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Collaboration Series: Marrón Acidifié - The Bruery

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Ratings: 511
Reviews: 205
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 13.22%
Wants: 134
Gots: 305 | FT: 10
Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Flanders Oud Bruin |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: womencantsail on 02-02-2011)
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Photo of chugalug06
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Nice head. Brew is clear red-ish brown... Very little head retention or lacing...

S - Smells super Sour! Very cherry and slightly strawberry. Mild oak with nice esters.

T - WOW, not anything like the scent. Tart, but not sour... A very unique brew! This one needs LOTS of time! Super cheery flavor, in kind of a good way...

M - OVER carbonated!!! Super great tart taste, distributes well! Heavy bodied with mild bitterness.

O - Quite a good brew. Not Their best, but still worth trying and seeking. Glad I found one in the store tonight so I can try one without opening my cellared one. Time and Temp definitely helps this one...

chugalug06, May 28, 2011
Photo of timtim
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

dark reddish-brown that is way more red than brown. tan head that holds and leaves attractive lace. nose is lactic sourness, cherry, wood and a hint of vanilla. taste follows suit with a healthy dose of sour on top of cherry with just the faintest bit of sweetness about midpalate rounding it out. if you told me cherries were in here, i wouldn't be surprised. delicious, and to me, barely a trace of booze, which is quite impressive for a beer that is this strong. soft mouthfeel. not sticky and well carbonated. good, long finish and no aftertaste. delicious. bruery wins with this collaboration.

timtim, May 25, 2011
Photo of woosterbill
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into a wine glass; sampled while in line for DLD. Huge thanks to whoever provided the pour.

A: Cloudy maroon body with a few chunks of thin tan foam on top. Kinda ugly, but I understand.

S: Nice Oud Bruin aroma of acetic acid, sour cherries, and some oaky vanilla. More sour than sweet, thankfully.

T: Very sour, with lactic + acetic tartness carrying through entirely. A touch of vanilla on the finish. Tasty.

M: Creamy, smooth, well-carbonated.

O: I really enjoyed this beer, and found no real faults with it at all, but I just could help but think as I was drinking it that Rodenbach Grand Cru is both distinctly better and less than half the price. Food for thought.


woosterbill, May 23, 2011
Photo of homebrew311
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received bottle in trade with MrGaryFish- thanks!

A: pours a cloudy reddish brown, little to no head on pour, no lacing

S: huge whiff of vinegar/acid, smells like it will be very tart on the palate, cranberries and cherries are also present, oak comes in on the tail end. The acid is bold and in your face, the fruit is a little more on the mellow side.

T: things start with an interplay between sweet fruity notes and tart notes, much like a tart cherry or cranberry, as the beer rushes past the palate, it leaves significant tartness and causes palate to pucker. The finish is clean and crisp with just a touch of sweet to keep the sour from getting overwhelming.

MF: high carbonation, medium body, refreshing and spritzy mouthfeel

O: nice well balanced sour, the abv is a little high for the style but nicely integrated. Not quite as complex as some other examples of the style.

homebrew311, May 22, 2011
Photo of BARFLYB
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

BARFLYB, May 20, 2011
Photo of MufflnMan
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at the CCB tasting room. Dark amber color with a thin off-white head.

Smells of green apple, a little bit of funk, and a hint of vinegar. An inviting tartness that warns your mouth.

Taste is pretty mouth puckering. Get the green apple and vinegar from the smell. Some tartness from cherries and maybe some citrus, but no noticeable hops.

Mouthfeel is somewhat syrupy with good carbonation.

Picked up a bottle and am interested to see how this one ages.

MufflnMan, May 20, 2011
Photo of oglmcdgl
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A bottle split with onix1agr and poured into duvel tulips.

A- a hard pour yields about two fingers of light tan head that settles very quickly and leaves a few spots of lace and a solid ring on top. Dark red brown in color with an amber glow at the edges. Bits of floaties kickin around.

S- tart and funky with some sour fruits and grape must. Touches of spice in background.

T- sharp and acidic with a very funky oak presence. Lots of tart fruits and vinous notes. As this warms the flavors gain a tremendous amount of depth and complexity. The bold sourness rolls very smoothly into a old tannic oak and slightly sweet cherries. Hints of fall spice and an herbal earthiness way in the back that rounds things out nicely.

M- a bit less then medium in body and about the same in carb. Good solid pucker and super dry finish.

