Oud Bruin - Brouwerij Liefmans

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84 Ratings
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Ratings: 84
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 12
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Flanders Oud Bruin |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 01-27-2003)
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Photo of mocktm
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of zaphodchak
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?

Photo of emerge077
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.

Photo of brentk56
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

Photo of Mora2000
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.

Photo of Yojimbo1941
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

Photo of BEERchitect
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of garuda
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Photo of oline73
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of clearlydiluted
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Photo of thagr81us
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a Trappe Door tulip. Poured a vibrant red brown with a two finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, tart cherry, wood, sour, tart, and very slight funk. The flavor was of sweet malt, tart, tart cherry, wood, raspberries, and subtle funk. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. Definitely not my favorite from the style but still pretty good. I like how this brew incorporated tart cherry and raspberry into the flavor as this made it much more palatable than some harsher Oud Bruins I have had in the past. A definitely well done brew that I would definitely drink again given the opportunity.

Photo of Squelch
3.85/5  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.

Photo of drabmuh
3.23/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

Photo of smcolw
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Impressive large, dense head. Recedes leaving a dome. Deep ruby brown color where a bit of light comes through. Light streaky lace.

Caramelized brown sugar aroma. Some malt and even lighter alcohol to the nose.

Surprisingly sour and not very sweet; nothing like the nose. The finish has some sugar showing up and the sourness becomes more muted. The aftertaste is short-lived. The body is typical; the carbonation is on the lighter side.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of Floydster
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
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

Photo of DefenCorps
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Max's last night

A: Garnet red with thin, white head. Great clarity

S: It's a tropical fruit paradise with dried mango and fresh apricot. Not really sour, though I get a bit of vinegar. Cherries are apparent too. Great stuff. There's also some sugar and brown sugar like sweetness

T: Opens up sweet with cherries and apricot juice with a mild fruity tartness. Not really acidic or sour, this is mostly fruity. It's incredible that an unfruited beer can taste this way. Finishes dry.

M: Light, well carbonated and mouth-watering finish. Awesome

D: I'd drink a lot more if I wasn't driving as much.

Photo of brdc
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

Photo of John_M
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's during 72 hours of Belgium.

The beer pours a an amber brown color with some nice red hilights. The beer has very good head retention and lacing and looks pretty impressive. On the nose, this beer is striking. There is considerable sweet raspberry, but with a striking underlying tartness. There is also some underlying vanilla; I get almost a cherry/raspberry coolaide aroma on this excellent beer. The flavors on the palate generally replicate the nose. At least in my opinion, this beer has the perfect blend of sweet and sour. Instead of the sweettart flavor countering and balancing the sour component, in this beer it's the other way around. There is just enough sour to handle and balance the sweet raspberry. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and drinkability is very good, considering the style. Alcohol is not noticeable at all.

Perhaps the best oud bruin I've ever tasted. Still not my favorite style, but there's no denying, this beer is impressive.

Photo of generallee
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Photo of thierrynantes
3.73/5  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.

Photo of corby112
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.

Photo of ggaughan
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of tjd25
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Oud Bruin from Brouwerij Liefmans
86 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.