Collaboration Series: Marrón Acidifié - The Bruery

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Ratings: 539
Reviews: 205
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.98%
Wants: 133
Gots: 308 | FT: 12
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Flanders Oud Bruin |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: womencantsail on 02-02-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by kevinv:
Photo of kevinv
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Captain Lawrence tulip.

A - Pours a dark red-ish brown, almost mahogany like. About a finger of off-white head which receded quickly. A little bit of lacing sticks around. Active bubbly carbonation is present.

S - The oakiness dominates the nose. Slightly tart and a small amount of acetic character. Light notes of cherry.

T - Quite sour with, again, the oak dominating the taste. A fruitiness that reminds me of some red wines. Light on the vinegar. The finish is dry and the oakiness lingers.

M - Medium body. Crisp, prickly carbonation.

O - A great beer. I haven't tried many offerings from The Bruery, let alone their one-off's or Reserve Society brews, but this was the best I've had from them. Really solid overall.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark red color with a white head. The aroma has a ton of cranberries and cherries in it, as well as a good bit of tartness. The flavor is similar. The tart cranberries really come through nicely, as does a dose of dark cherries. There is a nice toffee malt backbone, as well as some nice funk. Another welcome dimension to the flavor is a good bit of leather and tobacco. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Glad I got to try this one.

Photo of dogfishandi
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

another big thanks to scott (merc7186) for sharing this!

750ml capped bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter.

pours out a slight cloudy/ murky bloodish red/ brown color with a big solid light tan colored head. a very nice long lasting retention and lots of sticky lace.

big, sour lactic funk with a bit of cherries, almost raspberry like, mixed in. just a hint of some dark fruits and sweet malt.

again, aggressive sour lactic funk leads the way for some tart cherries and other such fruits, some dark, dried fruits. a very nice slightly rich caramel, almost maple syrup like malt rounds this beer off so well. nuances of leather, tobacco, and maybe even a hint of oak if you can get past all the acidic, lactic funk.

very acidic and sourness, tartness lingers on the palate. medium bodied with a nice slightly high amount of carbonation.

an amazing flanders, maybe one of the best ive had. lots of complexities but still a huge punch of sour. very similar to the oude tart i enjoyed right before this, but IMO, this has a slightly sweeter, more apparent, more complex malt profile which really makes the beer. id love some more of this for the cellar, and kudos on the collaboration, that always adds a special little touch.

Photo of ehammond1
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap

Stone Brew Co.
Escondido, CA

A dark brown and ruby with glowing red edges. Thin half-inch light tan head atop. Pretty.

A powerfully aromatic sour. There's plenty of sweet fruit aromas, particularly cherries and grapes, along with a mellow woody aroma. Very tart nose.

A delicious and perfect sour. Balanced, sweet, tangy, woody, spicy, then more sweetness. It's one of those special drinks where the longer you drink, the more it evolves, the more you find in it.

Medium body, lip puckering, no alcohol presence. Perhaps could benefit from a touch more carbonation, but I'd only be nit-picking.

An absolutely fantastic sour. I raced down to Stone when I saw on the Web site that it was available for a keep the glass night on draft, and I don't regret it one bit. Great beer!

Photo of TKEbeerman
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured into my Duvel tulip, this brew pours a murky dark amber with a very bubbly head that vanishes in thin air.

S: The aroma is very tame, yet has its depth to it. Sour cherries which sometimes can be a little harsh are obviously smooth out with the oak aging. This brew is a little to sweet in the nose to be vinegary, but their is something nice adding a little acidity to this brew.

T: In the flavor the darker, more bitter fruit notes come through. Blackberries and currants with a musty tone. Red wine vinegar rounds off the back of the pallet.

MF: The mouth feel is refreshing, but maybe a little to thin.

Overall, this is a good brew, but a little too pricey IMO. Great beer for a collaboration, but I would have loved to see a little more Cigar City, and a little less Bruery.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks wine like when held up to light, but is actually a bit darker than most, dark red, brown to it, not much in the way of head from this beer, although it had plenty of carbonation. Aroma was tannin like and a good amount of sour appreciable. Don't forget the dark fruit aroma, dates and plums?

More woody tannin taste, was even more sour on the palate than in the nose. Prior descriptions of wine like are spot on. A pretty slow sipping beer despite no taste or smell of alcohol. Kind of like Consecration from a red wine barrel. I think the cranberry and leather reference on the bottle seems a pro po or however you say it, plus some bitter cherry (~cranberry). Does that dry scrape thing on your teeth. $20 a bottle is a little rough, but not a raping either.

