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Collaboration Series: Marrón Acidifié - The Bruery

Collaboration Series: Marrón AcidifiéCollaboration Series: Marrón Acidifié

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

492 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 492
Reviews: 205
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 13.46%


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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dogfishandi

New York

4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2011 22:52:47 | More by dogfishandi
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AshleyMiller

Vermont

3.3/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a big thanks to yourefragile for this awesome extra!

a - the marron acidifie stays true to its name a pours a lovely maroon color, haze is indicative of its unpasteurized nature, and has the tiniest of heads, which surprised me, and, although a bizarre description, settles into a pattern that i could only describe as bacterial culture, but i'm kinda into that sort of thing

s - the smell is of tart cherries with some bourbon undertones

t - much of the same, not sure where i was getting the hints of bourbon, probably from the oak. strong tannins and a hint of tropical fruits per the bottles description. not super sour, and i would say not the most balanced i've had by any means

m - full body. a definite sipper for sure

o - the first few sips of this collaboration were delightful, but to be honest as it bottle poured on this became harder to finish for me. i think there were too many opposing tastes in one bottle that conflicted with my taste buds. glad i tried it, but won't go out of my way to seek this one out again.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2011 13:32:48 | More by AshleyMiller
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prototypic

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

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

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

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2011 02:45:32 | More by prototypic
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bierguru

Florida

3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

well i cant tell you exactly what i was tasting. there was a lot going on

A - brown colored body decent retention

S - tart and yrt sweet and fruity

T - very tart and tangy but loads of flavor from hop to malt to fruit and leather-ish

M - acidy but not annoying

O - could not drink a whole bottle but the beer was good enough to share

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2011 01:21:21 | More by bierguru
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babaracas

Florida

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

Pours a slightly hazy dark brownish red with one finger of khaki colored head, a couple of thin rings of lace left behind. Smell: some barnyard funk upfront, acetic, cranberry-raspberry juice, background brown sugar -like sweetness, note of vanilla to soften it out. Taste: strong cranberry tartness, fruity - plum, grape skin, oak revealed once the tartness begins to fade late in the sip. Medium bodied with lightish carbonation, leaving behind a green banana slick. Little funk and sour, lots of tart. Worth the try.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2011 04:18:09 | More by babaracas
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mdvatab

Indiana

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2011 02:11:32 | More by mdvatab
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DCon

Missouri

4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Shared a 1 PINT 9.4 FL. OZ. bottle of this brew w/ mdvatab while he came in town for a short visit & is estimated at $25. Poured from the Red Bottle with both The Bruery's name & the Cigar City Logo on the front of the bottle into a 0,47l New Belgium "Oversized Snifter" Glass and does not have a freshness date on the bottle.

Aroma- Has a dark cherry aroma that is super strong and then a strong sour aroma finishes this smell. Malts are heavy in here as well. No other qualities (hops or anything else) but very complexed.

Appearance- Pours a 1.5 finger, tan head that has decent retention. The body is a dark, reddish/brown color and is semi hazy but still has good clarity. Nice lacing afterwards!

Flavor- Is very sour and tart from the beginning (almost as if aged for a while) and has a woody background. Nice black cherries in the taste and has a light bitterness. Very well balanced!

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, Very Highly Carbonated, and leaves huge tart/sourness on the tongue. There is also a bit of vanilla that finishes on the aftertaste but you really have to search for it.

Overall Impression- When Mark brought this brew up in a conversation and I saw it had The Bruery AND Cigar City collaborating this brew, I was very pumped to enjoy! The result, everything I pictured. This is an extremely sour-brown that has nice fruits involved and a complexity out of this world! You need to keep your eyes out for this one! It went so fast because of how great it was. Thanks again Mark!

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2011 21:19:56 | More by DCon
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monitorpop

Michigan

3.6/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Murky ruby. Dirty head and heavy sediment.

S: Musty cherry/cranberry

T: Tart/sour cranberry, slightly sweet and woody

M: Medium carbonation. Leaves the mouth lit up and puckered.

O: Really nice sour, but the cranberry taste is not my favorite.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 14:26:05 | More by monitorpop
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bamadog

Kentucky

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

I picked this one up a few months ago, and figured it's a nice chilly night so it'll be nice to drink something with a bit of bite to it. Review is from notes taken on 9/15/2011 and poured from the bottle to a tulip.

