Oud 15
Bullfrog Brewery

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Flanders Red Ale
4.22 | pDev: 8.53%
Bullfrog Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Oud 15Oud 15
Notes: Flemish style sour ale was initially brewed as a Belgian style quadruple ale. Oud 15 was aged for two years in second generation red wine barrels which previously held our Jaspers beer. Blended and steeped with Montmorency sour cherries and bottle conditioned with Belgian candi sugar, Oud 15 represents the culmination of 15 years of brewing, and is worthy of the commemoration.
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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Bottle #415 of 506.

Appearance - Deep brown, reddish body. Pours with a khaki head that disappears quickly.

Smell - Acetic acidity. Heavy caramel malt. Vanilla. Smells like a bourbon barrel. Cherry fruitiness. Tons of oak.

Taste - Sour up front, but it blends into sweet caramel and vanilla. Very rich. Cherry fruit sourness. Oak all the way through.

Mouthfeel - Heavy, sweet, and sour at the same time. Slow drinker and pretty boozy.

Overall - Reminds me of Oerbier Reserva. Maybe even a little better.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.79/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

pour is cloudy dark brown with a thin tan colored head. Nose is very big, tons cherry with a Bretty note behind. Fairly strong malt characteristic with toffee and light roast and a bit of vinegar. Taste is similar, a touch oxidized but very cherry forward up front, faint paper behind with dark malts abound. Chocolate and dark malts with a bit of leather and some tobacco and light vinegar. Faintly sour acidic characteristic in the finish on a heavy body and fairly well carbonated beer.

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Photo of Duff27
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Short white head on a murky dark red body. No head after a minute, understand why with the high abv.

Mostly wine barrels with a slight funky sourness. Cherries to round it out.

A perfect marriage of sour, wine, and cherries. Never could have guessed 13%abv.

Medium mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

This one tastes exactly how I had hoped. Flanders in cherry filled win(e) barrels. Yum. Thanks PAbeerdude!

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jerz for sharing this one at GRG1313’s tasting.

Bottle # 489/506.

Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour and tart with cherry, wood, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with cherry and woody flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with solid aromas and a great flavor.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a very dark ruby red color that looks almost garnet brown in color, a very thick and creamy ring surrounds the tulip glass; swirl the glass and it clings to the sides and gradually oozes down the sides.

S - Lots of barnyard funk - white grapes, red tart grapes, horse blanket, and light green apple.

T - White and red grapes, delicate oak tannins, black cherries, moderate and balanced tartness. Alcohol warming is minimal.

M - Heavy medium body and velvet smooth on the tongue with no carbonation.

O - For the ABV rating of this beer, it's deceptively well hidden and more so than most if not all beers I've ever had in this range...impressive at the very least.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle, thanks Joe!

Pours a murky dark brown/mahogany with a thin, transient tan head. Strong nose of cherry flesh and skin, slightly tart, trace vanilla sweetness, brett, quad dark malts and burnt sugar; very nice blend of Flanders and Quad notes. Flavor is heavy blend of sweet and tart, moist oak throughout and a warming alcohol presence in finish. Tartness of cherry skin and brett blended with sugars and vanilla of quad is a pleasant surprise. Thicker body with lighter carbonation. Could use a little age but a pleasant surprise.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.26/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Shared by BucketBoy. Thanks Joe.

The beer is dark brown with virtually no head. The aroma offers sour cherries, oak, funk. Definitely smells like a strong Flanders red. Lots of alcohol throughout the flavor. Nice flavor, but this would likely improve with some time in the cellar. Notes of vanilla and a balance of sweet and sour cherries. Really nice.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared by Steve I think? Served in a snifter at Sarah's birthday bash.

A - Tan foam settles to a thick collar, wisps, and no lacework. Murky raisin-colored body. Pretty solid considering the high ABV.

S - Sweet funky brett clausenii, with nice fruity notes. A mix of lactic sourness, oak, and a mild spicy dill character that I often get from beers aged in oak for a long time. Some cherry skins, a bit of sweet candi sugar and dark fruit malt backdrop. Alcohol is quite well-hidden.

