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

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

99 Ratings
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Ratings: 99
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.83%
Wants: 62
Gots: 15 | FT: 3
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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Reviewed from notes taken 4-4-12

P: 24 fl oz bottle, 6 oz pour into a snifter.

A: SRM is light brown with dark cherry tinge. Semi-trasparent. Head is clear/light off white, 1/2 in, soapy bubbles, and dissipates to line the edge of the glass. Medium carbonation. Medium/light lacing.

S: Moderate tartness with natural cherry tones. Medium oak notes and a light sweetness, subtle chocolate nuances, gentle bourbon presence.

T: Follows the nose very closely. Tartness/sourness is a little sharper than the nose indicates, but is very nicely rounded by the 24 months of oak aging. Cherries are very delicately and thoughtfully incorporated, still making their presence known while harmoniously blending with bourbon and soft chocolate flavors. Aftertaste is predominantly tart, with cherry, oak, bourbon, and chocolate notes manifesting at different points.

M: Medium body. Feel is a juxtaposition between tart notes and the natural fruit and also oak characteristics. Bourbon makes a very gentle impression on the feel. Wet finish.

O: One of the best beers in the "sour" family of beer I have ever had. This is one you just have to try to really get the gist of all the things that are going on with this beer. I don't give out "5" ratings lightly, and imo this beer has earned that distinction.

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4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 :)

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4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from the tap at Jacki-O's in Athens. Man, this place is making some excellent beers. This was one of many I got to try this weekend.

Poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a dark brown--almost black--with decent carbonation coming to a thin tan head with excellent lacing.

Smells of chocolate and cherries, dried fruit, oak, caramelized sugars, and a very winey, dry nose--aroma also gives off hints of bitter grapes.

Taste is very bitter--sour, which it should for this style. Subtle notes of cherries, vanilla, cocoa nibs, wood, and brett yeast--very earthy. The sour ale yeast is dominating here. This is like a nice, dry wine...very well balanced, and delicious.

Overall, this is a phenomenal beer...and one I'm glad Jackie-O's has created...it is in the style, and tastes wonderful. The high ABV is masked by the potent flavors here, making this a dangerously drinkable beer. Would have loved to bring home a growler, but this is one they are saving for just the bar. A great beer from one of my favorite old haunts.

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Chunga's Old Bruin from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.