Oud Floris - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
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122 Ratings
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Ratings: 122
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.73%
Wants: 86
Gots: 37 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Flanders Oud Bruin |  9.39% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: chugalug06 on 06-24-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Flanders-style Oud Bruin. An homage to the complex sweet and tart beers of the Flanders region. A blend of barrel-aged wild beers of various ages.

67% aged in Cab Sauv Barrels
17% aged in Bourbon Barrels
8% aged in Rum Barrels
8% aged in Chardonnay Barrels
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Reviews by KickInTheChalice:
Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip.

Oud Floris pours a dark cranberry brown color with cherry edges and a small tan cap that fades away to a small island floating on top.

The aroma really clues me in that this is going to be a heavily acetic American Wild. The Flanders component is quite obvious, with tart, acidic cherry notes coming through very clearly. The cabernet barrels are definitely prevalent in the nose as well.

Right from the start this is sour and puckering. The sour cherry notes have a very strong acetic vinegar flavor. There is a bit of boozy bourbon that actually fades into the background behind the more powerful sour flavors. Oak and a bit of vanilla come through with a cabernet flavor that does nothing to stop the building sour character. There is a strong lingering sour presence in the finish.

Maybe due to the huge sour nature of the beer, the body has a lightness to it, with a medium crisp carbonation. More noticeably is the huge vinegar burn that I get with each sip and the noticeable acidity that comes with it.

Even though I could not really place the barrels other than the cabernet, I think this is another solid sour offering from Avery. It is definitely more sour than most of the beers I have had from them.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Billolick
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ouncer bottled on June 14, 2012.

Allowed to warm up quite a bit, this one pours dark brown amber, dark tan head, departing quickly and leaving a fine film and strands of lace and a thin collar.

The nose is of red wine, vinagar, chocolate, raspberries, then earthy and musty to top things off, all sorts of stuff going on.

Quite tart, with more sharp vinagar, musty, ripe biting fruit, complex and overflowing with flavor and character. This is badass sour, that will not to everybodies liking. However the sour lovers amoung us will be pleased.

Likely could use some more time in the bottle...oh well...

It's a must to let this warm up, the first colder sip was kinda shocking, then the later sips, more enjoyable.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Errl for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a reddish-amber color with a white head. The aroma is full of toffee and sour cherries, with some nice red wine notes thrown in for good measure. The flavor is extremely sour with a lot of sour cherries and sour red wine character. I also get some oak and a hint of rum. There is also a light amount of sweetness. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation. A very nice sour.

Photo of Prospero
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Love this style and with barrel-aging was anxious to see how it blended. This beer did not disappoint!

Poured a dark brown from the bottle with a tan head, pretty good lacing and retention for BA. The smell was filled with lots of character, nice tartness of fruit to it with scents of vanilla, caramel and tart cherries and dark fruit to it with the bourbon and oak blending in. The taste was simply amazing. A classic Oud Bruin base pretty mouth puckering but great body and character from all the barrel aging that brought so much more flavor to the table. The bourbon mixed nicely with the malt bill in the brown, the Cabernet & Chardonnay tannin blended well to balance the tartness, and coupled with the aroma just sent this sour brown to the top of my list for this style. Rich, medium bodied beer, even being mouth puckering it was extremely drinkable!

Simply amazing beer. Like others have mentioned this is better than La Folie. Great job Avery, hope you brew one like it again.

Photo of quirkzoo
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown color with a thin white head that dissipates quickly

A very unique nose, some definite acidity but it is balanced by a malty sweetness. A definite rum-like character, pineapple, strawberries.

Slightly tannic but that works with the sweetness, balanced with the tartness, just a touch of acidic burn on the back of your throat lets you know it is working :)

Full mouthfeel, some sours can seem thin due to highly attenuative yeast but this is not the case here.

Overall Avery has made a really unique sour. Definitely not traditional nor for everybody, but if you want one with a fair bit of sweetness and heft, you will not be dissapointed, just wish I had more.

Photo of cfrobrew
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a very dark brown with minimal head

S: Slight sour scent with hints of wine barrels

T: Moderately to very tart at the beginning, you can taste the barrels more and more it seems as it warms. Fairly good amount of alcohol but balanced nicely with tartness and body. The finish was a little bitter, which may have changed had it aged more.

M: Nicely carbonated for a sour, overall it was very nice.

O: Great beer, I liked it a lot. Wish I had another to cellar for a year or two and try again.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of jegross2
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Reviewing Oud Floris from Avery Brewing Company out of Boulder, Colorado.

Score: 93

Bottled June 14, 2012. Served in a Bourbon County Brand Stout snifter and enjoyed on 06/13/13.

