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St. Dekkera Reserve: Oud Bruin - DESTIHL Brewery

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Reviews: 7
Hads: 60
Avg: 4.06
pDev: 26.35%
Wants: 6
Gots: 4 | FT: 1
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Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Flanders Oud Bruin |  ABV ?

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: weeare138 on 06-17-2010

Belgian-style Flanders Oud Bruin aged for over 2 years in old oak Heaven Hill bourbon barrel. Spontaneous second fermentation and aging with Lacto, Pedio, and Brett.
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Reviews: 7 | Hads: 60
Photo of larryarms847
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a ruby red brown with active off-white carbonation and slight haze.

Sour apples, alcohol, a little must, and oak.

Flavor is where this one falls off. Dark fruit, old apples, must, wood, boozy, and acidic tartness. Kind of a mess.

Light-medium bodied, medium-high carbonation, musty, funky, tart.

Overall, I was stoked to try this as I'm a big fan of the style, but found it a rather disappointing mess.

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Photo of ryannosaurus
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 batch 500 mL poured to tulip, barrel numbers 25-27 and 35-36. Label says 7.2% rather than the ? listed here.

Pours a deep, clear red-brown. Tidy one finger tan head settles to a light ring, totally appropo for the style.

Smell is an interesting earthy mix of wood, hay, sweet fruit, and yeast

Flavor is fairly dry, notes of prune, berry, sour cherry, musty wood, bourbon, a creeping sweetness mid palate and mild sourness on the back with a slight hint of phenolic "bandaid"

Mouthfeel is slightly astringent medium body

Very interesting, complex take on the style that hits many classic flavor notes. Drier than some, not as sour as others, it carves out a nice middle ground. Surprising amount of wood and bourbon-esque flavor set it apart in the style, the lurking bandaid note is the only complaint, and that is only a mild hint. Great stuff, wish I had grabbed more of it as it is gone now.

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Photo of match1112
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

a: murky brown with some reddish hues. three fingers of tan head slowly fall to a thin creamy cap. moderate lacing is left behind.

s: cherries and alochol.

t: bursting with more cherry flavor than you can wag your tongue at. a little acidic sourness but mostly tart cherries. alochol was also very present on the tongue.

m: carbonation was on the mark. the feel of the body seems to be right for the style. a little sticky. very warming from the alochol.

o: my only knock on this beer is the almost too harsh of a burn from the alochol, other than that I like it.

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Photo of Sean9689
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one twice as of late. 1st time 22oz bottle of the 2010 version for GABF (thanks, Kan!) and the 2nd time on-tap at the source. I'm going to review the 2010 version, since I enjoyed it much more.

A - Pours a ruby red color, mirky, some bubbles here and there, thin collar, off-white head.

S - A mix of sweet malts, lactic sour, slight tart, caramel, and a smokey/roast note that really took me by surprise. Not overly sharp and a nice balance.

T - The smoke, roast, lactic sour, and malts work decently well together. I'm not totally in love with this take on an Oud Bruin, but it's not too bad. Some tart cherries in there as well mixed with some leather. The smokey notes are so odd with the style, but I kinda like it.

M - Medium, light carbonation, tart dry finish.

O - An odd take on the style, but it kinda works for me. The 2011 version I had on-tap was quite different to the bottle and less enjoyable.

22oz bottle: 4/4/4/4/4
On-tap: 4/3.5/3/4/3.5

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Photo of zeff80
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a cloudy, burgundy color with a one-finger, off-white head of foam. It left some sudsy trails of lace.

S - It smelled of cherry and sour green apples.

T - Great sour flavor with black cherry and green apple flavors. There was a touch of caramel and not much else.

M - It was crisp with a puckering sharpness. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a very good sour ale. I really enjoyed this ale.

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Photo of mothman
3.67/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Great Taste 2010

Pours a tan head. Color is a murky brown. Not the most appealing sour.

Aroma/Taste: Sour cherries, funk, tartness. It has a bit of medicinal flavors. Light oak flavors. The funk is very bretty.

Mouthfeel: Tart and funky. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends with a medicinal flavor.

Overall, this was a decent sour, but I am beginning to release a lot of these sour browns/reds have a lot of similar flavors. They taste good, but they are becoming over populated. Decent drinkability.

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Photo of weeare138
4.54/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears a hazy dark russet toned rusty crimson with a small, bubbly white cap that quickly fades into a tiny collar. Little speckles of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of cherries, vanilla, rhubarb, cream, and fruity hard candies.
Taste is of the aromas with a wonderful flavor of cherry pie and a small acidic addition found in the swallow.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, tart, mild CO2, puckering but balanced and addictive.

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St. Dekkera Reserve: Oud Bruin from DESTIHL Brewery
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