O- this is an interesting brew. Really develops with some good warming and brings some bolder twists to the style.

oglmcdgl, May 20, 2011
Photo of SubpoenaDeuces
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Marron Acidife - Sour Brown Ale - The Bruery 8.5%

A: Deep brown with a ruby hint at the edges, mild carbonation with soft bubbles

S: Crisp vinegar and cherry notes start giving your olfactory senses the business, with tart sweetness lingering.

T: Supremely refreshing bite at the outset which sets into a tart bitterness and cherry tastes that mellow out after swallowing. Great cleanse and finish to the palate, like biting into a crisp sour red apple, if such a thing even exists. It tastes like the sweet blood of a sour patch child.

M: Thin but unpredictable, this beer doesn't coat that well but it doesn't need to, it is too busy avoiding your phone calls after it wrecked your hotel room. The light body with big bite makes this incredibly unbalanced but ridiculously delicious. Give this to someone who "isn't a beer person" and watch as their conceptions fall to pieces after you forcefully drag them out of Plato's cave and show them the sour side of life.

D: Absolutely fantastic. Give me this while I am chopping wood, making beef jerky, or snowmobiling and it will be right at home doing MAN STUFF. Alternatively, it is refined enough that you can serve it at the foreign delegate convention and there will not be a dry monocle in the house. All day, every day, I want more please.

Narrative: OH GREAT JUST MY LUCK, THE ONLY JOB INTERVIEW I CAN LAND AND HE'S HERE. It wasn't the first time that your life dreams had been stifled by Reuben "Ruby" Tartstein. From the spelling bee where he cooly not only spelled every word but gave the entymology as well, to the senior prom where he won both king and queen with his androgynous air. I CAN NEVER SEEM TO SHAKE THIS POISED BASTARD, AND WHO WEARS AN AMBER SUIT TO A JOB INTERVIEW. It seems like this guy can pull anything off, charities, lumberjack competitions, fencing; he does it all. No matter how badly he abuses you, you know he means well and it is just the mark of an eccentric genius. "And it became quite evident why they call it KEYnsian economics at THAT POINT!" The receptionst burst into laughter at his high handed jokes. You cannot compete with this man, but you love him just the same.

SubpoenaDeuces, May 19, 2011
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Beerandraiderfan, May 18, 2011
Photo of Spider889
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle sent as an extra by J2Brew2, thanks a lot!

Shared this at the second Central Ohio Tasting at From the Vine.

The beer is a hazed bourbon brown color with an off-white to near tan head with large soapy bubbles.

Smelled very oaky with lots of brett character. Sweet pipe tobacco also stands out quite a bit. The back end of the aroma is very tart with signs of lemon.

This is a very sour tasting beer, and so I was relieved. These days breweries are getting more adventuresome in the realm of sours, but still I always fear that a beer labeled as "sour" won't live up to my expectations of the adjective. Tart, mouthwatering cranberry washes over the palate along with granny smith apples and toffee notes. A large acidic burn in the throat comes through fairly quickly.

Very dry with heavy carbonation. The worst part is the burn in my throat.

A very likeable beer, and quite exceptional in small quantities. I was very happy I decided to share this vs attempt to drink the bottle myself.

Spider889, May 17, 2011
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.

Sammy, May 16, 2011
Photo of Arenbeer
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a Goblet Glass

Served at fridge temperature

A- Pours murky muddy brown with pretty much no head at all just some big bubbles around the sides of the glass. Splotchy lacing but nothing crazy.

S- Funk/brett create a nice sour tart notes with hints of dark cherries and fruits as well as a good amount of vinegar. Also some nice vanilla notes from the oak but nothing crazy.

T- Tart cherries and funk from the brett with a strong balsamic vinegar like flavor. Nice hints of sweet vanilla and oak that blend really nice with the overall flavor and some acidic qualities as well

M- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a nice tart and sour finish but nothing to crazy. Very well balanced.

Arenbeer, May 15, 2011
Photo of Gobzilla
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured dark reddish brown in color with maroon highlights and had a half finger of head leaving some good frothy lacing sticking to the glass.

S: definitely had a nice oak vinegary aroma upfront with some cherry notes, slight brown sugar, but had acidic character to it as well.

T: sourness was more potent than expected with oaky cherry flavors, vinegar character, slight acidic citrus flavor but also had raspbeerry accents.

M: the brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a sweet, mild fruity, oaky, slighty dry, and a mild sour finish.

