Oud Bruin Belgian Style Ale - Grand Teton Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
78
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42 Reviews
THE BROS
90
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Reviews: 42
Hads: 132
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 10.48%
Wants: 5
Gots: 4 | 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:
Beer added by: jwc215 on 06-16-2007

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.
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Reviews: 42 | Hads: 132
Photo of Crosling
1.64/5  rDev -50.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

12 ounce bottle, not for retail sale sample. Very light in color, with a filmy head. Sweet fruits and pumpkin spice aroma, seems way off for the style. Flavor is absolutely nothing like an oud bruin. Where do I begin? Sweet beyond belief, not sour at all, no barrel character….was this even aged in wood?. The bacteria cultures just didn’t seem to work any magic. Really, really just awful and a drain pour for me. I sampled this next to Russian River Supplication and this beer absolutely tasted and smelled like nothing, when compared to the Supplication. I sampled what I believe was a non bottle conditioned sample, so if my score ends up being against that grain, I’ll pony up and by a Liter. (700 characters)

Photo of vince4953529
2.23/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Should have check the review before buying this. I generally trust Grand Teton would release a good beer so I just buy them without question. But this is just isn't good.
Taste is sweet malted yeast. No acidity or sourness whatsoever. Way too sweet for an oud bruin. Taste like a brown ale brewed with Belgian yeast, which is not a good combination. I had a few gulps at this and poured the rest down the sink. Sorry, Grand Teton, love your beers but this one is a total misfire. (479 characters)

Photo of sb3000
2.25/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

2013 edition. Nice bottle presentation with a card tag that summarizes their brewing process, ingredients and the style. Date on card is April 2nd 2013.

Pours a medium amber. Very little head. No lacing. Typical of the style.

When I close my eyes and smell, I would swear this is an Octoberfest. Very bready, some banana and clove in the nose. Some medicinal notes.

Mouthfeel is very slick. Low carbonation. Thick and coating. Full bodied.

Taste is clean but buttery. Very sweet, no tartness to speak of. Caramel, malt and clove on the finish. Again, more Octoberfest. No hop bitterness or sour notes. A good amount of diacetyl is present.

Final thoughts...an average representation of the style. None of the slightly sour notes I'd hoped for or anticipated. I disliked the beer and was somewhat underwhelmed and confused. Almost seemed like Grand Teton should have allowed the Lacto and Brett to age out a few more months. That would have provided for a more sour and less sweet beer. Would not buy again or recommend. Sorry guys. (1,036 characters)

Photo of Beaver13
2.37/5  rDev -29%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

1L bottle with waxed swing top, dated 4/11/2007. Pours a ruby red-brown with a very little head that quickly disappears.

The aroma is tart/sour fruits and oak with some smoky charcoal and leather.

The flavor is very washed out and watery. There is some cola and sweet and tart fruits, with a slight washed out bitterness at the end. The mouthfeel is pretty thick and slightly syrupy which is weird considering how watery it tastes. There is almost no carbonation.

Overall, it's a very washed out and watery flemish. Even if the flavors were bolder, I think they would not compare well to other sour beers. definitely not worth the $12. It's not offensive, there's just not much there. (693 characters)

Photo of emerge077
2.6/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A sour brown ale that is neither sour nor brown... oh boy.

Pours an auburn-orange color, fairly hazy with a stray bubble or two rising upwards. A finger of tan foam rapidly fades to a thin laceless skim on the surface. Soon after there's no foam at all.

Smell is vague, nothing really stands out, there are some vaguely Belgian spice esters that would be more appropriate in a Dubbel or similar BSDA trappist style. Nutmeg or pumpkin pie spice seems to be out of place. Not offensive,though it just "ain't right".

