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

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89
very good

28 Reviews
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Reviews: 28
Hads: 103
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 4.66%
Wants: 64
Gots: 15 | FT: 2
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Jackie O's Pub & Brewery visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Flanders Oud Bruin |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: beveritt on 12-07-2008

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.
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Photo of rhinos00
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at the Buckeye Beer Engine. Poured into a goblet. Brown ale aged in oak barrels with cherries.

A- Pours a dark chocolate brown. Zero visibility when held into light. Produced two fingers width of cream colored head. Reduced to a thin ring throughout consumption.

S- Simple, yet freaking fantastic. Smell of ripe, tart cherries. Potent beyond belief. Brought back memories of the New Glarus Wisconsin Belgian Red I had quite some time ago.

T- Cherries upfront, barrel presence midway through. Somewhere in there, sweet malts shine though. The tartness grows giving a tremendous sweet, yet sour cherry finish.

M- Medium bodied, semi-creamy feel at certain points throughout consumption. Perfect carbonation.

D- At 8% this is pretty dangerous. The cherry fruit flavors really mask any alcohol that would be detectable.

Overall, a fantastic oud bruin. Typically not a style of beer that I would be crazy for, yet this fits the bill. Definitely a must have if it's on-tap. (988 characters)

Photo of msemich
4.67/5  rDev +14.5%
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 :) (1,992 characters)

Photo of beveritt
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (829 characters)

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Chunga's Old Bruin from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.