Collaboration Series: Marrón Acidifié - The Bruery

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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 nickd717
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
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 OBeerMeGreatOne
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip. Beautiful red/brown with a two finger white head that leaves a decent amount of lace behind.
The smell is nice and tart, vinegar, sour cherry, with a very slight malt back.
The taste puts a lot of Oud Bruins to shame. Great mix of sour fruit, caramel malt and maybe a bready malt or yeast. Very rich and delicious. Goes down smooth.
Too bad they sold out of the bottles or I would have grabbed one. What a top notch brew.

Photo of Gtreid
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml. bottle poured into my CCB tulip.

A: Rather muddy brown color. The pour did not produce much head, but what was there hung around for the entire glass.

A: Tart fruit, vinegar, brown sugar, sour cherries, blackberries, and alcohol. Nice substantial malt bill, next to no hop presence.

T: At first the taste is dominated by the malt vinegar, but then the dark fruit notes come through. Cherries and blackberries mostly, but with underlying notes of merlot. The beer finishes very dry, very sour, and with a hefty kick from the ABV.

M: Thin body, good carbonation. Pretty nice for the style.

O: I think this is a good beer, but one that will only get better with age. I think the vinegar and alcohol really need to mellow a bit more. I have another bottle and will revisit it in 6 months or more. But all in all, pretty nice colab. Skal.

Photo of Shaw
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle today at my local Total Wine: $19. Having had this expensive beer on draft, I wouldn't have purchased it again but for a giftcard from my mother-in-law. Thanks!

Pours very brown with a short off-white head that quickly reduces to a ring in my glass.

Tart fruity aroma with big notes of vinegar and oak.

Tart taste of -- thanks to brewer's note -- balsamic vinegar. Fruit notes mix with oak to make a complex sour beer. But the sour notes aren't extreme. They are muted with the wood flavors. No hint of the higher alcohol level.

Light body, but it isn't watery.

This is a sipping beer that's meant to be savored. A must-try for oud bruin fans. I can see why they aged this a year before selling it.

Photo of MbpBugeye
3.45/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Mikkeller wine-style glass.

Appearance
Marron indeed. Its a deep shade of maroon with shades of fig, purple and brown. Not much of a head, even from a rough pour. I even adjusted the pour to become more aggressive once I noticed there wasn't going to be a problem with overflow. It quickly dissipates to nothing but a pinstripe around the edge. Swirling will leave spots of foam on the side of the glass.

Aroma
The aroma has that balsamic vinegar aroma I expect from a Flanders style sour. This one's vinegar smell is quite nicer than most. A black cherry and plum skin aroma is very strong and lends some acidity and under-ripe fruitiness to the beer's bouquet. Oak comes out quite strongly as the beer warms. This lends an unexpected level of vanilla to things.

Taste
The sourness is very calm on this one. It does, at least, ride out the whole flavor experience with a series of peaks and valleys. Lots of sour cherry and plum tussle with chocolate and wood. The finish has notes of orange juice, cranberry and lots of oaky wood.

Mouthfeel
Thinner body with a sharp acidity and a fairly dry finish.

Overall
I'm not sure this is worth the $20 some I paid for it, but it is a pretty well constructed sour with plenty of subtlety. The less aggressive sourness and pronounced under-ripe fruitiness might make this beer one of the better introductory sours, if it weren't for the price and limited nature of it.

Photo of ehammond1
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
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 Gmann
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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 alpinebryant
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 Marron Acidifie 750 ml

A: Pours a complete blackout mahogany with no head and small chunks of sediment that both fall to the bottom and a few white specks that hung out on top.

S: This has an incredible vinegarette aroma with sourness in the form of tart cherries, oak and lemons.

T: Sour it claims and sour it is. This is incredibly sour and definitely a sipper. There is a bunch of lemon mixing with unripened cherry and very bitter fruit which definitely creates the sour lemon face. As it warms in your mouth, you get a few different layers of flavor indicating that this is definitely a blend of barrels some of which had turned slightly vinegary, some of which are full of leather and others that had plenty of tropical fruit. I definitely can taste an unripened cranberry flavor which is named on the label. This is that tartness that really comes through to induce the pucker. If you have ever eaten an unsweetened cranberry, you should recognize this as well. At the very end and as it warms more and more, the leather and tobacco really come through. I tasted a number of caramelized malt sugars and really this is what I liked the most. Like a bottle of wine, this one changes as it gets oxygen in it and heats up.

Light mouthfeel which is right for the style and a nice medium light carbonation level.

Overall, a tasty and complex oud brune, more to my liking than some of the Flemish Oud Brunes and a slow sipper.

Photo of Retsinis
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Finally getting around to posting a review on this release. Have had it three times now, once from the bottle I shared at a tasting, and twice now on draft (one this past Sunday at Bone yard Bistro, and last night at Tony's Darts Away)

A: The beer pours a cloudy ruby red tinged brown, with a minimal, quarter inch of head that retained fairly well throughout. Very light lacing, even when swirled, more of a smooth film coating.

