Oud Bruin Belgian Style Ale - Grand Teton Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
77
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125 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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Ratings: 125
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 18.62%
Wants: 5
Gots: 3 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Grand Teton Brewing Co. visit their website
Idaho, United States

Style | ABV
Flanders Oud Bruin |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Our Oud Bruin is firmly in the East Flanders tradition. We used American 2-row barley and German melanoidin malt (for red color) as well as maize (to lighten the body). The wort was simmered in the kettle for 24 hours and then hopped lightly with English Kent Goldings for balance.

We fermented with a Flemish blend of yeast and bacteria cultures, including lactobacillus, pediococcus, and brettanomyces. It took six months at cellar temperature for the culture to achieve the style’s characteristic quenching sourness. Finally, we bottle-conditioned the beer according to the “methode champenoise,” so it, too, can be laid down, to be brought out when it can be truly enjoyed.

(Beer added by: jwc215 on 06-16-2007)
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4.75/5  rDev +42.6%

Amazing ! Dark in color, a deep copper with reddish hues. Clear, yet thick. No haze, no floaties, just deep rich color. A decent foam head that fades a little quickly, but leaves a trace of lacing. The malt aroma is great, sweet, with very mild hops aroma. Flavor is rich and malty, some darker grain, good hop balance - more would destroy this beer. Almost has a creamy element to it. Mouthfeel is smooth with good texture. No bite, carbonation is perfect. I love this beer ! This brewery never fails to impress. The beer has a good alc content without any of the "winey" off flavors, twang or sourness. I could drink this all night -might regret it later with the 6% and 22oz bottles, but damn it is good !

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4.5/5  rDev +35.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +35.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +35.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +35.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +27.6%

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4.1/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased from Poplar Wine & Spirits in Casper for US$10.50.

Pours from 32oz waxed and sealed swing top bottle (bottled Apr 22 3007) a cloudy deep amber-brown with a smallish head of foam but it sticks around for the entire session and it has some lacing.

The smell is big on the yeast! I'm also getting some sourness and some fruit but the yeast smell is strong and oh.... the sour notes are taking center stage now and I can't wait to take a sip.


The taste is really fruity up front. There's a definite sour flavour that dominates the intial taste but that is offset by some good malty caramel sweetness and it has a lot of earthy tones in the background that become more noticeable as I take further sips. It's an unusual mixture of flavours but I find that it works for *my* taste buds and I find myself taking more and more sips. Pretty drinkable in my book.

Further sips in and the sourness is still there but the malt presence balances out the brew nicely. I think Grand Teton has done a nice job within the style. I'm glad I bought 2 botttles for myself and 1 for a trade to another fan of the Grand Teton's Cellar Reserve series. This one is, imho, another well crafted brew. Thanks Grand Teton!

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.05/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1ltr waxed flip-top from the cellar.. the wax is always a bitch on these, but they're worth it. That being said, the cellaring has allowed the little yeasties and bacteria to go to work in a big way... pop the cap on this while it is VERY cold and then allow it to warm up... Alot of my kitchen and myself was sprayed with a high velocity mist of beer.

3 finger head that left very nice lacing atop a hazy amber brew.

Aroma is funky sweet and sour.. reminds me of a sweeter smelling Orval.. spicy.

Flavor begins with a spicy slightly sweet malty blast and trails into some nice bret mid palate and finish is fairly dry with a lingering bret and mild hop flavor. Green apples and a faint oakiness. Light/medium palate with only a touch of carbonation.

Aging this has done wonders for it.. only similar to the original and 10x the complexity.. much much better with some time in the bottle... I have a couple more in the cellar, and am going to try and find the last couple that may be in town.

Photo of brewandbbq
4.05/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Vintage April 11, 2007

After the wax is removed enough to pry the swingtop up, a high-pressure stream of brown foam squirted across the kitchen. After running to the sink, the top is fully removed and the brew pours a beautiful clear burgundy.
Two inches of tan foam atop, with errant particulates that settle on the bottom.
Lacework aplenty throughout the glass.

Aromatics lead off with juicy figs, cherry-spiked malt, raisins, and sherry vinegar.
Hints of cedar, caramel, wet hay, and turned earth follow through.

