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Ratings: 1,176
Reviews: 551
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.74%
Wants: 118
Gots: 131 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Flanders Oud Bruin |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Mitchster on 02-24-2001)
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Photo of DMXLOX22
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a single of this brew as a Christmas present, directly from Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown, NY. Excited to check this brew out. Poured into my Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a clean, dark brown, almost blackish, maroon-like color. Leaves behind a nice one-inch head of tan, frothy head. Leaves behind a nice line of lacing all the way down. Not bad, but hard to obviously see the carbonation bubbles. Womp, womp, still impressive.

Smell: First noticeable scent is a red wine, almost apple-cider vinegar. Quite strong in that department. Second take I can detect a sour cherry/grape mixed in. Not bad. I've been appreciating the sour beer market lately. This seems like a perfect example of such. last whiff and I can detect an oak-like odor. Quite good.

Taste: First sips, it is quite apparent of sweet and sour cherry flavors. Some figs thrown in. Nice addition of a apple-cider vinegar kind of flavor. Such a perfect blend of sweet and sour. Very slight hint of possibly brown sugar, but that wasn't noticed towards the end of the glass. Kind of disappointed I have to go through this and not have another bottle. I'm taking as many little sips as possible as to savor the flavor.

Mouthfeel: Bubbly and crisp. Medium carbonation. Finishes dry. Well-rounded in the acidic and sweet department.

Overall: Coming into this brew, I was pretty excited about trying this brew. My hopes were granted. The beginning of this adventure I was quite surprised. Alcohol is virtually non-existent and had a perfect carbonation. I was surprised and satisfied at the same time. I really enjoyed the sweet and sour they were going for. I would try this again and would totally recommend to a friend and make sure they enjoy it slowly as I had to really open up this beers body/true flavors.

Photo of CMW
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A dark, musty brown color with a cocoa head that has good retention.

S - Sour apples and sour cherries are the big kick here.

T - Starts out rather musty with the taste of air from a cave. Then moves to a nice sour cherry flavor and finishes with a slightly medicinal taste.

M - Carbonation bite upfront but overall easy to drink.

O - Good beer and a good representation of the style.

Photo of Todd
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: 255ml green champagne-style bottle with a crowned wire cork. Cork suggests a 1998 bottling. Sample poured into a proper Liefmans gold rimmed glass.

Appearance: A hazy dark red beer, with rich amber hues and a clumpy, bubbly off-white head.

Smell: Medicinal, crisp nose with a bold yeast spice aroma, touch of caramel malt and metallic notes -- "sweet n sour"-like.

Taste: Tart upfront, a bitter cherry and lime flavour. An oak flavour mingles nicely. Definite medicinal and metallic notes through the entire beer, but very palatable and expected. Malt is hidden under the tartness, however it's sweet with faint caramel flavours. Things dry up to an almost pucker quality at the end and it's followed by a metallic aftertaste.

Notes: An exceptional Flemish oud bruin brew -- the classic example. Massively complex and unique.

Photo of Ryanm1
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

I'm a huge fan of Belgians and didn't know what ton expect here. Didn't really even know the style before drinking but turned out to be a Flanders "old brown". This is different than those English and American brown ale. After checking out the beer description on BA of the style fermentation actually produces a bi product called diacetyl which produces a sour flavor definitely a characteristic of the beer. Also gives the beer some buttery notes which reading up on diacetyl is used to artificially flavor buttered popcorn. Poured into a glass from a cage and cork with almost a mathematical precision of carbonation to body. Smell is overpowering sweet fruity esters. Cherry and oak flavors, very carbonated, sour, dark fruits coming through such as fig and grape. My first of this varietal but excellent nonetheless.

Photo of brotherloco
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not sure of "Best By" date, but cork is dated 2010 so this is relatively new.

Interesting looking pour. Body is very dark reddish brown, but head is just a touch beige. Finger of foam settles down to lightly cover the beer.

Nose is very nice. Light sour cherries mixed with pie crust and brown sugar. Sweet with the lightest of funk.

The immediate flavor is underlying sweet malt with tart cherries on top. More tart feeling on the tongue than in the flavor. Middle gets pretty dry and heavy in the mouth, finish brings back the brown sugar and cherries. Those flavors linger and the funk returns in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is pretty light and crisp until the finish when it weighs down a bit. ABV is nowhere to be found in this one. Very drinkable.

I really like this beer. Its sour quality is very light in comparison to some modern American sours I've tried (i.e. Russian River). I like that though, as it makes for an overall better balance in flavor.

Photo of ypsifly
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked and caged 12.7oz that is wrapped in paper, poured into a tulip. The cork is stamped 2003.

Dark, opaque brown with a small off white head that falls into a thinly veiled ring rather fast. There's some floaties dancing about despite a careful decant.

