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Grande Dame Oud Bruin - Brasserie Trois Dames

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88
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133 Ratings
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Ratings: 133
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.1%
Wants: 8
Gots: 13 | FT: 1
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Switzerland

Style | ABV
Flanders Oud Bruin |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Phyl21ca on 12-14-2009

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Ratings: 133 | Reviews: 35
Photo of leroybrown10
3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle in to a La Fin Du Monde tulip. Noticeable hiss as the cap is popped open and some foam rises and mildly overflows the lip.

Color is a shiny brown with some ruby highlights when held up to the light. Large light tan head dissipates quickly leaving very little lacing behind.

Nose is tart cherry and oak. Mild lactic acid comes through along with other dark fruits including red grape, blackberry, and currants.

First sip induces a mild pucker with tart cherry of the nose also the predominate flavor. Smooth oakiness balances the lactic sourness. Some vinegar in the aftertaste.

Crisp carbonated mouth feel which tingles the tongue. Medium bodied.

Overall, a crisp easy to drink oud bruin. Sourness is mild enough that this could be a good introduction to someone new to sour styles.

Photo of KriekKrazzed
5/5  rDev +26.3%

750 from 2010 drank Dec 14.
Quite possibly the best sour brown I have ever had!
Rich, fruity, everything Flemish brown but done so well it is just ridiculously delicious.
Compared to Rodenbauch 2010 Vintage Brl-144 but even tastier and more complex.
SOMETHING is going ON in Switzerland!
Not cheap but for good reason!

Photo of fourstringer
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 mL bottle (capped, I believe) into a Brewer's Art goblet. Moderate hand. No identifiable date.

A: Dark ruby-colored body. Opaque in the glass. 1.5 finger tan head that seems dense for the style. Good retention. Light lacing.

S: Tart citric/lactic acid. Cherry. Lighter raisin. Faintly soapy. Soy. A bit of cacao.

T: Citric acid sour with a touch of vinegar/acetic acid. Mild, partially balancing, sweetness in the middle. This trails out to a dry finish with an certain astringent bite. Lingering lactic acid, lemon-type sour on the palate. Burns a bit at the back of the throat. Fairly damn sour. Minimal alcohol.

M: Moderate carbonation with a medium body. Smooth, with substance and a light effervescent attack.

O: Solidly sour with some nice layers.

Prost!

Photo of bnes09
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Tart, vinegar-like aroma with an odd funk bordering on partially digested dark fruits. Berry, cider-like, sour flavor well balanced with a mild dark fruit sweetness. Hint of oak and cocoa. Dry feel. Sticky on the lips. Near perfection all around.

Photo of sprat1960
2.73/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: Very dark brown with hints of red; cannot see any light through the beer. Rich 3+ finger tan head that dies down slowly leaving a small amount of foam on the surface of the beer.

Smell: Sweet and sour smell that is overwhelmed by a funky aroma. The funky smell was kind of pukey (sorry) and not pleasant at all. Did not make me want to drink the beer.

Taste: The taste matched the smell almost exactly. Starts off with fruit - think apple cider and dark cherries - followed briefly by a kind of nice sour but then ends with a bitter strong funky aftertaste. Was way to funky for my tastes that I did not find it enjoyed at all.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with kind of a cider consistency. Lots of mild carbonation.

Overall: Not to my tastes at all. I really wanted to like this beer, as I generally like dark beers and I generally like sours. That being said, I do not like funk. This was very too funky for me. In fact I did not even finish the bottle and tossed it. Other reviews have been much more positive - so maybe I got a bad bottle? Or maybe this is just not a style of beer for me.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep brown color with ruby aspects. Off white head forms with good staying power. Lace is left behind on the glass. This Oud Bruin pours free of sediment until the final pour yields a bit of cloudy yeast.

The aroma reminds me of old school fruit snacks. Fruit, sweet and sour our bruin notes, just a hint of oak. Nice nose.

The taste has a nice sour tartness, cherry pit, nutty brown malt, slight saltiness possibly from a sodium bicarbonate water treatment. Faint bitterness, lemon rind and must. Perhaps more aggressively acetic than some, this hits the style nail on head but with authority. It has ample malts, and finishes with sweetness that loses its battle to the tart mid palate and hereafter. Medium bodied ale with a high level of carbonation. Overall, this is a good Flanders style brown made in Switzerland. Color me impressed guys, keep up the good work!

