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Collaboration Series: Marrón Acidifié - The Bruery

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Ratings: 532
Reviews: 205
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.98%
Wants: 129
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:
Beer added by: womencantsail on 02-02-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 532 | Reviews: 205
Photo of DovaliHops
4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
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
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
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
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
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
4.12/5  rDev -1%
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
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
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.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo of srandycarter
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Brown side of cola, tan head that leaves to disk. Some cling lace.

S - Tart, mostly. Under, I get a little bread and something sweet.

T - Just like smell, only the flavors are more complex and the seque from one attribute to another are harder to discern.

M - Good balance and carb. Medium body.

D - I enjoyed it!

Photo of nrbw23
2.09/5  rDev -49.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

A- Pours a reddish brown color with a handful of tan bubbles for a head that leaves no lacing.

S- Slightly vinegar, dark fruits, woody and almost wine like.

T- Again wine like, vinegar, dark fruits, and tart. I kept picking up an odd sour green apple taste.

M- Fairly light in both body and carbonation.

O- Not a big fan of the vinegar/sour tastes. I found this one a bit hard to drink.

Photo of DaveHS
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours the color of balsamic vinegar with a thin ring of foamy off white head.Moderate lacing.

S-Balsamic vinegar,pinot noir grapes, oak, vanilla.

T/M-Tart acidity up front, quickly fading into balsamic vinegar sour/sweetness,with flavors of black cherry, red wine grapes, and toasted oak. Classic Flemish sour flavor profile, and this one is really done right. Serious oak, kept in check by assertive tart acidity, but it never goes too far. The finish is tart, with a lingering kiss of oak. Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation appropriate for the style.

O-Impressive. A little expensive for what it is, but I dig it.

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Cigar City

A - This is a good looking pour; the hue is a deep auburn-purple and it is capped with a modest almond-colored head. The color is very deep and quite radiant.

S - The nose immediately announces three things which prove to be true: it is fruity - it is unusual - and it is a quality brew. There are notes of green apple, black currant, balsamic vinegar, guava and passion fruit, and some buttery malty richness like you find in J.W. Lees EBW. I am perplexed, but pleased by the nose.

T - Wow. Very unusual. At first vanilla and buttery tones stand out, likely because they are unexpected (though well-placed.) However, the mainstay of the flavor consists of notes of wood (oak) and tart tropical fruit from unsweet papaya and loquat to passionfruit and soursop are available. There is also a good sour vinegar note present. The more I drink of this, the truer to style it seems, with the exception of using real sweeteners in place of artificial ones.

M - The feel is full and rich like an amazing glass of red wine. This has such a rich velvety texture; amazing.

O - This dark sour is a pretty damn good take on an Oud Bruin, and it is starting out pretty tasty. I wouldn't be surprised if it got significantly better over time, though it is quite good now.

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

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a Bruery tulip.

A: Pours a dark brown with a thin tan head, leaving tons of lacing with each sip.
S: A bit of sourness at the beginning and then some sugary sweetness to follow.
T: Sour berry fruits give way to a sweet, oaky, malty finish.
M: Medium bodied, well carbonated, and smooth.
O: No alcoholic bite to this one, it is well balanced between sour and sweet, if that's what you're looking for. Reminds me a bit of my first Flanders Oud Bruin, Monk's Cafe, but stronger and fruiter.

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

Drove to the Bruery Provisions last night to pick up some of these. I am not sure just how widely distributed this is going to be so I thought I’d make sure I’d get my fair share just in case.

Appearance – Pours a ruddy mahogany into my, appropriate, Bruery Tulip. Just a HINT of tan lacing is achieved with a relatively strong pour, leaving slight lacing. The second pour yielded quite a bit of yeast that floated to the top which I spooned out.

Smell – Quite a bit of vinegar up front mixed with a red wine aroma. Some darker fruits such as ripe black cherries and blackberries, along with your typical barnyard funk. Slight tannins and oak become prevalent as I let the beer warm.

Taste – Balsamic vinegar up front which quickly melds to more fruity flavors such as the aforementioned ripe black cherries and blackberries. Not an immediate puckering tartness per-say, however, as the beer coats my tongue, my mouth begins to twist ever so slightly from the sour/acidic characteristics. The oak is more noticeable than in the nose. Additionally, there really is some definite red wine characteristics, along with slight funk and leather. Interesting to say the least.

