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Madamin - LoverBeer

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85
very good

137 Ratings
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Ratings: 137
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.43%
Wants: 8
Gots: 14 | FT: 1
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Italy

Style | ABV
Flanders Oud Bruin |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: glid02 on 07-24-2010

Oak amber ale. Fermented and maturated only in oak vats. The name "Madamin" is a piedmontese word meaning "young lady". Available in 375 ml or 750 ml bottles.
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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep reddish color with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of oak with light tart cherries note with a light acidic edge and some sour notes. Taste is a well balanced mix between some oak with good notes of sour cherries with light acidic notes. Body is about average for style with good carbonation. Well brewed with nice complexity while retaining a good drinkability level.

Photo of seth72104
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

High levels of acidity and strong fruit flavor gives this Italian sour brown ale a ton of character and juicy, inviting delight to the taste buds.

Opening with an obvious brown hue, the beer also displays a rusty ruby-red color with haze and tawny gold highlights. The beer develops a part-froth, part-fizz spritzy white head that succumbs to the low pH as it reduces to a necklace around the glass midway through the session.

Mouthwatering aromas of tart fruit, stone fruit, toasted malt, balsamic and red wine create a menage that beckons for the first sip. Background notes of limes, sea salt, leather, and musty wood round out the more savory notes of aroma.

The sharp acidity hits the front of the tonuge with a surge of lemon, lime, and crab apples before the juicy malt flavors round out the wine and cider impressions. Cherries, toast, chocolate, sorghum, and prune provide rounder taste as the fruit and malt mingle delightfully on the middle palate. Richer fruit flavors of dates, figs, raisins, and plumbs weave into aged savory tastes of leather, fresh tobacco, and light worcestershire sauce. A return of lime twist in the finish cuts the malt to provide a decidedly bitter and tart, palate-stripping cleanliness.

The intense tartness and fruit flavor resonates differently to the trigemental senses of the mouth. Medium bodied, the malt richness buffers the palate from the acidity and allows for savory textures to match those in taste. A long dry finish of malt and fruit hide its alcohol well while offering mild fruit like pectin astringency to substitute the bitter balance from hops.

Madamin is a masterfully brewed and melded ale that makes me want to taste more sourness and earth flavor, but even those characteristics in this ale is more daft than is typical for oud bruins.

Photo of YobroitsJoe
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of corby112
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at Alla Spina in Philadelphia, PA.

Pours a dark ruby/chestnut brown color with a two finger yellowish-beige head that slowly settles into a thick lasting ring.  Spotty lacing left behind.

Musty, funky aroma with lots of dry, earthy oak, funky bugs and vinous dark fruit.  Toasted oak and vanilla with bretty and lactic funk followed by tart cherry, raisin, grape and other dark berries.  Decent malt presence along with acetic vinegar but not a trace of harsh solvent.

Medium bodies with a tart, puckering mouthfeel that's decently tart/sour without becoming overly acidic/acetic.  Lots of toasted oak, sweet malt and vinous fruit for balance.  Vinegar acetic quality throughout but its cut by vanilla sweetness and dryness from the oak.  Sweet malts provide nice balance along with vinous grape, a strong tart cherry presence and other dark fruits.

Photo of womencantsail
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The pour is amber in color with an off-white head. Rather sweet aroma for a sour beer. Lots of berries and grapes with a strange butterscotch sweetness, too. Quite a lot of strawberry flavor on the palate, which is actually enjoyable. Mild to moderate tartness and acidity, a little bit of oak and straw, and very high carbonation. Despite the sweetness of the aroma, I found this to be enjoyable.

Photo of harrymel
3.29/5  rDev -13%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Brower's in Fremont.
Listed as 6.2% ABV at pub.

Pours a figgy cherry brown, almost like a diaphonous cola. Little surface foam is light tan and carries little appeal. Nose is dry oak, sour apple, hints of yeast (?) like a French yeast - a bit nutty. Interesting. Up front cherry, moderately tart and slightly sweet. The yeast character is in here as well, kinda suits the sweetness a bit and offers a more complex approach to the style than many Oud Bruin's I've had. Seems to cut the oak dryness and bitterness I sometimes experience and dislike in the style. Full bodied and almost creamy with a slightly dry finish. This is an interesting beer and nice to try.

Photo of msarver16
5/5  rDev +32.3%

Photo of ZethOfTheNorth
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of champ103
4.39/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark amber/red/brown color. At first a two finger white head forms and recedes quickly. Light lace.
S: Tart cherries, oak, light vanilla sweetness. Toasted grains, crackers. Everything works well together.
T: Like the nose, everything works together in balance. Tart, slightly acidic, cherries, apples, and pears. Big wood and oak flavors. A great balance with the tart fruits and toasted grains. I love it.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Crisp, clean and smooth at the same time. So easy to drink. It is a shame this has to end.

