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Ommegang Zuur - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
86
very good

304 Ratings
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Ratings: 304
Reviews: 212
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 14.58%
Wants: 27
Gots: 29 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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 Reagan1984
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jimmy J for providing this beer. Draught2012 is a great guy and trader..

Pours with a thin fizzy head that vanishes right away. A clump of lacing or two, but not much. The beer is a maroon/amber color. Really deep color.

Aroma is of strawberries, slightly tart, some real earthiness.

Flavor is quite nice. Rather mellow, but pleasant. Berries and a mix of cherry and strawberry. Lots of bread and some toasted nuts. Some sourness and finishes tart with a bread background.

Light mouth feel, tiny carbonation only brings the flavor to life and doesn't get in the way.

Pretty good beer. This is a gateway sour beer. I enjoyed it.

Reagan1984, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of hawks10
3.15/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint...

Pours a murky reddish brown with two fingers of light tan head with a slight pink hue...

Slightly tart with dark fruit/cherries, musty and lightly funky, not a whole lot going on...

Tart and dry. Fruity but also a bit grainy. Slightly sour dark fruits and a bit of earthy/woodiness. A somewhat unpleasant dry medicinal aftertaste lingers...

Medium bodied with decent carbonation, pretty smooth but a lingering dry weird aftertaste detracts...

Not too excited by this one, stick to the Belgians for a good sour...

hawks10, Oct 08, 2010
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.

BEERchitect, Oct 08, 2010
Photo of drpimento
3.1/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Not nearly as good as I thought it'd be. Poured with a medium sized pop foamy, tan head that quickly settle out to just a bit and no lace. Color is a slightly hazy mahoganey. Aroma is nice with a caramel, malt, brett cast. Flavor loses the caramel and just barely has any sweetness to stand up to the tart, plus the tang from strong carbonation. Body is ok and carbonation may even be a tad too strong. Finish is like flavor and has medium length. Maybe good to cook with. I'll finish this 750 and that's it.

drpimento, Oct 08, 2010
Photo of jrallen34
2.38/5  rDev -38%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Paramount Room into a pint glass...Pours muddy brown, light tope head, poor retention...The aroma sucks completely. This is not at all what an oud bruin smells like. Its super malty, figs, dark fruits, sugar, and the finish brings only the lightest whisper of vinegar. No tartness at all...The taste is just as bad, no tart or vinegar, just a malty mess.

Do not bother drinking this beer. It is a horrible rip off a Belgian style sour. Shame on Ommegang who usually does a good job on these beers for having me waste $10 on a pint.

jrallen34, Oct 02, 2010
Photo of tpd975
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one has been all over town in bottles and on draft. Finally grabbed it to give it a try.

A: Pours a somewhat murky brown amberish hue with a nice off white head. Pretty good retention and wonderful lace.

S: Aromas of tart cherries and vinegar. Mild earthy woody tones.

T: Tart cherries and under ripe raspberry. Mild green apple. Vinegar is there with some red wine like notes. Pick up oaky like earth tones as well. The sourness shows up in the middle and carries through to a nice finish.

M: Medium in body, smooth, nice tartness (though there could be more).

D: Good I like this one. Will buy another to lay down for a bit.

tpd975, Oct 02, 2010
Photo of bum732
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

S: Sour cherries, some toffee, metallic almost but disappears as it warms, other fruitiness and sweetness.

L: Murky brown, light tan head, not much retention. Looks like good carbonation, bubbly and effervescent.

T: Toffee backbone, tart cherry burst of flavor. Low earthy bitterness, some sourness compensates. Finishes medium dry with some heavy earthiness and leaf stems. Some coca-cola flavors throughout. Citric-tannic like finish.

M: Effervescent high carbonation, medium body.

A solid beer of this style, doesn't quite pack the sour and tart punch of traditional version. However the malt toffeeness was quite pleasant. Finish was not very pleasant, i had hints of bile, perhaps from the citric and tannic finish. Decent effort overall.

bum732, Sep 29, 2010
Photo of stakem
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes taken on 8/13/10.

Poured from a corked and caged 750ml into a couple of pint glasses. This brew appears a hazed amber brown color with a creamy offwhite head that is khaki in color. Spots and leggy amounts of lace cling to the glass.

The aroma of this brew has a mellow mixed fruitiness and some sour suggstions reminescent of Brett. Light notes of vinegar are evident as well.

The taste is tart with an acidity like vinegar upfront. The aftertaste suggests a bit of cherry fruitiness like cherry pits that is not medicinal. There is a dry and light puckering quality about this beer. Once the beer gets to room temperature the flavor changes a bit to include more fruit notes but this time it is more like a mild pear or apple skin flavor.