Photo of glid02
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Green’s on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a slightly hazy amber-brown color with a half-finger cream-colored head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of medium malts with good amounts of lightly tart dark cherries and hints of roast. Also present are hints of tobacco. As the beer warms the roast all but fades and the dark cherry aromas soften a bit to smell more like tart currants.

Tastes similar to how it smells, although it’s not quite as complex. Medium malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by earthy hops and tart dark cherries. Midway through the sip very slight hints of raisins work their way into things before being overtaken by slightly larger hints of tobacco. The tart fruits reassert themselves near the end of the sip, carrying through to a moderately tart ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It’s got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I didn’t have any problems finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall this was an easy-drinking beer for the style but something was missing. Maybe the complexity of the tart fruit flavors? Whatever it was I can’t put my finger on it but it brought the beer down a small notch for me. Still, a nice beer that’s worth a shot.

Photo of MrVonzipper
1.25/5  rDev -70%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Hazy brown with a reddish. Decent thickness to the bubbly white eggshell colored head.

Smells like someone drank a bottle of red wine vinegar and vomitted.

Taste is just as bad if not worse. If I ate a handful of cherries and threw up in my hand, then pureed it, strained it and drank it again. That's the taste, Spot On.

Mouthfeel is quick. Cuz you gotta hurry and swallow or spit it out.

Overall Id have to say I rather drink a Mickeys, King Cobra or any other terrible malt liquor/terrible beer. This has got to be the most horrifying "beer" I've ever had in my many years of beer drinking/loving.

Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well rounded for the style. A palate grinder after a pint, not a palate smasher. Dark reddish brown. A foamy head. Mouthwatering tart cherry flavours. Above average mouthfeel. Lacey. Saaz hops, Belgian yeast. Carbonation is right there.
Great drinkability. Bottle from Whole Foods Tampa.

Photo of augustgarage
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap @ Library Ale House - served in a 6oz glass.

Burnt orange and auburn with orange peel highlights. Thin pearl colored collar with good retention and fine sandy lacing.

Aged balsamic vinegar, bitter chocolate, cinnamon, and violets in the nose. Decadent yet subtle.

Puckering vinuous sourness on the palate, growing darker with vanilla and rich cocoa notes in the slowly evolving, starkly dry finish. Aftertaste reminds me of a reduction of some sort (red wine with pomegranate?).

Astringent, drying, and smooth on the tongue.

The cocoa really differentiates this from other examples of the style, taking the edge off the vinegar and barrel notes - an excellent collaboration.

Photo of zaphodchak
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Finger of orangey-tan head. Deep garnet-brown body. Laces some.

Nose is immediately bretty, but the good kind; faintly vegetal. Some undertones of dark chocolate.

Tart, pretty powerfully sour, grapey. This dominates both the front and back of the taste, so special attention must be paid in the middle. Gets a bit vegetal, and there's a trace of that cacao hidden in the middle. 'Cranberry' is easy, since it's so tart, but not off-base. The sourness is hard to get past to pick anything else out, and it couldn't be called 'balanced', but it's mellow enough.

Mouthfeel is pleasant enough, but it coats and sticks to your mouth and palate on the aftertaste, which is unwelcome.

Overall, a decent sour. For the money, priced twice what it should be.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Shared by schen9303. Poured from a 750ml capped bottle into a Darkness snifter.

A: Standard pour yields no head except for a slight ring of off-white, light brown foam atop a cloudy, dark, purplish-brown beer. No lacing. Rather shabby looking in all three aspects but not quite off-putting.

S: Nose is slight acetic sourness. Raspberry, sour cherry, and tart strawberries all in the mix though a bit muddled. Creamy and rather subtle overall. Pretty standard for it's style.

T: Appearance and smell don't do justice to the incredibly balanced flavor of this beer. Opens raspberry and cherry tartness. Slight acetic acid zing in the background. Creamy red fruit sweetness in the middle. Pleasant sour undertones throughout. Tart cherry puree at the finish. Aftertaste is more sour red fruit. Acetic acid presence is incredibly subtle and sour is just right.

M: Medium bodied with low carbonation. Oily and slick in the mouth and smooth and warm going down. Finish is wet and messy with a lingering, creamy aftertaste. Perfect. Absolutely no harshness and the smoothest offering in it's style I've had to date.

O: In my opinion, The Bruery and CCB are breweries built largely on the hype generated by the craft beer community. That being said, this beer is the real deal. Incredibly balanced flavor and magnificent mouthfeel, it's actually worth every penny of the high price. Seek it out!

Photo of cjgator3
4.54/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle

A- Poured into a Cigar City tulip glass. Pours a dark reddish brown color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is fabulous, out of this world for any sour beer lovers. The aroma is very sour with dark fruits and oak. The nose makes my mouth water in anticipation!

