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Sour - Flanders Oud Bruin
Ranked #9
Ranked #2,285
4.19 | pDev: 9.79%
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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Dr_Gonzo from Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
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
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siskiyoucellar from Oregon

4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
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
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
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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rodbeermunch from Nevada

4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
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
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stortore from Illinois

4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
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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moose1980 from Germany

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
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
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bobv from Vermont

4.23/5  rDev +1%
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
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wedge from North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
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
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papposilenus from New Hampshire

4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
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
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cherche from Washington

4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
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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irrevjim from Massachusetts

4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
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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ManapuaMan from Massachusetts

4.19/5  rDev 0%
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
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BeerSamurai34 from Texas

4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
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
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Note: Batch 687, Brewed 2013

A: Pours a hazy dark reddish brown in color with light amounts of active visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and faint amber + golden yellow highlights. The beer has a quarter finger tall sudsy foamy light tan head that reduces to a very thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of oak, white wine barrels, and vinegar with just a hint of spiciness.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of vinegar with moderate flavors of white wine and oak. Light to moderate tartness/sourness with just a hint of funkiness. Light notes of spiciness in the finish.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light to moderate amounts of acidic prickliness.

O: Easy to drink and enjoyable, just enough complexity to keep the flavors/aromas interesting with a light amount of tartness/sourness.

Dec 12, 2015
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metter98 from New York

4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is hazy very dark brown in color. It poured with a minimal head, leaving only a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of oak and white wine barrels are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell, having flavors of oak, vinegar, and white wine barrels along with a light to moderate amount of sourness, but this becomes a little stronger as the beer warms up. Hints of berries and grapes are noticeable.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a little tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a pleasant beer to drink as it seems to have just enough sourness and tartness to make things interesting without impacting the drinkability.

Note: Batch 687, Brewed 2013

Serving type: bottle

Dec 12, 2015
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mwilbur from Minnesota

3.87/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 500 mL bottle into snifter. Batch 687. Brewed: Nov. 20, 2013. Bottled: Jun. 15, 2015.
A: Pours a dark, ruddy brownish amber with just a faint skim of light tan head that quickly recedes. Faint hint of red with backlighting.
S: Juicy berry fruit, sour-sweet caramel, tart lemon, dark cherry, red wine, and oak. Nice complexity.
T: Tart berry fruit, sour (mouth-puckering), and hints of caramel and brown sugar. With warming, cherry, oak, and red wine notes emerge. For me, the tart and sour notes were a bit overpowering.
M: Light-medium body.
D: Started out promising (especially with the aroma), but didn't quite deliver on the promise. Still a solid beer, but not outstanding. I do like the wine and oak elements that are clearly present.

7/31/16: Giving this another go (same details and batch as above).
A: Pours a cola brown with minimal head. (3.5)
S: Sour, tart, red berries, oak, cherry, and lemon. (3.75)
T: Tart red berries, sour lemon, soft oak, and a hint of cinnamon. (3.5)
M: Sour, tart, and mildly sweet. Light-medium body. (3.25)
D: Definitely has lost a step with time. The sour and tart aspects have softened with time, but the rest of the beer has also degraded too. (3.5)

Oct 24, 2015
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zeff80 from Missouri

4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle. Poured out a cloudy, brown color with a small tan head of foam. It smelled of cherry and sweet malt. Nice sour cherry bite up front with a touch of caramel sweetness. A nice puckering mouthfeel.

Apr 11, 2015
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ktorsneyweir from California

3.54/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The gorgeous brown color and classic sour smell gave me high hopes for this beer. However, I found it to have a slightly unpleasant miso-like aftertaste and a little harsh on the way down. I like my $5 bottle of Vanderghinste way more.

Mar 07, 2015
SPLITGRIN from Kentucky

4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I was a little shocked by the fact that there was almost no head to this beer. Almost none and it was poured from a freshly opened bottle. Just a light brown skim around the edges. Body is a murky brown pond of mystery. Nose is beautiful and packed with tons of dark fruit and dusty sour notes. This subtle sour feel is soft but full and wonderful. Abruptly sour at first with the initial sip. Dry and sharp with lemon zest and cherry skins all over the tongue. There is a nice consistent robust feel that mixes with the sour to crate an incredible sour beer drinking experience here. Really spot on for the style and unique at the same time.

Feb 17, 2015
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Pliny_the_Self-righteous from California

3.29/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Draft @ Mikkeller Bar SF on 1/19/15. Pours a red, brown color with minimal head. Aroma is acidic, red grapes, malt, and brett. Medium to thin bodied. Taste is vinegar-like acidity with tones of cherry, grape and funk with a bitter finish. Decent flanders red.

Jan 21, 2015
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HopHead84 from California

3.27/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25


Thanks! Pleasant at colder temperatures, but vinegar becomes overly potent as it warms toward room temperature, and acetone brings the beer down. Still, there are some pleasant vinous, oak, and oxidation notes. Firmly sour but tending too far toward the acetic end of the spectrum, even for the style. The beer was nearly still and I think some carbonation would have livened things up. I was told this bottle was a few years old.

Dec 22, 2014
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riotontheroad from California

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Absolutely incredible smell! The taste was barely a notch below the smell. A very rich, full, and complex drink. Definitely pair this one with some great food. The wine characteristics really come through. A little was left in the bottle the next morning ( I couldnt take the entire thing down by myself) and it still had that amazing smell.

Aug 31, 2014
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elNopalero from California

4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Can I just write sour over and over for this review? Because this was sour—intensely sour, mouth-puckering sour, battery acid eating my taste buds off my tongue sour… like vinegar, tart cherries, strawberries before ripe sour. It was –and I never get to say this—a little too much for me. Sour!

Jul 27, 2014
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SebD from Canada (ON)

4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks alot peensteen for this awesome extra!

Appearance: It has a nice deep brownish amber color to it. It has practically no head, just some off-white bubbles and leaves no apparent lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of a bunch of tart cherries, vinegar, dark berries, grapes and some oak. Damn this smells great.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has loads of tart cherries, black berries, red grapes, vinegar and the oak becomes more prevalent towards the end. It has alot of acidity.

Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a smooth drinkable beer accompanied by good flavors and aromas. Solid

Jun 21, 2014
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Smakawhat from Maryland

4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass, vintage 2012.

Lifeless pour. Watery and a bit slapping, but comes with no head generation at all. Classic oud bruin color, deep mahogany brown. After the pour manages to actually create a tan collar which always sticks around. Not as lifeless looking as I expected.

Holy carp is this tart, and it smells like balsamic soft vinegar, and classic deep sour cherry. Lots of oxidation going on here, but some nice malt and acid background. Not horrifically smelling, that first pour had me a bit scarred, but now I am very curious to see how this has handled.

Boy this is an odd one in the palate. Big tartness, and vinegar acid, but with a light bodied soft feel. Classic sour cherry finish and some malted sweetness in the back. The soft acid and big vinegar is strong with this one. I have to take this slowly.

Quite a bit of oxidation but in a good way, not ruined, but not quite optimal. A very unique creation and probably a sour heads oud bruin fantasy, but there's more to life than being slammed by the obvious.

May 18, 2014
Haandbakk from HaandBryggeriet
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 498 ratings