S: I pick up on whiffs of dark cherries, oak, balsamic vinegar, and sweet malts.

T: Strong notes of balsamic vinegar (which seems to vary in intensity from draft, and the bottle) Also some tart cranberries & dark cherries, as well as some wine type notes & Acidity qualities. Alcohol is pretty well masked, as it is in nearly all Bruery beers.

M: light to medium feel, light to medium carbonation. Pucker tart intensity on the initial draw, but lighter on the finish.

O: Nice stuff, but I preferred the bottle, a bit mellower for me. The vinegar notes are a little too intense for me on draft, personally at least. Not that it is not a nice flavor, it is the style, but it made it a lot harder to pick up on a lot of the other flavors, and harder to finish. Perhaps with time the intensity will mellow, and more of the under currant flavors will come to the forefront.

Photo of dmsohyea
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a sip of this brew on-tap at Toronado, and was blown away by it. This is the review from the bottle I had a few days later.

Poured from 750ml bottle to wine glass.

A - reddish brown with one finger reddish white head. Lots of little chunks in the glass and on the lacing, which is good. Head retention is OK, not great.

S - Oak, chocolate, raisins, smoke. No hops to be found. The chocolate is a bit muted until the beer opens up, then it's all you can smell.

T - Doesn't exactly follow the nose. Almost some cherry flavor with a bit of vinegar and raisin. Very interesting and complex. Finishes with oak and tart astringency. Very nicely crafted.

M - At times velvety, but for the most part a bit flat on the carbonation. The finish lingers on your breath for a few minutes. Alcohol is well masked.

O - A great, complex beverage that I keep finding new notes and flavors with every sip. This is my first beer from the Bruery, and after this I'll be coming back.

Photo of BeerNemesis
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Marrón Acidifié | 750 ml. | 8.5% ABV | 2011

Brewer: The Bruery & Cigar City Brewing
Style: Flanders Oud Bruin
Glass: Duvel tulip

Appearance:
An inscrutable mahogany body with a patchy tan ring of foam. Great lacing.

Aroma:
Deep woody notes that segue into an acidic, sour fruit aroma reminiscent of a lambic.

Taste:
A wave of pucker-inducing sourness rolls in, immediately overwhelming the senses—lemon, orange peal, tart cherries, plum skins, and vinegar. I let it rock against my cheeks and I cradled it with my tongue, and it lept from sour to acrid. The mid-sip mellows out, calling forth woody notes and establishing a malty, leathery base. The aftertaste is mildly alcoholic, tannic, and it hints of tabacco.

Mouthfeel:
Medium-bodied, with light carbonation, and a silky touch.

Harmony:
It is an Oud Bruin, so I expected sour (not my favorite taste). But while acetic and tart flavors dominate, I was pleasantly surprised by the malty backbone and woody notes that gave it unusual poise. Overall, it didn't suit my tastes, but I have to give the brewers credit for making a fine beer.

Would I get it again?:
No, but I'm glad I had it once.

Bottled: ?
Served: April 25, 2011

Price = $25 at Witherspoon Wines

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
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 sweemzander
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle at the Barley House poured into a snifter. Split with cjacobsen.

(A)- Pours a fairly deep and dark burnt sienna hue. Produced some minimal tan colored froth that dissipated down to froth. Some lacing.

(S)- A nice combination of a dry oaky sourness. Some vinegared-like dark fruits in there too, but mostly is a mildly funky, acidic oaky profile.

(T)- Similar to the smell. The fruits come through a bit more than the smell, but are supplemented well with the dry oaky acidity.

(M)- A nice mellow carbonation level. A great balance to it as well. The acidity is high, but goes great with the sour fruits and dry oaky background.

(D)- A great Flanders Oud Bruin. It would be interesting to see what some time will do to it, but this drinks great right out of the starting line so to speak. I would love to get some more, but I doubt more will come to this area.

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

1st off hooray, and yum. Ruddy brownish hugh with some red mixed in, a one finger milky tan head presents itself and leaves just the remnants of lacing. A generous swirl resurrects the head. Terrific aroma, fine tanned leather, dried cranberry and raisin, with nice vinous winey notes. Earthy and some musty basement, with just hints of barrel and nice high vinegar aroma. Vinegar hits the lips and the tip of the tongue. Sharp and acidic as it approaches mid palate. Then fruity plum, cranberry and raisin flavors. Leathery goodness with faint vinous tannic flavors. These assertive flavors are balanced by sweet chewy malts. Just a bit chalky and drying on the back end. Smooth but dry and slightly puckering. I am psyched on this one, to bad its so expensive, but I think another bottle is in my future.

Photo of cjacobsen
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
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 Sean9689
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Hopleaf for their Bruery takeover. Poured into tulip.

