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Ommegang Zuur - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
86
very good

306 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 306
Reviews: 212
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 14.32%
Wants: 30
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 Arbitrator
1.27/5  rDev -66.9%
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.

Arbitrator, Jun 27, 2010
Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

DeanMoriarty, Jun 27, 2010
Photo of GrowleRPK
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

GrowleRPK, Jun 25, 2010
Photo of SFLpunk
2.83/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

750mL brown glass cork and cage.

Appearance: Pours super dark brown with some reddish hues. Off-white/tan head stands up super tall for a sour.

Nose: Vinegar, sherry, cherry skins. Nose is spot-on oud bruin/kriek.

Palate: Light bodied and thin. Cherry flash-in-the-pan acidity, some caramel and chocolate. Super quick finish on a somewhat sweet dried fruit note.

Notes: The nose is impeccable. I mean downright obscene. Outright outrageous. But the palate is too quick and too simple. I miss Liefman's.

SFLpunk, Jun 24, 2010
Photo of mothman
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into kbs chalice

Pours a light layer of khaki head. Fades to a ring. Color is a dark ruby hued brown.

Aroma: Sour cherries, light funk, acidic notes, light oak flavors. It is sour, but I think time will help.

Taste: The sour cherries are up front but the taste brings more of a vinegar and funk layer to it. It has a fairly light taste to it with light oak.

Mouthfeel: Very fizzy, with a light tartness to it. Lots of carbonation with a medium body. Ends oaky with a slight dryness to it.

Overall, this beer needs time to sour up. I think it has a good start, but still lacking a bit. It does have potential and is fairly drinkable at this time.

mothman, Jun 23, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the label "Ale with Cherries Added" and "Zuur - or Sour - is our collaborative Flemish sour brown ale, a beer whose style arises from the mists of brewing history. It uses mixed culture fermentation, real fruit, ageing, and master blending. All of these are ancient and revered Belgian techniques. This unique Flemish sour brown ale is complex, tart with a touch of sweetness, lightly malty and gently hopped. Zuur is a unique blend created in collaboration between Brewery Ommegang and Broweij Liefmans"

Right place at the right time I suppose. Beer is brown and hazy. No real head, no lacing and carbonation appears low. Its a flemish brown and it looks like it.

Beer smells mildly sour with a good acetic backbone and some sweetness, smell pretty good.

Beer is medium to light in body. Sour with a mild acetic note and mild lactic notes. Its cleansing and the palate is nice and good. Its pretty nice overall. Excited to see if this will age well or if this will even be in this market.

drabmuh, Jun 06, 2010
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Ommegang Zuur from Brewery Ommegang
86 out of 100 based on 306 ratings.