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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4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark orange. Touch of off-white head. Looks decent.
Smells tart and cherry heavy. A bit muddled. Pretty nice flavour profile. Lots of cherry, oak, tart but not acidic. Again a bit muddled but pretty tasty. Overall well carbonated and quite enjoyable

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

cherry wood color with light ruby highlights peaking around the edges of the glass. a small tan head rises up, not too high but never fades leaving nice concentric lacing all the way down.

aroma is wonderfully balanced, just a fantastic blend of tart cherries, wood, light notes of vinegar, plums, all sorts of dark fruits and a wonderfully balanced sour profile. smooth and effortless each sip was truly a pleasure and really set this apart with its depth. hints of leather, tobacco, smooth fruit notes, a touch of vanilla in the finish, it literally had it all and really you could not ask for much more.

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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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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at One Funky Afternoon. 2008 version. A whop in the nose with tart cherries and old funk. Color is a deep mahogany, very slick looking with minimal head and lacing. Cant get over the smell, very rustic and mature. The taste is superb, very complex with layers of chocolate and tart cherries, the sour unravels into a deep heavenly experience. Wish they had bottled this one for the release.

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4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to corby112 for breaking this one out. Bottle 24/72--bottled on 12/3/2009.

A-Deep copper with ruby highlights a thin off-white head reduced to a thin ring and left spotty lace.

S-Dry, woody sourness with strong damp earth notes, sour cherries and a waft of herbal spiciness.

T-Astringent oak, spicy herbs and sour cherry dominates the initial flavour profile. Puckering tartness is present but not overwhelming.

M-Medium bodied and more robust than expected. Extremely dry with the sourness adding to the astringency. This one hits home with me.

D-Dry, tart and delicious! A totally solid, well done and interesting old bruin! Well done Brad!

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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: 3.5 | 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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3.98/5  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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3.02/5  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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4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Javier for sharing this at Sour Fest.

A: The pour is a dark mahogany color with a finger or two worth of off-white head.

S: The nose is quite fruity, with lots of sour cherries and a hint of under-ripe plums. The acetic nature of the beer is there, but not overly powerful.

T: A good sour cherry flavor along with a bit of oak and (strangely) some chocolate notes (oxidation?). Fairly earthy and somewhat dry, but a decent amount of sweetness seems to have been retained.

M: The body is medium with a strong carbonation and a slight dry quality on the finish.

D: I quite liked this beer, especially after having a couple of terrible Oud Bruins lately.

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4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

Bottle 56 of 72. Bottled 12/3/09. The beer pours dark brown with a tan head. The aroma is chocolate powder with some oak and tartness. The flavor is oak, chocolate, tart cherries and vanilla. The chocolate stands out more when the beer is cold, but as it warms the flavor improves as the tartness gets more and more assertive. Medium mouthfeel and low to medium carbonation.

I drank the beer right as it came out of the fridge as well as when it had warmed to room temperature. I think the warmer the beer got, the better it got.

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