Medium to light in the feel with a modest level of carbonation. As it warms a grainy malt sweetness comes out and lingers meshing well with the other flavors. This is a beer I would have again.

stakem, Sep 28, 2010
Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured dark brown with some reddish hues and good carbonation with a dirty white head

S: Vinegar and cherry all the way

T: Lighter bodied, acidic, cherry, vinegar and wood

M: Sour tart cherries, Earth, good carbonation and think

D: Good and worth a try

barleywinefiend, Sep 25, 2010
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.

WVbeergeek, Sep 23, 2010
Photo of axeman9182
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

750 mL bottle, served in my Duvel tulip.

Zuur pours a murky, swampwater brown. There are faint ruby highlights when the beer is held to light. The bone colored cap is a decent two fingers in height, and there's not much in the way of lacing. The nose is pretty good, some biscuit and caramel, as well as a distinct acidic tartness. The flavor takes the aforementioned malt notes and adds a swirl of chocolate. Dark fruits (largely cherries, but I definitely find some plum in there as well) act as a transition to a fruity, acidic, moderately sour close. The body is a little thin, and the carbonation a little low, but Zuur coats my mouth with each sip. The relatively restrained tartness combined with the great taste lead to Zuur being about as drinkable as any beer with a wild/sour component that I've ever had. A great offering from Ommegang.

axeman9182, Sep 22, 2010
Photo of kbnooshay
2.03/5  rDev -47.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured a gorgeous amber-red color with a nice but short lived tan head. Body glows with light due to the haziness. This smells like sour apples cherries. The yeast is sour/tart and musty/earthy. Upon first sip you pucker like a mother fucker! then as it goes down a super malty roastiness comes through. It guess it would be like sucking on a sweet tart and then chewing on a tootsie roll.

I kind of wish these 2 flavors worked better together. Its EXTREMELY intense sourness followed by mellow malt toastiness. This beer attacks my palate with each sip.

The feel is lighten than i would have expected. I am very disappointed in this. I rarely drain pour. But I could only drink about half of this.

kbnooshay, Sep 22, 2010
Photo of crossovert
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml corked and caged bottle.

It pours a very, very dark brown, and only when held to the light, otherwise it looks black, the head is kind of weak and off-white, but it produces some nice lacing.

The smell is very classic, but also very ordinary or the style. Sour cherries, a hint of caramel, and more sourness. It isn't very funky.

The flavor brings the sourness, but not a super giant amount. There is a fair mount of sweetness here that levels the sour. Cherries are the main flavor and there is a slight hint of hoppiness as well. The lemon and funk are a bit more prevalent in the taste, but still fairly subdued.

It is a clean, by the books example of the style. It isn't Goudenband though.

crossovert, Sep 19, 2010
Photo of prototypic
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Zuur pours a darker copper color. It's a little hazy. Backlighting gives it a distinct reddish brown appearance. A light tan head covers the top. It rises to nearly two fingers tall. It falls to a surface covering rather quickly, but holds steady there for a while. Lacing was somewhat light. Not bad, but not great.

The nose is lacking in the strength department. Sour cherries, and a mix of raisin, fig, and plum greet the nose first. A little brown malt scent is noted. It's slightly earthy and musky. I'm not getting anything necessarily funky. Light hops are noted, and they add a bit of a floral scent to the mix. Alcohol is virtually buried. I'm not getting much in that department. More strength would really help.

The flavor is where Zuur really shines. I'm honestly shocked at how good this tastes given the light smell. It's a bit malty and sweet initially. Sour cherries add a light tart flavor that's very approachable. Fits the flavor profile here perfectly. Raisin, plum, and figs follow. They're a little more subtle than I expected, but are nonetheless flavorful and effective. Earthy and slightly musky notes appear throughout. I'm not getting any funkiness. Hops add a light floral flavor to the mix. Alcohol is never a factor. Finishes slightly sour and dry.

Zuur has a medium body. Carbonation looks to be more active than it is. The bubbles feel light. It goes down smooth and easy. Drinkability is very high. I'm really impressed with the flavor, and how easy it goes down. This 750 is presenting no problems, and shall be disposed of with haste.

