Hors Série Oud Bruin
Les Trois Mousquetaires

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Flanders Oud Bruin
Ranked #26
Ranked #7,262
4.08 | pDev: 7.11%
Les Trois Mousquetaires
Quebec, Canada
Very Good
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Notes: This Belgian-inspired brown ale is aged in oak barrels with a flora of acidifying bacterias. then blended with a fresh beer.
Reviews: 24 | Ratings: 59
Reviews by Beer_Stalin:
Photo of Beer_Stalin
4.51/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm always on the lookout for a replacement for one of my favourite beers of all time, "Bios Copper Ale" from Ertvelde, Belgium. I had my last one in 1987 at the Full Moon in Ann Arbor, MI and all I have left to remember it by is it's official vessel. There are many copper or brown ales out there but a copper ale with the Lambic sour/sweet dimension is a unusual pleasure. This version from Les Trois Mousqetaires is better than the Duchesse de Bourgogne. Since it is packaged in a 750 ml bottle I was able to drink it over 2 hours at temperatures from 8 - 14 degrees Celsius. It was very similar to Monk's Cafe Flemish which I brought home once from Total Wine in Florida but Hors Série Oud Bruin comes in at an elevated 7.8% which gives it that extra weight which in this style I now prefer. I am going back to Dépanneur Peluso in Montreal and getting a few more so I can try them at different vintages. What sealed it for me was the beautiful copper colour displayed in my vintage Bios glass. To me, this is one of the most unique styles and when it's done right, one of the greatest pleasures.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a amber/brown color ale with a nice large off-white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of tart notes with light cherry notes and oak notes are also noticeable. Taste is also dominated by tart notes with oak and cherry flavors. Fruity notes are also discernable with a dry finish. Acidity level is well balanced. Body is average for style with good level of carbonation. Maybe not the complexity of a Rodenbach but still a very enjoyable beer. I will probably cellar one or two to see how it will develop.

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Photo of Derek
4.41/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice bubbly head, ring of retention shows a little lace.

Certainly some sourness in the aroma, a bit earthy, oak.

It is sour, but the tannins give it a real wine like character... Cherries, raisin, oak, treacle, hints of roasted nut. Definitely some vinegar character, but it adds depth rather than detracting from the rest.

Good body, well carbonated, with a slightly drying finish.

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Photo of papat444
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is vinegar, a bit balsamic. Flavor is old wood, more vinegar but vinous with a low lying sourness which compliments it nicely. A very flavorful Oud Bruin ale.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml, caged and corked bottle (@ 7.0% ABV) - these ones from LTM always seem to impress, to let's get a move on!

This beer pours a clear, dark red-brick brown colour, with two skinny fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and fizzy tan head, which leaves just a bit of spotty and blinking alien spaceship lace in places around the glass as things slowly abate.

It smells of tart cherry and apple vinegar, gritty and grainy caramel malt, some earthy funkiness, reduced brown sugar syrup, a sort of edgy barrel stave oakiness (more wet wood than anything), tanned leather, and some very tame earthy and dead leafy noble hop bitters. The taste is bready and doughy caramel malt, balsamic vinegar, some cheese-forward funk, molasses, sour cherry and lemon flesh, a sort of musty barrel oakiness (some vanilla thankfully coming out to play), plain packaged nutty notes, and more understated leafy, weedy and gently perfumed floral hoppiness.

The carbonation is fairly supportive via its stoic frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and mostly smooth, the big sugary malt kind of batting away any and all funky and/or sour measures here, to great local acclaim. It finishes off-dry, the malt continuing its stranglehold on power, while the tart fruit, musty funk, and barrel astringencies check their watches for the last time today.

Overall, this is one heady and full-seeming version of the style, with the Brett character thankfully a background player, at 'best'. Just sour enough from the cherry-led fruitiness, and thus it comes across as balanced and appealing to yer typical agnostic - my thumbs aren't typing, as they're pointed back at me right now.

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Photo of ZorPrime
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very dark brown color beer. The head is timid and light beige in color. No lacing. The smell is funkiness all the way. Not strong smell however. Just enough to make me want to drink it... In the mouth, it's definitely sour. Very candy sourness. I love it. Very good on the taste. It lingers also for quite a long time. Awesome taste. In the mouth, it's quite effervescent. Light body but. Dry complex in flavor. Overall, this is a pretty good beer!

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Photo of flipper2gv
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours really dark brown and muddy because it is unfiltered. Mocha head that is very fluffy, which is expected because of the use of this yeast. Some lacing but not much.

S: It smells very rustic. The malt notes are quite dominant for the style but there is still quite a good amount of funkiness. Also, it is pretty vinous, which is expected but no vinegar at all. The malts are quite dark and roasted, solid amount of chocolate malts in this.

T: It follows the nose quite well. The chocolate malt notes are stronger than expected. The acidity is very much under control. The wine notes are there as well as the vinous acidity. There is some vanilla too from the barrel as well as some pepper. There is no vinegar at all.

M: It is quite light and fluffy but not enough for the style it seems to me. Also, a bit too sticky for the style.

