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Grande Dame Oud Bruin - Brasserie Trois Dames

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very good

102 Ratings
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Ratings: 102
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.38%
Wants: 8
Gots: 8 | FT: 2
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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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Photo of DenverLogan
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%

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.

DenverLogan, May 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

fdig23, Apr 20, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

switzer, Mar 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

MarkyMOD, Mar 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

duceswild, Mar 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

oriolesfan4, Mar 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

MRsojourner, Feb 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

DangerDawg, Jan 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

pixieskid, Dec 13, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

ZethOfTheNorth, Dec 07, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

emilylee, Dec 04, 2012
Photo of Nutwood
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%

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.

Nutwood, Dec 01, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

rolltide8425, Nov 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

polishkaz, Nov 21, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Mister_Joshy, Nov 14, 2012
Photo of WorldWideStout
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%

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.

WorldWideStout, Nov 14, 2012
Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev 0%

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.

BEERchitect, Oct 26, 2012
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3/5  rDev -24.1%

TheCrowsNest, Oct 08, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

markgoodman10, Oct 02, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

JAHMUR, Sep 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

AdamP, Sep 09, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -30.4%

brez8791, Sep 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

noyellowfizzbeer, Sep 08, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

t0rin0, Sep 01, 2012
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Grande Dame Oud Bruin from Brasserie Trois Dames
88 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.