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Oud 15 - Bullfrog Brewery

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

87 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 87
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 8.81%
Wants: 68
Gots: 19 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Bullfrog Brewery visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Flanders Red Ale |  13.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Flemish style sour ale was initially brewed as a Belgian style quadruple ale. Oud 15 was aged for two years in second generation red wine barrels which previously held our Jaspers beer. Blended and steeped with Montmorency sour cherries and bottle conditioned with Belgian candi sugar, Oud 15 represents the culmination of 15 years of brewing, and is worthy of the commemoration.

(Beer added by: Sammy on 01-07-2013)
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Ratings: 87 | Reviews: 17 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of jzeilinger
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a very dark ruby red color that looks almost garnet brown in color, a very thick and creamy ring surrounds the tulip glass; swirl the glass and it clings to the sides and gradually oozes down the sides.

S - Lots of barnyard funk - white grapes, red tart grapes, horse blanket, and light green apple.

T - White and red grapes, delicate oak tannins, black cherries, moderate and balanced tartness. Alcohol warming is minimal.

M - Heavy medium body and velvet smooth on the tongue with no carbonation.

O - For the ABV rating of this beer, it's deceptively well hidden and more so than most if not all beers I've ever had in this range...impressive at the very least.

jzeilinger, Apr 25, 2013
Photo of cfrances33
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

cfrances33, Apr 15, 2013
Photo of claytong
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

claytong, Apr 08, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Thorpe429, Apr 07, 2013
Photo of yourefragile
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle, thanks Joe!

Pours a murky dark brown/mahogany with a thin, transient tan head. Strong nose of cherry flesh and skin, slightly tart, trace vanilla sweetness, brett, quad dark malts and burnt sugar; very nice blend of Flanders and Quad notes. Flavor is heavy blend of sweet and tart, moist oak throughout and a warming alcohol presence in finish. Tartness of cherry skin and brett blended with sugars and vanilla of quad is a pleasant surprise. Thicker body with lighter carbonation. Could use a little age but a pleasant surprise.

yourefragile, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Shared by BucketBoy. Thanks Joe.

The beer is dark brown with virtually no head. The aroma offers sour cherries, oak, funk. Definitely smells like a strong Flanders red. Lots of alcohol throughout the flavor. Nice flavor, but this would likely improve with some time in the cellar. Notes of vanilla and a balance of sweet and sour cherries. Really nice.

Huhzubendah, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of MasterSki
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared by Steve I think? Served in a snifter at Sarah's birthday bash.

A - Tan foam settles to a thick collar, wisps, and no lacework. Murky raisin-colored body. Pretty solid considering the high ABV.

S - Sweet funky brett clausenii, with nice fruity notes. A mix of lactic sourness, oak, and a mild spicy dill character that I often get from beers aged in oak for a long time. Some cherry skins, a bit of sweet candi sugar and dark fruit malt backdrop. Alcohol is quite well-hidden.

T - The taste is a bit heavy on wet oak and lacks the balance of the aroma. Lactic, with a bit of mild medicinal brett and tart cherry in the finish. Not quite as sweet, with a bit more fruity yeast presence.

M - Smooth, medium-full body, with extremely well-hidden alcohol. Dry and oaky finish and very easy to drink. Pleasant medium Belgian-style carbonation.

D - Definitely more wild ale than quad, but with enough malt to put this squarely in the Flanders tradition. I liked this quite a bit, even when I didn't want to believe the hype. I'd totally drink this one again, even though it's a bittersweet reminder of Bullfrog's better days as a brewery.

MasterSki, Mar 18, 2013
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

acurtis, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -4.8%

djrn2, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of aasher
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

aasher, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of russwbeck
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to paiged for picking this up!

