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Petrus Oud Bruin | De Brabandere

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De Brabandere
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Style: Flanders Oud Bruin

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-05-2002

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.89/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a bottle of Petrus Oud Bruin last month for $3.79 at The Lager Mill. I don't think I have ever had an Oud Bruin before, but I have had a couple Petrus beers and I've liked them and I'm interested to see how this one turns out, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, i think it's a 2013 Vintage all i could find was #41022. Poured from a smaller 11.2oz brown bottle into a Belgian tulip.

A- The label looks nice, it's got a simple yet classy look to it. It poured a nice dark brown color that took on more of reddish brown color when held to the light with two and a half fingers worth of creamy dark tan head that died down to a thick ring that stayed till the end and it left some pretty nice rings of lacing behind. This is a pretty good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness followed by some malts being the first to show up and they impart a light amount of dark malt, lightly toasted, caramel, and bready aromas that quickly give way to some sour, tart, and funky yeast aromas with a slight musty basement aroma coming through and there's some lighter oak aromas in the background. Up next comes a big fruity aroma with sour cherrys sticking out the most with a little bit of raspberrys in the background. This beer had a very nice aroma, I really liked the sour, funky and fruity aromas.

T- The taste seems to be a little similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness followed by a little bit of funky yeast being the first to show up along with a medium amount of tartness that is a little on the light side. Up next comes a light malty flavor with most of the malty aspects that I got in the aroma showing up with a pretty light oak flavor in the background. On the finish comes a nice fruity flavor that isn't nearly as intense as it was in the aroma, but the sour cherrys still seem to stick out the most and there's a little more tartness and pretty much no bitterness with a a slightly tart and fruity aftertaste. This was a pretty nice tasting beer, but i wish it was as intense as the aroma was with some more sour aspects coming through.

M- Smooth, clean, crisp, not too acidic, a little refreshing, medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was pretty nice and it seemed to work well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a pretty nice beer and a nice example of the style, since this is my first Oud Bruin I'm not very familiar with this style, but this beer seems to be pretty in line with the description of the style on BeerAdvocate, but I think I'll have to revisit this beer once I try more of the style to get a better idea of where it stands. This beer had good drinkability, it was smooth, clean, crisp, not too acidic, not too filling, a little refreshing, and the taste did a decent job at holding my attention, I could see myself drinking a couple of these and I think it would be a nice beer to enjoy in the summer. What I like the most about this beer was the aroma, I thought it was very nice and I really liked how fruity and sour it was. What I liked the least about this beer was that the taste wasn't more like the aroma, I wish that intensity that I got in the aroma showed up in the taste. I would buy this beer again, I enjoyed it and it's priced pretty reasonably especially for a Belgian beer. I would recommend this to anyone who likes fruity and tart beers. All in all i thought this was pretty solid, it's not the best sour and fruity beer I have had, but it was good for what it is and I thought it had pretty good drinkability. I'm glad i took a chance on this beer and I'll be on the look out for more Oud Bruins and more Petrus beers. Nice job guys, keep up the good work.

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Photo of BWED
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

330 ml bottle poured into a tulip.

A- Dark brown with some amber highlights. Tan head holds well with nice lacing. A little yeast suspends in the beer. I guess I didn't pour it well.

S- Dark malt, oaky. Some sweet/tart funk. Caramel. An interesting combination of aromas.

T- A little tart, a little sweet. Some roasted character as well.

M- Clean, medium body. Oaky drying finish, but with some sweetness.

O- This is new to me. Nice blend of a brown ale and a sour.

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Photo of Roguer
3.86/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

It may be called Oud Bruin, but this beer pours very dark, almost black; reddish-brown highlights shine through, as well as significant carbonation, with a light background. Nice two-finger tan head, very lively, with OK retention and lacing.

Slightly sour and tart aroma, with heavy tannins, tobacco, oak, and some light funk. Wine-like sharp quality, but just enough wheat/barley to balance it out.