A - Pours a ruby red, off-white white fizzy head that reduces down to a few bubbles here and there around the edges of the glass.

S - Tart cherries, cabernet-esk wine notes, oak, nice sourness, and slight funk as it warms up a bit. Really dig the tart cherries and red wine notes...makes it smell big and bold, much like a Napa cab.

T - Sour/tart cherries, oak, slight funk. There's a dark fruity sweetness that also adds to my overall enjoyment of this beer. The tart/sweet combo is nice, and the oak notes round things out. The alcohol makes itself a little present as it warms, but really, it's pretty much hidden.

M - Light, drinks like a slighty carbed cabernet, semi-dry finish.

O - Really, a great Flanders. Right up there, if not better, then Red Poppy. Def glad I picked up some bottles and hoping they're as good as this was on-tap. Recommend!

Photo of trappistlover
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(750ml shared by Reg!!). Pours a cloudy red-brown color with a tan head. Aroma is tart cherry, beeries, and some oak. Flavor is tart, but full of depth and the oak doesn’t overpower this beer. Medium bodied with an oily texture. This is a very nice beer with perfect balance of fruit and tart. Awesome!

Photo of JLeege
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bruery & Cigar City collaboration.

Appearance- Poured into a flute. Fairly clear, deep amber with a purple hue. A small, yet very creamy just off white head develops. Great sticky lacing.

Smell- Lots of tart, ripe berries right up front with some cherry. A sturdy oaky presence, some vanilla, slight vinegar. Smells sour, but not all that much “funk”. Very inviting.

Taste- Cranberry right up front in the taste, pretty tart. Light cherry, slight grape, and a hint of lemon round out the fruit aspects. That leads into the strong oak barrel notes. Woodsy, earthy, some vanilla, lots of leather, somewhat musty. Slight vinegar again. There is a lingering chocolate too lightly roasted coffee malt aspect as well. Sour throughout, but not bracingly.

Mouthfeel- Medium body with medium carbonation. Fairly dry finish, tart on the sides of the tongue, enough residuals and sourness to warm the cheeks, but it’s not over the top sour. ABV’s hid perfectly. Personally, exactly how I like my sours.

Overall- I was very excited to try this and it did not disappoint. A very solid example of one of my new favorite styles, and also my first Cigar City experience. Expensive yes, 25 bucks a pop (at the bar), but definitely worth trying at least once. I would definitely drink and buy this again if I have the opportunity.

Photo of DovaliHops
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown, almost purple color with a small tannish head that disappears quickly. The head is just bubbly, not really frothy... so lookin more like some aggressively-poured flat soda or fruit juice. Scent is very inviting with notes of leather, sour funk, cranberries, and vinegar. A lot of oak is present in the aroma as well. Taste is initially very oak forward, quickly followed by some pleasant maltiness and sour fruits. A lot of cranberry, as well as some figs and raisins. More sourness and hints of sweet cherry and barnyard funk. Finishes with some leather, sweet fruit, and more oak. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated (appearance was deceiving on this one). Drinkability is high, as this is a delicious beer. Overall, this beer is tasting fantastic...especially as it warms up. Not to mention, this is my first beer that has ever been touched by Cigar City. Good collaboration Bruery!

Photo of snpub540
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice brown hue with some very beautiful ruby highlights coming up from the bottom. Thin white head that doesn't leave any lace.

Nose is of sherry, tart cranberries and some nice oak.

Taste has some components of the nose with cranberries and oak but there are some other complex flavors that round this out very well. Some mango, balsamic vinegar, and a slight toast make this smooth and easy to drink.

Nice mouthfeel and definately an easy sipper. Both the Bruery and Cigar City hit it out of the park with this one.

Photo of pmoore311
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Tulip @ Surly Goat on 4/19/11.

Appearance - deep brownish red, with a nice white head and lacing on the glass.

Smell - wow, acidic, vinegar, oak, vanilla, cherries, alot going on here.

Taste - very sour, but not overpowering, I am really liking this one. Great barrel notes and nice subtle cherry.

Mouthfeel - smooth and very easy to drink.

Overall - great beer for a style I am really starting to appreciate. I would definately recommend seeking this one out.

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

Photo of sidetracked
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Hopleaf for the Bruery tap takeover.

Dark plum with ruby red highlights. Little off-white head quickly recedes to nothing. Quickly begins to look flat and more like juice than beer. No lacing.

Sour aroma with vinegary and tart fruit qualities--unripe cherries or raspberries. As it warms some the sourness cuts out and a light woodiness is noticeable.

Taste is sour throughout with a tart finish. Unripe/tart berry fruit presence--cherries, raspberries, cranberries. Tart fruitiness is more pronounced at the finish.

Medium body with medium/high carbonation.

Really good--nice sour presence without being completely overpowering. If it wasn't $10 a pour I definitely would have had another.

4/18/2011

Photo of MasterSki
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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