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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
vyvvy (6307) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUL 24, 2013
Pours hazy reddish brown with a small light tan head. The aroma has cream, some fruitiness, earthy yeast, caramel and toffee. It has a medium / full body thats a bit rich then has some huskiness and light carbonation. The flavor starts out with spice, plums, caramel, berries and an overall watery aspect to everything. The finish has a tinny sourness, metallic aspects and earthiness. This is okay, but not sure what style its trying to be. Sure doesnt taste like the description on the bottle.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
gramity (1634) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 22, 2013
Amber pour with a small head. Slightly sour nose, hits pretty flat and watery on the palate. Kind of a poorly executed sour.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
madvike (3230) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 17, 2013
Bottle - Pours copper amber with a thin foamy tan head. Nose is baking spice, dry bready malt, and not really any fruit. Taste is lots of baking spice, a touch of cherry, and some lightly sour bready malt. No tartness to speak of. High carbonation and a little slick. Pretty bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JUL 7, 2013
Appearance: Pours a dark amber with no head. Not on the pour or after a gentle swirl around the glass.

Aroma: Cocoa powder, sweet cherry, Mountain Berry Kool-Aid.

Taste: Milk chocolate covered strawberry and a touch of oak. Faintly tart from that strawberry note, and Im being generous. No signs of beer bugs, tartness or sourness.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with average carbonation.

Overall: I was looking forward to a puckering adventure, and was disappointed This beer is not sour or tart in the least, which made me sad. With all that said, the beer in my glass was tasty, and there is a chance this beer blossoms into what was advertised.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
scooterbub (1051) - Lander, Wyoming, USA - JUL 7, 2013
25.4 ounce bottle. Pours a golden amber with a thin light tan head. Taste is of fruit, yeast, malt, spice, caramel and some hops. Similar, but cleaner aroma. Has a decent, sticky body. The finish is sour, a bit warming and of spice. Improves a bit as it warms, more sourness, fruit and spice comes through. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ajnepple (6121) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 6, 2013
22 oz bomber. Red with minimal white head. Yeasty estery aroma and flavor. Medium body with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbill (3616) - Laurel, New York, USA - JUL 5, 2013
On draught at the brewery. Arrived a clear red with a moderate linen white head that lasted through the first quarter of the glass and left no lace. Pleasant aroma of malt with raisin and honey. The flavor is malt and mild fruity Belgian yeast. Nice caramel silkiness to the mouthfeel. Very mild bitterness at the finish. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Scopey (14007) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 5, 2013
2013 bottle at Octobachi, Charleston. It pours cloudy red-brown with a small beige head. The nose is red berry, tanginess, mild vinegar, sweet red grape, jam and sour wood. The taste is smooth, dark fruit, dried berry, faint sourness, damp wood, brown sugar and earth with a dry finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Perhaps more on the sweet side than sour.... Tasted fine with spicy food, but on its on so-so.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cards04 (2764) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JUL 4, 2013
Nice reddish brown pour. Sour cherries and oak on th nose. Some dark fruit too. A bit watery, but not bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
poisoneddwarf (2475) - Coeur d Alene, Idaho, USA - JUL 4, 2013
750 ml bottle with a mean-ass ugly-looking bear on the label. Bottled on 4/1/13; a little over three months old. Pours cloudy brown to burnt orange with a collapsing beige head; falls into a ring of big-bubbly foam. Aroma consists of vinegar, Brett, clove, wood. Smells really nice; Im surprised at the low scores for this. Tastes good, too. Taste is lightly sweet and sour (4/10 on a sour scale). Along with the yeast and bacteria flavors, I get caramel, dark fruit. Body is medium, texture a little watery. Although I prefer my sours much more sour than this, its not too bad. It is thirst-quenching, as the label denotes.

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