O: This is an immensely hard to brew style, one of the hardest and this is a very solid example of the style. If it manages to be consistent, that would be a first to me. Also, it is quite rustic for the genre, not super acid and still quite a bit good amount of malt. But this follows Trois Mousquetaires approach: very traditional, rustic, well executed and wayyyy under priced compared to the competition (which is a big plus to me).

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Photo of ludachris
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Its garnet red/amber body looks luscious. A massive, foamy light tan head forms quickly after a steady pour. Thick rings of lace stay behind as the head slowly recedes. This is a beautiful looking beer.

Sour cherry skins and balsamic vinegar come through in a spritzy manner. As off-putting as it sounds, I get a whiff of manure as well. Fresh grass clippings and hay give a dry impression. A bit dusty and chalky as well. A soft oaky sweetness is faint and the only sign of its barrel aging. As it warms I get a dash of cocoa. Very intriguing.

It starts with a well stated dryness. Sour cherry and grape skins are dominant. It's fleshy and sweet as well. The edges are slightly astringent. A smooth and refined oak sweetness cuts through the middle, making for an enjoyable underlay as it continues into the finish. It develops into a more grassy, earthy character with a very subtle bitterness.

Its carbonation is lively, helping to bring forth its fruity characteristics. Medium bodied with a crisp dryness in the finish. I find this very refreshing with a great level of drinkability.

This for me is a reminder as to why Les Trois Mousquetaires is one of my favorite breweries out of Quebec. The French Canadians have Belgians down pat. This was a very approachable and rounded Oud Bruin. Its sourness/acidity was never overly pronounced. The same goes for its level of dryness. A perfect beer for someone like me who's just getting into sours.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into tulip 12/5/16 cheers mathieuc via CANBIF

A reddish brown that darkens towards the center, big beige head makes some noise as it falls leaving no lace

S heaps of brown sugar and balsamic vinegar, wet wood, has a little funk but I don't think the brett's taken charge in this fresh bottle but its hiding in the background, just a little sour cherry, a hint of leather, smells great

T thankfully the nose follows through, the sour cherry has some sour chocolate but its very faint and late, lots of brown sugar, vinegar, wet woods still there, tastes bang on for the style

M medium weight, tangy, stops short of sour, oil slick on the palate but a little sticky on the lips, vinegar at first and a hint of smokey cocoa well after the fact

O I'm impressed, this one has plenty going on and hits the style right on the money, maybe a little too easy drinking, sexy liquid

Can someone tell me when 3M started taking on tough Belgian styles and nailing them bang on? I think this is up there with some of the classics, I love this brewery!!

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Photo of bylerteck
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful sweetness in the aroma and a nice tartness with a sweet woody note that is far too drinkable. Seems to nail all the requisite flavours. Great stuff.

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Photo of liamt07
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of krome
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of VbolieuV
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark amber/light brown in color with a nice red hue and a small off-white head and lots of carbonation and bubbles. Very wild smell, you mostly smell the Bretts, a bit vinegary, some cherry aromas too. Nice fresh cherry taste in the beginning then it becomes more sour and you get balsamic vinegar taste with a small bitterness. Really fizzy on the tongue, I really like the feeling of this one.

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Photo of mtomlins
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, rich brown color with a tall, off-white head with good retention leaving some decent lacing as it falls to a thin color. The nose has some toasted malt, light chocolate notes as well as lots of acidic tartness and hints of fruit (cherry/plums?) in the background. On the palate, the chocolate malt comes out first, but the tartness quickly takes hold, light balsamic vinegar, a touch of funkiness, oak, leather. Plenty of carbonation keep the beer light and lively. I am very curious what a few years of age will do to this brew.

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Photo of peensteen
3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rutager
4.36/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Didn't know this was a thing! Part of the craziness that David's been raining down on me lately. Cheers man!!

Pours a deep amber-brown with several fingers of pale khaki head. Big sour cherry and wet oak on the nose with some sweet malt and a bit of malt vinegar coming through.

Darker malts, light tart cherry, lots of tannic wood, some caramel and maybe some other dark fruits. A bit of unsweetened bakers chocolate is left on the tongue in the (fairly dry, for the style) finish. Medium+ body, soft and fairly fine medium+ carbonation.

Really nice take on the style, one that I'm a bit critical of when it's not to my liking. Enjoying this one very much.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.72/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The oak is too strong, providing a bit of a dusty, woody flavour. Finish is very dry. The balsamic flavour is not as present as it could be.

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Photo of bigred89
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bugs318
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A bit of balsamic and oak on the nose. Taste is similar, not too tart, but lightly balsamic with moderate acidity and slight oak. Moderate carbonation and body.

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Photo of BGDrock
3.69/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A hazy mahogany body (lovely sunset red) with a sand head that fizzles out rapidly.
Aroma is fruity and tart, of cherry and raspberry.
Aggressively sour, a real punch to the palate, like popping a warheads candy when you were a kid. Candy sugar sweetness, as opposed to fruity. Cherry, raspberry, currant flavours, with a touch of earthiness. Acidic and dry with a short finish.
Overall, it's ok for the style, but nothing exciting to drink, doesn't have depth. Have had better examples that were more balanced.

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Photo of rale
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of parintele
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SmithyAlan
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of groleau
4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hors Série Oud Bruin from Les Trois Mousquetaires
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 59 ratings