Mouthfeel – Lower carbonation, a bit lighter than expected. I feel with age this sucker will be plenty carbonated (more on that later).

Overall – We have seen the Bruery make outstanding Stouts and other beers. Now it is their turn to begin shining in the sour/flanders category (granted they have Oude Tart, etc.). This beer, while quite drinkable and enjoyable while fresh (no alcohol noticeable, quite quaffable), I can’t wait for this beer to get at least a year, if not a few years of age on it. Glad I bought as many as I did.

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Bruery Snifter. I guess I could have put it in my Cigar City one too. Ha

Pours a dark brown with a thin tan head. Lots of ugly yeast floaties. Head dissipated to a ring and some ok lacing. Not the best looking beer.

Aroma is the best part IMO. Lots of funk and sour aroma.

Taste is pretty good. Seems like it could use a bit more age to get a bit more sour. A bit of sweetness with a nice sour note. Tasty.

Mouthfeel is nice and dry like a sour should be. Could use more carb though.

Overall a good sour but not in my top sours. I saved a bottle for the cellar so we will see how this gets with some years on it.

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

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

nice dark brown, almost a cherry wood color with light ruby highlights peaking around the edges of the glass. a small tan head rises up, not too high but never fades leaving nice concentric lacing all the way down.

aroma is wonderfully balanced, just a fantastic blend of tart cherries, wood, light notes of vinegar, plums, all sorts of dark fruits and a wonderfully balanced sour profile. smooth and effortless each sip was truly a pleasure and really set this apart with its depth. hints of leather, tobacco, smooth fruit notes, a touch of vanilla in the finish, it literally had it all and really you could not ask for much more. nice and clear with the long lasting note of cherry on the palate, i coul have drank this all night long.

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

Photo of glid02
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Green’s on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a slightly hazy amber-brown color with a half-finger cream-colored head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of medium malts with good amounts of lightly tart dark cherries and hints of roast. Also present are hints of tobacco. As the beer warms the roast all but fades and the dark cherry aromas soften a bit to smell more like tart currants.

Tastes similar to how it smells, although it’s not quite as complex. Medium malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by earthy hops and tart dark cherries. Midway through the sip very slight hints of raisins work their way into things before being overtaken by slightly larger hints of tobacco. The tart fruits reassert themselves near the end of the sip, carrying through to a moderately tart ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It’s got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I didn’t have any problems finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall this was an easy-drinking beer for the style but something was missing. Maybe the complexity of the tart fruit flavors? Whatever it was I can’t put my finger on it but it brought the beer down a small notch for me. Still, a nice beer that’s worth a shot.

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

Appearance: Coca Cola brown color with a slight red tint. Thin beige head head that subsided to a thin ring.

Smell: Cherries with some citrus fruit aromas. Hint of red wine come through.

Taste: Citrus fruits, cherries with the red wine notes coming through. Very clean finish that gracefully ends. A balanced mix of sour and tart.

Mouth-feel: Moderate body with a good level of carbonation.

Overall: Very clean nose and taste. The Bruery has two winners for the style. Ultimately I think I like Oude Tart a little better but this is good stuff.

Photo of juhl31
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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-dark red, brown in color with a light tan head. the head when settles becomes really chunky looking like oatmeal almost and looks a bit oily on the side of the glass

-has that acidic nose up front followed by some dark cherries, vanilla and a bit of that oak

-notes of dark cherries, cranberry comes out when i think about it, vanilla, and oak. the balsamic taste is really nice in that it is not too strong and it really blends well with the flavors

-medium bodied. it leaves some tannic mouth which bodes well for both the sour and cranberry taste. you get a bit of that sour/vinegar back of the throat sting as well

-this is a very strong beer and a fine collaboration with cigar city. i would not be bummed to come across more of these randomly

Photo of gford217
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle.

Pours a deep reddish brown that shows through as a deep copper when held up to light. There is a small bubbly pinkish beige head that recedes quickly to the tiniest of collars.

Aroma is very sweet for the style with lots of sugar-coated tart cherries and chocolate. There is a bit of oaky tannins as well as light vinegar notes.

Taste is full of tart cherries up front with an additional vinegar sourness which is balanced by the sugary malts and chocolate in the background. The finish is dry, tart and oaky.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, probably a little lower than I was expecting which makes it almost thin.

