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Oud Bruin Belgian Style Ale - Grand Teton Brewing Co.

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Oud Bruin Belgian Style AleOud Bruin Belgian Style Ale

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BA SCORE
77
okay

121 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 121
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 18.56%
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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3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

t0rin0, Nov 19, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.08/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Jun 11, 2013
Photo of zestar
3/5  rDev -10.2%

zestar, Oct 15, 2014
Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -10.2%

nmann08, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev +20.7%
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.

brentk56, Jul 12, 2008
Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

jaydoc, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: no head really on a clear amber with relatively clear orange and golden hues body.

S: very fruity with both dark fruits and tropical fruits including red apple, fig, sour cherry, mango, tangerine with cinnamon notes.

T: fairly malty with sour and caramel malts, breads, wood, booze, fruits including fig, grape and red apple although not very sweet, more tart and sour. Belgian yeast throughout.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation. coats the palate.

Overall: fairly boozy and sour with a nice belgian yeast presence. I havent had too many of these but this one seems to have many elements making it complex.

kylehay2004, Jun 14, 2013
Photo of SocalKicks
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

SocalKicks, Oct 09, 2013
Photo of emerge077
2.58/5  rDev -22.8%
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).

emerge077, Jun 27, 2013
Photo of zeff80
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

zeff80, May 11, 2013
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.

StonedTrippin, Feb 24, 2014
Photo of nickfl
3.2/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

nickfl, Jun 14, 2013
Photo of mactrail
3.06/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

mactrail, Jul 20, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -17.7%

mdfb79, Jul 19, 2013
Photo of jwc215
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1 quart, 1.8 oz. bottle, bottle-conditioned; waxed flip-top bottle. Picture of a large bear on bottle. Attached tag has a description and a bottling date of April 13, 2007. (Tried just over two months later.)

Poured into tulip glass:

Pours deep ruby/mahogany wih a large off-white head that settles to a lasting cover and leaves a large dose of lacing on the glass.

The smell is of berry-like fruitiness wiht a touch of vinegar. Malty sweetness really stands out, followed by a growing, but restrained, sourness.

The taste is of sweet carmelized graininess. Lactic sourness balances out the sweetness with quite a bit of East Kent Golding hops giving it an earthy, bitter undertone. Sweet malt and corn linger through the finish. Alcohol is well-covered.

Light bodied and smooth. Not quite as pungent or sour as expected, and flavors hang on, but not quite as long as I would like.

An interesting one - I was going to say to sip on, and rate drinkability a bit lower, but it vanishes fairly quickly thanks to a nice carbonation level and general smoothness. Still, I don't know if it's a prime example of the style - a certain corn-adjunct characteristic, while maybe lightening it - makes it rather sweet and throws it "off" just a bit. I don't know, but maybe they could have done something else - whatever. It's decent and well-worth trying. I could see it pairing well enough with certain meats and fish.

Thanks to jcwattsrugger for bringing this back for me.

jwc215, Jun 16, 2007
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3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

GClarkage, Jul 08, 2014
Photo of drewone
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

drewone, Jun 11, 2013
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.65/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy brown with a short head. The aroma has a bit of band-aid to it, and then transitions into some acetic sour and funky barnyard smells. Right on the edge of being too much, and the band-aid is already pushing it over the brink. Thankfully, all of this mellows a bit in the mouth. The taste has some nice, more restrained barnyard elements and there is a touch of sweetness. A bit of rubberband creeps in, but its not overbearing and doesn't detract as much as it distracts. A bit much overall and a little rough in the mouth. I wouldn't say they have this style down pat, but I love the fact that more breweries are producing beers like this and taking up the challenge.

Georgiabeer, Feb 13, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +34.7%

afsdan, May 22, 2014
Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +19.8%
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.

Wasatch, Oct 14, 2007
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4.05/5  rDev +21.3%
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.

JohnGalt1, Jan 20, 2008
Photo of Tone
3.79/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, brown color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of sweet malt, alcohol, sourness, slight pale malt, and dark citrus. It smells more like slightly sour Belgian Tripel than a Flanders Oud Bruin. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is a moderate level of sourness. Tastes of sourness (grapes?), alcohol, sweet malt, slight hops, yeast, and slight pale malt. Overall, while this is a tasty beer it is not my favorite example of the style. I prefer FOB's to be more sour, though the blend in this beer is quite good.

Tone, May 29, 2013
Photo of Bitterbill
4.1/5  rDev +22.8%
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!

Bitterbill, Jul 20, 2007
Photo of bsuedekum
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

bsuedekum, Jul 24, 2013
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.

champ103, Jun 21, 2013
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Oud Bruin Belgian Style Ale from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 121 ratings.