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Oud Bruin - Brouwerij Liefmans

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86
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86 Ratings
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Ratings: 86
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.46%
Wants: 12
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Flanders Oud Bruin |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 01-27-2003

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Ratings: 86 | Reviews: 44
Reviews by Floydster:
Photo of Floydster
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

25 cl bottle with same label shown in the picture, got this in a trade over a year ago, poured into my Three Philosophers glass tonight, color is medium to dark red, 3/4 inch soapy off white head, some retention, not much lacing, aroma has cherries, red grapes, vanilla, sweet oak, cherries, sweet malts, brown sugar, and toffee, flavor starts off with a nice sweeet and sourness with crisp carbonation, slightly sour in the middle as well with lots of cherries, big fruity finish with a bit of tart but a more rounded sugary sweet taste, vanilla and sweet malts come out more as it warms, sweet, sour, and fruity mouthfeel, medium bodied, moderate level of carbonation, taste lingers decently, could drink a lot of this stuff, went down very easy and was very refreshing, warmed up well and was smooth, one of the only beers I have tasted from Liefmans but quite good and wish I had more to try cellaring, would drink again, worth trying

More User Reviews:
Photo of generallee
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a tap into a pint glass.

Appearance: The body has a brownish or an old tarnished copper color that is nearly opaque. Near the sides of the glass there is a lot of visible carbonation streaming up to the top of the glass. This constant flow of tiny little bubbles helps to maintain a thick and foamy head, which is off white in color. Head retention is excellent and lacing is very good as well.

Smell: The aroma has a tart and slightly sour fruity malty character with just a hint of citrus.

Taste/Mouth feel: Its flavor is pleasantly tart with a good solid malty base that is in good balance to its fruity tartness. A mildly tart oak flavor also adds another layer of complexity. The texture is refreshing with a lively carbonation and solid medium body that is quite drinkable.

Notes: Overall this was very enjoyable.

Photo of merlin48
4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

33 cl bottle pours a slightly murky chestnut mahogany body with very little head and no lace to speak of.
Aroma is tart and acidic with berry and cherry. Granny Smith apples are most prominent, and some caramel malt hovers underneath.
Mouthfeel has good carbonation, a medium body, and effervescent sweet and sour notes bouncing all over the tongue.
Taste has an understated caramel malt backbone, that carries a profound array of fruitiness. Granny Smith apples, red raspberries, and Bing cherries romp the palate, largely unrestrained. Mild yeast presence adds a slight mustiness, and some oak tones add a delightful complexity.
Exceptional drinkability. I wish I had a keg of this one. Much better than I was expecting, and quite similar to its kindred, Flanders Red ales, but a bit more complex with a noticeable malt underbelly.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Flying Saucer in Fort Worth.

The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma has some tart cherries as well as some sweetness from the toffee malt.

The flavor is a nice mix of tart cherries and other dark fruit, with some brown sugar and toffee mixed in. There is also a little bit of oak in the flavor. The alcohol is well hidden and the beer is fairly acidic.

Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation.

Photo of dwren89
4.49/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: deep reddish brown, little head retention but what is left is tan and fizzy, excellent clarity

Aroma: malt heavy with notes of dark fruits like prune and raisin,slight nutty character,

Taste: wine like flavors of prune, raisin, date, fruity flavors balanced by dark malt complexity of caramel and toffee, no hop character, a darker and more malt driven version of the Flanders Red, slight wine like acidity on finish

mouthfeel: medium carbonation, a soft drink like mouthfeel, medium body,

Overall Impression: A darker and more malt driven brother of the Flanders Red. Skirts line between wine and beer with obvious dark fruit character but adds toffee and malt sweetness.

Photo of rastaman
3.15/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The aroma was promising, sour cherry, dusty and old. However there was an unexpected amount of sweetness in the aroma. Sweet chocolate, dark fruit to start, with only a hint of sour cherries or vinous characters. Not what i'd hoped for, but still tasty anyway.

Photo of ggaughan
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased in an Antwerp bottle shop in December 2007. Sampled on 8 April 2008.

The beer poured a brownish copper color a 1/2 inch head that runs quickly. The nose was sour, slight citrus. Taste was damn fine. A refreshing sour Flemish red taste that I haven't had in awhile. Sweet in the mouth but balanced. The beer is on the light side and refreshing.

Photo of RockyTopHeel
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Part of the Spoils of Charlottesville Run, 4.30.04.

Dark and reddish-chocolate tint, like I'd imagine a cherry-flavored tootsie roll. Sour, yeasty aroma of faint cherries. The flavor has a faint, soft sourness and a red-fruit (cherries, raspberries) sweetness.

The flavor is great, but too diluted. It hints at what you're looking for, but doesn't quite deliver. It's what you want, but not enough of it. I think you get the picture.

Good and drinkable, but weak. Where's my Rodenbach?

Photo of zaphodchak
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quarter finger light tan head, garnet body.

Fantastic nose. Tart, sweet cherry in a perfect balance.

