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Oud Bruin - Brouwerij Liefmans

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45 Reviews
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Reviews: 45
Hads: 88
Avg: 3.82
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 12
Gots: 3 | 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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Reviews: 45 | Hads: 88
Photo of garuda
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of marc77
2.73/5  rDev -28.5%
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 Mellow lactic tartness incipient in flavor is promptly superceded by obtrusive dark candi sugar sweetness, which overrides the understated tart, woody undertone.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.

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Photo of generallee
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.82/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of brdc
4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very small bottle, poured into a tulip.

It is quite red in color, nice light pink head, good retention, not a lot of lacing.
Aroma is tart and sour, fruity and sugary. Vinegar has a few notes in there.
Light bodied, extremely drinkable, sweet and sour would be the easiest way to describe this one.
It is on the sweeter end of the spectrum, but constantly balanced by a sourness that if it is not puckering, it is enough to keep the sugary fruitiness under check. Leathery funkiness, high acidity, cherry notes round this up.
A very nice summer beer that I wish was more readily available.

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Photo of VncentLIFE
3.82/5  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.

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Photo of nomad
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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Photo of zaphodchak
4.32/5  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?

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Photo of gory4d
4.21/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of ggaughan
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of tjd25
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of ManekiNeko
3.42/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

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Photo of RockyTopHeel
3.82/5  rDev 0%
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?

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Photo of benfons
4.05/5  rDev +6%
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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Photo of Squelch
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of stckhndlr
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of dwren89
4.49/5  rDev +17.5%
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.

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Photo of byrd
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

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Photo of Yojimbo1941
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
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

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Photo of clearlydiluted
4.14/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a 10oz goblet @ Fulton Grand

Pours a red/brown that tilts towards brown. Thin head with a ring of lacing, touch of haze.

Smell is of balsamic vinegar and dark fruits. Touch more of vinegar in the back.

Taste of tart fruit, lacto, acetic acid, before moving into a pleasant maltiness. There is a bit of sweetness in the beginning but dries out well. It's like their kriek/cuvee brut sans cherries more or less. The lack of cherries makes it come of less sweet also.

Body is light-medium and highly carbonated.

Really drinkable especially at 5%. Balanced between the sweet and sour.

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Oud Bruin from Brouwerij Liefmans
86 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.