Appearance: Pours a murky chestnut brown color with some fade to dull yellow atop when held up to the light with a thin layer of tan bubble head that quickly settles to a bubbly ring around the glass. Poor lacing and retention. 3/5

Smell: Smells sour and acidic, but not funky. Balsamic vinegar, tart lactic acid, wet wood, rum and notes of sour cherry. When it warms, I get hints of "plastic." 4.25/5

Taste: Super tart, and growingly so as this beer warms up. The tartness hits you sharply on the inside of the cheeks. Lots of lactic acid, rum, sour cherry, balsamic and vinegar. A hint of medicinal funk, but it's very mellow and well incorporated. Wet wood and hints of vanilla too. Finishes with tart cherry, lacto and a little sour dark fruit. Tastes a lot like it smells with a little more funk, a dash of dark fruit and the flavors seemingly hitting you in a different order. The sour dark fruit and lacto flavors linger well past the swallow. 4.25/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-minus bodied, low carbonation. Super tart and quite dry. Spot on mouthfeel for what I want on this beer. 4.75/5

Overall: A delicious sour brown with great complexity from the marry of barrel blending. This is one of my favorite Avery sours.

Cost: $12 for a 12 oz bottle.

Photo of jmarsh123
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours murky reddish brown with a minimal head and a few spots of lacing. Looks more like a red wine than a beer.

Lots going on in the aroma. Lots of tannins and oak, but I get a distinct buttery chardonnay smell as well. Some caramel notes and also faint traces of a sweet spirit most likely the rum.

Again very complex, but with different elements than the nose. Rich caramel and chocolate stand out. Tannins are just as strong as the nose, but I get way more of the cab presence in the flavor. Heavy oak and tannins make this one a bit harsh (in a good way for me, but dry red wine haters may want to stay away). Rum and bourbon kick it up just a notch and are really background players adding some complexity rather than standing out on their own.

Medium bodied with carbonation levels on the lower side which helped support a lot of the vinous flavors.

Really came together as it warmed and the deper into the bottle the more I enjoyed it. Very complex flavors with different things hitting through the process of warming. May be my favorite Avery sour I've tried yet.

Photo of biga7346
4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a JP Sobrehumano snifter

A - Tawny brown, turbid, caramel, rubyish

N - Lemon rind, grape vine, sugar and spice, brown bread, very tart cherries, champagne, macerated oranges, grapefruit, brown sugar, fried apples.

T/M - Competing flavors of super tart cherries and peat, some brandy-ish qualities, port, rolls over the palate, velvety mouthfeel and an alcohol burn in the finish; stone fruits, grilled peaches, it's a hefty sour. Teeth chattering puckering.

D - Complex, wonderful, drink a shitload if you got it.

Photo of claspada
4.14/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a semi viscous, hazy reddish-amber color with a small quickly dissipating white head that leaves some spotty lacing; very wine-like here

Aromas begins with an abundance of fruit, highlighted by cherries, pomegranate and raspberry. As it warms it gets more complex with emerging oak tannins, vanilla and vinegar. There is a distinct sweet booziness that could either be the wine, rum or bourbon barrel, but it's hard to tell for sure.

The flavors are just as big and bold as the aromas. There is some intial brown sugary malt sweetness but then you get a ton of sour vinous qualities including sweet red fruity berries, red and white wine grapes complemented by a gentle funkiness. The drying vinious oak tannic flavors appear more in the finish as well as the rum and/or bourbon barrel vanilla imparted flavors.

The mouthfeel was medium to heavy bodied with medium to low carbonation. Finish is quite sour and drying with an emerging barrel booziness which is not unpleasant and no more biting than a red wine.

Overall I enjoyed this one a great deal, maybe my favorite so far of the series that I have been fortunate enough to sample. I think this one is still a bit green and could use some time for the complex and intense flavors to mesh and become a more drinkable beer because right now it's a bit of a sipper and rough around the edges.

Photo of bergdj
4.97/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled June 14, 2012.

This is the most delicious beer I've had in a long time. The Cab Barrels really shine through on the nose. Vinegary, sour w/ a strong cherry character. Tastes just like it smells, delicate at first then the sourness hits you and finishes smooth with the sour cherry coming through at the end. A delicious sour beer. I just wish it wasn't so darn expensive...well worth the treat though. I had it with a bit of chocolate...they went very well together.

Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nearly mahogany color to it with an off-white head that is poorly retained. Intense sweetness on the nose of red grapes, plums, prunes, vanilla, and chocolate. A weird combination, I must say. Only a hint of tartness in the background. Flavor shows off the wood flavors as well as the vanilla. A touch of chocolate on the finish with the intense fruit (grape and red wine) flavors in the foreground. Lightly acidic with a touch of lactic tartness, but not enough to cut through the sweetness.

Photo of FosterJM
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1448th Review on BA
Bottle to Snifter
4oz pour

@Bruery Provisions for Experimental Sour Flight

App- I use this term a lot but this fits here. The color of a cordial mixed with some red wine. A little brown, a little gold, a little read. No real head, small trail of bubbles.