T - The taste is a bit heavy on wet oak and lacks the balance of the aroma. Lactic, with a bit of mild medicinal brett and tart cherry in the finish. Not quite as sweet, with a bit more fruity yeast presence.

M - Smooth, medium-full body, with extremely well-hidden alcohol. Dry and oaky finish and very easy to drink. Pleasant medium Belgian-style carbonation.

D - Definitely more wild ale than quad, but with enough malt to put this squarely in the Flanders tradition. I liked this quite a bit, even when I didn't want to believe the hype. I'd totally drink this one again, even though it's a bittersweet reminder of Bullfrog's better days as a brewery.

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Photo of russwbeck
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to paiged for picking this up!

A: The beer pulls out much like a quad: purple in color with a small light brown head. The head doesn't lace much, or stick around for too long, but it's there. The color has hints of red as well, probably from the cherries. It's murky and dark, with a decent amount of bubbles holding the body together. 4.5

S: The aroma is straight Flanders Red all the way. Big cherry notes with some booze and a hint of vinegary tartness. Sweet, but the tartness makes the mouth water just from the scents. You can tell early on that this is going to be a knock out beer. 4

T: The taste brings out the best in quads and flanders red. Big boozy character, first of all, but not as big as you'd expect from a 13% ABV beer. The tartness and delicious cherries cover the booze well. Other dark fruits, and a graininess I attribute to quads is there as well. Candied sugar, blends with the cherries well. Not medicinal or faint in any well. There's a ton going on here, but it is all extremely well balanced. The fifteen years of brewing experience that went into this beer is showing. The tartness leaves a wonderful taste on the palate at the finish. 4.5

MF: This one is a doozy. Thick and rich body with a lower than average, but appropriate level of carbonation. The drinkability is ridiculously high between the sourness and sweetness from the cherries. I feel like I'm guzzling it down. 5

O: Boy oh boy did this live up to the hype. I really wish I got to try more of Bullfrog's sour beers, but I can say Pizza Boy has a great future ahead of it. I love getting these high ABV sours from time to time. Wish I had another bottle of this to age. 4.5

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Photo of oline73
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tasting snifter.

This is a thick beer, but I never would have guessed how high the abv was. I'm getting some nice fruity notes, perhaps cherry along with a nice sour note. There is a funk that I associate with darker beers. Just enough sweetness to balance out the sour flavors. I really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of stakem
4.41/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into a snifter. The brew appears a mahogany color with a tan cap. Some patchy fingers of webby lace stick to the glass. It displays very solid head retention for a beer this big. When swirled nearly a full finger revives and rests atop.

The aromatics are straight up cherry juice. There is a little vanilla, caramel and burnt brown sugar quality. It is deceptively and intriguingly sweet smelling like ripe cherries. The barrel character brings forth that pleasant vanilla aspect that really works with the cherries. When smelling this, I honestly cant tell if the cherry scent comes more from the cherries or the flanders bugs. Regardless it blends together very nice.

The taste is cherry juice with a very natural flavoring. Some caramel and vanilla sweetness is present just like the aroma led on. Mild tartness seems to come from a combination of cherries and bacterial inclusion. There is also almost a soft medical alcohol touch with a hint of herbal hop aspect and raw woodiness. There is a lingering oak aftertaste that breaks things up.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Very natural cherry flavor and tartness that has a masterfully masked alcohol level. If this is seriously 13%, it is one of if not these best hidden alcohol brews I have had to date. There is no warmth and the slightest touch of alcohol noted in the flavor. It was my intention to age my extra bottle but I am having a hard time resisting the urge to drink it all up. Get this if you havent already.

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Photo of cps98
4.07/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Popped open a bottle the Saturday evening after the release. Enjoyed with a group of friends.

A – Poured into a Victory Tulip, the color is a burnt red with hints of brown mixed in. A small ring of off white head did not last long.

