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Oud Bruin - Brouwerij Liefmans

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86
very good

78 Ratings
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Ratings: 78
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.49%
Wants: 12
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Liefmans visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Flanders Oud Bruin |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 01-27-2003)
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from in Brugge, Belgium

Pours a very dark chocolate brown with a thin tan head. Aroma is oaky and tart with a nice balance of chocolate maltiness. Nicely balanced, with a solid roasted maltiness complimenting the tart earthy oak sourness. Quite good.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2008 01:48:35 | More by corby112
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

25cl brown bottle purchased from Platinum Liquor in Bellevue Hill.

Pours a clear and light-bodied red-brown, with a filmy head that persists as a ring of fine beige foam. Lacing is excellent. Carbonation is very minimal, almost non-existent: were it not for the presence of the head it almost looks completely uncarbonated. Overall, though, it looks pretty good.

Nose is very pleasant. Dark fruits, oak, barrel, funk, vinous acidity with overtones of metal, gravel and spice. It's very full and forward as well, meaning it exposes you to everything in one huge hit. Lovely stuff.

Taste is also good, although the weight of the body harms it a bit here. There's a solid front-palate of dark soaked fruits, followed by a pronounced vinous tartness through the middle. Towards the back though, there's a phantom border of carbonation that separates this rich, tart front from the back, which is rather dry and empty. It finishes pleasantly clean, with a little linger of orange peel and oak, but there's perhaps something missing. It's still excellent, however.

Overall, really it's very good indeed. There's so much complexity, especially on the nose and on the front of the palate, and the lightness on the back really aids the drinkability. For a 5% beer, it's impressive the amount of flavour that's packed in: it's a lesson to anyone who thinks that *only* is bigger better. I liked it a lot.

Serving type: bottle

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Virginia

4.49/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A: cola colour, no head whatsoever

S: prunes, , rock candy, some sour cherry

T: sour cherries and prunes are there, although with a lot of sweetness mixed in with the tart, just a hint of oak.

M: a bit oily, the classic finish of Flemish brown, not dry but with some tart with a hint of alcohol

O: a classic example of the style, not very complex, but clean and pure

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look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From: Belgian Beer Shop dot com
Date: best before 2/2012
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

Liefmans' Oud Bruin is a very good version of the style, rich with tart cherry-raspberry flavors (and other, minor fruits) and dark malt sweetness that combine for a very pleasant and desirable effect. The tartness is modest, but noticeable, and the dark malts are always there to rescue anyone who doesn't want to wade too far to the tart side. Overall, very enjoyable any time of the year, complex enough and interesting, as others have mentioned, this would be nice to have more readily availble stateside.

Pours a 1cm tall head of beige to light tan foam, composed mostly of small bubbles, but some larger ones also tossed in for variety. Head retention is average, lasting less than a minute, which seems typical for the style. The head collapses to a moderately thick ring around the glass and a medium-sized island floating atop the beer in the center. Lacing is fairly modest, a few small splotches and lines adorn the innards of the glass. Body color is very dark brown, light bringing out amber highlights and orange and yellow highlights. Since the body is opaque, I'm not able to observe any carbonation streams.

Very pleasant, if not slightly weak, aroma of sour raspberries and cherries, slight apple cider vinegar, faintly tart grapes, and modest iron/mineral character.

Front of palate finds a sweet, dark malt base with some pleasant raspberry and cherry esters that only hint at tartness. Mid-palate finds nice, tart cherries and raspberries with a slightly vinous-influenced sweetness and backing of moderate caramel. Back of palate finds more tart cherries, a modestly sweet caramel base, and traces of plums. Closes out with a flash of tartness, then caramel sweetness, leading to an aftertaste of modestly tart raspberries and cherries with a sweet, dark malt backdrop.

Body is medium to medium-light with carbonation levels of fairly low intensity, resulting in a beer that is very smooth across the palate, allowing for the mild acidity to move this across the palate. Closes fairly dry, with little to no residual stickiness lingering on the palate.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2013 02:07:12 | More by falloutsnow
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Oud Bruin from Brouwerij Liefmans
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