Appearance: Pour is a darker, murky, coppery/cider-like brown and starts with a short 1/2 finger creamy and loose tan head that fades quickly to a plethora of random bubbles lingering on the surface; body is cloudy, but not overly dark, so I feel the color is nice; only a couple strands of lacing stick around.

Smell: Tons of tart fruits, bitter cherry especially with a bit of very strong and overripe apples; bit of acidic vinegar scent as well.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Wow... Initially I would say it's very good as the nice tart cherry-like flavors with vinegar aspect, but then it becomes a bit overpowering with a strong and astringent oakiness to it. It's very good and tasty, but wow, I've read reviews of guys talking about how beers that are similar to this are "enamel rippers," and I thought they may have been exaggerating until now. I feel like this one is seriously ripping on my feeth. Once I get used to the stronger acidic nature of it, the flavors come back to me and they're quite pleasing; every sip causes me to pucker. A well made beer. Carbonation is present, but it's pretty smooth and comes in as an undertone since it's competing against the strong stour and tart aspects. I wish I had a couple more to put away to see how some age may affect this one and see what mellows out and what comes out even more.

Overall: A nice drink, but not one I could consider having too often. Perhaps on the random special night, or to break out of a funk of other beers, like if you got into a rut of IPAs or big RISs, this would definitely shift the palate

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2011 01:13:29 | More by bamadog
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bigfnjoe

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Duvel tulip

A- pours a very dark brown with a one finger tan head that quickly fades. No lacing. Expected.

S- getting a lot of cherry, cranberry, and other assorted dark fruits. It just smells like it's going to be a tart one, and that makes me happy

T- it's not really "sour" as much as it's "tart", with the cranberries coming to the forefront, and the sweet cherries in the finish. It's different, but really nice tasting

M- thin body, but you would come to expect that given that its a Flanders

O- this is a different beer, but very good. I love the use of cranberries instead of cherries...very unique

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 19:10:08 | More by bigfnjoe
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peterdulay

California

4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Been eyeing the Bruery Marrón Acidifié for a few weeks now and finally have one cold in the fridge to drink.

A- Dark plum red, thick. As the glass diminishes, more ruby.

S-Mostly Kriek cherry aroma. Sour smell typical of many. Not to strong. Can't wait to drink.

T-Didn't pick it up in the smell but good barrel balancing the tart of the cherry. I get the leather on the mid pallet. Goes away clean and a tart finish.

M-Medium bodied. Not lots of carbonation feeling in the mouth.

O-Very well balanced Flanders Oud Bruin. Bruery does a great job of choosing signature ingredients to make this one memorable and unique. Rugged yet tart...semi-dry yet abundant with flavor.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2011 07:02:59 | More by peterdulay
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Verecund

Texas

3.28/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed on September 2, 2011.

Pours bright maroon meets cranberry red-brown with a half finger of tan-colored head. Some, but not much, lacing.

Hallowed out (or watered down) red berry fruitiness with a strong acetic acid component. Biscuit malt backbone and yards of oak attempt to balance out the strong red wine vinegar aroma.

At first taste, this is stongly acetic in character, with a sharp lactic acidity and some strawberry/cherry berry sweetness (though it's not particularly bright or fresh, unlike, say, The Wanderer). It's a bit muddled, with lots of fresh woody oak and tart and sour red wine vinegar.

Medium-low carbonation, medium bodied, though it comes across as a bit watery. Really acetic and vinegary and oaky, with hints of butyric acid, this could use some balance. It's actually surprisingly straightforward. I enjoyed this more as I got further into the bottle - it became very drinkable as I became used to the acidity and sourness. Overall, I can't say I'm too impressed. Other Bruery wilds have been superior.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 02:24:50 | More by Verecund
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GallowsThief

Florida

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

Poured out of a bomber into my Duvel tulip.

A – Pours out a cola brown with reddish tint. One finger of off white head with spotty but sticky lacing.

S – Tart, sour, cherries and vinegar.

T - Nice puckering sourness comes right out. Its not overboard but it definitely there in force. Cherry and cranberry flavor next. Sour grapes and some grapefruit as well. Vinegar like quality finishes it off.

M – Medium bodied and medium carbonation but very smooth across the palate. Certainly drying at the close.