Initial flavor is that light funk (a little malty or cheese-like), but it's very pleasant, and immediately followed by a complex series of flavors: sourness/tartness, fruit - including cherries and raspberries, and a bit of banana and red grapes - tons of tannins, straw; and more. Very complex, but well-balanced and extremely tasty profile.

If there's a weakness on this beer, it's probably the feel. It just comes across as a little thin and watery, while the liveliness comes across as some slight foaming. There's a nice slick residue helping bring this beer to the finish.

This is a very tasty and fairly light Flanders red or brown ale. It's not as refined as Rodenbach, but it fits the bill quite well, and has a complex and pleasing taste profile. Absolutely worth picking up if the price is right.

2012 bottle.

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Photo of utfiero
4.19/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Color- unfiltered mahogany. Slight head.

Aroma- gentle sweet sour with hint of cherries.

Taste- Starts smooth and silky with active carbonation adding to a light body, mildly sour with faint hints of tart cherry with subtle hint of vanilla (likely from the barrel aging). Compared to Oud Bruin from Verzet, this is far more refined.

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Photo of MrBoz21
3.57/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured with foamy tan head settles into cap. Moderate lacing that subsides
Dark Caramel, cola like – 85% opaque copper hue. Effervescent.
Plum/raison aroma,
Slight sour tang, rides off tongue with a grape finish. Stone fruit and Oak notes.
Tingly, dry-ish … Sort of thin.
Overall: refreshing and drinkable. Would enjoy 2-3 in a sitting.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 10/3/2013. Pours lightly hazy very dark ruby red color with a 2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with solid retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grape, pear, apple, raisin, cherry, oak, clove, red wine, vinegar, herbal, hay, musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Nice aromas with good complexity and solid balance of fruity/funky yeast and oak barrel notes; with solid strength. Taste of grape, pear, apple, cherry, raisin, red wine, vinegar, oak, musty funk, herbal, hay, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Minimal tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of light fruits, cherry, raisin, red wine, vinegar, musty funk, oak, hay, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a bit. Nice complexity and balance of fruity/funky yeast flavors; with decent flavor robustness and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and moderately crisp mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a good Flanders brown. Nice balance/complexity and decent robustness of yeast flavors; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very sour smelling like bottle lemon juice. Tart vinagar or lactic acid or maybe both who knows. Some lean dark fruits, malts and yeassty easter in the nose.
Pours with a gargantuan head and spotty lacing. The color is clear ruby brown.
The taste is very acidic and sour with vinagar. Some dark fruits and malts too but fades to water almost as the sourness subsides.
Feels thin on the palate.
A bit disappointing because the bold sour, vinagar taste is quite refreshing, but after that there really is nothing else.

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Photo of vinny21bal
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

No sour. Decent ale great color and the last wasn't bad. Excited to try it. Just fell short. I have had others of there's and been very happy. I really think it's made the way you wanted the beer to taste. Just not my thing. Little bland. Kick up the sour to go with the wood and we have gold

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Photo of KajII
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Suggested Glassware: Tulip Glass]

The pour was a murky medium dark brown with an average (1-2 finger) creamy light brown head that diminished at a nice slow pace, down to a thick puddled film with a large collar thus producing excellent thick sheeting of lacing.

The aroma was of a dark sweet malt and an funky earthy Belgian yeast with notes of brown sugar, dark fruit (cherries, plums and grapes), a mild vinous scent, a touch of oak cask and a definite tartness.

The taste was lightly sweet and acidic with a bit of brown sugar in the beginning, but quickly became somewhat sour and acetic with a very strong fruity vinous presence and a bold woody flavor towards the finish. The flavor hung around for an average time following the swallow, with the tart woody winey taste fading slowly from the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was a few strokes below medium in body and quite dry in texture with a lightly ticklish carbonation.

Overall this was a tasty and refreshing Oud Bruin, although I fell that a bit more sourness would have improved the flavor just a bit. But that’s just my opinion...


