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Grande Dame Oud Bruin - Brasserie Trois Dames

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BA SCORE
89
very good

119 Ratings
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Ratings: 119
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.35%
Wants: 8
Gots: 10 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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Switzerland

Style | ABV
Flanders Oud Bruin |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Phyl21ca on 12-14-2009)
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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 Phyl21ca
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.

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.

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.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of mdfb79
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of Huhzubendah
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.

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4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
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!

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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3.95/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of thagr81us
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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Grande Dame Oud Bruin from Brasserie Trois Dames
89 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.