Collaboration Series: Marrón Acidifié - The Bruery

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526 Ratings
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Ratings: 526
Reviews: 205
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 13.22%
Wants: 133
Gots: 307 | FT: 13
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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 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 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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

Photo of ferrari29
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Beer poured from bottle into a stemless Tulip shaped wine glass

A - Dark brown colored body; moderate amount of visible carbonation stems from the bottom of the glass; beige colored head, looks unique with plenty of yeast sediment, floats and breaks apart like a glacier in the ocean, very cool; sticky lacing forms on the sides of the glass

S - Light scents of ginger and malts like caramel and biscuit; sweet and sour, like grape and dark berries, aromas are more prevalent than any other scents in the beer

T - Cider; very sour; some fruits like cranberry and raspberry; sour grapes, like a wine; light vinegar taste

M - Slightly bubbly; tart feel on the tongue from the unique blend of ingredients; thin consistency; watery feel, needs more body

D - I didn't taste any leather, which would have been kind of cool; I would have plenty more; I really like these types of special collaboration brews where people are willing to try new brewing methods and injecting new flavors into the mix

Photo of jsanford
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap as part of a flight at the Bruery Provisions Shop. I went back for this a few times.

A - Poured a dark mahogany with a creamy ivory head that recedes to a nice ring and wispy haze.
S - Complex nose of tart cherry, brown sugar, leather, tobacco, cranberry marmalade, red wine vinegar, and oak. Absolutely amazing, really reminds me of Oude Tart, but with a nice cigar humidor twist to it (which makes sense, considering the collaboration).
T - Notes of cranberry juice, pomegranate, leather, red wine vinegar, and a good amount of oak in the finish. Again, very complex, and the level of tartness is excellent, not overpowering.
M - Sick, with a medium body and fairly full mouth-feel. Carbonation is moderate, and the finish is oaky, and slightly tannic.
O - An exceptional beer from 2 of the best breweries out there today. This is such a perfect melding between the styles of both breweries, I want more!

Photo of bs870621345
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared with Oddnotion, Jessee, he picked up the bottle. Gotta review a $26 bottle.

Pours a deep brown/amber color with ruby red highlights when held up to light. Almost no head but leaves a little lacing down the glass.

Smell is a little woody, little funky, dark fruits, lemon, caramel, and a hint of vinegar.

Taste is lemon and vinegar up front, opens up into some fruit, oak, and funk, finishes with a little oak. Dry but very juicy. Slightly too acidic for me.

Mouthfeel is thick and undercarbonated, wish it was more carbonated.

Overall its good, not great. I would try buy another and age and try it in a year.

Photo of OddNotion
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
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 afksports
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My fault for not decanting this. Made some floaties in the pour. Tart as he'll, drying sour in the back, better as it warms.

Nose is a lovely oud bruin, some good Pickering tartness warnings, cranberries definitely present, along with some wood. Malts too. Watery malts.

The taste starts with water that rushes the cranberry sweetness and malts past your tongue a bit too fast for my preference. The middle keeps those malts and transitions to sour, and the en is fully drying sour. Hardcore drying cranberry sour.

Puckering and good. But maybe not exceptional, the taste o's damn solid and complex. Cheers to both brueweuwrries on this collaboration!

Photo of ne0m00re
3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

04/26/11- Review of a 750 mL bottle.
A: Dark brown with a white collar and film and lacing.
S: Musty leather, cranberry, dark chocolate, cherry, nice tartness, and very dark caramel.
T: Cherry and cranberry, brown sugar, leather mustiness, and overall earthy.
M: Frothy carbonation, moderate body.
O: Not bad, but nothing great.

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 750ml bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 4/24/11
*From notes

A: It's a hazy charred burgundy to burnt umber. A .75 finger head is the byproduct of a generous pour. There are floaties as well, which look like curdled milk, though they have no substance and cannot be detected within the mouth.

S: The sour funk of black cherries and dried figs is astounding. It also showcases quite a bit of what I decect as new, medium toasted oak. Immensely complex.

