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Ommegang Zuur - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
86
very good

298 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 298
Reviews: 212
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 14.29%


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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wajacobs

California

3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was pretty excited about this beer and a little dissapointed to learn that it is actually a blend of two Liefmans brews and entirely formulated in Belgium and Ommegang's only part was in determining the blend ratios.

I probably should't complain becuase the beer was no dissapointment. Tart and dry, the sour cherries rise above the din just enough to be noticed without being so pronounced as to mask everything else, hints of chocolate and toffee linger as tartness takes hold but doesn't overpower. Zuur is an very balanced beer allowing all of its components to come though without any of them becoming distracting.

My biggest caveat is the head fell too quickly and didn't leave a beautiful lace behind and I had hoped it was actually brewed at Ommegang.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2011 16:53:26 | More by wajacobs
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BieresDesMoines

Iowa

3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish brown with a medium head that fades. The aroma is nutty with cherry and limestone basement. Light balsamic and woody notes are present throughout. The flavor is tart and sour throughout without being intensely puckering. There are light vinegar and vinous notes along with some great sour cherry and woody notes. Kind of an old school Oud Bruin, I dig it.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2011 17:09:18 | More by BieresDesMoines
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MaggieReed

Michigan

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

a- lovely red brown with a thin ring of foam that clings to the glass
s- up front sour, maybe a little fruity
t- much dryer than the smell would suggest
m- really lovely - not thin or syrupy, pleasant carbonation as in most belgians

overall, a nice beer, but much less sweet / sour than I would have expected.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2011 00:11:37 | More by MaggieReed
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GeezLynn

Minnesota

3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark cola brown with a well retained off-white collar of foam.

S: Tart cherries, apple cider vinegar and musty yeast.

T: Caramel malt is more assertive than in the smell. A bit of green apple and cherries are also there, and I would describe this as lightly sour, but not tart. There's also a light bitterness and a slight mineral flavor. Finish is malty and pretty drying.

M: Body is somewhere between light and medium with plenty of carbonation.

Thought this was decent, but somewhat uninspiring. Other than Hennepin, nothing from Ommegang has really impressed me so far.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2011 03:09:16 | More by GeezLynn
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.2/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-15-2011 01:19:31 | More by Thorpe429
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AlCaponeJunior

Texas

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

Reddish and mostly clear, with a nice smooth one finger head and decent lacing.

Smell is fruity and sour. Very nice but a bit more wine like than expected.

Taste is super tart and cherry-fuity. Smooth but tart, this beer is certainly quite sour, yet delicious.

Feel is medium and smooth, silky carbonation, slightly bitter and certainly sour aftertastes.

Drink is good.. For the style this one is pretty interesting and quite nice, if a bit unexpected..

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2011 02:13:03 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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THECPJ

Delaware

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

reviewed from notes:

appearance: brown with an orangish hue with 1 finger off white head.

smell: sour cherries,

taste: sour cherries, but they don't linger

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, tiny bubbles,

drinkability: enjoyed this beer, quite sour, but very nice.

Cheers,

The CPJ

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2011 16:42:31 | More by THECPJ
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Avagadro

New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Zuur is deep mahogany in color, and topped with a frothy head of a cream color. Ruby highlights may be seen if it is held to the light.

S: Bouquet suggests sweet marsala, raisins, and apples. While the aromas present meld beautifully together, I wish that they were a touch more pronounced. I feel that I have to strain to get ahold of them.

T: Wow, this is the Oud Bruin I've been waiting for. While most examples exhibit a battle between the sweet notes and the sour, Zuur showcases a gentle harmony between the two. Sherry, raisins, and oak mesh beautifully with granny smith apple, raspberry vinaigrette, and balsamic. I was afraid of the cherries being overbearing in this brew, but honestly, I wouldn't have even known they were there had the label not told me so.

M: Light body, with a gentle carbonation, all rounded out by a deceiving fullness. It's almost like the texture of caviar, with its airy fluffiness.