A: The beer pulls out much like a quad: purple in color with a small light brown head. The head doesn't lace much, or stick around for too long, but it's there. The color has hints of red as well, probably from the cherries. It's murky and dark, with a decent amount of bubbles holding the body together. 4.5

S: The aroma is straight Flanders Red all the way. Big cherry notes with some booze and a hint of vinegary tartness. Sweet, but the tartness makes the mouth water just from the scents. You can tell early on that this is going to be a knock out beer. 4

T: The taste brings out the best in quads and flanders red. Big boozy character, first of all, but not as big as you'd expect from a 13% ABV beer. The tartness and delicious cherries cover the booze well. Other dark fruits, and a graininess I attribute to quads is there as well. Candied sugar, blends with the cherries well. Not medicinal or faint in any well. There's a ton going on here, but it is all extremely well balanced. The fifteen years of brewing experience that went into this beer is showing. The tartness leaves a wonderful taste on the palate at the finish. 4.5

MF: This one is a doozy. Thick and rich body with a lower than average, but appropriate level of carbonation. The drinkability is ridiculously high between the sourness and sweetness from the cherries. I feel like I'm guzzling it down. 5

O: Boy oh boy did this live up to the hype. I really wish I got to try more of Bullfrog's sour beers, but I can say Pizza Boy has a great future ahead of it. I love getting these high ABV sours from time to time. Wish I had another bottle of this to age. 4.5

russwbeck, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of claaark13
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

claaark13, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of Sean9689
3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

Sean9689, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of kbuzz
4/5  rDev -4.8%

kbuzz, Feb 16, 2013
Photo of dtx00
5/5  rDev +19%

dtx00, Feb 16, 2013
Photo of oline73
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tasting snifter.

This is a thick beer, but I never would have guessed how high the abv was. I'm getting some nice fruity notes, perhaps cherry along with a nice sour note. There is a funk that I associate with darker beers. Just enough sweetness to balance out the sour flavors. I really enjoyed this one.

oline73, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of stakem
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into a snifter. The brew appears a mahogany color with a tan cap. Some patchy fingers of webby lace stick to the glass. It displays very solid head retention for a beer this big. When swirled nearly a full finger revives and rests atop.

The aromatics are straight up cherry juice. There is a little vanilla, caramel and burnt brown sugar quality. It is deceptively and intriguingly sweet smelling like ripe cherries. The barrel character brings forth that pleasant vanilla aspect that really works with the cherries. When smelling this, I honestly cant tell if the cherry scent comes more from the cherries or the flanders bugs. Regardless it blends together very nice.

The taste is cherry juice with a very natural flavoring. Some caramel and vanilla sweetness is present just like the aroma led on. Mild tartness seems to come from a combination of cherries and bacterial inclusion. There is also almost a soft medical alcohol touch with a hint of herbal hop aspect and raw woodiness. There is a lingering oak aftertaste that breaks things up.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Very natural cherry flavor and tartness that has a masterfully masked alcohol level. If this is seriously 13%, it is one of if not these best hidden alcohol brews I have had to date. There is no warmth and the slightest touch of alcohol noted in the flavor. It was my intention to age my extra bottle but I am having a hard time resisting the urge to drink it all up. Get this if you havent already.

stakem, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of phingdong
4/5  rDev -4.8%

phingdong, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Rochefort10nh, Jan 21, 2013
Photo of oglmcdgl
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

oglmcdgl, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of DaveHack
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

DaveHack, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of stmgl01
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

stmgl01, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of adamleeeck
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

adamleeeck, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of BARFLYB
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

BARFLYB, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of cps98
4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Popped open a bottle the Saturday evening after the release. Enjoyed with a group of friends.

A – Poured into a Victory Tulip, the color is a burnt red with hints of brown mixed in. A small ring of off white head did not last long.

S – Smells of tart cherries, leather and dank moist basement. Plenty of funk.

T – This is a cherry bomb. Lots of tart acidic cherry upfront which gives way to old oak and tobacco on the back end. Not overly acidic like some Wild Ales but plenty of sour/funk for the ones who crave it.

M – Nice medium to full bodied, good spritzy carbonation.

O – Lots of layers of flavor in this one. After aging for 2 years I expected that…did not
disappoint. I wonder how/if it will change with some more time in the bottle?

cps98, Jan 11, 2013
Oud 15 from Bullfrog Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.