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.14/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

an elite oud bruin, a bit more sour than some of the others on the market, this has a lot of flare though. the bottle is over 20 bucks, and unlike the framboise, i think this one is a lot closer to worth what it costs. dark dark brown, and rather clear until the dregs run down, not much head, but a shiny and radiant luster to this. the nose is insanely sour, lots of caustic acidic citric acid and lemon flavors, while grain tannins are robust as well. some roast, but not totally coca forward or bitter, unique brown grain bill that has some sugar before it stars getting weird. the taste starts with the richer malt, but moves rapidly into a classic oud bruin sourness. more than just lambic sour, this is unique and brutally intense, especially when it warms up. lemon sourness on a brown beer is unique and lovely, somehow delicate for being huge, and there is a long lasting dry burn on the tongue, which you dont always get with these. i love the fuller body, the depth of flavor, and the acid intensity, but its a tough bottle by your lonesome. it works a lot better as a share, since a ton of this will definitely turn the stomach all kinds of inside out. enough carbonation to be lively, very cool yeast profile, dry as they get for the style. top quality oud bruin, worth paying for if this is your style.

Photo of JasonGeyer
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- dark brown with a tan head that quickly fades to a ring around the glass.%0A%0AS- very light aromas. Mainly of roasted malts and a hint of sour.%0A%0AT- lots of dark roasted malts that are overpowered immediately by great oaky sourness. Almost more of a sour stout.%0A%0AM- Nicely effervescent with the sour notes touching the tip of my tongue and my cheeks. Ending in a dry acidity.%0A%0AO- This is what I would expect if you mixed The Bruery - Tart of Darkness and Jolly Pumpkin - Madrugada Obscura together. Which is not a bad thing at all.%0A%0A

Photo of dar482
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a dark red color.

The aroma has lots of vinegar, apricot and cherry.

The flavor follows with that tart vinegar with the peel of cherries and apricot along with a good sweet malt body that is really smooth. A wonderful balance between the sweetness and the acetic sourness.

A really wonderful beer of the style.

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.34/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at avenue pub nola...f-ing awesome!
Pours a flat wine like ruby brown into a wine glass. Thin white lacing rims the glass.
Amazing cherry tart aroma with a bit of caramel.
Flavors of tart cherry and caramel brown. Slightly sweet and nicely tart and puckering. Its not over acidic at all. This is fantastic. Trois dame really makes some amazing brews...sours in particular and this does not dissapoint.

Photo of DenverLogan
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from big bottle into St Feuillien snifter glass.
Dark brown with small head.
Aroma of sour cherries, red wine barrel, murky malts, slight funkiness.
Modest carbonation and big sour, funky mouthfeel.
Flavors of persimmon, sour or unripe cherries, earth, young Brazil nuts, lemon, Sour Tarts or other extreme sour candies. Oh boy...it'll take me awhile to drink this bad boy alone!
Compared to a Duchesse there's no vinegar or sweet fruit type flavors. Compared to many Cantillion or Crooked Stave there's no barnyard or horseblanket...this is very mouth puckering sour with tart, possibly unripe fruit flavors.

Photo of Nutwood
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving was on-tap into a room temperture shaker pint.

Appearance was right on, glassy dark red with a sliver of foam descending to a delicate cap. Just a slight bit of lacing at first that went away as the cap disappeared.

Aroma was of malt and apricot, a bit brandy-like but not boozey in the least. To me this aroma has a certain darkness to it, but is also light and lifting.

Taste was fruity, acetic, with the apricot coming through more in the middle of background balanced with rich caramel malts.

Body was just right and in balance with the flavor and aroma; light carbonation and a slightly dry and brisk finish.

I found this beer to be very satisfying, so much so that I had more than one. It was quite appetizing, and not at all too strong to enjoy several. I'm not too experienced with sours, but compared to some others, this pleased my palate in that it lacked the stronger vinegar-like bite, while still having a nice fruit tartness that was in balance with the malt notes.

Photo of WorldWideStout
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So, I'm not sure if I had the regular version or a special version. On tap at Churchkey, the description said that the beer was blended with Swiss apricot brandy. The abv was 7.2%, which leads me to believe it was just the regular version, and that the bottle doesn't say anything about how the beer is made.

A: It's pretty dark in the bar. There wasn't much head or lacing by the time the beer got to me, and the body appeared to be be the typical rusty red and brown color, with translucent thickness.

S: The first thing I got was the apricots, which despite apparently coming from brandy, smelled fairly natural. In the background there were notes of must and tartness.

T: The taste was not as strong in the apricot category, but the first half of the sip still contained a good deal of apricot flavor. Sour cherries, cherry pit, and must came in towards the middle and carried through to the end, with a sourness that lingered for several seconds.

M: Fairly light body with carbonation that supported rather than obstructed the flavors.

