Oud Bruin - Brouwers Verzet

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Ratings: 105
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.06%
Wants: 3
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Flanders Oud Bruin |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: ManforallSaisons on 06-23-2013

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Reviews by RblWthACoz:
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.72/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

More Flemish style beers! More! More!!

Lots of thick goop on the bottle cap and on the top of the bottle.

This one looks good and has a nice nose to it. Sour vinegar, woody, cherry, somewhat earthy funk going on as well on the flavor. The typical stuff really, which is good. Gets a little thin on the backside a bit too early, in my opinion. But what is there is nice. I could certainly go for more of this, though definitely not at the price point.

More User Reviews:
Photo of ManforallSaisons
3.41/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

"Editie 2012" 37.5 cl bottle bought this spring, served into a tulip glass: promising start, cloudy old bronze, a gush of Champagne foam that settled to a scrim, replenished by steady carbonation. Fair bit of beige flakey sediment. Smells of apricot--no, apricot pastry, a bit of banana, brown sugar on toast, a bit of wood chips. Very tart attack in the mouth, some fruit but not a huge volume of taste fighting through. A bit of caramel. Feels at first leggy and then astringent, with an impression of feeling moisture evaporating off the inside of my mouth. Glad to see a new entrant in this style, would like a bit more from this example, but will be happy to stick with it as the blends will unavoidably vary over time.

Photo of fourstringer
3.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 375 mL bottle into a Duvel tulip. Moderately aggressive hand - trying to stir up some kind of head. LotNR: A01022013. Exp: 01/02/23. 2013 Edition.

A: Murky, reddish iced-tea brown with really no head to speak of. Just some discrete, clear bubbles around the margins. No lacing.

S: Citric, lactic acid with notes of cherry, lemon, grape juice. Earth. Lighter vinegar. Wood. A certain vinous quality.

T: A burst of vaguely fruity sourness opens with a transient surge of a very drying bitterness. Hints at dark chocolate. A touch of sweetness creeps in alongside the persistently strong sour. Finishes quite dry (although the mouth is quite wet with salivation!) Lingering citric acid sourness in the aftertaste with a residual bitterness and astringency. No significant alcohol presence.

M: No carbonation. Moderate to light body. Bad seal/finish on this one, I'm afraid.

O: I appreciate the degree of overt sourness and underlying bitterness on this one, but it feels a bit empty in the middle. Was hoping for more depth of flavor. The lack of carbonation probably doesn't help...


Photo of smakawhat
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Vintage 2013.

Deep brown rust, and muddy colored looking bodty. A nice amount of carbonation, tan lines grow along the sides of the glass. Head doesn't really fully form though, a very light tan color, barely stretching to make two fingers tall. A thin puck is though left and manages to stick around.

A decent classic Belgian nose. Some surprising nice balance of caramel and clove like dryness and warmth. Good fruit tartness, almost like a tannic plum with lots dry quality. It's a bit off putting slightly though, and the classic Belgian sweetness of malts doesn't seem to come out.

Hard to judge this one, since it seems so fleeting on the palate. Mild toffee but through a very noticeablt wet body. A good amount of tartness but a bit too light and with not much malt depth to keep it contained. Lots of prickly carbonation which at first seems distracting, but also settles to a flat soda finish.

Overall ok, but seems there is better out there to be had.

Photo of The_Beer_Shark
3.89/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a west lakeview liquors teku.

Look: Pours a opaque reddish brown. Lively head at first pour but dies down quickly to a thin white haze with a ring of foam along the edges.
Smell: Balsamic vinegar, tart cherry, and a slight malty undertone.
Taste: Strong lacto sour start, slight cherry mid palate, and a end of sugar and sour.
Feel: low level creaminess and bright carbonation along the middle of the tongue.
Overall: a wonderfully tart ale, but lacking in dimension beside tartness.

Photo of metter98
3.59/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear reddish amber in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high beige colored head consisting of large bubbles that gradually died down, leaving a large collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of sour cherries are present in the nose.
T: The taste has a light amount of sourness and hints of sour cherries and oak.
M: It feels light-bodied and a little tart on the palate with a low amount of carbonation.
O: The aromas and flavors in this beer seem a little weak compared to other Flanders Oud Bruins but is easy and pleasant to drink.

Note: 2013 vintage

Photo of minterro
3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bought from Little Wine and Liquor in Denver, CO. 2013 version. Love the bottle design.

A&S: When I opened the beer something seemed off, there was pretty much no carbonation. Walnut colored beer with unfiltered elements. Not super aromatic but it pleasant and contain citrus sourness and oak.

T&M: More bland than I remember. Fruity sourness, cherry tartness with a touch of malty tones. Not super sour like I remember more just tart. No carbonation, low medium body. Smooth just dead.