Taste is similarly ill-defined, and more in line with a Dubbel or BSDA. Not sour, not even tart. Unfortunately 6 months of cellar conditioning has done very little. A vague tangy bitterness and some nutmeg, toasted malt. A little sweet at first then dry and oddly bitter in the aftertaste. Definitely hasn't seen a barrel or even oak chips. This beer was a waste of money and a sad, distant facsimile of an otherwise unique style. Out of my 40 Oud Bruin reviews, this appears to be the third worst (after Bourgone des Flanders and Rivertown Pestilence). (1,072 characters)

Photo of cbutova
2.66/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

2013 bottled purchased in Jackson, Wyoming in late July. Shared with several friends this past weekend.

A- Swampy brown pour to four glasses with a small white head that lasts for only a few moments. A tiny ring remains just about disappearing over time. Lacing is not a thing with this one.

S- The age can be felt already after one year and it does not really hint anything Oud Bruin to me. Musty dank caramel, old spices, apples and slight yeast bread.

T- Just about mimics the nose with a lot of red, very lightly tart apples opening up more. Apple skins, stale caramel, slightest bit of Belgian yeast spice and bread, biscuit and raisin.

MF- Medium bodied with slick and lightly foamy consistency. Carbonation is low-medium and overall it is lacking texture a bit.

I dunno. It's not an Oud bruin. Tastes like a stale amber. I still absolutely love the label. (867 characters)

Photo of Chico1985
2.71/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

2013 bottle shared by CAMRON. Amusing bear label.

Poured a murky red with orange hues and lots of flecks. White head quickly falls to a thin ring.

Smell... spice, apple, medicinal, chlorine?

Taste is an improvement but not very good. Tastes like an old/muted amber of sorts and really doesn't resemble an oud bruin in any way. Apple, old caramel bread, some lemon and green grape, light spicy and yeasty tones.

Decent carbonation and kinda limp, the most decent aspect of the beer is the mouthfeel. Very light tart fruity flavors.

Er, bacteria, where?, not awful but old-feeling, kinda reminds me of a 5-year old Belgian tripel. Plenty of better (and actual) oud bruins out there. (686 characters)

Photo of spoony
2.75/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

From a 750 ml bottle (dated April 2, 2013) into a tulip.

A-An aggressive pour produces a flat-looking cranberry-colored brew. The one-finger head of tan foam drops immediately and leaves no lacing. The beer is clear and lighter in color than many of this style.

S-The smell has some cranberries, but very little sourness or tartness. In fact, it is a bit watery smelling, with only some prune-scented malts to provide any body.

T-The taste is just...off. There are some oxidized, dirty (as in dirt, literally) flavors, some prune, a touch of cranberry, and a saccharine bitterness instead of sweetness or vinous tartness.

M-The feel is close to normal for the style with soft carbonation and a moderate heft.

O-I was very disappointed in this beer. It lacked many of the sour, acidic, vinous characteristics that make an oud bruin an oud bruin. Instead, there is a mildly sweet prune flavor; some bitter, metallic tastes; and an earthiness that literally tastes like mud. I'm not sure if this batch was off or if I got a bad bottle, but I will not be looking for this brew again. (1,084 characters)

Photo of MrBoz21
2.76/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours with light white head that quickly dissipates. 50% opaque – caramel amber. Holds light, not cloudy.
Light aroma – fairly non-descript. Slight peat moss and plum.
Flat, leathery, tobacco, plum/raison. Not sour or tart that I can tell.
Overall: Meh, wouldn’t seek it out. Really sort of tastes like it is too young. Needs time to develop character. (370 characters)

Photo of BeerTruth
2.91/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Got this monster from younger35.

1 quart 1.8 fl. oz. waxed flip-top bottle poured into a snifter. Let's just say this was a bitch to open, let's hope it was worth it.

