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

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BA SCORE
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99 Ratings
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Ratings: 99
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.83%
Wants: 62
Gots: 15 | FT: 3
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%

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5/5  rDev +19.9%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark orange. Touch of off-white head. Looks decent.
Smells tart and cherry heavy. A bit muddled. Pretty nice flavour profile. Lots of cherry, oak, tart but not acidic. Again a bit muddled but pretty tasty. Overall well carbonated and quite enjoyable

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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5/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of mikesgroove
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.

Photo of Thorpe429
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.

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4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at One Funky Afternoon. 2008 version. A whop in the nose with tart cherries and old funk. Color is a deep mahogany, very slick looking with minimal head and lacing. Cant get over the smell, very rustic and mature. The taste is superb, very complex with layers of chocolate and tart cherries, the sour unravels into a deep heavenly experience. Wish they had bottled this one for the release.

Photo of Deuane
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to corby112 for breaking this one out. Bottle 24/72--bottled on 12/3/2009.

A-Deep copper with ruby highlights a thin off-white head reduced to a thin ring and left spotty lace.

S-Dry, woody sourness with strong damp earth notes, sour cherries and a waft of herbal spiciness.

T-Astringent oak, spicy herbs and sour cherry dominates the initial flavour profile. Puckering tartness is present but not overwhelming.

M-Medium bodied and more robust than expected. Extremely dry with the sourness adding to the astringency. This one hits home with me.

D-Dry, tart and delicious! A totally solid, well done and interesting old bruin! Well done Brad!

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chunga's Old Bruin has a body that is a mix of ruby and dark brown, changing as it is turned in the light. The light brown head settles into a color and leaves a few chunks of lacing here and there on the glass.

Tart cherries and oak are there as expected, but a pretty big malt profile comes through with hints of chocolate and caramel.

Spicy oak notes get things started. Cherries and a good bit of sourness come next, and then straight sourness becomes dry and musty, showing off a pretty good array of brett characteristics. The dry sour flavors are fairly intense and somewhat puckering. Next comes the malt, that has notes of chocolate, caramel, and toasted malts. The darkness of these malts is somewhat unique to this beer. The finish has a hint of vinegar to it. Although bourbon barrels were apparently used to make this beer, the barrel gives it more of a vinous character than anything, with cherry and grape flavors coming through.

As I said, this beer is a little puckering up front. The carbonation seems a bit high.

Chinga's Old Bruin is an interesting beer, but it is not something that will astound you.

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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.

Photo of corby112
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.

Photo of mothman
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.

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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.

Photo of Mora2000
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.

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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

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4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

#47 of 72 from the Dec 2009 bottling ~ huge thanks to the generosity of Pecorasc. From the 22 oz. brown bottle, I poured probably 6 oz. to my snifter at hannont's tasting on May 8, 2010.

A: An almost-clear mahogany pour that shows off a maroon-ish tint in the afternoon sunlight. Short fizzling head ends in an abrupt swirl of film and a slender ring. Plenty of the tiniest of bubbles.

S: Musty and sweet cherry pulp in a husky/sweet grainy syrup. Some barrel-aged woodiness, then the mildest of fruity funks.

T: Lovely spicing - candied nuts, nutmeg and honey! A cocoa/caramel backing creeps up, growing stronger with some time. Tartness seems a bit subdued: apple pulp, mild cherries, hints of wood/tannins.

M: Mellow and lightly carbonated, at best. Though the initial body is on the lighter side (seems thin for the style), the feel grows to a chewier thickness. Where's the 8.5%?

D: Whew, a beautiful brew: so balanced and pleasing. Not the most tart/'Belgian' of Oud Bruins, but a sipper that warrants some time to contemplate. Among the 'rarer' beer I've enjoyed in a while (both style-wise AND distribution-wise - SEVENTY-TWO BOTTLES? sheesh) and certainly one I'd want to repeat; again, huge thanks to Sam.

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4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 31 / 72

A - Pours dark brown with some sienna thrown in the mix as well. A decent amount of light is able to shine through at the bottom of the glass. Head is off-white to tan and tops out as a cap on the brew. It sticks around for a minute and then recedes to a wisp of a ring around the edges. Lacing is minimal.

S - Oak starts it off. It's quickly followed by a sweeter aroma that almost seems out of place. Seems like honey to me. It's only noticeable for an instant then some cherry and plum show up. Once the dark fruit comes into the equation, the sweeter aroma finds its context. It's a little musty on the end. Some caramel in the distant background. Alcohol is surprisingly absent.

T - Earthy up front. Notes of oak and other woods present. Cherry is, of course, present and more bitter than in the aroma. The odd sweet aroma is completely gone from the flavor. It's a little tart midway with green apple. Alcohol is absent from the flavor too. Very good job covering up 8.5%. Finishes with more oak and a little caramel. Caramel is very, very light though.

M - Lighter bodied with little carbonation. Finish is tart and sticks around on the palate for a while.

D - Drinkability is pretty good. The alcohol is almost completely masked which get points in my book. The oak is prominent and done well. The idea of an organic brown gone sour makes for a good brew. That being said, carbonation. Just not enough in this bottle and that takes away from what would have been a great score. Even a little more suds would greatly improve it. This is still a solid brew from a solid brewery. I'm gonna go ahead and recommend it.

Photo of HopHead84
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.

Photo of movingtrain
4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from the tap at Jacki-O's in Athens. Man, this place is making some excellent beers. This was one of many I got to try this weekend.

Poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a dark brown--almost black--with decent carbonation coming to a thin tan head with excellent lacing.

Smells of chocolate and cherries, dried fruit, oak, caramelized sugars, and a very winey, dry nose--aroma also gives off hints of bitter grapes.

Taste is very bitter--sour, which it should for this style. Subtle notes of cherries, vanilla, cocoa nibs, wood, and brett yeast--very earthy. The sour ale yeast is dominating here. This is like a nice, dry wine...very well balanced, and delicious.

Overall, this is a phenomenal beer...and one I'm glad Jackie-O's has created...it is in the style, and tastes wonderful. The high ABV is masked by the potent flavors here, making this a dangerously drinkable beer. Would have loved to bring home a growler, but this is one they are saving for just the bar. A great beer from one of my favorite old haunts.

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4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
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 :)

Photo of beveritt
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Chunga's Old Bruin from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.