I really enjoyed this. A great treat that I find has exceptional balance. A lot of beers in this vain are overly sweet and vinegary. This has a great balance of tart, fruit and grains. Love it, and perfect for a hot afternoon in NOLA.

Photo of bigoten13
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On draught at Novare Res Bier Cafe

Poured a clear copper/brown color with a small, feisty head. You get some good lacto sourness in the nose, followed by mild malt and fruit flavors. The taste is a bit less sour than the smell, a more mild and pleasant version of the lacto funkiness with some berry fruitiness emerging. Mouthfeel was mild and pleasant again, with medium carbonation. Overall it was a very drinkable beer with good tart and lacto character.

Photo of alyssajoy
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of rudzud
3.13/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a bottle of this at Julio's. 2011 vintage.

A - Poured a nice crystal clear copper hue with a one finger earth tone/woody head that fades to a nice thick, creamy quarter inch blanket. Pretty good side lacing too.

S - Nice sour mash here with slight yeast and caramel sweetness. Little bit of earthy almost barrel notes.

T - Lots and lots and lots of caramel here. Like, sugar daddy type caramel candy. The sourness is rather faint. Mostly just lots of sweet caramel malts here with a super light vinegar finish. Way too caramel for a flanders.

M - Wheres the carbonation? Almost thin feeling with small bubbles. Slightly sour/vinegar finish.

O - Overall this beer started out so good. very nice appearance and aromas, but really really falls flat on taste and mouthfeel. Such a disappointment.

Photo of joshodonn
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of gabedivision
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

10oz goblet served at the Blue Monk.

Pours a murky chestnut/mahogany with a thin white head. Sour and funk on the the nose, semi sweet fruits faintly shine through. Sour apples/ a bit of grain, and sour cherries, lots of sugar on the tongue and finishes on a wood or nut like note. Medium bodied, low carbonation, very sour and tart. Overall, this is a good sour, way to pricy in my opinion, but not a bad drink at all.

Photo of pohldogg356
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of AdamBear
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A-dark cloudy amber with a creamy colored head

S-a good sourness with grains and cream. fairly faint.

T-hits the tongue with a taste of moldy oak chips. i know this sounds weird, but...well it tastes weird too, but not too weird. it works, its definitely not bad. after the first few sips, the flavors start to faint. the after-taste is pretty awesome with a fairly tart taste of dark fruits and dark grains. it does has a slight plastic flavor to it.

M-medium dry carbonation with a dry finish

O-this is a really good beer. is the price justified? no, not really. after the first few sips, the complexity loses itself. even though thats true, this is a fun beer to drink all the way through. every sip is quite enjoyable. this is an average example of this style

Photo of demgoth
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Rifugium
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

Poured a hazy, dark mahogany brown with a small, dense cap of beige head that retained and laced moderately. Aroma was light, with notes of fruit and funk. Taste was nice and full of non-threatening sourness, a bit acidic, a bit funky, notes of cherry and peach and red wine; woody and leafy mid-palate with a drying finish. Light-medium body, went down very easy, and was quite enjoyable.

Photo of MaineMike
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sour Saturday @ bluemonk

Dark reddish-brown beer with a thin white head that fades fast. There is a slight haze and lacing. At this point I know it's an oud bruin (whereas I could only assume it was a "sour" based on the chalkboard's beer notes).
The beer has a slightly sweet/sour nose, but nothing that knocks your socks off. The taste is a rather reserved, a little funk and generic oud bruin flavors ie sour cherries and such. Nothing is too pronounced except the carbonation (which is almost excessive), and therefore it seems to have relatively good balance. This beer wasn't disappointing, but I'd rather try other things next time instead.

Photo of patm1986
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of peabody
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a slightly hazy brown and lots of head with good retention.
Smell is sour grape skin and green apple skin.
Yeast and a slight malt aroma too.
Taste is a dark bitterness first then a sour grape/apple comes over the palate then ends with a dry red wine type of finish.
Mouthfeel is very clean and refreshing. No alcohol detected and no stickiness.
Overall this is pretty good but that cost again tends to bring my assesment down even though it shouldn't. But hey, I am not made of money.

Photo of drummermattie02
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of John_M
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Max's.

The beer pours a slightly hazy, brownish amber with pretty good head retention and light lacing. Really don't get a whole lot on the nose... just some light sour funk and underlying cherry. The flavor profile replicates the nose, but has a bit more to it. The beer actually has considerable sour (at least for me), that marries well with the fruit and wheat flavor I'm picking up. Mouthfeel is fairly light, and drinkability is definitely high. While I wish this beer had a bit more flavor, it's not terrible, and in fact is fairly enjoyable. The low alcohol is a definite bonus.

Madamin from LoverBeer
85 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.