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Oud Bruin - Brouwerij Liefmans

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BA SCORE
86
very good

80 Ratings
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Ratings: 80
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.81%
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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Photo of tom10101
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

tom10101, Apr 02, 2014
Photo of merlin48
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

33 cl bottle pours a slightly murky chestnut mahogany body with very little head and no lace to speak of.
Aroma is tart and acidic with berry and cherry. Granny Smith apples are most prominent, and some caramel malt hovers underneath.
Mouthfeel has good carbonation, a medium body, and effervescent sweet and sour notes bouncing all over the tongue.
Taste has an understated caramel malt backbone, that carries a profound array of fruitiness. Granny Smith apples, red raspberries, and Bing cherries romp the palate, largely unrestrained. Mild yeast presence adds a slight mustiness, and some oak tones add a delightful complexity.
Exceptional drinkability. I wish I had a keg of this one. Much better than I was expecting, and quite similar to its kindred, Flanders Red ales, but a bit more complex with a noticeable malt underbelly.

merlin48, Feb 06, 2005
Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

GCBrewingCo, Feb 24, 2004
Photo of Floydster
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
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

Floydster, Jul 31, 2009
Photo of buckyp
4/5  rDev +5%

buckyp, May 18, 2012
Photo of rastaman
3.13/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

rastaman, Aug 02, 2004
Photo of thierrynantes
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

thierrynantes, Dec 01, 2008
Photo of philbe311
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
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...)

philbe311, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of marc77
2.7/5  rDev -29.1%
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.

marc77, Aug 25, 2003
Photo of khargro2
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

khargro2, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of generallee
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

generallee, Dec 11, 2008
Photo of falloutsnow
3.85/5  rDev +1%
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.

falloutsnow, Feb 08, 2013
Photo of brdc
4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

brdc, Apr 19, 2009
Photo of garuda
3.58/5  rDev -6%
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.

garuda, Oct 02, 2011
Photo of mattfancett
3/5  rDev -21.3%

mattfancett, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of Brewsed
4/5  rDev +5%

Brewsed, May 18, 2014
Photo of RichH55
4/5  rDev +5%

RichH55, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of rudabegga9
3/5  rDev -21.3%

rudabegga9, Dec 30, 2013
Photo of cp45
4/5  rDev +5%

cp45, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of Blanco
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Blanco, Feb 19, 2013
Photo of VncentLIFE
3.83/5  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.

VncentLIFE, Jun 02, 2012
Photo of taospowder
4/5  rDev +5%

taospowder, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of psoriasaurus
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

psoriasaurus, Feb 02, 2014
Photo of nomad
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

nomad, Dec 12, 2003
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

jrfehon33, Dec 28, 2012
Oud Bruin from Brouwerij Liefmans
86 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.