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Oud Bruin - Brouwerij Liefmans

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BA SCORE
86
very good

78 Ratings
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Ratings: 78
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.49%
Wants: 12
Gots: 2 | 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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stcules

Italy

2.38/5  rDev -37.9%

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...

01-27-2003 11:34:16 | More by stcules
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

2.4/5  rDev -37.3%

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.

11-30-2011 13:56:53 | More by mrfrancis
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marc77

California

2.7/5  rDev -29.5%

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.

08-25-2003 00:24:57 | More by marc77
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Blanco

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -21.7%

02-19-2013 04:03:42 | More by Blanco
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Krumb

Texas

3/5  rDev -21.7%

11-17-2011 14:48:24 | More by Krumb
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rudabegga9

Georgia

3/5  rDev -21.7%

12-30-2013 15:27:58 | More by rudabegga9
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rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

3.13/5  rDev -18.3%

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.

08-02-2004 11:12:31 | More by rastaman
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.23/5  rDev -15.7%

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.

02-15-2011 13:22:52 | More by drabmuh
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ManekiNeko

Virginia

3.43/5  rDev -10.4%

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.

11-01-2003 20:08:39 | More by ManekiNeko
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emerge077

Illinois

3.45/5  rDev -9.9%

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.

10-24-2011 02:40:33 | More by emerge077
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byrd

Virginia

3.45/5  rDev -9.9%

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.

12-11-2003 22:07:34 | More by byrd
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nomad

Kansas

3.48/5  rDev -9.1%

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.

12-12-2003 02:29:50 | More by nomad
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BobbyDigitali

California

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

07-11-2014 01:02:33 | More by BobbyDigitali
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khargro2

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

11-17-2013 02:36:17 | More by khargro2
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pmlato

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

05-16-2012 01:12:20 | More by pmlato
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GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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.

02-24-2004 01:25:22 | More by GCBrewingCo
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tom10101

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

04-02-2014 22:19:17 | More by tom10101
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -7.3%

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

10-18-2011 04:00:07 | More by brentk56
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tjd25

France

3.58/5  rDev -6.5%

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.

09-01-2005 16:41:11 | More by tjd25
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -6.5%

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.

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

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -6.5%

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.

10-02-2011 22:29:52 | More by garuda
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thierrynantes

France

3.73/5  rDev -2.6%

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.

12-01-2008 20:09:10 | More by thierrynantes
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seavercm

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

11-16-2013 14:10:46 | More by seavercm
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ROGUE16

Delaware

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

06-07-2013 16:39:47 | More by ROGUE16
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kojevergas

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

03-31-2013 19:51:46 | More by kojevergas
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Oud Bruin from Brouwerij Liefmans
86 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.