D: This is one of the best Oud Bruins I've found so far. It's balanced, delicious, and incredibly drinkable. It is highly flavorful, but would be a great session beer were it not for the price (or my budget). I was reluctant to try this brew, as I am not a fan of several of Ommegang's other brews, but this is definitely a fine brew. Definitely worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2011 05:30:44 | More by Avagadro
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ne0m00re

Ohio

3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Live review of a 750 mL corked-and-caged bottle.
A: Very dark brown, it poured with a two-finger cream head that died to a half-finger sticky head with lacing.
S: Sour cherries, dark caramel and brown sugar, a hint of milk chocolate, white wine acidity. I liked the whole wheat bread description given by another BA. Pretty good. Nothing life-changing.
T: Not as sour as expected from the smell. Instead, it just has a nice white wine earthy acidity. Sweet cherries, white grapes, turbinado sugar, slight coffee and very slight milk chocolate, brandy alcohol. Pretty good. Again, nothing mind-blowing.
M: Moderately thick with a nice frothy to crisp carbonation.
D: Pretty good. I'd like a glass or two.

For $11, I'd probably go with another option. This isn't the first time I've had it, but I haven't exactly been hunting for it.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2011 04:18:14 | More by ne0m00re
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lordofthewiens

Maine

3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this on Valentine's Day. A little disappointed.
750ml bottle poured into a tulip.
Medium brown color with red highlights. Nice carbonation. Small tan head.
Sweet fruit aroma, vanilla/oak.
Cherry taste, a little caramel.
Pretty meek, not very sour for a sour.
I think this one bottle will do it for me.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2011 22:03:30 | More by lordofthewiens
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largadeer

California

2.9/5  rDev -24.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2011 04:47:46 | More by largadeer
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Brent

Kentucky

3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I hadn't noticed it until someone pointed it out on the label, but this notes the beer is brewed in Belgium for Ommegang. Notwthstanding the apparently authentic credentials, I found the sour-cherry aspect of the beer pleasant at first, but after a while it became somewhat tedious and one-dimensional. I kept looking, but never found Oz behind the curtain.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 18:27:30 | More by Brent
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branimal9

South Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From tasting notes, sampled 7.4.2010...

Muddy brown with ruby highlights. Smells of sour cherry and a bit of barnyard funk. Tart and sour cherry bring it again in the flavor, with a nice quenching finish. Light bodied, but full of flavor. Very nice!

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 00:13:32 | More by branimal9
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jorg2619

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Zuur has stuck with me since acbf and now I have a bottle to review.

The appearance of Zuur is brown, not amber, but brown with only a hint of amber in direct light. very different. There is a good amount of head at first that dies into a thin ring of bubbles.

The smell is sower sower and tart I am excited yet I remember that my sour review will be careful as this probably the 4th type of sour beer I have had ever.

The taste is intense tart and acidity on my lips. The ending is pleasantly smooth / tart. A very challenging beer to describe and the one that cut through all the other beers last summer.

The mouthfeel is thin yet coating a very pleasing bear overall. I would buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2011 21:35:25 | More by jorg2619
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Keffa

Ohio

3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a ruddy brown, 1 finger tan/off white head that stays in a full cap. Leave some lacing on the sides that holds on without moving much. Shows a dark red with amber highlights when hel to light. Nice.

S: Acidic and sour, vinegar, cherry, and a small whiff of sweetness. Some Belgian yeast spiciness shows up in the background.

T: Starts out slightly sweet and tart cherry, and then turns into a little bit of funkiness and sourness, a little hint of vinegar, and finishes slightly tart. A little oak like wood hides pretty well. Some other fruits (plum and fig come to mind) show up on the back as well.

M: Pretty light bodied, decently carbonated, and creamy.

D: Fairly. The slightly acidic and tart finish makes this one take it's toll a little too quickly. Otherwise, unoffensive and good flavor. No real alcohol detected, so that helps.

This one is quite good. If the finish were just a little bit more complex, I would like this one more. This one is still good though.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2011 03:43:14 | More by Keffa
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Pahn

New York

4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into an oversized wine glass.