O: I found this to be quite enjoyable. It had a good sour smack to it along with the typical oud bruin flavors I enjoy, and the apricot added another level of complexity. I could easily have had more.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Belgium continues to spread its influence further from their border and deeper throughout Europe. Even the Swiss is getting in on the action with this sour brown ale that mimics the Senne Valley brands with authenticity and artistry.

The maroon tinted brown ale carries a yeasty haze that reminds me of rust. A quick rise and fall of foam leaves the beer mildly fizzy first, but then largely still later with a broken sheet of froth with low-lying lace- all is fairly indicative of acidic beers.

Sharp aromas of apple cider vinegar penetrate the olfactory glands bluntly and with pin-point precision. Red grapes, weathered oak, and tart cherry-like fruitiness all reinforce the sourness of the beer to come. Dry malt scent of toast lurk behind and is the real only clue that there's a beer underneath the wine and sherry overtones.

The sharp acidity continues and taste, and pick up where aromas leave off: apple cider vinegar, tart cherries, limes, red grapes, and a hint of prune provides a highly tart fruit taste to lead things off. But there's another side to the fence that includes toast, mild chocolate, charred oak, and hard candy. There seems to be two different beer in the glass; both vying for command. But its the vinous red wine character and lightly savory sherry taste that bridges on the the other.

Medium-light in body, the malts seem to provide a flimsy structure, but its the sheer acidity that lightens the beer and keeps it clean, crisp, and with a refreshed palate. Finishing with oak astringency, powdery dryness, and alcohol warmth, the beer exits the palate much lighter than how it enters it.

Grande Dame is a much more sour beer than nearly all of the Oude Bruins that I have had the pleasure to try. But its the unadulterated vinegar overtones that provide all of the sourness and could use more complexity from earth and age or it could exhibit a more restrained sour balance for noticeable improvement.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.35/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I brought this one to share at jmgrub’s tasting.

Pours a clear dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to nothing. No lacing on this one. Smell is slightly sour with some dark fruit and slightly funky aromas. Taste is of tart dark fruits, slight vinegar, and slight funk flavors. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but it tastes better than it smells in my opinion.

Photo of jibbyvonjibb
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bought at &L for $12.99
A: brown. hazy. good lacing. nice fluffy head.
S: acetic acid prominent. caramel. oak. cherries. some hot alcohol.
T: balanced tartness. chocolate. biscuit. clean finish. not as acedic as i would expect from smell.
M: silky texture. medium carbonation. low-medium
body.
O: really quite good bruine. super drinkable. similar to red poppy.

Photo of shleepy
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 mL bottle into wine glasses.

A: Dark, reddish brown. Small-medium, off-white head.

S: Sour oakiness. A little brett funk?

T: Cherry mocha. Very nice. Lots of other fruit flavors in there. A nice sourness and just a touch of bitterness. Gingerbread and earth flavors, as well. Not bad at all.

M: The body is on the lighter side of medium. Smooth, with just enough carbonation.

O: Quite good. Will buy again. Reminiscent of a couple of cherry barrel-aged beers, like Red Poppy Ale (which also have a lot of the oak and gingerbread flavors going for them).

Photo of marikoangel
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml at Amsterdam in SF. It pours an opaque muddy nut brown with some caramel notes. There is a fine lacing that sticks to the glass briefly.

S: The nose is vinegary and lemony. It has a wet nose with woody notes and some funk, like a barnyard funk. The smells all come together to make a super mouthwatering smelling beer.

T: Yummy! The taste is similar to the nose. There is a great vinegar flavor in there, not baslmic, that is nicely subtle and blends into the lemony tart notes. Underripe green fruit. There are great barnyard and funk notes, wet hay, oak, an earthiness. It starts out nicely with a sour/tart then mellows out a bit, while still retaining a nice sourness throughout the beer.

M: The mouthfeel is medium with low carbonation, but with a nice zing. The main body is juicy, then it fades Into a dry finish.

O: Overall it is a really nice, very tasty beer. It is a super drinkable and wonderfully balanced sour.

Photo of thagr81us
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to my doppelganger for sharing this one with me! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured a reddish brown with a two finger off-white head that subsided to half a finger slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, vinegar, wood, tart raspberries, and subtle tart cherries. The flavor was of sweet malt, vinegar, tart cherries, wood, sugar, and subtle raspberries. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. It was quite complex and enjoyable. I was really surprised that I was able to pick up on raspberries in this one, but it was definitely very welcome. The aroma on this one was top-notch for this style. A definite must try for any fan of the style or anyone curious without a doubt.

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Darrell. Thanks man!

