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Ommegang Zuur - Brewery Ommegang

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303 Ratings
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Ratings: 303
Reviews: 212
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 27
Gots: 29 | 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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South Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into my New Holland High Gravity Series flute.

A - Brown with a little ruby hue around the edges. Small white head rests on top. More head than I expected for the style.

S - Subtle sour cherry aroma with a little bit of funk. My mouth is starting to water...

T - Nice subtle sour cherry taste up front with a little malt taste at the end and a hint of bitterness. Not a mouth puckeringly sour beer but gives you a nice bit of the sour flavor that I crave.

M - medium body with a good amount of carbonation.

D - Easy drinking, mildly sour beer. This would be a fantastic starter sour for someone. I Really like how you can actually pick up the the cherry flavor in this one. I really enjoyed this and would pick it up again. But I won't go nuts trying to obtain it.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2010 23:59:50 | More by jpmclaug
Photo of atsprings

North Carolina

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

On-tap at Flying Saucer served in a tulip glass a nice dark ruby with a thin khaki head. Aroma is sour fruit with a hint of spice. The taste is a nice amount of sour fruit, very tolerable and actually enjoyable. The beer is medium bodied and easy to drink. I have to say I'm finally coming around to the sours, I may pick up a bottle and age it.

Serving type: on-tap

07-13-2010 20:49:45 | More by atsprings
Photo of chcfan


3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle into (Ommegang - dork!) Rare Vos tumbler

Brown with a reddish tinge. Cloudy. Off-white head with some lacing.

Smell is of cherry or berry. Quite inviting.

Taste does not live up to the smell. It's hard to explain, but something seems a little off. A little bit of bitterness is present, but not welcome. Average level of tartness.

Thin and watery, with a fair amount of carbonation. I think those are pretty normal for the style.

This was decent, but the taste was a letdown. Rouge was excellent, so I was expecting to really like this, but it didn't really live up.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2010 01:08:06 | More by chcfan
Photo of samie85


3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-This one is a chestnut brown color with slight accent of red and little bit of white head.

S-Vinegary and sour with tart cherries and some light malt notes.

T-Follows the nose with tart cherries, some acetic, vinegary notes and some light malt.

M-Pretty well carbonated which seems to be a recurring them for sour beers and the Flemish varieties. Light bodied, crisp and tangy.

D-Pretty easy drinking for a sour. I like my sours a little bit more mouth-puckering but this would be a good introduction to someone unfamiliar with sour beers.

Serving type: on-tap

07-11-2010 22:02:04 | More by samie85
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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
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3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into my Ommegang glass that I picked up in the Christmas sampler pack. Pours a dark cherry red with a 1.5-2 finger head. Good head retention which dissipates to a fine lacing on the top of the brew. Although a previous reviewer mentioned an exploding cork, I did not share a similar experience.

S: Slight scent of cherry with a surrounding aroma of sour and a slight amount of funkiness. A very slight amount of maltiness was also present.

T: A very light amount of cherry was present in the taste which was (as the style) pleasantly sour. Not much else is present in terms of flavors, mild mild malts and even milder hops are detectable, but only very slightly.

M: Light body with a medium to mild amount of carbonation. Sits nicely on the tongue.

D: Very drinkable. As noted by other reviewer, this is a good "beginners" sour. Quite tasty and again, very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2010 23:37:29 | More by Daktyls
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4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The cork shot out as soon as I had released the cage, catching me by surprise, producing a quick gush of beer, but then it quickly settled down. The shortest cork I've ever seen in a beer, goes only a half inch into the bottle. Maybe not so wise to short the cork on a beer that is moderate costly and that could benefit with aging.

Beer pours a cloudy brown, the head lasts awhile, resolving to a fine layer of foam with ample lacing.

The aroma is big, with dark malt, chocolate, coffee, winey, but with a bit of vinegar.

Tastes of sour apples and cherries and then, poof, all is done. There is not much complex about the taste which does not follow the big nose. Just a little spiciness in the finish.

Body is light and moderately carbonated, which along with the sourness, gives this a refreshing mouthfeel.

A drinkable brew, it is pretty true to the Flanders Oud Bruin style and at 6% will not put you away.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2010 01:33:00 | More by Beerenauslese
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New York

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

I had a twelve ounce pour of the Zuur at the Amsterdam Ale House on Manhattan's upper west side. Ommegang is really a great brewery! Every style they make is so much like the classic/originals. This one is no exception.

Dark brown with a light head. Great sour flavor, which you can even pick up in the aroma. Good sour aftertaste as well. It was difficult to drink anything other than it afterwards.

