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

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

97 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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Photo of Alieniloquium
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
Photo of Bcarson7287
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Bcarson7287, Sep 16, 2013
Photo of kscaldef
3/5  rDev -28.1%

kscaldef, Sep 03, 2013
Photo of NW2285
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

NW2285, Aug 20, 2013
Photo of brycevolk
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

brycevolk, Aug 19, 2013
Photo of Fast-N-Loud
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Fast-N-Loud, Jul 24, 2013
Photo of marine1975
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

marine1975, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of Amberluvsbeer
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Amberluvsbeer, Jun 22, 2013
Photo of gpawned
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

gpawned, May 17, 2013
Photo of TrickkyGangsta
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

TrickkyGangsta, Mar 14, 2013
Photo of AgentZero
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

AgentZero, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of bobertkuekn
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

bobertkuekn, Jan 16, 2013
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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4/5  rDev -4.1%

MordorMongo, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of AlexFields
4/5  rDev -4.1%

AlexFields, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of KHM
2.75/5  rDev -34.1%

KHM, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of dtx00
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

dtx00, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of sendsilk
3.38/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried this at a CCB weekly tasting, thanks Jason!

It's a nice Old Bruin, nothing that special but nice to have tried it. It's kind of a murky brown with a acidic smell. Tastes like Dissident but not as good.

Nice to have tried it but won't be searching it out again.

sendsilk, Dec 14, 2012
Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -4.1%

acurtis, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a very dark clear brown color with a finger and a half of off white foam. Retention is average.

S: Balanced lactic and acetic sourness, some sour cherry, and a bit of caramel sweetness. Sour cherry is definitely the dominant aroma here - acidity is not overly strong. Caramel, brown sugar, and a bit of roast balances it out.

T: Puckering tartness is followed by sour cherry, mild lactic acidity, and a nice toffee sweetness to balance. A nice musty funk is also present to add complexity. The sweetness, sour cherry, and tartness work very well together with a nice, non-overbearing sourness. Rarely do I taste a beer that mixes sweetness and sourness so well, particularly with a nice fruit flavor.

M: Medium mouthfeel with low carbonation. Works well with the beer.

O: I love this beer. Sour cherry, tartness, and sweet toffee mix extremely well together. It's quite balanced and flavorful. I often find the acidity overtakes this style, but the sourness is mild and balanced by fruitiness and caramel sweetness in this beer. Probably the best beer I've had of this style.

coreyfmcdonald, Oct 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

t0rin0, Oct 17, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

nstorts, Sep 24, 2012
Photo of oline73
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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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

beerwolf77, Aug 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

vrbulldog22, Aug 19, 2012
Chunga's Old Bruin from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.