Ommegang Zuur - Brewery Ommegang

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Reviews: 211
Hads: 314
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 30
Gots: 27 | FT: 0
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Flanders Oud Bruin |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: drabmuh on 06-06-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

A beautifully made, carefully blended, and well-aged sour beer, (it is aged on cherries) made in collaboration with Brouwerij Liefmans of Belgium. Ommegang brewmaster Phil Leinhart went to the Liefmans brewery in Oudenaarde, Belgium, and worked side by side with their master blender to create a distinctive beer unlike any other. Complex, lightly malty, tart, ruby color, with just a touch of hops. (Zuur means "sour "in Dutch).
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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Bottle: Poured a Deep hazy reddish color ale with a nice medium size dark foamy head with OK retention and minimal lacing. Aroma consists of tart and sour notes with light cherry and some easily identifiable oak notes. Taste is also dominated by tart and sour notes with light cherry notes with some oak notes. Taste is well balanced without much acidity and with some light residual sugar notes. Body is quite full with medium carbonation. Very enjoyable but I would take a Rodenbach Grand Cru over this one though. (516 characters)

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (1,504 characters)

Photo of gillagorilla
3.78/5  rDev -1%
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. (684 characters)

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle poured into a small snifter. Thanks Will...Small, beige head, low retention on a clear, dark copper body. Minimal, clear lacing. Aroma includes tart green apple, a deep earthy must, maybe some overripe cherries and some caramel. Taste is puckeringly tart, dominated by old, rotting (in a good way) Granny Smith apples and some caramel malt. Really satisfyingly sour and quite delicious. (400 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best by 07/04/12. Served in tulips.

Pours a decently clear red-brown (I succeeded in decanting a lot of the gunk from the yeast cake, which looks pretty compacted). Head had about an inch to inch-and-a-half in height before resting to a thin cap. Foam was taupe in color.

Mild acetic nose with tart cherries in the forefront. Vinous grape notes, plus blackberry, prune, and tobacco. I'm already stoked to revisit this beer.

First sip brings me right back to the first time I tried this Flemish sour. Tart cherry, cranberry, plum, and more of the leather and tobacco that I picked up in the nose. A big gulp really accents that essential balsamic quality that I love. Notes of mild oak and some tinniness from the malts use bitterness to balance the vinegary notes. Fruity, sour, and gently woody. A great oud bruin.

Good feel in that it's wet and juicy, yet there's still some lovely mouth-drying tartness. Carbonation is pretty low, but the body has great weight.

Definitely one of my favorites of the style. Didn't see this appear on shelves last year, for whatever reason, and I missed it. Glad I found this bottle. (1,125 characters)

Photo of harrymel
3.3/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

First release, 2010

Pours a lovely cola with some cherry hues, some soapy tan bubbles hedging an etched surface. Smells of lactic, acetic souring with a spicy malt background and some sour cherry character. A bit of wood in the nose as well. Flavor is slightly sweet, tart and malty. A bit of a bicarbonate flavor initially, then some balsamic, cherry, bread, some almost nutty flavors. A complex flavor profile, but I don't know if I like it.... Medium bodied with a little higher carb than I'd like with a nice disappearing finish. The feel is refreshing. This beer is better than it was two years ago, but not anything I'd spend the asking price for (~$13 IIRC) (665 characters)

Photo of draheim
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL into a tulip. Pours a murky mahogany brown w/ a 1-finger beige head that settles to a thin film, sustained by moderate carb.

Aroma is subtle tartness and vegetal; an almost tomato-like acidity. Not really getting much on the nose.

Taste is sharply tart and sour. Nose didn't indicate this at all. Sour cherries, lactic acid.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp, spritzy. Drinks cleaner and brighter than a lot of beers, but also leaves me a little disappointed by the light, slightly thin body.

Overall a crisp, refreshing beer that's still somehow not quite as good as I was hoping. (586 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Clear deep ruby/brown one finger head

S-Sour, funk, brown ale esque, caramel and cherries

T-Not quite sour but rather tart, sweet. Not as much caramel as the nose, some grassy notes, also cherries.

M-Light to medium bodied, not much carbonation but smooth.

O-Not overly sour more tart, had with about two years on it. (323 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best by 7/4/12.

Pours a clear dark reddish-brown with a 1 inch foamy khaki head that settles to a thin cap on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of sour cherries and some funky and musty vinegar aromas. Taste is pretty much the same with only a mild sourness with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but it's pretty tame and lacks a real sour punch that I was expecting based on the name. (519 characters)

Photo of bigfnjoe
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a CCB snifter. This bottle has at least a year of age on it.

A- pours brown with a one finger offwhite head that fades quickly. The head sticks around more than I'd expect from a sour though....very nice

S- intense aroma of tart cherries. Excellent

T- wow, this one is very tart. Tons of cherry comes through, but the finish almost burns. Still really good though, maybe it has too much age on it

M- medium bodied. Not nearly as thin as many sours

O- it's really quite good, but I prefer La Folie (527 characters)

Photo of SLeffler27
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown, verging on red, and hazy. A dense, creamy manila head builds above.