D: drank really well and was a good interpretation of a Flanders Oud Bruin, I really enjoyed this beer.

Gobzilla, May 15, 2011
Photo of Urbancaver
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Compared to iso:ft
All notes are based off the difference

Darker than iso:ft with more head. The nose has a lot more sourness. The tart cranberries smells a lot like currant. Smells and tastes a lot like consecration. Definitely at least twice as sour as iso:ft

Overall, I like iso:ft quite a bit better but marron acidifie is certainly tasty. Would like to see how this is with a year or so on it

Urbancaver, May 15, 2011
Photo of LiquidBread219
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Nice looking beer. A dark brown, almost purple color, with an off-white head that left behind some lacing.

S - A lot of vinegar on this one, although it is not unpleasant. Very puckeringly sour smelling with high notes of vanilla and some oak as well. Interesting fruity aroma.

T - Pretty complex, the vinegar is fairly vinegary, but not in such a way that detracts from the beer. It is quite tart, with cherry being the primary fruit. The acetobactor is quite pronounced and gives the beer a bit of an edge. A lot going on, and it works.

M - Medium bodied, good carbonation, tannic finish.

O - This is a really nice beer that people will like if they are into this style. I couldn't do more than one, as the flavor profile was a bit too pronounced, but still a great beer. The one thing I didn't like about the beer was the price tag. but in the end I really enjoyed and Glad I got to try this one.

LiquidBread219, May 14, 2011
Photo of dimenhetfield
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared with some friends. I’d heard from friends that this was similar to Sea Bass and Vuja De, both of which I like but not my favorite sour by any means, so I was a little surprised by how much I enjoyed this one. The aroma had a good bit of sour funk with some mustard in there, sort of strange but pleasant at the same time. Flavor wasn’t over the top crazy but had a good amount of sour funk and kick to really make this a great beer.

dimenhetfield, May 14, 2011
Photo of GrandCruDrew
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured in my NB snifter/goblet, fav glass.

A- Dark brown/amber, hazy and cant see through it in light, one inch head that looks creamy and little retention. Also, very little lacing.

S- Acid, slight vinegar, caramel, sourness, brett, oak, tart cherries and some spicy fruitiness.

T- Def Flanders style, get the tart cherry & strawberries, oak and soured caramel. I get some tart dried fruits, brett, and funk.

M- It has a good balance between funk, tart, and creaminess.

Overall- Great beer, great representation of the style. I just feel as though I could go pick up a Jolly Pumpkin La Roja for $10-$12 rear round and get the same effect.

GrandCruDrew, May 14, 2011
Photo of billab914
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

billab914, May 12, 2011
Photo of kscaldef
3.13/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Poured into a tulip with just a whisper of a head. Dark, ruby red color. Not much evidence of carbonation.

S: Winey aromas from a distance. Cherry and stone fruit. Whiff of strawberry. Promise of nice acidity.

T: Initially dominated by wood, followed by a rich earthy flavor. There's some dark fruit, mostly prunes. Not all that tart for the most part, except for a spike just as you swallow. Finishes with almost a butterscotch / caramel that's as much feel as taste. Later sips start to reveal some spice.

M: Practically flat, would definitely like this to be a bit more lively. Full bodied, but finishes somewhat sticky (see taste comment). Not at all what I'd expect from this style.

As the beer warms a bit, the wood becomes more pronounced, and the finish less sticky. At the same time, the lack of carbonation becomes more of a letdown.

Glass #2 from the bottle picks up some bitterness and lots of floaties.

O: Something of a disappointment. Not bad, but not up to the hype.


Notes from Epic Bruery sour/wild tasting, 3/4/2012

Red-brown. Tart fruit aroma, slight vinegar. Very dry, earthy, leathery, and astrigent. Really too earthy to be enjoyable. 3.5,4,3,3,3

kscaldef, May 12, 2011
Photo of JoeySchlitz
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 2 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Bruery tulip/snifter glass with just a faint bit of head mixed with some sudsy bubbles. Settles down to a mostly still, dark rusty red colored beer. Fairly cloudy with some yeast residue at the edges. The bottle was not sitting still long before pouring.

Aroma of a sour cherry, vinegar, woody barrel medley. Red wine and barrel are also present with lemon undertones.

Taste is more sour cherries, balsamic vinegar, lemon acidic bite, leather and faint brown sugar and ends on a sour, almost grapefruit-like, slightly bitter end. The sour taste lingers.