Zuur is a collaborative effort by Brewery Ommegang and Brouwerij Liefmans. I had high hopes once I saw that Liefmans was involved. The results - impressive. While it's not perfect, Zuur is a very flavorful Flanders Oud Bruin. I really like the mild to intermediate sour flavor. It works beautifully here. Yeah, the nose could use more strength, but that's its only real shortcoming. Impressive stuff. Check it out.

prototypic, Sep 19, 2010
Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ommegang Zuur Flemish Sour Brown Ale 6% alcohol content. Stated as a collaboration with Brouwerij Liefmans.

Poured into Ommegang snifter.

A- Pours a dark brown fluid that glows soft light red accents in the sunlight. Less than expected head that initially begins with a qarter inch of off-white froth falling to a ring around the glass.

S- Medium scents of tarted apple, pear and lemon upfront. Some mild malt sweetness is noted as well.

T-M- Taste is a crisp tartness of currants and apple with a mixture of sweet malts. A hidden flavor of hops come through as a slight bitterness in the backbone. Mild carbonation works with this brew in the aspect that it allows the flavors to linger on the tongue dancing on the buds for an all an all fresh experience not overpowering.

D- A drinkable sour brown ale with just enough flavor to make it special. Not saying I could polish off alot of these but worth sharing with someone to spark a beer convo... cheers!

wesbrownyeah, Sep 17, 2010
Photo of WhatsNewinBooze
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For a felmish style sour this was lacking a some of the sweetness you usually get from similar style beers. Good aromas, good flavors but overall it was not what I was expecting. Pour a reddish brown with a fine fizzy head. Aromas of bright cherries and raspberry with a little of the moldy funk you get on these kind of beers. On the palate the sour kind of bites your mouth in the back but pleasent dry red fruit flavors.

WhatsNewinBooze, Sep 11, 2010
Photo of dogfishandi
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml caged and corked bottle at cellar temp poured into a bulb style glass. 7/04/12 on the bottom. collaboration brew between ommegang and liefmans. before you read this review, know this is the first flanders oud bruin ive ever drank.

pours a very very dark brown, appears black in the thick part of the glass. big 3 finger of fluffy off white/ tan colored head that had great retention, left a 1/4inch the whole glass. lots of sticky lace as well.

has a very bright aroma. sour cherries and apples come to mind. also some dark dried fruits. a flouride and phenolic yeastiness as well as some funkiness barnhouse aromas.

a bunch of complex flavors going on in the taste. lots of sour cherries, apples, wine grapes. acidic. tart. a dark dried fruity and sweet maltiness. a little musty horse blanket and a little phenolic slightly flouride like belgian yeastiness.

medium bodied, acidic mouthfeel. drinks similar to a lambic.

this drinks pretty good, no problem finishing the bottle. this went pretty good with some rasberry pie. i might not buy this paticular beer again, both because of the price and the sketchy availability, but it has definatly turned me on to this style. its worth a try though!

dogfishandi, Sep 09, 2010
Photo of Daniellobo
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice sour from Ommegang and Liefmans, quite the pleasing take on the Flemish style.

Presentation: 750 ml brown corked and caged bottle. Main label with a red and golden palette pivoting around a large Ommengang "O", brewery seal, and name of the brew. Right side notes main intent, collaboration with Liefmans from where it is imported, ingredients and process, finished by a Samuel Goldwyn quote. Left side note offers serving instruction, brewery background and perfunctory legal sections. Shows serving temperature, and Alc. by Vol. (6%) lacks bottling or freshness date. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Deep amber/red-brown pour with a generous bubbly head, short retention with a small surface ring, and some of lacing.

S - Sweet and sour fruity range, with a marked tart sense around fermented apples and a hint of cherry in the background.

T - Rich fruity sourness, natural cider memories, sour cherry, light acid yeasty touch. Missing a bit of the wooden vat complexity but rather well rounded.

M - Light-medium body with medium carbonation, acidic tartness with a dry touch in the end.

D - This hits all the basic marks of a sour ale rather well and some more...

Notes: Actually, this is one of the better offerings from the recent new brews coming out of Ommegang. It is not an immediate classic for the style but it is rather commendable.

Daniellobo, Sep 07, 2010
Photo of OWSLEY069
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy brown-ish / orange-ish color, with a light tan head. In the aroma, sour cherries and white grapes. In the taste, just like the smell, sour cherries and white grapes. A smooth and medium to light bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry, sour cherry aftertaste. Nice sour, nice fruit presence, very nice.