Dark, very tart fruits make up the nose. Cherries, cranberries, and bitter heirloom apples. Nothing vinous or even astringent, but a natural sourness that is restrained enough to make me salivate. It also has an earthy funk that reminds me of the old greenhouses I used to work in when I was a teen.

Tastes along the same lines as the nose, but its nowhere near as sour as expected. I can taste all of the above mentioned fruits, and it has a nice earthy malt flavor with a little dusty funk, but the sourness is pleasantly restrained to a tanginess that compliments the fruit. I wish I had some bleu cheese, sliced granny smiths, and some white grapes to pair this with.

The mouth is good for the style. I like how the sour notes come in towards the end allowing for the malt profile to register. Although the abv is well hidden, 8% can creep up on you and make for an early night, otherwise this would be quite the session brew.

Photo of vancurly
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The cork says 2.004, and the label best before end of 2014.
Pours brown, but shines a beautiful claret / garnet colour. The head is offwhite and leaves a lovely lace, even just swirling it in the glass.
Nose of preserved cherries, sour candies, some pine wood or "forest floor".
Marvelous zing of fruity sourness. Hints of old oak rooms with dusty leather chairs. Good mouthfeel, light acid at first, which fills out with malty body, and the acid lingers at the back, no bitterness. Very reminiscent of sour fruit lollies, only with some earthy complexity that makes it intriguing.
I have had this beer cellared for two years. It is fresh, lively, and very enjoyable.

Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$3.59 12oz Bottle

I must say that I was extremely excited to taste this beer after spotting it at my local Mecca. The appearance is brown with a touch of red glow to back it. There was a very heavy yeast presence that I managed to keep in the bottle. No head whatsoever, but I didn't expect one from this. The aroma is very present with chocolate and rotting cherries coming to mind. The initial taste is SOUR, and I love it! The tartness is extremely present, but it doesn't hang irritate the mouth. There is a dry finish to it and the sour fruit taste makes its final statement. This is a wonderful beer that should be enjoyed at a slow pace. I drank it out of a snifter and it seemed to be a good choice. It really held the aroma well. Go and try this, but be prepared for sourness!

Photo of larsenju
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2010 stamped on the cork.

A-Deep mahogany red body with a short off white head. Drops quickly and leaves a little lacing.

S-Tart cherry, a little green apple, and maybe just a little musty/chalky aroma. The tart berry/fruit aroma really dominates, but the must balances it out nicely, additionally I got some very subdued caramel malts and some very slight buttery notes.

T-I got raspberries immediately, but a cherry pie flavor stepped up almost immediately and really dominated from that point on. There was a nice peppery quality as it warmed along with a bread like malt profile, and just a hint of a metallic flavor.

M-Prickly carbonation and bone dry.

D-Really a decent beer all around. I felt the aroma was very complex and pleasant, but the actual taste was a bit of a let down. The pie cherry flavors took over in a big way to the point that I felt the beer was a little unbalanced. That said there was nothing unpleasant here, and I would gladly pick up another bottle.

Photo of alexgash
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle. LGB 06/2017, so I am guessing that this was bottled in 2007--also, the cork is labeled 2.007).

Muddy saddle brown body. Small, thin, light beige head. Not much lacing. Nose of musty grapes, shoe leather, aged balsamic vinegar, tart cherries, and candied apples.

Tangy fruit and acidic vinegar up front. Slight tartness, with notes of musty raspberries and cherries. Nice balance of sweet and tart with the aged fruit. Wood notes around the edges of it all. Unmistakable balsamic vinegar twang into the finish along with some raspberry seeds. Medium-full body with a very low carbonated, syrupy feel. There's just a tingle of natural carbonation in this beer. Interesting and complex with a little more sweetness than expected. A must try.

Photo of beertastegood
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 on cork.

Pours a slightly cloudy brown with massive head that fades quickly leaving a moderate amount of lace on the chalice.

Smell: sweet caramel, brown sugar, slight molasses/raisins/plums, with a definite tangy, earthy aroma.

Taste: sweet maltiness up front followed by a wonderfully balanced tang, fading into cherry-like sweetness with a bit of saison-like earth flavors. Finishes sweet & sour and slightly toffee-like.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation, medium body. Prickly acidity on the tongue.

Drinkability: This not being an overly sour beer, it is quite drinkable and surprisingly thirst quenching.

An outstanding Oud Bruin. It is a shame that we can't get more down here in TX.

Photo of SirDemos14
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from the 750ml bottle a deep brown with hints of red as well. A light, airy bubbly head forms on top and leaves some nice delicate lacing on the side of the glass as well. Aromas are a mix of sweet caramel maltiness and some sour fruity characteristics (cherry, plum.) There a nice spiciness present as well along with woody notes. Quite nice.