O – Strong showing here. Its got the sourness I can appreciate along with some nice fruit flavors. Slow sipper for me but very drinkable. Enjoyed this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 00:25:03 | More by GallowsThief
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claspada

New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark dark amber, basically brown unless held up to the light where you can see the weed hues. Nice khaki head that leaves some sticky lacing.
Aromas begin with plenty of sour funk. Cranberry, cherry, must, leather, oak and vinegar are all prevalent, but there is no one major wow smell here, but that is not a bad thing. All of the various smells are well integrated and mix well with each other; if I had to pick one I would say cranberry and oak are the dominating slightly over the others.
The tastes however are really dynamic. Initially I get the sour cranberry, raspberry and sour cherry flavors but then get a nice solid brown ale matinees, featuring caramel and milk chocolate and some toffee. Finish heads back to the Brett with some oak, leather, minimal vinegar and lemon head sourness.
The mouthfeel is medium-to-full bodied with medium-to-low carbonation but both fit the style well. Finish is tart and crisp which is also perfect for the style. ABV is not evident; would have confused it for a 6%ABV sour if I didn't/couldn't read the bottle.
Overall this beer wowed me to be honest. It is the first sour beer I have really really enjoyed and would want to have again. Although it came at a high price tag, it was definitely worth it in my opinion. The Bruery and Cigar City continue to impress me beer after beer and continue to be industry leaders in innovation and quality. Time to search out for ISO:FT now to compare.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2011 02:05:11 | More by claspada
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matttttYCE

Arizona

3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pouring this 750ml bad boy into a plain tulip glass results in maybe a half a finger of off white creamier looking head. Head dissipates quickly, but there wasn't much to begin with. Leaves a slight ring around the glass and a few splotches of bubbles on the top. No lacing to speak of. Color of this one is a dark brown with a tinge of ruby red. Held to the light it is a deep ruby red and slightly purple mixture.

Smell - The smell is not as sour or tart as I was expecting, but still sour and appealing. It is of a wonderful bouquet of cherry and cranberry/raspberry sourness, wood/oak, as well as some slight balsamic vinegar, funk/musk and leather, and some crisp tartness.

Taste - Up front it's sour cherry, acidic and tropical fruit, oak and wood, some tartness, sweet, with hints of vinegar, leather and funk. With all that said it's not as intensely mouth-puckeringly sour as say New Belgium La Folie 2011, but that's a Flanders Red and this is an Oud Bruin, so I guess I don't expect as much. Reds seem to be more mouth-puckering than Oud Bruins are. I wouldn't say the flavors are subdued at all though. They seem to work well together without anything being too overpowering. It's got a good amount of subtleties and complexities. Near the end you get more of those wood tannins and tartness with the ever present sour cherry aspect. Quite a nice taste. I can see why it's currently ranked right below Deschutes The Dissident.

Mouthfeel - Good crisp consistency, mild carbonation, light body, and a finish that leaves nice tannins and sourness but still manages to fade pretty quickly and be almost crisp. Finish also leaves the mouth more wet than dry, but not much more wet than I normally notice my mouth is.

Overall - A very nice, quality Oud Bruin overall. Is it the best I've had yet? No, Deschutes The Dissident holds that distinction. Is it one of the best I've had so far? Absolutely. Definitely a must try if you've had some introduction already to sour type beers. I don't know that I would give this to someone new to Oud Bruins as an introduction to the style, but then again, my first sour beer was The Dissident, another Oud Bruin, which I loved and I haven't looked back since.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2011 01:00:14 | More by matttttYCE
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ottovon

Arizona

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

shared by phelps.

A: pours out a murky brown, with bits of yeast. there is also a film of yeast left on top of the beer when the head settles. small, light brown head that faded quickly.

S: smells delicious. a nice tart nose. sour cherries, roasted malt, hints of chocolate and strawberries. i get some oak and vanilla with a touch of balsamic as well.

T: lactic sourness. can feel the sourness on the sides of the tongue. sour cherries, hints of bitter roasted malt. oak, vanilla. it finishes dry with a bit of a balsamic vinegar taste that lingers.

M: smooth, thin and low carbonation. it sort of coats the mouth.

O: a really good beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2011 03:22:13 | More by ottovon
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charlzm

California

2.7/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Consumed at Blue Palms 3rd Anniversary event in Hollywood, CA.

Clear, deep amber hued beer with almost no head.

Aroma of white vinegar; I couldn't get anything else.

Flavor is tart, slightly sour and acidic sort of like (wait for it) white vinegar. A fleeting hint of sour cherries gives way to a dash of caramel maltiness which cannot keep things from going too far into sour territory. Very low bitterness. Not very complex, sadly.

Mouthfeel is unremarkable.

Wince-inducing sourness is my overall impression of this beer. A nice palate cleanser, but nothing I'd want again.

