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

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

97 Ratings
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Ratings: 97
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.83%
Wants: 61
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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4/5  rDev -4.1%

t0rin0, Oct 17, 2012
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3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery during One Funky Afternoon. Served in a tulip.

Pour yields a dark reddish-amber-brown brew with a thin head. Light lacing as it went down. The nose has a good amount of cherry plus some light acid. Mild bread character. The flavor brings some nice lightly-sweet malt plus cherry, dark fruits, oak, and a bit of sourness. Light acetic character, though mostly lactic. Oak in the background. The fruit is a nice touch. Medium body with a good sourness that melds well with all the other flavors. A solid brew for sure.

Thorpe429, Apr 12, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

acurtis, Nov 10, 2012
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4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

mikesgroove, Oct 22, 2011
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4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Javier for sharing this at Sour Fest.

A: The pour is a dark mahogany color with a finger or two worth of off-white head.

S: The nose is quite fruity, with lots of sour cherries and a hint of under-ripe plums. The acetic nature of the beer is there, but not overly powerful.

T: A good sour cherry flavor along with a bit of oak and (strangely) some chocolate notes (oxidation?). Fairly earthy and somewhat dry, but a decent amount of sweetness seems to have been retained.

M: The body is medium with a strong carbonation and a slight dry quality on the finish.

D: I quite liked this beer, especially after having a couple of terrible Oud Bruins lately.

womencantsail, Jul 22, 2010
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

spycow, Dec 07, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

JAHMUR, Aug 11, 2012
Photo of MasterSki
4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I could have sworn I reviewed this beer, but I guess not. This was the most recent batch, shared by Chris (spycow). Served in a Cigar City snifter.

A - Thin tan foam settles quickly to wisps and a thin collar of bubbles, as well as a few specks of lace. Solid and opaque dark brown body.

S - Cherries, sweet musky funk, vanilla, oak. No trace of the listed 8.5%, and as it warms a growing Sweet Tart candy flavor.

T - The taste isn't quite on par with the aroma. Heavy lactic tartness, with a hefty dose of oak and light tart cherry flesh. There's perhaps a hint of chocolate from the brown ale malt base. Again, the alcohol is well hidden.

M - Medium body, very dry and tannic from both fruit and oak. Lower carbonation. No alcohol warmth. Could use a bit more spritz, but otherwise pretty nice.

D - A solid beer that's easy to drink. Not too acidic, nor too boozy, with sufficient complexity and depth, and good balance between the various flavors. I'd happily drink this again and hope Brad keeps making it.

MasterSki, Jan 14, 2013
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3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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:

oline73, Sep 16, 2012
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4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Mora2000, Jun 05, 2010
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 25, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

XmnwildX12, Dec 14, 2013
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3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to iceicebaby for sending this.

Pours a deep dark ruby red/chestnut brown cor with dark mahogany edges when held to a light sour e and a one finger light beige head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Sporadic chunks of lacing left behind.

Slightly funky aroma with hints of dry brett effervescence, silky caramel malt and tart dark cherries. The malt presence is more prominent in the nose than exected with lots of lucious dark chocolate, toffee and caramel. Slightly roasted as well countering the dry Brett and earthy oak.

Medium bodied with a good amount of puckering, funky dry Brett up front that is quickly countered by the rich chocolate malt, earthy oak and vinous dark fruit. Puckering at first but not acidic at all. Again, the malt presence is stronger than anticipated but it provides a nice silky chocolate, toffee, hazelnut presence that counters the dry Brett, earthy oak and tart dark berries. The barrel aging and cherries added provide a vinous note with hints of grape, tart dark cherries, plum and raisin. Slight vinegar flavors adds a slight sour character to the finish but this beer is well balanced and very quaffable.

corby112, Jan 24, 2011
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2.95/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle 20/72. 12/3 2009.

Poured into snifter.

Pours fairly flat. Color is a caramel brown.

Aroma: Sour cherries, oak, vinegar, funk, and some light chocolate notes.

Taste: Sour cherries mixed with some other flavors that are odd for the style. It has to be the chocolate and caramel notes. I get some vinegar, but in a bad way. It seems to be an off-sour flavor.

Mouthfeel: Off sour feel to it. Medium bodied with a low amount of carbonation. Ends with a medicinal flavor.

Overall, not the type of flavors I expect from the style. It was ok, but it just had some off flavors in it. Not something I drank a lot of.

mothman, Aug 24, 2010
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3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

JohnGalt1, May 12, 2010
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4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle #38/72, bottled on 12/3/2009, and consumed on 12/19/2009 in a snifter. The beer pours dark brown with a one inch light brown head, decent retention, and decent lacing.

The aroma is of cherries with a touch of tartness, ripe grapes, a light roast, chocolate, and a low acetic character.

The cherry flavor nearly mirrors the aroma, though the tartness seems more cherry skin derived. Notes of wood and barrel tannins are evident. There's a low sweetness and a light roast. The finish is tart cherry skins with oak. Alcohol is well hidden.

HopHead84, Dec 23, 2009
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3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Alieniloquium, Sep 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

drummermattie02, Dec 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Rhettroactive, Dec 08, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Cynic-ale, Dec 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

AgentZero, Jan 22, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

bsuedekum, Aug 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

aasher, Sep 20, 2013
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3/5  rDev -28.1%

kscaldef, Sep 03, 2013
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3.78/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Huge thanks to corby112 for bringing this bomber to our tasting on 1/23/11!

A - Poured a deep garnet body with a slight royal purple tint and burgundy hues, and a slim off-white head that reduced to a thin ring and spotty lacing.

S - Earthy and herbal notes dominate the initial aroma, followed by a moderate tart cherry character. Quite vinous. As the liquid reached room temperature, chocolate became much more apparent in the nose.

T - Dry, earthy and herbal notes kick things off, giving the initial flavor a somewhat grassy character. Think tree roots, bark, etc. A hint of tartness emerges in the backend along with some dry funk and sourness.

M - Medium bodied with a slight syrupy texture, though thinner and watery at times. Extremely dry mouthfeel with an earthy bitterness that persists throughout. Finish is slightly medicinal and tart.

D - Pretty interesting sour beer with a distinct herbal character, though I'm still on the fence with this one. I enjoyed the chocolate character and the tartness, but at times the herbal attributes we are bit harsh and the dryness overpowering.

ffejherb, Jan 24, 2011
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Chunga's Old Bruin from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.