Sublimely balanced, truly an Arnold Palmer of beers. Tartness that dries up into a clean finish, some lemon, trace of malt vinegar. The sourness is nice, yet subdued.

Mouthfeel is low in carbonation, nice.

The quintessential oud bruin?

Photo of thagr81us
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a Trappe Door tulip. Poured a vibrant red brown with a two finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, tart cherry, wood, sour, tart, and very slight funk. The flavor was of sweet malt, tart, tart cherry, wood, raspberries, and subtle funk. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. Definitely not my favorite from the style but still pretty good. I like how this brew incorporated tart cherry and raspberry into the flavor as this made it much more palatable than some harsher Oud Bruins I have had in the past. A definitely well done brew that I would definitely drink again given the opportunity.

Photo of emerge077
3.44/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a 10 oz. Belgian independence day tulip at Beer Geeks in Merrilville, IN. Review from written notes.

Attractive appearance, color was a high clarity reddish copper in the dim light, topped with creamy tan foam that left lots of lasting lace behind. Head retention was great, the foam never dissipated.

Musty minerally aroma, almost like a wet funky dishrag :S Later as it warmed, there appeared caramelized sugars, berries, and fruity yeast esters when swirled. Partially redeemed the early off notes.

Fruity tart flavor upfront, a caramel middle, then a dry finish. Light bodied, creamy and mildly tart. Feels a little dead, like flat soda in the finish. Tangy, not overly sweetened thankfully. Decent, not great. More of a "training wheels" Oud Bruin, not a lot of depth here, and pretty restrained sourness. It does attempt to be somewhat traditional, but still feels a bit over processed and watered down for the masses.

Photo of philbe311
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - A finger's worth of lush creamy light khaki colored head with a bunch of big chunky bubbles sitting a top... Respectable retention gives way to a mostly full lacing with a heavy splotch of foam in the center of the glass... The color is a deep dark cherry... Mostly still with only a stray carbonation bubble here and there... A very noble looking brew...

S - Dark cherries... A slight tartness... Sour apples skins... A hint of oak... A touch of vinegar... Concord grapes... A very appealing aroma...

T - Cherries... Some light woody notes... Concord grapes... Perhaps a hint of plums... A bit sugary on the finish... Perhaps a bit cloying the more you drink it, but very nice overall...

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied... Sleek... A bit syrupy... Slightly sticky... Very light carbonation... Very smooth throughout...

D - This beer finds the sweet spot between the overly sweet Belgian offerings (read: Lindemans) that many are familiar with and the more traditional sour Flanders Reds... Not the most complex Flanders, but a very approachable one that could appeal to the masses... A very nice beer all around that I would gladly drink again... (FYI - My wife was a huge fan as well...)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a dirty brown color ale with a huge off-white foamy head with pretty good retention. Aroma of sugar and tart cherries is quiet interesting. Taste is very refreshing with a well balance sourness covered by some sugar and some oak. Definitely not as great as Rodenbach Grand Cru but very interesting nonetheless and I would love to have access to this as a session ale for those hot summer days.

Photo of Squelch
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Opaque. Tan head. no lacing

Smell: Raisins, wine.

Taste: Not sweet but mostly sour. Lemony. Refreshing. does not taste like it looks or smells

Mouthfeel: puckering. sour, dry.

Overall: Never had this style before. Very nice and refreshing beverage.

Photo of metter98
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear brownish amber in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a thin ring of bubbles on the surface around the edge of the glass; these eventually completely faded away.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of nutty caramel, cherries and prunes in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is somewhat tart with flavors of cherries and notes of caramel.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate with a low amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is easy to drink because it’s not overly tart or sour.

Photo of byrd
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours with an average sized light brown head that reduces to a rather nice lace. The color is very brown with a few reddish highlights. There’s a very slight hazy. There is a slight malt aroma with no real hops noticeable. Aromas of cherry, wine, and oak are also present. I’ve read someplace that this is used as a base for Liefmans Kriekbier, and if this is true, it definitely seems like it would lend itself to this task. The start is light and sweet with cherry notes. Oaky, wine notes pick up a bit and finishes tart and dry. The tartness of the finish lasts for quit a while. The carbonation is rather soft, and the body is somewhat watery at times. No alcohol is noticeable. A fairly drinkable brew, but not one that I would prefer to drink on a regular basis.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My 25cl brown bottle has a different label to the picture, but the beer inside should be the same!

Reviewed mid July 2010, on one of my random beer nights. Poured into a 'Forbidden Fruit' chalice.

The body was a deep, ruby red/brown colour. A tan/off white collar sat around the glass, what head did appear left within 10 seconds of the pour.

The smell was a mix of old sour notes and a red berry sweetness.

The taste followed on from the aroma, Cherry and Raspberry flavours to me, with more sourness than the smell. Certainly tart, but not a cheek sucking in special like some Belgian beers I could mention.

I thought it on the fizzy side, which I believe is not normal in this style, but it added a new dimension to the tasting, which I enjoyed.

