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Flanders Oud Bruin
Ranked #13
Ranked #4,090
4.16 | pDev: 9.86%
Jan 11, 2022
Sep 03, 2008
Notes: This is a recreation of a Norwegian style naturally soured ale, aged in oak wine barrels for 18 months for the authentic sour flavour. The first wild yeast-fermented beer brewed in Norway for over 100 years.

15 IBU
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

3.4/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
500 ml bottle, courtesy of Cardinal Pub & BAr, Stavanger. ABV is 8.5%. Vintage 2006, bottled March 2008, BB March 2010. (This beer is also imported to USA by Shelton Brothers.) Cloudy dark reddish brown colour, big tan head. Intense aroma of red wine vinegar and oak. The flavour is VERY sour (too sour), with oaky notes and a sharp and lemony finish. Some hops in the finish, but overall the malts and hops are very subdued - this is really all about acidity and oak. Still an interesting beer, and definitely something out of the ordinary. The alcohol is well hidden.
Jan 11, 2022
Rated: 4.53 by blisscent from Rhode Island

Jun 20, 2021
Rated: 3.67 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Jul 08, 2020
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Reviewed by Dr_Gonzo from Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured into a tall clear pint glass. Body color is a very dark, deep ruby color which feints a deep mahogany. Almost looks like cola. Head is small and didn't hold long, little retention and lacing.

Cherries, oak, leather, toffee, vinegar, and merlot wine are the main notes in the aroma. Also smelling some plums and tart raspberries, along with some farmhouse yeast.

Taste is quite sour and tart. Tart cherries and raspberries, lemon and lime rinds, and crisp apple skins put a lot of energy on the palette. Unripe blackberries are also present. With the beer tasting like a nice dry wine, other prominent notes are leather, vinegar, slight oaky wood, and red grapes. Overall, has high oxidation, an intense acidic sharpness from different citrus and berries, and is mostly sour and tart then warming on the palette. Has a medium-light body feel.
May 29, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by acurtis from New Jersey

Sep 07, 2018
Rated: 4.14 by SadMachine from New Jersey

Sep 01, 2018
Rated: 3.75 by chicagoish from Pennsylvania

Jul 01, 2018
Rated: 4.5 by paulish from New York

Mar 21, 2018
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Reviewed by siskiyoucellar from Oregon

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
A very pleasant Scandinavian turn on the style. Very little head, though good carbonation in the mouthfeel - it’s been in my cellar for about a year. Quite tart with good fruit and leather, and a strongish lemony citrus tone. Lighter in feel than many Oud Bruins. Delicious.
Mar 21, 2018
Rated: 3.57 by DVMin98 from North Carolina

Jan 06, 2018
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Reviewed by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
$ 16.11 (Including shipping)/500 mL bottle ($ 0.983/oz) From Blackwell’s, San Francisco.
Batch 687, brewed 20 Nov 13, bottled 15 Jun 15, consumed 3 Jan 18. Stored in 42 degree reefer, consumed at 50 degrees from a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Aroma – Oak and leather.
Head – Small (Maximum one cm, aggressive pour), brown, fizzy, gone seconds after the pour leaving a less than one mm partial ring constantly renewed by effervescence. No layer, just a five mm island in the center of the surface, constantly renewed by effervescence.
Lacing – None.
Body – The pour is a dirty brown and translucent. In the snifter it is dark brown and opaque, although around the edge, when held to the light, again we have the dirty brown translucency.
Flavor – Begins slightly sour with tannic acid and a bit of cherry. The oakiness is evident throughout although vanillin is not detected. Malt, hops, alcohol, and diacetyl are not noted. Ends with a slightly astringent after taste.
Palate – Almost medium, watery, lively carbonation.
Impression: Very nice. This is delightfully sour and the finely-bubbled effervescence provides titillation for the tongue. It seems a bit thin but is still very good. The price point seems a bit high.
Appearance 3.75, Aroma 4, Flavor 4.25, Palate 3.75, Overall 4.
Jan 03, 2018
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Crushed this tailgating at a University of Nevada game. I believe it was football. Pours a brown color, not the cleanest, has that old world vibe to it already. Leans dark red toward the edge when held up to light. Interesting aroma, all kinds of stuff going on here (and in the mouthfeel), red wine, sour notes, wood, leather, even a little earthy old fashioned dirt.

Taste is a wine like flanders with wood and leather notes. It comes off like a very good and traditional Flanders, even though it is probably stronger and more sour than a traditional bruin. Plenty of older dark fruit red grape notes. Just a slight breath of acetic acid to it. Definitely one of the best in style.
Dec 03, 2017
Rated: 4.65 by kouroshz from Massachusetts

Nov 14, 2017
Rated: 4.33 by khoff5 from Connecticut

May 21, 2017
Rated: 4.5 by GilGarp from Colorado

May 11, 2017
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Reviewed by stortore from Illinois

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
500 ml bottle into a flute glass. Batch 687, brewed 11/20/13, bottled 6/15/15, had 12/8/16.

Pours a dark garnet, like cherry juice, mostly opaque with not much of a head, no real lacing. Smells of cherries, malt, some toffee, a little red wine, light oak, light vinegar on opening. A little tart and sour. The taste follows the nose with the cherries and malt, some tartness, a low level of sourness at first- more as it warms, red wine, some oak, a little lemon. Smooth, appropriately carbonated, seems a little lighter bodied for the style, but it's adequate.