OWSLEY069, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.97/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer pours a hazy dense brown body with a creamy light tan head that last and last. There are microbubbles that stick to the base of the glass. There is a very slight red hue to the body when held to the light.
S- The is a full bright yet dark tartness with some cherry qualities and is supported by wet wood notes and a faint horse blanket hint in the finish when the beer warms.
T- The dark cherry flavor has a slight mustiness to it and a woody quality to follow. There is a nice mellow but bright tartness and a nice dry finish with a bit of tart that lingers. There is a fresh dark cherry note that lingers with a watermelon sweetness right before the tartness of the cherries.
M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a tight fizz finish that enhances the cherries. There is no alcohol heat noted.
D- This beer has a clean not really wild funk that really compliments the cherries without the barnyard notes. The yeast and funk still just supports the cherries and wood , yet those flavors blend together great aswell.

rhoadsrage, Sep 03, 2010
Photo of mjaskula
3.23/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a large wine glass. The beer is a dark brown with a nice red tint when held to the light. The head is off white and dense and stays fairly thick.

The aroma is sweet and sour, with grape, cherry and vinegar. The flavor is quite a ride. It starts off fruity and sweet, with the promised cherry flavor. Next comes an intense tartness that chases the sweetness away and pulls at the corners of your mouth. This is certainly the most sour beer that I've had.

The finish is fairly dry, the carbonation is low and the mouthfeel is light. It's a little too sour for me to call it drinkable, but it was a welcome departure from my regular brews.

mjaskula, Sep 01, 2010
Photo of woosterbill
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Delaney's into a goblet.

A: Dark hazy brown body with a thin head of super fine white foam. Not much retention, but a bit of delicate lacing. Pretty forgettable.

S: Highly acetic aroma of red wine vinegar, musty grapes, and sour cherries. Very fresh, tart, and complex.

T: Everything from the nose comes through, along with some malt and candy (sweet-tart) sweetness. Nice, but the finish just dies, and keeps it from being spectacular.

M: Clean and fairly thin with very light carbonation.

D: The nothing finish is disappointing, but it makes me thirsty for more.

Notes: I first tried a sample of this from a bottle at the ACBF, and loved it. This draft pour was quite tasty, but didn't have the depth or intensity I remembered. I'll have to keep my eyes open for a bottle, as I remember thinking that this could be one of the best readily-available sours out there. I'm a bit less confident in it now, but still hopeful. It would be amazing to have a good domestic sour available regularly, and for a decent price.

Cheers!

woosterbill, Aug 30, 2010
Photo of xnicknj
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap at Monk's - review done from notes.

A - Light brownish red color swirls around the tulip glass, as the beer possesses hardly any head or lacing, but plenty of bubbly carbonation.

S - A handful of fruit and tartness gently grace the nose, although there isn't anything particularly overwhelming.

T - It begins sour, with some fruit sweetness dotted by clear apple flavors and some acidity. The lactic sourness finishes incredibly dry, practically puckering the lips after swallowing.

M - The finish is almost alarmingly dry, which detracts somewhat from the beer's overall enjoyment as it tends to stick all around your mouth while drinking.

D - While it's still tasty, Zuur's finish somewhat hinders the overall sipping quality.

Maybe it's my fault for having such high expectations for this beer, or the hefty price tag, but I feel like this one fell a little short. Zuur is still quality, but doesn't quite measure up to some of its contemporaries.

xnicknj, Aug 28, 2010
Photo of koopa
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to beerloco for sharing this one!

Appearance: Pours mahogany with red streaks. The white crown is minimal in stature, retention, and lace.

Smell: Wild yeast tartness over a moderate amber malt sweetness.

Taste: Same as the nose but with more sweetness...quite iced tea like.

Mouthfeel: Light side of medium bodied with good carbonation.

Drinkability: Very good and probably my favorite aspect of this brew. Not one I'll be seeking out again btw.

koopa, Aug 28, 2010
Photo of geryeb624
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a corked and caged 750 mL bottle into my DFH signature glass.

A- Pours a dark brown with several fingers of creamy off-white head. Very nice retention and lacing as well.

S- Candied sour cherries with some yeasty funkiness and malt in the background. Smells somewhat reminiscent of a kriek lambic.

T- A very nice combination of kriek and brown ale. Starts bright with a funky, sour fruitiness. Big, wet cherry flavor that yields into a toasty maltiness with a bitter kick. Very tasty.

M- Very creamy mouthfeel. Nice carbonation with creamy, almost nitro-like feel as opposed to a prickly carbonation.

D- Very high. Well-balanced for a sour, with good levels of tartness and malty backbone.

I'm very impressed by this offering from Ommegang, as I typically am. A very well-executed, well-balanced, and highly drinkable brew.

geryeb624, Aug 27, 2010
Ommegang Zuur from Brewery Ommegang
86 out of 100 based on 304 ratings.