Oud Bruin - Brouwerij Liefmans

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Reviews: 45
Hads: 88
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 8.95%
Wants: 12
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Flanders Oud Bruin |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Todd on 01-27-2003

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Photo of mrfrancis
2.39/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a ruddy brown with a clingy, lingering off-white head. The appearance of this ale is akin to most other oud bruins, though I would have liked to see a rockier head.

S: The smell is much less complex than I was expecting with aromas of roasted malt, sweet 'n' sour, and oak being most prevalent. The rather heavy roasted malt smell reminds me more of a typical English brown ale than a Flemish oud bruin.

T: The taste is simple, unpretentious, and unchallenging with notes of roasted nuts, sweet 'n' sour, minerals, toast, caramel, dark bread, oak, and vinegar. The finish is fleeting with a quick hit of sweet 'n' sour and toasty, bready malt flavors. This is much sweeter than many traditional oud bruins.

M: Light bodied and very dry with unusually spritzy carbonation.

O: This beer is not good, but is also not entirely wretched. It lacks depth and substance, and is obviously not brewed with the fan of traditional Flemish oud bruins in mind. Most oud bruins are lactic and sour with just a hint of sweetness. This beer is sweet and oddly toasty with a subtle hint of vinegar sourness. I imagine mixing a bottle of Newcastle Brown Ale with a traditional Flemish oud bruin would produce a very similar effect. If you have to try this beer, use it as an accompaniment to food. Otherwise, stick with Liefmans Goudenband and the sour brown ales brewed by Verhaege. (1,377 characters)

Photo of stcules
2.43/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The colour of this beer is a dark brown-red, with mahogany reflexes. A beautiful head, soft and compact, but not persistent. Smell of fresh must, grapes and even sour black cherry. These is a probable addition of sugar, and this spoils the complexity of the beer. Even at the taste, the sweet is too high. The taste is less "strong" the the flavour (maybe the sugar...). It results not well balanced. Maybe you can fell a very little note of tartness, but very very light... (474 characters)

Photo of marc77
2.73/5  rDev -28.2%
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. (1,037 characters)

Photo of rastaman
3.15/5  rDev -17.1%
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. (260 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.24/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer served in a Dogfish Head signature glass. Beer is brown and clear with a shit ton of sediment, dark brown chucks that come out of hte bottle without any warning. Thin head of tiny bubbles, breaks, no lacing low carbonation.

Aroma is sweet and acetic like balsamic vinegar.

Beer is really thin and kind of flavorless, it is mildly acetic and has his sweetness to it, a little oaky but overall really boring. I won't have it again. (436 characters)

Photo of ManekiNeko
3.42/5  rDev -10%
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. (858 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.44/5  rDev -9.5%
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. (938 characters)

Photo of byrd
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
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. (770 characters)

Photo of nomad
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A muddled brown color with great lacing. Its firm pocky head was thin but steady, and left wet stain. Smelled of winey tart cherries, a smack that fades. Had soft wood and sweet malt scents. Taste was sweetly of cherries combined with a tart sour and a smooth malt underneath. Round and smooth as hell but on a very thin body, but lacking any of the deep complexities of grander examples of the style.

Not great compared to others of its kindred, but in a bar I would get a second round of this. Very soupy thin but drinkable because of it. This is not that bad of a beer. (575 characters)

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured amber brown. The head was practically nonexistent. It retreated to the edges of the surface.

The aroma was very subtle and with a slight sourness and cherry.

The flavor was slightly sweet with little sourness. Very one dimensional in the flavor, no complexity.

The finish was off dry with a slight chocolate in the aftertaste. The body was medium light.

25 cl bottle. (395 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Arrives with an ice tea brown color highlighted by garnet, with a modest head that leaves a few strands behind

Smell: Smells like a cherry Sweet Tart

Taste: The cherry Sweet Tart flavor comes through right away and persists, though there is a touch of oak in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: Rather sweet when compared to other Oud Bruins I have tasted; not sure I would seek out again (445 characters)

Photo of tjd25
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
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. (518 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
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. (258 characters)

Photo of garuda
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep amber, slightly hazed, with an off white head that has decent retention, and a fair display of lacing.

S/T - A little more subdued than I had hoped. Sweet, candied cherries up front, than the earthiness comes in with nice oaky notes. The cherry finish is only mildly tart, not too sour at all. Well balanced, but I like something more bold.

M - Medium body, nice carbonation, little sourness lingering on the palate.

O - I was really in the mood for something sour, but this didn't quite cut it. Nicely balanced, however, just nothing spectacular. It would probably make a nice gateway beer for getting into the sour realm. (635 characters)

Photo of thierrynantes
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (33cl.), tasted in 2007.

Appearance : dark brown color, with huge tan foamy head (not persistent).
Smell : fruity aromas.
Taste : velvety, well balanced between sweet and fruity
Drinkability : a good beer in the style Flanders Oud Bruin. (250 characters)

Photo of Floydster
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
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 (938 characters)

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? (494 characters)

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. (540 characters)

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

I dont really see a head at all. Its got a body reminiscent of cherry juice, and an aroma to boot. The smell is loaded with cherries. Sweetened sour cherries all the way. The taste follows suit. Sour cherries with a good bit of funk to come in late. This beer wants to beer sour, yet still wants to be a super sweet Kriek. (322 characters)

Photo of falloutsnow
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (2,167 characters)

Photo of Squelch
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
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. (267 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (408 characters)

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
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. (753 characters)

Photo of oline73
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (537 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sweetness and sourness battle it out in this candied yet characterful ale.

This sour ale pours a hazy purpleish rusty color with finely knit bubbles that form a delicate creme on the beer and provide a lace of foam around the edges that linger throughout the session. A somewhat winey look and lightly carbonated for Belgian Ales.

The medium tartness of black cherry, blueberry, and blackberry all work into the fruity aromatic matrix. A red wine-like vinous scent also round out the nose. Malty sweet scents pick up a grapey ester note along with soft cotton candy sweet scents.

Flavors are sweeter than the nose suggests with a confectioner's sugar light sugary taste. Elements of light toast, ripe black berries, black cherries, red grapes, and blueberries begin to bridge the aromas to taste. Sweetness is accompanied with rich balsamic tartness with light cider, lime, and lightly briney balance against the sweetness. Delicious, but maybe too modest in tartness and too sweet to appease the staunch sour ale fans.

Overall light in body, but the lower level of carbonation leaves the beer feeling richer to the surfaces of the mouth. Extra sweetness also in feel add to the impression of moderate weight. But the mid palate on delivers a sharp astringent feel on the sides of the tongue and deliver an acidic feel and fleeting tanic dryness in finish.

The beer gives me the impression of Sour Patch Kids candies where there's really two different sets of characteristics in the glass: there's a solid Sour Ale and then there's a malty sweet ale that seems a bit like Rochefort 10. But with only moderate intensity, neither are able to command the beer. (1,663 characters)

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Oud Bruin from Brouwerij Liefmans
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