Has a fruity aroma mixed with must and oak with a sweetness in the background.

The tartness is modest while fruity with cherries. There is a modest amount of acid in the finish. Zuur is less complex than I was expecting, yet quite refreshing as hoped.

This one has a light body with lively, almost vigorous carbonation.

A refreshing thirst quencher. I easily finished the bomber in one sitting. It also warms well.

**Since this tasting, I have had Zuur on draught and found it to be superior tothe bottled version recorded above. I made no specific notes; rather this comment is an overall impression. (692 characters)

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.17/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Short cork looks like Toadstool from Super Mario Brothers.

A burnt umber pour yields a thin, choppy head. Thin choppy head yields a thin swirl of retention. None of the above yields any retention or beery impressiveness. Fairly clear as I decanted Zuur so I can pitch the dregs in my Flanders red.

Earthy, mild brown ale toast, steely unsweetened root beer or birch beer aroma. Sarsaparilla I guess.

Zuur is a meek Flanders. It's not bad but comparable to most Flanders the sweet isn't as sweet and the sour isn't as sour. Very mid-range.

I remember this being better at beerfest. (585 characters)

Photo of jsanford
3.47/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into a Tulip Glass

A - Pours a muddy brown with a dense ivory head that settles to a thick cap.
S - Tart aromas of cherries, green apples, and lemon juice with some earthy malt and a bit of an off, "copper penny character.
T - More sour cherries, tart green apples, and lemon juice with some sweet malt, bread dough, and maybe a bit of raisin. Quite watery, and not nearly as sour as advertised.
M - Surprisingly creamy, with a medium body and moderate carbonation.
O - An underwhelming take on the style, hindered by the watery body and lack of any real sourness. (585 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: rich amber-brown hue with ruby highlights when held up to the light. Head pours a thick finger of creamy tan foam but retention isn't that good.

Smell: nice malty aroma with plenty of tartness. Malt has a strong caramel character along with a bright fruitiness which works well with the tart. I like it.

Taste: tastes like a sour amber ale. The malt is caramelly but the tartness is big and forgiving; I like this quite well. There's a bit of an aftertaste/after-aroma which reminds me of a fruity kids' breakfast cereal -- which, oddly, works for me.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a big carbonation and decent creaminess. I like it.

Overall: this is a satisfying Oud Bruin for me. Sure, it's a bit on the candy-sweet side, but it's big and tart like it ought to be and there is a nice maltiness in the back. Good stuff! (880 characters)

Photo of warnerry
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours deep brown, though not opaque with two fingers of tan head.

S - Initial smell is a rather earthy sour, with a bit of cherry coming through. Somewhat understated aroma.

T - Taste is quite tart, but difficult to pin down aspects of the tartness. Some cherry comes through, with none of the medicinal taste often present in beers with cherry. A bit of funk. Overall, I like the taste quite bit.

M - Mouthfeel is light and crisp with a lingering tartness.

O - Very tart, even for a sour, but I enjoyed the flavors and found this to be a pretty enjoyable beer. Nice clean finish. (588 characters)

Photo of Durge
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Collected from Decicco's in Brewster, NY this shows a dark coffee brown color with a decent off-white head that settles to a solid ring. Lacing is similarly solid. The aroma is of deep dark fruit and vinegar green leaf, rhubarb malt. Not sure if I like it or not, a bit skunky. The flavor brings on a strange rootbeer prune combination with subtle dark chocolate and a sort of watery malt. It’s a somewhat aqueous feeling brew with near medium body and tiny bubbles to carbonate. Of course, the sour qualities prevail over the woodsy grain and musty oak. Overall, not the best sour I’ve had but plenty good. (611 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

mahogany in color with an impenetrable from light consistency to it. No head at all though, which kind of shocked me to be honest, but still good color for the style.

The aroma was deeply sour, with tons of apple vinegar like aroma to it. Richly funky this one was one crazy ass smelling beer. As it warmed I started to pick up some nice notes of caramel, some nice dark fruit notes and a slight hint of some earthy malts, but all layered underneath and incredible layer of deep funk. The flavor started out the same way, almost lip puckering strong notes of vinegar, followed by some nice tart fruits that just layered and stay upon the tongue. Some nice, dark earthy flavor then upon that. Really rich and complex. The finish was just as tart, drying out the palate and really just letting the rich flavor peak through your tongue and last long with an almost sour cherry like finish (886 characters)

Photo of frankiepop
1.97/5  rDev -48.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

My 1st Flanders Oud Bruin that is obviously meant to be a sour beer. I am finding that I am not into this sour booze stuff so it should not be construed as a slam against ZUUR but maybe sours.