Pours a dark murky ruby hue with a big two finger khaki colored head that dies down to a thin bubble filled layer. Stickiness is pretty damn good, lacing all over the place. Smell is, well, different. Almost like a wild ale with sour fruits and an apple cider like aroma. Some wood like smells tingle the nose as well. Taste is weak, but some fruit like flavors are mostly present; apples, cherries, grapes. Aftertaste is a woody vanilla flavor. Not a whole lot more in terms of flavor, a bit one dimensional. Mouthfeel is a light to medium body with a good amount of carbonation. Drinkability is a bit tough for me because of the watery sugar flavors. This beer is just about all over the place, could use some balance. Maybe I just don't understand the style, but I didn't enjoy this beer. Gald I had the opportunity though. (995 characters)

Photo of Etan
3.02/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

750ml into a tulip.

A: Pours a mild reddish brown with a large off-white head.

S: Strawberries, toasted grain, lightly bacterial.

T: Red grapes, caramel, light hop bitterness, bready.

M: Medium-bodied with active carbonation.

O: Malty without any acidity really. Grand Teton seems to have some major problems whenever they use souring yeast/bacteria, as the beers I've tried that are advertised as sour never are. (418 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.03/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

the worst grand teton beer out there, at least the 2013 batch, that ive had, and its not close. this is not an oud bruin, a far cry from it really. no sourness whatsoever, no lactic tartness or even funk. i dont know what went wrong here, and if it didnt taste okay, i would score it far lower. as a belgian brown, its okay, as an oud bruin its an utter embarrassment. hazy light brown amber liquid with some density and a patchy airy half inch of tan head. it smells fruity like apples, esters from a funny belgian yeast dominate, stale brown ale malts, a touch of chocolate, and caramel grains all bounce around. nowhere is wild fermentation, nowhere is funky yeast, and nowhere is any sign of the beer this claims to be. grand teton is an awesome brewery, they make nothing but unique and well crafted beers, all of them, but this is an abomination. sweet fruit, rotting apples, caramel malt, and stale belgian yeast all collide in a beer i dont care to ever taste again. ive heard a lot of different takes on what the deal is with this, but i can only gather its a mistake that should have never been released. an okay brown ale, not an oud bruin, avoid this one at all cost. (1,179 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.04/5  rDev -9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Oud Bruin pours a reddish color with no head. Their is a nice mellow fruity and sour aroma. The taste is slightly fruity and sweet, a bit sour, and has a nice yeasty undertone. Full flavor, but the carbonation is a too light. Overall its an enjoyable beer, and a rather average one at that. (290 characters)

Photo of chugalug06
3.05/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy red-brown brew with mild fast moving soapy tan-yellow head. No lacing.

Apple, brown sugar, grape/raisin, slightly musty. Slight lemongrass.

No tartness, at all. Lots of heavy sugary malt. Light carbonation, nearly harsh sweetness, zero bitterness.

Kinda of disappointing, hard to review... Far from fitting the style, not sure if it just needs more time or what, but it doesn't fit the category, much more of a Belgian... A good brew, but just not close to what I was expecting. (488 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.07/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Handsome dark hazy amber in the New Belgium snifter. Enough foam and a tangy carbonation. Some lacing and swirls of foam as you slop the glass around. A little beery and woody aroma, but not much. Light and watery.

I don't taste much Brett or any hint of sourness. Bottled on date is not quite legible, but 2013 sometime. A hint of fruit that makes me think of the cheap passion fruit juice in the supermarket cooler. A touch of butter. Just enough bitterness and dark nastiness to keep it from being a good soda pop. This just seems like a lot of trouble for a sweet, soupy brew. From the 22 oz bottle bought for $10.25 at Bottlecraft in San Diego. At least they had the decency to put a cap on it instead of the cork nonsense. (729 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.09/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Thanks to wethorseblanket for sharing this one at drewone's tasting.

Bottled 4/1/13.

Pours a murky dark orange-red with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour and tart with malt, grain, and fruity aromas. Taste is much the same with slight sour fruit and caramel flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that is pretty disappointing for the style. (633 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.24/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

A - Pours with a small head of white foam on top of a hazy, amber body. The head settles quickly and leaves little lace.

S - Caramel, brown sugar, and balsamic vinegar.