Smell- It smelled better than it looked. It was a lot to take in. Nice setting outside let it warm a little more to release some of the oak and tannins. This was all over the place for me though. Oaky, tannin, sweet, boozy, malty, chocolate and caramel.

Taste- Really had a lot working for it. The blend of the four different barrels was a really nice addition. The wine barrels balancing off the rum was very flavorul. Added a good depth of flavor but wasnt too sour either from the final blend. Smooth, silky, rich and chewy. Had a bit of a chocoalte flavor to it as well.

Mouth- A bit light and sweet IMO. More of a light medium where it needed some fullness to balance. A little bit of a thin carbonation as well. Residual sweetness with a good cordial feel.

Drink- Its a nice beer. The style get jumbled a little bit but all together nice. I wouldnt mind a whole bottle to sip on.

Photo of mactrail
3.4/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The color is nice in the Leffe globe-- a coppery brown with golden highlights. A slight spritz at first pour but little head. Near flat after a few minutes in the glass. Interesting winey and vinegary aroma.

This brew is on the acidic side of this style. Some body to it from the residual malt, but sweetness is pretty well submerged in the acidity. A hint of apples and dry, bitter cider. To say it tastes like cherries would be stretching the imagination, but there is a little sour fruit. Woody. The four different barrels is a little over the top, and the confusion of flavors fighting through the sourness are not very enlightening. The alcohol seems to intensify the sharp flavors. Quite a bitter finish, though not from hops, apparently.

This 12 oz bottle says it was bottled June 14 2012. An interesting effort, and I will keep tasting these things to learn more about the spectrum. Bought at Grapevine Liquors in Denver.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to GRG1313 for gifting me this one.

Bottled 6/14/12.

Pours a murky reddish-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is sour, and tart with grain, wood, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sweet and sour grain and fruit vinaigrette flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and prickly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is quite tasty and easy to drink.

Photo of chugalug06
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very average looking soapy head. Rises slow and falls faster. Cream looking. Brew is dark brown/purple/red.

Heavy barrel, the bourbon and rum stand out. Lots of vanilla. Heavy grape and sourness funk!

Lots of sour grape flavors. I'm not getting much thinkness, bourbon, or rum. Nice thin refreshing body with great tartness. Creamy after taste is gentile on the palate and removes pucker factor. As the brew warms, a lot of brown sugary roastyness steps forward. A bit dry from the Chardonnay, but it only detracts a little.

What Oud Floris lacks in appearance it makes up for in scent and flavor. Highly recommended, Avery did it again.

Photo of StoneTSR
2.52/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

APPEARANCE: Pours a deep, dark brown with some lighter brown getting through near the top when held to the light. A small head rises and then quickly falls leaving a ring of off-white foam around the edges. Not much lacing here.

SMELL: Very funky. There is a lot going on here, but all of it in a subtle way. Vanilla, oak, hints of grapes, tart cherry and maybe even a touch of nuttiness. The aroma is pleasant and light, but warns of an intensely sour beer.

TASTE: Yikes. This thing is even more intense than the nose indicated it would be. The only thing coming through is tart cherry. It completely dominates. As the beer warms a few other flavors come out of hiding. Vinegar and a decent dose of wood shine through. The caramel and spice I expected never really comes through and sadly, neither does the bourbon or rum.

MOUTHFEEL: Slight carbonation with a TON of pucker. This is not an easy beer to drink.

OVERALL: I love big, bold beers, but this is simply too extreme. It goes over the top with the tartness and is nearly undrinkable, something I never, ever say about an Avery beer. But hey, when you're experimenting with beer, you win some and you lose some and 95% of the time Avery wins.

Photo of Gobzilla
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured dark brown in color with dark reddish highlights and a thin bubbly head that left very little lacing sticking to the glass. Plenty of vinous barrel character upfront in the nose with signs of vinegar, subtle cherry fruit, some brown sugar, slight oakiness and some underlying citrus notes. The vinegar was more prominent on the palate with a little booze kick coming through I'm assuming is from the rum barrels but had nice vinous barrel accents which added nice tart qualities alongside cherry fruit character, subtle oakiness and a touch of citrus twang. The brew was light to medium in body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a sweet, fruity, slight oaky, vinegary, vinous and tart finish. Definitely delicous and worth to try.

Photo of denver10
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Been waiting to check this beer out forever. Stoked to finally try this...let the session begin.