Really good flavor, has it's own twist on the style. Very enjoyable. but a little high on the price point.
May 02, 2017
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Reviewed by moose1980 from Germany

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Batch 469 according to bottle. 'Brygget' (brewed?) 27.04.14. Best by 02.10.17.

Dark red-brown color with clarity around the edges. Minimal head that faded fast. Interesting aroma of 'sour wood,' musty red grapes, with a hint of nail polish. Deeper underneath that lies a dusty, cobwebbed cellar. Taste starts with a puckering sourness that lingers into a little mid-palate sweetness and finishing like a dry wine. The low carbonation accentuates the vinous qualities. Not exactly sure what a 'Traditional Norwegian Oak Aged Ale' should ideally taste like, but this is really nice.
Mar 01, 2017
Rated: 4.5 by JRod1969 from New York

Jan 30, 2017
Rated: 4.02 by trevorpost from Pennsylvania

Jan 20, 2017
Rated: 3.89 by Keananmichael5 from California

Dec 28, 2016
Rated: 4.5 by bigred89 from Maryland

Dec 17, 2016
Rated: 3.82 by andpit from Italy

Oct 07, 2016
Rated: 4.08 by LJTate from Pennsylvania

Sep 26, 2016
Rated: 4.2 by Daniellobo from District of Columbia

Aug 27, 2016
Rated: 4.34 by madelf66 from Pennsylvania

Aug 05, 2016
Rated: 4.15 by kylehay2004 from Illinois

Jul 22, 2016
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Reviewed by bobv from Vermont

4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Original rating from 7/20/16:
4.23/5 rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Today's review from 10/1/18:
4.23/5 rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

From a 375 ml. bottle.
BBD 10.05.2023
6.7% abv.
Vigorous pour yields an 1/8 inch off white, very light pink, head with no lacing over a dark mahogany body. Heads dissipates down to a ring in a couple minutes. Nose of dark fruit, red wine tannins, and oak. Wonderful! Taste mirrors nose with an assertive acidity that keeps you coming back for more. Good feel and overall, a fine example of the style. Cheers!
Jul 21, 2016
Rated: 4.27 by KyleDubya from Pennsylvania

Jun 14, 2016
Rated: 3.77 by dsshuck from Delaware

Jun 07, 2016
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Reviewed by wedge from North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Batch: 469
Brewed April 04, 2012 | Bottled Oct. 02, 2014

Pours a deep, dark mahogany beneath a slim beige head. Acetic, musty aroma...wine barrel oakiness, mild vinegar, toast, and brown sugar. Sour berries, light oaky spice, red wine, lemon acidity, crisp apple, and a slight bready sweetness. Puckering dryness on the gums, slick and tart. Pretty tasty.
May 31, 2016
Rated: 4.25 by mychalg9 from Illinois

May 12, 2016
Rated: 4.24 by ackeeper from Illinois

May 02, 2016
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Reviewed by papposilenus from New Hampshire

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
From a 500ml bottle, batch 687, brewed Nov. 20, 2013, bottled Jun 15, 2015.

Pours a deep mahogany brown with maple highlights and a meager rocky head which fades back quickly. Scant retention with no lacing.

The smell is sharp as a knife, with farmhouse yeast and limes.

Taste follows the nose, wickedly sour. Dried tart cherries, lemon pulp, lime, distilled vinegar, wood ash and a clean earthiness. There is only the merest suggestion of the wine barrel lingering on the palate but the oak itself is evident throughout, from the dry start through to the tannin tackiness at the end.

Mouthfeel is clean and dry, light-to-medium bodied, very low carbonation, crisp and mouth-puckering.

Overall, the sheer tartness of the beer was initially shocking but, once I was past that, I really settled into enjoying this. The oak wine barrel character is understated and slowly reveals itself and develops as you sip. A highly serviceable beverage.
May 01, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by kbuzz from North Carolina

Apr 18, 2016
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Reviewed by cherche from Washington

4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
l: maroon, brown body, tiny off white head, little retention
s: sweet, sour, dark fruits
t: in line with smell, sour, sweet, plums, dates
m: slightly on the heavy side for a sour
o: very good sour beer, dark sour for sure but very nice
Apr 09, 2016
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Reviewed by irrevjim from Massachusetts

4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
from a bottle to a duvel glass - (wine glas with a lip) brewed 2012 bottled 2014 drank 3/30/2016
look; beautiful mahogany cherry, not much head, little lacing, appropriate for the style
smell; fresh cherries, cherry cigar, a little woody, hint of vague citrus or acid, very inviting
taste; sour cherry, hint of balsamic vinegar and black pepper, in a really really good way
feel; mild carbonation, full body, moderate tartness
overall; it's a deliciously tart oud bruin, classicly delicious
Mar 31, 2016
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Reviewed by ManapuaMan from Massachusetts

4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Brewed in 2012, bottled October 2014, enjoyed February 2016. Garnet pour with a light head. Leather, smoke, plums, figs, sour raspberries and cherries, oak. Fantastic beer with a taste profile that hides any alcohol heat while providing just enough tart to pinch, not pucker, the cheek.
Feb 27, 2016
Rated: 4.39 by Sweffin from Wisconsin

Feb 21, 2016
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Reviewed by BeerSamurai34 from Texas

4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
I really didn't know what to expect on this one, and was really surprised by how much I liked it. It reminded me a lot of an Avery barrel aged sour. Burnt rubber nose was not my fave, but the flavor burst with wine barrel and cherries.
Feb 16, 2016
Rated: 4.25 by mush from Illinois

Feb 12, 2016
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