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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Westchesterco (2274) - mclean, Virginia, USA - MAR 9, 2014
Poured from a bottle at a rb tasting the color is a dark amber it is cloudy and the aroma is of sour apples. The taste is is sour and has a taste of sour apples

Iphonephan (7486) - Jackson Hole/McLean, Virginia, USA - MAR 9, 2014
From a 22 oz bottle shared at the March 2014 DC RB gathering. Pours cloudy brown with a thin ecru head. Caramel nose. Flavors of cherry and caramel. Medium to thin bodied. Soft carbonation. Slight tart finish.

bmerz (741) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAR 7, 2014
Bottle. Pours a reddish brown with almost no life at all. Aroma is very thin malty sweet with vague lactic sourness. Flavor is about the same but with a mild rancid butter and bitter finish. Feel is thin and a bit silty with very light carbonation. Shame. I was in the mood for an oud bruin.

Reimer96 (1778) - Alberta, CANADA - FEB 17, 2014
Pours a clear reddish brown with a light tan head and average retention. Aroma of fruity esthers, caramel, plums, figs, prunes and spicy phenols. Taste is tannic, malty and fruity with some carmelization type characters, sweet dried fruits and some earthy characters. Overall its malty and fruity with a faint sourness...needs more sourness and is unbalanced by being too sweet.

rubbishystuff (2537) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 31, 2014
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2017 From Gene’s. I usually am a big fan of Oud Bruin. While not bad, if you are bad fan of the style you will be disappointed. It is almost a sour for extreme beginners. I don’t think all sours need to be super puckery but this was way too subtle. That being said it wasn’t bad a drink other than a little too sweet. Serving: Bottle

topherh (1929) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - JAN 29, 2014
2013 bottle Pours amber with little head. Aroma is stale caramel malt. Flavor is cardboard, odd fruitiness, odd off flavor finish.

Hoppygirlcda (29) - Coeur d Alene, Idaho, USA - JAN 26, 2014
Beers like these are why I sometimes question staying part of the monthly beer club I am part of. No head to speak of and tasted more like a high ABV beer not a measly 6%. Not something I would ever buy. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

VinegarStroke (452) - Napa, California, USA - JAN 25, 2014
Bottle: waste of money. More fool me. Sold as a Berliner Wiesse at Bevmo. What a joke. I should have ignored the fool. Cloudy, copper brown and a crap head. Malty dried fruit aromas. Hardly sour. This is more of an Abbey Ale that’s a little light. Caramel aromas. Low hops. Off dry to slightly sweet, hardly sour to low sourness, and low to medium bitterness. Flabby and mid weight and short. Just a shame. This is not a real sour beer. No funk or complexity. DONT BE FOOLED!

nuplastikk (6514) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 18, 2014
750ml bottle. Orange-red body, not much head. Creamy malt body, not sour, but definitely has a tang to it. Kind of odd, medium bodied. Reminiscent of a Steam beer in ways, but has the delicate lactic tones. OK at best, not so impressive.

CanIHave4Beers (4243) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - DEC 26, 2013
Pours a hazy red with a loose head.

The aroma is malty and has some light tart cherry.

The flavor is a touch boozy, sort of tannic, with some tart cherries, some oak, and a whole bunch of maltiness. Really odd.

This is one of those where it almost seems like they just had an infected batch of an Amber ale or whatever and tried to sell it as a sour beer... not a lot of style characteristics displayed on this one, weird, not all together terrible, but certainly not good or representative of the style at all.

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