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Ommegang Zuur - Brewery Ommegang

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299 Ratings
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Ratings: 299
Reviews: 212
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 14.29%

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Brewery Ommegang visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Flanders Oud Bruin |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: drabmuh on 06-06-2010)
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Photo of Durge


3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Serving type: growler

12-21-2011 01:46:31 | More by Durge
Photo of thagr81us

South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from growler into a Green Man snifter. Poured deep brown with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, sour, vinegar, and dark fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, sour, sweet tarts, dark fruit, and subtle bitter hop. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonaton. Overall this was a pretty tasty brew. It was very light on the flavors but the flavors that were there were quite nice and worked well together. The lighter flavors made this one very easy to drink. I would have no problem drinking a lot of this in one sitting. A definite must try!

Serving type: growler

05-09-2011 12:05:11 | More by thagr81us
Photo of Schmedd1

South Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Quite tart at the beginning, notes of horse hay and barnyard funk, bubbly on the tounge. Thin, lingering head. Tastes a bit like a cherry picked about a week too early. Huge plum flavor comes through at the end.

The mouth feel is a bit like a tart champagne. A bit too carbonated IMO.

Friends said it tasted like a horeses arse, but I think it's a bit closer to the hay that it shat on.

Serving type: growler

01-23-2011 03:40:18 | More by Schmedd1
Photo of Mosstrooper


4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 64oz growler into 250mL Jenlain flute glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark reddish-brown color with a small off-white head that dissipates quickly and leaves behind no lave, but some foam floating on the glass.

Smell: Sour white grapes and some malty sweetness behind it.

Taste: Begins with sweet grape flavors, finishing with acidic, champagne-like bitterness and sourness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with lively, but not too sharp, carbonation and a somewhat dry, somewhat sticky finish.

Drinkability: Highly drinkable and very tasty- not the best sour beer out there, but it will satisfy a sour beer craving.

Serving type: growler

10-18-2010 23:54:28 | More by Mosstrooper
Photo of Naugros

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the Cloverleaf Tavern in Caldwell, NJ. I liked it so much I bought a growler to bring home. This review is based off sitting in front of the computer with a tulip glass poured from that growler.

The beer is a purplish-brown. Yeah, I know, that doesn't seem to make sense, but you'd have to see it to understand. There's good carbonation, but not much of a head, not even off the pour. There's just a light film and a thin ring.

The aroma is sour cherries and toasted malt. Almost smells as if someone mixed a doppelbock with a kriek...more doppelbock than kriek.

A bunch of sweet malts and a nice dose of sour cherries. The cherries aren't overwhelming and this would be a nice starting place if you wanted to eventually introduce someone into the wonderful world of krieks. The sweetness of the malts manifest as toast and there's an aftertaste that makes me think of dark soy sauce.

Zuur is pretty crisp and refreshing. The carbonation is not overbearing and contributes to the crispness. The sour isn't puckering and quite nice.

Ommegang has offered us a beer with just a bit of cherry sourness, kind of like Three Philosophers but not as obviously Belgian and not nearly as powerful, but definitely more sour. Many Americans don't get the sour beers and this would be a great introduction into that little slice of beer heaven.

Serving type: growler

07-19-2010 00:39:58 | More by Naugros
Photo of cosmicevan

New York

3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After an Ommegang tasting, picked up a growler of this after being far more impressed with it at the tasting than from the bottle I tried. Poured from 64 oz growler into unibroue tulip

A - Poured a brownish purple with a generous two finger head and sticky lacing.

S - Smells way more sour than from the bottle. Smells much like a sweet tart tastes. Still has that cranberry/grape juice vibe that I noticed in the bottle but seems more even and tempered.

T - Sweet tarts all the way. Kind of like dropping a sweet tart into a well aged 3 philosopher. Still super sour. Much more sour than I remember from the tasting, perhaps due to the warming at the tasting?

M - Same vibe as from the bottle. Perhaps a bit fresher since this was poured from the tap just a few hours ago.

D - Overall, I think this is one to let warm a bit. It is good cold, but the coldness seems to take away from a lot of the good characteristics. This was certainly a crowd pleaser at the tasting and there was a pretty chunky line to get a growler fill of this. More drinkable from the tap than the bottle...and overall a better beer fresh from the tap.

Serving type: growler

07-10-2010 01:40:59 | More by cosmicevan
Photo of superspak


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
Photo of gillagorilla


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
Photo of KickbacksSteve


4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2013 03:57:48 | More by KickbacksSteve
Photo of thecheapies


4.18/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2013 03:56:34 | More by thecheapies
Photo of harrymel


3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
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)

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2012 04:24:54 | More by harrymel
Photo of draheim


3.88/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2012 04:14:40 | More by draheim
Photo of rlee1390


3.85/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2012 20:10:19 | More by rlee1390
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.78/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2012 04:29:18 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of bigfnjoe


4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2012 21:04:04 | More by bigfnjoe
Photo of SLeffler27

New York

3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 11:51:01 | More by SLeffler27
Photo of donkeyrunner


3.15/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2012 11:46:27 | More by donkeyrunner
Photo of jsanford


3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2012 23:24:04 | More by jsanford
Photo of flagmantho


3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 02:33:38 | More by flagmantho
Photo of warnerry


3.88/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2011 05:30:17 | More by warnerry
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 06:18:59 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of frankiepop


1.93/5  rDev -49.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 20:47:16 | More by frankiepop
Photo of MsRif


2.8/5  rDev -27.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-30-2011 00:48:29 | More by MsRif
Photo of ChainGangGuy


3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-14-2011 18:45:23 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of RenoZymurgist


3.85/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 19:13:21 | More by RenoZymurgist
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Ommegang Zuur from Brewery Ommegang
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