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Chunga's Old Bruin - Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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Chunga's Old BruinChunga's Old Bruin

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

95 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 95
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.83%
Wants: 59
Gots: 12 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Jackie O's Pub & Brewery visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Flanders Oud Bruin |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
A Flanders style brown ale. We took Chomo-lung-ma (our organic honey nut brown) and aged it in a second generation Woodford Reserve barrel (subtle bourbon flavor, notes of American oak) for four months with 30lbs of tart cherries and a specially blended culture of wild yeast and beer souring bacteria. Chunga's Old Bruin exhibits and aroma of sweet cherries and faint chocolate/ roasted malt complemented by a faint oak bouquet. The flavor has a pronounced sour character with the caramel, chocolate, and roasted malt finish.

(Beer added by: beveritt on 12-07-2008)
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Reviews by csmiley:
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csmiley

Ohio

4/5  rDev -4.1%

Bottle 31 / 72

A - Pours dark brown with some sienna thrown in the mix as well. A decent amount of light is able to shine through at the bottom of the glass. Head is off-white to tan and tops out as a cap on the brew. It sticks around for a minute and then recedes to a wisp of a ring around the edges. Lacing is minimal.

S - Oak starts it off. It's quickly followed by a sweeter aroma that almost seems out of place. Seems like honey to me. It's only noticeable for an instant then some cherry and plum show up. Once the dark fruit comes into the equation, the sweeter aroma finds its context. It's a little musty on the end. Some caramel in the distant background. Alcohol is surprisingly absent.

T - Earthy up front. Notes of oak and other woods present. Cherry is, of course, present and more bitter than in the aroma. The odd sweet aroma is completely gone from the flavor. It's a little tart midway with green apple. Alcohol is absent from the flavor too. Very good job covering up 8.5%. Finishes with more oak and a little caramel. Caramel is very, very light though.

M - Lighter bodied with little carbonation. Finish is tart and sticks around on the palate for a while.

D - Drinkability is pretty good. The alcohol is almost completely masked which get points in my book. The oak is prominent and done well. The idea of an organic brown gone sour makes for a good brew. That being said, carbonation. Just not enough in this bottle and that takes away from what would have been a great score. Even a little more suds would greatly improve it. This is still a solid brew from a solid brewery. I'm gonna go ahead and recommend it.

05-03-2010 02:52:56 | More by csmiley
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OhioBobcat

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

12-14-2013 23:24:36 | More by OhioBobcat
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Mora2000

Texas

4.33/5  rDev +3.8%

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

Bottle 56 of 72. Bottled 12/3/09. The beer pours dark brown with a tan head. The aroma is chocolate powder with some oak and tartness. The flavor is oak, chocolate, tart cherries and vanilla. The chocolate stands out more when the beer is cold, but as it warms the flavor improves as the tartness gets more and more assertive. Medium mouthfeel and low to medium carbonation.

I drank the beer right as it came out of the fridge as well as when it had warmed to room temperature. I think the warmer the beer got, the better it got.

06-05-2010 05:13:51 | More by Mora2000
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Cynic-ale

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

12-14-2013 20:59:53 | More by Cynic-ale
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williamjbauer

West Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

12-15-2013 01:04:16 | More by williamjbauer
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acurtis

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -4.1%

11-10-2012 16:20:58 | More by acurtis
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Stigs

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +19.9%

12-04-2011 02:28:16 | More by Stigs
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msemich

Tennessee

4.7/5  rDev +12.7%

As a fan of good Flemish Sour ale, I have to say that this one was right on target. You could really tell the difference between the cherry bite and the the sour provided by the bugs in the brew.

HIGH SEAS WARNING!! I'm sure everyone knows how brewpub tapped ales, especially strong ones, can (ahem) vary on the alc %. While this beer didn't exhibit any overstated alcohol notes, it is quite strong; brett beers seem to go straight to the head as well.
I can honestly say that it was qute easy to drink too much of this one.