Pours dark brown with a thick cappucino style beige head. Nice lacing. Smells like a tart brown ale; cherries, grapes, brown sugar, vanilla, malt, tannins from the wine barrels, and the alcohol from the liquor barrels. Lots going on with the flavor, very impressive. A puckering shot of sour grapes and cherries, evena little apple once that shot starts to calm down, the tannins from the cabernet sauvignon is noticeable, some woodiness some brown sugar, some bread. Alcohol is noticeable but blends in quite well. A medium body, not much activity. Overall, a fantastic brew. I would gladly choose this over the also awesome sour brown La Folie if given the choice between the two. Another winner for Avery's barrel aged series..

Photo of spdyfire83
3.7/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

304th Review
10 oz. bottle poured into Westy 12 chalice
Bottled: April 6, 2012
Production: 252 case (of which, I think about 225 or so were sold/distributed)

Thanks ricoch3t for bringing this over on his visit to the Emerald Isle – Thanksgiving 2012. Cheers!

A: Medium burgundy. ¼ (khaki) fingernail head on gentle pour.

S: Brown sugar, cinnamon, tannins, and dark fruit. Hint of vinegar here too with touch of sour cherry. Soft vinous overtones as well. Good barrel character here too.

T: Taste follows smell quite closely, but characteristics are quite muffled together and the only thing that comes forward is the sour. Tannins, barrel, and loads over sour overtones. Honestly, I wish the fruit sweetness would come out a bit more to balance this beer out.

M: Medium body with mild carbonation.

O: This beer was simply okay in my book. Not too much that makes it stand out, but there seems to be a bit of long-term potential if the flavours and characters can mesh together over time. We will see…

Photo of Holland
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: dark brown with ruby highlights and a light brown head that refreshes itself and stays.

S: slight sweetness, musty smell, dark fruit, cherry

T: very tart, a little sweetness but a little is present, lot of fruity flavors resembling cherry and grapes. Leaves a lot of sour aftertaste.

M: beautifully carbonated, but it's just slightly too heavy for my liking. Still leaves a wonderful crisp feeling with the sourness.

O: excellent beer - should have grabbed more. It's my first Avery sour, and I hope to get more somehow in the near future.

Photo of busternuggz
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Center poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled June 14 2012.

Dark slightly reddish brown, almost totally opaque. Unusually dark. Builds a 1/2" khaki head that quickly dissipates to a thin layer. Acceptable for the style.

Smells very rich with deep balsamic vinegar, currants, pomegranate, vinousness (vinosity?) and oak. There's a little bit of dark molasses, presumably from the rum and/or bourbon barrels. Sweet dark fruit, like dates. Lots going on here.

Big sweet and sour taste leads with tart cherry and red wine vinegar, some oak. Finishes with cranberry and tamarind, slightly tannic. Some leather comes out as it warms. Very bright and fruity, well balanced between sweet and sour. Covers the alcohol well.

Nice texture. Comes on full bodied and lush, ends drier. A little sticky as it ends though.

Big and unique. I like the contrast between the taste and aroma, the balance, the complexity. Very good.

Photo of SuzieCreamCheese
4.93/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Aged for approximately a year.

Appearance-It is a reddish/brown in color with very little head. It has a nice reddish tint throughout, perhaps some to do with the raspberries.

Smell-It has a very subtle scent of the raspberries and wine.

Taste-It is immediately complex. The sourness is the first to hit the palate, followed by the wine notes. This is then rounded out by the raspberries. It is just absolutely fantastic!

Mouthfeel-It is very smooth and the sourness puckers the mouth immediately.

Overall-Amazing! The best sour I have ever had!

Photo of dhbiker0889
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a dark brown color with a slight tint of dark red or purple. Had a thin head that was tan that quickly settled down.

S: Can really smell the red wine and some sour fruit. Can detect a slight hint of booze scent too.

T: Lots of wine at the beginning very delicious. Can taste a little bit of wood and has a very tart finish. The warmer it got the more apparent the fruit taste was.

M: Quite a bit of carbonation, great feel overall.

O:A very delicious beer. Had a great blend of barrels that combine for a very unique flavor.

Photo of MasterSki
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Kevin (DividedAvery). Served in a Hill Farmstead tulip.

A - Very dark brown-red body, topped by a thick collar, wisps on top, and some splotchy lace.

S - Definitely maltier than Odio Equum; this is more in the Flanders vein of things. A bit of chocolate and fruit sweetness, with lactic sourness, cherry vinegar, and plenty of wet oak. Now that I see that there was a rum barrel component I'm not terribly surprised.

T - Less oak-heavy, with light chocolate and brown malts, and more overt lactic sourness. There's some fruity raspberry and cherry notes that are verging towards vinegar but aren't overly acetic. Alcohol is pretty well-hidden here.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, well-hidden alcohol, and a moderate-to-high acidity level.

D - Good stuff, although not quite as enjoyable as Odio Equum. Still, I'd happily drink another bottle of this or order a glass if it showed up somewhere on-tap. After some early missteps these Avery sours are getting quite consistent.

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Oud Floris from Avery Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.