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Photo of MaximalC
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a murky, nearly opaque, prune color with a small, khaki head that soon settles into a thin layer of patchy froth. Patches of lacing cling sporadically to the glass as the beer recedes. The mild aroma smells of apple cider vinegar with a hint of molasses or brown sugar. While mild, the tartness in the nose is enough to set the taste buds tingling on the rear periphery of the tongue.

The flavor is smooth, mellow, and cohesive--so much so that it's difficult to dissect its components. The malt is akin to plum and toasted bread, but with very low astringency. The sourness evokes dark cherry and green apple, but in a very delicate sense. A touch of oak comes through in the finish, but only barely so. The Belgian yeast character lends a velvety mouthfeel that elevates what might otherwise be an overly mild flavor profile.

Based on the above, one might think to write this brew off as dull or underwhelming, but that is not the case at all. Though mild, the flavor is sophisticated and admirably cohesive. It looks luscious, and I just feel classy drinking it. It probably won't knock your socks off, but it's hard to find something not to like about it.

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Photo of JamesMN
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Deep mahogany and nearly opaque with a thin light tan cap of fizz.

Aroma: Definite sourness to this one with a vinegar edge. Also something sweet and fruity in there.

Taste: Petrus Oud Briun starts with a tingling sweet and sour note that has a light berry character. If you're not a fan of sour beers then this one is for you because that bit of tartness at the beginning is the most intense that the flavor gets. The second half and finish and quite mellow with a neutral malt flavor. The aftertaste brings back a slight echo of the sourness but doesn't get nearly as intense as I was hoping it would be. The 5.5% ABV is most likely to blame as the flavor seems watered down at times.

Mouthfeel: Thin in body with lots of carbonation. Average drinkability and sessionable if you like the style.

Final Thoughts: So not super impressed with this one but it's hard to knock it for anything besides the lack of flavor. A good one for someone who is new to the style. Would I drink it again? Probably not.

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Photo of Father_Raybob
4.07/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - pours deep straw with a quickly dissipating head. A wonderful golden-red hue.

Nose - This is where the party starts! This is a funky barnyard vortex of caramel malt, ripe lemons and limes, fresh hay, wet dirt and wet stones from a stream. Awesome and complex; nothing lacking in the nose.

Taste - Wow! Intense astringency; great food beer. The sweet sour balance begs to paired with any dish of grub.

Think: Flanders ... Belgium ... Sweet/Sour Big Boy Beer.

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Photo of FLima
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Brown ruby color with a one finger beige head with medium retention, but leaving laces.
Nice aroma of red grapes with notes of vinegar tartness.
Delicious flavor of red grapes, raspberries, sour cherries and oak. Smell is sourer than taste, and you can still perceive some mild bitterness. Dry and mildly acid aftertaste.
Light body with low carbonation.
Friendly tartness, it could be a session Oud Bruin. Not at the same level as Rodenbach, but still very pleasant and a great option for who wants to venture in the world of sours.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle served in a Duvel's tulip.

A: Pours a beautiful dark amber clear color forming a huge aired tan head. Low retention and some lacings formed end left in the glass

S: Smell is quite fruity and bit sour as a good Oud Bruin should be. Strong notes of dark fruits, mainly cherries and red grapes. Some wild yeasts can be felt too. A bit metallic in the end

T: Slightly sweet upfront. Strong notes of sweet malts and dark fruits. Again, strong notes of cherries, plums and red grapes. A bit sour. Some metallic notes. Toffee, caramel malts, crystal malts. In overall, a fruity but not extremely sweet beer

M: Medium body. Good carbonation. Light sour and fruity aftertaste

O: Good drinkability. An Oud Bruin "for the masses", but still a nice beer

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Photo of magictacosinus
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a bottle from the Sour Power sampler packs that are everywhere. Poured out of a 11.2oz bottle into a tulip glass. Blended and matured from oak barrels for 20 months.

Pours a reddish brownish color with about 2 fingers worth of an off-brown head that leaves scattered lacing on the glass. Looks like balsamic vinegar as soon as the carbonation dies down. Despite the low ABV, there's definitely a vinous quality in appearance to this. Looks very similar to a Flanders red, but a little bit maltier. Not bad at all.