Photo of oline73
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at Max's. Served in a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a murky brown with a half finger of off white head that fades to a ring around the glass.

Smell: Mildl vinegar with some dark fruit notes and sweet malt.

Taste: Mild sourness but very smooth. A bit vinegary. Mildly sweet fruit notes, raspberries. Sweet and tart finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with mildly tingly carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Overall: Smooth with a good amount of sourness. I enjoyed the fruit notes, reminded me of raspberries a little bit.

Photo of marc77
2.73/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Brilliantly clear garnet hue, topped by a meager, spotty,.soapy head. Laceless. Sugary caramel and ripe pruneish esters dominate the aroma, with cidery tartness and hints of sour, damp oak adding a secondary contrast. Akin to a sour ESB in aroma. Very odd. Mellow lactic tartness incipient in flavor is promptly superceded by obtrusive dark candi sugar sweetness, which overrides the understated tart, woody undertone. Lanky malt backbone manages a vapid bread like note. Horsey, enteric notes do manage to poke through the dominant sugar presence, lending a sweetened, soured old ale impression. Thin in body, yet with a sticky, sucrose rich mouthfeel that weighs on the palate. Finishes with a slight augmentation of lactic tartness that's too little too late. An odd, unbalanced brew, in which the addition of sugar masked most microflora derived complexity. As the palate adjusts, Oud Bruin falls short in delivery overall, but isn't wretched. My initial impression was that it was. Stick with Liefman's Goudenband and their lambics.

Photo of Yojimbo1941
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - dark brown with light cream head

S - acidic, strong, sweet vinegar, candied fruit, sherry, light rum

T - sour apple very slightly occurs then moves to bitter molasses with bitter candied fruit, sour patch kids on the end (!)

M - light, slightly fizzy

D - I've yet to find a sour beer that was sessionable but this is fairly close. Given that I would probably drink this sparingly in order to better appreciate it

Photo of smcolw
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Impressive large, dense head. Recedes leaving a dome. Deep ruby brown color where a bit of light comes through. Light streaky lace.

Caramelized brown sugar aroma. Some malt and even lighter alcohol to the nose.

Surprisingly sour and not very sweet; nothing like the nose. The finish has some sugar showing up and the sourness becomes more muted. The aftertaste is short-lived. The body is typical; the carbonation is on the lighter side.

Photo of tjd25
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thick mattress of foam lasting on a dark brown color body. The smell is lightly tart for a oud bruin, showing more round malty notes and fruity notes, red fruits on one side and citrus in the carbonation in the other. In the taste too, the tart aspect isn’t overwhelming. The maltiness is made more round by the fruity tart notes that appear after a second with light wooden notes. Mouthfeel isn’t unpleasing, but a bit watery for the style. A oud bruin that seems to try to attract to the masses, and that succeeds.

Photo of John_M
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's during 72 hours of Belgium.

The beer pours a an amber brown color with some nice red hilights. The beer has very good head retention and lacing and looks pretty impressive. On the nose, this beer is striking. There is considerable sweet raspberry, but with a striking underlying tartness. There is also some underlying vanilla; I get almost a cherry/raspberry coolaide aroma on this excellent beer. The flavors on the palate generally replicate the nose. At least in my opinion, this beer has the perfect blend of sweet and sour. Instead of the sweettart flavor countering and balancing the sour component, in this beer it's the other way around. There is just enough sour to handle and balance the sweet raspberry. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and drinkability is very good, considering the style. Alcohol is not noticeable at all.

Perhaps the best oud bruin I've ever tasted. Still not my favorite style, but there's no denying, this beer is impressive.

Photo of ManekiNeko
3.42/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

25 cL bottle served chilled in a Corsendonk glass.

Appearance: Murky reddish brown with a frothy offwhite head. Bubbles cling to the sides of the glass, but don't really leave much in the way of lacing, just a few blobs here and there. A ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass is retained pretty much throughout.

Smell: Tart, cidery aroma with hints of cherry and oak wood. Nothing overly strong complex here, but it gives you a good indication of what's to come.

Taste: Sour cherry and oaky flavors with a dash of caramel malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Light in body, mostly due to acidity and carbonation.

Drinkability: I got this as an intro to the style. I'd say it did it's job well in that regards, but I'll think I'll move on to bigger and better. I didn't get tired of it and could have stood to have had another had I purchased one.

Photo of DefenCorps
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Max's last night

A: Garnet red with thin, white head. Great clarity

S: It's a tropical fruit paradise with dried mango and fresh apricot. Not really sour, though I get a bit of vinegar. Cherries are apparent too. Great stuff. There's also some sugar and brown sugar like sweetness

T: Opens up sweet with cherries and apricot juice with a mild fruity tartness. Not really acidic or sour, this is mostly fruity. It's incredible that an unfruited beer can taste this way. Finishes dry.

M: Light, well carbonated and mouth-watering finish. Awesome

D: I'd drink a lot more if I wasn't driving as much.

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Oud Bruin from Brouwerij Liefmans
86 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.