T - Sweet, sugary malt up front with notes of brown sugar and molasses. More of the same in the middle with a slightly acidic finish and lingering toasted grain character.

M - moderately thick body, average carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - This isn't a bad beer, but it thoroughly fails to live up to its stylistic description. There is almost no acidity and while there is a little funk in the aroma it tastes like a sort of imperial brown ale. Not something I would drink again and a bit ofa disappointment. (695 characters)

Photo of LambicPentameter
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Enjoyed on tap from Swagger. Served in a Boulevard tulip glass.

Appearance - Pretty much to style. Body is chestnut brown with reddish clay highlights. Half-finger of bubbly head that dissipates pretty quickly leaving a rim of bubbles around the edge of the glass for the remainder.

Smell - Barely a hint of tart along with notes of dried fruit--specifically raisin, maybe cranberry--and some hints of malty sweetness.

Taste - Where is the sour? All I get from this is mostly malt, almost like an American brown ale more than a Flanders Oud Bruin. The main thing differentiating it from an American red, to me, is the lack of any kind of hop presence, which is normal for the Flanders style. However, I prefer my sour browns to have more, no actually SOME tartness.

Mouthfeel - Thin and fleeting. Light-bodied and just enough carbonation to give it a little texture.

Overall, a disappointing beer to say the least. That being said, I like sour beers, so when I have a style that's intended to be sour, or at least a little tart, with almost zero pucker factor, I'm going to be disappointed. I would recommend to people who have a hard time getting into sours, but this really isn't going to be very representative of good versions of the style, unfortunately.

Maybe I will buy a bottle and let it age for awhile to let the various cultures work their souring magic on this beer. (1,385 characters)

Photo of Murrhey
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from large standard pressure-cap bottle into a tulip glass. Reviewed live in high elevation Kalispell, Mont.

A- One-finger khaki colored head with large bubbles. Low retention. Hazy, orange-brown color, very little light breaks through.

S- Slight funkiness, wooden notes. Not as sour as the style usually prepares me for.

T- Wood. Slight funk, but not sour. Not great.

M- Like whiskey, thick and alcoholic.

O- Not a great beer. I don't enjoy this very much. (471 characters)

Photo of Domingo
3.3/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Liquor Max. Comes in a huge bottle with a wax covered flip-top. I like the GT brews I've had thus far, so this is promising!
Pours a pretty standard rediish brown color. There's a little head on the top of it, but not much. Future pours are more aggressive and give a little more head.
Smells of yeast, brown sugar, dates, and black pepper.
Taste starts off nice with the sweet dried fruit flavors, but then it just trails off into nothing. The yeast that's present in the smell isn't really there for the taste. Something's really just missing or is watered down. GT mentions it uses "maize" to lighten the body (which sounds better than corn), so maybe that's the culprit. Anyway, the flavor's missing something.
Mouthfeel is normal per the style. It's a little watery, but not too much so.
I split this bottle with my wife and it was more than enough for both of us. I'd take another one if I was given one, but at $12, I won't go looking for it.
GT's a fine brewer, but this one's a miss for me. It feels like we missed out on something because it's not flavorful enough...yet there's a good flavor buried in there. (1,137 characters)

Photo of tayner
3.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1 liter flip top waxed bottle courtesy of bitterbill as an extra. Stamped on label 4-11-07

This one was way carbonated, even served cold it poured a huge foamy head into my tulip glass. It was a medium brown color with lots of bubbles. Attractive to look at when first poured. After sitting to warm up a bit the head dissipated to just a scant ring.

The smell was just barely tart/vinegary and then you could smell some banana and spice. It was a bit confusing for me to wrap my head around.

The taste was also confusing. When i saw oud bruin on the bottle, and this is classified as a flanders oud bruin, i was expecting sour. What i got was different. Up front there was just a hint of it trying to be sour. Just a slight hint of tartness that faded very quickly. Midpalate I began to get some belgian yeast breadiness with a biscuit like malt presence, a typical belgian pale, and then on the finish i began to get some mashed banana flavors, almost a wheat beer flavor. It was a very odd combination of tastes. It was almost like I had consumed a flanders oud bruin in the glass, then without washing it poured in a belgian pale ale and drank it while eating an overripe banana.