The aroma brings out slight acetic sour notes, ranging from balsamic vinegar, sour currants, faded black cherries, and sourdough baker's yeast. Notes of caramel and surprisingly light oak linger about at the finish. Pretty bready and toasted (as expected), although I wish there was more representation of the oaky qualities. This doesn't smell sour or tart at all. However, it does have the light, raisin-like qualities of repasso in, say, Amarone wines. Which to me says a lot about a $4 bottle, at least!

The flavor is actually not tart at all as well, although it does retain dry, super mildly sour notes from the oak. Notes of light raisins, red apple, and red ripe cherry skins linger about at the front, with notes of light honey and vanilla coming in soon after. The oak eventually coats the back of the tongue in a paste-like consistency, drying up the mouth with off-dry tannins. Carbonation is low, even for the style, but luckily it retains the malty feel of the brown malts, as well as a slight zesty hop profile. Pretty easy to drink, although slightly thinned and underwhelming throughout consumption.

What's this doing in a sour beer pack? There's nothing super sour (acetic or lactic) about this! The oak definitely does a decent job (could do better), but this really has got to be one of the most purportedly "complex" beers that I felt like either pounding on a warm day or paring with food - which I did (lamb with veggies). If you want an extremely mild beer in the style, this is one to choose for sure. Just don't pay more than $5 for it or prepare to be disappointed.

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Photo of Brenden
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

About a medium-dark brown but clear and with a brightness when held up to the light, this beer develops a light tan head that's neither partciularly loose nor particularly tight. It shows good retetnion and eventually is left at a strong foam that remains for the remainder. Lacing is left in patchy deposits.
The smell is vinous with some tannins and red wine character along with earth. Certainly tart and lightly funky, it's got a firm malt support adding a sort of bready quality. It tapers off a little with time, but not too much.
The taste showcases all of these but more lightly, with a light vinegar-like acidity making itself known, and more strongly as the beer sits. A bit longer, though, brings out a little wood and lightly sweet cherry notes.
A light-bodied brown, the tangy tartness gives off a dryness in the feel and almost a sort of juiciness on the tongue. It could use a touch more something, but it's good.

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Photo of Murrhey
3.03/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 11.2 oz standard pressure-cap bottle into a snifter. Reviewed live in high elevation Kalispell, Mont.

A- Three-finger light brown head with active carbonation. Thick bubbles constantly moving around, lasting around two minutes. Rich mahogany color with little light permeating.

S- Rich sour aroma, smells barrel aged. Some woodenness.

T- Bland tasting oud bruin at first brush. Some slight tartness, some wooden flavors. Not a lot going here.

M- Creamy feel, surprisingly. Not bad, not good.

O- There are far better examples of the style.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Petrus Oud Bruin pours out with deep and rich, woody brown color; it looks nearly black from afar once it makes it into the glass, and it exhausts a beautiful ruby shade when held in front of the light. The grey-ish, beige-ish head settles to less than a quarter-inch within a few moments; some good amounts of lacing outlines the glass where the beer used to be.

Must is the largest and most prominent thing in the aroma; dirty, earthy must with a substantial amount of woody funk. Dry oak is complimented by just a small hint of acetic tartness; faint lemon, vanilla barrel notes, and a mild kiss of cherry skins. People expecting a highly sour and saliva-pumping aroma will be disappointed - it's much heavier on the oaky, musk aroma.

Following through with that notion, the tartness is low on the palate as well, although there is a very mild acidic-like astringency that kind of bites the back of the tongue. Now imagine ripping a floorboard straight from an abandoned barn and taking a lick; lots of dirty funk, heavy oak, heavy must, and a touch of hay.

The more I drink, the more this beer starts tasting like a Belgian dubbel with the accompaniment of a very mild tartness. Fruit notes get larger and larger; sweet plums, heavy grapes, vinous and wine-like stone fruits. Even some additional nutty and cocoa powder hints on the very back-end, inside of a finish that's dominated with plenty of dry oak. Thin-medium body with subtle carbonation and a smooth, soft mouth feel.