T- The taste like the aroma is deliciously sour with dark fruits, yeast and oak.

M- The mouthfeel is light to medium bodies with a moderate amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, a fantastic beer from 2 fantastic breweries. Well done guys!

Photo of prototypic
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Marrón Acidifié pours a very dark copper-stained chestnut color. It’s very hazy. Backlighting reveals some attractive scarlet highlights. A light tan head covers it and rises to just under a finger in height. Retention was on the shorter side. Lacing was a tad sticky, but light. Looks pretty good. Like the color quite a bit.

The nose is good. One whiff reveals a very strong oak presence. It is fruity and features a relatively strong mix of tart cherry and other berry notes. It definitely smells tart or sour. Perhaps a little vinegary. The malt base smells like a mix of light, cocoa-esque chocolate and brown malts. It doesn’t smell sweet at all. At the secondary level, there are scents of pepper and perhaps other light spices. There is definitely a red wine like quality to it. Alcohol is there, but isn’t overly strong. It smells good. It’s certainly deep and complex, perhaps overly so.

The flavor is definitely impressive. The malt base tastes like cocoa and brown malts. It’s subtle, but tasty and effective. It’s complemented by fruit flavors of berries and sour cherry. It’s definitely tart and sour. Mouth puckering? Yeah, a little. But, it’s tasty. The barrel aging process certainly left a strong oak presence on the flavor. It’s tremendous and adds a lot of character and depth. The secondary level features of litany of flavors, including light raisin, pralines, pepper and other spices, and a tannic flavor that’s reminiscent of red wine. Very, very deep. They all work together nicely and produce a really tasty beer. Alcohol is a tad noticeable, but isn’t warm or hot. Finishes tart, oaky, and dry.

Marrón Acidifié has a medium body. Carbonation is extremely light. I think a few more bubbles would be a good thing. Having said that, it goes down pretty easy for a bigger beer. I’ll finish off this 750 with ease.

I was excited to see a collaborative effort between The Bruery and Cigar City. No question – it delivers. Marrón Acidifié is a very deep, complex beer that impresses on every level. The only complaint I really have is about the carbonation. I’d like more bubbles, please. Impressive stuff nonetheless. These two should team up more often.

Photo of cjacobsen
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, raisin brown with a beige head that reduces to a weird coagulation of head that sits atop the beer. Leaves lacing on the glass as well as the top of the beer itself. Odd

Smells of tart cherries and has a definite red wine appeal to it. The berry soaked oak comes through brilliantly. You can smell the acidity right away.

The acidic nature of the beer is straight forward with big tartness and a lemon-esque citrus sour to it. The cherry and berry fruits give it the sweetness but it definitely has that dark malt character to it that you don't usually get with sours. You can almost taste a bit of fresh white and red grape mixture in the front of that taste.

It's got a full body to it but it attacks the tongue due to the acidity of the beer. It lingers like that of a sour candy afterward.

It's a good, solid sour beer and glad I have some, but it's not earth shattering and worthy of trading your stock away. It's quite good for the style that it is and is definitely worth the try.

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Bruery Snifter. I guess I could have put it in my Cigar City one too. Ha

Pours a dark brown with a thin tan head. Lots of ugly yeast floaties. Head dissipated to a ring and some ok lacing. Not the best looking beer.

Aroma is the best part IMO. Lots of funk and sour aroma.

Taste is pretty good. Seems like it could use a bit more age to get a bit more sour. A bit of sweetness with a nice sour note. Tasty.

Mouthfeel is nice and dry like a sour should be. Could use more carb though.

Overall a good sour but not in my top sours. I saved a bottle for the cellar so we will see how this gets with some years on it.

Photo of hooliganlife
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a deep brown and ruby, a bit more brown. light creamy yet frothy head.

deep sour cherry and old smoked wood. hints of tobacco and leather.

more sour up front and tart in the back. the brown ale is very apparent through out this. the sour brown really shows. the deep cherry molds with the sour brown body with some added tobacco and oak.

body has a mild carbonation with a light feel. for 8.5%, this comes off light. slightly dry.

pretty decent, does not appear to be an "imperial" but very solid.

Photo of nickd717
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at City Beer in SF.

Hazy medium reddish brown color with a small off-white head.

Acetic and tart aroma, loads of vinegar with some sour fruit/cherry notes, date, and leather.

The flavor is rather oaky and leathery with caramel malt, sour cherry, date and fig, and red wine vinegar.

Medium-bodied, mildly tart and tannic, with average carbonation level.

A solid oud bruin overall. The Bruery is on it’s game as of late.