First sip brings a yeasty caramel maltiness upfront along with an equalizing fruity sourness that makes for an interesting interplay between the two flavors on the palate. There's some nice woody, vinous tones on the way down along with a gentle spiciness. Toffee, molasses and even a slight hint of cinammon. Quite a tasty treat here.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a medium body and quite a bit of carbonation. This is a unique and tasty brew that I have no problem consuming. I very much enjoy the sweet/sour aspect of it and I look forward to having it again in the future.

Photo of dogfishandi
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml green bottle, cork and caged, wrapped in paper. best before 09-2020 on the cage, 2010 on the cork. poured into a snifter.

pours out a very dark red color, very nice reddish hues in the light, light tannish head was quick to fade but left a thick, creamy ring and is easily revived with a quick swirl. lots of carbonation visible. a little lace. the second pour yielded a much better head.

not much aroma at first, maybe too cold? some nice tart, lactic funk, a little vinegar, dark fruits, figs, a rich, slightly sugary dark malt. cherries come in the more it warms and maybe just a hint of woody oak.

i enjoy the taste a bit more than the aroma. lots of sour, tart cherries that mingle so nicely with a dark fruity, rich maltiness. hints of vinegar, funk and wood. crisp tart apple in the finish, as well as dry and tart.

very dry and fairly sour. rich heavier side of medium body. a very high carbonation.

definatly one of the better flanders style ales out there, worth a try. seems to have everything in perfect balance, with a subdued vinegar character. way better than duchesse in my opinion.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip glass)
The cork says 2.005 on it.
A- This beer pours a dense brown body with a deep red glow to it and a thick beige bubble head with some very tiny brown bits in it. There is a sea of microbubbles supporting the head, which last for much of the beer.

S- During the pour, the tart fruity aroma is strong with funk notes underneath. There is a hint of dark cherries and a faint damp quality to them.

T- The smooth tartness is bright with a bit of a dark fruit quality. There are soft old wood flavor and some brown malt qualities that have a faint cola note coming through as the beer warms. The fruity notes take on a cherry quality as the beer opens up aswell.

M- This beer has an airy mouthfeel with a soft hint of astringency which compliments the beer nicey.

D- All the flavors just blend together wonderfully making this a great experience with a little tartness, a little funk and a little old brown ale all playing there parts.

Photo of soper2000
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Luckly I walked home with a bottle of this thanks to a holiday BA gathering. I enjoyed on Christmas eve. Decanted a nice ruby tinged dark brown into my glass with a tingling white foam head. A nice earthy complement to the colors of Christmas. Aroma is of subdued tart cherries, nuts, and a very small dose of funk. Taste is very well balanced hitting notes of cherries, barnyard, earthy flavors, and nuts all wrapped up in a pleasant slightly acidic package. Excellent beer and I'm glad I got a chance to sample it thanks to the BA gathering and Viking.

Photo of GarrisWH
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 mL bottle - 2006 vintage

A - Pours a rich, dark orange tinged brown color and is quite hazy due to a good amount of yeast particles floating within. Very slight, fizzy head that quickly drops to nothing.

S - Cherries and a spicy clove-like scent jump out first, with overripe apples and a sour, fruit vinegar aroma coming through behind that. Slight funky yeast in the background which almost reminds me of leather. Very interesting and complex aroma.

T - Really not as sour as the aroma led me to believe. The spicy, brown sugar/clove flavors seem to come through first, with a burst of fruitiness with the hints of sourness following. The fruit flavor consists of mostly cherries with some apple, raisin, and pear in there as well. The vinegar and funky yeast aren't too pronounced in the flavor, just coming through a bit in the finish. Very enjoyable, complex beer. Nice balance between the sweet and sour flavors.

M - Medium to light bodied with very minimal carbonation. Smooth.

D - This is only the second Oud Bruin I've tried, but I really enjoyed it quite a bit. Complex and very interesting flavor profile and goes down well. Enjoyed this one more than I expected to, honestly.

Photo of Phatz
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thank you *very* much again to BeerBeing for bringing this beer. It is another one my wife said she liked from the evening. Alex was kind enough to introduce her to beer she liked two weeks ago and her horizons have been expanding tremendously ever since.

750ml corked and caged. Vintage 2002.

Appearance: Pours a dark mahogany brown, completely opaque with a small head and little lace.

Smell: Smooth caramel malts, light sour apples and pie spices. A hint of sour cherries and spiced rum settle into the sweetness. The sour ale element is present but reserved.

Taste: Very approachable. My wife liked it (and up until two weeks ago she said "I don't like beer.") Tart cherry, lots of oak green apples and caramel sweetness a bit of lactic sour comes out more as it warms. Overall a very approachable sour not as intense as some others but a nice balance.

Mouthfeel: Exceptionally smooth. Very full in the mouth with a dry finish.

Drinkability: I could drink this day and night. I think I want to move to Aalstrstraat Oudenaarde, Belgium. =)

Hope this is helpful.