Overall: I tried this beer during a store tasting and it was much better than this bottle. Something could have occurred during the secondary fermentation in the particular bottle, because the beer was uncarbonated and not nearly as sour as before. On the higher side of my beer spending limits going at 11 bucks for 12.7oz.

Photo of eric5bellies
3.27/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Drank from my Mane Liquor tulip 2012 version

A - Pours a cola colour with no head.

S - Very dusty, woody, tart aroma.

T - The barrels that this beer is aged in need some changing. The flavour is over ridden by the aged wood in excess. The tartness is still there, but is dominated by old wood.

M - Light to medium body and carbonation.

O - Not bad but far better examples of an Oud Bruin out there

Photo of Jul_dredd
4.34/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had that beer at Moeder lambic in Belgium. Great complexity, sourness, funky, and very drinkable. love it

Photo of stumac
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Drinking this whilst watching Fear and Loathing. Pours up murky dark rust. Quickly fading dark yellow head. Nose is dark cherries, must, sour, pale malts. Taste is sour nipples. You are getting what you paid for. A plethora of sour fruits. Medium bodied, crispy carbo. Hairy tooth. Very nice

Photo of utfiero
3.26/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Color- unfiltered brown-red cherry juice. Minimal head.

Aroma- souring fruits including cherry, pear, and granny smith apple with hints of cider vinegar and whole gains.

Taste- Starts dry and sour with cider vinegar building in the middle then finishing mild and dry with hints of apple. The mid-body is rough and has too strong cider vinegar notes. Compared to Petrus Oud Bruin, this offering from Brouwers Verzet is rough around the edges. 2012 edition

Photo of dbrauneis
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Note: Editie 2013

A: Pours a lightly hazy reddish brown in color with some light amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass, some light amounts of fine particulates in suspension and a hint of ruby red highlights. The beer has a quarter finger sudsy light beige head made up of larger bubbles that reduces to a large patch of very thin film and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of musty sourness and some light amounts of tart cherries + oak.

T: Upfront there is a moderate sharp flavor of tart cherries with some lighter vinous notes. There is a light presence of oak towards the finish. The beer has a moderate amount of sourness which lingers.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Moderate amounts of acidic prickliness.

O: Enjoyable but definitely not the best example of the style that I have tried. Definitely a sipping beer due to the tartness and it leaves you slightly thirsty after drinking it.

Photo of mikeg67
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12.7 oz bottle. Pours reddish-brown with tall, long-lasting, foamy off-white head and nice lacing. Nose is of caramel malt, vinegar, cherries. Body is medium and very tangy. Taste is very sour, funky, tart, fruity. Finish is long and sour. Good but too acidic for me.

Photo of charlzm
3.19/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle dated "best before 2023", poured into a tulip glass.

Beer is a somewhat cloudy amber-gold. A moderate pour results in a two finger near-white head that provides minimal sheeting and lacing.

Aroma is white whine vinegar and traces of wood and tannins.

Flavor is one-dimensional - very sour cherries. A ghost of a hint of wood appears in the background as the beer warmed.

Medium body with adequate carbonation.

Bracingly sour, this beer really is designed to mature for years before drinking. If you have one of these, let it sit for literally years before you try it. No fun at all to drink in its current state.

Photo of ShamasUVA
4.24/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A very good Flemish style sour beer. Does a nice job with complexity-- does not have a significant acetic character, which is sometimes the downfall of beers from this region. Very dry-- this is not a sweetened beer like Duchesse.

2013 edition drank in early 2015.

Photo of superspak
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 6/29/2013. Pours fairly crystal clear ruby red/copper color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Slight spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of lemon, cherry, green apple, raisin, plum, red wine vinegar, caramel, light toffee, toasted oak, leather, clove, hay, straw, grass, musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/funky yeast, malt, and oak notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon, cherry, green apple, raisin, plum, red wine vinegar, caramel, light toffee, toasted oak, leather, clove, hay, straw, grass, musty funk, and yeast earthiness. A fair amount of fruity/acidic tartness and earthy spice on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, cherry, green apple, raisin, plum, red wine vinegar, caramel, toasted oak, leather, hay, straw, grass, musty funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Good complexity and solid robustness of fruity/funky yeast, malt, and oak flavors; with a good malt/acidity balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Has a fairly dry finish as well. Comes off as a bit bland and watery in the taste, and the the acidity and funk is not as pronounced as I expected. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and fairly acidic mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice Flanders brown ale style. All around good complexity, balance, and solid robustness of fruity/funky yeast, malt, and oak flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink with the modest amount of acidity. A nicely enjoyable offering.