Serving type: on-tap

07-08-2010 21:26:04 | More by david18
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3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ommegang's Zuur--i'd expect based on the name alone---should have to be something special. Rich in flavor with a slight bite of tartness, it initially smells of sour cherries with an added aroma of a vinegary presence. It pours out with a slight head which fades rather quickly. In a goblet the color is disguisable with that of diet coke with a hint of redness. When it meets the mouth there's a muddled mix of sensory stimulation with some sucrose-like sweetness, tartness resembling that of the juice of sour cherries, with an odd chewable-multi-vitamin (centrum or orange flinstone kids) finish. The highlight of this beer is none other than its name. A few fellow bar patrons and i have come to the conclusion that Zuur (pronounced Zürr) is bottled reincarnation of a bearded elderly turban-clad sage. It is not to be taken lightly. Speaking against Zuur may result in some disastrous supernatural phenomena.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2010 09:09:14 | More by shaunt0000
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1.7/5  rDev -55.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2010 01:09:00 | More by womencantsail
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4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2010 02:16:14 | More by GRG1313
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4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at American Flatbread, Burlington. Served in a tulip glass at a perfect temp - about 50 degrees. Lovely deep auburn color, cloudy with yeast, minimal head. Aroma is understated, but it's all about the flavor. Combines two of my all-time favorite beer styles into one - Goudenband and a dry kriek. Did not disappoint in representing both, combined harmoniously. Taste is dry, fruity, tart with plenty of wood nuance. Cherry is subtle & authentic and not of the dreaded Louden's cough drop variety. Finish is long, dry and thirst-quenching. ABV is fairly low making me thirst for another glass without worrying about the consequences. Love to get a bottle to put down for awhile. Very enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

07-06-2010 19:06:59 | More by duchessedubourg
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Rhode Island

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

Thanks to jedwards for sharing. 750ml bottle poured a hazy mahogany-chestnut that lightens to a burnt orange hue at the base when backlit. Head was a quarter inch, cream-colored and fairly cohesive. It eventually dissipates into a fairly consistent skim with some strands of lacing, but with pour adhesion. Head was refreshed with a gentle swirl of the glass. Nose was very faint with a suggestion of sour cherries. Taste follows nose; however, there is a suggestion of Sucrets; herbal, but not sweet. Mouthfeel is light-medium, with an easy carbonation and a semi-dry finish. A very pleasant and enjoyable sour beer - not a lot of tartness or complexity, but really quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2010 01:43:39 | More by Jwale73
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3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A favorite style, looking forward to Ommegang's take. Pour is as expected, dark brown, red tinged. Nice creamy, short off white mocha head, coaxed back up with some swirling. Aroma does not dissappoint either. Faint sourness, malt, cherry or other stone fruits, faint funk. A bit like the regular Rodenbach. Taste follows suite, but the cherry is more pronounced, however, NOT overbearing and cough syrupy, as I find their 3 Philosopers to be.

Body could be a bit...moreish, but drinkability is just fine. A nice substitute at long last for my MIA Rodenbach needs. Will buy again and again.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2010 13:03:59 | More by Onibubba
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4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours somewhere in between red, purple, and brown. Off white head, fizzy, bubbly.

Smells sour with some funky over ripe dark berries, muted vinegar, hint of malt.

Surprisingly mellow but satisfying sour aspect, sweet and tart - candied cherries. Acidic, musty and funky - well balanced with malts. Body is akin to champagne (a bit more viscous, though); finishes pleasantly crisp and dry. This is probably the most "sessionable" sour I have had thanks to a modest ABV and a flavorful but somewhat gentle palate. I happily drank a 750ml myself.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2010 23:39:56 | More by zoolzoo
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Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-02-2010 11:36:20 | More by Sammy
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3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Careful opening this, the cork comes out really quickly.

Lots of clarity in this beer with a big creamy head that never totally goes away. If anything smelled like an Oud Bruin this would be it. Kickass aromas from the sweet cara-malts and a tart cherry scent.

A mixture of sweet and sour wipes across your palate. Tart cherries, chocolate, caramel, and a little bit of that sweet ketchup flavor (not too bad, I hate when that takes over the beer). The flavor blends together much better when it's warmer. Very well balanced with a small amount of acidity lingering on your tongue as you swallow. I know this wasn't barrel aged but that would totally make this beer.

Mouthfeel may be just a tad thin for the style. But this is otherwise very impressive

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2010 00:38:26 | More by BearsOnAcid
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4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brown with red highlights. Carbonated pour resulting in an off-white 3 fingers of froth. Immediate aroma of sweet cherry.

