this even aged in wood?. The bacteria cultures just didnt seem to work any magic. Really, really just awful and a drain pour for me. I sampled this next to Russian River Supplication and this beer absolutely tasted and smelled like nothing, when compared to the Supplication. I sampled what I believe was a non bottle conditioned sample, so if my score ends up being against that grain, Ill pony up and by a Liter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (12334) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 19, 2007
on tap-pours a light tan head and amber color. Aroma is dark/medium malt. Taste is dark/medium malt, vinuous/fruity, vinegar, yeast-clove, secondary earthy hops/interesting. OK carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tejas (1000) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 7, 2007
Sampled at the brewey tasting room. Light brown with a good light tan head. Sweet fruity aroma. I typically dont go for these types because theyre just to darn sweet for me but this was very good and at only 6% makes it an easy drinker. Wish I had of bought the big bottle

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