Photo of jneiswender
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A-garnet with small ring of foam

S-raisin, pancake syrup, faint vinager

T-Assertive sour front, sour cherry, some malt sweetness, dates

M-medium, with average carbonation

D-Very tasty! Not too funky and a great pairing with food.

Photo of WillCarrera
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle at Bier Tempel in Bruges.

A- Pours a cola brown with strong ruby highlights. Produces a finger of bubbly, champagne-like tan head.

S- Citric and tart, alcohol, some oak, and light, sweet malts.

T- The most prominent flavor from the start is a lambic-like yeasty tartness, followed shortly by strong oak flavors and some cherry. There's some spicy, herbal phenol underneath, as well as light caramel malts. The flavor really hangs around on your palate for a long time.

M- Medium to light body, well carbonated and prickly on the palate, finishes dry with a fruity aftertaste.

O- A delicious, complex beer, extremely drinkable, a real Flemish masterpiece, must-try.

Photo of TheodorHerzl
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This beer pours a cloudy reddish brown color with a very thin head that left no lacing to speak of.
Smell: The first smell I get is a slight vinegar twang, but as that gets out of the way a myriad of complex smells come to life. I am getting oak, vanilla, sour cherries, plums, subtle earthiness, and some caramel. What a nose!
Taste: The taste is as complex as the nose, but adds a few more flavors in as well. Sour cherries start this beer of, but quickly many other flavors including wood, vanilla, tart apple, and apple vinegar all come to life. I am also getting some brett type flavors like leather and horse blanket, but that is fairly subtle.
Mouthfeel: This beer is quite effervescent, and there is no detectable alcohol on the mouth either.
Drinkability: This is a dangerous 8% ABV beer. This would pair well with food.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010. For a special occasion. iPad review

Pours a clear amber brown in color small soapy white forms. Nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is malty. The nose also lends a hint of sourness. In the taste, light sour, dusty drying malt/yeast interaction. Touch of iron adding to the acidity. Almost tart, a bit sour. The 8% abv is not noticeable at all. It is an appetizing brew and could stand up to fine cheese and desserts. Ever so slightly salty from the sodium bicarbonate water treatment. Multiple strain yeast adds a good deal of complexity. A really nice sour brown, and something I could regularly keep in stock if it was more widely available.

Photo of Keffa
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 2010 750ml cork and cage bottle. Best by dating of 06/2020.

A: Pours dark brown, 1 finger tan/off white head, leaves sheets of lacing behind at each sip, and they stick. Settles to a couple mm thick cap. Shows amber/mahogany highlights when held to light.

S: Slight sourness, a little bit of an earthy funk, light lemon, and a chocolate note. Some light sweetness comes through in the background. Vinegar like aroma is present, but far subdued compared to the Cuvee Brut.

T: Nice. Some sourness and tartness off the bat, with some malt sweetness and a light fruit note behind it. Plum is the first thing to come to mind. A hint of a roast/chocolate appear briefly in th background. A slight oak like wood comes in behind the fruit and smooths out to the very lightly sour and dry finish.

M: Slightly creamy, very well carbonated (low, but appropriate) and very light body for a higher ABV.

D: Holy crap. Insane drinkability here. Alcohol? What alcohol? 8% ABV is so well hidden. Smooth, good mix of flavors, and nice dry finish lead to larger sips than probably should be. Very dangerous to me. Could easily polish this 750 off in very little time.

This one overall is quite nice. I think that the flavors here are quite good and the sour/tart are very laid back. A great intro to the style, and sours in general. Cheap, too. 9.99 for a 750 is pretty easy to reach for any budget.

Photo of goRideYourBike
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Max's Taphouse

tap into a heavy chalice

a= murky, cloudy, apple cider brown. no lacing at all. thin ring of foam follows every sip on the outter edges.

s= tart, granny smith apple, cider.

t= tart, granny smith apple, vanilla, bourbon?, slight cocoa powder finish. caramel and applesauce.

m= silky smooth, tangy pucker, pleasant dark berry tart numbness on tongue.

d= accept this invitation to the mouth party. keeps changing with every sip and sniff. i found myself taking lots of quick little sips. Its so good, once it hits the lips. want to try from bottle to compare.

Photo of yen157
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy brown with a little white head, how cute! Some chunks of very flocculated yeast got past my pour and into the glass. Great sweet ‘n sour malt aroma and flavor, with some dark, ripe fruit thrown into the mix. More complex and dynamic than the other two bruins I tried at this sitting, Duchesse de Burgogne and La Binchoise. This was my first time trying Liefmans bruin, though I have had their kriek and frambozen before. Now I can see why this makes such a good base for their fruit beers.

Goudenband from Brouwerij Liefmans
93 out of 100 based on 1,176 ratings.