Ommegang Zuur - Brewery Ommegang
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Reviews by jampics2:
4.33/5 rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
750 ml bottle into a cantillon glass, split with my girl. We both loved this beer, but also noted that it's a more toned down take on the flanders style than we normally like. It's more of a Todd or Rod Flanders than a Maud or Ned Flanders, but, gosh-didilly darn it, that's just fine.
Looks wonderful in the glass. Brown with red highlights, small head that actually stays around for a touch longer than expected, and active carbonation.
Smells of lemon, cherries, some leather, and mild acidity. No vinegar = YAY! Also a touch of funk but not barnyard, just a touch subdued, especially when compared to beers like Oude Tart, Red Poppy, and Oerbier.
I know the taste isn't over-the-top, but it's so damn good I have to give this a rating that reflects the brilliance of this beer. It walks a line between being true to the style and not bashing the tastebuds and stommach lining of the uninitiated. Cherries and sour lemon are wondeful but fleeting, there's a touch of oakiness, and sweet belgian pilsen malt anchors this. Very well done and pleasant.
Mouthfeel is great, medium bodied with nice sparkling carbonation. Just a touch lacking in finish, while it's dry, I like just a bit more lingering flavor while this goes to grain then water.
This is not a beer geek's beer. And that's 100% fine with me. This is one of the best introductions to the Flanders style of beers and sour beers in general. With little to no vinegar, puckering, or overly acidic notes, I'm sure this beer will gain a following. The only people dissapointed will be those looking for the return of the excellent Ommegang Rouge, but that's not what this set out to be. A beginner's bridge into one of the most rewarding beer genres begins with this experience.
Serving type: bottle
08-20-2010 17:30:21 | More by jampics2
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4/5 rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass, best before 6/4/2012. Pours slightly hazy dark reddish brown color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with solid retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of tart cherry, green apple, raisin, cranberry, pear, brown sugar, toast, red wine vinegar, hay, straw, musty funk, light leather, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and fruity/funk yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of lightly tart cherry, green apple, cranberry, raisin, pear, brown sugar, hay, straw, light clove, red wine, white vinegar, light leather, light funk, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of fruity/earthy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of lightly tart cherry, cranberry, green apple, raisin, plum, pear, brown sugar, red wine, white vinegar, hay, straw, light leather, light funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of malt and fruity/funky yeast flavors; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and lightly slick/syrupy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Flemish brown ale. All around good balance and complexity of dark malt and fruity/funky yeast flavors; and very smooth to sip on with the light acidity. A very enjoyable offering.
Serving type: bottle
02-12-2014 05:05:08 | More by superspak
3.78/5 rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
750 ml bottle poured into a Burley Oak snifter (bottled on 7/4/12)
A: Muddy and murky dark brown with minimal head that vanishes immediately. Fair amount of visible carbonation.
S: Musty, sour, funky and tart. Apples all the way with some rotten cherries.
T: Good level of sour/tartness. Quite refreshing and very light on the palate with only a slight aftertaste. Tart apples and sour cherries. There isn't much complexity here though but that isn't bad.
M: Nice bit of carbonation. Not very noticeable but there in a light and good way.
O: A solid good-tasting Oud Bruin and the best one I have had so far. Also, the best Ommegang I've had so far but it is only the second one.
Serving type: bottle
07-22-2013 01:03:28 | More by gillagorilla
Ommegang Zuur from Brewery Ommegang
86 out of 100 based on 299 ratings.