Photo of mdvatab
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750ml bottle into New Belgium snifter.
2011 Vintage

Aroma: Tart plum, dark cherry, and a touch of horseblanket. Very similar to other Oud Bruin's I've tried.

Appearance: Dark, ruby brown, translucent body. 2 finger off-white head slowly disappears. Some decent lacing.

Flavor: Flavors are reminiscent of the aroma profile. An nearly-perfect mix of malty backbone, fermented with wild yeast. An appealing toasted vanilla note shows up toward the end.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body, with medium carbonation. No real negative qualities here.

Overall: I'd been waiting to try this one since the guy at my local bottle shop sold it to me ~5 months ago. I'd say it has more body and complexity than Duchesse. A very well-crafted Oud Bruin. Definitely one to get your hands on!

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a de Struise chalice.

Appearance - Reddish body. Small off-white head. A little murky.

Smell - Tons of sour cherry. Slightly vinegar acidity. Creamy malt and some oak.

Taste - The malt is much stronger in the taste than the smell. It's got a strong vinegar flavor. Balsamic without a really strong sourness. Very oaky. Cherry fruit flavors abound.

Mouthfeel - Could be less sweet, but it's got a decent sour kick to it. Heavy for the style. Tons of malt.

Overall - I liked this a lot better the first time I had it. A little too malty and heavy. Slightly metallic flavor tt as well, which may be age.

Photo of Ralphs66
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First pour was probably a bit too chilly, but as soon as the cap "whooshed" open I couldn't wait to get a taste into my mouth. Drank the first glass and am reviewing the second. Poured a gorgeous copper brown, little head but interestingly enough, it's hanging on 10 minutes later. Yeasties floating through. Smell is wonderful. Lots going on. Vinegar, barnyard, tart cherry, fig, vanilla and oak. Taste is outstanding. Yes, sour, but so much more. Dry as can be, and wipes the palate clean on each sip. This is a great beer. If you don't dig sours you'll struggle; but think this one through. Let it linger. Won't be downing a third glass, as the acid is catching up and it won't be appreciated. But two nice pours of appreciation make this highly drinkable. Comparable to anything out of Russian River, or anywhere else for that matter. Well done.

Photo of OddNotion
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle split with bs870621345, aka Bobby. Poured into my Russian River Belgian glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep dark brown with no head to speak of. Nice lacing left around the edges.

Smell: Very sour and funky. I catch more sour though.

Taste: Good strong sourness. The funk from the nose is not too present. Some fruitiness near the end, not too much oak. Very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Good medium body, not over carbonated, but the carbonation is present.

Overall: I am very impressed with this beer. It is delicious, however for the price of $25 it is hard to justify drinking this on a regular basis. I would certainly recommend it if you get the chance to try it. I love Cigar City, the Bruery is alright in my opinion, this combination is a winner!

Photo of hdelavega
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 to a duval snifter.

Nice murky brown with red hues, bits of sediment are floating around mostly sinking to the bottom. Head is tan and sticky, it pretty much disappeared but left a small collar that is leveaing some nice lacing.

Smells like tart and sweet fruit with abit of spice.

Flavor mimics the nose lots of sweet and tart fruit.

Mouth feel is very smooth.

Overall a very nice sour. I ran out of time for this review I would have liked to be more in depth.

Photo of IKR
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Coca Cola brown color with a slight red tint. Thin beige head head that subsided to a thin ring.

Smell: Cherries with some citrus fruit aromas. Hint of red wine come through.

Taste: Citrus fruits, cherries with the red wine notes coming through. Very clean finish that gracefully ends. A balanced mix of sour and tart.

Mouth-feel: Moderate body with a good level of carbonation.

Overall: Very clean nose and taste. The Bruery has two winners for the style. Ultimately I think I like Oude Tart a little better but this is good stuff.

Photo of Gmann
3.82/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fairly clear brown color with ruby highlights. The head has some loose bubbles and is small, and settles into a light ring.

The aroma is of oak and sour tart fruit. Sour cherries come to mind. There is a peppery scent as well. Some musty old book aroma in the nose.

Oaky, lemony sour hits hard off the initial sip. A bit of an unripened grapefruit rind sour flavor. This transitions into a earthy, bitter flavor from the malt. The label mentions something about leather and that is spot on. There is a 9 volt battery acidity to this beer. The acidity is quite tingly.

The feel is light with spritzy carbonation. Quite sour throughout. Acidity can be a bit sharp at times.

An interesting beer for sure. I like the musty malt character but I wish there was a bit more from the malt to offset the sharp acidity of the brew.

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Collaboration Series: Marrón Acidifié from The Bruery
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