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2011 05:16:13 | More by charlzm
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zaphodchak

Virginia

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

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

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

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

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

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

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2011 04:13:09 | More by zaphodchak
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2011 14:30:26 | More by Gueuzedude
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Phelps

Arizona

3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

Murky burnt maple, with amber highlights. It’s not the prettiest beer, with little chunky floaters and a half-finger layer of tan bubbles that clump together nastily on the top.

Intense tartness in the nose. Balsamic, vinous oak and a good amount of caramelized sugar. There are also hints of cranberry and vanilla. A smooth, woody aroma.

The flavor starts with the sweetness of burnt sugar and oak vanilla. Crazy sour. The blast of tongue-puckering stuff hits at the swallow and slowly fades away, leaving light lingering sugars. Balsamic, just a bit of oak, cranberry. It could use some more sweetness, but it's growing on me as i sip.

The brew kind of coats the mouth. Insubstantial medium-light body with very low carb for the style. Some alcohol appears in the nose, but the heat is otherwise unnoticeable.

The bottle just got better and better as it went. A tasty, if unsurprising flanders brown.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2011 06:44:48 | More by Phelps
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amcmaho1

New Mexico

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

Received in trade thanks to sideshowe. Enjoyed slowly out of a "Darkness snifter."

Appearance: Hazy amber color, with some hints of crimson poking through. Pours with a big head which dissipates quickly, but leaves a fair amount of lace on the glass. It's a really nice looking beer.

Smell: Immediately there's a very pronounced lactic sourness coming through, with notes of cherries and cranberries. I pick up oak, funk, and leather as well, along with a bit of sweetness. It's got a very complex nose, and it seems very well integrated.

Taste: Initial taste has some vinegar tartness, with a slightly medicinal something or another mixed in. There's a nice "earthy" bitterness there, which adds some balance to the pronounced sour and sweet flavors there. There is some oak, as well funk in the taste, though not as much as the nose led on. I keep getting a strange medicinal flavor on the finish, though the other flavors do well to compensate for it.

Mouthfeel: A bit on the thick side, as well as drying. The alcohol comes through as it warms. Definitely an interesting beer, it lends itself to being enjoyed slowly. As the beer goes from cold to more of a cellar temp, it really opens up.

Overall: Very glad i got the opportunity to try this finally. It's fairly approachable, despite the price-tag. It would be cool to see how it ages/matures

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 01:47:40 | More by amcmaho1
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Viciousknishs

Virginia

4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a dark garnet color with a finger of light tan head. The retention is decent. Displays some great spidery lacing.

S- starts of with some cranberry with fruity esters displayed nicely. Acidic lactic acid aromas hit the nose with a touch of basalmic vinegar. Big oak barrel aromas balances the tart acids and sweet fruit with great balance. Finish is a notes of caramely malt.

T- fruity with a note of sweetness at first. Acidic lactic crunch knocks out the sweetness leaving the cranberry flavor to shine. Hard oak that dries oak the palate and finishes with a basalmic quality and wine like tannins.

MF- smooth slick mouthfeel with a medium body and and average carbonation.

D- very drinkable with a nice balance between the oak and acid.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2011 23:46:39 | More by Viciousknishs
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bluejacket74

Ohio

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

750 ml bottle. Served in a Unibroue tulip glass, the beer pours a murky brown color with about a half inch tan head. The head didn't stick around for too long, but there's a good amount of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is nice and tart, the brew smells like vinegar, tart cherries, oak, and some blackberries. The taste is similar to the aroma. It tastes like tart cherries, oak, plums, vinegar, cranberries, and some leather. There's also a lingering oaky and slightly tart finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it has moderate carbonation and it's smooth and easy to drink. I thought this was a good brew, I liked it.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2011 21:42:18 | More by bluejacket74
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emmasdad

Colorado

4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A huge thanks to my friend Ken for sharing this one with us last Friday night. Poured a dark reddish brown color with a good tan head. Very tart on the nose, with oak, figs and vinegar. On the palate, this one was medium bodied and very tart/sour, with flavors of raisins, oak, caramel and vinegar

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2011 00:07:40 | More by emmasdad
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augustgarage

California

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

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

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

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

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

Astringent, drying, and smooth on the tongue.

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

Serving type: on-tap

07-26-2011 19:46:54 | More by augustgarage
Collaboration Series: Marrón Acidifié from The Bruery
93 out of 100 based on 492 ratings.