Ommegang Zuur - Brewery Ommegang

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86
very good

313 Ratings
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Ratings: 313
Reviews: 212
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 14.32%
Wants: 30
Gots: 30 | FT: 0
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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 Sammy
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Cole's. A decent sour, not over the top. Cuvee aromas are there. Reddish colour, white head, white lace on sides of glass after. The sourness is challenging for the gums of my teeth, the roof of my mouth, but it is still drinkable, and a tad sugr sweetness.

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.2/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes. Pours a murky brown color with a bit of a reddish tint. Light tan head sits for a bit before fading. The nose is pretty boring with some very mild fruit and oak plus a good dose of acetic acid, though not enough to take it into the nail polish realm. The flavor goes more in the acetone direction, though it's not horrible. Some light bready notes and mild cherry. Feel is fairly sour and medium bodied. Decent enough, but I wasn't a huge fan.

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of GRG1313
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brown/black with a firm 1/4" head that quickly fades but pretty while it's there.

Nose is a sour cherry/chocolate that goes to sour cherry. Nose is pleasant and appealing albeit simple.

Mouthfeel is rich and full and really nicely balanced. Elegant "champagne" type carbonation that's very "tiny and delicate." Very nice acid although not as tart or sour as a "sour fan" would like.

Flavors are well integrated and appealing. Lightly sour but very drinkable. A great "beginner's" sour with nice cherry flavors in the front palate, some sweet character and a light sour mid and back palate. There's a nice balanced sour/cherry/"sweet" character to this one and it's quite drinkable and pleasant. Good acid and very consumer friendly.

Not overly complex but still very appealing. One would not go wrong to try it. Perhaps my favorite from this brewery.

Photo of metter98
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is cloudy reddish brown in color and poured with a finger high head that quickly died down; a light to moderate amount of carbonation consistently left lacy patterns of bubbles floating on the surface.
S: The nose is moderately sour and has lots of aromas of cherries along with some hints of yeast.
T: The taste has a moderate amount of sourness and is dominated by flavors of tart cherries. There is an interesting mix of sweetness and sourness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The sourness of this beer isn't that overpowering so it's relatively easy to consume. This is a good choice to introduce someone to sour beers.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Moderate throughout, Zuur has all of the technical proficiencies of Sour Browns but doesn't overwhelm the senses in terms of sourness, mustiness, or acidity.

The beer pours a deep mohogany brown/red color with extremely dense, creamy, and froathy light tan foam. High lacing is left on the glass as the beer falls.

Sharp but clean sourness emits to the nose and takes the shape of cherries and crabapple. No vinegar or cider notes, the beer is very controlled with an earthy spicy scent backed by brown malts and under-rippened berry tartness.

Flavors of sweet malts, light bread crust, and black cherries rise to the top. But a quick rebuttal of tartness from cherries, crabapples, grapes, and plumbs make their way into the flavors at mid stream. Tartness wraps up the finish but still holding onto a medium malt flavor and slight cork-like woodiness.

Creamy and smooth textures throughout but with that constant underpinning of thinning acidity and light astringency (grape skins). Even in the finish, the beer concludes with a snappy and acidic dryness but also with a malty final impression.

There's nothing about this beer that reads inconsistent or flawed. But it also lacks some of the intangibles of classic Oud Bruins (Petrus Oud Bruin) like a more intense tartness, higher wood-like complexity, and aged attributes that would give much more depth and richness to the beer.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +4.2%

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.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
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

Photo of womencantsail
1.7/5  rDev -55.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

A: The pour is a dark red-brown color with a medium sized off-white/khaki colored head.

S: A bit of cherry, a bit of vinegar, not really any oak. The cherry aromas are mostly artificial, in the vain of cough syrup, and quite off-putting. There isn't much intensity to the nose, but what is there isn't good.

T: Bleck, the flavor is even worse (somehow). Mildly sweet and mildly tart but nothing positive at all. Maybe some more of the fake cherries and red wine vinegar, along with a tinge of metal.

M: The body is somewhat watery and light with a very high level of carbonation.

D: This was just terrible. I want my $12 back.

Photo of Knapp85
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.8/5  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.

Photo of largadeer
2.9/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Hazy brown with red highlights. The head is off-white, showing decent retention.

Smells OK, a bit bland. Whole grain bread, faint acetic acid and cherries. Slightly metallic.

Tastes essentially the same as it smells. The cherry flavor is neither sweet nor sour, and there's only a hint of bacterial acidity. Slight balsamic vinegar and apple cider vinegar notes and toasted bread appear mid-palate, but the finish is oddly watery and brief, faintly metallic. The body is thin.

