Collaboration Series: Marrón Acidifié - The Bruery

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Ratings: 540
Reviews: 205
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.98%
Wants: 134
Gots: 307 | 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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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 UCLABrewN84
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ehammond1 for sharing this one at MrHirschybar's place!

Pours a murky brown with a tan head that settles to a film on the top of the beer. Small dots of lace stick to the glass on the drink down. Smell is of sour fruits, funk, and some vinegar notes. Taste is the same with very nice funky and sour flavors. This beer has a light level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer and I am very happy I finally got to try it.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the bottle at the Bruery and Cigar City salon at SAVOR 2011. Served in a SAVOR goblet.

Pours a somewhat-murky tawny red color with a small off-white head that sticks around a bit before falling into a thin collar. Some sparse lacing. The nose brings a slight amount of bread plus a good dosing of brown sugar. These characteristics fall beneath the semi-strong notes of cherry and oak with mild acetic character. Good acidity throughout. The flavor has brown sugar and cherry along with some oak and tannin. Moderate acidity and light sweetness for a really nice balance. Medium body and average carbonation. Really solid brew.

Photo of brentk56
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a root beer brown color with a modest head that leaves some streaky lace behind

Smell: Cranberry, black cherry, leathery tannins, oak and balsamic vinegar

Taste: Cranberry and black cherry flavors arrive first, with a growing acetic sourness that adds leather/oaky undertones by mid-palate; after the swallow, the sweet and tart tones of balsamic vinegar arrive to add another layer of complexity, though the sweet fruit elements linger underneath

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low carbonation; rather puckery

Overall: While I would prefer a bit more carbonation and perhaps a touch more flavor complexity, this is a very nice beer and it will be interesting to see how it develops

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.62/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy deep burgundy color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aromas of oak and sour notes are quite powerful with light tannin notes are also perceptible. Taste is a complex mix between some sour notes with some oak and some tannin and balsamic vinegar notes. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. The description is quite right about this beer being an imperial Flanders red – interesting though not something I could drink in large quantities in one serving considering it is quite sour with a tad too much of acidity.

Photo of largadeer
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at Beer Revolution.

Dark reddish-brown topped by a thin crown. Tart raspberry/blackberry aroma, very vinous, reminiscent of red wine vinegar. Hay-like funk, reserved acetic sourness with a little brown malt beneath. Sharply sour on the tongue, exhibiting a nice balance of acetic and lactic sourness with a lean toward the acetic side. Blackberry fruitiness, integrated oak and some nice vinous dryness in the finish. Easily one of the best American oud bruins I've tried, and probably The Bruery's best sour beer so far. Impressive.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

on tap at the ccb tasting room, i was thrilled to be able to try this one, served in a snifter and consumed on 4/13/2011.

nice dark brown, almost a 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. nice and clear with the long lasting note of cherry on the palate, i coul have drank this all night long.

overall this was a fantastic beer, seriously top notch and cannot wait to have again.

Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip at 50º.
It pours an attractive dark crimson that has bright highlights. Slowly rising carbonation that forms a thin quarter inch layer of tan foam that soon dissipates, leaving irregular spotty lace to one side. Second pour brought out some painterly swaths of lace.

Woody, oaky spice, fall leaves, leather, cherry, pipe tobacco. Pretty textbook for a traditional Oud Bruin, though it has some nuanced complexity.

Moderately tart, tannic cherry pit and skins, juicy dark cherry flesh. Light acidity, balanced and mellow. Dry finish with oaky traces, salivary glands still working overtime. Medium bodied with easygoing carbonation. Bright tartness, savory oak and cherry fruitiness. Pleasant, though not quite as complex as Oude Tart. Worth a try for Flanders fans.

Photo of womencantsail
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at The Bruery

A: The pour is garnet in color with a finger, maybe finger and a half, tall off-white head.

S: Smells great. Lots of oak and wine. The vinegar notes are minimal, which is a big plus for me. Some cherry skins and pits with a touch of leather. Maybe a bit of chocolate and sweet balsamic vinegar. Nicely tart overall.

T: Nicely sour with only a minimal amount of it coming from vinegar. Very oaky, especially on the finish, which is dry and tannic. Hints of sweetness provide a little balance. More fruit notes on the flavor, particularly cherries and red wine.

M: Medium in body with a moderate carbonation and a dry, puckering finish.

O: Damn this was good. Probably the best of the Bruery sour beers thus far.

Photo of TMoney2591
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

Big thanks to Trxxpaxxs for this bottle!

