Chunga's Old Bruin | Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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Chunga's Old BruinChunga's Old Bruin

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Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Ohio, United States

Style: Flanders Oud Bruin

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A Flanders style brown ale. We took Chomo-lung-ma (our organic honey nut brown) and aged it in a second generation Woodford Reserve barrel (subtle bourbon flavor, notes of American oak) for four months with 30lbs of tart cherries and a specially blended culture of wild yeast and beer souring bacteria. Chunga's Old Bruin exhibits and aroma of sweet cherries and faint chocolate/ roasted malt complemented by a faint oak bouquet. The flavor has a pronounced sour character with the caramel, chocolate, and roasted malt finish.

Added by beveritt on 12-07-2008

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Photo of Sabtos
2.47/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

Clear burnt brown with no head, the smell is old man and dog breath with dirty socks and sticky stale cherries.

Taste is a different story, with a toasty char, cherry, oak, and cigar skin that has a nice sourness, but also a thin body and semi-dry finish.

It's too bad the smell is horrendous.

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2.75/5  rDev -33.7%

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3/5  rDev -27.7%

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3/5  rDev -27.7%

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3.02/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle 20/72. 12/3 2009.

Poured into snifter.

Pours fairly flat. Color is a caramel brown.

Aroma: Sour cherries, oak, vinegar, funk, and some light chocolate notes.

Taste: Sour cherries mixed with some other flavors that are odd for the style. It has to be the chocolate and caramel notes. I get some vinegar, but in a bad way. It seems to be an off-sour flavor.

Mouthfeel: Off sour feel to it. Medium bodied with a low amount of carbonation. Ends with a medicinal flavor.

Overall, not the type of flavors I expect from the style. It was ok, but it just had some off flavors in it. Not something I drank a lot of.

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Photo of sendsilk
3.42/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried this at a CCB weekly tasting, thanks Jason!

It's a nice Old Bruin, nothing that special but nice to have tried it. It's kind of a murky brown with a acidic smell. Tastes like Dissident but not as good.

Nice to have tried it but won't be searching it out again.

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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3.72/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chunga's Old Bruin has a body that is a mix of ruby and dark brown, changing as it is turned in the light. The light brown head settles into a color and leaves a few chunks of lacing here and there on the glass.

Tart cherries and oak are there as expected, but a pretty big malt profile comes through with hints of chocolate and caramel.

Spicy oak notes get things started. Cherries and a good bit of sourness come next, and then straight sourness becomes dry and musty, showing off a pretty good array of brett characteristics. The dry sour flavors are fairly intense and somewhat puckering. Next comes the malt, that has notes of chocolate, caramel, and toasted malts. The darkness of these malts is somewhat unique to this beer. The finish has a hint of vinegar to it. Although bourbon barrels were apparently used to make this beer, the barrel gives it more of a vinous character than anything, with cherry and grape flavors coming through.

As I said, this beer is a little puckering up front. The carbonation seems a bit high.

Chinga's Old Bruin is an interesting beer, but it is not something that will astound you.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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

Huge thanks to corby112 for bringing this bomber to our tasting on 1/23/11!

A - Poured a deep garnet body with a slight royal purple tint and burgundy hues, and a slim off-white head that reduced to a thin ring and spotty lacing.

S - Earthy and herbal notes dominate the initial aroma, followed by a moderate tart cherry character. Quite vinous. As the liquid reached room temperature, chocolate became much more apparent in the nose.

T - Dry, earthy and herbal notes kick things off, giving the initial flavor a somewhat grassy character. Think tree roots, bark, etc. A hint of tartness emerges in the backend along with some dry funk and sourness.

M - Medium bodied with a slight syrupy texture, though thinner and watery at times. Extremely dry mouthfeel with an earthy bitterness that persists throughout. Finish is slightly medicinal and tart.

D - Pretty interesting sour beer with a distinct herbal character, though I'm still on the fence with this one. I enjoyed the chocolate character and the tartness, but at times the herbal attributes we are bit harsh and the dryness overpowering.

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3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

shared this rarity with a few friends at the Kentucky Derby gathering a week or so ago... rhinos00 hooked up the bro and I with some awesome Jackie O treats. Truly appreciated Alex.

Bottle # 37/72

Pours deep red... thin head that doesn't stick around .. no real lace.

Nose starts with a fairly abundant cherry essence, yet seems a tad artificial ... some lite cocoa and only hints of acetic qualities put this in the Oud Bruin category..

Flavor is better... some vanilla and very lite bourbon notes help tie things together... tart cherries are more "real" on the palate.. mildly vinous ... pretty sweet... though the sour notes really don't cut through the sugars.

Body seemed a tad thin with a lite carbonation... finishes pretty smooth and has a lingering fruitiness.

man... I really wanted to like this one more... The body was just too light to warrant a really drinkable brew... and really it seemed to be a bit "all over the place" without ever really gelling together.