Those who buy this beer expecting a tart or sour ale like the Petrus Aged Pale will be slightly disappointed, as this beer both more dry and sweet than tart, really. It really reminded me of a dubbel with some vinous additions an a touch of astringent tartness. Drinkable due to overall low acidity, but there are better shelf things you can probably grab for this style.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured two fingers of tan head on a dark reddish/brown colored body.
The aroma is bold and rich: caramel, oak and wet hay. Simple, but nice.
The taste has caramel and a malt sweet beginning, moving to a mild bitter and then sour bite to end. Enjoyable, though the sour did not blend well with the profile.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation, a bit fizzy.
Enjoyable and different.

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Photo of BethanyB
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: An abundance of caviar bubbles create a substantial tan head. Color is dark brown with garnet highlights. Good clarity.

Smell: Red fruit (particularly cherries) paired with caramel and toasted malt.

Taste: Tart red cherries mixed with caramel and roasy, chocolate malt create the typical "sweet & sour" taste. A metallic flavor detracts a bit from the overall impression flavor, as does acidity that lingers into the finish. Low, but apparent bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel, medium carbonation. Very slight alcohol warming.

Overall: A decidedly good beer, but one that could be improved upon by measures to lower the acidity. Sure, all Oud Bruins have a required level of sourness, but this recipe seems to tip the scaletoo much.

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Photo of Samp01
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A reddish brown hue with medium lasting beige head on the pour. Some mild lacing. Aroma of sweet sour tart fruit, a bit of sour grapes, some caramel malt, oak cask and vanilla notes. Taste has some oaky sour grapes almost like a red wine flavor, some malt as well. Palate is a medium body, smooth, with sweet sour and tart flavors on the tongue, with some touched of caramel malt and vanilla. Finishes with a sweet tart slightly sour grapes and fruity notes, yeast, some oak vanilla, slightly tangy notes and caramel malt. Overall a nice combination of sweet, tart and sour fruitiness and good malt balance. A very nice flavorful and drinkable brew.

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Photo of NODAK
3.12/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Acidic, sour fruitiness on the nose. Vinegar, a definite raspberry/cherry presence there. Smells like a quite tart fruit juice may.

Pours a very dark red in the glass with a pretty decent head that unfortunately fizzles away pretty fast. Ah well.

Taste is somewhat sweet, vaguely fruity. Raspberries?? Yes definitely a raspberry taste. Definitely subdued and not over the top. I expected more in the tartness department, as that's quite minor. Leaves behind a bit of a raspberry soda type taste.

Eh, it's alright. Doesn't particularly interest me a lot. Would have liked more character.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle stamped 41345. Sampled on June 23, 2013.

The color is attractive with its reddish-amber pour. Along with that comes a tremendous silky beige head.

The aroma is of vinegar, yeast, and milder malts. A vague sort of sweetness creeps into the nose as well.

The body is light to medium with an acidic texture.

The taste is sour and malted but not too sour. A lingering bitter finish.

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Photo of matthiasbrau
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from an 11.2-ounce bottle into my Petrus Chalice. Deep yet perfectly clear amber-red in color. Needs to breathe before tasting. One finger of foam gives way to slight lacing; mild malty sour taste, interesting; dry but not quite puckeringly tart like Rodenbach; I like it.

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Photo of mhaugo
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle poured in a stemmed tulip glass.
Appearance: Deep chestnut with a thin sheet of dirty cotton lying across the top.
Smell: Recipe for Parfum de la Oud Bruin… Take one packet of powdered grape Kool-Aid, add a tablespoon of lemon juice, and a teaspoon of sweet malt vinegar, inhale. Mix, smell, repeat.
Taste: Refreshingly tart. A bit of fresh picked pie cherries, honey, and a touch of tannins from the oak it was aged in. The oak becomes stronger the warmer it gets.
Mouthfeel: Thin and acidic, with a sharp carbonic bite.
Overall: Very nice. I would drink this any day of the week, except in the winter. And Tuesday.

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