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

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Ratings: 102
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.59%
Wants: 64
Gots: 15 | FT: 3
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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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Ratings: 102 | Reviews: 28
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Chunga's Old Bruin from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.