T: Vinegar hits and instantly the mouth begins watering. The mid is a playground for the dark fruits, which come off like sun dried concentrate. As it winds down, the tannic acid and vannilin dry the mouth ever so slightly, prepping the palate for the next nip. I've never in my life had a beer quite like this. Putting it into words seems to trivialize the experience. It simply must be had to be understood. Perfection.

M: The carbonation is really welcoming, as I find most beers within the sour realm tend to be somewhat soft or flabby. This is slightly oily, but it suits the beer and it certainly has more body then most within the style.

O: The Bruery and Cigar City have created a masterpiece with their Marron Acidifie. It stands as a monumental achievement, and will certainly be at or near the top of my 2011 best-of list.

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

ive been looking forward to trying this guy, had this guy side by side with CBS Wanderer. probably not the best idea as this guy doesn't quite measure up to it even tho its still a great beer in its own right.

a- much lighter than wanderer. orange yellowish with a nice half inch head.

s- smells good. cherry notes up front, darker fruit notes follow, malts in the back. tartness very present

t- cherries up front, acidic, tasty. not as flavorful as wandere buy still has a lot going on.

m- much thinner than wanderer, but still medium bodied well carbonated

0- its a very good beer, i think i would have enjoyed it more if i hadn't had the flavor burst of the wanderer on my tongue, but this guys is still a winner

Photo of beagle75
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draft pour into a footed chalice at Brix in Sunset Beach.

A: Murky, medium rusty brown with one finger of diminishing cinnamon-tinted foam head. No lacing remains on the glass.

S: Fairly straight-forward but focused lactic acidity and aromatic oak. There is a fine thread of well-fermented vinous fruit that marries well with the wood, suggesting nuanced complexity that must be tracked down.

T: Begins off-dry, with tannic leather and dark pipe tobacco that are complementary to the heavy presence of well-cured oak. Acidity is intense at first but moderates as the beer warms, coming across as highly lactic. Vanilla butter creme frosting is also noted amongst early flavors. The middle remains woody, drying out some--but with contradictory brown sugar flavor detected--and developing a less appealing urea presence. Spicy clove and cinnamon stick makes an appearance toward the finish, where acidity becomes more felt than tasted. Savory spice lingers on the palate.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, moderate acidity is felt late but remains fairly labile, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This collaboration between The Bruery and Cigar City represents a fairly gonzo formulation for their first combined outing, but it is able to deliver a lot of traditional style elements that are at times appealing and challenging. The smell has perfect laser focus on first approach, becoming just a little muddled by the flavors as the two begin to mix into one big and sour experience. The flavors are best at the front-end, really embracing the palate; not juicy, but just as pleasing. Qualities are less focused as the taste progresses, but they do not deviate too far, or for too long. Barrel notes are aggressively woody but refined throughout, and sourness leans into lactic territory, staying appealing. Perhaps the most complementary thing one can say about a barrel-aged sour is that it tastes nothing like the components it was assembled from, and Marron Acidifie fits that description well enough.

Photo of HopHead84
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

4/17/2011

On tap at Stone Oakquinox 2011 in a snifter.

A: Dark reddish brown. Big frothy light brown head. Nice retention and color.

T: Nice dark fruit profile. Grape, plum, prune, blackberry, and a whisper of date. Lightly acetic. Very nice. Light oak presence with a faint mustiness. All aspects are balanced and harmonious.

T: Lightly tart with prominent notes of plum, grape, and a dash of prune. Moderately lactic with evident oak and a touch of leather. Acetic profile is at a lower moderate level and is balanced nicely by the wood, dark fruit, and lactic character. Very nice fruit profile and very complex flavor. There is a lot going on here.

M: Medium in body with moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is sticky and smooth.

Overall: Complex, refreshing, and damn enjoyable. Recommended.

Collaboration Series: Marrón Acidifié from The Bruery
93 out of 100 based on 526 ratings.