Lemony after taste. This may be the best sour beer in history, and I know many knuckleheads come up with horse bs aroma descriptions that will say raisins, cherries, and whatever. This is fruity and a tinsy bit putrid scent in there. Taste that way too. I love Belgian brews and Ommegang is my all time favorite brewery, but I guess I am just not cut out for Ouds. (559 characters)

Photo of MsRif
2.83/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I wasn't going to review this because sours are NOT my thing at all, but I still got a lot from this brew so why not.

Poured a deep reddish brown color. Minimal off-white head that mostly dissipated, leaving some lacing. Aroma was...sour. Smelled like green apples to me. Also got some other fruits in the aroma as well as a bready note. I didn't really want to try it after smelling it and hearing the bartender say it was one of the most sour beers she's ever had...but I did anyway. Tasted of green apples, sour grapes, slightly sweet malts and a tad bit of yeast. A little wheaty? YIKES...this stuff IS sour. I definitely puckered when drinking it as a sample.

Mouthfeel is medium with a good amount of carbonation. Lip-puckering for sure. It wasn't very complex or well-balanced compared to the few other sours I've tried. Not bad, just average. (853 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

11 ounce goblet - $8.75 at Taco Mac (Prado) in Atlanta, Georgia.

Appearance: Served up a very dark brown body, garnet at the far edges, and with no head, just a very thin, ivory-colored ring.

Smell: A first noted whiff of cola, sour cherry cola, to be a bit more precise, then notes of berry-accented wine, spice, toasted bread, and, as it warms, a hint of caramel.

Taste: Opens with a tartish sip of cherry-flavored cola, with a very faint toasted bread hint, and very, very faint roastiness. As it warms, a small bit of caramel is detected. Continued sour cherry character. Moderately acidic. Some papery traces. Light, spicy phenols scattered around. Thinning, watered down sour cherry cola on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Low carbonation.

Overall: It's fine, I suppose, kinda light though, and reminded me a bit like a lighter, less interesting La Folie. (875 characters)

Photo of RenoZymurgist
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep garnet red with an off white head that subsided quickly.

The arome is lightly sour with a cherry pie scent being most notable.

The taste begins with a nice sharp sour bit that quickly segues into a distincly Ommegang like belgian yeast flavor, dry and peppery like Ommegang. The malt isn't sweet and the sourness cleans up the finish.

Light mouthfeel is has a nice carbonation to it but could use a bit more body.

Overall a very nice sour and it makes a great food beer from the cherry and sour flavors that meld well with the spicy qualities from the belgian yeast. (586 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a deep reddish brown color, The head on top was a light shade of cream with a little bit of a fizzy build up to it. The smell of this beer is sweet and tart on the nose, plenty of cherry aromas in there. There is also a good amount of yeast and malts in there too. The taste of the beer starts off with a pretty subtle punch of sour cherry that fades into a much more sweet aftertaste leaving a nice cherry finish to the whole thing. The mouthfeel has a good amount of carbonation to it and remains on the lighter side despite the color. Overall it's not a bad Flanders brew, I've had better and worse I think, but this ones not bad. (657 characters)

Photo of musicforairports
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy brownish in color. Decent head and little lacing.

Smells earthy and lightly of tart cherry, with some vinegar/lactic quality.

Taste is smooth and a bit subdued. Kind of a tart cherry soda, with a constant watery tartness that never becomes sour. Some hints of oak and an earthy presence alongside the tart cherry and lactic flavors. Not very sweet, thankfully.

Light-medium mouthfeel. Combined with a lack of an overpowering sour quality, it makes this one easy to drink.

This one was fine--it wasn't the sweet, syrupy mess that some of these beers are--but I was hoping for something more complex and something decently sour. (637 characters)

Photo of brotherloco
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml C&C. Served in a tulip.

Pours dark cherry cola red with two fingers of beige foam that settle to a thin head. Broad lacing.

Aroma of red wine vinegar, sweet fruit, obvious cherries, and malt in the background. Some peppery spiciness.

Tastes of earthy cherries, although a little dulled. Acidic nature is pretty strong, but sour tartness is fairly mild. Seems more like a cherry soda than a beer. Not terrible, but not great.

Body is medium-low and carbonation is medium-high. A bit too prickly on the palate, but not bad.

There's a refreshing quality to this beer, that's its strong point. Certainly better ones out there in this style though. (654 characters)

Photo of bluesplit63
1.89/5  rDev -50.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I am yet to negatively rate a beer, but this is my first.

Poured a medium brown color with a scent of hops.

There was a non-existing head, possibly because of lack of care at the liquor store where I purchased it.

The taste was unforgettable. Almost as if I was eating old sour patch kids. My taste buds cringed at every little sip. It was overpoweringly sour in taste.

I understand that this MAY be the style of the beer, but for me it was my first drain pour.

I will never purchase this beer again. (507 characters)

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