Grande Dame Oud Bruin - Brasserie Trois Dames

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Reviews: 36
Hads: 139
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 8
Gots: 14 | FT: 1
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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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Photo of sprat1960
2.73/5  rDev -32.1%
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. (1,103 characters)

Photo of jIsh
3.28/5  rDev -18.4%
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. (1,550 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.35/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: This one pours a pretty dark brown color with lots of reddish notes and a finger of tan head.

S: Smells really quite nice. A touch of vinegar, but solid oak aromas and a bit of grass and wet hay. A light caramel sweetness and a lilttle bit of fruit notes. Some nice oxidation to it.

T: The flavor is not quite as good. There is a bit of a sweet, grape Jolly Rancher type flavor to it. Slightly tart with some vinegar and a decent amount of oak. Not quite as much of the grass and hay notes that were present on the nose.

M: The body is medium with a moderate carbonation.

D: I liked the nose quite a bit, but the flavor was definitely a let down. Good, but not worth the rather hefty price tag. (701 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.35/5  rDev -16.7%
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. (453 characters)

Photo of natalsgd067
3.66/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Different than what I expected, but still good. I expected something more like Duchesse de Borgogne, or Monk's Cafe, a Flemish sour ale with hints of sweetness, but this has hardly any hints of sweetness. At first I thought it was almost too tart, but now I think it is well balanced enough that I would buy it again. No apparent head when I poured it, which is kind of disappointing. Little carbonation. The picture on the bottle is totally different, yet I assume it is still the same beer pictured. (501 characters)

Photo of July2Nov
3.7/5  rDev -8%
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! (404 characters)

Photo of DenverLogan
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
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. (616 characters)

Photo of JasonGeyer
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
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 (552 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (379 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (1,939 characters)

Photo of leroybrown10
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (824 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a dark amber color with a white head. The aroma is tart dark fruit. The flavor is tart dark fruit, oak and vanilla. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice sour beer. Not as complex as some, but the beer is very drinkable. Glad I got to try this one. (323 characters)

Photo of Beerenauslese
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy red brown with a slight head that dissipates to a fine ring, leaving just a little lacing.

Aromas of dark cider, apples, vinegar, cinnamon and other spices.

Apple sour on a malty backbone, with some milk chocolate, then the spices kick in, followed by a long spicy dry finish.

Body is light, and with not much carbonation, it has a flattish mouthfeel.

An interesting version of an Oud Bruin, by a Swiss brewer. I am finding this pretty enjoyable, and the ABV is sessionable. (495 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 01/02/11 notes. Shared a local DC tasting.

a - Pours a mahogany brown color with one inch of off white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sour fruit, dark fruits, oak, malts, and light vanilla. Very enjoyable.

t - Tastes sour fruits, oak dark fruit, fruity malts, spice, and vanilla.

m - Light body and moderate carbonation.

d - I thought this was a very good flanders. Lots of oak and sour fruits in the nose and taste. Would like to have again. (471 characters)

Photo of rodmanfor3
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The taste comes through with sweet fruit, then sour, then some chocolate on the finish. Definitely some barnyard funk combined with woody notes on the nose. Pretty good overall but a bit expensive for what it is. (212 characters)

Photo of eduardolinhalis
4/5  rDev -0.5%
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 (554 characters)

Photo of fourstringer
4.02/5  rDev 0%
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! (812 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a dark redddish color ale with a medium foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of vinous sour notes is well done. Taste is a nice mix between some tart notes with some oak and light cherry backed by a nice solid malt backbone. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no sign of the alcohol. Very well done and definitely underrated compared to some other beer form this style. (411 characters)

Photo of jibbyvonjibb
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (365 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (331 characters)

Photo of shleepy
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
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). (574 characters)

Photo of jgasparine
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served from a bottle labeled "Grand Dame", however, all reviews and the ABV match the listing here for "Oud Bruin". I believe that the latter has been recently renamed to the former...

A- Poured with a thin foamy, light tan head, which quickly reduced to a haze layer and a collar; over a semi-opaque aged copper (dark brown) body. No visible carbonation.

S- Smells like a classic Flemish Brown. Tangy acetic notes and a touch of lactic sourness over a base of sweet crystal malts (and wheat?). The nose is predominantly acidic, and classically sweet and sour. Overall "clean", with just a touch of fruity ester in there.

T- Wow! Wow! Wow! Overall, this is much drier and more sour than I would have expected from a Flemish Brown... but I wouldn't call this a bad thing, per say. What I'm getting is an up-front flash of crystal and pale malts, but this is quickly overtaken by an acetic sourness which all but overtakes the flavor profile. The finish is an echo of light fruity esters and acetic acid. Incredibly refreshing and delicious.

M- A very thin body- fully attenuated. A soft carbonation that is abundant, but not bloating. A substantial astringency from lactic/acetic bacterial contributions. A little less here in the mouthfeel department than I would have liked.

D- Drinkability is somewhat limited overall by the pH of this beer. But for the style, I think it's still above average. (1,401 characters)

Photo of WorldWideStout
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (1,248 characters)

Photo of Nutwood
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (993 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.14/5  rDev +3%
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. (1,317 characters)

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Grande Dame Oud Bruin from Brasserie Trois Dames
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