Appearance: Free pour yields a 3/4 inch frothy, bone-white head that dissipates slowly. Pours a cloudy dark red and leaves occasional rigid arches of lacing.

Smell: Semi-sweet cherry, leathery funk, some ambiguous red wine grapes, plum, mild booze. Faint acetic note. Smells good, and like there's a fair amount going on in the taste.

Taste: At first it's sweet for a second then there's a reasonably large hit of slightly acetic sourness that gives way again to dubbel-like sweetness, ending seemingly prematurely with little finish or aftertaste.

Sweet and sour up front, in a very good way. The sweetness isn't cloying, nor is it one-note; there's some fig/plum esters, cherry, Belgian yeast that never fails to conjure up a good dubbel, along with a decent sour bomb every time (and occasionally some welcome oak notes). At first I felt the flavor was a little washed out and disliked how little happened at the end, but as I eased into this beer it (quickly) grew on me in a big way.

Mouthfeel: Light body. Rather carbonated. Sour but not very puckering. Semi-dry finish but mainly it "just stops".

Drinkability: I was unimpressed at first, but it became clear early on that this is a very easy drinking Flanders Oud Bruin. I enjoyed the entire bottle and will definitely buy it again.

Zuur delivers a bit of the promised sourness, but it's predominantly just a good Belgian brown ale that's a bit sour and is served well by the addition of cherries. For some reason I expected more of a brett bomb, but there's very little brett character to the flavor. Just good sugary, interesting-enough Belgian flavors that don't clash with the mild acetic sourness. All in all it's a very pleasant, refreshing beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 05:47:42 | More by Pahn
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mdaschaf

Washington

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

Thanks to THECPJ for the share. Review from notes 11/20/10.

A: Beer is a dark brown with an off white head, about 1.5 fingers in height. Dissipated to a thin layer of bubbles on top.

S: Very sweet, overwhelming aroma of sour cherries.

T: Very sour and tart. The cherry flavor is really nice. There is also a little bit of oak and a slight malt backbone.

M/D: Light bodied with high carbonation, but seems to fit the style nicely. Very drinkable, overall I really enjoyed it. My first in the style and I look forward to trying another so that I can have something to compare this to.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2011 02:58:39 | More by mdaschaf
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A vigorous pour into my CCB snifter produces an almost three-finger thick, dirty, lightly brown tinged, tan colored head that is fairly creamy in texture. The beer is a concentrated amber / dark brown color that shows a brilliantly clear, pale cranberry / copper hue when held up to the light. The aroma leans towards a big fruitiness due to both the tartness and the fermentation character. It reminds me of tart, fresh currants, perhaps a touch of red table grapes and a berry note. Additional complexity is added by an oxidize malt character that is a bit dusty, a touch like wet cardboard and with a definite nutty sherry notes and there is also a spiciness to the nose that is not quite peppery, but seems wrapped up in the aged, oxidized character somehow. Secondary toasted whole grain malt notes give this a rustic, brown bread edge. First and foremost this beer smells quite fruity, but I like the supporting malt and oxidized malt notes that keep this interesting.

Lightly tart and drier than I was expecting for some reason, the sourness is dominated by smooth lactic acidity, though there might be just a hint of acetic character that accentuates fruit notes of oxidized pears and apples that have been cut and sat out and browned. This is quite light bodied, actually really light bodied and refreshing, this would be a great beer to drink cool on a hot summers day. Oxidized caramel malt notes contribute a touch of nuttiness, light sherry notes and a rustic brown bread crust flavor as well as a perception of sweetness.

Not bad, at times it can seem a little thin, but I actually also like how refreshing this is and in truthfulness it is pretty enjoyable. I like the light lactic acidity that provides a nice bit to this (at times almost contributing a grapefruit like character).