The mouthfeel was good and was not hurt by the massive carbonation which i assume was from aging a bottle-conditioned beer.

The drinkability was unique. I drank it, and I kept coming back for more, not so much because I loved it but because I kept wanting to figure it out. My brain and tongue were confused. It is a cross between two styles I like, so I finished off the bottle, but I am not so sure I would rush to drink more. (1,620 characters)

Photo of Beerswag
3.45/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap extreme pizza poured into stemmed glass.
Looks hazy,medium-dark brown close to a amber yet more tones walnut..smell is subdued malt and some fruity essence such as strawberry, raspberry and lil chocolate in there too..taste is much more complex than the smell. Taste is funky, and definate complex malt profile, medium sour notes, light, refreshing..some carmel and chocolate undertoneszzvery low hop character, yet slight presence. Funky, yet not too spicy..pair great with pizza, brie in puff- pastry, and this beer shall compliment dishes that are bready (pizza, pasta).. This beer needs a heavier or chewy-er food to compliment it's lightness and juicy/funky character..muscles with this beer in the stock..butter, cheese, or bread with this one should do.. (768 characters)

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3.45/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sat on this for a couple of years. I guess now is the time.
Thanks Linda.
Opened with immediate carbonation (boy beer) coming out of the bottle. Holiding a potent tart and sour sweet malt aroma even before pouring. A bit of the barnyard too. Pretty consistent throughout.
Cloudy amber of slight orange brown and red. Thinnish head after pouring holds it status very well throughout.
Just a touch of cinnamon before the more traditional flavors come on. Qiute tart, but something isn't quit right. The flavors underneath the sour don't sit well. The malt seems a little shallow. flat and uninspiring, and compared to others I find the fruit difficult to discern. Some sour apple and as it warms can start to pick up a few more flavors, but still limited.
Fully carbonated with a 1/2 glass filling me up with bubbles. Reasonably thin and the carbonation is soft.
Especially as it warmed some, became a more drinkable beer, but that does not take away from its deficits. (968 characters)

Photo of ZoomanCru
3.47/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Oud Bruin – Flanders Brown Ale (6%) - Grand Teton Brewing Co. (Idaho)
☆☆☆½

App: Deep ruby-brown color. Clear, but for a swirl of yeast. One and a half finger tan head that settles moderately quickly but leaves a ring of bubbly head which eventually goes thin. No lacing noted.

Smell: Chalky and slightly fusel. Some sourness high, subtle notes of cherry and champagne dryness. Light malt sweetness. Bouquet is moderate and slightly acetic. Some dark fruit.

Taste: Assertively sweet on the foretaste, gradually becoming sour on the palate almost like green tomato or gooseberry. Green grape. Some alcohol. Nice caramelized, almost crème brulee. Dark fruit mild but pleasant.

Mouth: Medium to medium low body. Moderate carb with noticeable dryness on the finish.

Home tasting, 22oz into Tulip. 2/20/14. (818 characters)

Photo of champ103
3.49/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Closed For Business.

A: Pours a dark garnet, ruby red color. A two finger beige head forms, and recedes in a second. Light lace is left behind.
S: Tart, vinegary dark fruits up front. Thought the tartness is not in your face. Sweet malt, then nothing. Nothing lingers.
T: Follows the nose with vinegary fruits. Lightly tart, almost no acidity, and sweet malts. Again, nothing lingers hear.
M/D: A medium body and lower carbonation. Fairly thin and watery. Not hard to drink. I finished this with ease.

This is not bad. Just fairly tame. I like in your face vinegary, acidity. Probably the only style that I enjoy over balance. I don't want to say disappointed, but not exactly what I look for in the style. (719 characters)

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Oud Bruin Belgian Style Ale from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.