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Grande Dame Oud Bruin - Brasserie Trois Dames

Grande Dame Oud BruinGrande Dame Oud Bruin

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very good

81 Ratings
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Ratings: 81
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 9.6%

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Style | ABV
Flanders Oud Bruin |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of StonedTrippin


4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2014 23:52:50 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of JasonGeyer


3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2014 00:44:11 | More by JasonGeyer
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2013 03:51:29 | More by DenverLogan
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2012 04:13:10 | More by BEERchitect
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3.38/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2012 04:59:23 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of jibbyvonjibb


4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
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
O: really quite good bruine. super drinkable. similar to red poppy.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2012 22:11:29 | More by jibbyvonjibb
Photo of shleepy


4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
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).

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2012 02:54:38 | More by shleepy
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4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2012 22:46:00 | More by marikoangel
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South Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 15:02:44 | More by thagr81us
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District of Columbia

3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2011 23:58:08 | More by Huhzubendah
Photo of July2Nov


3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2011 03:52:03 | More by July2Nov
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 23:37:39 | More by DCon
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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

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2011 17:56:46 | More by eduardolinhalis
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 04:34:14 | More by crossovert
Photo of jIsh


3.25/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2011 05:06:55 | More by jIsh
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3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2011 03:45:52 | More by natalsgd067
Photo of womencantsail


3.3/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2011 04:50:21 | More by womencantsail
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4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml capped bottle with no freshness information. drank out of my duvel tulip. the picture on the bottle has changed significantly.

A- this one pours out of the bottle a dark reddish brown colored body with a rather large eggshell colored head. the head lasts for a long time and leaves behind small rings of lacing.

S- the first thing i notice about the nose are ripe dark fruits. lots of cherries, plums, and raisins. there is also some vinegary notes that remind me that this is going to be sour. a little bit of funkiness. somewhat vinous.

T- the taste starts out with some ripe dark fruits that remind me of cherries and plums. after that it moves into a lactic sourness that is tart but not overbearing. a little bit of vanilla from the oak barrel sneaks in.

M- medium bodied with an acceptable level of carbonation. there is no trace of the alcohol. tart, but not too powerfully dour.

D- easy to finish and i find myself liking this beer more and more. it definitely exceeded expectations. a great balance of sour and sweet. check this one out if youre a fan of the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2011 02:29:46 | More by jwinship83
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New York

4/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2011 00:21:08 | More by mdfb79
Photo of Mora2000


4/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2010 04:16:21 | More by Mora2000
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4.55/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml champagne bottle into a tulip glass (beer is 7.2% ALC/VOL) which is brewed and bottled in Ste-Croix, Switzerland.

A: Pours a nice reddish/brown hue with a mellow head that dissipates instantly leaving a small amount of lacing in it's tracks.

S: Sour dough bread with cherries and peppery woodiness that is dry and sweet. Clean and dry with no funk. Pretty much perfect!

T: Dry, clean, woody and sour; with a nice vinegar/pinot finish. Absolutely delicious - one of the better (non-belgian) Oud Bruins i've ever had the privilege of tasting.

M: Light to medium bodied with a dry and creamy finish; light carbonation and dryness that rolls across the palate nicely - super quality overall!

D: Beyond the norm. Could drink massive amounts of this - dry and easy to drink in large amounts. At 7.2% these are easy to crush!

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2010 05:24:08 | More by DeanMoriarty
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4/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2010 04:23:19 | More by Beerenauslese
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4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2010 13:53:07 | More by jgasparine
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4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy, but settles to the color of dark stained wood. The thin beige head dissipates quickly, leaving minimal, soapy lacing. Light aromas of oak and cherries, with a strong whiff of sticky sweet balsamic vinegar reduction. Smells fresher than your average Oud Bruin, with the brightness of fresh grapes. The yeastiness coming through is funkier than expected, reminiscent of a saison. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and a bit dry. Sweet notes of caramel and roasted almonds play nicely against mild flavors of tart fruit. The finish has a lingering balsamic vinegar sharpness

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2010 03:17:31 | More by DaveHS
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Quebec (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2009 03:34:33 | More by Phyl21ca
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Grande Dame Oud Bruin from Brasserie Trois Dames
88 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.