Photo of Alissa2579
2.95/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It was ok but not my favorite. I had two others in similar style. I prefer the lighter colored Flemish ales. Birthday gift from garys in basking ridge

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A little disappointing. Pours more brown than red, with very little head. The aroma is sour, but lacks depth- I want some earthiness, some vinous notes, and a touch of sweetness to the sour- none are there. The taste starts off very much like seltzer- carbonated, watery, and with a touch of minerality, and only after a couple of heartbeats do the sour flavors kick in. Same problem as the aroma- mostly just a thin sourness with no real dimension to it. The finish is fine, with the sour notes being nipped very slightly by a tad of welcome bitterness, perhaps from wood. I had high hopes for the beers from this brewery, but so far nothing to see here, folks.

Photo of allengarvin
3.26/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Popping the cap reveals very little carbonation--bordering on flat. I don't hold the lack of head against a sour beer, but I do hold flatness against them. The nose is sour and vinous. Flavor: extremely acidic and vinegary. A tad fruity. But really, this is a very uninteresting Flemish brown, one-dimensional, all sourness with nothing else to offer. I could imagine mixing this with something else to get an interesting beer, but not at the price it's sold at.

Makes me wish I had bought a Rodenbach instead.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

another classic oud bruin, its really sour, more sour than many others, drinking more like lambic or gueuze, without a ton of malt color or nose leaning me towards a brown. hazy pale color, with just light brown hints, some blonde in there. the nose is really tart, lemon acid, lactic sourness, all the usual bacterial suspects, distinctly belgian, but i don't get the roast brown malt base that makes the style what it is. as a sour, its outstanding, but as an oud bruin, its a little short on the grain side. in body too, it doesn't quite have the heft of others, but its sourness already limits how quick i can drink it. it almost burns my lips, haven't had one this sour in some time. really a ton of acid on it, lemon notes as it burns on the way down. its missing malt flavor and body for it to be right on for the style, but the flavor is just awesome as a sour. great tartness beyond refreshment. fun beer, my first from these guys.

Photo of Kgoldsbe
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours with a reddish tint. Very sour beginning, end has some familiar nutty malt flavor.

Photo of Beerlover
2.88/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

was very excited to try this one, one of my favorite styles...
A: brownish red or reddish brown in color with absolutely no head at all, no lacing to speak of either, no bubbles...this is gonna be flat isn't it....
S: smells wonderfully sour, no maltyness or hops to speak of in the aroma, smells of old sour wine and some woodsiness.
T:the sourness of this beer is second only to one Cuvee De Jacobins is the only beer I've had that is just as sour or more, Blake says it's like drinking a warhead and I concur! unfortunately this is the high note for the beer
M: Epic fail! completely flat, no carbonation at all, has the mouthfeel of water, very sour water, I'm figuring the cap must have been bad, this would be a great beer if it had some carbonation to it.
O.a. idk if I'd risk buying this again for 10 bucks a bottle just to have another bad cap.

Photo of spoony
3.3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

From a 375 ml bottle (cap is stamped February 1, 2023) into a tulip.

A-The seal on the bottle cap was noticeably weak and...I got a pretty flat beer out of it, so no head or lacing to speak of. The beer is cranberry in color and mostly clear, but dark enough to keep a lot of light out.

S-The smell is pretty sour with high levels of lemony acid, cranberries, and tart cherry being most dominant. I get a little bit of oaky funk, but this is pretty simple beer and trends toward the sweet and sour end of the style, rather than the malty/funky end.

T-The taste tracks the smell with high doses of acidity, tart cherries, and cranberries. There is a bit more happening on the palate than on the nose with some prune flavors peaking through beneath the tartness, but there is only the slightest hint of oak or vinous complexity.

M-The beer was pretty much flat, which caused a very watery feeling.

O-This beer was a disappointment. I'm not sure how much of the low score I can chalk up to the bad seal (the beer didn't taste overly oxidized, so I doubt the cap was completely bungled), but I have certainly had better Flanders red style beers than this one. Perhaps with a little carbonation, this beer would improve, but even with proper carbonation, I suspect this would be a relatively simple example of the style.

Photo of Ozzylizard
2.9/5  rDev -22.3%

$9.99/12.7 oz bottle at Vintage Estates in Boardman, OH
Bottled 01022013. BB 01022016 Bottle at 45 degrees into snifter
Aroma slightly vinegary
Head thin, instantly diminishing, no ring, no layer
Lacing none
Body dark reddish brown, clear – some sediment in bottom
Flavor begins very tart and slightly oaky; no hops, no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, watery, flat

Appearance 3, Aroma 2.75, Flavor 3, Palate 2.75, Overall 2.875. Final weighted score: 2.9.

Oud Bruin from Brouwers Verzet
84 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.