Bourgogne Des Flandres Brune / Bruin - Brouwerij Timmermans-John Martin N.V.

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89 Ratings
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Ratings: 89
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 17.47%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Timmermans-John Martin N.V. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Flanders Oud Bruin |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: JoeyBeerBelly on 10-14-2010)
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Photo of ArrogantB
3.1/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle that I believe was $3.79. Dark brown color, a little head. This smelled a little sweet and tasted slightly sweet as well. One dimensional and honestly the most boring oud bruin that I have had the misfortune of purchasing. I will not be buying any of the timmerman's lambics as I assume I will be equally disappointed.

Photo of Proteus93
3.3/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A clean, ruby red topped with an off-white head. Not a whole lot of lacing, but the retention is nice and it does hang on to a good sheet over the beer.

S + T: When I first spotted the score on here, my heart sank a little as I find that, typically, my peers on here are pretty reasonable judges of brews. The aroma seems to be alright... I don't pick up on the tartness as much as I do in some others. Rather, there is a more notable malt warmth that is pleasant. Flavour is a little unusual... starts rather nice; it's light and moderately tart. It's the finish that I find a strange, though... there's something that almost seems a little like dish soap. It's mild, but it's there. This could very well be due to a glass with residue on it, but it does seem to be an element of the beer, honestly.

M + D: I didn't find this to be all that bad, but I would probably be more likely to reach for Monk's Cafe, Duchesse, Rodenbach, etc... if I were looking for the style. I would be very open to trying another in regards to the flavour profile, though, as it seems very unusual.

Photo of metter98
3.63/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear dark reddish brown in color and poured with a finger high dense off white head that quickly died down but never completely faded away. A very light amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of sour dark fruits and sweetness in the nose along with some hints of oak from the barrel aging.
T: There is an interesting balance between sweet and sour flavors; the initial taste has a mild amount of sweetness, which transitions to a mild amount of sourness in the finish. Flavors of brown sugar, cherries and vinegar stand out in particular. The sweetness is slightly stronger than the sourness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and quite thin and watery on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is rather easy to drink and goes down smoothly. I would consider it to be sessionable if it had a little more sourness to balance out the sweet flavors.

Photo of Fnord
3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Dark reddish-brown with a thin tan head.

Smell - Maple, sour cherry and apple, and brown sugar.

Taste - Very sweet beginning and middle, finishes crisp and tart. A hint of bitterness. Not much aftertaste to speak of.

Mouthfeel - Thin body and medium-high carbonation.

Notes - When I first saw this beer, I was hoping I finally found a replacement for Goudenband. It's no Goudenband, though. Though reasonably tasty, it isn't very complex, and in my opinion isn't sour enough. It may be useful for someone who's trying to ease into sours, but I can't recommend it otherwise.

Photo of crossovert
1.73/5  rDev -47.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

11.2 oz bottle, bottled on 28/06/10.

It pours a dark brown with a thick, foamy, and big white head that sticks for a while, forming rocky white peaks. It gives some decent lacing as it slowly goes down.

It doesn't smell like a sour really, just a regular fruit estery Belgian amber.

The flavor is sweet, no sign of funk, rather pedestrian. This is a beginners bruin, as a seasoned drinker, I don't even recognize this as an Oud Bruin, more like a Belgian amber ala Biere du Boucaneer.

Photo of ThaCreep
2.33/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

We feel the Oud bruin nose, that is to say, tannins and fruit with a touch more style caramelized cinnamon biscuit. The problem is that the mouth is too yeasted and that input is far too timid and unobtrusive compared to its big sisters like Goudenband, especially acidity here is far from sharp, almost to the limit the non-existent. Looks like a mix between a beast and a brown Belgian oud bruin low quality. The taste of tannin is also rejected by the addition of a dye unpleasant. In the end, even the finish is below with a taste between toasted malt and the dye. What a shame.

Photo of gueuzer
1.93/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle

App- Fizzy brown. similar to a cola.

Sm- Caramel sweetness. slight vinous notes, but not much of anything overall.

Ta- Cherry coke? straining to find some kind of tartness in there but it very subtle. overwhelming caramel flavors mixing in with the burnt wood that is present instead of oak. Slight cherries/ prune flavors, but minimal.

MF- Sugary sweet thickness. Carbonation is a bit cidery. not enjoyable.

DR- Split a bottle three ways and did not want any more.

Overall: Tasted like if they made a flanders version of coke. And I mean that in worst possible way.