Medium bodied, with a lush and creamy mouthfeel.

Ripe malt, dark fruits, and woody tannins start the palate. Shades of light acid, cherry pits, peppery funk, and figgy caramel step forward.

Finishes with a slight peppery warmth, a hint of acid, and lingering dark fruit.

A very low-key Oud Bruin. Lacking in any intensity or acidity found in better examples.
Pretty tasty and highly drinkable regardless.

Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Spumes from the bottle and pours a cloudy rust color with a few squiggles of lace left after the head quickly fades

Smell: Tart apple cider aroma, with brown sugar and sour cherry elements

Taste: Opens rather bready with the sour apple flavors building by mid-palate; after the swallow, the sourness fades somewhat and while it clearly remains discernable, the flavor profile becomes dominated by banana and clove flavors, with a significant sweet, though woody, aspect to the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body but much of the carbonation went down the drain

Drinkability: This is a mighty unusual beer; in a homebrew contest it would score poorly for its variance from style, but I enjoyed the complexity and, bottom line, I liked the taste

Thanks, brewjones, for the opportunity.

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4.03/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy copper color with a small beige head, with decent retention and lacing. the aroma has a low amount of tartness to it, with cherries and green apples. There is some wild yeast, but not very strong. Still smells nice though.

Tastes both sweet and tart, but not as tart or sour as most Flanders Oud Bruins. Normally I would mark the score down for this, but I still like the taste, and it meets the style guidelines listed on the site. Same taste description as the aroma. It falls a little more into the smooth and sweet description, with mild tartness.

Medium bodied with light carbonation, smooth and easy to drink. Has both a sweet and slightly tart aftertaste. This is a different type of Flanders Oud Bruin than I am used to, but I like it.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer review from BA Mag Aug 2007.

Grand Teton Brewing went for authenticity and fermented this beer with both yeast and bacteria cultures for six months at cellar temperature.

Pours a bright tawny-colored brew with heavy tinges of red. The clarity is fine and a thin lace has no problem remaining for the duration. Mildly tart aroma with cellar funk and earthy, medicinal and grassy aromas. Creamy medium body with just enough crispness from the carbonation. The malt character unfolds with layers of complexities as it warms. The tartness is very delicate, mostly dissipating toward the end. Malty, with bready overtones. Woody hop flavors help to balance, while faint suggestions of cherry juice, musty yeast and a ghostlike lemon peel arise. Finishes quite dry and refreshing.

We really dig how the tartness is mellow and not in-your-face like other Oud Bruins we've tried. This beer is proof that some American brewers can brew just as well as their Belgian counterparts. A plate of beer-braised spareribs would do the trick for a pairing.

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4/5  rDev +20.1%

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4/5  rDev +20.1%

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4/5  rDev +20.1%

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4/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'd say this is one of those beers that's better drank with vigor than sipped.

It starts pouring a hazy red amber with lots of head that evens to a thin layer of foam. Looks involved....like something's going on there.

The smell was sour cherries and sweet cranberries, mixed with something bready.

And that leads into the taste: Bold funk, vinous sour, full mouthfeel, more fruit, and enough palate scratching bubbles to keep things clean on the end. If all the components sit there, it can all get a little brash.

But overall it's sweet, fresh and complex, especially when you drink it to enjoy it and not overthink it. With a little more time to mellow (I drank this one about 2 months after it was bottled), it'd likely be great in both worlds.

Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Bitterbill for this brew.

750ml Bottle
Waxed (Yellow) Swing Top

Poured into a chalice a beautiful clean/clear light red/mahongy color, nice carbonation, nice little creamy off-white head, some nice little islands and sticy lacing throughout the drink. The nose is malty, slightly sour/tangy, yeasty, some spices, and some nice caramel tones. The taste is a little sour/tangy, enough for the tongue to know it's there, malty, yeasty, there are some spice's in there, and a nice touch of caramel. The finish is alittle dry. Medium body, well-rounded brew. Very drinkable, a nice and easy brew to drink. Glad to have had a chance to try it, thanks Bill.

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Oud Bruin Belgian Style Ale from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
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