There's nothing particularly wrong with this beer, but it's rather bland and uninspired. Ommegang Rouge was infinitely better.

Photo of emerge077
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looking forward to trying this, despite the early mixed reviews.
Served cold around 40º, as instructed on the label.

A nice sustained pop from the cork starts things off... into a Duvel tulip there's ample foam, and sticky arcs of lacing. It's color is a deep garnet, Hazy in the center with some brighter reddish edges. The foam maintains itself well, never seeing a break in it's fine texture.

Musty and minerally aroma, nothing too wild, funky or exciting. Swirling brings out a little damp oak and mushroom, earthy and mildly musky.

Tart cherry and apple are tasted first, moderate and not really approaching sour. There is a complimenting malt base that is there towards the end after the fruit fades. Feel is ok, fairly effervescent and smooth, though it doesn't really scrub the palate, and sort of lingers. Fairly restrained for the brewer that brought us Rouge. This seems geared toward converting wine drinkers, and not so much something to please fans of Flemish/sour ales.

Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass at ChurchKey.

The CK never fails to disappoint with its offerings. This one pours a hazy, deep ruby-brown topped by a finger of ecru micro-foam. The nose comprises sour cherries, toasted caramel, sour grapes, candi sugar, and a smidge of orange (which, arguably, is better than a smidge o' purple). The taste holds a lighter version of those sour cherries, some buttery toffee, white grapes, figs, and green apples. The body is a light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a somewhat sticky feel. Not bad at all, not surprising from the boys over at Ommegang.

Photo of JAHMUR
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of zeff80
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, dark amber color with a one-finger, khaki-colored head of foam. It had okay retention and left little lacing.

S - It smelled of dried fruit and some barnyard funk.

T - It tasted of sour dried fruits with a funky bite. Some bready malts were present, too.

M - It was sharp and had a puckering bite. A light to medium bodied ale with a very dry finish.

D - This is a very good sour ale. Once again Ommegang has done a great job cranking out an authentic Belgian ale.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.83/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I pulled out my Liefman's Goudenband chalice for this Sour Brown ale with cherries from Coopersown. Appears a deep mahogany ruddy brown body with a light khaki tan head. Aroma is full of tart cherry, green apple acidity. Hints of barrel aging with add to the complex sour brown ale, very pleasant. Flavors meld nicely, semi sweet cherry/apple fruit notes finish tart puckering dry with barrel aging effects. Excellent balance, fruit notes, esters and tartness makes this brew. Mouthfeel is nice it coats the entire palate, leaves a dry puckering finish but doesn't overkill the sour ale aspect. Carbonation is natural soft effervescent bottle conditioned, true to style as it gets from an American Belgian style brewer. Drinkability was great easy to session with, the sour tartness doesn't over do it this one acheives great balance and actually has a refreshing quality about it.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap 10/8/2010 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a dark reddish brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains tart cherries, light malts a little bit of Belgian yeast.

T: The taste starts out with a very sour cherry flavor followed by a thin malt character and some light Belgian yeast. The hops presence is very mild but normal for the style and creates a good balance for a sour beer. The after-taste is likewise sour.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, this a nice sour beer that it worth drinking for a while.

Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with one finger of off-white foam on top of a dark brown body with amber highlights. The foam settles rapidly and leaves very little lace.

S - Classic sweet and sour aroma with lots of acetic acid, caramel, and some light funk.

T - Round, creamy acidity up front with some light caramel sweetness. The dry caramel comes out more in the middle and remains strong through the finish.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Very drinkable, this is a good example of the style. While the acidity is certainly a strong part of the experience in this beer, it takes a back seat to the caramel and allows for a sweet and sour character rather than a strong funky character. It is good, if a little one dimensional, and I can't help but think that most stores that would carry this would also carry something better.

Photo of jlindros
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared at Central New England BA Meetup.

A: Fizzy head of 1/2 finger fades semi quickly over very dark brown slight reddish hue.

N: Slight sour fruit, lots of vanilla with some oak, sour with lots fo malt, a little wild yeast and funk, lots of berry aromas and cherry, slight chewy malts.

T: More sour cherry, sout malts, not very overpowering on the cherry though, bolotin cherry that is. Some raisin and little juicy flavors, malty, slight brown darker malt, little wild yeast with touch of funk, crisp and dry ale, refreshing with a touch of sour funk. more berry flavors too.

M: Medium body with good carbonation.

F: Dry, some lingering sour funk, more bolotin cherry lingering, a little juicy bit very dry. Slight chewy, little lingering raisin too, little flemmy, little wild Brett taste and some dry funk almost barnyard.

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Ommegang Zuur from Brewery Ommegang
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