Another really good beer from the Bruery as it has a nice smooth combination of sweet and sour. I think this thing will age very, very nicely.

Photo of AdamBear
4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the Cigar City/Bruery Takeover! at Redlight Redlight in Orlando

A-dark opaque chestnut with a red tint. nice light tan head with good lacing

S-smells nicely tart with cherries. smells very nice and strong. possibly some chocolate in there.

T-hits the mouth with great tartness and chocolate cherries...with more focus on the cherries. the tartness lasts awhile then transforms in to a great milk chocolate taste. the chocolate rules the after-taste. it has a great roasted feel to it. this is a unique, complex, and yet well balanced brew!

M-good creamy carbonation with a good creamy finish

D-well i've never liked anything from this style..but the two breweries NAILED it!! this is awesome! i love it! i wish this was more common because i'd buy a lot of bottles of this. This is one of the best, most unusual sours i've ever had.

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

Draft at Beer Revolution.

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

Photo of FosterJM
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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On tap @ The Bruery 4/8/11

App- The best thing about this was the color. It was a bit of brown, red, amber and orange. It was pretty clear but had no lacing or head to it.

Smell- Solid smells across the board for this one. It was quite aciditic with oaky notes and some deep vinegars.

Taste- I was very impressed with the balance in this one. It had the sour but not overtly so and then the sweet to balance things out. Was slightly better than Zuurman.

Mouth- Medium bodied with a medium carbonation level. The tart/fruity and aciditic notes were all very well done and left a great residual flavor.

Drink- It's because of The Bruery I have begun to like Sours and the other styles encompassing the flavor profiles as these. This was quite good and I enjoyed it alot. Especially the company to which a glass was shared.

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

On-tap at The Bruery

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

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

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

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

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

Photo of DoubleJ
4.79/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the source itself....well, which source? It's a collaboration! Ok, to be more specific, at The Bruery. A generous 10-12 ounce pour for $6, on to the beer:

Brown colored, leaning towards crimson. There's a good amount of lace that sticks to the glass. But I didn't buy Marrón Acidifié to looks at it; I bought it in hopes of its taste. But first, the aroma. Wow!! I could sniff this for days. Currents, soured grapes, maybe soured plums too? There's just something about it that's awesome and addicting.

Now the taste. Here we go, lots of flavors, but all integrated very well in the liquid. Black current and plum start it off, some cherry as well. Balsalmic vinegar too. I eventually catch oak and vanilla (thanks wethorseblanket), and then arriving is cheddar cheese towards the end of the ride. The balancing of the tartness/sourness is a work of art, not too much of it, but enough to salivate your mouth.

I'm blown away by The Bruery, again. But let's not pigeonhole Cigar City, who helped with this magnificent "Imperial Flanders Brown". The best new Bruery work I've tasted in the last 18 months, maybe ever. Purchasing a few bottles afterwards was a no brainer, even if they were $20 a pop.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo of dfernandez77
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a sneak preview last night...
An American Wild Ale with complexity and balance. The aromas were split into three camps, and all good: Like a rich young (slightly spicy) Maduro Cigar fresh out of the humidor, funky complex organic aromas like saddle and horse blanket (slight cattiness), and some sweet and herbal Coke/Dr. Pepper syrup character. Well balanced.

Nice warm brown color and a tan rocky head.

Flavors followed up in spades on the promise of the aroma. Rich and complex balance of yeast esters, brett funk, and lactic tartness - thankfully, leaving behind the lactic slap in the face so many American Wild Ales have. Character is similar to the recent Rhodenbach "Vintage" releases - with less tartness and none of the metallic thing going on. With age it will be like shrugging on an old comfy brown wool sweater. Again, well balanced.

Medium light body and clean finish.

Overall, possibly the best American Wild Ale I've had; in that it is comfortably funky without screaming "I'm Wild!". It balances ale yeast, brett, and lactic characters well. Nice complexity and richness. I'll absolutely buy some, and maybe lay a couple down for 3 and 6 years.

Now if they can take a couple casks of this and throw it together with some sour cherries (like the legendary Rhodenbach Alexander), I will camp on their doorstep and beg for pints.

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Collaboration Series: Marrón Acidifié from The Bruery
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