Cherry pie...tad on the syrup side but with some tartness. Sour yet very smooth. Soft notes of unsalted peanut maltiness. After a little while in the glass, the flavors start to meld together nicely. The malt-sour-tart-sweet-Brett funk all sing.

Tart mouthfeel with some subtle fragrant Brett action in the back. Dry yet cherry fruit flavor on the finish.

Very impressed...this style is becoming a new favorite of mine.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2010 19:35:46 | More by RustyDiamond
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4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2010 02:53:24 | More by jlindros
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3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle,

A: Pours mahogany with a fizzy white head, good retention for the style.

S: Oak, notes of maple syrup, acetic acid, musty attic and cherries.

T: Upfront sweet cherry taste and brown sugar. Lots of oak and vinegar though the overall beer is only mildly sour. The barrel flavours are heavy. Some nutty cheese-type flavours on the back end before some sour cherries come out.

M: Mild acidity, tart for sure, fizzy, crisp carbonation. Tannic finish.

D: Not the most complex Flanders Brown though there still is a lot going on, but it sure tastes good and is really easy to drink. And a 750 of sour beer under $12, it's quite a deal.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2010 02:45:53 | More by Halcyondays
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2.53/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

750ml bottle shared at a tasting thanks to chswimmer on BA.

Pours dark reddish-brown with a small off-white head.

Aroma is slightly tart cherries and slight vinegar. Not terribly much to it.

Flavor is pretty uninspiring. Not very flavorful at all, I must say. There are some cherries, oak, and red wine vinegar, but the main flavor note is weakness. I don't appreciate that in a beer.

Somewhat watery on the palate. Very slight tartness.

This beer is not very good for the style at all. We didn't finish the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2010 22:48:36 | More by nickd717
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3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2010 22:24:01 | More by emerge077
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1.27/5  rDev -67%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Chilled bottle into a glass. Shared by chswimmer. Thanks Craig!

A: Murky maroon body. Pours with a half-finger of light cream head. Retention is poor, but scattered lace is left behind in the snifter. Amusingly, the cork was very short (looking like a mushroom) and it popped out spontaneously as Craig was opening the cage. It almost took his head off.

S: Malty. Brown sugar, artificial cherry (think cough syrup), light oak, and a small lactic presence. It's not super-pungent, nor does it require a lot of agitation to bring out the aromas, but it's simply lacking in presence and satisfaction.

T: Same. The flavor is mostly a sweet, tart cherry (actually, "Sweet Tart" candy came to mind), with very light sourness. Some caramel and oak. Surprisingly sweet for the style. I expected more vinegar. This isn't satisfying on any level.

M: Light-bodied, thin. High carbonation, giving a foamy, watery mouthfeel. This, and the artificial cherry, remind me of drinking Cherry Coke.

D: A unanimous disappointment at the tasting. I'm glad I didn't buy this. Sorry, Craig.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2010 19:36:42 | More by Arbitrator
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into a Bitburger branded footed pilsner glass. Side note - the cork from this bottle has to be the smallest one i've ever seen. I honestly thought I broke the cork in half at first when I popped the bottle!

A: Dark brown with a little reddish tint to it. Surprisingly (for the style) it pours a nice solid head that leaves thick lace in the glass.

S: Fermented cherries, vinegar and yeast.

T: Real similar to the smell, but even more cherry with a nice bready finish. The sour dominates a little but not in a bad way at all.

M: Light/medium bodied - good carbonation with small bubbles that just roll.

D: Super easy to drink. I could post up on these guys all night.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2010 02:06:13 | More by DeanMoriarty
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New York

4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Liefmans is one of my favorite breweries, so I was very excited to see this collaboration, and to be able to have easy access to this style again.

750ml caged and corked bottle.

A: Nice medium brown color, with a bit of a reddish hue. Decent head that fades to a ring and lacing once it settles.

S: Sour/acidic bouquet, not overpowering, but not weak either. Excellent.

T: Definitely a Flanders brown, but not as rich as what I've had from Liefmans in the past. Sour, tart with a touch of cherry and slight oak. Similar to the Liefmans Kriekbier, but not as much cherry, and I don't recall the oak being present in the Kriekbier.

M: Nice medium mouthfeel, with a bit of fiz and carbonation coming into play.

D: Overall I really enjoyed this beer, and have gone back and picked up a couple more bottles. I'm hoping with a little age they develop more richness of flavor. Still have no problem cracking open one now, as it is a good beer.

Hoping Ommegang continues pursuing this style as a regular, or seasonal, brew. Helps to round out their Belgian offerings, and they do an excellent job overall with the styles they produce.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2010 16:15:46 | More by GrowleRPK
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