Reviewed blind as part of Blind BIF 6. It pours a cloudy sienna (with a nice dark core) topped by a little over a finger of dirty tan foam. The nose comprises red apple skin, red grapes, lightly tart orange, cinnamon, toffee, light clove, and a kiss of fig. The taste brings in more red apple skin, generally mild vinegar, spicy grapes (wine-like ones, y'know), toffee, clove, raisins, tart mandarin orange, and a touch of grapefruit peel. The body is a light-ish medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a lightly grainy, generally smooth, and fluid feel. Overall, a very nice brew, one that definitely lived up to its good press.

Photo of oline73
3.91/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I reviewed this as a part of the a blind BIF

Here goes the last bottle. #12 is a 750 ml bottle. Poured into a snifter.

A: This beer pours a dark reddish brown with a layer of off white head that goes away quickly. Not much light coming through this beer at all. 4

S: We have a sour beer. Sour with a good amount of sweet malt to back it up. There is some dark fruit along with vinegar. There maybe some other fruit in this one, I can't really tell just from the smell. 3

T: The taste is a lot lighter than I thought it would be from the smell. There may be some raspberries in this beer, but it may just be the sour notes with the malt. Not as sweet at the smell would suggest. Some vinegar with a biting sourness in the finish. 4.5

M: The body is on the thick side of medium with very little carbonation. The finish has a touch of dryness to it. Could have used just a tad more carbonation. 3.5

O: I knew I was in trouble when I opened this and smelled it. My wife doesn't like sour beers, so this is all me. I was pleasantly surprised by the taste after the smell was just alright. I'm thinking Flanders Red or an Oude Brun? I'd go with the latter if I had to pick one. 4

Photo of jlindros
3.99/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very dark maroon ruby like color, very little head.

Nose oak, toasty oak, sour malts, vinegar, little chemically, brown sugar, sweet molasses, little fruity.

Taste is more of the same, lots of oak, into vinegar and sour malts, some fruity flavors,mostly a tart cherry, some brown sugar and sweet malt flavors, molasses, decent acidic vinegar like. Finish is sweet and a little flemmy and syrupy, more sweet malts and sour cherry, sour malt.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, decent carb, little acidic bite.

Photo of MasterSki
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Hopleaf. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Served with a finger of tan foam that settles to a thick collar and partial cap. Lightly hazed reddish body and a few splotches of lace as well.

S - Red wine vinegar, oak, vanilla, leather, light tobacco, some nice funk and acetobacter. As it warms some guava acidity creeps in.

T - The taste is a bit sweeter - some brown malt character and vanilla. Some nice pucker, very tart, pleasant sour cherry and other nebulous fruits, and mild acetobacter. Alcohol is very well-hidden.

M - Nice carbonation zest, dry moisture-destroying tartness. Medium-full body, with some tannic oak in the finish and light residual stickiness.

D - I had two glasses of this one, and if it hadn't been $10 for a tulip I probably would have had more. Might have to get a couple bottles for the cellar, although the balance of sourness and malt character is already well-balanced at this stage. Impressive collaboration beer that is stronger than the sours made individually by these two breweries - hope they hook up again. Alcohol is very well-hidden.

Photo of mdfb79
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 03/17/12 notes. Big thanks to Desaparecido for sending me a bottle of this one in the Birthday BIF; thanks Ed! A big Want of mine. 750ml bottle poured into my Bruery tulip.

a - Pours a reddish-mahogany brown color with one finger of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sour fruits, dark fruits, vinegar, leather, some wood, tannis, fruity malts, and sonme lactic notes. Not overly sour but sour enough; a very nice nose.

t - Tastes of sour fruits, vinegar, roasted malts, wood, tannis, light smoke and leather, dark fruity malts, bread, lactic notes. Not as sour as the nose and some more malts, but still nice.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. An easy to drink sour.

o - Overall I liked this one quite a bit. It is an easy drinking sour; since it was not overly sour, I had no problem drinking 12 oz. of this one. The nose is very nice and a little more sour then the taste. Worth checking out and would like to have it again.

Photo of drabmuh
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer served at the SAVOR salon with the Bruery, thanks Patrick. Beer is rusty colored with a mild haze. The head is thin and brown, tiny bubbles, some lacing, looks good.

Aroma is quite sour, bright acetic acid and lactic, very nice aroma.

Beer is a little sweet but very sour, strongly lactic, great tartness at the back, acetic brightness overall a good beer. The finish is dry but overall it is really nice. I"d have it again.

Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review 1200! 750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled in Spring 2011 (nearing 2 years old). Pours slightly hazy dark reddish brown color with a small 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big sour cherry, cranberry, apple, toast, grass, hay, oak, balsamic vinegar, red wine, earth, tobacco, light leather, funk, and light herbal. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance. Taste of huge tart and sour cherry, cranberry, oak, toast, apple, raisin, hay, grass, earth, red wine, balsamic vinegar, funk, leather, tobacco, light yeast spiciness, and light citrus peel. Nice amount of tartness and sourness on the finish; with lingering notes of sour dark fruits, toast, oak, hay, grass, leather, balsamic vinegar, red wine, tobacco, earth, yeast spiciness, and light citrus peel on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity and balance of flavors; with a great sourness/sweetness balance; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied; with a lightly slick and moderately acidic mouthfeel that is very nice; nicely acidic without being overbearing. Alcohol is very well hidden with almost zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic sour brown ale! Big complexity and balance of flavors; and very smooth to sip on even with the acidity. A highly enjoyable offering as expected.

Photo of orangesol
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jecker aka Josh for bringing this one to Ffej of July IX

A - Pours murky brown with a small one finger tall white head leaving light lacing down the glass.

S - Smells of dark fruits like figs, raisins, and dates help cut down some of the vinegar sourness and light leathery funk. As it warms you get hints of red wine, dry oak tannins, and berries.

T - Starts off with a big vinegary sour kick up front slowly giving way to a mix of dark fruits; similar to the nose; dry oak tannins, cherries, and some leathery barn yard funk. The finish is a mix of tartness and dryness, lingering for some time. The alcohol is hidden well, but it begins to creep in more and more as it warms.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Dry, tart, feel with plenty of it lingering through the finish.

O - I liked this one. It has a lot going on yet it was well balanced between sour and dark sweetness. I am glad I have a few of these in the cellar, although I am not sure it can get any better than it is now.

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 mothman
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a small amount of beige white head. Leaves some splattered lace. Color is a ruby caramel red.

Aroma: A lot of sourness here. Cranberries, cherries, and raspberries. Oak and grape skins. Leather. Funky. The nose fits the description on the bottle well.

Taste: Very much on par with what an oud bruin should taste like, but it has a little more flavor on top of that. Caramel and some spices with all of the flavors in the nose. Very sour and mouthpuckering. Very fruity.

Mouthfeel: Sour and tart. Medium bodied with a low to medium amount of carbonation. Ends clean.

Overall, this was a really nice beer. It was much better than I expected it to be and I expected it to be decent. This bottle drank very quick and I could easily have more.

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

750 ml bottle pulled from the cellar with a few months on it. I've sampled this beer quite a few times, but never an entire bottle to notate for a review. Shared with my girlfriend, and served into two snifters.

A: Semi-hazy mahogany copper colored body with an initially small, thick bubbly off-white head. The dissipation was very rapid and didn't leave anything in the way of retention. Almost no lace, either. Not horrible for the style.

S: Tart black cherries, leather, blackberry, oak and a gritty malt base. There's lots going on in terms of sourness with a good amount of funk and dry tart qualities. An astringent musky note leads into the end of the nose.

T: Very tart dark fruits, black cherry and apple are up front. Once your palate adjusts to the initial bite of the funky tartness, a lot more flavors open up. More leather and oak wood round out the majority of the flavors. In the finish, a touch of booze and sticky dry malts are into the linger.

M: Carbonated and bubbly, but I can't help but feel it might be a little under done. I expected this to be really carbonated but it does work quite nice how it is. Over time I think it would increase, perhaps making this more true to style.

This is a really well done Flanders but certainly not one for the record books. It is very complex in the flavor profile that provides a unique and ever changing experience. Quite good but not stellar. Would I drink it again? Absolutely.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.67/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer is not very carbonated as it requires a super aggressive pour to produce a one-finger thick, fairly large bubbled, amber tinged, darker tan colored head. The beer is a dark, concentrated amber color that shows a fairly clear, cranberry red hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of cherries & berries up front with a backing acetic acidity that then morphs into a finish that is softly reminiscent of acetone. There are suggestions of toasted malt, biscuit like malt aromatics and crushed brown / crystalized malt; these are only subtly noticed over the top of the bright fruitiness that is in the nose. Other suggestions of sherry and perhaps port show some oxidation around the edges. The malt in this beer becomes a bit more noticeable as it warms up, and I like that the overall affect is to add a slight savory quality to the aroma. As the beer warms up quite a bit more some oak starts to come out; it accentuates the toasted part of the malt character and provides a soft, sort of spicy, sort of peppery, sort of sharply woody aromatic component to the nose