S – Smells of tart cherries, leather and dank moist basement. Plenty of funk.

T – This is a cherry bomb. Lots of tart acidic cherry upfront which gives way to old oak and tobacco on the back end. Not overly acidic like some Wild Ales but plenty of sour/funk for the ones who crave it.

M – Nice medium to full bodied, good spritzy carbonation.

O – Lots of layers of flavor in this one. After aging for 2 years I expected that…did not
disappoint. I wonder how/if it will change with some more time in the bottle?

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Photo of Greenplastic615
4.41/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opened with some friends last night at our weekly bottle share. Poured about 5oz into a Bruery snifter.

A - Pours a pretty murky brownish-red with a quickly disappearing off-white head.

S - Cherries, dark fruits, and sweet sugar. Not overly sour smelling, but you can definitely get a whiff of funk, especially as it warms up a little.

T - Very, very balanced. No one flavor is too over the top, and everything blends together quite well. I was surprised this wasn't more sour, but as I finished my glass I thought the sourness was just right given the quad base and cherry flavors. Very nicely done, especially as it warmed up closer to room temperature. No real booziness at all, even at 13%.

M - Medium thick mouthfeel with appropriate carbonation. There is no chance this beer is 13%. Drinks like 6-8%, tops.

O - I wasn't sure what to expect, given that there aren't a ton of 13% sour cherry beers out there, but I was very happy with this. Glad I have a few more bottles for the cellar to open in the coming months/years.

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Photo of ShanePB
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml corked and caged bottle, graciously opened by Greenplastic615. Thanks Jason!

A: Dark mahogany brownish color with an initial nice off-white/tan bubbly head. Dissipation was quick as expected though nice lacing and a thin retention ring were left behind.

S: Rich sour aromas, funk, pitted cherries, sticky caramel, burnt sugar. Notes of other various red fruits coming in too.

T: An initial tart wash covers the palate, but with it is a very sweet malty flavor. Certainly some quad-like qualities coming through. Plenty of caramel notes and sugary cherries. The finish ends clean with an almost chocolate linger. Sour/tartness is cut off.

M: Nicely carbonated, medium bodied and highly drinkable. Dangerous this is 13% ABV. Like many have commented, this easily drinks more like it's in the 6%-range.

My first Bullfrog beer and they've impressed me.

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Photo of fiedler84
4.94/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark cherry color with just a little bit of head. Smell is...cherries. really nice nose on this. Taste is a very cherry-forward tartness. Awesome. This beer is drinking phenomenal. If the cherry fell off a little bit; it'd still drink really well. An above average amount of carbonation. The general consensus so far has been it doesn't taste a bit like 13%, personally I felt it would be around 7-8%. Really hides the alcohol.

Bottle is #'ed out of 506. Wish I was able to get more of this.

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Photo of duceswild
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opened the bottle at the brewery on release day and split with Beerontwowheels. Poured into a snifter. Bottles for sale to the public were $20 and limited to 350 bottles.

Pours a dark amber/cherry color in nature with minimal dark tan head and lacing. Smell is funky like something that has definitely been aged for 2 years, but it also get a good amount of cherries. Taste is more cherries and tartness. I get some of the red wine characteristics from the barrel similar to a California Cab, slight oak taste. Mouthfeel is good with solid amount of carbonation. This tastes like a 6-8% ABV beer and goes down easily smooth, myself and others were shocked when we were told it came out around 13%.

Overall this was a tasty brew with a good sourness to it. Wish I would have been able to pick up more.

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Photo of Sammy
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Brewery notes:
Flemish style sour ale initially brewed as our quad, aged for two years in second generation red wine barrels that previously held Jaspers. Blended then steeped with Montmorency sour cherries and bottle conditioned with Belgian candi sugar,

my notes:
Bottle at the brewery. Very good mouthfeel. Funky, good barreling from red wine. Very good sourness.Cherry and also some orange flavour. Superiour wild/sour worth seeking out.

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