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Grande Dame Oud Bruin - Brasserie Trois Dames

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BA SCORE
88
very good

93 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 93
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 9.57%
Wants: 8
Gots: 9 | 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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ZethOfTheNorth

Louisiana

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

12-07-2012 15:40:31 | More by ZethOfTheNorth
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emilylee

California

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

12-04-2012 22:45:58 | More by emilylee
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Nutwood

Kentucky

4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-01-2012 01:19:11 | More by Nutwood
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rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

11-25-2012 22:26:44 | More by rolltide8425
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polishkaz

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +0.8%

11-21-2012 03:17:55 | More by polishkaz
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Mister_Joshy

California

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

11-14-2012 16:43:13 | More by Mister_Joshy
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WorldWideStout

Maryland

4.13/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-14-2012 06:35:38 | More by WorldWideStout
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
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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TheCrowsNest

California

3/5  rDev -24.4%

10-08-2012 01:40:59 | More by TheCrowsNest
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markgoodman10

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

10-02-2012 04:55:02 | More by markgoodman10
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

09-11-2012 17:26:13 | More by JAHMUR
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AdamP

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +0.8%

09-09-2012 20:42:13 | More by AdamP
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brez8791

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -30.7%

09-09-2012 19:01:15 | More by brez8791
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noyellowfizzbeer

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +0.8%

09-08-2012 16:20:00 | More by noyellowfizzbeer
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t0rin0

California

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

09-01-2012 03:06:13 | More by t0rin0
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MYJELLOMISFIT

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

08-15-2012 14:16:50 | More by MYJELLOMISFIT
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drewone

California

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

05-14-2012 05:35:35 | More by drewone
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.38/5  rDev -14.9%
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
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jibbyvonjibb

California

4.13/5  rDev +4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

California

4.13/5  rDev +4%
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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DeerNick


4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

04-11-2012 23:17:23 | More by DeerNick
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jerichobear

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

02-22-2012 02:46:03 | More by jerichobear
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marikoangel

California

4.43/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Texas

4/5  rDev +0.8%

01-01-2012 16:11:21 | More by Stoffel
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MarkVegas

Nevada

4/5  rDev +0.8%

12-28-2011 19:24:12 | More by MarkVegas
Grande Dame Oud Bruin from Brasserie Trois Dames
88 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.