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Style: Flanders Oud Bruin

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

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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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Photo of moose1980
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of wedge
3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of kculrich
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of cherche
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
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

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Photo of irrevjim
4.17/5  rDev 0%
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

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Photo of ManapuaMan
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of metter98
4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
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

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Photo of mwilbur
3.87/5  rDev -7.2%
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)

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Photo of ktorsneyweir
3.54/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

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4.39/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of Pliny_the_Self-righteous
3.29/5  rDev -21.1%
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.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.27/5  rDev -21.6%
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.

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Photo of riotontheroad
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.07/5  rDev -2.4%
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!

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Photo of SebD
4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
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

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Photo of smakawhat
4.07/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of StaveHooks
4.52/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

500ml bottle served in an over-sized wine glass
Vinatge 2010

A - Hazed mahogany with ruby highlights, little to no head.

S - Acidic berries, sharp apple cider vinegar, nail polish remover, musty wood, leather, tart apples, caramelized sugar.

T - Old wood and leather, pretty freakin sour, has some sweet tartness,a myriad of tart and vinous fruits, blackberries and sour cherries dominate, the malts have soft burnt sugar edge and have blended into into a unexplainable nirvana of that combats the intense sharpness and acidity. Finishes tart and crisp with tart fruit left on the palate.

M - Medium body gets silkier as it warms, little to no carbonation, sharp and tart, dry finish.

This has melded into a beautiful sour beer. The wood is super mellow but has left it's mark for sure. This was quite a surprise. If you like Oud Bruins this is a must try.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 2/10/2011. Pours slightly hazy very dark reddish brown color with a small light khaki head with poor retention, that reduces to a ring of lacing that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of blackberry, cranberry, cherry, green apple, red grape, oak, clove, red wine vinegar, pepper, hay, straw, brown bread, leather, herbal, musty funk, and oak/yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity and balance of malt, yeast ester, and wine barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of blackberry, cranberry, cherry, green apple, red grape, clove, oak, red wine vinegar, brown bread, light chocolate, leather, herbal, pepper, musty funk, and oak/yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy/spicy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of blackberry, cherry, cranberry, green apple, red grape, oak, clove, red wine vinegar, brown bread, light chocolate, pepper, herbal, leather, musty funk, and oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity and balance of malt, wine barrel, and fruity/acidic yeast flavors; with a nice malt/acidity balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied; with lightly slick and moderately acidic mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Flanders brown ale. All around good balance and complexity of malt, fruity/acidic yeast, and wine barrel flavors; and nicely smooth to sip on with the moderate level of acidity. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of MCImes
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I just drank a 2009 vintage bottle in 11' for my 30th birthday and am a big sour lover. This beer has aged very well. The overwhelming flavors have become smoked wood (almost similar dogfishhead's sao palo) barnyard funk, tobacco, leather, bourbon, and horse blanket. its still medium sour; present but not puckering. I tasted no oxidation at all.

I drank 1 bottle fresh and it was good enough for me to immediately buy 2 more. The 2nd one I just drank turned out very well, although I probably wont let my last one age too much longer before drinking. Ill probably drink it in the next year or 3. Overall I like this beer a lot and think it is one of Haand's most successful wild/sour beers. Not all have been winners, but Haandbakk is one of their best.

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Photo of magictacosinus
3.27/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Consumed at the sour tasting that I organized with friends. Split with many people. Poured into a tulip glass from a 500ml bottle.

Pours a brown-tinged, yet slightly plum opaque color with a modest amount of froth. Retention is very low, and the head fizzles out early on during consumption - however, the beer's viscosity and syrupy appearance does put it in line as a liqueur-like offering, which I find appealing. Leaves behind some slight grime and residue on the glass with each sip. Tons of floaties in this one, too - big chunks of sediment accumulate to the bottom of the glass in a very rustic manner. It's not the showiest Oude Bruin on the block, but it definitely has its place here in the category.

Smells quite rustic as well - however, with 2 years of age on this, I'm disappointed not only with the lack of oaky characteristics, but also any notable sour flavors as opposed to other offerings we had that night. Notes of raisins, plums, and cassis come in, only followed by tobacco, leather, and slight vinegar-y phenols. The oak they used must be really, really old or used up, because there's barely any other barrel spices to be found here - maybe a hint of nuttiness, maybe some baking soda and clove, but otherwise morbidly subdued. The vinegar flavor does become more intense as this warms up, but so does the booziness, which sadly detracts from the gentle nuances.

The flavor is actually pretty mild compared to the aroma - and strangely on par with the basic bottle of Rodenbach that we had immediately prior to this one. Notes of raisins and dried plums came to my palate, only to be followed by notes of cherry-infused tobacco, slight earth, and a bit of vinegar and sourness from the oak's baking spices. The finish is not very complex, especially considering what this amounted to. Earthy and husky at the finish, with a slightly acrid toasted caramel grainy sensation. The booze is well hidden, but it quickly catches up with a slight acetone note at the back. There's an off diacetyl note that becomes present with each sip, and makes this physically demanding to drink. One of the tasters started saying, "This is too much!" Luckily our portions were done before it got any worse.

I suppose we all have to start somewhere, and if this is indeed Norway's first spontaneously barrel fermented beer in over 100 years (!), there's definitely room for the industry to improve. The rustic flavors are great, as well as the dark, dried fruit notes, but the oak, or at least the blending process within, needs to improve. Not terrible, but definitely one of the least memorable of the night.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.97/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very excited to try this long-time want! Batch 343 - Total Bottles=2280. 500ml bottle served in a tulip. Pours slightly darker than mahogany with a loose, off-white head that immediately disperses into a soapy swirl - no lacing on this one. Nose is quite characteristic of the style - cherry Sucrets, tannins and perhaps the faintest trace of vanilla. Taste consistent with nose; however, there's also some leather and tobacco notes in the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is medium-light in body with a light, even carbonation. Additionally, the inherent acidity of this beer stimulates the sides of the cheeks and leaves a residual burn at the back of the throat between quaffs. Overall, a solid example of the style. I really can't find any fault with this beer; however, there are other Flanders Oud Bruins that I feel are more nuanced.

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Photo of recoveringmormon
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A- dark brown-red, like cherry wood
S- Bretty and boozy, hint of grapes
T- quite complex; hits you pretty tart up front but quickly gives way to oak and a smoky finish. Delicious I you like your sours more sour than fruity.
M- thickish, essentially no carbonation. Feels like a vinegary wine.
O- awesome. Second only to Cuvée des Jacobins as far as sours I've tried.

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Photo of Jonada
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Batch 343. 500ml bottle. Served in a Russian River stemmed glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark dark brownish red color. No head, but a light tan coating and collar forms. Body is nearly opaque with only small amounts of light visible at the bottom of the glass. Some chunky yeast particles settle at the bottom of the glass as well

Smell: Sour red grape, dark fruit, oak, blackberries, balsamic vinegar, lactic, sour cherry. The red wine barrel aging is extremely evident in the aroma.

Taste: Nice sour punch right upfront. Red grape, dark berries, lots of oaky tannins, black cherry and a hint of caramelized sugar. Some chocolate, and roasted malt character come through in the finish and aftertaste. Sourness borders on high, but does not linger after the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium, almost full bodied. Carbonation on the higher end of low. Soft mouthfeel. Finishes dry.

Overall: Really good stuff. The wine barrel aging definitely adds lots of additional complexity to the beer and really helps to put it in the upper echelon of the style.

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