Big props once again Alex... One of the best BA's out there.


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3.86/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery during One Funky Afternoon. Served in a tulip.

Pour yields a dark reddish-amber-brown brew with a thin head. Light lacing as it went down. The nose has a good amount of cherry plus some light acid. Mild bread character. The flavor brings some nice lightly-sweet malt plus cherry, dark fruits, oak, and a bit of sourness. Light acetic character, though mostly lactic. Oak in the background. The fruit is a nice touch. Medium body with a good sourness that melds well with all the other flavors. A solid brew for sure.

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3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep brown with some reddish flecks. Small khaki head. Thin collar.

Smell - Cherry, strong acidity. Chocolate malts. Some notes of a bourbon barrel. Oak and vanilla.

Taste - Bright cherry. Sour. The brown ale comes through, though. Caramel and chocolate malt. Some vanilla and oak, again reminiscent of a bourbon barrel. Some red wine characteristics.

Mouthfeel - Oaky. Sour, but not over sour, as Jackie O's tends to be.

Overall - Complex and flavorful. All the flavors are distinct and still work well together.

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3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

3.5 A: Dark brown color. Two fingers of frothy beige head. Retention is good, but very little lacing.

4.0 S: Tart cherries galore. Lots of oak in this with vanilla to a lesser extent. Surprisingly no tannic activity. Light earthy funk. Minor acetic acid with much more tangy lactic acid. Plum fruitiness backing up the cherry. Toasty with a light roastiness. Very nice.

4.0 T: Good pucker factor in this stemming from the tart cherries and the acetic notes. Again lots of oak with a little vanilla. A touch of supple tannins. Toasty and roasty. Big cherry flavor with plum and unripened apple. Just a touch of earthy funk.

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. A little less creamy that their sours usually are, but it's still good.

4.0 D: Tasty beer. I haven't had an oud bruin in a while and this was a good reintroduction to the style. Solid all around.

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3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy reddish brown with a small layer of off white head. The head fades to a very small ring around the pour.

Smell: Rather sour, lots of dark fruit and vinegar. I'm getting some tart red berries along with cherries. A bit oaky as well.

Taste: Definitely an oude bruin. Lots of red berry tartness along with some vinegar. Just a touch of sweetness balances out the tart, but doesn't take over. The finish is full of red berry sour notes. Some cherries and oak throughout the sip.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with aggressive carbonation and a dry finish.


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3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to iceicebaby for sending this.

Pours a deep dark ruby red/chestnut brown cor with dark mahogany edges when held to a light sour e and a one finger light beige head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Sporadic chunks of lacing left behind.

Slightly funky aroma with hints of dry brett effervescence, silky caramel malt and tart dark cherries. The malt presence is more prominent in the nose than exected with lots of lucious dark chocolate, toffee and caramel. Slightly roasted as well countering the dry Brett and earthy oak.

Medium bodied with a good amount of puckering, funky dry Brett up front that is quickly countered by the rich chocolate malt, earthy oak and vinous dark fruit. Puckering at first but not acidic at all. Again, the malt presence is stronger than anticipated but it provides a nice silky chocolate, toffee, hazelnut presence that counters the dry Brett, earthy oak and tart dark berries. The barrel aging and cherries added provide a vinous note with hints of grape, tart dark cherries, plum and raisin. Slight vinegar flavors adds a slight sour character to the finish but this beer is well balanced and very quaffable.

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3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 31 / 72

A - Pours dark brown with some sienna thrown in the mix as well. A decent amount of light is able to shine through at the bottom of the glass. Head is off-white to tan and tops out as a cap on the brew. It sticks around for a minute and then recedes to a wisp of a ring around the edges. Lacing is minimal.

S - Oak starts it off. It's quickly followed by a sweeter aroma that almost seems out of place. Seems like honey to me. It's only noticeable for an instant then some cherry and plum show up. Once the dark fruit comes into the equation, the sweeter aroma finds its context. It's a little musty on the end. Some caramel in the distant background. Alcohol is surprisingly absent.

T - Earthy up front. Notes of oak and other woods present. Cherry is, of course, present and more bitter than in the aroma. The odd sweet aroma is completely gone from the flavor. It's a little tart midway with green apple. Alcohol is absent from the flavor too. Very good job covering up 8.5%. Finishes with more oak and a little caramel. Caramel is very, very light though.

M - Lighter bodied with little carbonation. Finish is tart and sticks around on the palate for a while.

D - Drinkability is pretty good. The alcohol is almost completely masked which get points in my book. The oak is prominent and done well. The idea of an organic brown gone sour makes for a good brew. That being said, carbonation. Just not enough in this bottle and that takes away from what would have been a great score. Even a little more suds would greatly improve it. This is still a solid brew from a solid brewery. I'm gonna go ahead and recommend it.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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