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2011 14:10:13 | More by Gueuzedude
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mwilbur

Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 mL bottle into pint glass (all I had on vacation)...from tasting notes 1/25/11.
A: Pours a nice brown with golden-amber hues emerging with backlighting. Nice 1+ inch bubbly tan head. Good retention and lacing.
S: A wonderful mix of aromatic belgian yeast and tart and sour cherries. Mild caramel malt and a hint of hops and chocolate. Intoxicating.
T: Tart cherries up front. Mild malt (caramel and chocolate seem to both be present) and in the background belgian yeast and a faint whiff of hops.
M: Soft and smooth. Light-medium feel. Pleasantly tart (more so than sour). Very nice.
D: An extremely drinkable sour. I could see this as a nice surprise at a summer picnic--a nice starter to get the conversation going. A nice addition to the already solid Ommegang line-up.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2011 04:28:49 | More by mwilbur
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alkemy

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Out of the corked and caged 750...

A - Beer is a chestnut brown color with a creamy tan head that started about an inch in height and faded to a thin covering. It's can't really be considered cloudy, but as the previous reviewer notes, it does have a bit of a translucent quality.

S - Tart cherries tend to overwhelm the aroma at first. Sourness permeates. I also get a bit of banana and an inkling of a saison smell.

T - Wow, very tart at first. This is my first of the style, so I really didn't know what to expect. Cherries are pretty prominent along with some rhubarb. Has an earthy, woody, nutty taste to it. Malts are fairly muted and hops are invisible. Finishes dry.

M - It looked slightly viscous in the pour, but it's fairly light bodied. Quite a bit of carbonation, though not really prickly.

D - I found this to be very drinkable. I can't compare it to others of the style as of yet, but I quite enjoyed knocking this one back. This is enough to get me into trying more of the style for sure.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2011 00:11:39 | More by alkemy
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OnThenIn

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Half a finger of slightly tan head that dissipates quickly on top of a rather dark brown that is a bit translucent when held up to the light.

S: A lot of cherries and a good bit of funky and musty. A tiny bit of a tart aroma as well. A little bit of candy sweetness.

T: Surprisingly tart. The beer has a rather complex mix of sweetness, tart, funk, and cherry flavors. The sweetness almost tastes artificial at times. Hint of vanilla.

M: Good carbonation for the beer with a medium body. Nice.

D: The level of tartness cuts into drinkability a bit, but it is rather enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2011 21:58:10 | More by OnThenIn
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hdofu

Maryland

3.15/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Has a different kind of appearance pours orangeish brown has an off tan head, smell is sour like vinegar. Taste begins sour but then it finishes watery however as I continued drinking it it got more sour in the finish. I wasn't impressed by the taste, mouthfeel is pretty smooth, overall one I could pass on in the future

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2011 01:33:34 | More by hdofu
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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
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aepb1

Florida

3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark red/brown hazy body

S- Nice sweet fruity malts, some mineral smells in there too

T- Right off get hit with a mildly tart cherry taste that works all the way to the finish. Those sweet malts are there in the middle too

M- Medium-bodied and fine carbonation

D- I really dig the style and this is a good one

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2011 16:13:45 | More by aepb1
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Bmoyer0301

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:

Wrangled out the cork and cage off this champagne bottle, and I only needed a slight tug on the cork and it literally shot out of my hands and hit the ceiling. Poured into two over sized wine glasses and decided to go straight on and was left with a generous three finger thick off white tan head. Appears a deep ruby red almost like cherries with some brown hues around the edges. Lots of haze and some yeast chunks floating around even through I poured carefully with some light passing through. On the swirl there is some light viscosity but nothing really clinging on hard.

Smell:

Tart, funky, musty, fresh cherries, and horsey hay like aromas. There is some slight acid and vinegar notes, fair amount of sweetness. Some caramel and brown sugar notes round of the finish.

Taste:

Slight puckering on the initial taste, loads of cherry juice, barnyard funk, with no real hop flavors. Dark Plums, acid, fait toffee, and caramel. Mouthfeel is prickly and very dry with a long finish. I really enjoyed this becuase it has just the right amount of sourness to it. I really have a hard time enjoying a sour beer that is like drinking pure vinegar and battery acid, this perfect and quite easy to drink to whole bottle.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2011 21:56:48 | More by Bmoyer0301
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