The beer is dark, chestnut brown with hints of ruby. The beige head is thin and fades almost immediately. The aroma offers oak, cherries, sweet cherry juice. The flavor brings a blend of sweet and tart cherries, along with some oak. Tannic throughout. Low carbonation. Slightly puckering finish. A good sipping beer, similar to a nice wine.

Photo of July2Nov
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dirty, muddy brown with a thin off-white lacing.

Smell: Malty & sour like.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Sour and tingling with some good carbonation. Medium in mouthfeel and a syrup like finish. Getting some notes of cherries and pears.. really great tasting beer.

Overall: First Flanders Oud Bruin that I've had and I've got to admit that I dig it. It's the best of a sour and brown ale. I'm sold!

Photo of DCon
4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 1 PT 9.4 FL OZ bottle of this from Hair of the Dog in St. Louis, MO for $18. Poured from the bottle w/ a farm house scene sketched all across the label and definitely a sunset behind it into a 0,47l New Belgium Oversized Snifter Glass. Does not have a freshness date on the bottle.

Aroma- An extremely complexed aroma (surprisingly!). Starts with a strong sourness that has not cherries but raspberries that dominate the nose. This also contains a ton of sweetness and then finishes with a bit of a goaty attribute. Everything well blended together.

Appearance- Pours a 3 finger, off-white head that has average retention. A burgundy color makes up the body and good clarity is involved. Good lacing is left but never sticks, just falls back in the drink.

Flavor- Initially sour and then sweetness hits the tongue. No wait, back to a sour note at the finish, and then more fruitiness and malt? Very wild stages of the drink! I'm sure this is due to the complexity but man, does it throw your mouth for a spin! Maybe have very light raspberries but I mostly was concentrating on this sweet-sour battle all the time.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Light Carbonation, Has a very tough to determine finish with both sweet and sour notes.

Overall Impression- What an Oud Bruin! I had to pass this one around the bar to let others experience this brew. Would throw this on my top 5 Oud Bruin Hall of Fame list without a doubt. Love to see if others note this sweet-sour battle all the way through the drink. Like nothing I've had before!

Photo of eduardolinhalis
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured in a chalice

A: Pours a deep brown cloudy color. The head is almost unexistent, only a thin and beige head is formed and that instantly disappears. Practically no lacings are left

S: Smell is fruit-estery and acid. Apples and vinegar are quite evident. Biscuity (Diacetyl?)

T: Lactic sourness, but not extremely acid. Softer than a Lambic, for example. So that you can feel some malts and hops. Again, fruity, apples and pears mainly

M: Medium body. Bit molasses. Very low carbonation. Acid with a bit bitter end.

O: Great beer

Photo of crossovert
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml green capped bottle. Aged for a bit.

It pours a deep, dark brownish red with a nice off-white head that leaves a bit of sticky lacing. It is a nice looking beer.

The smell is nice too. It has sour cherries, some barnyard, lemon, vinegar, and caramel. It is sweeter perhaps than a normal one but is still funky and sour in the scent.

The flavor starts sweet but then goes into sour, then funky. It isn't overly sour but has a nice mild pucker. Tart cherries seem to be the main flavor along with some lemon and apple. There is even some raspberry and balsamic in there along with an underlying of malt. It is a bit sweet as you go but still a pretty fine Oud Bruin that reminds me a it more of American examples than Belgian ones.

I recommend aging this one.

Photo of jIsh
3.28/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cool looking bomber, although I think I like the look of the previous label a little more. I am excited for this one as Oud Bruin is one of my favorite styles.

An aggressive poor into my Belgian-style tulip yields a small amount of centrally connected large bubbles that slowly produce a small amount of head that appears as though it rises from the depths of the glass. As slowly as it appears, the head migrates towards to edges of the glass leaving cool looking designs on the surface of the beer. A slight swirl revives this small amount of head at any time.

An intriguing dark/roasted mahogany color engulfs my tulip. For some reason, the color reminds me of the holidays. The smell is that of vinegar, (rotten) apples, oak and just a hint of caramel. There is something a little off-putting about the combination, it almost smells of plastic.

Funk and bacteria fill my thoughts as I take a sip. Fruits (plums and apples) are immediately evident as I take a drink; this is quickly followed by lactic-acid sourness with some level of candy-type plastic flavor around them semi-rough edges of this beers flavor profile.

Overall, the body is medium to thin; lactic sourness dominates the palate, but at the same time the tart flavor is not overwhelming. The carbonation level seems about right for the style.

An enjoyable beer, if only for the fact that I like the style. Considering the rather hefty price tag, however I would not actively seek this one out again. There are much better options if you're in the mood for a Flanders Oud Bruin.

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Grande Dame Oud Bruin from Brasserie Trois Dames
88 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.