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RATINGS: 159   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 267   ABV: 8.9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Inspired by a resurrected style from the Flemish region of Belgium, The Meddler Oud Bruin is a blend of several generations of brown ales that were barrel aged for over 18 months. Wild yeasts, Lactobacillus, and Brettanomyces meddle with the beer creating complexity and depth of flavor. Intricate, yet balanced, The Meddler has an 8.9% ABV.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
devman171 (1221) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - SEP 23, 2013
Bottle pours brownish red with nice bubbly tan head. Aroma is dark fruits and tart, taste is similar with a nice dry tart finish. nice sour!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 3, 2013
Thunderstorms in WA, time to pop something unusual. Pours hazy brown, looks like wood. Huge head, and almost a gusher (I was expecting as much, so it didnt gush). Smells tart, cranberry, baby diaper, and funk. Bit of bandaid. Taste cherry, tart, lactic, bit of earthy funk on the end. Pretty complex. Drinkable. Hides alcohol very well. Well done. One of the better American sours Ive had.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (15259) - , New Jersey, USA - AUG 25, 2013
Bottle shared by me at tasting at my house. Pours dark brown with tan head. Nose and taste of caramel, sour dark fruits, oak, sour grain, cocoa and light cherry vinegar. Well-balanced. Moderate acidity. Medium body.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (9685) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - AUG 25, 2013
Bottle at a tasting at James place. Pours a lightly hazed brown with a thin white head. Soft malt and a bit of acetone and fruit. Big acid, acetic and warming, old fruit, wood, a bit of tangy malt. Warming alcohol and acid on the finish. Tasty.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dogfish120love (1198) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 24, 2013
Pours a murky light brown with a beige lacing. Notes of caramel, toffee, chocolate and sour grapes. Moderate sourness.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheAlum (7041) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 12, 2013
750 ml bottle acquired from Zipps Liquor (St. Paul, MN). Thanks, Ty To. Finally cracking this one during a rating dump. Pours a deep dark brown hue, healthy ruby highlights. A cakey tannish head atop stays as a large layer, laces well and sticks around as a firm film. Darker. Aromas are sour cherries, wet oak, a touch biscuity and earthy. Vanilla, firm lactic sourness, gentle red wine with raspberries, cherries, and a firm pulpy fruit nose. The brett presence becomes more apparent as it settles, dry and funky. Initial is lighter end of medium bodied, firm lactic bite up front. Sour red fruit, cherries and gentle raspberry. A bit sharp and dry, moving into the middle we see some firm to decent fruit presence. Cherry, dark fruit, plum and prune meet a bit of raspberry. The intensity from the nose isnt quite there but its still pretty nice. Backend is a touch hot, definitely get a bit of warmth from this one back there. Firm oak, a nicer bretty hit as we move on. A bit tart, red fruit, some plum and gentle dark fruit. Tart and a bit hot as we finish. The front and nose are really nice, but its a bit hot in the finish. Too big overall in the alcohol presence. Ok, just seems like less ABV presence would make this a much better beer. A bit of carmelized malt, faint cocoa in small touches, a firmer brett presence with that heat. Cobwebs, dryness, and basement. Has a lot of potential but really finishes in a bad sort of way.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (10395) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 31, 2013
Bottle thanks to a trade! Pours a clear deep amber with a large yellowish brown head that lasts throughout the beer. Aroma has a good amount of acidity with a good amount of oak and a touch of funk. Flavor is more balanced between acidic red fruits, oak and a light funky note.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Roonai (305) - - JUL 31, 2013
Bottle shared by Derek, thanks!! Pours very deep mahogany with off white head that lasts. Nose is sour, red wine, tannins and currents. Taste is similar: loads of tart currents, tannins, rich oaky undertones to round it out nicely.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brian60625 (746) - Illinois, USA - JUL 23, 2013
22 ounce bottle divided among 5. Thanks goes to NKS for getting this one to Chicago. I wasnt expecting it to be such a big and sour ale. There was a punchy level of carbonation that helped it deliver all that tartness. Much darker too - it has a dark red-brown hue with a tan layer of foam that didnt stick around long. The tart and sour aspects gave way to some nice woodsy flavors as things tapered down after a few good seconds of mouth swirling. I like how it wasnt very sweet, it had an aged and dry character for the style, and didnt remind me of pie or candied cider, as you typically find with sours.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 14, 2013
Thanks, Jeff! Nice vigorous pour, reddish-brown with a fairly bright countenance. Nose is fairly nice, a dose of tart cherry that leads things off, nice mellow brown beneath and plenty of barrel character. Mouthfeel is nice, balanced with appropriate carbonation, and moderately acetic. More complexity emerges to taste, with plenty of tannins and wild yeasts coming through along with the aforementioned notes. Good one, sure to get better with age.


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