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

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Ratings: 98
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.81%
Wants: 60
Gots: 15 | 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 -4.3%

vrbulldog22, Aug 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

birchstick, Aug 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

bsuedekum, Aug 08, 2012
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3/5  rDev -28.2%

DarthKostrizer, Jul 02, 2012
Photo of jmarsh123
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours light brown with some red hue along the edges. Small white head leaving solid lacing down the glass.

A bit sweeter on the nose than expected although a good tartness from the cherries and some oak presence cut through it. Just a touch of booze.

Tastes has similar components although the oak shines through more. A little underlying sweetness while still being moderately sour. The oak creates a drying presence on the back end bringing the flavors together.

Medium in body and carbonation.

Another very good bottle from Jackie O's. Good complexity with a good mix of sweet and sour.

jmarsh123, Jun 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

BdubleEdubleRUN, Jun 11, 2012
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4.88/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

tsauce2, Apr 21, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

yeahnatenelson, Apr 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

rmaste6282, Mar 20, 2012
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3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

3.5 A: Dark brown color. Two fingers of frothy beige head. Retention is good, but very little lacing.

4.0 S: Tart cherries galore. Lots of oak in this with vanilla to a lesser extent. Surprisingly no tannic activity. Light earthy funk. Minor acetic acid with much more tangy lactic acid. Plum fruitiness backing up the cherry. Toasty with a light roastiness. Very nice.

4.0 T: Good pucker factor in this stemming from the tart cherries and the acetic notes. Again lots of oak with a little vanilla. A touch of supple tannins. Toasty and roasty. Big cherry flavor with plum and unripened apple. Just a touch of earthy funk.

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. A little less creamy that their sours usually are, but it's still good.

4.0 D: Tasty beer. I haven't had an oud bruin in a while and this was a good reintroduction to the style. Solid all around.

DavoleBomb, Feb 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a standard pint.

A. Pours a super dark, cloudy brown color. A quarter finger cream colored head. Pretty nice lacing and retention.

S. Sour cherries, vinegar, little bit of oak. Relatively light funk. Maybe a hint of char.

T. Tart cherry, lactic acid, lots of oak char, some malt. Nice smooth finish with lingering funk. Very good.

M. Medium-bodied. Assertively carbonated. The sourness is balanced really well with the oak aging.

O. A good oud bruin. Could use a little bit more pucker, but it hits the right notes.

siege06nd, Jan 05, 2012
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Chunga's Old Bruin from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.