There's little to no carbonation and the body is very wine-like. A bit more carbonation would help the aroma pop a little more, but overall its in line with the style.

This is a very good beer and am glad that I was able to track down some bottles. Great idea for the Bruery and
Cigar City to get together.

JoeySchlitz, May 12, 2011
Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours dark brown with a red hue into my snifter with about a finger of head that dissipated pretty quickly and leaves little lacing.

S - Tart cherries, funky leather, oak, balsamic vinegar, brown sugar sweetness, and some malts fighting to get through.

T - Tart and juicy, lots of cranberry notes, tart cherries, leathery funk, and balsamic notes as well, really follows the nose pretty closely and has an excellent oak finish that really lingers.

M - Medium body with very balanced carbonation, somewhat dry, yet it certainly makes my mouth water.

O - This beer is awesome, however it's pretty damn pricey. Well worth trying or sharing with a friend at least once.

StoneBrewFanatic, May 12, 2011
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.

Ralphs66, May 12, 2011
Photo of jwinship83
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml capped bottle. drank from my russian river "tion" glass. trying the bruery sours at EBF has made me pretty excited to open this one up.

A- a healthy pour yields a a dark reddish brown colored body with a half finger of light beige colored head on top. the head lasts for a brief second or two before falling, and leaves behind small rings of lacing.

S- my initial whiff brings forth plenty of the oak barrel and vinous notes. its definitely sour. nice balsamic notes and tart cherries. a little bit of chocolate. some tobacco/leather as well.

T- the taste starts out with plenty of the vinous and oaken notes that i could smell. lots of sweet and tart cherries come through as well and mix well with the modest amount of chocolate. its sour, but not overly so. tobacco, raisins, and leather towards the back end. very complex.

M- sour, but not overly puckering. the body is on the upper end of medium. the carbonation is nice and subdued. lingering aftertaste. pretty dry.

O- i liked this beer alot. i really hope i can get some more. i picked up a second bottle to trade or age, but im not sure how long ill be willing to wait or how quick i will be to give this one up. check it out if you get the chance.

jwinship83, May 11, 2011
Photo of jlenik
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

a: pours with little head and some lacing. a nice brown and amber ale.

s: it's tart, and there is a distinct lemon presence. this really reminds me of the smell from Cantillon Gueuze.

t: well it's sour, that's for sure. lemongrass upfront but soon reveals the darker fruit flavors of prune and raisins. I noticed the bottle says that there are cranberry flavors in the beer and I can attest to that. there is a slight sweetness that appears as the beers warms.

m: sour, dry, with little carbonation. cannot detect the alcohol.

o: I held off on my purchase to buy Cantillon Saint Lamvinus for this beer and I'm pleased with my decision (at least until I try Saint Lamvinus). I've been spoiled by Cantillon sours and this has left me very satisfied.

jlenik, May 11, 2011
Photo of axeman9182
2.63/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

750 mL bottle, allowed to warm a little before being poured into my Duvel tulip.

Marron Acidifie pours a very deep brown, with faint ruby highlights visible under the proper lighting. The tan colored head tops out at about a finger and a half of height, and displays decent lacing. Head retention is very brief though. The second pour empties the bottle and introduces tons of small brown particles that float on the surface of the beer and stick to the sides of the glass... not very nice looking. The nose is vinegar heavy, but also has some notes of tart cherry, oak, and a mild funkiness. Vinegar goes totally over the top once the beer hits my mouth though, even having been allowed to warm some beforehand the beer is nigh on undrinkable from the overwhelming vinegar presence. Eventually, as the beer arrives near room temperature, it improves somewhat. The vinegar is still very "in your face", but there's some semblance of balance with some of the other flavors suggested by the aroma. The mouthfeel at least is decent. A little on the dry side for an 8%+ brew, which one might expect given the critters that went to work fermenting this one. At the same time the carbonation is largely understated, and has the beer been a little more full bodied I'd call it syrupy, but as is, slick will have to do as a descriptor. Marron Acidfie has got to be one of the biggest letdowns of a beer I've ever had. I've enjoyed beers from both The Bruery and Cigar City, and I'm usually one to like sour beers, but this was too tart for it's own good and the last third or so of it will be going down the drain.

axeman9182, May 10, 2011
Collaboration Series: Marrón Acidifié from The Bruery
93 out of 100 based on 511 ratings.