From the wild beer point of view, I thought this favorably compared to other sour browns which I have had the opportunity to try. Rodenbach and Duchesse De Bourgogne both came to mind as classmates on this one, though the Chunga definitely exhibited a slightly over-sweet character. If bottled and left for a few months I think this one would be perfect.

A: The barman filled the glass right to the top lip of the small snifter, exemplifying the lack of any head to speak of. I expect that from a sour, but just a little bit of headroom would have been nice along with just a touch of head....after a sip it was a forgotten whine though.

S: Sour + cherry + light phenolic. Just what I expect from a fruited old bruin

T: Cherry was more laid back than expected and allowed the sour character to come alive. Raisin, cacao nib, and finally real cherry were present in the flavor with enough malt to hold it all down. Attenuation was the only problem, as it was still a bit sweet, but this also made for a lively taste to overcome an IPA between samples.

M: A little slimy on the mouthfeel, typical of sours. Not a problem and nothing there out of style.

D: I would give it 5 on drinkability if it were not for the head slamming properties of having more than one. Savor it folks, or you'll be wondering what happend. Oh, and *don't* try to cut it with their OPA, that thing's got a grip too.

Overall: Great. I want more. I want them in my town. Send bottles :)

02-23-2009 16:13:59 | More by msemich
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leschkie

California

4/5  rDev -4.1%

12-03-2011 21:05:32 | More by leschkie
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Photekut

Tennessee

5/5  rDev +19.9%

11-17-2011 23:36:17 | More by Photekut
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prototypic

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

11-30-2013 04:48:49 | More by prototypic
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.93/5  rDev -5.8%

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep brown with some reddish flecks. Small khaki head. Thin collar.

Smell - Cherry, strong acidity. Chocolate malts. Some notes of a bourbon barrel. Oak and vanilla.

Taste - Bright cherry. Sour. The brown ale comes through, though. Caramel and chocolate malt. Some vanilla and oak, again reminiscent of a bourbon barrel. Some red wine characteristics.

Mouthfeel - Oaky. Sour, but not over sour, as Jackie O's tends to be.

Overall - Complex and flavorful. All the flavors are distinct and still work well together.

09-17-2013 01:48:59 | More by Alieniloquium
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beveritt

Ohio

4.2/5  rDev +0.7%

Presentation: Had on tap at the restaurant recently. Served in a medium snifter. I think this is the Chomolungma brown ale, aged on cherries with a wild yeast added.

Appearance: Very little head, filled to the brim of the glass. Ring of medium tan foam around the head of the glass. The beer itself is a medium to dark brown and opaque.

Smell: Amazingly tart smell of cherries.

Taste: Tart cherry flavor with an undertone of malty sweetness. Long lasting yeasty sourness.

Mouthfeel: Low level of carbonation. Body is good.

Drinkability: I don't have much experience with sour ales, but this is great. The tartness of the cherries goes well with the sourness and the nutty malt seems a great base for the other flavors. Tempting to get a growler of it, but I don't know if my tongue could handle that much sourness.

12-07-2008 03:46:31 | More by beveritt
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Tripphop

Virginia

4.55/5  rDev +9.1%

On tap at One Funky Afternoon. 2008 version. A whop in the nose with tart cherries and old funk. Color is a deep mahogany, very slick looking with minimal head and lacing. Cant get over the smell, very rustic and mature. The taste is superb, very complex with layers of chocolate and tart cherries, the sour unravels into a deep heavenly experience. Wish they had bottled this one for the release.

04-08-2011 01:13:56 | More by Tripphop
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dtx00

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

12-20-2012 01:59:51 | More by dtx00
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.83/5  rDev -8.2%

shared this rarity with a few friends at the Kentucky Derby gathering a week or so ago... rhinos00 hooked up the bro and I with some awesome Jackie O treats. Truly appreciated Alex.

Bottle # 37/72

Pours deep red... thin head that doesn't stick around .. no real lace.

