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Flanders Oud Bruin
4.16 | pDev: 9.86%
Jan 11, 2022
Sep 03, 2008
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
Haandbakk from HaandBryggeriet
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 499 ratings