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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:
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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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gory4d

New York

4.24/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a murky brown with very little head. Scant lacing down the glass. The smell is sweet biscuit with some vegetal notes. The taste is very nice: clean minerals, an earthy tang, and some robust sweet malt. It's a little under-carbonated, but very smooth. All in all a very fine example of the style. Too bad it's so hard to find.

Serving type: growler

01-22-2013 17:38:35 | More by gory4d
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jrfehon33

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

12-28-2012 19:33:29 | More by jrfehon33
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fortheunheard

New York

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

09-12-2012 01:49:24 | More by fortheunheard
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Liefmans Oud Bruin, old brown sour ale, Oudenaard, Belgium. 5% ABV.

Appearance: Opaque, crimson to plum in color, lovely, creamy tan head. Looks alluring.

Aroma: Ah, beautiful! Sour fruit, oak, funk, sweet malt. Love it.

Taste: Once in the mouth, the tart fruit bounces on the palate, then slides back down the throat, finishes nicely, departing without a fuss. Sweet, juicy malt makes friends with a touch of funky fruit. Cherries are the ripest association, and raspberry comes to mind, with plum hanging around.

Moderate mouthfeel, medium body, and an utterly pleasant flavor. Not terribly complex in the end, not overly sour (which is why this style is less favored among the beer geek crowd than the Flanders Red is), but ever-so nice. Simply beautiful.

The Goudenband is a more sophisticated, complex expression, but this is a satisfactory, less expensive version.

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2012 08:55:35 | More by feloniousmonk
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dgeebs07

New York

4/5  rDev +4.4%

08-05-2012 21:33:58 | More by dgeebs07
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
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...)

Serving type: growler

07-21-2012 00:52:56 | More by philbe311
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VncentLIFE

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2012 04:25:24 | More by VncentLIFE
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buckyp

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.4%

05-18-2012 11:55:03 | More by buckyp
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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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slvrmon82

Delaware

4/5  rDev +4.4%

04-13-2012 17:04:27 | More by slvrmon82
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stckhndlr

Virginia

3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Taphouse in Hampton, VA

A- No head on this one, I blame that one on the bartender. Plus side was there was more for me to drink. I did have a little bit of lacing along the way as I drank it. Beer looked like a coca cola with tea colored highlights.

S- Tart cherries and sour apples.

T- Tart throughout but it picks up the granny smith towards the end.

M- Feels pretty good, easy to drink.

O- Looking for more distinct flavors but overall it was a good beer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2012 16:59:59 | More by stckhndlr
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MplsMel


4/5  rDev +4.4%

03-08-2012 22:49:27 | More by MplsMel
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XicanoBeerRun

Texas

4/5  rDev +4.4%

02-02-2012 14:59:10 | More by XicanoBeerRun
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev +4.4%

01-18-2012 00:00:09 | More by kjkinsey
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RichH55

Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.4%

12-02-2011 03:28:53 | More by RichH55
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

2.4/5  rDev -37.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-30-2011 13:56:53 | More by mrfrancis
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metter98

New York

3.83/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-26-2011 16:18:35 | More by metter98
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PthPndr

Florida

5/5  rDev +30.5%

11-18-2011 00:04:09 | More by PthPndr
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Krumb

Texas

3/5  rDev -21.7%

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

Virginia

4/5  rDev +4.4%

11-16-2011 20:20:06 | More by mocktm
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zaphodchak

Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
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?

Serving type: on-tap

11-03-2011 01:45:04 | More by zaphodchak
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emerge077

Illinois

3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-24-2011 02:40:33 | More by emerge077
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
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

Serving type: on-tap

10-18-2011 04:00:07 | More by brentk56
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-13-2011 03:02:08 | More by Mora2000
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Yojimbo1941

Wisconsin

4.05/5  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

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2011 23:39:33 | More by Yojimbo1941
Oud Bruin from Brouwerij Liefmans
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