This has a touch of sharpness to it from the acidity, much of which seems lactic-acid in derivation, but the piquancy in the sourness is produced by the touch of acetic acid that is here in the flavor. This finishes with a fairly chewy, toasted grain character that really lingers on the palate; it also has quite a bit of brown bread character to it lurking just beneath the surface. The malt has definitely oxidized and produces flavors of nuts, perhaps a touch of sherry and just a woody, muted grain quality. Speaking of wood, there is certainly a spiciness from some oak here as well as a soft, general woodiness that reminds me a bit of fresh cut wood planks. The lack of carbonation certainly has a big effect on this beer; the palate seems a bit thin, and it could certainly use the brightness that some carbonation would add; there is a touch of prickle to the palate and the body also has a touch of viscous heft to it as it isn’t really watery in character. The fruit character that was in the nose is not nearly as apparent here in the flavor, but there are still softer notes of tart raisins, a touch of prune and maybe some cherry flavors. As the beer warms up a bit more of the fruit character becomes noticeable; even the cherry starts to become a bit more distinct. My second pout was quite a bit softer and there is perhaps a hint more carbonation, though it is still not enough.

Not bad for an Oud Bruin, it certainly misses a few marks because of the lack of carbonation, but there is enough beer here to live without it. The flavors never seems to shine bright enough, everything is a bit muted and this beer never really achieves a great, integrated balance. Having said all that this is still an enjoyable beer, I was just hoping for something that was a bit more. The aroma is almost there though, as it does have a nice balance of components to it.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Lunch. Thanks Paul!

The beer appears murky brown with some crimson highlights when held to the light. A small head leaves some decent lacing on the glass. The aroma is quite nice, with some funk, cherries, and oak. The flavor is tannic, with notes of cherry pits, alcohol, oak, and brown sugar. The beer offers a light sweetness, but is primarily sour in nature. Well done. Definitely true to style, the finish is acetic and lovely. Overall, a very tasty beer. Recommended.

Photo of BARFLYB
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from NY into a Duvel tulip with oglmcdgl.

Marron pours out bloody red with some maroon hints and dark apple red. IT's also a pretty dirty beer, alot of floaties from a careful pour clouds up the glass. A semi loose light tan bubbly head up above.

Marron has a very oaky base, not sure if it's the barrel type or the amount of time in there but oak is big underneath some cherry scent and a malty background. Some vinegar pops up but not enough to make me puke.

I took my time with this beer to get to know it and Im thinking it needs some time in the bottle. Besides the oak flavor everything else just seems a bit muted. This includes cherry, apple, malt variety and a hint of sweet chocolate. Im glad the vinegar is low, time may bring it out more, who knows.

Sourness is there but not fully out there yet, acidity is low, tart and funky, the body is a nice medium in line with most Belgians, and the carb is there and slightly bitey on the tounge. A great feel.

Overall, 'moron acidfire'(TM) is good for a go and possibly good for a two year stay in the cellar, yet it is terribly overpriced for what it is, I could have got three and a half big bottles of Rodenbach Grand Cru for this one and thats Imported.

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

On-tap at The Bruery, my 100th Bruery beer,

A: Pours brown with a light white head, murky, limited lace.

S: Oak, malt and balsamic vinegar, sweet malt.

T: Dominated by oak and acetic acid. Lots of black cherries and red currants, some cranberry and cheese in the finish.

M: Medium-bodied, a bit fizzy, tart with a Moulin-a-Vent type acidity.

O: Very good Oud Bruin, full-flavoured and well made. Glad to try it.

Photo of billab914
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tasting glass. It poured a murky brown color with some slight reddish highlights to it and a thin white head.

The aroma is tart and sour with a little bit of a vinegar, acidic quality to it. I get some fruity notes to it as well as a somewhat woody flavor. Very nice aroma overall, the sour and tart flavors mixed with the fruit very nicely.

The taste shows more of the tart and sour characteristics up front while some of the fruity, sweet flavors come out in the finish. It's sharp and crisp with a good acidic sour bite to it, without becoming overly sour. I get some dark fruits lingering in the finish as well which were nice.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation was on the higher side. Overall it was a very nice sour beer. It had a nice mix of flavors and integrated the sweeter fruit with the tart and funky sourness very well. Very solid beer overall.

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Collaboration Series: Marrón Acidifié from The Bruery
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