Nose starts with a fairly abundant cherry essence, yet seems a tad artificial ... some lite cocoa and only hints of acetic qualities put this in the Oud Bruin category..

Flavor is better... some vanilla and very lite bourbon notes help tie things together... tart cherries are more "real" on the palate.. mildly vinous ... pretty sweet... though the sour notes really don't cut through the sugars.

Body seemed a tad thin with a lite carbonation... finishes pretty smooth and has a lingering fruitiness.

man... I really wanted to like this one more... The body was just too light to warrant a really drinkable brew... and really it seemed to be a bit "all over the place" without ever really gelling together.

Big props once again Alex... One of the best BA's out there.

3.5/3.5/4/3.5/4

05-12-2010 07:44:08 | More by JohnGalt1
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jmarsh123

Indiana

4.23/5  rDev +1.4%

Pours light brown with some red hue along the edges. Small white head leaving solid lacing down the glass.

A bit sweeter on the nose than expected although a good tartness from the cherries and some oak presence cut through it. Just a touch of booze.

Tastes has similar components although the oak shines through more. A little underlying sweetness while still being moderately sour. The oak creates a drying presence on the back end bringing the flavors together.

Medium in body and carbonation.

Another very good bottle from Jackie O's. Good complexity with a good mix of sweet and sour.

06-16-2012 16:46:42 | More by jmarsh123
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.13/5  rDev -1%

cherry wood color with light ruby highlights peaking around the edges of the glass. a small tan head rises up, not too high but never fades leaving nice concentric lacing all the way down.

aroma is wonderfully balanced, just a fantastic blend of tart cherries, wood, light notes of vinegar, plums, all sorts of dark fruits and a wonderfully balanced sour profile. smooth and effortless each sip was truly a pleasure and really set this apart with its depth. hints of leather, tobacco, smooth fruit notes, a touch of vanilla in the finish, it literally had it all and really you could not ask for much more.

10-22-2011 01:23:56 | More by mikesgroove
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vrbulldog22

Ohio

4/5  rDev -4.1%

08-19-2012 14:09:56 | More by vrbulldog22
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oline73

Maryland

3.98/5  rDev -4.6%

Poured from the bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy reddish brown with a small layer of off white head. The head fades to a very small ring around the pour.

Smell: Rather sour, lots of dark fruit and vinegar. I'm getting some tart red berries along with cherries. A bit oaky as well.

Taste: Definitely an oude bruin. Lots of red berry tartness along with some vinegar. Just a touch of sweetness balances out the tart, but doesn't take over. The finish is full of red berry sour notes. Some cherries and oak throughout the sip.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with aggressive carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall:

09-16-2012 20:06:58 | More by oline73
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DarthKostrizer

California

3/5  rDev -28.1%

07-02-2012 04:47:16 | More by DarthKostrizer
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev -5.8%

Poured into a tulip.

3.5 A: Dark brown color. Two fingers of frothy beige head. Retention is good, but very little lacing.

4.0 S: Tart cherries galore. Lots of oak in this with vanilla to a lesser extent. Surprisingly no tannic activity. Light earthy funk. Minor acetic acid with much more tangy lactic acid. Plum fruitiness backing up the cherry. Toasty with a light roastiness. Very nice.

4.0 T: Good pucker factor in this stemming from the tart cherries and the acetic notes. Again lots of oak with a little vanilla. A touch of supple tannins. Toasty and roasty. Big cherry flavor with plum and unripened apple. Just a touch of earthy funk.

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. A little less creamy that their sours usually are, but it's still good.

4.0 D: Tasty beer. I haven't had an oud bruin in a while and this was a good reintroduction to the style. Solid all around.

02-05-2012 23:49:35 | More by DavoleBomb
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

12-08-2011 22:52:02 | More by Rhettroactive
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aasher

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

09-20-2013 02:34:20 | More by aasher
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masterofsparks

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

03-06-2014 17:08:58 | More by masterofsparks
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Chunga's Old Bruin from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.