Photo of xylophonica
4.1/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a chalice.

A - Minimal head which quickly subsides. Thick, dark brown colour.

S - Mild caramel malts, with a hint of oak and grass.

T - Sugary sweet but also spicy due to the high carbonation. Strong caramel and sweet port combined.

M - Immediately spicy and sugary on the tongue. Strong carbonation. Soothing aftertaste as well.

D - Quite sugary but also very nice to drink.

This is my first example of this style and it strikes me as somewhere between a French Biere De Garde and a Belgian bruin. Strange drink, probably not as beer-like as others but enjoyable.

Photo of TexIndy
3.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a snifter. Date on neck of 6/28/10 which I'm guessing is the bottled date since this just came onto the market. Was a dark reddish brown color with lots of carb streams. It had a good sized head that settled into a thick collar and foam cap. Good sheeting with plenty sticking.

The aroma was oak, vinegar, dark fruit and cherries. Not bad but had a watery aspect to it. The taste was inline with the aroma but led but the vinegar then the oak and fruit. Reminiscent of a Goudenband but watered down. Mouthfeel was light and watery with crisp carbonation. Vinegary sour after taste.

Overall, an average Oud Bruin. It was hurt by the watery aspects in it. Avail here in TX. Not many Oud Bruins available here so would get the rare bottle if all I can find. [R;O]

Photo of jrallen34
2.53/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

11.2 oz bottle, drank from my Darkness glass...Pours like a darkened coca cola with a decent light tan head...A rather muted aroma of oak, with a little apples and just the hint of sour vinegar...The taste is really boring, its like an infant oud bruin that either hasn't aged enough or is just a gateway beer for those first trying. Mostly I get light oak, burnt wood, and a hint of cherries.

A boring oud bruin that should not be drank if your expecting a typical sour.

Photo of sfprint
3.3/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

from 10/22/2010 notes.

A: Dark Cola. looks like a soda

S: Smells like a special soda as well. Sprint, dark orange syrup. Unique and sweet.

T: Tastes also more like a fruity soda than a beer. Has the qualities of a mixed beer. Sweet dark cherry, yet a bit artificial. A bit kriek like.

M: Soda like with very mild carbonation.

D: Fine, Kriek/sodaish.

Photo of rtepiak
3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

ran into a lot of this type of oud bruin in poland. A darker ester enhanced by heavy handed sugaring that has an alternative fruity flavor. This poured amber cherry clear. Makes me think this was a brown with a ton of sugar brought to a heavy boil. The only flavor this beer has is in the unfermentables, the rest is candy. A dark fruit synthetic amalgamation. A hint of tang. Predominately blackberry, some malt...but guilded in sugar.

Photo of emerge077
2.15/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Produced on: 28/06/10

Attractive silkscreened bottle with classic lettering, fooled me into thinking this might be a somewhat traditional Flanders Ale. Nice glint of ruby in the light, and a tan head that has plenty of staying power, leaving some spotty lacing. There was no sediment in the bottle, I wonder if this is filtered.

Cherry cola and stale malt aroma, nothing remotely wild though it smells a little weird. Cardboard soaked in cherry coke? Vaguely woody with cherry pits, but that's really a stretch. More like a watered down blend of brown ale and cherry cola.

Hollow and stale cherry soda flavor. Nothing in the aftertaste but sugar. Yuck. Some low level malt flavor, residual sugar, and astringency, not tart or approaching sour whatsoever. This is a very weak attempt at a Duchesse knock-off... why bother? Fizzy and then flat with no residual flavor at all, just sugary sweetness.

This is garbage, and I don't say that easily. It's an insult to traditional Flanders Ale, and represents the sugary, watered down "wine cooler-ification" of traditionally sour Belgian styles. Out of 40 Oud Bruin reviews, this was the worst.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.3/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I got this beer from kiltedtxn and aggieboudreux, Thanks Guys!

330ml bottle served in a De Koninck Belgian beer glass.

L - dark brown with a thin beige head that left a thin layer of foam floating around leaving bits of lacing behind.

S - dark fruit and vinegar

T - their website says it best.
"Similar to the Flemish brown beers, but without the acidity, with an aftertaste that draws attention to its distinguished character."...
distinguished, yeah that's the ticket.

F - light/medium bodied with a fizzy feel.

D - it was ok as a novelty but I wouldn't drink this regularly.

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Bourgogne Des Flandres Brune / Bruin from Brouwerij Timmermans-John Martin N.V.
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